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Old 12-17-2012, 08:56 AM   #15
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Willy, how old are the kids? I'm asumming kids, although you didn't say... you just said "3. Must be able to sleep 4"
No kids yet, but within the next few years. So we want something that has the ability to accommodate that.
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:01 AM   #16
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As my profile indicates, having just added a Starcraft pop-up this weekend, we seem to have one of everything in out fleet'

I don't know of any 13-14' FGRV built that will be comfortable for 4 people, that are all over the age of about 8, on a rainy day, much less when sleeping, .

But why, just for sake of discussion, did you specify dry weight? They are never towed at that weight.

And well equipped for $7000, pretty much rules out anything that's not at least 10 years old.

All that said, I agree that a pop-up may well be your best bet. We had one for our family for a number of years and did experience the rain factor more than a few times, but the investment is low, most are fairly sturdy and kid proof, and they are a lot easier to tow.

Here's a good place to start learning about that part of our family:
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I asked for dry weight because I can manage the loaded weight. I have a 2012 Jeep Patriot 4x4 with a 2.4L 4cyl engine so I need to make sure my vehicle would be able to tow it. Are ten year old trailers worth looking at?
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:05 AM   #17
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... Are ten year old trailers worth looking at?

For a fiberglass trailer, that might be too new.

But seriously, if the floor is not rotten, they last 40+ years.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:10 AM   #18
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Are ten year old trailers worth looking at?
Of the four Trilliums that I own, the youngest is 34 years old. The first one I bought had been sitting in a field for the last several years. Other then the impressive accumulation of dead bugs, the trailer was in good shape. After an afternoon of cleaning, it was ready to camp in.
Fibreglass trailers are very durable. That is not to say that you should not inspect them when you are shopping. As mentioned a rotten floor is a problem, but still repairable. Where a rotten floor on a stick built trailer is fatal.
An old fibreglass trailer may be the least expensive way to get camping, after a pup tent.
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:23 PM   #19
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I'm with Dave W on this. Our trailer is young compared to his at 22 years old. A fiberglass trailer can virtually last forever. Truly amazing in their longevity. People rarely think ours is 22.
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:11 PM   #20
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Tom isn't being facetious. As with wine, there are good years in fiberglass camping trailers and also bad. A marque with a great reputation way back when can be sold and "go downhill" under new management. Some sit in the street and some are garaged; there are "time capsule" trailers and great numbers from the land that time visited every day, much to their detriment. Looking at this site, I see many trailers more than 10 yrs. old--perhaps a majority among those who post regularly. Maybe we need to commiserate about deferred maintenance and repair with those in the same old boat so to speak. There's some truth to that but not all the truth. Each of us must find our own truth and our own trailer. It's a voyage in the literal sense. One must see what one is able to see.

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Old 12-17-2012, 01:18 PM   #21
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We've owned a pop up, a Scamp 13, a Pleasure-way van and now the Bigfoot. Each one has it's advantages and disadvantages.

The set-up with the pop up was a royal pain but the 360 degree views were fantastic. Heating and cooling one is ineffectual at best, at least in Florida. We had one with a storage trunk on the front and that was awesome. Something to consider is loading it before you go. If it has a fridge you'd have to pop it up or crawl on your belly to load it or you'll be taking a cooler and transferring everything in camp. Pop ups are nice to tow since they have less frontal area and we could see over ours. Rain and pop ups suck!

The first time we took the Scamp out we set-up so fast we thought we missed something. I walked around and double checked everything, got a cold drink and settled into my chair, all in under half the time it took to set up the pop up. I could definitely feel it behind me but I towed it with a Jeep JK 2-door. For us, 2 adults and maybe 1 child would be the max for a 13.

The carry out stove is mainly a pop up thing and something I miss. We have a Coleman two burner stove we use outside with a small folding table but that carryout was cool.

If I were to do it all over I'd still start with a pop up. We bought one that was 8 years old and in great shape for $2500. When we purchased ours most of them were family car friendly and you can fit four fairly easily. The extra work is just part of being able to have a fridge, furnace, sink etc... I like the 10 foot boxes with the storage trunks. King on one end and double on the other. Keep it in a garage and it will last a good while.

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Old 12-17-2012, 02:10 PM   #22
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We started out camping with our 2 children (under 4yrs old) in a volkswagen camping van, then had two very small tent style trailers prior to getting a 13' Scamp (we are on our 2nd one now). If we could have done it over, we would have started out with the Scamp. Michigan is always rainey when you camp, and the setting up/ taking down is bad enough without having to do it wet. We are almost always out of the trailer anyway, so the small area in the 13' Scamp is only for sleeping or eating.
Both of our Scamps were 20 to 22 years old when we purchased them, and didn't need a thing, but that never stopped me from changing things to better meet our needs/desires. We also sold our first Scamp for what we paid for it, 13 years later.
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:20 PM   #23
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Is over 10 years old worth looking at:
Our 39 y.o.+ 1973 Hunter Compact-II was is in great original condition when I repainted and updated the appliances and water & electrical systems last year.
Our Lil' Bigfoot is 18 y.o. and seems as new.
Unlike Love, fiberglass is forever...
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:14 PM   #24
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My trailer is soon to be 25 years old, I've owned it for 10 years as of three days ago. I've changed the axle and added an awning and believe I could sell it for what I have into it right now.

Willy, if you decide a 13' all molded trailer is for you, I can provide some links that show what families have done to the front gaucho to create safe and secure sleeping areas for small children.

Best of luck!
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.......I can provide some links that show what families have done to the front gaucho to create safe and secure sleeping areas for small children.

Best of luck!

Pssst....a gaucho is a bunk bed.
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:30 PM   #26
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Pssst....a gaucho is a bunk bed.
Psssst. I know. But the links show "cribs" instead of bunks.
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Psssst. I know. But the links show "cribs" instead of bunks.
The Pssst was for the OP, not you , Donna.
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Oh, well... now we ALL know.
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