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Old 12-31-2007, 01:22 PM   #15
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I know what you're talking about Miller, the too generic part... buying a trailer is just about like buying a spec home in a housing development... they all look a like. You're going to find that in ANY brand and in ANY size of travel trailer. But, it only takes a bit to make a trailer uniquely your own. Some colorful (in your color choice) throw rugs and throw pillows, a couple of pictures hung here and there... and you're already on your way. If you leave the bed down permanently, the linens certainly personalize the interior. I THINK BigFoot has a couple of different choices for the wood interior. Light oak and cherry (or is it maple??). It's like the wood interiors for the deluxe Scamp, each color of wood gives off a different "feel." Some like the stark white of the fiberglass interior, believing it adds to the "open and airy" feeling of the trailer. That too is a personal choice.
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Old 12-31-2007, 01:31 PM   #16
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One advantage the Spirit does have over the Liberty - the bed can be left permanently as a bed as seating at a table for two is most satisfactory with the side dinette.
I think that the 2nd photo in the Craigslist Ad shows that this can also be done with the Liberty floorplan.
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Old 12-31-2007, 03:19 PM   #17
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That is the thing that keeps drawing us to these trailers, the eggs that is. The DW and I do not find them generic at all. I view them as a unique, creative and cool solution to a problem, and she views them as a wonderful, cute and simple blank canvas to build on. The difference between a spec home and, as accurately put by you, almost all of the trailers out there is that in a spec home they usually choose neutral colors. The fabric patterns, and valances, and wall treatments, in these trailers look like they were either chosen by someone who was decorating for a spinster victorian aunt, or a brothel in the old west that was trying to look classy. A throw pillow or bed linen gets lost or clashes terribly. I find, but most especially she finds, the stark white to be a good place to start because it allows you so much room to customize without having to undo what some decorating commitee thinks everyone wants. We've looked at some of the pictures of everyones eggs, and they range from classy to kitschy, which is a good thing, but all completely personal. But even untouched the eggs just beat on the eyes less. (If I offended anyone because they happen to love the current trends in decor, then I apologize. I'm in no way saying my taste is better than yours, just different and better for me.)

For examples sake the only two trailers that we saw that week-end that she loved straight from the factory wihtout me having to redecorate from jump street were the Shadow Cruiser Fun Finder X's, Java Blue or Endless Red, and the Airstream International Ocean Breeze Special Editions. Airstream has the quality, but lordy lordy $$$$. The Fun Finders are, as she puts it, stinking cute, but I feel somewhat overpriced for what they are.



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Old 12-31-2007, 03:37 PM   #18
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We also looked at the Tada, the Tabs bigger brother...so close, yet so far. Styling, w/ so many color options, and just bleeding cute all over the place, was there. 6" taller, so I could actually stand in it, 1' wider, so I could lay in the bed next to my DW and not look like a couple of slinkies given to a probem child, and I would have driven home with it. I just don't understand the thought process that said let's build a bigger Tab, but not really.
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Old 01-01-2008, 08:42 PM   #19
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The nice thing about Scamp and Casita are that they've been made for so long, there's a large, ever-changing supply of used ones for sale. That means you can pick a price you're comfortable with, then check the boards daily until the right one shows up at your price. (I found my Scamp 16' listed here, ready for the road and just an hour from my home, for $2500.) That's not true for Oliver and the other new manufacturers. I certainly wasn't comfortable making a five-figure recreational purchase, but you might.

Besides price, trailer weight is crucial for those of us who don't own (or want to own) large tow vehicles. For my car, one ton was the reasonable limit. A fully-equipped trailer, with a bathroom and the water storage to make it useful, could easily weigh 1,000 lbs more. The Casitas I've seen all had more luxuries and amenities, such as outdoor lights and outlets, which add weight as well as comfort.

Compared to Scamps, Casita roofs drop down a few inches lower beside either side of the center aisle, which makes them feel smaller to me. At a Casita rally I attended, an owner visiting my Scamp called it a "widebody." A measuring tape might not indicate that, but that's the impression I get from the flatter Scamp roofline. And I just can't get used to Casita's carpeted walls- reminds me of bong-filled basements, with blacklights and Hendrix on the stereo. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) Scamp's interior finish, known by the unflattering term "rat fur," seems more contemporary and clean-lined, IMHO.

This forum, plus the Casitaclub.com, has created a huge encyclopedia of FG trailer lore. You can't go very wrong with one of these durable workhorses, regardless of the brand or model. Just get prepared to stand out from the crowd. Everywhere you go, your CasaScamBolFoot will attract attention, curiosity and admiration. When you camp around others, be ready to answer questions and give tours.
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Old 01-01-2008, 10:13 PM   #20
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The nice thing about Scamp and Casita are that they've been made for so long, there's a large, ever-changing supply of used ones for sale. That means you can pick a price you're comfortable with, then check the boards daily until the right one shows up at your price. (I found my Scamp 16' listed here, ready for the road and just an hour from my home, for $2500.) That's not true for Oliver and the other new manufacturers. I certainly wasn't comfortable making a five-figure recreational purchase, but you might.

Besides price, trailer weight is crucial for those of us who don't own (or want to own) large tow vehicles. For my car, one ton was the reasonable limit. A fully-equipped trailer, with a bathroom and the water storage to make it useful, [b]could easily weigh 1,000 lbs more. The Casitas I've seen all had more luxuries and amenities, such as outdoor lights and outlets, which add weight as well as comfort.

Compared to Scamps, Casita roofs drop down a few inches lower beside either side of the center aisle, which makes them feel smaller to me. At a Casita rally I attended, an owner visiting my Scamp called it a "widebody." A measuring tape might not indicate that, but that's the impression I get from the flatter Scamp roofline. And I just can't get used to Casita's carpeted walls- reminds me of bong-filled basements, with blacklights and Hendrix on the stereo. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) Scamp's interior finish, known by the unflattering term "rat fur," seems more contemporary and clean-lined, IMHO.

This forum, plus the Casitaclub.com, has created a huge encyclopedia of FG trailer lore. You can't go very wrong with one of these durable workhorses, regardless of the brand or model. Just get prepared to stand out from the crowd. Everywhere you go, your CasaScamBolFoot will attract attention, curiosity and admiration. When you camp around others, be ready to answer questions and give tours.
Might I suggest that the bold is a typo. Don't you mean 2,000 lbs. (My 13' with out bath is 1500)
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You mean 'at the bathroom take a left...go through the dining room and then the kitchen...you'll se the bedroom...I'll meet you out on the back porch.' That tour?
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Old 01-02-2008, 12:16 PM   #22
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Might I suggest that the bold is a typo. Don't you mean 2,000 lbs. (My 13' with out bath is 1500)
I think the key to John Mc's statement is the word "more."
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Old 01-02-2008, 01:47 PM   #23
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I think the key to John Mc's statement is the word "more."
Now that I re-read it I believe you're right. (i.e. meaning more than ....)
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Old 01-03-2008, 10:45 PM   #24
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You mean 'at the bathroom take a left...go through the dining room and then the kitchen...you'll se the bedroom...I'll meet you out on the back porch.' That tour?
The good part is they can take the tour without even putting their feet in the trailer!

Have you looked at a non-dealer trailer? (I mean Casita, Scamp, etc.--those sold direct.) I'd recommend that you contact some owners and ask to see them to get a feel for the different makes and models. There are a number of us in your area who (I'm sure) would be glad to show you their egg and talk trailer. Or take a drive to lovely Quartzite in February (really, it's a nice little desert town!) and see a bunch in one place.

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Old 01-07-2008, 09:38 PM   #25
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No the DW and I have yet to see one of the direct sale trailers in person. On Friday I drove out to Ontario for the Sportsmen's R.V. show with the express purpose of seeing an Oliver. That was a wasted drive as the show was cancelled because of the predicted storm. A little weather and everyone goes to pieces. Well at least it got me out of the house. DW had a good chuckle over the phone at my frustration. Somebody could have at least made a note on a website about the cancellation. She wasn't with me as she is in New York for FAE.

That is a mighty generous offer on you part. I think DW and would love to take you up on it, as outside of Oliver we would probably be leaning towards a Casita, either SD or Liberty 17'. As I can actually stand upright in those from what I've read. PM me if your offer stands. Or any other owners in this area that are feeling generous can feel free to PM me also. The main thing I need to figure out is if she and I will actually fit in the bed reasonably comfortably.

Quartzite would be fun to visit except for two things. 1) I'd feel a little weird being the only tent there, especially not knowing what kind of facilities are available and the fact that our tent is bigger than some of the eggs. 2)I'm hoping that the strike is over by then and I am so busy working that I won't have time enough to continue obsessing over my lack of a personal trailer because I will be dragging the big boys all over town. 10-4 good buddies.
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I am looking at the Oliver trailer that is displayed across the freeway from the Pilot station in Quartsite. It looks very nice but does anybody know about it?
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Since you are/were there could you possibly give me an address or cross streets that I could enter into my mapping software? Is there anybody there displaying it? Owner? Factory rep? Any info would be appreciated. I'm going to go on another recon trip either tomorrow, Friday or Saturday. Thanks.

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Quartzite would be fun to visit except for ... 1) I'd feel a little weird being the only tent there, especially not knowing what kind of facilities are available and the fact that our tent is bigger than some of the eggs.
I think that you would certainly be welcome, no matter what you camp in. However, I understand that there are NO facilities at the site.
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