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Old 07-18-2008, 02:57 PM   #15
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The 5er is the one I 'really' would like to have, basically just a shell with shower/bath package (not in the 13) and 'maybe' cabinets. I don't really even want the dinette or the sofa/bunk, no appliances, no mattress, however I would get roof air in the 5er. I also like the 13 and 16, I'm in a quandry...Whatever I do purchase, I'd really like to put in my own appliances and furnishings.
I'm totally on the same level with you on this. I really would like to customize a lot of the furnishing details myself. I wonder how streamlined a shell package would be, and I'm very curios what a shelled bathroom would look like. I'd pretty much just want the walls and floor of the bathroom done.

I'd like to have a briefcase style porta-john. Something I can remove by hand, so I wouldn't have to worry about a blackwater tank. It would also free up the space for taking a shower, or making it into a "dirty" closet, where I'm not so worried about a mess, because a hose can fix the problem.

I might have mentioned that I wanted to make the dinette area into a computer desk, something that would probably resemble a command post more then a desk.

At any rate I'll be closer to buying in about 3 months.

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Old 07-18-2008, 05:17 PM   #16
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If you really want to start with a "blank slate" I would suggest you look at an EggCamper kit. The kit is essentially a double wall fiberglass hull with no appliances.

All of the things you mentioned could be built into the kit. Since you want something that you could use in the winter you could insulate the water pipes and insulate the underside of the floor. You mentioned that you are alone so you could make the side dinette into a bunk area and build your "command console" into the rear dinette area.

Regarding your earlier question on installing some type of rack on the roof, I really wouldn't recommend it but, if you really want to, I'd suggest something like a Thule basket type rack. It could be attached through the roof with stainless steel hardware easily enough (include ss fender washers to spread the load). I would not recommend carrying a water bladder in the rack though. Too much weight too high. A bad combination. Try to keep heavy stuff like the water tank, a/c, etc low and close to the axle so you don't stress the frame or the hull as much. It also helps keep the trailer from "turning turtle" if you get in high winds.

I have done extensive camping in winter and have found that, if you properly set up your camper and campsite, you can live quite well even when the temp goes down to -20F or lower (that's as cold as it has been when I've been camping, not an absolute limit). Ventilation is a must to keep condensation down and you want to keep plenty of propane on hand. I use 40lb tanks and keep at least 3 on hand. You will also want to keep the propane tanks a little warmer since at some point the propane will no longer boil off. I found that covering the tanks with heavy black plastic to be good for gathering heat during the day. And keep them off the ground with some crumbled plastic below them to keep the heat from leaching into the ground. If you will be boondocking you will want to have some type of generator or solar cell panel to keep the battery topped off since batteries don't like the cold, especially when they are discharged. Another suggestion is to wipe or spray silicon lube on the door and window gaskets. It keeps them from freezing to the door/window. If you attach some type of skirting around the base of your camper the floor will stay a lot warmer.

Well, there are a few ideas. I'm sure others on the forum will have other, better ideas.

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Old 07-19-2008, 03:44 PM   #17
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Orlen Wolf,
Thanks for the information. I searched for the EggCamper kit, and found a few bits on what you have done, Great job! I can only hope I can do as professional of a job as you.

What once was a fling has become an affair, I am really looking into the scamp 5th wheel now. I am under the impression that a 5'er will tow better in adverse conditions. (true?) I also like the idea of having a separate-ish, sleeping area. It has accord to me that I may be able to close this are off a bit more, and in the winter, only have to heat a small area to accommodate myself at night. (of course I will still keep the rest of the RV "heated", just not nearly as much, I'm thinking conservation of resources.)

I think I should try and explain my idea about a roof rack better. I'm not sure we are on the same page. I'm thinking more along the lines of a platform. It wouldn't be higher then the forward portion of the 5'er. I think I could get two legs and a ladder down the backside, anchored to the frame and rear bumper, however I don't think I can get any supports toward the front side. I am completely aware that I'd probably just be adding a lot of unnecessary weight for a limited usefulness. Also, I was not considering hauling around a bladder on the rack, I was thinking more along the lines of a gravity fed sun shower in the summer. All in all, I'll probably scrap the idea.

Thanks again for everyone's input!

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