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Old 03-25-2015, 09:06 AM   #1
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Bed and Shower options

Good morning. I think I already know the answer to this, but I'll ask, anyway.

My wife and I currently have a LittleGuy teardrop. We love it, but would like something without the teardrop limitations. However, bed comfort is the single biggest item in choosing a camper, and teardrops beat most stand-up campers in one area -- since we both have a door, we never have to crawl over each other to get out of bed.

We also plan to do some longer-term trips in the future, and with that in mind, we have two things on our gotta-have-it list: A permanent "walk-around" bed, and a realistically sized "dry" shower. I would prefer the bed to have actual walk-around space, rather than a scoot-down-to-the-foot arrangement, and I don't want to drench to whole bathroom every time we shower. We don't want twins - a 54" double bed is perfect for us.

Does such an animal exist, from any fiberglass manufacturer, under 3000 lbs? I am also giving some thought to a custom interior build on a Lil Snoozy.
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Old 03-25-2015, 10:11 AM   #2
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Old 03-25-2015, 03:02 PM   #3
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Thanks, but while Bigfoot builds a beautiful camper, it exceeds my weight target by 50%, and that's before loading it up.

I should add that I don't want a large camper. I want a smaller camper that just prioritizes the bed and bath functions. I figure I can always build one, and could do so within my weight specs, but that's a whang of a lot of work.

Maybe doing a custom interior on a Snoozy is the best option.
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Old 03-25-2015, 04:00 PM   #4
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Sounds to me like the custom snooze is what you are going to have to do to meet your needs.


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Old 03-25-2015, 04:03 PM   #5
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Paul, you may look into converting a cargo trailer into what your needs/wants are. I've seen a few done that were very nice.
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Old 03-25-2015, 05:43 PM   #6
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check out the Travel lite cobblestone i18 trailer. It isn`t fiberglass, but is small lightweight, 2,940lbs, has queen island bed, dry shower (bathroom), we have a deposit on one now. We still have a 2005 Liberty deluxe casita ,but it is for sale mainly because of the sleeping arrangements.
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Hmm... Travel Lite is about 10 miles up the road from me. I'll have to find a time to go look it over.

I am more and more taken with the idea of a custom Snoozy interior, as that way I can have exactly what I want (within the limitations of the shell), and I have the cabinetry skills.

Thanks!
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check out the Travel lite cobblestone i18 trailer. It isn`t fiberglass, but is small lightweight, 2,940lbs, has queen island bed, dry shower (bathroom), we have a deposit on one now. We still have a 2005 Liberty deluxe casita ,but it is for sale mainly because of the sleeping arrangements.
At (an alleged) 2940 lbs dry weight that trailer is going to be right at it's maximum rated weight of 3500 lbs+ once loaded and well over your 3000 lb, specification.
IMHO: Not a good situation.
What will you be towing with?
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Paul,

I am currently moding my Snoozy. I am changing the sofa arrangement to a side dinette with swivel chairs. A custom interior would be easy if you had a blank slate. I wanted to do one but my wife was afraid it would take to long. Advise..Go for it.


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We are towing with a 2013 Chrysler T&C van with the trailer pkg from the factory. It pulled the casita Liberty great & I believe the Travel Lite is 200lbs less than it.
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Old 03-28-2015, 02:01 PM   #11
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two comments.....

walk around bed....yep, that an easy one to want...however you must be aware that you are now using up a whole lot of volume for ONE function...there is no free lunch....if small and lightweight are desirable, you start with that and any time you use some up you are left with the rest for all other uses/functions....coming from towing a teardrop to a "box" is going to be a change...gotta guard against going too big...just sayin'

the snoozy bed is innovative in that it uses space that would not normally be used....it costs a front window...and the individual at the forward end is sort of trapped there in the diminishing headroom space...but still, if it works for some it delivers an extra element for something in that size...neat!


I look at your i18 and it looks to me that the dinette is what paid a price here....I don't think you'd be doing a lot of "lounging around" at that dinette..but then, who knows?, you've got that big bed right there and maybe that's where you end up most of the time when you are not actually eating...

another aspect that seems to have taken a hit is window space....no front or back windows....the two on either side of the bed are not really a factor when you're cooking or seated at the dinette....

sure is a beautiful peice of work though (inside and out) and VERY well equipped I must say....

Second: about your comment... "I don't want to drench to whole bathroom every time we shower".....my comment would be "Keeping my bathroom spotless is a cinch, I can clean the WHOLE thing in seconds at the end of every shower"....but maybe that's just me...I'm a fan of wet baths to the point that I'm surprised somebody hasn't designed/marketed a slightly larger one for small apartments.....they "work" great IMO (my SO was close to horrified when she first imagined "living" with one....now she loves it)

good luck with your "hunt"
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I would think the trick with the Snoozy would be the dry bath since the door is in the back of that unit. I really can't think of anything in the stick or molded that would fit especially having anything more than a wiggle down area on the sides of a bed. Interior width is 6'6" or 80" minus 54" for the bed would leave you with 26" thus 13" on each side of the bed.
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most fiberglass trailers have walk around beds. You just have to go outside to walk around 'em. :-P
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most fiberglass trailers have walk around beds. You just have to go outside to walk around 'em. :-P
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