Hybrid trailers, Part # 4 — Begin research here

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There are dozens of hybrid-expandable trailer manufacturers. Most have Web sites and toll-free telephone numbers to order free brochures.

Here are a few places to begin your research:

Starcraft Travel Star Expandable: “Designed to accommodate large families or families that just need a lot of room, the Travel Star Expandable offers generous living space and sleeps up to ten in fully-sealed, cable-supported, fold-out bunks. With a variety of floorplans, whether you want a slideout or U-dinette, there is sure to be one that is perfect for your family. Pick the floorplan that best fits your needs and prepare for an enjoyable camping experience – pure and simple,” says Starcraft. (Starcraft Thrill Seeker pictured above.)

Forest River Hybrid Travel Trailers: Forest River manufactures five hybrids including the Roo, r-pod, Shamrock, Surveyor and X-Lite. “The r-Pod (pictured at right) is the first of its kind to offer you affordable luxury at the lowest tow weight in it’s class. The r•pod is a perfect example of “form follows function,” with its unique shape and construction,” according to Forest River literature.

KZ Recreational Vehicles: “Founded in 1972 in Middlebury, Ind., by Daryl Zook on the principles of quality, fairness, courtesy and integrity. Today, the company manufactures a full line of towable RVs in Shipshewana, Ind., and is still focused on those same principles. KZ’s mission is to develop new concepts and competitively priced products while continually striving for the highest quality in its products and services,” says KZ literature.

Jayco Feather Ultra Lites: “With eight expandable floorplans and nine travel trailer layouts, Jay Feather Ultra Lite (pictured at left) gives you 17 family-friendly designs to choose from. From hardwall slideouts to expandable sleeping, from full-featured bathrooms to private bedrooms, Jay Feather is ideal for families who want the ease of a smaller trailer but the amenities of a larger one,” according to Jayco material.

Keystone RV Passport: “The quality, durability and construction of Keystone travel trailers has become legendary among customers who want only the best. For years, RV buyers have chosen Keystone RV, making us #1 in the nation for retail recreational vehicle sales,” says Keystone’s Web page.

For recreation vehicle lifestyle research start here: GoRVing.com and RVTravel.com.

If you missed Hybrid trailers, Part # 1 — ‘What is an ‘expandable’ RV?’ — chick here.

If you missed Hybrid trailers, Part # 2 — ‘An easy pull with half-ton pickup’ — chick here

If you missed Hybrid trailers, Part # 3 — ‘Possible drawbacks’ — chick here.

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