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Old 06-14-2019, 11:23 AM   #1
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Bonair Oxygen: Thinking the unthinkable

After spending 2 weeks on the road in the Oxygen the wife and I are "considering" something larger. The problem is we both love our little Oxygen. The attention it gets can be a little annoying but on the other hand there is a certain amount of pride of ownership for such a cool and unique trailer. What to do what to do?

I see all the Escapes and Bigfoots out there with their abundance of space and comfort (compared with the Oxygen) and I must admit I am getting a bit envious.

Just thoughts.
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Old 06-14-2019, 12:44 PM   #2
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I am struggling with the same dilemma.

We have a beautiful Oliver 23 and have decided that it doesn't really match our needs. Nothing wrong with the Oliver at all. But I recently put a deposit on a Black Series HQ19 and the thought of giving up the Oliver haunts me.

Oh well, here we go on the next adventure and we are both excited about it.

Changing to something new doesn't mean the old thing is bad.
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I am struggling with the same dilemma.

We have a beautiful Oliver 23 and have decided that it doesn't really match our needs. Nothing wrong with the Oliver at all. But I recently put a deposit on a Black Series HQ19 and the thought of giving up the Oliver haunts me.

Oh well, here we go on the next adventure and we are both excited about it.

Changing to something new doesn't mean the old thing is bad.
Wow that's quite a rig. Isn't it a bit of down sizing?
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After spending 2 weeks on the road in the Oxygen the wife and I are "considering" something larger. The problem is we both love our little Oxygen. The attention it gets can be a little annoying but on the other hand there is a certain amount of pride of ownership for such a cool and unique trailer. What to do what to do?

I see all the Escapes and Bigfoots out there with their abundance of space and comfort (compared with the Oxygen) and I must admit I am getting a bit envious.

Just thoughts.
That's a tough one since once it's gone another would be tough to find. But if it doesn't meet your needs you should find something that does. I started out with a 15' Chalet A frame. At first I loved it. But every time I stopped for a break it had to be set up and it always drew a crowd. A 5 minute pee break turned into a half our tour. And there were all those moving parts. The Trillium is the replacement. Nine years later, there is nothing I like better.
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Wow that's quite a rig. Isn't it a bit of down sizing?
? Don't know about "downsizing". The HQ is larger and heavier than the Oliver. I don't know why they call it a "19".

I guess priorities change over time. The HQ is like a luxury apartment inside, while having a beautiful off-road, swing arm, independent suspension, with dual shocks per wheel. Then there's the outside kitchen, the washing machine (!), more water, etc, etc.......

This trailer invites longer stays in more remote locations, and makes full timing seem very viable. The large bath/shower and washing machine just crack me up. Camping? How about luxury living in the wild untamed desert.

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That's a tough one since once it's gone another would be tough to find. But if it doesn't meet your needs you should find something that does. I started out with a 15' Chalet A frame. At first I loved it. But every time I stopped for a break it had to be set up and it always drew a crowd. A 5 minute pee break turned into a half our tour. And there were all those moving parts. The Trillium is the replacement. Nine years later, there is nothing I like better.
That is so true. I looked for several years to find this one. I love the trailer but my wife wants a bit more comfort. I compare the Oxygen to a cool sports car. It is very cool to look at, it tows fantastic, but in the end a pickup truck is much more practical. I wish I had the room to keep more than one but I have my classic boat, just bought a pontoon boat and I am buying another fiberglass camper this afternoon. I know I'll regret it later.
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I see that on the Classified marketplace you have placed your lovely Bonair up for sale. As an artist, and one who appreciates good aerodynamic design, I have always considered those trailers a work of art.
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This one in particular is an absolute work of art. Very beautiful. If you want to be noticed than this is the trailer for you. If you want to blend in than probably not. I'm still real iffy about selling it. My wife has RA and she can't get in and out of the bed in the back thus we leave the dinette down as a bed for her. I am a morning person who gets up 4:30 or 5:00 and would love to have a dinette to sit and drink coffee or whatever. Unfortunately we are not fitting well.
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So now the decision has been made, what is the replacement to be? What's your best fit?
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So now the decision has been made, what is the replacement to be? What's your best fit?
The decision is still iffy. If someone takes it off my hands we'll probably go with an early 2000's Bigfoot 21. I've even been looking at older Bigfoot 5th wheels but it must be pretty nice.
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