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Old 09-23-2012, 04:12 AM   #1
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In Dec. '2008 we bought a used 13' Casita--loved it. Then in Aug., 2010 we upsized to a Casita 16'SD to accommodate one grandchild---love it even more.
Now we need to accommodate a second child but want to stay small and fiberglass. Casita doesn't offer anything suitable unless we give up the bathroom----N O WAY!!!
We've been thinking of a 17' Escape, but the thought of hauling it back from British Columbia to Virginia is kinda daunting.
Yesterday we drove to NC (about 3 hrs) to look at a new brand, a Parkliner.
Parkliner.com
Only about 15 made so far, but growing.
It has a very nice arrangement for adding a bunk bed when needed and is more roomy than our Casita. Surprisingly it's only 15' long, but a few inches wider and much taller (6'4" inside).
Take a look. It's quite nice. A lot of thoughtful design features.
One apparently unique feature. All cabinets and pedestals are fiberglass molded to the fiberglass body rather than riveted on later. The 200lb guy hung all his weight off one of the overhead cabinets and bounced up and down. Don't try that with your Casita or Scamp.
One thing odd I'm not sure I like, but probably not a deal breaker--It has a single, combined black and gray water waste tank. Any comments?

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Old 09-23-2012, 07:00 AM   #2
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Hi Walt, welcome to FiberglassRV

You're lucky, we have several Parkliner owners here. They'll be the ones to answer your specific-to-Parkliner questions. However, I don't see a problem with combined tanks as long as the total capacity is good. When you dump into a sewer, you still dump both... it's not like gray water goes one place and black water another.

Let us know how it goes
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:00 AM   #3
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I have looked at them on the net and I really like them. I don't think the combined gray/black tank would break the deal for me you just need to be a little more water/wast careful so you don't fill it up.
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Thumbs up Parkliner

I don't know the pro's & con's of one tank, as I have only had port-a-potties in the two 13' Scamps we've owned, but the Park Liner is one brand that I would really like to see in person (it's a long way from Arizona). It appears to be so well thought out, versatile, roomy, very well made, and has lots of storage. From the pictures I've seen, if I had any grand-children to take camping, this would be the trailer for us. Hope you'll soon be a proud pioneer owner of a very new brand of trailer.
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:11 AM   #5
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"We've been thinking of a 17' Escape, but the thought of hauling it back from British Columbia to Virginia is kinda daunting."
Are you kidding, that would be the ideal camping trip. I was so excited planning my trip there when they offered me a deal on delivery. They will deliver and they had one coming to NC and here to Pennsylvania so they reduced the cost. Check with them they will and can deliver. The nice thing about Escape is they will customize the interior anyway you want, 2 bed areas, 2 dinette areas, one of each. Parkliner maybe too new to do any customization and they maybe still working out the kinks. Saw one in Tennessee.
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The owner of Parkliner is open to customization. The basic layout is pretty fixed I'd guess. To get everything in that small a space and still have it feel so roomy is quite a good design and would be difficult to change. He has already agreed to several customizations if we do order. Adding 12 volt outlets (pretty simple, I know), adding an auxiliary fresh water tank to increase capacity (not so simple, requiring relocating the water pump), adding a bathroom sink(this one he tried for someone else and it's really a nice, SS sink. He's really a stickler on only doing things that he thinks will enhance the looks, and feel. The design of the new sink requires additional fiberglass molding so it looks, and is, built in, not just tacked on). He will likely add all those to his already extensive options list, like dual batteries, screen door, bunk, folding table,....

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Old 09-26-2012, 11:21 AM   #7
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If you go to their website and fill in the contact request form with "customer inquiry info packet request" you will get a PDF file to look at the nice fabric choices. And of course a PDF brochure.
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Our trip down to see it last weekend and discussions with the maker, convinced us and we ordered one yesterday, with almost all the options. It'll be our first new trailer after two used and loved Casitas.
We expect to pick it up in late October.
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:27 PM   #9
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did you add the macerator toilet - if so how did it impact the washroom space
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:02 PM   #10
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Congrats on ordering your new trailer. We just picked ours up this weekend an enjoyed hauling it home.

Haven't had a chance to do full debrief of our two nights but just wanted to second that they accommodate special requests. We requested the bathroom sink, and LEDs, and he was very accommodating.

It's really designed so well and suits our little family of four quite nicely.

Happy camping!
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Yes we did. The trailer we got to see had the toilet and we got to do a "dry shower". It was fine; about as nice as our Casita shower, but maybe a little less cramped. The higher ceiling than our Casita shower was definitely nicer for me.
BTW, the optional sink is in the back wall, over the toilet, so it does not impact the shower at all. And with the toilet, the porta potty cubby makes a great laundry locker.
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:10 PM   #12
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I didn't order the LEDs, only because I wasn't sure they were bright enough and wanted to explore other types. How did you find them? I installed a different type in our Casita and we like them fine.
Do you have the Lumens specs on yours?
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:14 PM   #13
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Mimi Lee. I think it must have been your trailer we got to see Saturday. Obviously we liked it. And I gather you were the motivation for the owner to design the sink installation. Thank you for that. We consider it a must have also.
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OK, all you PLT owners, how is the bed? I have visited and stretched out on the nice foam, but haven't actually tried sleeping all night, of course. Would this 60 something couple want a memory foam topper? And yes, MIMI, let us know how you like the LED lights. Also, we go back and forth about porta potti vs. toilet. Pros and cons of each? So eager to get it all decided and ordered.
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