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Old 03-26-2014, 08:22 PM   #1
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HELP:Interior Height Issues/Comparison

I am researching and plan to purchase a fiberglass RV as retirement nears. I'm 6'4" and know I would get tired quickly of bending over in my trailer. I haven't been able to find out the specs on all models, or at least keep them straight in my mind. Please help me determine the interior height of specific models so I can quit wasting time on models that won't suit me or waste time driving several hours to look at something that won't work. And do specific models all have the same interior height, such as do 13', 16', and 19' models from the same manufacturer have uniform interior heights? Do newer and older models from same manufacturer have same height?
What are interior heights of;
Scamps (I love the Scamp but afraid all are 6'1")
Casita (same thing)
Lil Snoozy
Egg Camper
Burro
Escape
Bigfoot
any others

And I am afraid that the Egg Camper, Escape, Bigfoot, and Lil Snoozy may be out of my price range, and used ones seem to be rare.

Thanks in advance, I really have my heart set on a fiberglass but starting to get discourage. I can't afford to make a mistake on a purchase. I think I could make 6'3" work in bare feet.
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Old 03-26-2014, 08:42 PM   #2
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Welcome to the group Mark

The Good News is that as we get further into the retirement years we tend to get shorter. With that in mind, in a few years you shouldn't have to stoop any more... (LOL)

But, even if the roof is far enough from the floor, most in the disadvantaged size range you occupy also find even more problems with the length of the beds. Better check that in your search as well.

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I am researching and plan to purchase a fiberglass RV as retirement nears. I'm 6'4" and know I would get tired quickly of bending over in my trailer. I haven't been able to find out the specs on all models, or at least keep them straight in my mind. Please help me determine the interior height of specific models so I can quit wasting time on models that won't suit me or waste time driving several hours to look at something that won't work. And do specific models all have the same interior height, such as do 13', 16', and 19' models from the same manufacturer have uniform interior heights? Do newer and older models from same manufacturer have same height?
What are interior heights of;
Scamps (I love the Scamp but afraid all are 6'1")
Casita (same thing)
Lil Snoozy
Egg Camper
Burro
Escape
Bigfoot
any others

And I am afraid that the Egg Camper, Escape, Bigfoot, and Lil Snoozy may be out of my price range, and used ones seem to be rare.

Thanks in advance, I really have my heart set on a fiberglass but starting to get discourage. I can't afford to make a mistake on a purchase. I think I could make 6'3" work in bare feet.
Good news! All Scamps are 6'3" interior height postfire (2006 and newer)
Prefire 13s are 6'1" inside. Prefire 16s are 6'3".
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Old 03-26-2014, 08:56 PM   #4
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When it comes to all molded towables, IMHO there are TWO things that are important. A comfortable place to sleep and a comfortable place to sit. Do you realize, no one stands up straight walking 2-5 feet? Even doing dishes, you bend at the neck and stare down at the sink. If you think you should stand up straight and walk down some aisle way for a walk... you will be sadly disappointed in most brands of all molded towables...

There are plenty of folks taller than you that are happy camping in teardrops....

BTW: Myron is taller than you and he now has an Escape...
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I have never hit my head on the trailer ceiling but have bumped my head on the rooftop A/C and above the door on many occasions . 1999 16' Scamp -- 2013 17' Casita --1949 6'2" Male
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Old 03-26-2014, 09:12 PM   #6
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Thanks Floyd, that's where was getting confused with Scamps. Now I will remember - only 2006 or newer have higher ceilings. That helps a bunch!!

Yes, I have considered sleeping, shrinking as we get older, and not always walking completely upright. I use to be 6'5" and very familiar with banging my head on things.
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I'm 6'4" and know I would get tired quickly of bending over in my trailer. I haven't been able to find out the specs on all models, or at least keep them straight in my mind. Please help me determine the interior height of specific models so I can quit wasting time on models that won't suit me or waste time driving several hours to look at something that won't work.
This old discussion might be of interest:

Inside Height by Trailer Brand/Model and Year
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Old 03-26-2014, 09:15 PM   #8
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Steve, what's the height on the 2013 Casita?
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The Trillium 1300 is about 6' 3" at the highest point, but I am about to make one a bit taller. My most recent acquisition, Humpty Dumpty:
I was sure I was done buying Trilliums for Now

Since significant glass work is required, I plan to push it up about 3" higher then the factory height and fill in the cracks that this will open up, with additional glass. It will likely settle a bit when I remove the forms, so 6' 5" is my expected interior height.

Also, the Bigfoot fifth wheel from the eighties has a very high roof. They have been known to go cheep around here.
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Old 03-26-2014, 09:40 PM   #10
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I have ruled out 5th wheels and Bigfoot is heavier than I want. I am mainly interested in 16'-19' models that are around 2,000 lbs.
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I am mainly interested in 16'-19' models that are around 2,000 lbs.
Trailer Weights in the Real World

2,000 Lbs is still mostly in 13' territory, definitely no 19' in that range.
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Even though you said Lil Snoozy was out of your price range, its interior height is 6'4". You might have to sleep diagonally in the queen bed, though (nominally 6'6").
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In Fred's list, the Bible of real trailer weights, there are a lot of 13's over 2000 lbs and while there is one 15'er that is a few lbs under 2000, everything else bigger than a 13' is over 2000 lbs.

That rules out anything over 13' for the most part. And 16'ers, fergetit.

As we have learned, mfgs. published weights are, by in large, for empty trailers with no options or accessories installed.
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OK, 2000 lbs is wishful thinking. I will want to tow with a mid size vehicle so maybe 3,000 lb limit. But would rather not get distracted here on that issue or sleeping issue. Already figured I would sleep diagonal or modify bed.

Any more info on interior height issue will be appreciated.
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