Thanks Steve! The first 4000 miles have been very positive for us and we look forward to more.
Ken-We bought the trailer sight unseen. Our decision was based on our physical needs and how the dimensions of whatever trailer we chose would support that.
We wanted a 15-16 ft trailer for towing comfort for us and storage space here at home. Then we looked at interior height. We were initially very interested in the Scamp
but they're both too short inside. There are others that list an interior height of 6'2" but that's what the Scamp
was so we eliminated those as well. My husband is 6'2" and I don't ever want him to have to walk around with a cocked neck on vacation. We did that for too many years in various tents and it's just no fun. Our tent trailer had plenty of head room for him and we didn't want to take a step backwards into something that would cramp his height. There are other trailers out there that have taller interior height but their designs did not appeal to us.
Then we looked at bed size. We had a king size bed in our tent trailer and it was great! The queen size bed in the 15 ft Parkliner
was too good to be true! I like sleeping space as much as hubby does and the double beds in the other trailers were not going to make for very happy vacation times for either of us. We didn't see that available in any other of the smaller trailers.
And then from there we based our decision on the other available options and dimensions, photos, getting into trailers owned by others, people's experiences from this forum, pm's with people from this forum, and conversations and emails with Cameron and Chandler.
The toilet issue was an ongoing debate, right up until the last minute, and we ultimately wound up with the marine macerating toilet.
You're absolutely right - it was
a long drive without ever having seen one. But we have always wanted to drive across the US so we just decided to pick up the trailer ourselves rather than pay someone else to transport it out here for us. We figured, what the heck... adventures are what make life interesting, right? And our 7000+ mile trip to pick up our Parkliner
was truly a wonderful adventure!!! There is so much to see out there and we barely saw anything. We can't wait to hit the road again and now we have a vehicle in which to do it. The trip home was a great test and we're sure we have the right trailer for us
This forum is an invaluable resource to people like us who live on the opposite coast from a company that we're very interested in. There just isn't another candid source of information on FG trailers. We've also never had a hard-sided trailer or had to deal with a black tank so we've been scouring this entire site to learn as much as we can. We've learned so much, and look forward to learning more!!!
Thanks to all of you for your ongoing candid comments.