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Old 07-26-2015, 03:30 PM   #1
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T@B vs ??

When I booted up this morning, my world changed.

I was "hooked" on the T@B until I saw the new Nest thread which led me to an article which linked to Happier Camper and now? There is clearly a different POV here on the T@B than on their Forums... it is a love affair over there and everyone I know who has one said the quality was very good...But I do want to hear what you all have to say.

My search though just opened up.

I am planning to stick close to the 165lb tongue weight limit on the Volvo...I am way too inexperienced (and getting older) to take risks with my car, my dogs and my people.... I am either going to the dealer or one of the indies nearby to install a hitch this week.

I DO however need a private privy...it's just something I treasure living in the First World....and I also need to be able to have warm water to wash dogs before a show on a multi-day trip.

So the Nest goes on the list (what is the tongue weight?!) and that Happier Camper is worth investigating....as well as an egg shaped camper small enough to keep me in my weight limits.

SO glad to have found this FOrum!

Liz
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Old 07-26-2015, 05:23 PM   #2
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I don't think that the HC-1 has a bathroom, the last I heard it was a porta-potty module. And any 13' Egg with a bathroom is going to be tongue heavy. It's difficult to get more (stuff/features) on the inside and still have less (weight) on the outside.


One exception is the Hunter Compact-II with the optional bathroom because that bathroom is towards the back of the coach. BUT... The Hunters are all over 40 y.o., and a bit on the tight side. Here's a pic of a Hunter Compact-II Bathroom:
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Old 07-26-2015, 06:19 PM   #3
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Elizabeth I can't answer all of your questions, but will at least address the T@b given that we had one for 8 years and made a few cross country trips to the SE and SW both, as well as all over the northern rockies. Most of our trips tended to be between one and three week excursions and one for a full month.

For two people they are small for extended periods and as you know one has to rely on the the available campground bath and wash room for those privileges. The criticisms you have read here based upon our experience are not exactly accurate which is not to say we did not have repairs within this 8 year period, we did but there was nothing major or overtly troubling. Are they built to the same standards as our Oliver, no not even close but they do have some advantages one of the major ones being a smaller tow vehicle. Although i will say this our '04 Tundra DC pick up struggled to tow this small camper. This is not an exaggeration. So proceed with caution and pay close to attention to the ratios of HP and Torque to total weight of your TV and the T@b combined should you go this route. Suffice it to say our Tundra was a gas guzzling gutless wonder.

There were things that frustrated me about the T@b and others that we really liked. As you might guess there are always trade offs and compromises. The Nest is a really cool looking camper, expensive but for some this may be a good fit.
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The Weiscraft Ponderosa can be built with a wet bath in the rear. It's very small and lightweight with small frontal area (the body is only 5' wide), so it's a good candidate for your vehicle. Made in Colorado.
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The Weiscraft Ponderosa, the deluxe version of the Little Joe is, infortunately, at 180 lbs., a little heavy on the tongue even when empty. Here is a link to the Specifications: Ponderosa Luxury Compact Travel Trailer for 2 - Weiscraft Trailers
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[QUOTE=Bob Miller;537456]I don't think that the HC-1 has a bathroom, the last I heard it was a porta-potty module. And any 13' Egg with a bathroom is going to be tongue heavy. It's difficult to get more (stuff/features) on the inside and still have less (weight) on the outside.

I suppose I could live with a porta potty if it were mine, clean and private...
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Old 07-26-2015, 07:42 PM   #7
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Please Know that I will l look at every suggestion you all offer!

The new T@B has a wet bath and a shower that can be used in there or outside. I'll have to look at them. Thanks for that info, Rob. I really like the Oliver and the Escape...but that TW....

MY Volvo is a 6 cyl Turbo with 300hp and 325lb torque per foot...if that's useful!
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Please Know that I will l look at every suggestion you all offer!

The new T@B has a wet bath and a shower that can be used in there or outside. I'll have to look at them. Thanks for that info, Rob. I really like the Oliver and the Escape...but that TW....

MY Volvo is a 6 cyl Turbo with 300hp and 325lb torque per foot...if that's useful!
Which model Volvo do you have?
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Old 07-26-2015, 08:22 PM   #9
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I have a new XC 70. V6 AWD.
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Bex shows a good shot of the little joe at 3.33
https://youtu.be/XxP8AqKRUeE
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I have a new XC 70. V6 AWD.
I would consider towing my Scamp13D with that.
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Old 07-26-2015, 08:53 PM   #12
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I know!...It is a sturdy, balanced STABLE vehicle. I'll look again at the Scamp 13.
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Thanks for that link, Ken.

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Bex shows a good shot of the little joe at 3.33
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Changing from a bathroom to a porta-potty is a sea change in selections of 13' FGRV's
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