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Old 09-24-2022, 05:35 PM   #1
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Turtled hybrid vs full hard-side

We are towing with a vehicle that has a bed, we have been looking at trailers with Murphy beds so we can leave the bed up and use the trailer floor space for living space, since we plan to be sleeping in our tow vehicle.

We know nothing about hybrids, and today at an RV show we looked at a Flagstaff Shamrock 19 and our first impression was this is potentially great for us - leave the beds up if the weather is not nice (too hot or too cold), lower the beds for a nice airy feeling if the weather is good, and by construction all of the floorspace inside the hard-shell of the hybrid is living area, nothing taken up by a bed that we don't need (since we will sleep in the tow vehicle).

Before considering this, we were leaning towards an RPOD 192 and we may go that way. The Shamrock has bigger tanks, a much larger bathroom and feels much more open. On the down side, it weighs more but its still towable for us.

Are there any caveats to a hybrid vs a fully hard-walled trailer that we should be thinking of? We are looking at the hybrid as a hard wall with really big doors on each end that we can open when we want to let the breeze in. Is that too optimistic?
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My wife and I looked at hybrids, similar to this sweet-looking Shamrock 19. Two things put it out of the running for us: one was an inability to use the foldout bedrooms in some Parks, National, not sure about State, due to concerns about bears. The second was what sounded like an increased propensity for condensation; although there were tips and tricks to minimize that issue. I think some of your decision-making would depend on where, how, and when (season) you plan to use it.

We ended up with a small (17'), hard-sided (Azdel) teardrop trailer, that we've towed and enjoyed for the past four years.

Good luck with your decision.
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