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Old 01-18-2008, 09:15 PM   #1
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Seen at the Toronto RV show tonight.

Granted it is not molded fiberglass. the outer shell is an aluminium composite sandwich, but it sounded like there was some fiberglass in the composite. And the designers daughter said her dad did like Bolers, so I thought I'd give them a plug. Not to mention it did look neat and feel very roomy and airy inside. The prototype was at the show.

It is called the ALTO and looks like this down for towing.



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It comes in 2 colours, yellow as above and in silver that can be seen in the pictures CAB in TO took on her cell phone and posted here.
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Old 01-18-2008, 09:24 PM   #2
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I have seen this before on this site. It has some nice modern featuries. It could be a good alturnative for some folks. Me i like the idea of not having to fold anything up.
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Old 01-18-2008, 09:47 PM   #3
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We saw this unit at the Toronto show yesterday, It has been very well thought out for a foldable unit and the quality of the build seems to be top notch. The insulated honeycomb sandwich panels are very well made and should stand up very well for a long time. This unit will also fit into just about any garage for those who have parking/storage issues.

This unit might make people think twice about a T@b or the T@DA.

I go along with Ches on having a preference for not folding up anything, but this one has to be the easiest fold up(actually "Drop roof") that I have ever seen. Just tip in the rear wall and drop the roof. This unit can be used in a Wal-mart or truck stop scenario without opening it up, although it would be a little cramped in that situation. One of the nicest layout features is that it has a full King size bed that can be left made up and still has a small dinette at the front.

The owners are having a Euro style add a room tent/canopy designed for it, which they expect to have available by summer. They have been working on the design of this unit, and it's unique sandwich panels for about 4 years now.

The "facilities" consist of a toilet "cabinet" with no shower, but for many people this is all they want when they are looking to move from a trailer that doesn't have any facilities at all.

I am a committed molded fiberglass fan, but this trailer could make a convert of me as it probably has less wood or rottable materials in it than my Casita does!
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I have seen this before on this site. It has some nice modern featuries. I could be a good alturnative for some folks. Me i like the idea of not having to fold anything up.
I didn't know it was posted before. I didn't see any folding involved, just 2 electical switches, one at the back to drop the bench seat and one at the door to close it all up.

Believe it or not, the Ontario dealer is EARLTON camping.
Now where have we heard Earlton mentioned before

BTW Charlie,
I can stand straight up in it while the roof is closed
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Hmm, I like the looks of the Alto (because it would fit in my 7' 0" garage)!

BTW, Alto's site's options details is the way I wish more manf's would display theirs, esp Scamp and Casita. They give you the actual weight of the basic trailer and then the actual weight of the options so you can figure out what the thing really will weigh before you've even seen it.

I like the layout; there are plenty of choices about sleeping and table without changing things around to take a nap. Looks like excellent use of storage space.

I notice they are using compressor-based refrigeration (12VDC), which likely will make a second battery a necessity.

They didn't give a tongue weight, so I would presume it to be 10-12% of the total weight (and increase the cargo/options load somewhat, because that seems to be the GVWR - Base Weight; but the GVWR is usually established by the axle capacity, not the part of the load on the tow vehicle.

I sure wouldn't be towing one with a short wheel-base vehicle like the one pictured, however

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Previous disscussion on this unit.
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/index.ph...422&hl=alto
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Nice photos! A toilet in the closet is a clever idea, in a "honey would you step out" kind of way.

The slide-out drawers are certainly a good idea, as is, most people have to end up building shelves, but then have more flexibility if you want a huge open area. Six of one ...

No A/C. No wonder it's built in Canada! OOPS, just saw the floor heat pump - all right!

How much is $20K C in $ these days?
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Very little difference between USD and Can .A couple of cents.
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Nice photos! A toilet in the closet is a clever idea, in a "honey would you step out" kind of way.

The slide-out drawers are certainly a good idea, as is, most people have to end up building shelves, but then have more flexibility if you want a huge open area. Six of one ...

No A/C. No wonder it's built in Canada! OOPS, just saw the floor heat pump - all right!

How much is $20K C in $ these days?
One more time ---- plenty of Canada gets up over 90 degrees F in the summer.

But more importantly, $20,000 C is $19,496.98 as of 2pm today.
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That's absolutely beautiful. Parked in the right scenic location, it would be spectacular. I'm not in the market for a new trailer now, especially at brand new prices. But if I was, I'd check one of these out even if I had to drive to Canada to do it.
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We call that a cooling trend.
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Heat pump works as AC, anyway.

I think it is elegant, and I love the idea of a big trailer fitting in the garage. A bit over my weight and budget, though.
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Looks like a great unit for towing. Tow vehicle should get good gas mileage. Couple of features though which I question - Looks like clothing in the closet will absorb chemical odors from the toilet. Also, are those screens which seperate the roof from the lower wall portion? Looks like rain can easily get into the inside. Or is there a zip up feature? Don
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The panels between the lower wall and the roof section are tempered safety glass fitted in a frame that is a structural part of the roof. There is a drain tray built into that section so that any rain that runs off the glass travels along the drain tray and out either end. The seal between the roof and the lower wall section is a very sturdy automotive type bulb seal which appears to be easily replaceable if it should ever get damaged.

I think the toilet smells will be no different than any properly sealing RV toilet. I believe this is a casette type toilet similar to that used in the T@DA. Any chemicals are in the waste tank and the unit is flushed with fresh water.
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