Will I appreciate the step up in the long run

Discussion in 'PopOut (Hybrids)' started by treoneme13, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. treoneme13

    treoneme13 New Member

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    I have three small boys that are growing like weeds. I currently own a coleman pop-up and am considering the Fleetwood Bayside and the Jayco 19H Hybrid. The pop-up will fit in the garage and help on gas but the advantages of a Hybrid are hard to pass by.

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  2. Luv2ridebikes

    Luv2ridebikes New Member

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    Interesting debate. We got back into pop up camping in 2005 with a nice Fleetwood Cheyenne through Ebay. After one season, DW and I determined that we would enjoy empty nest camping. We came really close to buying the Jayco 19' hybrid unit. We really liked the layout features and the local Jayco dealer is a good dealer ship. In the end though - we opted for a Fleetwood Highwall popup. We wanted all the amenities, but we really enjoy the pop up tent wall experience. We are able to keep the Fleetwood at home in the garage throughout the camping season. That saves money and is certainly more convenient than renting storage elsewhere. We have used the high wall for two seasons now and are very happy with our decision. But if you opt for a hybrid, the Jayco is a great choice!

    Steve& Deb (the boys are grown & gone)
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    Edited by - scm46530 on November 07 2007 14:10:21
     
  3. AK and sons

    AK and sons New Member

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    Someone on here recently purchased the palomino hybrid and it has a great layout that I fell in love with. But my DH who stated the wonderful reasons for keeping our pup. It's easier to tow, fuel mileage, storage and cost of buying a new trailer. So we will keep our wonderful pup but the hybrid does look good. LOL

    Have a great day

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  4. treoneme13

    treoneme13 New Member

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    Agree with your DH but it sure would be nice to not have to go through the 1/2 hour set up routine with my DW. I set up the outside and then she goes inside. The inside access without popping up intrigue's me as well.
     
  5. Luv2ridebikes

    Luv2ridebikes New Member

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    Not to sway you, but you might want to consider a high wall pop up instead of the Bayside. I'm a big guy, but I can in and out of our highwall with the top raised just enough to get the door open (less than 1"). I can load the fridge and other gear with no problem. Plus we love the hardwall bathroom. The highwall also gives you normal height counter tops, no galley set up required and most of the other amenities you will find in a hybrid.

    Steve& Deb (the boys are grown & gone)
    Aspen & Riley (the 4 legged children)
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    I had a hybrid and enjoyed it very much. But we sold it and bought a popup. We really wanted the open air, tent like experience. In the end, it all depends on your situation and what is the best for YOU.

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  7. tchalender

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    However you elect to camp is an individual choice. We had a 2005 625 D Flagstaff High wall, with all of the same features as our new 2008 Palomino Stampede Hybrid. It just came down to ease of use. We can no longer store our unit in the garage, however its nice to be able to hitch and go, as well as un-hitch and go. My DW loves this, I didn't mind either way, Gas usage is a little more, the Highwall weighed in at 3300lbs, while the Hybrid is 4000lbs. Look at the photos of each. Not as much drag on the Hybrid as I would expect. The aerodynamic engineering is so much better than even a few years ago that its a tremendous fuel saver. I just enjoy going camping. She's happier and that's what really counts, and you don't total lose the essence of camping. Nothing beats ice cold beer, and cooking on the grill.

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  8. AK and sons

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    Ah yes you are the ones (tchalender) with the Palomino hybrid. I really tried talking my DH into it, maybe I should have him read your post and how happy your wife is. LOL

    Have a great day

    Anthony <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_bbq.gif border=0 align=middle>
    Katherine <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_chef.gif border=0 align=middle>
    Samuel and Daniel <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_camping.gif border=0 align=middle>
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    pop-up 2006 Fleetwood Niagara <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle>

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    If she's not happy and can't relax why bother going.

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    Thank you all so far for your comments. Great Example Tim (Palomino).
     
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    This is my second PUP with a Jayco Hybrid in between. I can honestly say that I loved the hybrid. I liked that on long trips (took it from Austin to Orlando once) we could just pull over and have meals when we wanted. I also liked being able to easily load for a trip and all the extra storage with full upper and lower cabinets. We also had a freezer which was great. There was not much I could say bad about it.

    But for us it made us feel like we were really RVing rather than camping. Not that there is anything wrong with that, it just wasn't what we wanted right now. Our dream is to retire some day and spend a few years in an RV seeing the country, but for now we want to camp. So we opted to go back to the open air feel of a PUP.

    It's a very personal decision I believe. Good luck!
     
  12. LynnAllen02

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    Tchalendar
    a question if you please? How do the bunk ends pop out? Do they slide all the way in like our PUPs or do they fold up or in? We saw one with a pic of the inside and it looks like the mattress has a crease for folding?

    My thoughts are: Would it be comfortable to camp in without the bunk ends pulled out? Like in huge winds etc.

    Thanks,
    Lynn

    2006 Pony 283*2005 Liberty*14 Nights Reserved 2007:14 Camped: 9 nights

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  13. tchalender

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    The bunk ends just drop down when you release the locking mechanism, takes about 10 seconds for each end. There are no poles involved, each side has a titanium cable that is rated to support 1500 lbs. The mattresses fold in half, and then fit into two designed groves for storage, this is completed after the bunk end is raise and locked, takes a second or two. Very easy set up.

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  14. LynnAllen02

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    So when it is closed up, can you walk around inside and enjoy the space?

    From what you say it sounds like you can!

    Lynn

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    Yes, you don't lose any space on the inside, it's like a normal travel trailer until you let the bunk ends down. additionally if you were going on a long trip you can sleep on the sofa bed or use the table bed and never open the bunk ends or slide out. Which is a nice feature.

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    I like the 19 Jayco but being 8 feet wide, it would be way too tight of a fit for our driveway. The 19 Rockwood Roo is 7 1/2 feet wide. Still wider than our pup, but it would much easier to back into the driveway without taking out the neighbor's fence or our siding. In a few years, we'll look at moving up to the Roo.

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  17. LynnAllen02

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    I am liking the Palomino stampede, but we do this every winter, and each spring we keep the pup! LOL

    Lynn

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    I had a 23' Roo and enjoyed it very much. It was a nice trailer for us at the time.

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