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Old 05-06-2014, 07:28 PM   #15
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Five years ago, I came "that close" to buying an Eriba Puck...

...at the time, I was completely WOWED by it's cute factor.
Well, if you've ever been in one, you'll know that the aluminum walls are paper thin and carry many dents (kind of like Memory Foam...that easy to touch/bump and dent). The only thing that gripped me was it's turquoise appliances. Loved the retro color, as well as the attention given to the trailer's wood cabinetry.
A small 4 cylinder can pull a scamp or most other 13' trailers, so don't look at the Meercat for being sizably 'easier' to tow. How much easier is it to pull a 1,000-1,500 pound fiberglass trailer, complete with 3 or 4 burner stove, walls that might have beautiful and thick insulated diamond tufting and walls which are quite a bit more difficult to bend, break or dent.
Happy I passed up the Eriba Puck (and the new Meercat!) and am loyal and devoted to my 13' Compact II 1973.
Quite a price for the new Meercat as well as the '1' used Meercat!
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:39 PM   #16
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...at the time, I was completely WOWED by it's cute factor.
Well, if you've ever been in one, you'll know that the aluminum walls are paper thin and carry many dents (kind of like Memory Foam...that easy to touch/bump and dent).
Physical shape/resemblances aside: is the Meerkat aluminum, too? I thought it had a molded fiberglass body-?
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:57 PM   #17
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The sides are made of Aluminum and the top is Fiberglass.
Just like the Puck.
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Old 05-06-2014, 09:11 PM   #18
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At 5' wide and 6'5" high (top down for towing), the Meerkat will tow a fair bit easier than a 13' egg that's 6'8" wide and 7'-7'6" high. 30% less frontal area makes a difference.

It's cute, and I like it... but no shower and I don't know if there's an air conditioner, either.

Why is this listed on the Little Guy page, anyway? So is Aliner... did Little Guy buy Columbia Northwest? Or is this the page of a different outfit, one that sells all these brands?
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Old 05-07-2014, 12:31 PM   #19
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More pictures of the MeerKat

The dealer sent me these pictures, I hope this works.
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Old 05-07-2014, 12:46 PM   #20
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Mike; this is a dealer that sells all the different brands. It threw me also, thought Little Guy had finally got the message of what some of us with smaller tow vehicles are looking for.
Something you can stand up in, that tows easily and is not full of stuff we don't need, just the basics. No tanks to empty. Don't have to go outside to fix a meal in bad weather. You set a water container under the sink and there is a hand pump to pump it up. Use a camp stove either inside or outside. If it stops working, just go buy a new one. All you really need to do is keep the water bottle filled and empty the porta potty. Sounds great for a person who likes to boondock.
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Old 05-07-2014, 12:52 PM   #21
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Kinda gotta mush the cushions together to fit a 59 inch "mattress" into a trailer that is 58 inches wide (according to specs.) Have to use really thin sheets.

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Old 05-07-2014, 12:58 PM   #22
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Kinda gotta mush the cushions together to fit a 59 inch "mattress" into a trailer that is 58 inches wide (according to specs.) Have to use really thin sheets.

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That is funny right there, I don't care who you are! I was wondering with all this "efficiency" in a small package why it does not have a squared off or rectangular sink. Seems like one would be more useful and not take up any more space than the round one does. Unless I am missing something underneath.
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Old 05-07-2014, 01:54 PM   #23
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Actually that's not "Outside the Box" at all, it's how Eriba has been building kitchens for about 30 years
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Old 05-07-2014, 02:21 PM   #24
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I caught the resemblance to the old Eribas right away, but wasn't familiar with their construction. So the top is fiberglass and the sides are aluminumů

Now I'm curious: are the sides framed (wood, aluminum?) with an aluminum skin, or is it some kind of laminate?
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Old 05-07-2014, 03:49 PM   #25
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Although I am a convert to fiberglass trailers, it would be nice if these guys could get a mold and make these in FG. May have to take a trip to see the S or CS/bathroom in person. They were mfgd. by another company pre 2009, but now Little Guy has taken over and is said to have better quality. Check out the brochure.
http://tab-rv.com/wp/wp-content/uplo...g-Small.pdfeck out the brochure.
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Mike; this is a dealer that sells all the different brands. It threw me also, thought Little Guy had finally got the message of what some of us with smaller tow vehicles are looking for.
Something you can stand up in, that tows easily and is not full of stuff we don't need, just the basics. No tanks to empty. Don't have to go outside to fix a meal in bad weather. You set a water container under the sink and there is a hand pump to pump it up. Use a camp stove either inside or outside. If it stops working, just go buy a new one. All you really need to do is keep the water bottle filled and empty the porta potty. Sounds great for a person who likes to boondock.
Exactly!
I really like this trailer, and have no qualms about the aluminum construction. It's got a full fiberglass cap. The roof being the part most prone to both leaks/hail damage, the use of fiberglass up there makes a lot of sense, while aluminum sides help keep weight down. I'm curious as to gauge of the walls- if it's anything like that of the aluminum on my 1956 Shasta, I can say with some confidence that it won't be subject to being easily dented.

Thanks again for the heads up, Laura!
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Old 05-08-2014, 09:08 PM   #27
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I just bought an Eriba Puck this week - 1989 model - it weighs around 750 lbs.





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Old 05-08-2014, 09:42 PM   #28
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I just bought an Eriba Puck this week - 1989 model - it weighs around 750 lbs.

Sad smiley face is because I didn't get there before you...wait...
Make that this smiley face:

Just kiddin'- a little. Looks really good for a 1989, or even one a lot newer. So much for the fragility of the aluminum sides, eh?
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