EGG or POPUP - Page 2 - Fiberglass RV

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Old 01-30-2007, 10:57 PM   #15
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We considered pop-ups, RVs, and hardside trailers before buying our Scamp.

I've seen people put up and take down their tent trailers before. It's time-consuming, doesn't look like any fun, looks like even less fun if it were raining, and the beds don't look comfortable, either. Tent trailers also collapse down so tight that there's very little storage space left over for other camp gear and they leak heat (and sometimes water) like a sieve and since most of them weigh more than an egg, what's the point?

We eliminated RVs because of the cost of insuring an extra vehicle, the need to tow a second motor vehicle if we wanted to drive something more nimble around at our destinations, the poor gas mileage, and the problem of what to do -- overhaul the RV or replace it -- if the engine developed mechanical problems. And, thus, the idea of an RV was out.

We picked our 5th wheel over other options because (first) it has a permanently set up "bedroom" that just one us two lovebirds can collapse into while the other sits at the table undisturbed, and we like the space and amenities it has to offer. All this and it weighs less than many pop-up trailers and not much more than a well-equipped 16' or 17' Scamp or Casita. The only down-side was our small SUV can't tow it, so we had to buy a small 3.0L pickup truck, which pulls it like a champ.

Yup, fiberglass trailers are our portable palace of choice.


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Old 01-31-2007, 06:54 AM   #16
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EGG, less room by far!
Pop up, much more work by far!
if needing room, pop up, if needing easy set up, take down and off to next check point, by all means----------egg.
Here we went from tent to pop up and then to egg. sticking with egg here. However if back with 3 kids, friends and hubby, it would have to be the pop up, but not happy about all the work involved with owning one. (hubby and kids off enjoying the weekend and wife stuck with 99% of the work). Set up and take down was close to 2 hours each time I set up and took down.
I vote for a more cramped egg with 2 beds.

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Old 01-31-2007, 08:02 AM   #17
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We had a Cranky-up [pop up] for many years. It had a 10 foot box, and 4ft slideouts at each end. This made it 18ft long when set up. Could set it up {in the rain] in under two minutes . WHEN ALL THINGS Worked right.
When something stuck in the cranking system it could take forever and turn the air on a summer day BLUE.
Have now had the egg for 14 years. Back in, level-up, crank down, open door , open brown pop. AHHHHHH!
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Old 01-31-2007, 08:28 AM   #18
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Have you had an Egg and a Popup? Which has been have you enjoyed the most? Intend to travel many miles and Parks with short stays, looking for opinions.
I had a popup. Now have the egg. Idefinitely enjoy the egg more - no more folding down the popup. I can keep stuff in it year round.
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Old 01-31-2007, 09:14 AM   #19
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My first trailer was an older pop wasnt hard to set up but a hassle... I took it out a few times but really never felt safe in it... I think the EGGS are a luxery compared to them.....
The newer pop ups do have electric set ups now thats alot easier than the ole crank ups.. but i wouldnt ever invest in one again..... for the price of what they want for them you can get a nice Scamp ( basic models)
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Old 01-31-2007, 09:27 AM   #20
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Another combination that I was looking at was the full height trailer (for kitchen, bath, dinette) with 2 pop-outs at either end for the beds. I figured that way I wouldn't have to fight my dogs for the bed, I wouldn't have to do as much set-up, and the kitchen/dinette area was always ready for a quick lunch.

In the end, I remembered all the years of trying to dry out the canvass on my VW Westfalia camper van pop-top and all the mildew problems when I didn't get it quite dry enough - and went with fiberglass.

I'd have to agree also that the eggs are quite the conversation starters - generally someone has asked about it almost everywhere I've camped.

Good luck in finding the right trailer for you!
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Old 01-31-2007, 09:40 AM   #21
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My two cents worth is go solid side all the time. We had a pop up and like the others, it was a pain to set up and take down, there also was no security. If you are out hiking, everything you own is now available to the kid in the next camp sit to come and "borrow". We also tried a front and back fold out trailer. We had that one for one trip and traded it off right away. Why, because as I was lying there sleeping someone reached up under the canvas and tried to get in. Still no security. And dog and cats can escape through the sides. Also when the sides are folded up, they just have a turn catch and no key locks. We considered putting a hasp on it for security but traded to a solid sided trailer instead. Security, and easy of use is why an egg is better. Stop to make lunch and you have your home ready to use. Pouring down rain storm, no worries, open the door and enjoy the dry peace and quiet. Don't like the idea of animals including humans having free roam of your home. Close the door of an egg and it is your, all yours.
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Old 01-31-2007, 10:31 AM   #22
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Have you had an Egg and a Popup? Which has been have you enjoyed the most? Intend to travel many miles and Parks with short stays, looking for opinions.

We have had several trailers over the years including two 13 foot fiberglass trailers. When our daughter was small and we did a lot of woodsy camping with family, we had an 18' Prowler. Then we bought a large HEAVY Starcraft tent trailer when we got into Street Rodding. Then we bought a 13' Scamp and loved it, but that meant I had to put butt ugly mirrors on our Street Rod and I didn't like it blocking my rear view, so we sold it to a fellow Street Rodder. When our daughter no longer traveled with us, we down sized to a smaller but much less user friendly tent trailer. Then we upgraded to a top of the line, but still small TAOS tent trailer. We were not happy with the refrigerator. In the HOT summertime it just couldn't keep up and they told us that was normal. NOT!!! And every time we traveled with our Street Rodding friends (who all owned 13' fiberglass) we were alway the last one set up and had to start way ahead tearing down camp. When we would stop for a break, we couldn't get into the trailer to make lunch, etc. etc. etc. Every week end it was a minimum of 4 up and downs. So, with the advice of these friends on a newer, better mirror system, last August we bought a L'il BigFoot (13') which needed a "little" work. After a total gutting and 6 months work, we just about have her put back together and ready to hit the road again. Our vote is for the "egg". Roger and Bonnie
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Old 01-31-2007, 11:46 AM   #23
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I have also camped in almost everything except motorhomes, from motorcycle & tent, car & tent, pop-up and now fiberglass. The Starcraft pop-up had great room for 4 kids, wife and I.
My kids each had jobs to do, as soon as I parked, the youngest kids would unlock the clamps that held the top down and then they went inside to get the stabalizer jacks and crank, I cranked the camper up, the oldest kids would grab the beds and slid them out, the young ones would bring the support poles for the older ones to put in place and then the older went inside to put up the canvas supports and lower the door. This usaully took about 2-5 minutes. My wife then set up the sleeping bags and organized the inside for the night. While she did that, I cooked supper. We were usaully eating supper within 20 minutes of arriving. We got may comments about our military style set up. The kids loved helping and never complained (until they became teenagers.)
The pop-up definitely had more room for sleeping, my Love Bug is much better for 2 people. The Pop-up weighed 2000 pounds empty. Love Bug empty weight under 1000 pounds. Pop-ups leak more easily. Luch in a pop-up does not happen on the road. Heating a pop-up brings the interior temp to 40 F when 20 F outside. Love Bug heat will bring it to 65 F when zero F outside.
Used pop-ups can be bought cheap if you buy carefully and watch out for someone getting rid of JUNK. We didn't have much money so a pop-up was our only option back then, now we don't have to worry about it so much.
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Old 01-31-2007, 11:51 AM   #24
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Creepy, grubby little hands appearing next to ya when sleeping?!? Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our pop-up is all hard sided (kinda like the Chalets and Aliners) so I've never had that issue pop-up.

A small lightweight egg is the ultimate is speed set-up though. If you leave the jackstands set to the right height, you unhitch, lower the front end enough to shove the jacks in the back then raise the front up again and you're done.

To be honest - our Esterel is a LOT more straight-forward to put up than the normal tent-top trailers. It takes all of 30 seconds to actually put the walls up. Maybe another 2 minutes to clip the corners (so it doesn't fall down), put up the wall cabinet and hang the lights. What takes all the time in set-up is putting up the valences (pretty - but a hassle) and the awning (same level of hassle on an egg). Eliminating the valances (and adding more internal storage) is on my list of mods this summer. They were on my list for LAST summer until I found out about the 'twin' project.
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Old 01-31-2007, 12:00 PM   #25
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Those twins yours Mike?
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Old 01-31-2007, 01:00 PM   #26
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Do you really think I'd post pics of other folks babies??? That'd be kinda creepy...

Yup... they're mine. Born July 8. My summer was spent turning our front living room into a separate bedroom in preparation. Didn't quite finish in time though as they were 6 weeks early. I'd originally planned on spending the summer doing the above mentioned Esterel mods and the fix-up and interior fitting of the little gray fiberglass trailer in my Avatar. The alternative egg project had a higher priority however so I didn't get anything done on trailers - except camp in them.

Not all projects on eggs involve trailers.

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Old 01-31-2007, 01:32 PM   #27
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We haven't seen pictures of the kids since they were little babies....ooooh don't you want to just squeeze them
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Old 01-31-2007, 01:39 PM   #28
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Actually - that pic is kinda old... I'm peeling this off to avoid hijacking the thread any further though...


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