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Old 07-29-2008, 11:06 PM   #1
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I'm not sure if this qualifies as a true fiberglass RV but it does have a fiberglass top and bottom and when it's mounted to my roof rack my car does become an RV so I thought I'd post some photos of the trip I just got back from. This RTT (roof top tent) is called a Maggiolina Grand Tour and is made in Italy by a company called autohome. This year is their 50th. anniversary making RTT's. I'd been looking for a lightweight solution for camping without having to pitch a tent and take it down (which is nasty if it's rained and you end up getting mud all over the inside of your car). I had been looking into a 13' fiberglass trailer but my Scion xB only has a 4 cylinder 1.6L engine and I think it would have struggled even with just a 1,000 pound trailer like a Scamp. Also Scion doesn't condone any towing so if I did any damage to my car while towing a trailer I would void the warranty. My solution was to get one of these RTTs which only weighs 154 pounds and mounts to a roof rack that is approved by Scion and doesn't exceed the load rating for the roof. It has an insulated top and bottom and has a foam mattress in the base which is a little larger than a queen sized bed. It is aerodynamic when down so doesn't reduce my gas mileage. It has a crank that inserts into a hole in the base which cranks it up for sleeping and cranks it down while traveling. The ladder, an awning, and all the bedding store in the case when it's closed. My son and I just got back from the Florida Keys and Smoky Mountains where we slept in this for 9 nights. Hope you like the attached photos. David


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Old 07-29-2008, 11:12 PM   #2
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Web page --> http://www.autohomeus.com/products/m...aGrandTour.php
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Old 07-30-2008, 12:10 AM   #3
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David Smith, interesting roof top carrier. You may have missed, this site is all about Molded Fiberglass Travel Trailers.

Have a look at our Albums (link is at top of the screen); once you get there, you will see a list on the left of all of the trailers represented here. Our focus is "molded fiberglass travel trailers" - many interesting examples are documented in our albums. Maybe something there will appeal to you as you continue to search for your own RV.

Or, go to our homepage www.fiberglassrv.com; most molded fiberglass travel trailers are also listed there (with a link into its album).

Iím sure there must be a forum for those RTTs.

Happy looking!
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O.K., like I said, I didn't know if this qualified or not but I figured it was unusual enough that it might be of interest. Hope I didn't offend anyone.
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Old 07-30-2008, 06:17 AM   #5
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Hey David, I'm not offended. You'll notice, this site is about fiberglass towables... we don't even discuss molded motorhomes (much). I think Michael was just concerned there's not a whole lot of problem solving, etc things we could help you with. But, we've discussed something similar on a Honda Element several months back. Mod to an Element not a camper, but it is a camper!
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Old 07-30-2008, 08:14 AM   #6
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No offense taken here either. In fact, I appreciate your posting as I've been kicking around a similar concept for my old Wrangler. Although we enjoy our Scamp and can get it into a lot of out of the way campsites, there are some places it just ain't practical.


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Old 07-30-2008, 08:42 AM   #7
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O.K., like I said, I didn't know if this qualified or not but I figured it was unusual enough that it might be of interest. Hope I didn't offend anyone.
David.....that was a very unique setup on the roof of a vehicle and i saved the link to my favorites. But you may be somewhat interested in this pull behind trailer that i found on the home page of this site as mike says....... " the roughneck"and it only weighs 450 pounds. Also click on the "little joe" but it weighs more at 1100 pounds
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Old 07-30-2008, 08:56 AM   #8
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My son and I just got back from the Florida Keys and Smoky Mountains where we slept in this for 9 nights. David
We camped next to a similar rig last year. It was the first time I had seen anything like this, and I was pretty fascinated by it, although I tried not to stare at it too much. It was impressive how quickly the guy using it packed up and left!

Nice photo of your setup in the Florida Keys.

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Thanks for your comments. The Roughneck is basically what I have but pulled behind rather than mounted above. I saw the Honda Element camper. It reminds me of the VW Eurovan camper I used to have. If it wasn't so darn expensive to have repairs done to it I'd still have it.
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Old 07-30-2008, 10:42 AM   #10
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As this unit is so light I could see it being useful for families like mine when our kids get to be teenagers and sharing a 13' trailer (even if it is a classy Trillium) is just not something they want to do =)
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Old 07-30-2008, 05:35 PM   #11
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David, I'm not offended in the least. I enjoyed seeing it. We saw something simular to it camping at Balmorhea State Park in Texas years ago (early '90s). A German couple had a larger one on top of a Toyota Landcruser. I did enjoy the photo and trip report. There is always a way to "skin the cat", yours was a very good way.

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Old 08-01-2008, 10:05 PM   #12
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Thanks for the post and the nice pictures. Now I know what I need if I ever add an upper level to the Casita!

Seriously!
That looks like a really nice product, and I like the stealth factor - no way if I saw you in traffic would I think it was anything but a cargo box.
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As this unit is so light I could see it being useful for families like mine when our kids get to be teenagers and sharing a 13' trailer (even if it is a classy Trillium) is just not something they want to do =)
Agreed, when I seen the photo this is what came to mind. Interesting ... an air foil which doubles as an "In-law" suite.

I understand the moderators POV with respect to trailers, but it is something someone with a trailer might be able to utilize. IMO not much different than pointing out a different accessory such as a kitchen tent. It is all in the presentation.

As a matter of fact, If I had seen this last year, I would have pointed it out to one of my neighbours. They loved the concept of a FG trailer for their family of 4, but had 4 more coming from out of country later that summer and they wanted to take a trip. A 16'er just didn't cut it for accommodations. With one of these it might have worked ... 4 in the trailer, 2 in the van and 2 in the "bunk house".

Thanks for pointing it out David.
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Old 08-04-2008, 11:02 PM   #14
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David,
About 50 years ago, Sunset Magazine featured plans to build your own car top tent. The appearance was very much like yours with the exception that the roof, when erect, had a peak from front to rear. The ladder folded and collapsed and it with the end bows and 3 spring-loaded support rods all stored inside when the tent was folded.
Another example of "there's nothing new under the sun"!

Thanks for sharing a different example of a fiberglass RV.
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