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Old 02-25-2015, 05:05 PM   #15
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Thanks everyone!

Thanks for all of your time and comments. A nice group of people! A new world for us.
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Old 02-25-2015, 06:26 PM   #16
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Mike, I will ditto the advice to physically visit a trailer or two. This made it a lot easier for us to see how roomy a particular make/model is and whether it feels cramped to you, because it is all relative. I will also recommend the Townsend rally. That was our first and we really enjoyed meeting other molded fiberglass enthusiasts and seeing a wide variety of makes and models--U-haul, Burro, Boler, Casita, Scamp, Lil Snoozy, Oliver, & Escape are the ones I remember. You also get a chance to see how people have made their trailer right for them. Good luck in your hunt.
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Old 02-25-2015, 07:56 PM   #17
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Definitely go to a rally. Everyone will be interested in showing you their trailers.

As to space in a trailer, the absolute space is relatively small compared to the way most people have lived. For us there was definitely a change in how we live. Now we are very comfortable in a small space and a little uncomfortable in a large space. We have come to love the closeness.

We do not have pets, we do not play musical instruments, but we have spent the good part of the last 14 years in small space and last 7 in 16 foot trailers. Never once have we sought more space.

One nice part about campgrounds is that you can sit outside and play your instrument. On one of our first camping adventures I could here a marvelous flute in the distance. If you can play most will listen cheerfully.

Part of becoming a traveler is changing your mind set.
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Old 02-25-2015, 08:01 PM   #18
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Mike i see your in Md, i'm located in Baltimore. Your more than welcome to come by and check out my 2014 17ft. Casita SD. I tow mine with a 2004 tacoma 4x4 with no issues. It's perfect for my wife, our dog and I. Let me know if your interested in checking it out.
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Old 02-25-2015, 08:38 PM   #19
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Mike, there is a 21' Escape owner not too far from you in PA who is, in fact, from Baltimore. He would gladly show you his Escape and you will no doubt hear from him. If you don't, send me a private message. I believe he has had dogs, plural, in his trailers.

You can tow any of the Escapes and, therefore, any of the 16' or 17' other brands. The 19' Escape is very different from the 21' but you seem to need space.
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Old 02-26-2015, 06:34 AM   #20
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Hi Mike,
I replied to your other thread Hi from Mike near Hagerstown, MD
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Old 02-27-2015, 09:12 PM   #21
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Hi Mike My wife and I have owned and used several fiberglass trailers over the years, a 16 foot scamp ( front bath side sofa ), a 13 foot Uhaul, an 18 foot Trillium, a Trails West Campster ( pop top ) and finally a 17 foot Big Foot ( gaucho model ) . By far the Big Foot is the most livable for us and would have a good space for playing your instruments in the gaucho area. Used ones can be difficult to locate and new ones are somewhat pricey. They, new or used, are very well built and worth the money. Lee and Norma
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Old 03-03-2015, 12:17 AM   #22
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Perhaps a "Lil' Snoozy" Small Travel Trailer: Camper: Smoakin Concepts Composites would work. Also they are from Columbia, SC.
Overall Dimensions
Length: 18 ft. 6 in. (encompasses tongue to rear of AC unit)
Height: 7 ft. 7 in.
Width: 8 ft. (from outside tire to outside tire)

Living Area Dimensions
Length: 14 ft. 6 in.
Interior Width: 6 ft. 6 in.
Interior head room: 6ft. 4 in.
Bed Size Area: 63” x 79” (34 sq. ft.)
Overall Living Space: 95.25 sq. ft.

Overall Weight: 2500 lbs.
Tongue Weight: 185 lbs.

The Snoozy comes with a "Jack Knife" sofa which will comfortably sleep 2 children or one adult, in conjunction with the full Queen bed the Lil Snoozy will sleep three to four very comfortably.

Escape TTs are very well made & come in several size ranges & offer insulation, which many of the moldered fiberglass trailers do not. Scamp also have insulation as standard product, by the way. Escapes are somewhat pricey, but well made as I mentioned.
http://escapetrailer.com/
19' Escape: http://escapetrailer.com/trailers/the-19-foot-escape/
17' Escape: http://escapetrailer.com/trailers/the-17-foot-escape/
21' Escape: http://escapetrailer.com/trailers/the-21-escape/

I have only seen a 5.0 Fifth Wheel Escape, one of the very first made by them several years ago. It was extremely well made.

Casitas have more bed layout options than Scamp, but no insulation. They come in 17', but have less head room inside than Scamp.

Eggcampers might work for you, http://www.eggcamper.com/, a good size, seems roomy, but never have seen one, nor have I seen a Lil' Snoozy. Both of which, I believe, are all electric.


We had a 16' Scamp with side dinette & front bath. After about 9 years, decided to go with more room, esp'lly the bed. A little small for two plus a large dog. Not much room for a music area as well. IMHO.

We went to a non-moldered fiberglass for the extra room. DesertHawk's Lance 1985 Travel Trailer
Floor Length 18'10"
Overall Length 23'4"
Exterior Width 96⅜"
Exterior Height 119"
Interior Height 78"
Gross Dry Weight 3780 Lbs.
Hitch Dry Weight 360 Lbs.
Axle Weight 3420 Lbs.
Cargo Carrying Capacity 1920 Lbs.
GVWR 5700 Lbs.
http://www.lancecamper.com/travel-trailers/1985/#specs

The smallest Lance is a nice, roomy, single axle in a not too large of a unit with a full queen bed. http://www.lancecamper.com/travel-trailers/1575/.
Floor Length 15'5"
Overall Length 19'6"
Exterior Width 84⅜"
Exterior Height 117"
Interior Height 78"
Gross Dry Weight 2655 Lbs.
Hitch Dry Weight 225 Lbs.
Axle Weight 2430 Lbs.
Cargo Carrying Capacity 1045 Lbs.
GVWR 3700 Lbs.

The Lance 1685:
http://www.lancecamper.com/travel-trailers/1685/#specs
Floor Length 16'3"
Overall Length 20'9"
Exterior Width 96⅜"
Exterior Height 119"
Interior Height 78"
Gross Dry Weight 3650 Lbs.
Hitch Dry Weight 345 Lbs.
Axle Weight 3305 Lbs.
Cargo Carrying Capacity 1850 Lbs.
GVWR 5500 Lbs.
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Old 03-03-2015, 05:45 AM   #23
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Thanks!

Thanks for the time providing all of the details.
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Old 03-03-2015, 06:12 AM   #24
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I always thought the EggCamper was roomy. It's wider than the Scamp/Casita (about 8"). What I don't like is that due to the hard fiberglass interior I always felt like I was inside a refrigerator. Plus they're all electric. No gas appliances although I think something can be worked out with them.
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Old 03-04-2015, 06:18 AM   #25
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Thinking about this some more, I'd mention that there are two general layouts of our small trailers. What I consider the "galley" layout with an aisle down the center like Scamps and Casitas, and a more open layout with a corner open, ususally by the door opening. (I credit overhearing Carol Ann in TO first observing this in my presence) Older trailers like some Trilliums feature this layout. Moving about in a galley layout can be more problematic and depends on whether the center aisle width is enough to allow two people to move past each other.
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Old 03-04-2015, 08:19 PM   #26
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Have never seen one, but have often seen the name appear on the forum, ParkLiner.

I checked their website, they might be a very good option. Something to check out, perhaps. Manufactured in Gibsonville, NC.
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Old 03-06-2015, 07:30 PM   #27
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We bought a Scamp!

Hi Everyone,

It's time to fess up and face the embarrassment, and also get the encouragement, share in the excitement, and thank everyone for their input.

First the embarrassing part: Despite most of you recommending seeing the trailers in person (and receiving several offers personally), going to rallies, etc., we bought our new Scamp 16' Deluxe with the Oak wood and the front dinette based on comparisons of photos and sites on the internet, reading many reviews and the Lightweight Travel Trailer Comparison Guide and several conversations with Alan at Scamp and receiving photos of the one he had in stock! We really like the Deluxe wood option and the front dinette, which seemed to be the only small trailer to have this layout. We expect this to feel like some separation between the main bed/dinette area.

The part of advice we did heed (and aligned with my wife's thoughts especially) was to get a light trailer this size and weight, especially it being our first.

While I was very impressed with the Escape and Oliver as well, it came down to between the Casita and the Scamp. The reasons included staying with 16', not spending more than we already just did and the availability. Escape's location is the furthest and their production schedule was already out towards the end of the year. The front dinette layout and the wood in the Scamp, along with the unit being available, were deciding factors over the Casita. It's clear all of these are quality trailers and are in high demand with good resale value, so we went for it and if it turns out we're not happy or we made the wrong decision, our bad, and we can sell it.

As some suggested, start small and we'll see what we don't like and do like and if this is not our ideal trailer, then we will know what it will be later on and get it.

While we'll be taking some trips before then, we plan on being away for a couple of months next January and February, probably traveling in the Southwest. We've had it with the winters!

Looking forward to meeting some of you sometime.

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Old 03-06-2015, 07:43 PM   #28
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Congrats on your purchase!!! I feel ya about these damn winters.
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