Looking for advice/First trailer - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 12-16-2012, 03:31 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Name: Willy
Trailer: In the market
Pennsylvania
Posts: 11
Looking for advice/First trailer

I'm debating between a pop up and a travel trailer. I'm just looking for suggestions/pointers. Here are my thoughts so far:

1. Must be under 1500lbs unloaded
2. I'd prefer to stay around the $7000 range
3. Must be able to sleep 4
4. Would like a fridge (small fridge is fine)
3. Must have a sink
4. Must have a stove (would prefer a removable stove so it could be used outside as well)
5. Would like heat and AC
6. Don't want anything too old
7. I want something that will last
8. Must have a table inside that seats four to use on rainy days for dinner
9. Nothing over 13 or 14 feet

I've been looking at new Scamp, Escape, Trillium Outback, and even Taylor travel trailers. A new Scamp 13' with the options I want comes out around $14000, which is significantly more thant I want to spend. Does anyone have any recommendations based on the points above?
__________________

__________________
jawsthemeswimming4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2012, 03:39 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Name: Donna D
Trailer: Escape 5.0 TA, 2014
Oregon
Posts: 24,433
Welcome to FiberglassRV Willy!

Points, yes... for $7,000 you're looking for used in the all molded world, and that can be a good thing

You'll have a tough time keeping a loaded 13' trailer to under 1,500 pounds when you're talking about the stuff for four people. Check out this thread for more information: Trailer Weights in the Real World

Good luck on your hunt!
__________________

__________________
Donna D.
Ten Forward - 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Double Yolk - 1988 16' Scamp Deluxe
Donna D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2012, 03:53 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Name: Willy
Trailer: In the market
Pennsylvania
Posts: 11
Thanks for the quick reply. As for the weight, I meant 1500lbs unloaded. I look forward to hearing from more of you and any advice you can give.
__________________
jawsthemeswimming4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2012, 04:18 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Name: bob
Trailer: 1984 u-haul ct13; 1996 Casita 17 Spirit Deluxe; 1946 Modernistic teardrop
New York
Posts: 4,333
I think a popup would be a better option for you. When our two kids were still at home, we used an old Starcraft popup, still have it. I'm pretty sure it weighs more than 1500 though. Do some research in that direction too. Lots of used popups out there. We bought a nice Jayco for our daughter that needed canvas, $1000 to replace the canvas, $500 for the trailer, two new tires and it was ready to go.
__________________
mary and bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2012, 04:57 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
theresa p's Avatar
 
Name: theresa
Trailer: Outback (by Trillium) 2004
New Brunswick
Posts: 1,382
Registry
bob is correct---with children, there is a definite advantage to having the added space that a pop-up/tent trailer provides.

however.....here is where i will weigh in with our own personal experience....as far as loading and unloading the car with camping stuff, a pop-up that allows storage is supreme. storing it inside and only adding clothing and food to get away for a weekend trip is incredibly freeing. but---and it's a huge BUT to me----if the weather is inclement when you are setting up or taking down the unit, you will only have to do it once...perhaps twice if you are very patient,....before you will be willing to donate a kidney instead of having to do it in the rain! as much as having the luxury of the added space, i'd have a solid trailer again in a heartbeat...unless i could guarantee perfect weather when i camp. (and if you have that ability, could you please sell it to me, really cheap!).

just my two cents worth ---from many , many years of tenting and tent trailering/pop-up trailering with our kids.
__________________
theresa p is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2012, 05:29 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Name: Donna D
Trailer: Escape 5.0 TA, 2014
Oregon
Posts: 24,433
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"
__________________
Donna D.
Ten Forward - 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Double Yolk - 1988 16' Scamp Deluxe
Donna D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2012, 05:42 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Name: bob
Trailer: 1984 u-haul ct13; 1996 Casita 17 Spirit Deluxe; 1946 Modernistic teardrop
New York
Posts: 4,333
The law of tents and popups: it will almost surely be raining, rained the night before, or at least a heavy dew when it's time to close it up. There has been many times that we have had to close it up wet, and open it and dry it out when we got home, but as many or more times when we didn't. It's just one of those things that go along with the fun of camping. Our old popup would sleep 8, has two tables, and was roomy enough for our two kids to bring a friend along. We've had it so long I won't part with it. Replaced the canvas once, we've owned it since 1978! We use a screen room now with our Uhaul and teardrop, plus another canopy, so we still get to fold up wet stuff at times. Just have to have the attitude to accept the way the weather is, we can't change it!
__________________
mary and bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2012, 05:51 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Name: Darwin
Trailer: 2002 19 ft Scamp 19 ft 5th Wheel
Posts: 3,030
Send a message via Yahoo to Darwin Maring
Here you go and it's from COSTCO.

LifetimeŽ Camping Tent Trailer
__________________
Darwin Maring is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2012, 06:53 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Bob Miller's Avatar
 
Name: Bob
Trailer: 1973 Hunter Compact II
California
Posts: 7,912
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:
http://www.popupportal.com/index.php
__________________
Bob Miller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2012, 08:24 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Name: Eric
Trailer: Scamp 13
Michigan
Posts: 255
We started with a pop-up and used it for years. Now we have a 13' Scamp and love it.

I think which you go with comes down to a variety of preferences. With the pop-up we would go to a spot usually within several hours of our house and setup camp for several days to a week. We never used it on our out of state vacations when we were traveling around to a variety of spots because we had limited time on vacation and didn't want to spend an hour or two per day putting the camper up and down.

This year with the Scamp and our minivan we did both the camping for a week in one spot and also the 6000 mile trip to CA and loved it.

The biggest difference is the Scamp is MUCH smaller inside (painful when it is raining outside), but it is nice to setup.

My wife and I have 3 kids. 2 kids (over 10) sleep in the Scamp with us. The oldest child usually sleeps in the van or in a tent when he comes along.

We paid about what you want to pay for ours and it is only a few years old. We added a fridge and AC and just use electric heat.

If it was me, it would all come down to how I was going to vacation and how often we would be setting up and taking down. But as people often note, you have to figure out what fits you the best and what priorities you have.

If you aren't experienced with either of these options, consider renting to better inform your choice.

Enjoy the camping. We have loved doing it with our family.
__________________
ericw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2012, 08:29 PM   #11
Member
 
Andyman's Avatar
 
Name: Andy
Trailer: Casita
Florida
Posts: 68
You may like the one I just got. Casita 16' weighs 1400 lbs. floor plan like pic but with fridge and micro

Click image for larger version

Name:	image-3020855032.jpg
Views:	26
Size:	250.2 KB
ID:	53558



Click image for larger version

Name:	image-4285394705.jpg
Views:	30
Size:	162.8 KB
ID:	53557
__________________
Andyman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-16-2012, 08:48 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
rabbit's Avatar
 
Name: Jack
Trailer: '98 BURRO 17WB
Delaware
Posts: 2,548
Willy go here.

Trailer Weights in the Real World

Record of trailers weighed in use. Easy to keep a 13 footer under 2Klbs. A 16 can be kept under 3K with a little effort put into what to take and what not.

Jack
__________________
rabbit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2012, 07:47 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
jack maloney's Avatar
 
Trailer: 1986 U-Haul CT13 ft
Posts: 494
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andyman View Post
You may like the one I just got. Casita 16' weighs 1400 lbs. floor plan like pic but with fridge and micro

Attachment 53558



Attachment 53557
Andyman: unless you keep your Casita filled with helium, you might want to check your weight figure again!
__________________
jack maloney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2012, 07:49 AM   #14
Member
 
Andyman's Avatar
 
Name: Andy
Trailer: Casita
Florida
Posts: 68
I haven't had it weighed but the # is from the original shipping document
__________________

__________________
Andyman is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New trailer, advice sought MCDenny Hi, I am.... 19 03-16-2012 01:47 PM
Need advice on choosing a trailer Richard H General Chat 8 04-24-2009 09:15 PM
Need quick advice on new trailer Randy L. General Chat 11 10-29-2007 09:57 AM
Advice for FG trailer purchase Matthew Reid Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 3 07-24-2007 08:56 AM
Newbie needs advice AND a trailer!!! Jeb Wanted: Molded Fiberglass Travel Trailers 28 01-19-2006 05:30 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:42 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.