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Old 11-06-2011, 06:00 PM   #1
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Size matters?

I'd like to conduct a small survey regarding the choices we make when choosing a particular size trailer.

I recognize that there is a vast array of opinions, but I am curious about what makes a 13 footer more or less appealing than a larger unit. Or vice versa... If it only a matter of cost, would everyone opt for 16 or 17 footer over the smaller option?

Does "cuteness" matter?

Do other aesthetics come into play when choosing one particular model over another? Or is design always trumped by function or capability or cost?

Obviously, a larger unit means more space. But for what exactly?

If you could customize yours, what would you add to you trailer that you do not currently possess?

What do you think?
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Old 11-06-2011, 06:28 PM   #2
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I'd like to conduct a small survey regarding the choices we make when choosing a particular size trailer.

I recognize that there is a vast array of opinions, but I am curious about what makes a 13 footer more or less appealing than a larger unit. Or vice versa... If it only a matter of cost, would everyone opt for 16 or 17 footer over the smaller option?

Does "cuteness" matter?

Do other aesthetics come into play when choosing one particular model over another? Or is design always trumped by function or capability or cost?

Obviously, a larger unit means more space. But for what exactly?

If you could customize yours, what would you add to you trailer that you do not currently possess?

What do you think?
We have a 13 Scamp dlxe front bath.
We deliberated thoroughly before ordering, and we are completely satisfied with it. Cost was not a factor when choosing the size since it has every option offered except the second propane tank. In fact it was a thirteen or no new trailer for us.
We often pull with a 4Cyl Escape, which offers phenomenal fuel mileage and allows such things as parallel parking and drive-up windows. We have all we need in one neat little package.

We have customized ours but if if I could start over I would have gotten a Danfoss type fridge and smaller (higher) side windows.Minor reasons.
For us "size matters" and it must be a 13.I must admit that cuteness is a satisfying element as well. We love the oak, the fullsized bed and the onboard Head/shower.
All that being said... I think the Scamp 16 deluxe side dinette front bath may be a more "perfect" design for many folks,(other than us) which allows for a fullsized permanent bed and and a permanent dinette.
We never have more than the two of us staying in our camper.
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Old 11-06-2011, 06:46 PM   #3
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I own a 13' Compact Jr. and a 16' Fiber Stream. They both meet the criteria for California's PTI license plates, which are a significant savings over regular "Trailer Coach" plates which are required on a 17' and above unless you find an agreeable DMV clerk.

The Compact Jr's size (or lack thereof) and simplicity really appealed to me. I always considered it a portable motel room that was quick and easy; a teardrop size trailer that one can stand up in. The squareness reduces any "cute" factor, and the present paint (Charcoal Gray) obliterates it. That will have to change.

The Fiber Stream is the optimal size, still small enough for PTI but big enough for a bathroom with a shower, which is used extensively. It is just rounded enough to be cute, and has a '40s or early '50s aura to the shape.
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Old 11-06-2011, 06:58 PM   #4
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We had a 13' Burro before we bought our Uhaul VT. We found that we had a larger cute factor in the Burro. We actually had someone chase us down into a parking lot to get a tour in the Burro.
In the Uhaul VT (16'), we traded the "cuteness" for a bathroom. If we had to choose between them, the bathroom would win out every time. We still get comments and requests for tours, but not as much as we did with the Burro.
My comfort wins out though. I would love to have that Bigfoot that is for sale to fix up and have the 28' to luxuriate in.
I am a glamper. If we go camping, we must have water and electricity and if possible, wifi. Camping to me is not what it is for some people here; I like to have amenities when in the campground but be able to explore things to see during the day.

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Old 11-06-2011, 06:58 PM   #5
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For me, stepping down from a 35 ft Class A, 17 ft was as small of a step down as I was ready to make. I still wanted a bathroom, AC, etc. But needed to make the step down due to Dh's illness. The 17fter allowed me to keep him camping but with the ease of a smaller rv that I alone handle. I don't do engines and other things like roof maintenance that the Class A would have required. I wanted something that, would function for our camping needs as well as when his illness came to where we couldn't travel, I could park the rv and let it sit if need be. Fiberglass fit the bill. Our Class A wouldn't have.



Nothing wrong with a 13 ft'er other than most don't have bathrooms. As far a cute factor, well in my part of the country even a 17 ft Casita is considered cute. Here in CO most rv's are the big rigs so the Casita is small compared to big 5th wheels and monster Class A's.

Cost was not an issue.


Honestly, I don't know that I would add anything to the Casita, at least anything major. Had a screen door add on done this fall. But other than that it's perfect for our needs.



As far as size matters. Well having had several bigger RV's over the years. It does, just means I drug more crap along than we needed...........
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:52 PM   #6
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For us a 13' is plenty. The Trillium is easy to pull with a smaller rig, easy to negotiate traffic in cities, sufficient storage, no bathroom or inside shower and the related systems to deal with. I did add a hot water heater and outside shower-like to cook and that means dishes and the outside shower works great for a dish washing station on a roll up aluminum table. I appreciate the fact that the PO put in a new axle with brakes because we like mountain camp grounds and the brakes are great on mountain roads. We almost always boondock and the smaller trailer is easy to get into smaller campsites and with the conversion to led lights the water pump is the only thing drawing much power and if we are carefull we can go 5 days with out needing to recharge. An inside dinet besides the table and bench/bed does have some appeal-maybe a lil bigfoot with the front dinet would be more ideal-all in all we are thrilled with our trill.
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Old 11-06-2011, 10:15 PM   #7
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There were specific reasons why I chose a 16, but size was not the attraction. In many ways I wish I had a 13 instead.
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Old 11-06-2011, 11:44 PM   #8
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Hi: Robert Johans... We get great delight in watching the "Big Riggers" twist as we arrive at a camping site!!! Size matters when the sites are small too.
We like the bathroom and separate bed loft/w for& aft sleeping. We have all that the "Biggies" have except the size!!!
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Old 11-06-2011, 11:59 PM   #9
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As with Floyd we did a lot of talking and thinking before we purchased. The big question that many people seem to need is a bathroom. I didn't want the cramped feeling of a 13' with a bathroom, so I kept asking my other half if she wanted the bigger trailer with a bathroom, but she didn't want the bathroom. Therefore from our view there was no need for the extra 3' so a 13' was for us. The brand decision was easy, Scamp won out easily. The only other 13' on the market at time was too short inside.
We also knew that we would spend more time outside the trailer than inside.

I have a slightly different point of view than most people primarily because of our past outdoor experiences. Some 40+ years ago the tent was the thing a nice cabin tent. Then downsizing to a large backpacking tent, heavy but plenty of room inside. Then downsizing to a smaller tent where there was barely room for two sleeping bags and maybe a pair of boots. We spent about 25 years using those tents. We found ourselves pretty much limited to 3 season camping. The trailer was purchased to extend season and not let rain stop us. Because we were used to small spaces we could see no reason to purchase anything larger.


After almost 6 years and thousands of mile we're really happy with our decisions.
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:06 AM   #10
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I need a bathroom and a two bed option. So a 13 ft camper is out for me.
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:17 AM   #11
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Neither the 16 or 13 foot trailer can be considered large. People are simply amazed that we can live comfortably in such a small space for an extended period.

We travel for 7 months a year and feel a bathroom is mandatory (and definitely my wife believes it to be the case). As well we like the extra storage space the 16 provides over the 13. We don't carry a lot of stuff but we do like the stuff to have well defined storage locations.

We carry no coolers or duffle bags or the like that needed to be moved from place to place during one's travels.

As to modifications to our Scamp 16, I'd like to maintain the towability of the 16 footer but include a walk around bed/more comfortable sitting area, a more traditional shower, a larger water tank, solar panels, dual batteries, a larger fridge, integrated front and rear storage boxes and 14" tires.
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:41 AM   #12
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We have our 31 ft Kodiak for winter living (snowbirding) in Arizona for 3-4 months. Our 17 foot Egg Camper is for FUN (camping & travelling) the rest of the year. Each is exactly right for us for its designated use.
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:46 AM   #13
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Yes, cute absolutely matters.

Beyond that basic aesthetic appeal, the efficiency of design in the 13' is the entire point of it for me. It makes renovations more approachable and reflects our overall value of doing more with less.

Ask us again in several years when the kids outgrow the bunks though!
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Old 11-07-2011, 08:57 AM   #14
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I have always liked to be outdoors, and I wanted to share that with my kids. So we would go tent camping in the NC mountains. The last time we tent camped, the rain was unbearable. We ended up sleeping in the van. That was it for camping as my wife was concerned. So, one day we stumbled upon our U-Haul ct-13. Being of meager means, I wasn't in a posistion to afford much of a camper. I don't understand it even today, after seeing what these little campers sell for, how we were able to purchase our little camper for so cheap. But, I consider myself very fortunate to have it, and continue to share outdoor experiences with my children on meager wages. They say "beggars can't be choosers" so I am not complaining at all about our little 13 footer. All things considered, with the rising cost of fuel, and everything else, we couldn't ask for a better camper. It's nice to get "cuteness" compliments and head turns as we drive, but the camper is much more than that to me. I want to give good memories to my kids.
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