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Old 07-06-2009, 09:05 PM   #15
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Hi Russell,

Well, it comes down to how you camp now. Our family (2 boys 8 and 13, myself and my wife) cooks and spends all our time outside so we never use our inside stove or sink. We generally only setup our inside table when it's raining and we need to play some cards or other games to occupy ourselves. So far us, a 13' trailer (no bathroom, bunks for the kids) is just fine. It sounds like you could pull a 17' (most are under 3000lbs) so if you need a bathroom or expect to spend more time inside then that might be a better option. Realistically if you are buying an older trailer it's not how well they were built but how well they have been maintained.

EDIT: I see Andy mentioned Scamp and Casita which are trailers you can buy new. I would add Escape Trailer to that list. I think only the 17' Bigfoot would fit under 3000lbs and they are very expensive and as they currently just coming out of bankruptcy I am not sure how available they would be.

For used in California you will also see Boler's, some Trilliums and Burro's / U-Hauls
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:29 PM   #16
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The only drawback I've witnessed is that I want to go on camping trips every week.

I think some people have covered the height issue. If you're tall it can be a problem.

Basically, fiberglass trailers were the perfect fit for my family. We settled on a Casita, but they're all excellent RVs. I've yet to see one that I didn't like. Superior in just about every way to a pop up.
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:39 PM   #17
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My 6' husband could stand in our Burro and our UHaul.

You can also add something like we do. We set up a FirstUp from Walmart against the UHaul, giving us another room.

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Old 07-06-2009, 11:30 PM   #18
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:09 AM   #19
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As others have said there are a few draw backs, but as you can see we find them pleasant. But one drawback that I see for you is with a newer egg is that I know our 2007 Casita weighted in at 2800 pounds empty. That would really push your weight limits. Unless your saying 3000 pounds with room for the poundage that comes with loading your camping stuff. Don't want to steer you away from the wonderful world of egg-isum, but may suggest looking for an older one as they tend to weigh much less than the newer versions.


Now as for "new" suggestions ( great suggestion already) but the EggCamper was left out. And I personally think it would be a wonderful option for your growing family. Happy Hunting! Robin
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:46 AM   #20
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Hi Russell,

Having owned a very basic, no frills 1987 13' Burro, that was very used, needed initial work, but was comfy and cozy and served our purposes at the time, which were basically similar to yours - we wanted the hard shell for weather, security, ease of settling in and ease of packing up. Now, we are owners of a 17' 2005 Escape, previously owned but not very used, which we bought for more comfort for aging bodies. We still keep it basic, no microwave, no air conditioner, but we enjoy the extra room, the shower and bigger beds. Both trailers, in our camping lifestyle, felt like campers, not luxury units. We loved the easy to clean and lightness (as in lots of reflected light) of the double walled Burro, which Burro lovers and owners on this site are partial too, and we appreciate the fine workmanship, wood cabinets, etc. of the Escape. Cost is a factor, if you are fortunate to find a used trailer in good shape, that is a real plus.

We did a lot of research, talked to owners, considered several makes, before buying our Escape, the Burro was a naive spur of the moment purchase, there was no FiberglassRV Forum at the time. As others have already said, I recommend using this forum for your research, look at several, only in 'real life' can you get a feel for your preferences, then shop around.

You will love whatever you buy, if you are even drawn to these lovely little eggs at all you are already hooked - good luck on your search!

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PS Our Escape is around 2000#, the Burro under 1000. One thing to consider is that owning an Egg does require some maintenance know how. How much you know, want to know, want to do is a consideration when buying used.
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Old 07-07-2009, 06:01 PM   #21
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Thanks again everyone. You guys are such a nice helpful bunch here how could I not want to join the group.

Penny/Mike, our popup camper was a spur of the moment purchase (like most things are with me ) though it got us out of the house camping again so I can't complain. We're looking for a hard sided trailer for exact reasons you mentioned and we're definitely *not* hell-bent on getting one with a few luxury items like air/heat either.


I did send off an email to Tammy at Escape and I received a prompt reply back but quite frankly we're on the fence about taking on another large purchase this year - we recently purchased our Honda Ridgeline. So we're looking for one in the used market but I'm sure it's going to take a while for something to pop up. There don't seem to be very many advertised compared to the regular TT. On a positive note I certainly don't mind the drive should one pops up in one of the neighboring states.
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:22 PM   #22
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Hey Russell,

We are ex-zipper flippers who made the jump to Fibreglass. Our first unit was a 13' 74 Boler, and it was a great step, but for a family of 4, we found that it was a little to small. Especially on the rainy days when you stay inside. So we looked around on who and what to upgrade to, we looked at Casita, Trillium, Bigfoot, Escape, and such. After meeting a couple with a 17' Escape, and reviewing these forums we decided on the going ahead with a new Escape unit. We had planned on a 17', but Tammy "convinced" us to upgrade to the 19'. Honestly, we love it.
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-- 2009 19' Escape dry weight: 2510 pounds.
-- TV: 2003 Honda Odyssey

We loaded up in Chilliwack, and pulled it full of water, gear and family all the way to Jasper, and there are some really good hills on that path. We were concerned about how the van would do, and what our mileage would be. We tracked it, and it only impacted our mileage by 1/3 while in the mountains, and in the flats no real difference. Our experience with Tammy and Rease was probably the most positive experience I've ever had making a purchase. They are so concerned with quality of their product and with your satisfaction. I think our orientation was like 3 hours long with Tammy and Rease.

I can't think of any downsides, I'm 6ft and have no issues with hight or space. I say go for it! You won't regret it!

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Old 07-08-2009, 07:41 AM   #23
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Hi Russell, H

Here's my .02 worth

There aren't many downsides, with the exception of initial cost and storage ( depending on your property situation) I guess, but the experiences you'll have will balance it out. As you pointed out at least you're outdoors again.

You may find that although amenities like a a MW, AC or WC aren't on your list now it may be because you haven't had an opportunity to use/enjoy them...once bitten...watch out!

A big upside is the hard side of the fiberglass trailer. That offers security from animals and crooks and of course, no wet teardowns when breaking camp in bad weather.

I might take a pounding for saying this but I would recommend buying the largest fiberglass unit you can afford, because you will eventually want just a little more room the more you use it and like it and the bigger your family gets. I guess I mean plan ahead for expansion. Even the biggest ones are easy to tow, and maneuver into most any available campsite or small road. Nothing ( well almost nothing )......( ok, it's in the top 10 ) beats a table to sit at w/coffee in the morning without disturbing your other half or the kids...by the way, the reverse is also true here!

As for fuel vs. mileage ...forget trying to rationalize trailer size or style based on that...it's a cost of doing business no matter what you tow.

Happy trails...
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Hi Russell, H

Here's my .02 worth

There aren't many downsides, with the exception of initial cost and storage ( depending on your property situation) I guess, but the experiences you'll have will balance it out. As you pointed out at least you're outdoors again.

You may find that although amenities like a a MW, AC or WC aren't on your list now it may be because you haven't had an opportunity to use/enjoy them...once bitten...watch out!

A big upside is the hard side of the fiberglass trailer. That offers security from animals and crooks and of course, no wet teardowns when breaking camp in bad weather.

I might take a pounding for saying this but I would recommend buying the largest fiberglass unit you can afford, because you will eventually want just a little more room the more you use it and like it and the bigger your family gets. I guess I mean plan ahead for expansion. Even the biggest ones are easy to tow, and maneuver into most any available campsite or small road. Nothing ( well almost nothing )......( ok, it's in the top 10 ) beats a table to sit at w/coffee in the morning without disturbing your other half or the kids...by the way, the reverse is also true here!

As for fuel vs. mileage ...forget trying to rationalize trailer size or style based on that...it's a cost of doing business no matter what you tow.

Happy trails...
OK, not sure if I'm posting this right, kind of confusing for a first time login! I read a lot of comments here about having enough space in a TT, but I was kind of under the assumption that if you are downsizing from a permanent home to live in a TT, I would think that eliminating "stuff" is a natural part of the plan. I'm a single guy looking to buy a TT in the next year or two and doing PT work for the Parks and I'm thinking of about an 18' - 25'er and that seems pretty adequate to me. I don't plan on having anything that is "decorative" - just living essentials, so I'm not sure why everyone talks about extra space and storage. Am I missing something since I've never actually lived this way before?
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Old 07-08-2009, 01:24 PM   #25
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Brian, I would suggest posting your questions as to Full timing in a egg in a separate post. That way the people who full time in an egg would be able to jump in and help you. Personally for me, I don't think I could! But there are those who do! As far as the posts suggesting larger for storage space, even weekend campers need storage to stow away all the stuff we take with us for our weekend get aways. With a family of 4 the clothes alone for a weekend need to be put away somewhere, as do pots pans, food, etc. So that's what those post refer to. Even the essinatials take up space. For us (ok me) I know I take tooooooooo much stuff even for just a few short days. But I am of the theroy I would rather have toooooooooo much than not enough. Just me! But some of the larger egg's have more storage areas than even the 17footers. I know the Bigfoot we looked at, had way more storage areas than the Casita we bought. That's why people suggest larger for a growing family. Can four people get in our Casita? Sure but we wouldn't be moving around much less comfortable. So yes larger for their camping situation would be better. For you a single, you may find even a 13 footer meets you needs. Again, post a topic as to you questions about full timing in a egg and you will get lots of great suggestions. Best of Luck! Robin

There is also a forum topic that you might find helpful.......... Fulltiming in a molded travel trailer.
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Old 07-08-2009, 02:50 PM   #26
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Once you've read all the opinions you will just have to buy two! We started with a 13 Boler to which I attached a portable outside shower and toilet. We then moved up to a 17' Boler because of the inside toilet, hot water and fridge. Then it was a sideways move, because of opportunity to a 17' Bigfoot. My wife kept complaining about having to fold up the bed each day. So we bought a 25' Bigfoot BUT we kept the 17' Bigfoot. There are places in the foothills around Calgary that I could not get into with the 25' and the 17' works well for my weekend hunting trips. Now my wife says the 25' will last us for some time but it is not our last trialer. She wants all the room of one of those 5-wheel with all the slideouts! I expect we may have to look for a 30' Bigfoot with the slideout someday! The downside of a fiberglass trailer, as I see it, has been somewhat mentioned. That is the cost of a new one versus buying an older one and spending some amount of time fixing it up.
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Old 07-08-2009, 03:05 PM   #27
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You'll never have to camp alone. Other campers will congregate around yours so that they can get a closer look. I hope you like meeting people because it's an attention getter. We've even had somone ask for a tour while checking into a campground. People will knock at your door, at home, to ask about "that cute little thing in your driveway". If you get an older model you'll very soon be bitten by the "Lets Change This" bug. AND Somewhere along the line you'll get "Two Foot Itis" and want to upgrade and then comes decision time. You'll just have to go to rallys so you can meet even more people who have been bitten by the same bug.
By the way... The trailers packed and we're off to the Ontario gathering at Emily Provincial Park to visit with about a hundred or so others. We leave in the morning. Just gotta get my FG fix.
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Old 07-08-2009, 07:30 PM   #28
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.... and I'm thinking of about an 18' - 25'er and that seems pretty adiquate to me. I don't plan on having anything that is "decorative" - just living essentials, so I'm not sure why everyone talks about extra space and storage. Am I missing something since I've never actually lived this way before?
Part of your confusion Brian might be this site and what molded lightweight fiberglass towables are all about. The VAST majority of these trailers are 13 footers. So, when we talk about space and storage and maybe buying a larger trailer... the choices only go up to 25 feet and none have slides, etc.

It's all relative. There's a HUGE difference to be found in a couple of feet (as far as we're concerned)
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