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Old 05-28-2007, 11:42 AM   #15
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It doesn't matter what you drive, sleep in, or wear. Someone will always look down their nose at you.

Airplane owners get this, too. The guy flying the $320,000 Lancair kit plane will look down his nose at the guy flying a 1940s Piper Cub because the Cub is a decrepit 60 years old. The parts on that plane are so old that he granddad might have made them in high school, and the thing only flies at 80mph. It'd take forever to go from here to there and you'd have nothing to do but look out the window. The idiot Cub owner probably doesn't even have a decent GPS installed so he can tell at a glance exactly where he is and where he's going.

Meanwhile the $20,000 Cub owner looks down his nose at the Lancair guy because the Lancair is so high-tech and so fancy that it is totally disconnected from the Great History of Aviation. Then there are all those fancy, high-tech gadgets in the Lancair, none of which have been around long enough to survive the Test of Time, and flying at 20,000 feet with the stereo playing and GPS guidance to tell him where to go, the Lancair owner is too fast and too high to enjoy the scenery he's flying over. And that GPS? The idiot would probably fly into a mountainside if the it told him to.
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Old 05-28-2007, 04:51 PM   #16
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This has nothing to do with fiberglass and compact trailers. We are the school of simplicity, however, there is another school of thought. Aren't you glad you were not bitten by this bug?

I don't think most people with these rigs actually go camping. That rig is so low I doubt it would get over a speed bump with out grounding out. I could certainly see a movie star driving it to a shoot location and then using the car to get around. I expect if I had the money I might own both my egg and the fancy rig as well as a multitude of others that my lifestyle and remote adventure quests would necessitate!
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Old 05-28-2007, 07:53 PM   #17
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2 Bob fm DR

I’m not a shrink and I don’t play one on TV however over the past 65 years I have learned some things, and a couple are:

If the only time you pay attention to your dog is to beat him for getting in the garbage, the dog will get in the garbage every day because he craves attention, even though it is bad attention. (This I read in Dog books)

The person with the oversized mouth said what he said to “Get Attention” and when you just walked away it took away his reason for existence. His wife has heard it all her life and actually sets him up by starting the conversation (with you and others) knowing he will come along and make a complete ass of himself. Her way of getting back at him for being such a jerk.

As far as he is concerned, he would have to get smarter than he is just to be a imbecile.

The stupidity scale from the Dictionary from Smartest to Dumbest:
Moron, Imbecile and the dumbest on the list is Idiot

The great news is that You got over it and he is still an egotistical Idiot.
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Old 05-29-2007, 08:06 AM   #18
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The responses to this thread confirm what I have always known; we FG trailer lovers own these because we prefer them and NOT because 'that is all we can afford."

Thanks for the contributions folks. We're about to hook up for another season with our Trillium and we puff up with pride when we roll down the road tugging our prize possesion.

P.S. - I owned a big ol' motorhome in an earlier life and I would never go back to that after using these smaller trailers.
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Old 05-29-2007, 09:26 AM   #19
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We have had all sorts of campers over the years such as tents, VW Bus, Slide in pick-up campers, tag along, etc, camped all over the world, Canada, Turkey, Grease, Italy, Germany and the USA.

The EGG is easy to tow, park and camp in and we can drive the truck around to look at the sights and it fits our purposes to a T.

When U can afford a motor home and really prefer an Egg, the money you saved on the purchase of the egg rests in the bank in a high yield CD earning interest instead of being parked in your driveway 98% of the time for show off purposes.

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Old 05-29-2007, 11:23 AM   #20
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I don't think most people with these rigs actually go camping.
That is probably the most incisive point I've seen in this regard.

No - they don't go "camping". They go "RVing". The fact they make use of campgrounds is really irrelevant. They're just as 'at home' in a parking lot as a nice campground (if you never get out of the thing, what difference does it make).

Cost isn't really a significant factor. Yeah - it matters when they're new. But a fair share of this forum's members are pulling trailers from the 70's. COST-wise, you could pick up a monster stickie from the 70's for about the same price (we most likely wouldn't WANT to - but that's beside the point).

It's just a matter of what you enjoy and value. I value efficiency. I value the clever solutions that people have for cramming as much utility into as small a space as possible. It's just not very challenging to take a 30foot box and shove stuff into it. It's hard to take a 10-13 foot space and shove that same level of utility into it.

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Old 05-29-2007, 03:22 PM   #21
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Actually I can understand the idea of having all the modern conveniences available in a nice, really scenic setting, but if one never leaves the RV the only benefit would be a really nice view out the window. However, I'm not sure that is not a considerable delight to a lot of people, me included.

For various reasons, many people are not able or attuned to the outdoors and the more rustic living so this is as close they come to God's creation without getting out of their comfort zone. I can't really fault them too much, and I may be there some day.

What I think is necessary here is not to think of the RV versus Camper as two polar opposites. I have to think of them as endpoints of a continuum and where we are depends on the situation. We treat our Burro as a motel room, a way to get to the really good stuff cheaply and comfortably, or a means to see, experience and participate in the great outdoors, or as a retreat for silence and contemplation. Whatever the situation demands, we're all over the map on this one.

At times my wife could on occasion get cabin fever if we were holed up in the trailer in a sideways rainstorm for more than a day, but I could be happy as a clam with a book if that happened. Depends on attitude. That's when comfort and complete facilities count.

On the other hand, I wouldn't want to cope with those monsters either, from a practical standpoint.
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Old 05-29-2007, 05:06 PM   #22
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It's just a matter of what you enjoy and value. I value efficiency. I value the clever solutions that people have for cramming as much utility into as small a space as possible. It's just not very challenging to take a 30foot box and shove stuff into it. It's hard to take a 10-13 foot space and shove that same level of utility into it.

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That's a great point Mike and why we're looking at an egg after having had the big fifth wheel. We — everyone — needs to make more of less and these fibreglass trailers are a great way to do that, without giving up all the mod cons. Bigger certainly isn't better now and I'm not sure it ever was.
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Old 05-29-2007, 05:29 PM   #23
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Like putting 5 gallons in a 3 gallon bucket.
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Old 05-30-2007, 12:10 AM   #24
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It's been interesting around our house. Now we're well into converting & decorating our Scamp 5er to be "just the way we like it," we've also started playing with the idea of getting another trailer someday . . . not bigger, but smaller, like a 13' trailer.

But we also have interests at the other end of the specturm. One of the possibilities for the career feild I'm moving into is being able to do longer-term temp assignments, filling in for people out on maternity leave and such or just filling boots while employers find someone longer term. So something we may do a few years down the road is use those opportunities to explore the continent.

If we do that we may get one of those motorized monsters with slide-outs, a bedroom, kitchen, dish and clothes washer and a car pulled behind us to act as our home-away-from-home. So I can see reasons why someone would want such a beast and even why it would make sense for some people.
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Old 05-30-2007, 06:21 AM   #25
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They have allure for those folks who want them either for their status symbol value, or they find the techno toys that come with them irresistible. I have a friend who bought a Prevost and went through their training program (it's a week at the factory to learn how to use all of the techno-toys). They've sold it and returned to a class C (albeit on a Kodiak chassis and loaded!) Although he enjoyed the Prevost, he's not a snob in the least and the thing was too big to maneuver through the Black Hills! They can afford it, and they used it, they enjoyed it, enjoyed entertaining in it, and it was pretty cool.

I like living space, but I don't need 40'. Having had a couple of 13' trailers through a 34' Airstream and a 325 Airstream moho, I have learned what works for us and what doesn't. I don't care much for the techno stuff, and slideouts just at weight, complexity, and leak points. I am thrilled with our 25' Bigfoot as a perfect combination of living space and towability, but some folks think it's huge. The 40' diesel pusher crowd think it's cramped. To each his own!

I love those folks who are snobs though. I can almost always find something to say in reply innocently and with a pleasant smile that makes them uncomfortable enough to excuse themselves to leave.

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Old 05-30-2007, 05:04 PM   #26
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Okay, we wouldn't "all" have one of these if we could... but some certainly would, and may not admit it here. If I had unlimited money, and the resource consumption was not so high (a conscience issue, not cost), I would have one. In fact, the same photos came to me by e-mail from a friend in the course of a discussion of interesting RV designs.

Sure, the owners of these rigs won't go "camping" with them in anything like the purest sense. None of us do with our eggs, either; we drag our (little) houses around with us! Admit it - many members here only "camp" where there is power (preferably 30 amps or higher service), and there's nothing wrong with that. It's also not some people's idea of "camping".

In the end, if you have an RV you have more than you need. It's what you want, and whatever size suits you is fine with me.

By the way, for those already overwhelmed by the thought of fueling that beast, keep in mind that it is from Europe, and thus eats much more expensive fuel...
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Old 05-31-2007, 12:46 AM   #27
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I swear, some people just don't get it. The most wonderful things come in small packages. I wonder if that monster on wheels is "green", I doubt Leonardo Decaprio would approve! I loved how Bob walked away, good for you. Although I would have found a way to spike his beverage with a laxative. If you are going to act like a turd, well you get the rest!

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Old 05-31-2007, 07:32 AM   #28
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I, too, come from the minimalist world. However, this thread – “Huge RV vs egg” reminds me of the constant “Harley Davidson vs the rest” discussion in the motorcycling world. The conclusion that I have come to is that it is not how you do it, it is what you do. Regardless of the vehicle, or the style of travelling, it is the fact that you are out there, doing it, seeking adventure, that is the common bond. There are occasionally people with offensive behaviour, but the large majority of people you meet on the road make the whole experience worthwhile.
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