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View Poll Results: Age group of the person responsable for the maint. and upkeep of your egg
20-30 11 4.68%
30-40 28 11.91%
40-50 37 15.74%
50-60 55 23.40%
60-70 77 32.77%
70 and up 27 11.49%
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:30 PM   #85
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I'm not sure I like the way the graph is reading right now. It is a straight line increase up to 70 then it drops off. That means we either give up camping after 70 or our eggs are dangerous to our health.
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:55 PM   #86
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We are 40 and 39, going on 65 I guess since we just started scamping. Y'all are old! So you must be smart. I can't wait to meet you!

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Old 07-08-2012, 11:21 PM   #87
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I'm not sure I like the way the graph is reading right now. It is a straight line increase up to 70 then it drops off. That means we either give up camping after 70 or our eggs are dangerous to our health.

Actually, using them causes premature aging......

As an example, as I said earlier, I'm only 18, but I am retired and collecting "fogey pogey" already!
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:53 AM   #88
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I'm not sure I like the way the graph is reading right now. It is a straight line increase up to 70 then it drops off. That means we either give up camping after 70 or our eggs are dangerous to our health.

I think some of that drop off may be internet related, 70+ is not a demographic one would expect to be widely engaged in online forums.

A lot of folks settle into a camper or motorhome before retirement and then continue to use it until they no longer wish to continue camping. Campers 70+ are a modest sized subset of all people camping. The FG egg owners are a fairly small segment of the overall market. So your only going to see the overlap of three small subsets in that poll.

To the original question of will you use it, and how much work is it? Wife and I face the same question, we have a fairly basic Scamp 13 ft. So not having amenities like bath and shower makes it a little less usable, but a lot less to maintain.

In the spring clean, test for leaks, grease/check wheel bearings, in the fall drain water (or fill with rv anti-freeze) and park. Leave gear in it over the summer so all we have to do is throw some food and clothes in to go camping. Take food and clothes out when we get home. Easy Peasy.

One really nice thing about the FG eggs is they do hold value well, and allow room for some sweat equity. If you don't use it you can probably get more of your investment back on resale than you would from most campers. If you invest the time to fix one up or to add features yourself there is a fair chance to recoup much of your investment. Or at least more than I would expect from repairing a pop-up camper.
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:02 AM   #89
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We bought our Egg Camper when I was a few months shy of 75 and my wife was a few months shy of 72. That was spring of 2011. We plan on continuing to use ours as long as our bodies allow it. Based on our condition today that could be 10 years (and hopefully more). I visit this site several times a day, have attended one ralley, planning on another in August and another in September.
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:06 PM   #90
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We bought our Egg Camper when I was a few months shy of 75 and my wife was a few months shy of 72. That was spring of 2011. We plan on continuing to use ours as long as our bodies allow it. Based on our condition today that could be 10 years (and hopefully more). I visit this site several times a day, have attended one ralley, planning on another in August and another in September.
Best of luck with continued camping, my parents owned and used a camper into their 80's and even after they sold the rig they would come on camping trips with family, just bunked in their rigs. None of the maint. and all of the fun
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:34 PM   #91
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Our egg

I am 67 and my wife is younger. We have a Boler and this August we are going across Canada to Newfoundland from BC and back through the US, about 13,000 kms.

I recommend Vertglas to keep the exterior sparkling with little annual maintenance.http://www.vertglas.com/index.html

The only other regular maintenance is to keep your wheel bearings packed. Probably once every two or three years.

Good luck!
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:36 PM   #92
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I'm not sure I like the way the graph is reading right now. It is a straight line increase up to 70 then it drops off. That means we either give up camping after 70 or our eggs are dangerous to our health.

From my observations, many of the over 70 crowd buy and use the larger more expensive rigs. Airstream Sprinters seem to be more common than fiberglass among those over 70. They're out there playing, just not in fiberglass, with exceptions. 70 and still going strong in our 13' Scamp.
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:39 PM   #93
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I think some of that drop off may be internet related, 70+ is not a demographic one would expect to be widely engaged in online forums.

A lot of folks settle into a camper or motorhome before retirement and then continue to use it until they no longer wish to continue camping. Campers 70+ are a modest sized subset of all people camping. The FG egg owners are a fairly small segment of the overall market. So your only going to see the overlap of three small subsets in that poll.

To the original question of will you use it, and how much work is it? Wife and I face the same question, we have a fairly basic Scamp 13 ft. So not having amenities like bath and shower makes it a little less usable, but a lot less to maintain.

In the spring clean, test for leaks, grease/check wheel bearings, in the fall drain water (or fill with rv anti-freeze) and park. Leave gear in it over the summer so all we have to do is throw some food and clothes in to go camping. Take food and clothes out when we get home. Easy Peasy.

One really nice thing about the FG eggs is they do hold value well, and allow room for some sweat equity. If you don't use it you can probably get more of your investment back on resale than you would from most campers. If you invest the time to fix one up or to add features yourself there is a fair chance to recoup much of your investment. Or at least more than I would expect from repairing a pop-up camper.
One of the beauties of having a trailer, even a 13', is to escape the cold and wet in Jan-March or earlier. We head for the sunny south in January, stick around for the kids and Christmas, then it's off to the sunny south for about 3 months. See lots of people from Michigan along the way. Maybe you should consider it, saves on winterizing.
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One of the beauties of having a trailer, even a 13', is to escape the cold and wet in Jan-March or earlier. We head for the sunny south in January, stick around for the kids and Christmas, then it's off to the sunny south for about 3 months. See lots of people from Michigan along the way. Maybe you should consider it, saves on winterizing.
What and give up my mesquito free winter tent camping? Surely you jest! And campfires! Nice in July but really appreciated in Feb. Plus you don't sweat as much when cutting firewood. Why it's almost perfect.

Of course packing a frozen tent is a little bit of a challenge but you have to take the good with the bad.
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What and give up my mesquito free winter tent camping? Surely you jest! And campfires! Nice in July but really appreciated in Feb. Plus you don't sweat as much when cutting firewood. Why it's almost perfect.

Of course packing a frozen tent is a little bit of a challenge but you have to take the good with the bad.
Mosquitoes in Death Valley?? Mosquitoes in Quartszite, AZ?? Freezing temperatures in Death Valley?? Freezing Temperatures in southern AZ?? I think I'll continue to head south for the winter.
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Old 07-09-2012, 10:34 PM   #96
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I am so disappointed. I thought this thread was going to be about an upcoming "Age of Fiberglass Trailer Owners", sort of like the Bronze Age or the Stone Age.
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I am so disappointed. I thought this thread was going to be about an upcoming "Age of Fiberglass Trailer Owners", sort of like the Bronze Age or the Stone Age.
Would totally confuse anthropologist and historians, Age of FG is retro movement and a renaissance at the same time, Wonder what a pirate archaeologist will get for a Bargman L-400 latch in a few hundred years?
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You mentioned camping next to a Colorado river. Sort of like this?

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I was there last summer. Yes, it is nice to hear that stream rushing over the rocks only a dozen feet from your trailer.

If you buy a new trailer, upkeep is very minimal. The older it is, the more likely you are to find things that need repairs. Seals around windows and vents can age, appliances can break down, etc. I don't think trailers are quite as bad as boats (a hole in the water you throw money into, they say) but trailers get bounced and jiggled a lot and have moving parts and stuff that can wear out. That's why I bought something brand new last year; I'll probably keep it 5 to 10 years, then sell it (before it becomes problematic) and get a different new one.
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