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Old 06-15-2014, 07:17 PM   #15
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Gloria, Airstreams are not only expensive, but they're heavy. What's your tow vehicle, how many beds do you need, etc?
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Old 06-15-2014, 07:17 PM   #16
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Old 06-15-2014, 07:19 PM   #17
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Oops basically its my DH and 2 small doggies we just want something thats reliable
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Old 06-15-2014, 07:21 PM   #18
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You might want to start a new thread with your question, I am afraid that it will be buried with the R-Pod discussion.

While there is a significant jump in prices between Molded Fiberglass RV's and Airstreams, there are, basically no alternatives between them if you want a trailer that will "Last a long time".

But some information to include:
New or Used & Approximate $$$ budget
If used, do you want a turnkey trailer or can you do some or a lot of work.
How much space do you need inside
Special Features that are "Must Haves" ex. shower etc
What you will be towing with.

Again, if you start a new thread with this info you wil get a lot more help

Good Luck
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Old 06-15-2014, 07:31 PM   #19
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FWIW: You will have to look in the Owners Manual for YOUR Highlander to get a towing rating. Current range for 2014 Highlanders is from 1500 lbs with the 4 cylinder engine to as high as 5000 lbs with the 6 cylinder "When properly equipped". That last part is very important.

Towing capacity is a critical number that has to be determined accurately before your shopping even starts. If there is any question contact Toyota Customer Service with your VIN and they can help you find out what it's current capacity is and what may have to be added to increase that if necessary.
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Old 06-15-2014, 07:34 PM   #20
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I will start a new one thx, for now I think a new trailer because we dont want to do a great deal of work, at least at the beginning. We want to enjoy beginning retirement
No more than $20k, of course my budget will be stretched but could do an Airstream. Space, I guess no less than a 16. Need some type of bath/ shower, kitchen, 1 or 2 beds. New Toyota highlander.
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Old 06-15-2014, 07:40 PM   #21
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Lil Snoozy's factory is in SC and would be a good one for you to consider. Scamp and Casita are also good choices. If you can get inside of each one, you will have a chance to evaluate how the floor plans feel to you.

You are wise to be looking at trailers with rounded edges and corners like the molded fiberglass. They will tow easier behind a Highlander than a boxy trailer could, meaning better mpg and less strain on everything.
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Old 06-15-2014, 08:02 PM   #22
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It looks like the smallest Airstream starts at about 2X your budget.
http://www.suttonrv.com/inventory.asp?manufacturer=252

Again, find out the exact towing capacity of you Highlander, look in the owners manual. For starters, is it 4 or 6 cylinder?
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Old 06-15-2014, 08:14 PM   #23
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While still a stretch of your budget, I suggest you look at the lineup of Escape trailers. Less than an equivalent Airstream, and they are high quality fiberglass trailers.
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:43 AM   #24
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Just looking at them online, they look nice. Kinda new company.. Have they had any issues?
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Old 06-16-2014, 10:59 AM   #25
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Just looking at them online, they look nice. Kinda new company.. Have they had any issues?
Not a new company. Forest River has been around for quite a while. Just their cheapest and cheapest made trailer.
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Old 06-16-2014, 11:13 AM   #26
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No the Escape company seems to be new
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Old 06-16-2014, 11:49 AM   #27
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Escape has been around for 12 years and customers are lined up to buy them. The first available slot for a new trailer is in 2015.
Story is here: Our Escape Story
Owners forum is here: http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/
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Old 06-16-2014, 11:52 AM   #28
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Wow sounds pretty good!!!! Will look more into it thanks! No problems to bring them back to the US?
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