Setting up Hybrid & storage

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  1. jhowell0528

    jhowell0528 New Member

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    My husband and I are thinking of upgrading to a hybrid from our Coleman Utah. My question is when closing up the hybrid after camping, can the beds still be made or do you need to take the sheets, blankets off? And if you do, how much of a hassle is it?

    Also have a question on the storage areas. We are specifically looking at a SolAire 190X. The floorplans show both a wardrobe and a pantry. How big are they for being able to store items in them? Also are there storage areas under the dinette and the front bench?

    We haven't been able to truly look at them as they weren't on display at our local RV show in January, but on paper they look nice!

    Looking forward to having a camper that is quick to set up and tear down!

    Thanks!
     
  2. giadiep

    giadiep Active Member

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    I do not have a SolAire 190x. I have a StarCraft 3 bed hybrid, so a little different. However, I moved from a pup to a hybrid this spring. The storage space is amazingly better. A 2 bed hybrid will have even more since the 3rd bed typically eats up wall space. You really can't keep the beds made other than a sheet when you fold up. However, the set up and break down time is 1/2 that of a pup.

    The trade off is that they are more difficult to tow, need wdh hitch, uses more gas for the TV, need an adequate TV, and are more difficult to store. However, we have been out twice this year in cold and rainy weather which would have been way less desirable in a pup. It is easier to heat and provides enough room when it is raining. We are a family of 5 so the 3rd bed works great for us.

    Good luck.
     
  3. GalsofEscape

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    You really should find one and look at it to make sure you will like it. We went from a highwall popup to a shamrock hybrid. We took our time and sat in it. Went through every nook and cranny thinking what goes in each spot. Yes, we can fold up the beds with the sheets still in place, have not tried it with the blankets. The dinette benches has some storage, but the furnace is also in there in our model along with some of the furnace ducts. That is probably model dependant. There is also a fair amount of overhead storage, both in cabinets and shelves.
    We have more outdoor storage as compared to the pup, we have four outdoor compartments of which three can be accessed from the inside as well as the outside.
     
  4. bikendan

    bikendan Active Member

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    Hybrid mattresses have to be folded, to be stored.
    So you won't be able to do that if you have a bunch of covers on them.

    As far as the Solaire 190x, Forest River Forums has a Palomino sub-forum, in their Hybrid/Expandable section. There are a few 190x owners there.

    Palomino doesn't sell a lot of Hybrids, mainly because they have way fewer dealers than other hybrid brands, like the Roo and Shamrock.
     
  5. WeRJuliIan

    WeRJuliIan If it's "Aluminum", why not "Sodum" and "Uranum"?

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    We are able to fold up with fitted sheets and, at one end, a foam mattress topper, still in place.
    We also re=purposed a lot of storage because, while there's plenty of it, it's not well thought out - Hanging wardrobe furthest from the door, for example. Or pantry space with the door opening towards you if you're standing at the galley
     
  6. RockyRoo

    RockyRoo Just because you CAN doesn't mean you SHOULD

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    We had a Roo 233S and other than one travelling trip we did with it never found a need to fold up beds with blankets and sheets still on because we always took the sheets out when we got home anyway and washed them. Blankets just went back up on the shelf. On our trip so South Dakota when we were setting up and taking down every night we left the sheets and blankets on the mattress toppers when we pulled them off to travel.

    Being longer, heavier and having tandem axles a HTT will likely tow and maneuver better than a pup. Although intimidating at first, once you get used to not being able to see out the back window it actually is easy to see down the sides with the proper towing mirrors and backs up quite easily.

    Depending on the floorplan you go with, you will likely end up still taking suitcases with you to carry your clothes. That said, our Roo was always packed with nonperishables, cookware and utensils, blankets, towels, etc. The only thing we took in and out before and after trip was food stuff, and clothes. Even toiletries stayed in thru the season. We had a list that we went thru every couple trips just to make sure we didn't need to restock, otherwise it made out lives much easier.

    As for storage of the rig, it just depends on your living situation. Mine stayed in the backyard, straight thru the gate in front of the garage. If you have an HOA you likely won't be able to do that. It is pretty tight getting them thru a 10 foot gate but once you get used to using your side mirrors for seeing past it then it is not so bad.

    Good luck, HTT camping is a great way to go
     
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  7. jhowell0528

    jhowell0528 New Member

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    Thanks everyone for the great advice! This will be good information to research before we do the upgrade. Thanks bikendan for the mention of the Forest River forums! I'll check that out as well.
     
  8. yetavon

    yetavon everything is better around a campfire.

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    We can with just sheets and blanket..... but not with the mattress topper on it.
     

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