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Old 01-05-2007, 04:22 PM   #99
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Okay, Rob. You asked for pics of my Casita. I have only had it 1 month and it lives in my backyard until the weather gets warmer and my husband and I learn what we are doing!

I really enjoy all of your posts - keep it up and don't forget to show us pictures of your beautiful country. Of course my country USA is beautiful too (especially Texas!).

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ciao Patty,
Your Casita is very beautiful... thenk's for the photo...
Have you the interior's picture also?
it appeals to to see the differences to me that there are between the roulotte Italian and those Americans.

grazie.

a salute Patty
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Old 01-05-2007, 04:30 PM   #100
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Hi Rob & Susy,

If you would like to see photos of our fiberglass trailer (which is a 5th wheel) you can see them here:

Scamp 5th Wheel Photos

And, here are pictures of LOTS of fiberglass trailers at last year's Oregon Gathering:

2006 Oregon Gathering

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Ciao Nancy
Thank's for the link,
your trailer is very original... In Italy not there are caravan like yours and us never they have not been in past.
I'm sorry for the perforation of the tire (wheel)

I do not succeed to open the second link, perhaps because I have a mac?

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Old 01-05-2007, 04:33 PM   #101
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Susy:

Here's the interior of our trailer. It is 13 feet and was built in 1978. We bought it on ebay last spring and cleaned it up. We made it blue and white to match our 1968 Volkswagen pickup, so we can enter them into Volkswagen car shows. We entered it with our Eurovan (Caravelle) last summer and won our category. The pickup needs to be fixed, though, before it can pull the Burro.
The Burro is parked right now, though, waiting for good weather and some time off. I teach, so we have to wait until I have a break, and my husband can take vacation time.

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ciao Cindy...
Your trailer is very small... and your car is very big...hehehe
Your Burro is delicius...

bye... Rob
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Old 01-05-2007, 05:39 PM   #102
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Sorry ...I have a question.
Your caravans are much heavy?
Because I have seen that you have big cars... and I think that they have powerful engines also.
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Old 01-05-2007, 06:45 PM   #103
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...Your caravans are much heavy?
Because I have seen that you have big cars... and I think that they have powerful engines also.
Most trailers (caravans) in North America are very large and heavy compared to the caravans we have seen from Europe; however, this forum is for owners of lightweight moulded fiberglass trailers, so most of our trailers are much lighter than the average.

While many people in both Canada and the United States drive very large vehicles, and some members of this forum tow their trailers with large trucks, many of us have smaller and lighter vehicles, so we need our trailers to be light. We really are different from most people on this continent.

I think that the most common trailers in this group (the Scamps and Casitas) weigh more than the same size of Lander, but I don't think it is a very large difference. Some people do load them with a lot of extra equipment and cargo!

One difference is that the tongue weight (or nose weight) here is usually high compared to a European caravan; we usually have 10% or more of the trailer weight carried on the hitch. This is why the axle is further back on my Boler 1700 than on a Lander 401, for instance.

My "car" and trailer may not be the best example. My Boler is larger and heavier than most in this forum, and I tow it with a Toyota Sienna, which is a "minivan" or "multipurpose vehicle" larger than any sold by Toyota in Italy. It has a 3.3 litre engine and 3 metre wheelbase, and weighs about 2000 kg. With this vehicle, I could not tow most of the trailers which are sold in Canada, but I could tow most of our fiberglass trailers.
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Old 01-05-2007, 08:10 PM   #104
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Hi Rob. Thanks for the nice compliment about my new Casita. Yes, I have a picture of the interior and am including it with this post.

Have a great weekend!

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Old 01-06-2007, 09:21 AM   #105
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Most trailers (caravans) in North America are very large and heavy compared to the caravans we have seen from Europe; however, this forum is for owners of lightweight moulded fiberglass trailers, so most of our trailers are much lighter than the average.

While many people in both Canada and the United States drive very large vehicles, and some members of this forum tow their trailers with large trucks, many of us have smaller and lighter vehicles, so we need our trailers to be light. We really are different from most people on this continent.

I think that the most common trailers in this group (the Scamps and Casitas) weigh more than the same size of Lander, but I don't think it is a very large difference. Some people do load them with a lot of extra equipment and cargo!

One difference is that the tongue weight (or nose weight) here is usually high compared to a European caravan; we usually have 10% or more of the trailer weight carried on the hitch. This is why the axle is further back on my Boler 1700 than on a Lander 401, for instance.

My "car" and trailer may not be the best example. My Boler is larger and heavier than most in this forum, and I tow it with a Toyota Sienna, which is a "minivan" or "multipurpose vehicle" larger than any sold by Toyota in Italy. It has a 3.3 litre engine and 3 metre wheelbase, and weighs about 2000 kg. (4409lbs.) With this vehicle, I could not tow most of the trailers which are sold in Canada, but I could tow most of our fiberglass trailers.
thanks Brian I have understood,
mine caravan is not much heavy one, only 700 Kg. (1543lbs.) and the weight of the tip on the towball is of 40 kg. (88lbs.)

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and this is the chassis whit the shock-absorber for a max of 1000 Kg (2204lbs.)

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Brian I have not found yours caravan in the photographic album, you have some photo from makes to see me?
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Old 01-06-2007, 12:59 PM   #106
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My Boler doesn't appear in the Boler Album, but it is just like the other Boler B1700RGH models shown there, such asThis is a photo of my own trailer, the same as the one shown in my post in the Show Us Your Rigs topic:

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The Boler 1700 is about 1000 kg empty, with 100 kg on the hitch, and when loaded I have 140 kg on the hitch. That's quite different from the Lander's nose weight!
To me, the Lander seems less rounded on the corners. The body of the Boler 1700 extend below the top of the frame (just to hide the frame); the body of the Lander does not, and so it looks lighter, with less body height.
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Old 01-06-2007, 03:13 PM   #107
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Brian your esplication is very clear... I understand it perfecly! (I'm surprised )
I'm not used to this kind of weight...
I often pull the hitch my caravan with my hand... hehehe!!!!

okey... thank's very much Brian for the links

grazie


oohps... I'm forgetting
in this link there are new image of the our rally... bye bye

http://epocaravan.forumfree.net/?t=12407790&st=210
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Old 01-06-2007, 06:11 PM   #108
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Rob,

My husband and I like Volkswagens. The latest minivan that they sold here is the Eurovan (Caravelle), so we bought a 2003. It is hard to get parts for it. We had part of the bed shipped in from Germany. I won it on German ebay. The headrests were won on Britain's ebay. The Eurovan carries all our gear for camping, golf clubs, fishing poles, suitcases, and next summer, our new canoe. The minivan tends to be larger than others made here. If we take our kids camping, it folds out into a queen-size bed for them. We modified our camper, so it only sleeps two.

But to be honest, if we could afford it, I would like a larger camper, one that has a bathroom. And I drive a VW Beetle. We just don't use it to pull the camper.


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Ok Cindy, you pull your Burro whit a Minivan Volkswagens that have two addictional bad
...Do I understood right?
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Hi all
I would have need of an aid for the translation of these words.
In this way I will be able more simply to understand your explanations...


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Thank's very much

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Old 01-07-2007, 08:52 AM   #111
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Nancy, I love your trailer! We hope someday to find a good deal on a fixer Scamp 5th wheel so we can set it up very much like your's. The added storage and better bed set up suits us.
Thanks, Lizbeth! You might consider the new Escape Trailers. They have a REALLY nice layout.

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Yes, Rob, we have an addional bed in the Eurovan. We first looked at how to make the Eurovan into a camper but decided to buy a trailer instead.

We also have a 1968 Volkswagen pickup (camion) and a 1969 Volkswagen Beetle . The pickup needs repair to run. We hope to pull the camper with the pickup.

Rob, do you know Babelfish? http://babelfish.altavista.com/ You can enter words or web pages and select the language to translate.

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