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Posted: 11/23/20 07:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey everyone! I'm curious if anyone has ever gone from a TT to a HTT and want to know your thoughts. Here's my short-version scenario:

After spending lots of years in a large TT with our three kids, we sold it a while back because our kids were at an age where we just didn't have time to use it. Now our two oldest are in college and our youngest, a middle schooler, wants really badly to go camping. And DW and I miss it terribly. The long term plan has always been to get back into it when our youngest goes off to college, with a rig built for two. But that's not for another 6 years. And we're not in the position to spend lots of money on a new rig/storage/insurance, etc.

My suggestion was a used pop up (I grew up in one) but DW says it has to have a potty and place to change clothes. So I started looking at used HTT's that wouldn't break the bank and that I could park in my driveway.

Then I read on here about people who made the switch to TT's and the things they wouldn't miss about their HTT (noise, leaks, maintenance, etc) so it got me thinking there must be people with experience in this area.

Anyone want to share their stories of HTT's or maybe even differences of opinions on them vs. TT's? Not sure if I'm just dreaming at this point, but I've got a serious itch to get back outside among the trees, campfires, and the good people who love nature like I do.

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Sleeping in my hybrid takes me back to sleeping on the porch during the summer at the cottage in the Thousand Islands.

I full-time in one (for 3 years now- before that in a pop-up)and haven't seen any leak/maintenance issues that would be attributable to the hybrid form.


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Assuming you are keeping the F150, I doubt you need to go HTT to get the size/weight down for the truck.

Up front cost isn't a big difference comparing the two options.

Are you really tight on your storage space at home?

I would go TT and keep it simple.


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Thanks soon2bexpat - I feel like I'd enjoy the open feeling of the tent ends. And right valhalla, I was pulling close to 9K with the truck so it's not that. Really the space thing is the biggest issue. If I keep it at home I need something short. My driveway ends in an alley with a brick wall opposite my house and I've got a gate besides. A HTT will give me considerably more space inside while keeping it short enough to maneuver into my driveway. Going from a 33' with two slide outs, I'm not sure we're ready for a 20-ish foot TT...

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17 years in a tent trailer, 5 years in a hybrid and now 11 years in our current trailer. When it comes to "camping" the hybrid can't be beat, in my opinion. You are outside, under the canvas with plenty of fresh air to breath and good beds to sleep on and a bathroom with a shower. We loved our hybrid but.....

As we neared retirement we knew we would be hitting the road for far off places. We did take the hybrid on long trips but those were spent at campgrounds for a couple of days, or more, at a time before moving on. We also camped mainly in the summer to accommodate the kid's school year. It worked really well.

Going camping and traveling are two different things. We have over 50K miles on our current trailer. We can go out in the cold early spring and the cold and rainy fall. While on the road for hours at a time we can stop somewhere to have lunch, use the bathroom and be on our way in the matter of just minutes. No need to avoid the cold and no requirement to set up the tent ends and store them away when wet as we are moving to our next destination.

If, you are planning on camping with your son, a hybrid would be perfect. Again, we loved ours and never regretted owning one. Your plan to get a used one, use it for a few years and then maybe get something different is a good one. Best wishes.


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I have owned a TC, pop-up, TT, HTT and now back to a TT.
A hybrid can be light and easy to pull with lots of room. You can turtle in it in bad weather.
But they have some disadvantages. They are hot in summer, cold in winter and loud all the time. The space blanket material on the pop-out ends helps somewhat.

There are those nights when the cooling breeze flows through the rig with the canvas open that are really memorable. When boondocking you can hear the critters like bugling elk much easier. But it was the heat that finally convinced me to go back to a travel trailer.

Now I have a Rockwood and it is a class rig. Much warmer at night in the mountains, the shoulder season and in winter.

* This post was edited 11/29/20 05:07pm by ppine *

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We did the typical progression of popup, hybrid and TT and next year a 5th wheel.
We only left the Hybrid world because our camping style changed. We retired and wanted to take 3 month long trips south, during late winter/early spring. A hybrid is not the best choice for this.
We definitely miss the openness of a hybrid and its versatility but we'll never go back to a hybrid because it doesn't fit our current lifestyle.
The DW prefers the theater recliners and walk-around bed.


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Usage and preference are the keys here - and that is different from one to another. We started in a hybrid for 2 seasons and then moved on to our TT that we've had for 8 years now. For us, we couldn't go back. We weren't personally looking for the 'camping' experience, DW hated having to climb off the edge of the bed, dealing with wet canvas was an annoyance, and we wanted the easier set-up and breakdown of a box trailer. Having a sufficient tow vehicle is more complicated, but it was a trade-off we were willing to make.

For those who want the closer experience with nature, the priorities would be entirely different.

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Posted: 11/23/20 04:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Stebon wrote:

Thanks soon2bexpat - I feel like I'd enjoy the open feeling of the tent ends. And right valhalla, I was pulling close to 9K with the truck so it's not that. Really the space thing is the biggest issue. If I keep it at home I need something short. My driveway ends in an alley with a brick wall opposite my house and I've got a gate besides. A HTT will give me considerably more space inside while keeping it short enough to maneuver into my driveway. Going from a 33' with two slide outs, I'm not sure we're ready for a 20-ish foot TT...


For us, we are just a step or two away from "outside" and can always open the windows to get more of an outside feel while inside.

If you are down a couple kids, something in the 25-27ft range will be a good deal smaller than 33ft but should feel more spacious with fewer people (you will have to dig around and find a good layout for your specific needs).

But if you really like the tent idea, go for it. No harm, no foul.

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We started out in a hybrid. Had it for 13 seasons. Traveled all over the west and into Canada.

In 2019 we went to a small fifth wheel. Sometimes I miss the hybrid, it fit in the back yard, the fifth wheel has to be stored in a storage lot. We boon-dock most of the time, took the hybrid places I wouldn't dare take the fifth wheel.

What I don't miss it is packing up in the rain and having to open the tent ends up when we got home to let them dry. Setup and tear down obviously took a lot longer with the hybrid. The front bunk would leak when towing in the rain, I finally started putting tape in the lower corners to stop it from leaking while traveling.

If I was looking for a small trailer I would look at one with a rear slide. Same benefit as a hybrid without the downsides.

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