Best hybrid models under 19' and newer than 2012?

BillyMc

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Mar 25, 2018
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Just a recommendation, if at all possible look for something in that size in a 2 axle trailer. You'll be happier overall, for several reasons. When I first bought my little popup in 2009 like everybody else I started planning for and looking at my next camper. For about 5 years it was going to be the Jayco X17Z, the more I learned about that model and travel trailers in general, the more I moved away from the X17Z. Yes, it's lightweight but also doesn't hold much load capacity, for example it's probably not great for a family with 2 adults, 3 kids, and all their gear, etc. Also the dump pipe for your tanks is very low to the ground which means you need to be really carful with bumps etc. Also, generally speaking, single axle trailers don't have things like an over, or larger refrigerator. They tend to have a wet bath rather then a bathroom. When I finally did upgrade to a travel trailer 10 years later, I had moved away from hybrids altogether, but that was more a personal preference for a regular bed. Mind you being empty nesters we only need to sleep 2. I ended up buying a Grand Design 17MKE, still in the same overall length range but a much sturdier trailer offering much more comforts. Basically what I'm saying is try to get as muck camper as you can within your budget.
Generally true, but the 2nd axle often means it's considerably heaver. Make sure your TV is up to the task. Ultimately I chose a single axle is to avoid the binding when backing into tight sites with sharp angles in the mountains. The lighter weight was an added plus with the amount of time we spend in the mountains. Tandem axle trailers are often sturdier built and many also have a slide for added room. My brother kept telling me that I need a slide, but I really don't. If I'm in the camper other than to sleep the weather got bad. Go spend an hour or so in various campers that you are contemplating with your usual camping crew, at some point your going to spend some time sheltering from the weather.
 

Old_Geezer

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Sep 29, 2009
2,760
Southwest PA
if we decide to go smaller again
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cyclop5

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Jun 18, 2015
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Check out KZ, too. We've had our KZ 160RBT for a couple years now, and it's held up pretty well. 16 foot box, usual amenities, and under 3500#. Fresh water tank is a bit small (20 gallons), but not horribly so. They've also got an 18 foot with 3 popouts. We bought ours brand new for about $16k after taxes and fees. Used should be quite a bit less.
 
Jun 17, 2020
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Check out KZ, too. We've had our KZ 160RBT for a couple years now, and it's held up pretty well. 16 foot box, usual amenities, and under 3500#. Fresh water tank is a bit small (20 gallons), but not horribly so. They've also got an 18 foot with 3 popouts. We bought ours brand new for about $16k after taxes and fees. Used should be quite a bit less.

Yes, I like those 160RBT configurations and layouts. I do see some brand new for sale for $16k but they are over 2,000+ miles away in the mid west and unfortunately no used ones anywhere near me at the moment. A 16ft box would be nice as I live in the city and street parking is very limited for me. I also want to stick to a single axle and avoid anything with a slide.
 
Jun 17, 2020
14
One more to look at: Coachman Clipper 16RBD.
Single axle, under 19ft, with a couch and dinette, no slides. I think that checks all your boxes.
We upgraded from a popup to a 2015 Coachman Clipper earlier this year. Got it for under 10k.

Ended up finding a 2014 Jayco Jay Feather X17A. Perfect floor plan for us, plenty of storage plus and actual tub/shower. It's been soooo nice for the girls to have a bathroom for the middle of night. No more disgusting public bathrooms and showers. No more frustrating set-up and breakdown times. No more popping the trailer to just dry it out when we get home. No more popping up the trailer to just get retrieve and item or put something away while it's parked. Can actually enter the trailer while we are stopped at a rest stop or wherever. Worth every penny.

Got it for $14k. Was listed in the evening and we arrived first thing in the morning when they opened. Multiple people showed up after us looking at it just as we were in the process of purchasing it. Dealership said they are swamped and not enough RV's. Demand is strong as ever in the PNW. We listed and sold our old Rockwood Freedom pop-up in 1 hr with cash in hand. Sold it for slightly higher than what we paid a year earlier. Could have asked much more $$ but wanted it gone that day. Had at least a dozen inquiries.

https://www.jayco.com/tools/archive/2014-jay-feather-ultra-lite/x17a/
 

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Canadarago

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Jun 18, 2018
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Mooresville NC
I just got a used 2013 Coachmen Apex 151RBX, and I'm very impressed - feels quite similar in construction quality to the Jayco X17Z I also looked at, and (I just learned) is built with Azdel which is lighter and more durable than wood. Main thing is, it's about 300lb lighter than the Jayco, even though it is basically the same size with the same features - so that gives you significantly more cargo carrying capacity. I've yet to go on a camping trip with our new one, but so far I'm extremely happy with it. They made them through 2016, I think, so you have to buy used, but there should be some good deals around. Here are pix of mine if you're interested: https://www.popupportal.com/threads/recommendations-for-a-small-hybrid.132979/page-3#post-1387128

Bought a 151RBX in 2018 (used) and are very happy with it. The small size comes in handy when a popular campground only has “pop up” sized sites available. Like the 30/30/30 fresh/grey/black tanks, decent size refrigerator, dual propane tanks and dry bath. Usually we sleep in the front bunk end and store put our duffle bags and suitcases in the back one.
 




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