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Old 07-08-2009, 08:05 PM   #29
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Yep, a couple of feet make a huge difference. I was just watching the Escape Trailer video that was posted in another thread and I was amazed at how much more space the 17' has over my 13' plus all the nifty features.
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Old 07-08-2009, 08:21 PM   #30
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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.

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Don't take this as a pounding or anything , but we have owned several fiberglass trailers for use and for rehab, our 2004 Scamp 13 deluxe now has over 5 years, 40000 miles and a couple hundred nights of use.
We plan to use it as long as we are able. When will I start wanting a larger trailer?
My experience is that teens would rather have separate quarters like a tent or the back of the van anyway. Besides that resale thing works both ways, so you can always sell and rebuy when your needs change. Follow us through the drive up sometime
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Old 07-09-2009, 12:37 AM   #31
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Don't take this as a pounding or anything , but we have owned several fiberglass trailers for use and for rehab, our 2004 Scamp 13 deluxe now has over 5 years, 40000 miles and a couple hundred nights of use.
We plan to use it as long as we are able. When will I start wanting a larger trailer?
My experience is that teens would rather have separate quarters like a tent or the back of the van anyway. Besides that resale thing works both ways, so you can always sell and rebuy when your needs change. Follow us through the drive up sometime
We own a 19' Scamp 5er and have bought smaller second "project" trailer, a 14.5' Surfside, so the "bigger is better" mentality does not always hold.
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Old 07-09-2009, 06:01 PM   #32
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Drawbacks of a fiberglass rv--none!
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Old 07-10-2009, 06:48 AM   #33
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We own a 19' Scamp 5er and have bought smaller second "project" trailer, a 14.5' Surfside, so the "bigger is better" mentality does not always hold.
No fair Peter! Having two trailers gives you a choice. Sorta like have two motor vehicles. A sports car or a truck. Depends on what you're going to do. I bet you end up using the 5th wheel for longer duration trips and the Surfside for those quick close by get aways. Keep track and let us know how close I came with this opinion.
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Old 07-20-2009, 02:38 PM   #34
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The biggest drawback with owning a fiberglass TT is having strangers offering to buy it, or wanting a peek inside while your stopped somewhere to get gas. I've never seen anything like the response I get when I pull in somewhere like a restaurant. There's bound to be somebody who'll come up to me asking about my "cute trailer". I'm flattered, but sometimes I wish I could sell tickets and give guided tours. At the annual Ham Radio Field Day, I have heard the phrase "It's a lot bigger inside than out", at least once.

These are GREAT Trailers, and a FANTASTIC Ice Breaker.
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Old 07-20-2009, 06:38 PM   #35
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Major drawback would be once you have one you will be kicking yourself for not having gotten one sooner.
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Old 07-20-2009, 11:30 PM   #36
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At the annual Ham Radio Field Day, I have heard the phrase "It's a lot bigger inside than out", at least once.
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I was dumbfounded the first time I heard someone say that! I didn't even want to try and explain to them that, that was impossible. LOL...............
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Old 07-21-2009, 11:06 AM   #37
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I was dumbfounded the first time I heard someone say that! I didn't even want to try and explain to them that, that was impossible. LOL...............
...yeah, and if your showing the trailer to a couple, the phrase is usually followed with a nudge to the ribs one to the other with "We gotta get one of these..."
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Old 07-21-2009, 02:32 PM   #38
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**The biggest drawback with owning a fiberglass TT is having strangers offering to buy it**

That is true!! My buddy Earl picked up his new 5'er from Backus, drove it home... and then back to work..

He came home from work a couple of weeks later and found a note on his front door asking if the trailer was for sale!

It happens.



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Old 07-23-2009, 09:31 PM   #39
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Oh, yeah, a whole lotta love out there for our FGRVs!

I LOVE our furnace, as we live up north and camp April to October, so it's nice and cozy inside after canoeing/fishing/hiking in the cold wind and rain.

I WISH our Boler had a shower in the lav, but heating water on the propane stove and pouring it into a big old Tupperware container works too, and is more, ah, leisurely.

We bought a very inexpensive 30-year-old Boler that needs, on average, $800 every other season for maintenance/upgrades. It's nice to "spread out the payment" but it is disconcerting -- at first -- not to know EXACTLY what will break down while wilderness camping.

During our last camp-out ALMOST nothing worked, which is where your experience with a pop-up or tent will come in handy. Electric pump doesn't work on the inside sink/faucet? Gravity is your friend, and there is a handy bumper for your water jug. Fridge on the fritz? That's OK, if you brought a cooler and a block of ice or two. No electric lights? That's what the lantern is for, and so forth.

What ALWAYS works is the hard shell -- keeping you out of the elements, keeping the bears (or two-legged varmints) away, at bay, and safe for your sleeping family, for yourself, all buttoned up.

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Old 07-23-2009, 10:02 PM   #40
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The thing about 2-footitis is that if you fix the 13 foot one up enough, you might be able to flip it to pay for the larger one. We did, although if you weigh out what we put into the Burro to fix it up, I doubt that we made money, probably lost. Certainly, if you add up what we put into the UHaul, we did. However, it is not a decision we regret.

I do have to say that we get fewer people commenting and less attention in the larger camper, but that is not all that bad either.

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Old 07-24-2009, 12:33 PM   #41
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I'm naturally biased, but in comparison of other RV's I see so many plus'es with going 'glass that to me, it's almost a no-brainer.

If you have a buttload of money and don't care a whit about depreciation, a motorized RV is the way to go for ostentation, luxury and supreme comfort. Those bulge-mobiles sure are nice, but I just can't get into the logic of purchasing a additional motor, transmission, and the servicing of both, as well as tying yourself up into a take-it-all-with-you-all-the-time turtle-shell existence. Even if you only take your big ol'RV out to park it in the infields of NASCAR races, you still wind up with a low-mileage traveling money-pit that'll NEVER give you a decent return on your investment.

A towed travel trailer is the most popular choice of any type of RV, offering as good luxury, and the convienence of not haveing to take everything with you everywhere. But depending on the brand or design, depreciation and return on investment can play weigh heavily.

'Glass trailers in turn, offers relief in that both depreciation tends to be much less, and with the demand seemingly never-ending, you'll find your ROI at it's best. Demand for older 'glass trailers, regardless of make or model, far outpaces simularly equipped & aged standard TT's.

Besides...they're just so darn cute...

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Old 07-25-2009, 12:13 AM   #42
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We upgraded from a 17' Casita to a 17' Bigfoot -- actually 17.5 feet. Reason: BF is 1 foot wider than Casita 17' and gave us the floor space we need to navigate around our 2 large dogs at night. And now we have a sofa for snoozing on in the daytime. This was just the right move for us. The difference in space is quite remarkable.

Regarding the "cute factor," I don't believe Bigfoot has it; whereas scamp, casita, burro, trillium all do. No one stops us at restaurants and gas stations any more asking to take a peek inside. So many did with the casita, I "sold" 4 of them in 2 years (having folks purchase new from the factory after touring my trailer). Possibly in part because of the lack of the "egg shape" in BF (curved sides vs squared sides).

As for the cost factor of BF vs scamp and casita -- you can find a bargain in used trailers if you're persistent and willing to wait. We did!
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