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Old 06-04-2015, 03:28 PM   #29
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[QUOTE=Timber Wolf;527113][COLOR=black][FONT=Verdana]The biggest downside to me is the driving and towing. Towing a smallish egg with a full-size pickup is to me the least stressful way to go. I could not stand dealing with a larger rig or towing with a less stable, less powerful, and less capable tow vehicle.

I'm not sure a truck is the least stressful way to tow.

We've now used two different tow vehicles, not many I admit. Though both have easily done the job of towing, it's now obvious to us that the Odyssey is more comfortable (and more capable).

We took both of the rows of seats out of the Odyssey to move some furniture... it's really huge and very capable, averaging over 32 mpg for 300 miles delivering the furniture.

Lastly the stress of towing decreases with experience and time.

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Old 06-04-2015, 03:44 PM   #30
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I was in the same boat - (ex) hubby had no camping experience and certainly wasn't too interested. I rented a small motorhome for a week in Alaska - he loved it....tho' I think he liked driving it the best.

Just try a rental - let him pick out either an RV or a camper trailer, and go somewhere on his bucket list.

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Old 06-04-2015, 04:51 PM   #31
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I want a fg travel trailer. My husband thinks I have an unrealistic, idyllic view of traveling with one and camping with one. He is not a camper, and has never understood the allure of camping. He was never given the opportunity to enjoy camping as a youngster.....

Without maligning him, would you please share what you see as the negatives of traveling and camping with a fgtt? What is it you dread (if anything) about the process of loading up, getting on the road, or setting up/leaving at a campsite? What is the worst part of the whole "scene" for you? What would you change if you could?

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Have you heard of, "Separate Vacations Together"? You go your way, he goes his way.... But most of what the others have said, I agree with.
The most important things to consider are: What can you live without? And, What are the basic necessities for safe and enjoyable travel/camping.
Is hubby handy with tools, conversant in mechanical and electrical stuff?
Are you each other's best friend? Good luck and welcome to the FGRV family. I hope!
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Old 06-04-2015, 05:10 PM   #32
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The downside of FG travel...
When the trip is over and you have to go home.
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Old 06-04-2015, 05:29 PM   #33
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Lots of great insights, information and ideas in this thread. Obviously you touched on something dear to many in this community.

I will mention one more thing I've not seen mentioned yet specific to FGRV's. Due to the distinctive look and relative rareness of fiberglass eggs I think you will find that people are MUCH more likely to approach you to inquire about your unique rig. This can be a plus and a great way to meet people or it can me a minus depending on your personality and temperament. Just one more thing to consider. Best of luck in however it turns out for both of you.
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Old 06-04-2015, 05:38 PM   #34
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I truly think that "downsides of fg" trailers had more to do with how could there be a downside since they are small, easier to tow, etc., etc. Surely we can all imagine going on and on about the positives and someone else just shaking their head in disbelief.

So, it made perfect sense to be asking the question here since so many people stepped up to share good suggestions and information. Where else could you go and get this much attention this quickly to a concern that you have?
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Old 06-04-2015, 06:22 PM   #35
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FG trailers tend to be small, with simple, unelaborate interiors. Some (not all, obviously) would consider this a downside as compared to larger RVs.

Downsides to travel trailer camping and traveling, in general? Well, I don't like planning out meals and shopping for the food, packing the trailer with food and clothing and towels and whatnot, wondering what I'm forgetting (although I do use a checklist). I don't enjoy long hours behind the wheel to get from boring Oklahoma to someplace I want to be (Rocky Mountains and Great Lakes are my favored destinations). I wish I could drive 70-75 mph instead of 60-65. Once in a great while I wish I had high speed internet while I'm camping... but not too often. That's really the worst of the downsides for me.

Despite those considerations, it is very much worth the effort. I've been trailer camping for 10 years. Before that I did some occasional tent camping and even a trip where I slept in the back of a minivan. Trailering is like having a vacation home that I take with me. I can have a little house by the lake, a little house in the mountains, a little house in the forest, or any other place I would like to be. I can step out of my door and smell the pines or cedars (instead of car exhaust), hear the water flowing over river stones (instead of the neighbors' voices), and see beautiful vistas (rather than the privacy fence in back or the houses out front). I sleep in my own bed, eat my own food, and do my own thing wherever I choose to be.

My DW used to come along camping, but she decided that she prefers staying home with the computer and TV. But she does not begrudge me doing what I enjoy, so she says go ahead. If we travel together to Michigan to visit relatives, usually I'll tow the trailer but stay with her in a nice hotel room because it's a treat to her; then while at her mother's I retreat to my own bed in the trailer at night, while she sleeps in the house (and complains to me afterward how Mom's husband makes noise at 4 or 5 AM and wakes her up... hey, it's her choice.) I usually go off and camp for a night or two during these trips, too. Here's my campsite last summer above Michigan's AuSable River:

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I guess I have an idealistic view of trailer camping also... despite having done it for a decade!
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Old 06-04-2015, 06:39 PM   #36
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Downside? How about coming home... sigh.

If you buy an egg shape trailer, be prepared to show it off A LOT.

You'll learn to embrace checklists. Menu planning, packing, deploying at site and site leaving.

If you like to decorate, it's a small space and you'll have a ton of fun. Do you mind spending money on "trivial" things?

You'll learn to embrace dirt. If you're a person who likes a floor as clean as an operating room... stay home. Honestly, dirt happens. The upside, ten minutes and it's CLEAN!

You'll learn to be fastidious in putting away things. There's no such thing as leaving the breakfast AND lunch dishes to be done later. There's not enough room to procrastinate.

Did I mention... coming home?
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Old 06-04-2015, 07:09 PM   #37
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Jim Bennett,
I see you are a canoer and am wondering about carrying a canoe on our tug vehicle. How much space do you have between tug and trailer? How long is your canoe?
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Old 06-04-2015, 07:53 PM   #38
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[QUOTE=Timber Wolf;527113] (Clip) "But, towing a smallish egg with a full-size pickup is to me the least stressful way to go. I could not stand dealing with a larger rig or towing with a less stable, less powerful, and less capable tow vehicle."(Italics Added)

This is not necessarily a consensus of the group.

There are any number of smaller and less powerful vehicles that, when sized appropriately and set up properly, make excellent tow vehicles that can do as good a job and, all things considered, often do an even better and more stable job of towing than many of the full size pick-ups out there. On top of all that, the fuel economy will usually be a lot better, and having a smaller, more economical vehicle when not towing is a blessing in itself.

I had the entire world to choose from when it was time to replace my mid-sized GMC Sonoma and I replaced it with an almost identical sized Blazer of the same year, simply because I knew what a great TV they made for our size FGRV's.

This is all said as, if having to have a full-size pick-up is a negative for your husband, you can reassure him that it's not needed at all, and also reassure him that he doesn't need one to compensate for any personal issues either. LOL

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Old 06-04-2015, 08:03 PM   #39
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To everyone who has replied to my query, thank you so very much! I am reading, and re-reading them all. I appreciate very much all your comments and suggestions. This is indeed a great place to learn!

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Old 06-04-2015, 09:25 PM   #40
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I still work and have a Scamp 13. What works for me is I can prep for a trip days before I actually leave. The day I leave it takes me about an hour to finish pre check and leave. Driving such a small trailer is a non issue. Once I arrive it takes me an hour to set up all the tables awnings and whatever I want to take to be comfortable. Then I am free to do what ever I want or do nothing. I can have as many days of this as I want. When my sentence is over it takes me about an hour to pack up and leave. When I get back home I park the trailer, level it and hook up the power for the fridge. After that I go in and relax. Clean up and unpacking can be done on my time rather than a big list of chores that have to be done right now as in tent camping.

Its just plain easier than tent camping and even a motor home.
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Old 06-04-2015, 09:54 PM   #41
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Not everyone has tables or awnings to set up. My setup time is about 5-10 minutes. But I did buy a Clam screen room recently, so if I use that someplace I will have to add another 6-8 minutes to pop it up and stake it down.

Which reminds me of another negative: trailer owners never stop spending money accessorizing their rigs! There's always one more handy thing to tempt us...
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I can't think of anything I dislike about camping in an Egg, it's the greatest way to camp there is.
I've had Class A's and B's, a fifth wheel, a tent trailer, stickies and several Eggs.

I guess if he considers a negative looking up and seeing a small bear watching you read after putting the kids to bed, looking up and seeing millions of stars in the night sky, not hearing anything but nature, seeing the delight of your kids or grand kids when they see a chipmunk, squirrel, deer, fawn, bear or even a new to them bird he may be a lost cause.

I'm an old guy and can tell you the peace, quit, memories and even the taste of an burned marshmallow or hot dog far outweigh any miniscule inconveniences he may suffer.

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