Interesting evening with the Little Joe Rep - Fiberglass RV


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Old 01-25-2007, 10:52 PM   #1
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I had an interesting evening. I stopped at a small RV and camping/outdoors show on my way home from work today. There, I had a lengthy conversation with the only sales rep for Little Joe Trailers.

He was very nice and happy to answer all my questions even tho he knew that I personally was not in the market for them.

OK, here is the answer to the burning question for those that are interested.

YES, these are made from the original litehouse molds. The owner managed to aquire them (I did not ask how) and moved them to Henderson Colorado. His shop is right behind 5 star RV, thats why they are currently the only web advertisers. This will change shortly.

They are selling these thru a small dealer network now. Obviously, they hope to get a bigger one, but for now, they are available at several dealers on the west coast. He said he was nation wide, but I only remember the west coast dealers. There are 2 in the NW, one in Medford, Or. one in Vancouver, Wa.

They currently do not have plans to make a larger one, but they do have a new model that has a toilet and shower. It basically shortens the seating area, pushes the kitchen to the center and the shower is a fold down arrangement. He had no pictures.

He DID have many pictures of the factory and various one off models, including a pretty metallic blue one. The floors in all of these now are diamond plate, and they are keeping with the "elegant" concept that the litehouse had..small trailer, fine fit and finish.

The new trailers have different graphics as well, getting rid of the western theme. They are more whispy ribbon things.

He is also the US rep for the 14 foot iCamp Chinese made Fiberglass trailer, tho it isn't molded glass. All the parts, outside and in, are fiberglass.. cabinets, doors, everything inside is fiberglass except the appliances.

These come with only one floor plan, and only 2 colors They will have a dealer network with demo models, but purchase is by order and delivery is 49 days.. from China.

Unfortunately, he is at this show with no product! His delivery truck broke down in the desert and was not able to move these items in. However, they are on ther way to Banning RV and both the Little Joe and the iCamp will be there on Saturday. He was more than happy to allow me to go out and look and take pictures of both (Hey, free advertising LOL!) so..

Saturday, I will do just that. I am actually more excited to see the iCamp, as I may actually want one. At a 15k base price, I am not sure if i want the payments tho
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Old 01-26-2007, 01:39 AM   #2
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I had an interesting evening. I stopped at a small RV and camping/outdoors show on my way home from work today. There, I had a lengthy conversation with the only sales rep for Little Joe Trailers.

He was very nice and happy to answer all my questions even tho he knew that I personally was not in the market for them.
Gina, what was the price for the Little Joe? I didn't see it listed in the link.

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Old 01-26-2007, 05:23 AM   #3
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Gina, please see if you can get the dealer-specific information for Medford and Vancouver. I'd like to go take a look one of these days and Vancouver is within walking distance of me
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Old 01-26-2007, 09:31 AM   #4
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Bonnie,

MSRP on them starts at 9k. Being that they are sold thru dealers, it is negotiable, and may be lower.

Donna, he is sending me more info. I will ask him where the dealers are.

and... here they are. It lists Tualitan, not Vancauver. Odd.

Dealer list

Here is a direct link to the manufacturer of Little Joe. It shows the blue one!

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Donna, he is sending me more info. I will ask him where the dealers are.
Here is a direct link to the manufacturer of Little Joe. It shows the blue one!
Thanks Gina, I'll try to find time to check it out in the next 3-4 weeks.

The Blue one looks like a Rubbermaid Tote with wheels
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New is nice, but I still like what Bill and Pat have done with their Lite House! And, I don;t think they paid $9 grand. That floor will be pretty cold on frosty mornings.
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Thanks, Gina. When you're talking with the Weis Craft people again, perhaps you could suggest adding basic specifications to their web page, such as dimensions and running gear descriptions (e.g. Torflex axle? tire size?). It doesn't have to be fancy, but it would help people understand if they should be interested.
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Brian,

Check the dealer links I have posted. All that is on thier pages. Basically taken from thier brochure.

It is a rubber band suspention, yes.

Don, I wouldn't buy one because of the price vs. size, but they have put in expensive cabinets and appliances, making it an "upscale" unit, like the Scamp deluxes etc.

I am sure that contributes to the price. It might be worth it to some.
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...Check the dealer links I have posted. All that is on thier pages. Basically taken from thier brochure...
Sure, except that the links are incorrect for the first two (Five Star and Rainbow's End), and why would anyone expect to look on dealer sites for more information than the site of the manufacturer itself? Frankly, I'm a little tired of having to work around errors on corporate websites.

Correct links:
Five Star RV <blockquote>Little Joe (at Five Star) - same information as Weis Craft page</blockquote>
Rainbow's End - nothing about Little Joe, only Holiday Rambler

Camper Outlet <blockquote>Little Joe (at Camper Outlet) - this one has [b]actual dimensions! </blockquote>
The "Finnegan's Familyvan" and "Affordable Truck & RV" sites have no evidence of this trailer.

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...It is a rubber band suspention, yes...
I'll bet the axle manufacturers cringe when people call rubber-sprung torsion axle systems "rubber band" suspension! But thanks for the info.
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I did not make thier website, and I bet that lil ole me has no influence on what they put on it or how.

You found what you wanted tho.

I am sure the axle manufacturers have heard that term many times and don't bat an eye at it.
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Wonder why there are no pictures of the curb side? Looks odd with the awning opposite the door.
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The Blue one looks like a Rubbermaid Tote with wheels
I can't get this image out of my mind! But, it's a great update on the trailer, Gina.
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Gina, please see if you can get the dealer-specific information for Medford and Vancouver. I'd like to go take a look one of these days and Vancouver is within walking distance of me
I think the Vancouver dealer is on 4th Plain in Orchards. I'll try to swing by there tomorrow and take a look.
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I think the Vancouver dealer is on 4th Plain in Orchards. I'll try to swing by there tomorrow and take a look.
I followed the dealer link Gina provided...the dealer in our area is in Tualatin:

Camper Outlet
9620 S.W. Tualatin-Sherwood Rd
Tualatin, Oregon 97062
Tel: (503) 692-3366
Fax: (503) 692-3396
www.camperoutlet.com

I have to go south next month, so I may be able to swing by and take a look on my way home.
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