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Old 03-21-2015, 08:14 AM   #15
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I owned a T@b for 8 years before going to an Oliver. First the new T@b's are expensive fully loaded they are hitting around 20 grand or more based on what we saw at a dealer last year. They are well insulated, construction is better than most stickies but not perfect. I know I made many repairs and mods. They will take a beating and suffer a lot of damage in a hail storm also known first hand and no way to repair. Yes they are light and small and you can maneuver them into small spaces but gas mileage towing with a T@b is barely any better than with our Oliver which is hardly a micro-lite trailer using our F150 it was way worse when we had the Tundra.

Clamshell is ok if you don't live in bear country or where bugs are an issue. Otherwise I recommend the interior kitchen which is very small and cramped even for small people like us. You can get one with a bath but it is so small it seemed unusable.

Towing quality is not as good as with our Oliver. Yes you read that right. The Oliver backs easier and more predictable too and you don't get as bumpy of a ride going down the road.

No idea how this compares with a Scamp though.

The long and short of it given your TV I would not consider the T@b as the few advantages of them do not outweigh the cost. The T@b bed is a nice size though one reason we never considered the Scamp which is a nice trailer.

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Old 03-21-2015, 08:34 AM   #16
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I have a 13 foot Trillium that me and my wife are very happy with. It has enough room for the both of us, and with the awning and add-a-room attachment for the awning, is perfect for us even in wet weather. But as has been said elsewhere in this thread, what's right for us may not be right for you. Make sure that when you finally buy your trailer that you are getting what YOU want, and not what someone else (including any sales people if buying new) tells you that you should want (unless it makes sense to you). That way you can be sure of many years of enjoyment! After all, isn't that ultimately what we are all looking for?
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Old 03-21-2015, 09:23 AM   #17
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The 15' Parkliner might be a good compromise choice. Very well made and some great, unique features. Awning style windows, 6'5" ceilings, very large bed, Sturdy double bunk option, and more.
BTW, Casita no longer makes the 13' without bathroom.

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Old 03-21-2015, 09:58 AM   #18
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I just ordered our SCAMP 13 footer standard model back a couple of weeks ago. I have been looking for the right camper to tow behind my Jeep 2 door automatic for a few years. I looked very strongly at the Little Guy teardrops and then the TAB! I was pretty close to deciding that the TAB was the way to go. When by chance, I saw a picture of a SCAMP that I had looked at as a possibility several years ago.... I directed my research in that direction and found the SCAMP suited my needs over all the other campers I had considered.
The Little Guys are good campers and found them to be very nice, appealing and well built. Talking to the folks at Little Guy was encouraging.
However there were some deal breakers for me...
The interior height of any TAB is way too low for me... I could not stand erect in any of their models.
I could not stand straight and would have to bend way forward while cooking in any position the kitchen was in (except clam shell of course) Although very nice and seemingly would work very well, the clam shell kitchen gives you no choice for cooking on those rainy chilly days.
The bed was too short and would never be able to stretch my legs out.
My research found that the "basic" TAB model, with no options included, cost well over the cost of a 13 ft SCAMP with every option I needed and ordered. (this was a very large cost difference)
I chose the SCAMP 13 footer with the front sofa/bunk (no shower/bathroom), wider bed 54", roof A/C, and several extra little things.. outlets and lights etc. (and still cost several thousand under TAB's basic set up with no options)
With the SCAMP, I can stand up in every location except directly under the A/C (I am 5'14" tall) my head does rub a bit... but I fit! I can fit on both the bunk bed and the bed/dinette.
Also... the resale value and or the time it takes to sell a used SCAMP or other FG camper was highly encouraging! Many of these SCAMPS and other FG campers last only a few hours when advertised!!!!!!!!!! AND they keep a very high value too! Which tells me there is something to these campers that make them so highly desirable!
I feel I made the right decision and am very comfortable with it. I am looking forward to our little gem!
I hope this helps with your decision...
BTW... Call SCAMP and ask them for someone nearby that has a SCAMP model that you are interested in... they will give you a name and number for you to talk to these happy folks! I met a very nice couple and a nice SCAMP just the way I wanted it by just calling the folks at SCAMP 800 346 4962
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Old 03-21-2015, 09:59 AM   #19
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I test-pulled a T@B from a dealer one time up Monteagle Mt. It pulled good and I was driving a 4cy Nissan Frontier. BUT, it didnt have the bathroom and we wanted that. At THAT time, T@B didnt offer the bathroom/shower etc.

NOW...I was on their forum as well as Casita, Scamp, HiLo, and as I said, the "T@B". Listen to this.... TABS HAVE ABS PLASTIC on them. On the forum, the ABS (if exposed to continually UV) WILL crack and break. That's probably where the "leaks" come from. There was ALOT of displeasure over the ownership based on some of the posts. I did not and WOULD not purchase a T@B regardless how good the quality of Little Guys are until they do away with the PLASTIC trim! Back in '09 I personally didnt care for the "surge" break they were using either. Give me E-brakes and a controller!

I bought a new 13' Scamp but would now prefer an Escape/Big Foot but I dont think they make a 13'. My Scamp had "issues" (most of them known by Kent Eveland the owner!) from the factory...but I'd take it with the issues over the Tab any day! Plus it was cheaper....and I dont worry about my "plastic" trim breaking.

Regardless...the bottom line is.... go FIBERGLASS in a small trailer.
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Old 03-21-2015, 10:04 AM   #20
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This was exactly what I posted earlier, the plastic trim covered the 2 joints on each side (3 on the clamshell rear kitchen model) that allowed leaks and delamination. The bane of non molded construction.
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Old 03-21-2015, 10:58 AM   #21
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We had planned on getting a T@b Maxx, so we visited the plant, not impressed. We waited almost an hour for our scheduled tour for someone who didn't know much. For the price, workmanship was kinda sloppy. Got inside and WOW. My wife and I are both 5"3, barely room to get past each other, then my wife smacked her head. The bath is even smaller than Scamp 13's. Bed is right next to you when you walk in, "kitchen" are right on other side. Just my observations. We gave up until I discovered eggs. We are now happy owners of a used Scamp, and at half the price.
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Old 03-21-2015, 12:08 PM   #22
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The Scamp will have lower wind resistance and will get a little better fuel economy than the T@b. And what everyone else said. I think the only thing you "lose" with the Scamp is the outdoor clamshell kitchen... but I am sure you could unpack and set up your own outdoor kitchen in 2 or 3 minutes.
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Old 03-21-2015, 08:20 PM   #23
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Pretty simple math here. A 10 YO egg will be around 20 years from now. A new cardboard box will be 10 years gone in 20 years...
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Old 03-21-2015, 09:43 PM   #24
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Well, I appreciate all the comments and the answers are surprisingly akin to what I instinctively expected from what I had surmised from research and gut feelings. I especially appreciate those of you who actually took time to read my post and then think about what I was asking before simply responding with a canned response or something off base.

Its given me a lot more to think about. I also posted this same question over at the T@B forum and its interesting to see the different responses.

So thanks a lot. I sort of agree with the poster who suggested I might be better off with the new Happier Camper and it certainly does appeal to me but it would need to be under $10,000 for the base model for sure to even consider it and it sounds like they are going to try and sell it for a lot higher.
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Old 03-22-2015, 01:34 AM   #25
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Well, I appreciate all the comments and the answers are surprisingly akin to what I instinctively expected from what I had surmised from research and gut feelings. I especially appreciate those of you who actually took time to read my post and then think about what I was asking before simply responding with a canned response or something off base.

Its given me a lot more to think about. I also posted this same question over at the T@B forum and its interesting to see the different responses.

So thanks a lot. I sort of agree with the poster who suggested I might be better off with the new Happier Camper and it certainly does appeal to me but it would need to be under $10,000 for the base model for sure to even consider it and it sounds like they are going to try and sell it for a lot higher.
Hi Carlton, not quite sure what you're saying with this post, kind of left me hanging IMO. Did the answers you got on this forum match what your gut feeling was? Any decisions for you ? How did the responses differ on the Tab site as you didn't say. I'm sure each would be aimed toward molded and stick built as per each sites preference. What you state as wants/needs will include many different trailers. Do let us know what you decide works best for your uses.
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Old 03-22-2015, 07:13 AM   #26
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If I'm allowed to post it, here's the link
Forum | T@B Teardrop Trailers

Makes for a quick read.
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Old 03-22-2015, 08:05 AM   #27
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Gee, I read the posts on the T@B site and didn't see any comments/claims about it having superior construction, lower weight, longer life expectancy or holding it's prices better than FGRV's. I guess I will have to read it again. LOLOLOL
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Old 03-22-2015, 09:18 AM   #28
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The OP is asking about a SMALL trailer that he feels fits his needs. Why would he want to consider something bigger simply because his TV is larger than needed for a 13".

Most on this entire site embrace that right sized is right sized.
I'm all for people making up their own minds and getting something "right sized" but they need to be realistic. I thought I wanted a 13 until I lucked into my 16 locally. I am very happy I did as it turned out to be "just right" for us. I probably would have been happy in a 13, if it got us in the woods, but the 16 is just a little more without being too much to tow, store, etc. Good luck with your search!
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