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Old 05-08-2011, 12:29 AM   #15
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I am a recently retired dentist who is looking to go on a mission to treat the disadvantaged using a small glass RV as a mobile office and return it to a regular RV for camping with my DH.

I am interested in purchasing the largest molded glass RV made...
Does it need to be new, or could you refurbish a used one? I'm thinking that if you could find a 25' Bigfoot Rear Queen, the bed could be removed for enough room for the dentist chair? I believe that's the largest one (ever) made, though not presently in production.
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Old 05-08-2011, 06:53 AM   #16
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It definately does not have to be new, and the 25' Bigfoot is a great idea. Anyone have a lead on one for purchase, perhaps a bit closer to New York than BC?!
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Old 05-08-2011, 09:45 AM   #17
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Hi, Roger

You'll find that most molded trailers smaller than the Bigfoot above are only 6 feet wide. That seems a bit narrow to accommodate a dental chair AND a dentist. I wonder if there'd be room on either side for you to work.
I second Kevin's suggestion that you look at cargo trailers, which come in widths up to 8 1/2 feet and can be refitted in a big variety of ways.

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Old 05-08-2011, 10:17 AM   #18
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Roger, I know that the state of Colorado has a program where new dentists can work off part of their tuition by operating a mobile dentist vehicle in areas that are poorly served otherwise. You might want to contact the University of Colorado Dental School and ask about this. If you want to talk to people who are already operating vehicles, I found a lot of them just by Googling "Colorado Mobile Dentist". Otherwise, I know there are companies that manufacture portable dental equipment. It seems like that might be a good place to check too.
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Old 05-08-2011, 10:23 AM   #19
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Thanks Francesca! Actually 6 feet wide is more than enough, as long as the floor is flat. My problem so far in my search is that most FG trailers have molded in areas next to where a bed would be, which makes side access impossible.

One of the main reasons why I am looking at glass trailers is that they are somewhat aerodynamic, AND cool looking! (plus I once built a glass amphibian airplane, and love fiberglass). The cargo trailers are, well, cargo trailers (read big ugly boxes), and besides me, my DW Linda would never approve, especially if we plan to use it as an RV as well.

So far, the best prospects are the 25' Bigfoot that Frederick mentioned, and if they can customize the interior, the new Lil Snoozy. I actually really like the Lil Snoozy because of its appearance, the possibility of a custom build, and it's a new company who could use the business.
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That is also one nice teardrop they make as i've never seen them. The bigger egg should work for the dentist set-up



It's the roomy-est Egg I have been in. I think it would be the perfect set up. It's got way more walking room that Casita or Scamp. Of course Bigfoot probably is a little bigger striped down but an EggCamper is a good option.
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Old 05-08-2011, 10:37 AM   #21
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Terry, thank you for the info. Fortunately my dental school tuition was paid off about 35 years ago! I am very aware of the portable dental equipment available, as I taught Special Care Dentistry for 15 years, and am Board Certified in it. I currently have all of the equipment that I need for portable use, and really only need a vehicle to put it in.

I am not interested in a dental only vehicle, although those units are widely available, and really nice, they are sole purpose and large. I realized long ago, that I cannot cure the dental problems of the world. What I am interested in is going to visit people who are unable to venture far from their homes and treat them literally in their driveway. Unfortunately, that is difficult to do when you drive up with a 40' class a or class b motorhome, and not very efficient, that is why that part of the population is so under served.

What I want to do is use a small glass trailer, and make it so that the interior is basically removable. That will allow me to put my portable equipment into it and treat patients as needed, and when Linda and I want to use it as an RV, remove those items, put in the bed, kitchen etc. and go. I realize that this may have never been done before, but there is always a first, and my nature is to experiment.

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Old 05-08-2011, 10:44 AM   #22
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Robin, I will contact Eggcamper tomorrow, but from the looks of the floor plan, they too have molded in areas by the side seating that may interfere with walking around I also need a door that has wheel chair access. I'll post my results when I find out.

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Old 05-08-2011, 10:48 AM   #23
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You're going to have to find something else, I'm afraid this will never work. There is a Teardrop forum that has a cargo trailer conversion section and you would be amazed at the possibilities.
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Robin, I will contact Eggcamper tomorrow, but from the looks of the floor plan, they too have molded in areas by the side seating that may interfere with walking around I also need a door that has wheel chair access. I'll post my results when I find out.

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Few rigs have been built with wheel chair access. I know Sunline (now out of business) built some wheel chair accessible rigs. Most doors are 20-24 inches wide.

The toy hauler is probably the only wheel chair accessible production unit.

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Old 05-08-2011, 10:56 AM   #25
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You're going to have to find something else, I'm afraid this will never work.
Greg, someone much wiser than I told me long ago, "never say never". I am not giving up just yet, heck, I just started my research!

By the way, when it does work out (and I'm certain it will), I will be glad to send you the pictures.

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You could also take a look at the VRV by Livin Lite/CampLite. All aluminum construction, toy hauler, and bumper pull. Those are also very interesting little trailers that just might suit you stated needs, and I am willing to bet that the company would be willing to work with you as it would be a great way to get their name out there.
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Not to open myself to accusations of heresy, but if I was buying new, I'd probably buy an all-aluminum trailer!
Those Livin' Lites are pretty cool, and talk about lightweight...

Too bad they're so boxy looking, though

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Old 05-08-2011, 01:46 PM   #28
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How about (heaven forbid!) the new Eddie Bauer Airstream? It has a rear door to load a handicapped patient and equipment. The only major downside seems to be the price, but if they hold their value...
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