What Is A Hybrid Camper & Should You Get One?

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Have you ever wondered what a hybrid camper is? A hybrid is basically a cross between a pop top and a hard floor camper trailer. It has all the benefits of both of these styles, but also comes with some extra costs. Do you think that an ARB is for you? If you are thinking of getting a newer camper, but want to be economical about it, then you have come to the right place. The term “hybrid camper” refers to American recreational vehicles (ARVs) like the ARB. For those who are interested in purchasing one but do not know much about it, you’re in luck! We will your average Joe enough information to help decide if one is right for you!

A hybrid camper is a camper that you travel in that has more than one form of transportation. For example, the rear half of a pickup camper could drive like an SUV, but the front half could be a full-size truck bed. A curb-side hybrid camper has two axles and a similar design as a standard pickup truck. Generally, they have dual foot controls (one on each side) to allow the driver to drive while sitting to either left or right. Most hybrid campers are approved by the US Forest Service and perform well off-road and in snow.

So, why are hybrid campers so popular

The main reason is that they make camping more comfortable. We love to go on camping trips and spend time in the great outdoors, but there's no need to'rough it' if you don't want to.

A hybrid camper will typically have dedicated living space, an outdoor kitchen and room for your luggage and other gear. And the beds are real beds! You don't have to sleep on a mattress or an air bed, you can sleep on a proper bed!

Hybrid campers also have plenty of built-in features that make them easy to store and transport. For example, many models fold down into compact packages that are easy to tow behind even small cars. Then they unfold with ease when you get to your destination.

Some of them even have toilet and shower options, either built in or added on.

Pros of hybrid campers

  • Hybrid campers are designed to be towed by most vehicles, so if you have a truck with a hitch it should work.
  • Hybrid campers typically offer more built-in features and can be either soft floor or hard floor
  • hey are also known as pop-up, pop-out or fold out camper trailers.
  • A hybrid camper combines tent-like side walls with a fixed hard top. This allows for the best of both worlds.
  • A hybrid camper is a good option for those who like the security of an enclosed camper but also want to be able to go off road and explore.
  • This camper has a roof that folds out to create an extra tent-like space.
  • If you have bunks for children in your hybrid camper, they will be slightly raised off the floor depending on how high off the ground the camper sits.

Problems with hybrid campers

  • These campers are usually heavier than other camper trailers.
  • Hard to upgrade storage
  • Fully equipping your camper will cost even more than the purchase price of the camper.


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Are hybrid campers any good?

The first question that many people ask is whether a hybrid camper is actually any good. The answer to that is a resounding yes. It's often said that the most important part of any camper is the roof, where all the insulation sits. Hybrid campers have the same roof as a pop up, so you know it's sturdy and well insulated.

On top of that, using a hybrid means you'll be able to fit more people into your camper than in a traditional RV or tent. You'll also get extra space thanks to the pull out beds. What's not to love?

What to Consider When Buying a Hybrid Camper

I’m sure you have seen the many articles on the market and are confused as to what to look for when buying one. Some of us have been camping from early childhood; it is ingrained in us and we would go camping even if we didn’t have a camper. That doesn’t mean we don’t need to consider some of these items.

Here is the list of things you ought to know about before you buy:
  • How much space do you need?
  • How often will you be towing a camper and what distance?
  • How much money do you have to spend?

Most camper trailer owners will have heard of hybrid campers, but few will have actually seen one in person. They are a rare breed compared to other styles of campers available on the market, and have only been around for the last decade or so.

Hybrid campers are just as they sound: A hybrid of different types of camper trailers. They're a hybrid because they combine the best features of other camper trailer styles, such as pop tops and hard floor campers.

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Hi, I'm Kevin Pommells, a lover of camping and the great outdoors as everyone says nowadays. I'm also a passionate soccer fan and the proud owner of CamperRules.com, a website dedicated to helping campers and outdoor enthusiasts make the most of their adventures. With years of experience exploring the wilderness and a deep love for the sport of soccer, I'm always looking for new ways to combine my two passions and share my knowledge with others. Follow me for tips, tricks, and insights on all things camping and outdoor recreation.

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