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Old 10-18-2012, 07:57 AM   #1
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Hello,
I have just become interested in buying a trailer. These little ones look pretty good to me. But, I am a little overwhelmed by all the choice and possibilities. Also, the prices seem to vary widely. And there is no blue book or red book to rate the values, as in cars. I wondered whether people here might give me an idea of the price of certain trailers?

For instance I was looking at the boler and trillium 13 feet models. It seems to me, after looking through some of these forums, that about $5000 for one in quite good shape is a reasonable price. Am I wrong?

Also, i have looked at a Trillium 4500 near here, which is in good shape, has kitchen tents, etc. and is offered for about $10,000. You can buy a pretty big fairly new trailer for that amount and that had me wondering whether it was way too high.

Also, could I tow a 4500 with a Toyota Coraolla?

Thanks very much for offering this forum it is a really great resource for someone just looking into this.
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:41 AM   #2
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I'd suggest that you spend some time on this site to get average sales prices by trailer type and region.

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Re towing with a Corolla - look in your owner's manual or contact Toyota to get their maximum towing and tongue weights for your exact vehicle.
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:54 AM   #3
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I'm not aware of anyone towing with a Toyota Corolla, their website doesn't offer the option, I guess because it is a front wheel drive which doesn't like towing.
Comparing a used fiberglass trailer to a new SOB is a common flaw as 10 years from now your SOB will probably be a leaking nightmare and your fiberglass unit will still be dry inside, that is why they hold their value.
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:35 AM   #4
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The Toyota website lists 1500 lbs as the towing capacity for a Corolla: Toyota Corolla Performance & Specs You have to hit the "weights and capacities" tab to see the towing rating.

When we bought our EggCamper, Mr. Palmer, the owner and designer of the camper, said one of his customers towed an EggCamper from the factory in Michigan to his home in Texas with a Corolla. Mr. Palmer tried to discourage the tow, thinking the car wasn't up to the task, but the customer later called to tell him that he made it with no problems.
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Old 10-18-2012, 11:25 AM   #5
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Joe,

Is this the 4500 that you are talking about?
Trillium 4500 - Longueuil / Rive-Sud Caravanes classiques vendre - Kijiji Longueuil / Rive-Sud

I would consider it over priced. In fact, I am not sure why, but most of the Trilliums I have seen in Quebec are priced high.
I have purchased two Trillium 4500 trailers. I paid less then $4000 for each of them. Neither were in great shape, but they were both usable when I bought them.
Maybe look at trailers in Ontario as well.
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Old 10-18-2012, 01:37 PM   #6
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Supply and demand have a significant effect on FGRV prices. Right now prices are heading down and will bottom out around January, stay flat for 2+ months and then start back up with the first spring flowers.

Until about mid-November, a lot of sellers will still think that they can command August prices, won't sell, and will either have to drop the price, or put it away until next season. But the supply will also dwindle as temps go down, especially up north, as many don't want to buy or sell in the off season.

But sellers can be more motivated on a cold wet day in January than when the sun is shining.

And, as mentioned, FGRV's depreciate a lot less than sticky builts, mostly because a 10 year old one can be in as good a condition as a new one.

Also check out he sold FGRV list on: Molded Fiberglass Trailers | Fiberglass RV's For Sale

But keep in mind that those were the asking prices, not necessarily the selling prices.

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Old 10-18-2012, 04:36 PM   #7
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Thanks for the very helpful replies. And yes, that was the Trillium 4500 that I was looking at in Kijijji. I wrote and asked how much with out all of the tents and awnings. She said no deal. Everything together. And if I dont want the tents and awnings I could sell them to someone else. Not much likelihood of that, I would say.

I will try another question. We will be sort of camping out in this for much of the summer, all at the same place. Would I be better getting an older ordinary trailer or one of these little guys. I have to say that I like the idea of the little ones because of the ease of looking after them. But, would they not become a little claustrophobic after a few weeks?
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....would they not become a little claustrophobic after a few weeks?
thanks joe
Claustrophobia is a very personal thing - my wife has claustrophobic feelings just stepping inside some of the more "cozy" campers - while other people can spend weeks, or even months in theirs without problems.
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:16 PM   #9
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I'm not aware of anyone towing with a Toyota Corolla, their website doesn't offer the option, .
I saw a 13' Boler this summer being pulled by one and Toyota.com shows a 2013 Corolla 1.8L to have a tow capacity of 1500lbs. Agree though that wouldn't do it for a 4500 trillium would expect them to come in closer to 1900 to 2000lbs loaded.
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:32 PM   #10
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I did come across a 13' Scamp being towed by a Corrola out in Glacier National Park a few years ago with California plates. I really wanted to talk to the owners about how it handled towing through the mountains but we were never at the campground at the same time and then I walked by their site one morning and they were gone. I did get pictures and talked to the owner of a VW Beetle towing a 13' Scamp on the South Shore of Lake Superior in Wisconsin a while back. He said his biggest problem was the hitch broke off at one point and they had their work cut out trying to reweld it back on. Myself I would be most comfortable with at least a 3500 tow rating for most light towing just to err on the side of safety.
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Hi Joe, welcome to FiberglassRV we're glad you're here.

I understand your concerns about the claustrophic feeling of being and camping in a small space. The one thing about egg owners, vs the stick builts... is we are campers and spend as much time outside as possible. The other group are RVers... and take as much of their stuff from home as they can stuff inside a trailer. So really it isn't about US as much as it is about YOU.

I often think if people expect to camp and be as comfortable as they are at home (big bathroom, big bed, big dining table), they should plan to stay at home. BUT, if you're looking to making memories, meeting like-minded people and experiencing the great outdoors (our livingrooms), PLUS buying something that will have value five or ten years from now... the best decision is an all-molded towable (brand NOT specific).

Good luck on your hunt
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I'd suggest that you spend some time on this site to get average sales prices by trailer type and region.

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For what it's worth, we also archive our old for sale ads, for just this reason.
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I will try another question. We will be sort of camping out in this for much of the summer, all at the same place.
One thing you can do and what a lot of people with small trailers do to increase living space is to get an E-Z Up type shelters, you can get them with removable sides if you wanted. Set up your eating area under the shelter and if you have an awning on the trailer as well it really does help a lot at increasing your usable living space.
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Old 10-19-2012, 07:26 AM   #14
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Thanks once again for the kind replies. It is nice to know about what you might call 'the philosophical' aspect of this type of rving in juxtoposition to other types of trailers, as it is to know something about the mechanics. The clautrophobic remark was made mainly with something that my wife mentionned. We will be mainly using the trailer where the Gulf of St Lawrence opens wide. There is often bad weather there. ( I have a picture of my wife, in fact, with a large winter coat in the middle of August). So, just to say that we can have some rainy and cold weather there and on those times we would need a warm and dry place to sit and read. But, as I look at these little guys it seems like they do have that possibility. once again, thanks for the great replies. Things are becoming less confused now. Still on the hunt
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