Mourning the Cute factor - Fiberglass RV

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Old 05-18-2007, 12:20 AM   #1
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another post reminded me of this...

There is ONE thing I really notice that has changed since my 13.. I generally always got someone that would ask to see it in a campground, and they cooed about how "cute" it was, because it was so small.

With my 17, I rarely get more than a passing glance. It is just another white blob on the landscape.

Not that I am an attention freak or anything, but I find I spend less time talking with folks about the rig, and more time camping... I still get folks stopping by to ask about the solar panels in the same qtys tho.

anyone else notice this when they moved to a bigger rig?

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Old 05-18-2007, 04:43 AM   #2
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We have not been out with our UHaul yet, but I have commented to several people that this would probably be the case. We were chased down into a parking lot to give a tour with the Burro once. Although we did get a lot of looks driving it home. First trip is Nauvoo, so we will see.


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Old 05-18-2007, 05:42 AM   #3
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I dunno. Although my 16 foot isn't a wide body Burro, it's still bigger than the 13's and I get WAY more attention that I often like. For some reason, I think mine looks a lot smaller than it actually is.
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Old 05-18-2007, 06:42 AM   #4
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On several occasions with the 16' Scamp, I came back to the campground to have strangers wandering around the trailer oo-ing and ahhh-ing. It was a little unnerving actually.

Neither the Burro 17 nor the Bigfoot 17 have gotten that kind of attention.

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Old 05-18-2007, 07:00 AM   #5
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I think i got more 'lookie loos" with the 13 Scamp more than my other ones... I did give a tour with the 5er tho the last time I was camping... most people really look as they walk by and are commenting....
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Old 05-18-2007, 07:58 AM   #6
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There seems to be two mind sets when people look at my trailer. One is from those that have huge RV's and other types of trailers. You know the 30' - 40' types. They seem to feel sorry I'm am able to only afford the smallest trailer they have ever seen, some ever seem a bit snobbish or laugh to each other. The other group is the personalities that 'get it' and are fascinated by the prospects of enjoying camping and traveling without hauling and spending large amounts of energy and money.

When I registered the trailer at the California DMV office, the person who came out to check the trailer out couldn't believe there could be anything smaller than a 17' trailer.

Myself when I see the 'new breed' of RV's with huge motor homes also towing another trailer behind them (as large as my 17") filled with more possessions, I get exhausted. Then I wonder what the attraction is to haul so many physical possessions around when you head out.

I guess we each have our own comfortable balance.......
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Old 05-18-2007, 08:25 AM   #7
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I would think that a 13 ft'r would catch the eye quicker than a 17 ft, which is what we have. Tell ya, there have still been plenty of times people have stopped us and asked questions about our rig. One guy even jumped in before I had a chance to even open the van door and set up the trailer for the night. Guess he didn't wan't us to leave before he could get a tour !!

I think that the whole idea of a fiberglass trailer is so unique that many want to know more about them. It used to be that one could drive down the highway and never see one anywhere. Now, coming back home from a quick 5 day vacation, in S W Colorado, I saw no fewer than 5 on the highway. These rigs seem to be more popular than they used to be with an increase which is more visible. So maybe, if there is a decline in curiousity, it could be that people have already been familiarized with the concept. Far as I am concerned - fiberglass rules ! Don
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Old 05-18-2007, 08:40 AM   #8
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My neighbore (e intended), when he saw my little rig: "Oh, well, we all have to start SOMEWHERE!"

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Old 05-18-2007, 09:29 AM   #9
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In my 17' Casita I got a lot of attention but when I moved to a 21' Bigfoot it goes un-noticed until people see inside it. This is not bad as I don't go camping to show off my trailer. I mostly use it as a base camp for fishing, hunting and trail riding. In fact I sort of wish it blended into the countryside a bit better when it is parked by itself in the woods.

When I leave a trailer at a base camp on a hunting lease I try to park it behind some trees or other cover out of sight. I sometimes leave it for a couple of weeks at a time during the season and I really prefer no one moves into it or sets up a drug lab while I am gone. The Casita spent a good bit of time on a lease. I haven't left the Bigfoot by itself yet since I have only had it a few months. It is a 2005 model and looks pretty new. In a few years when it starts getting a little beat up looking I will probably paint it in a Camo pattern.

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Old 05-18-2007, 11:02 AM   #10
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The 13ers do attract attention, and we are frequently approached by gawkers in campgrounds and on the road. "Cute" is the most common comment, followed by "do you really sleep in there?" and "You're kidding - they put in a solar panel back in 1985?"

We really don't mind giving tours, and most visitors are amazed by the inside space and brightness, head room and amenities. But then, there was one wise guy (there's always one) who said, "Nice Porta-Potty."
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Old 05-18-2007, 02:41 PM   #11
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I'm here to help you dear.

Just bring that old common 17 footer over here and I will trade you my 81' 13 footer.
How's that for helping out?
Anything for you Gina....
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Old 05-18-2007, 05:42 PM   #12
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Gina I am in the same boat with you. The little "Brown Egg" was a must see where ever I went. The Casita does not have it's charm. What counts is I luv the Casita and all the creature comforts. I am the one that stays in her.
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Old 05-18-2007, 07:29 PM   #13
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It's quite nice to "stand out" in a crowd - also a great way to make new friends.

We still travel in a 1978 VW Westfalia and everyone wants to see the "green hippy mobile".

I love it and talking to new people.
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Old 05-18-2007, 08:02 PM   #14
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My neighbore (e intended), when he saw my little rig: "Oh, well, we all have to start SOMEWHERE!"

My Mom (trying to be nice) said, "Well, it's a lot bigger inside than it is on the outside!" It's hard to explain, and maybe shouldn't be tried, even, that you LIKE the small size.

Hey, I have an idea: let's call them eco-trailers! Like, we're all, "I COULD have a huge big Land-Yacht but CHOOSE not to, because I CARE about carbon emissions" and Global Warming and the melting of the Ice Caps and so forth.

I mean, it is true. Doesn't matter that most of us fell in love with our little FGRVs before there was An Inconvenient Truth.

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