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Old 03-06-2006, 01:58 PM   #1
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Man, I am frustrated with myself.

Today I was in Camping World buying a few things. At the checkout I had to wait for some other people to make a large purchase so I started thumbing through a magazine that lists rv types that they had beside the counter. It was in sections by weight class. So of course I was looking at the lighter trailers to see what was there. I was very surprised to see a molded fiberglass trailer I had never heard of. I had to put the magazine down when the other people finished their transaction and I had to make my own purchase. But I forgot to write down the name of the "new" trailer (at least new for me, as I had never heard of it).

I think part of the name or of the manufacturer was "Weis" or "Weiss". The trailer was very, very small, and it looked for all the world like the old Lite House trailers. No bath option. Very small water tank. It did have a furnace and a few other options. Retail price was around $7800, I think.

Anyone know what this was? I was in a hurry to get back to pick up my wife at a doctor's appointment and just forgot to write down the details.
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Old 03-06-2006, 04:23 PM   #2
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Sounds like the Little Joe by Weis.

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Old 03-06-2006, 06:09 PM   #3
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I saw the same listing in what was likely the same Trailer Life buyer's guide and asked the same question - except that I used my cell phone to call my own answering machine to leave the name, since I knew I would forget it. Technology trumps age...

The result was a sideline in a discussion which was already in progress: Who Still Makes MFGRV's. Yes, it is "Weis", as in Weis Craft Custom Designs, and others did explain that it is a development of the Lite House.

The disturbing part of this guide is how very incomplete it is. Only one unit from each egg maker is listed, even though they have multiple models, spanning two of the guide's weight classes. I can only guess that the publishers limit listings to a sampling of the manufacturer's line, or simply charge per entry.
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Old 03-06-2006, 07:36 PM   #4
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That's it!

Thanks, folk!

I've always thought that the whole Lite House concept was very flawed. If MFRVs are generally a niche market, then that one is a niche within a niche. I wish them all luck and I hope they do well. I suppose it's a good choice for a lone camper who goes to very remote sites and just wants to use the trailer as a base camp.
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I first discovered the Lite House trailer from an ad in a magazine in the seat pocket of a plane I rode in. I was very impressed, for it seemed to written directly to me and my interests at that time. Back then I was a tent camper who was looking for something I could pull behind my Toyota Camry.
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Old 03-06-2006, 09:48 PM   #6
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Most travel trailer people seem to think that teardrop trailers are a useless idea too, with only a compartment to crawl in for sleeping and a kitchen that is actually outside - but in the end that's how many people use their travel and tent trailers anyway. A choice of designs is nice, and I applaud the companies that bring us that choice, although I agree that some choices do have a small market. I think "specialty", rather than "flawed"...
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Old 03-07-2006, 05:53 PM   #7
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Yeah. "Flawed" was a flawed way of putting it.

I've met people who wouldn't have my Casita because it's "too small".

I can see the Lite House/Little Joe being a great trailer for a loner or a couple who enjoy fly fishing or hiking and need some secure comfort for sleeping in out-of-the-way forest areas. Also great for hunters.
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I was asking about the R-Vision Trail-Lite Cassette at a local RV dealer - it's functionally a teardrop, but not teardrop-shaped - and was told that typical buyers intended to tow it behind a truck with a quad (ATV) in the truck box, then unload at the end of the road and use the quad to take the trailer further into the bush on smaller trails, for hunting. That's a 1300-lb (dry) 12-foot (8-foot body) stick-built. If it works with the Cassette, it seems like it would work with the Little Joe or similar units as well, whether or not you shoot Bambi at your destination.

(I would have provided a web link for the Cassette, but R-Vision stubbornly refuses to post anything about this particular model that I can find.)
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Old 03-07-2006, 08:29 PM   #9
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(I would have provided a web link for the Cassette, but R-Vision stubbornly refuses to post anything about this particular model that I can find.)
I looked at one at an RV store last year.

Also, I've seen them on ebay with detailed photographs.

Again, it's not something that appeals to me, but I can see its use.

Someone is building a heavy-duty pop-up meant for off-road camping. It takes high lift axle to new extremes.
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Someone is building a heavy-duty pop-up meant for off-road camping. It takes high lift axle to new extremes.
I think you mean Fleetwood's Cobalt, Element and Scorpion off rading popups. When I saw the Element, I must admit I thought about Gina D and her evolution through camping. An Element towing an Element would be cute.

http://www.fleetwoodrv.com/evolution/
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(I would have provided a web link for the Cassette, but R-Vision stubbornly refuses to post anything about this particular model that I can find.)
Here's a link to one that sold on ebay:
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We just returned from Cottonwood AZ where us Desert Eggs had a recent rally. While there, a group of Teardrops/Airstreams/Vintage/AndAnyOther trailers from Phoenix had a rally. I have many pictures but here's a few:

BTW, they tried to post a notice of this rally here (maybe here, but maybe somewhere else!) but since no one owned a fiberglass it was removed, although their group welcomes all trailers. http://azroundup.net/
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BTW, they tried to post a notice of this rally here but since no one owned a fiberglass it was removed, although their group welcomes all trailers. http://azroundup.net/
Hmmm. That doesn't sound like us. Are you sure it wasn't a casualty of the hack? (If it was posted prior to Nov.11, that's what happened to it.)

If we did delete their announcement, it was a mistake, and I apologize.
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Mary, that's what one of the organizers told me, but there are a lot of forums out here in the netherworld, so what the reality is I don't know.

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More pictures of interest:

Here's a bunch of pictures from this rally: http://azroundup.net/2006_february_gathering.htm
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