Do Squared off trailers have more room? - Page 2 - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-01-2009, 08:46 PM   #15
Member
 
Trailer: Casita 17 ft Spirit Deluxe
Posts: 51
Quote:
Sure a squared trailer will have a little more interior space in the corners. The rounded trailers are more aerodynamic and they pull easier at highway speed. That was the main idea or selling point of the Airstreams when they were introduced in the 1950s by a man who had experience in the aircraft manufacturing industry. A vehicle with squared edges traveling through the air creates more turbulence than one with rounded edges. That is more critical at the front of a vehicle but squared edges on the rear of a vehicle also create useless turbulence. The scientific principle is that turbulence is wasted energy that comes from the energy stored in the fuel. There has been quite a bit of government and private research on this. The trucking industry (driven by economics) has undergone substantial changes in the shape of the tractors over the past 25 years. The average fuel economy of a tractor trailer rig has increased approximately two miles per gallon (from around 5 mpg to around 7 mpg) due in large part to the more aerodynamic design of the vehicles.
Another factor of the more-rounded design is greater strength and potentially lighter weight.

Just like a "real" egg is exceptionally strong, so are designs like the Scamp and Casita, for the same reasons. Large flat areas, and unsupported flat areas (sides/roofs) tend to rack or deflect unless heavily reinforced, whereas curved designs achieve their strength via the shape itself.

If you have even seen a sticky after a roll-over accident, it just disintegrates, whereas most "eggs" hardly look any different (even though they may sustain significant damage, nevertheless) post accident.

Bob
__________________

__________________
bobinyelm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2009, 10:03 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
Name: Dana
Trailer: 1973 Compact Jr
California
Posts: 540
Melissa, as you saw from Frederick's measurements, the Compact Jr, and the Campster tend to be considerably lighter than your popup. There are a bunch of similar trailers with similar weights, but these models of the lightweights seem to show up the most often on craigslist. Ours is outfitted with a 3-burner stove, 5 drawers full of pots, pans, cutlery, etc, a tiny sink, and gravity furnace (they are notoriously heavy). The fridge isn't installed yet, and we have no air conditioner, but I always carry at least 100 pounds of water, so the 1300 lbs our trailer weighs would be pretty close to what it would be if it was configured like yours -- no water but with small fridge and AC.

When your husband is along he can raise the top to accomodate his height, but when it's just you and the kids you will probably have enough headroom without raising the top. My wife is 5'2" and she can stand up straight and tall in ours with the top down. I, on the other hand, far prefer the 6'4" interior height with the top up.

What may be a real problem for you is that there is just one bed. If everyone is happy sleeping in the same bed there is no problem. Oh yeah, that bed is wide -- 71" in ours.
__________________

__________________
Dana T is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2009, 11:11 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
Sandra Lair's Avatar
 
Trailer: 1982 Scamp 13 ft
Posts: 379
Another advantage to the rounded design: I've had to sit through a few storms in our Scamp and the wind just seems to flow around it without shaking the camper. It's pretty amazing!

Sandra
__________________
Sandra Lair is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2009, 09:52 AM   #18
Senior Member
 
melissab's Avatar
 
Name: melissa
Trailer: 2012 Scamp 13 DLX
Florida
Posts: 1,372
Thanks Dana! I hadnt looked at these models yet. I had no idea the bed is so wide. Me, and my 6 and 13 y/o girls should have no trouble sleeping in the bed. If my 6 y/o starts kicking (notorious for that) it looks like I could put some foam on the floor for her to sleep on with her legs extending under the dinnette a little if necessary. From the album pix I see a stove and sink to the left of the door but what is to the right? A closet maybe? Is there room for a porta potti? What is the interior length of these? They look bigger than a 13ft Scamp type egg.

Thank you for the info,
Melissa


Quote:
Melissa, as you saw from Frederick's measurements, the Compact Jr, and the Campster tend to be considerably lighter than your popup. There are a bunch of similar trailers with similar weights, but these models of the lightweights seem to show up the most often on craigslist. Ours is outfitted with a 3-burner stove, 5 drawers full of pots, pans, cutlery, etc, a tiny sink, and gravity furnace (they are notoriously heavy). The fridge isn't installed yet, and we have no air conditioner, but I always carry at least 100 pounds of water, so the 1300 lbs our trailer weighs would be pretty close to what it would be if it was configured like yours -- no water but with small fridge and AC.

When your husband is along he can raise the top to accomodate his height, but when it's just you and the kids you will probably have enough headroom without raising the top. My wife is 5'2" and she can stand up straight and tall in ours with the top [b]down. I, on the other hand, far prefer the 6'4" interior height with the top up.

What may be a real problem for you is that there is just one bed. If everyone is happy sleeping in the same bed there is no problem. Oh yeah, that bed is wide -- 71" in ours.
__________________
Melissa in Florida
2016 Honda Odyssey
melissab is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2009, 11:10 AM   #19
Senior Member
 
Name: Dana
Trailer: 1973 Compact Jr
California
Posts: 540
Hi Melissa, the body of the Compact/Hunter/Campster-style trailers is just under 10' long. The reason they can look bigger than the Scamp is that the door is in the rear, which means when you look inside you're looking the full length of the body -- with a Scamp's side door you see 6' to the left and 2' to the right.

Another reason it looks bigger is that instead of trying to make multiple beds like the Scamp, it makes only one. For us that's an advantage -- we really like the WIDE bed. And it makes into a WIDE dinette -- we had five people seated at ours happily chatting about trailers the other day. We could have just as easily seated six! Each dinette seat is 6' long, so you can see even with six we weren't crowded.

To the right of the door is the refrigerator and a narrow clothes closet. Underneath each is a cupboard and you could put a small portapotty in one of them.

Joe Domingos' trailer is a little different in that his model has a very small potty room in place of the clothes closet and the cupboard underneath. Be aware that the "room" is so small that when you (or especially your husband) use it you/he will probably want to leave the door of the potty room open. Just pull the shades for a little privacy until you're done...
__________________
Dana T is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2009, 11:26 AM   #20
Senior Member
 
Name: Dana
Trailer: 1973 Compact Jr
California
Posts: 540
Getting a little closer to the topic title, what others have said about the advantages of rounded eggs vs squared-off ones is all true. The Compact/Hunter/Campster-style trailers are more squarish than rounded, and the large flat panels do flex more readily than the rounded Boler/Scamp-style trailers. They also have more wind resistance, which hurts gas consumption. However, they are lighter, have (for us, at least) a much more functional bed/dinette, and lots of headroom -- an important point for me because I'm 6' tall. But the poptop means the trailer isn't tall at all when it is being towed or stored, partially making up for its non-aerodynamic shape and making it easier to store in a garage or under a patio cover.

I have not yet found the perfect trailer, and there are things I dearly wish were different in the Compact Jr that I have, but it comes the closest to meeting my needs at this time.
__________________

__________________
Dana T is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Wanted 8ft trimline awning screen room or add a room Rob H Classified Archives 0 06-08-2010 10:35 PM
Looking for Add-A-Room - Bug Screen Room Deb & Chuck Classified Archives 5 03-20-2010 12:11 AM
little add-a-room Scott S. Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 2 09-02-2009 09:18 AM
More Room? christineb Modifications, Alterations and Updates 4 07-08-2007 08:44 AM
Add on room Legacy Posts Modifications, Alterations and Updates 13 10-17-2002 12:30 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:51 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.