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Old 03-20-2014, 05:31 AM   #1
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Bullet or Hideout

I am shopping for my first travel trailer and my best 2 options are a 2011 Bullet 250RKS and a 2012 Hideout 26RLS. Pricing is about he same and both are very well maintained. I have a 2008 F150 4.6L but will mostly have it parked on some rural land as a weekend getaway instead of doing much traveling. Being a first timer and reading everything about fiberglass vs wood/aluminum construction it is not an easy decision.

Can anyone share their opinions?
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Old 03-20-2014, 06:32 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum

I am going to move your post to the appropriate forum for best v results.

Good luck with your decision.....

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Old 03-20-2014, 07:40 AM   #3
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fiberglass. In my opinon it is all in how you maintain it like anything else.
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Old 03-20-2014, 08:24 AM   #4
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Not sure if this helps or not but we have had a 248RKS for a year now and love it. Seems well made enough and the rear kitchen is great.
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:40 AM   #5
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Welcome tommy/tamu80,

We've never owned either model, but *Hail Damage* would be my concern with the aluminum exterior. Have you checked to see if either exterior is less expensive for insurance?

As an added thought ~ although you don't expect to be "doing much traveling", there's a big difference in the Hideout (dry/empty) hitch weight at 825 lbs. vs the Bullet at 475 lbs.
When you do the math, you may find the Bullet is a better match for your truck.

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Old 03-23-2014, 07:08 PM   #6
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I've had both fiberglass and aluminum in my short, 5 years, of TT experience and I don't see much difference...yet. Maybe others with more knowledge can share the basic pros/cons.
I would agree that the tongue weight will be much higher on the Hideout, as well as the Gross Trailer weight. So you'll WANT to run numbers on your truck before getting a trailer of 8Klbs to make sure YOU are comfortable towing it. There are plenty of threads with towing information to educate us here so we don't get too big of a trailer for our trucks. (not saying this is, or is not, the case for you)
My hideout is very similar to what your are looking at, and after one year we really enjoyed it and had good luck with it. Changed a few small things, but overall satisfied-and it has that aluminum siding. The major difference I see is the space inside the unit. That big slide in the Hideout really opens up the floor plan compared to what I'm seeing in the Bullet (which would account for a lot of the weight difference in the two.
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Old 03-23-2014, 08:23 PM   #7
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Over 50 years of camping in various RV's I've had aluminum and fiberglass. I've had more problems with fiberglass delaminating than I've ever had with aluminum and wood. When getting off the road after full-timing I chose to go back to aluminum so I wouldn't have the maintenance issues of fiberglass. That may say more about my very senior age and old fashion views, but I just think the aluminum is more trouble free even if it more prone to dents. My wife and I have spent a lot of time in our Hideout and are very happy with it. Nothing negative about the Bullet--just not familiar with it.

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Old 03-26-2014, 09:11 AM   #8
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We have a Bullet, it is light weight and pulls great with a 1/2 ton, The Hideout looks like a great model too, but I would recommend a lighter weight TT for your TV. Make sure you get one that suits your needs.
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Old 03-26-2014, 11:46 PM   #9
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I had a 2013 Hideout, traded it for a Outback. Only negative thing was the siding on the Outback. Hard to keep clear and wax due to the corrugated aluminum

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Old 03-28-2014, 08:12 PM   #10
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I have owned a Hornet for 8+ years. They are well made chassis' with little interior fluff items. That extra tongue weight mentioned is a good thing IMO as it indicates substantial running gear.
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