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Old 08-13-2014, 09:01 PM   #29
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It's nice that everything you want is reachable.
YEPPERS! And no slide-outs or stickie seams to deal with. It's NIRVANA
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Old 08-13-2014, 09:07 PM   #30
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Our first 7 years we traveled in an RV that contained 100 gallons of water and 100 gallons of waste tanks, a huge fridge, real furniture, a home sized shower, a walk around queen bed. Our Scamp has about the volume of the motor home's bedroom. We traveled far, 100,000 miles, and comfortably in our Bounder. We had a really good time. Yes it leaked, and it's roof required maintenance

The amazing part is we're no less happy in our Scamp. It hasn't been the rig but rather the adventure.
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Old 08-13-2014, 09:07 PM   #31
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So true Steve

IK123.... The other day my gal says to me she misses the out door feel of camping that we had with the Coleman pop up. She did a Kijiji search and came up with this idea.

OMG, a ... hybrid.
BUT, you know there WAS an all molded towable hybrid.. right? The Northern Lite. The front end bumbed out into a tent. And you could use it or NOT. The rear dinette changed back to a bed... if needed.

Isn't it cool?
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Old 08-13-2014, 09:11 PM   #32
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BUT, you know there WAS an all molded towable hybrid.. right? The Northern Lite. The front end bumbed out into a tent.
Hummmmm, that is interesting news Donna. Will look into the NL. I have to admit though, they are not common trailers around here.
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And they're few and far between. But at least if you see a Northern Lite for sale on Craiglist or... you know you should check it out, if that's the build you desire.
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Old 08-13-2014, 09:34 PM   #34
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So true Steve

IK123.... The other day my gal says to me she misses the out door feel of camping that we had with the Coleman pop up. She did a Kijiji search and came up with this idea.

OMG, a sticky hybrid.

What the heck was she thinking?? Wally Byam I'm sure rolled over in his grave (as we have an Airstream).

To appease her we went to the local RV dealer just 2 hours ago and checked out this 08 18' Cub. I have to admit. The space inside was nice....... actually it was very nice, considering it was 6' shorter than our current trailer.

Anyway the thought of towing a big white box with leaf springs put a chill up my back. Stay tuned, who knows what the future may bring when the will of a women prevails. LOL
I honestly think she would be disappointed with the hybrid. That one tent end is not really the same as having tent screen all the way around you. The only time it would feel similar to your prior popup would be when in the popped-out bed... and then it's probably dark and you can't see anything, but I guess you can hear the canvas flapping if that's what she misses.

Maybe you will have to buy an older used popup on the cheap just to have around for an occasional trip, so she can work it out of her system.

Or better yet, buy a tent like this Coleman Instant Cabin Tent, 6 Person: Outdoor Sports : Walmart.com and a good camp cot or two, like this Coleman - Coleman- ComfortSmartâ„¢ Deluxe Cot - ComfortSmartâ„¢ Deluxe Cot . Pack them in the tow vehicle, and when you reach the campground you can set up the tent next to the trailer. If she can sit and sleep in the tent but walk into the trailer for the galley and bathroom, this might satisfy her "back to nature" cravings without breaking the budget. I actually have done this very thing myself recently because I have been having some of those feelings, but I don't want to give up hard sides entirely. The tent goes up in about 2-3 minutes, has generous windows on all four sides, and is large enough to very easily hold a cot plus a zero gravity lounger. And the cot (surprisingly comfy with a bit of memory foam added) means no sleeping on the ground.
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Mike, some good thoughts/ideas.

BH and myself both like the sounds of nature and I think that is the attraction of having some fabric in the mix.

We do have a Canadian Tire tent which we have been setting up in the back yard for the grandson to sleep in. As you suggested that may be a good idea to take with us when we want get the urge to get the natural ambiance.

I guess another thing to consider is that I myself have recently solved a sleep problem issue (insomnia) and now actually sleep when we go to bed, instead of laying there half the night listening to the sounds of nature.

I really don't want to tow a White box sticky.
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Wayne-

I was looking through Odyssey options and on etrailer came across tents like this for the Odyssey, Certainly the back of the Odyssey would make a great bed, see Frederick's post on the subject.

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08 18' Cub. I have to admit. The space inside was nice....... actually it was very nice, considering it was 6' shorter than our current trailer.
So, if it rained on you just before breaking camp what happens to the water on the "tent" end when you fold it up to go home? Does it end up inside the trailer? I have seen these hybrids around here and wonder what somebody in Florida was thinking when they bought one. It rains a lot here you know.
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Tim,

I never thought much about an Odyssey/Tent combo until we purchased the Odyssey and Ginny said it's so large we could live in it. As well in Newfoundland their were two long range travelers in our last Provincial park using their minivan for camping.

Since MC1's wife was interested in more primitive camping environment I thought I'd throw this out. I recall that a storage bag is provided for the tent to take care of a damp tent. Of course most of the new tent fabrics do not absorb water.
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It really simple the solution to the partner wanting the "feel" of real tent camping. Same thing you do with the teenagers or grandkids. Here is your tent and sleeping bag. With less need to tell your adult partner to stop making so much noise horsing around with the cousins or they won't get smores tomorrow night.
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Wet tent material is always a problem with rain and packing up wet. When tent camping (no trailer), one has little choice about the weather forecast. But I think that with either a tent end on a hybrid trailer or a more simple tent as a supplement to a trailer, one could be mindful of the forecast and only use the tent part when the weather is cooperative. A person might get surprised sometimes, but with due care one could probably avoid the wet-canvas-pack-up situation almost every time.
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Wow, we too are on the same page about wet canvas and mold issues. The cub hybrid we looked at last night was in fact at one time packed up wet and there was mold/stains on the ends. The sales man said as part of the deal they would replace the material ends with OEM product. That would be required because of my allergy to mold.

In the past with the Coleman pop up we were happy to learn when we bought it that it had the upgraded Sunbrella fabric which is mold resistant. We also took precautions when wet weather was predicted to throw a large vinyl tarp over the whole trailer. It really worked well keeping things dry. I believe the whole time we had the trailer it never got a real soaking. It was almost 10 years old when we sold it and it still had the original new trailer smell.
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