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Old 04-29-2016, 05:29 PM   #57
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The only thing I can think of is not molded fiberglass but still lightweight with a good reputation and does customize: Taylor Coach - Welcome He has quite a few youtube walk-thrus. These are made in Canada and you are required to travel there to pick one up for the walk-thru.

You also need to study up on what bed sizes are in RVs. A twin is often 24" x 72" to at most 75". Many of the queen beds are only 75" long. Without hookups, fresh water will disappear quickly and gray/black tanks will fill very quickly when using the toilet and shower. These are "wet" baths. Although we don't have a fiberglass molded trailer, I am familiar with wet baths and it was always very difficult to dress in there after you shower.

Suggest you measure out the trailer size in the yard or on a floor with masking tape to get a feel of the actual size of everything. You will be surprised.
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Old 04-29-2016, 11:53 PM   #58
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Its harder than I thought it would be.
Yeah, that's half the fun. I'm always trying to figure out how to get two pounds of sugar into a one pound sack.

I just got back from an RV show here. It had all the usual emphasis on the ginormous. One of the things I generally find myself most disappointed with is how poorly all that space is utilized.

Yes, concentrated stresses and racking forces are not our friends. I have mused with ordering a high-end V-nose cargo trailer and outfitting it myself if I make my planned retirement party in a couple of years. I would have to become convinced that I could actually get a well-sealed trailer to begin from, but haven't made those investigations yet.

I see Escape is keeping their site current on their production schedule; it's basically a year out. If you stay FGRV but decide to completely change your other parameters Armadillo trailers would provide a finely crafted 13-footer. Otherwise, I think all the current manufacturers have been mentioned.

Rooftop hard-shell tent and a sassy looking new Land Rover to thump through the commute there? I'm afraid I'm about tapped out for fresh ideas here!

Good luck and happy hunting John.
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Old 04-29-2016, 11:59 PM   #59
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Aside from my Scamp I have a SOB trailer
Carol, now isn't SOB what Airstream owners call trailers of Some Other Brand? It makes me chuckle when I see you use that.
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but that wasn't the point of the thread because I already knew that.
Well John, after reading all the posts and suggestions given to you for your OP, it seems that you've been doing research of FG trailers yourself by your answers of "I already knew that". This is a pretty good group of friendly, knowledgeable helpful members that try to help newbies out to find the perfect rig. It doesn't seem that anyone has made/makes a FG unit that fills your requirements.
I bought a bunkhouse class A when my girls were small so they had their own "rooms". They are adults now and have moved on and away but if they want to camp with dear old Dad again.....they'll be in a tent outside.
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Old 04-30-2016, 06:31 AM   #61
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I have mused with ordering a high-end V-nose cargo trailer and outfitting it myself if I make my planned retirement party in a couple of years. I would have to become convinced that I could actually get a well-sealed trailer to begin from, but haven't made those investigations yet.
That was my thought a few years ago, I did extensive research for everyone I could find that custom builds them, to save you some time my research concluded a small shop in New Hampshire, ProLine Trailers, they are what I would consider the Oliver of of this type of trailer, although their prices are much more reasonable.

If you ever get to that point, I hope this helps.

Here is an example of what you can do as a reference, complete with a single layer CAD drawing, which at one point I actually manually extracted the layers, pay attention to the fresh water tank size if you do.

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Good luck if you get there
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Old 04-30-2016, 02:49 PM   #62
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That was my thought a few years ago, I did extensive research for everyone I could find that custom builds them, to save you some time my research concluded a small shop in New Hampshire, ProLine Trailers, they are what I would consider the Oliver of of this type of trailer, although their prices are much more reasonable.

If you ever get to that point, I hope this helps.

Here is an example of what you can do as a reference, complete with a single layer CAD drawing, which at one point I actually manually extracted the layers, pay attention to the fresh water tank size if you do.

Custom Cargo Trailer

Good luck if you get there

The 80 square ft homebuilt trailer is awesome. I saw that the other day and was impressed by the space utilization and quality.
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So, one of my other thoughts, sticking with the custom theme, you mention camping and dome tents, and I love my Staika, but for real sleeping comfort, hammock camping is the best. So how about a custom trailer with full use of the interior and the only thing you need to assemble for the night is connecting to the eyehooks, no more dinette breakdown. This way you can maximize all other uses and just sleep above it all at night.
I just need some of you engineer types to explain how strong my walls need to be to support the load.
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Hammock? Am I the only one who can't figure out how anyone can sleep in such an uncomfortable position?

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I know I couldn't sleep in a hammock... back surgery and all prevent that. But other's may be just fine.
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So, one of my other thoughts, sticking with the custom theme, you mention camping and dome tents, and I love my Staika, but for real sleeping comfort, hammock camping is the best. So how about a custom trailer with full use of the interior and the only thing you need to assemble for the night is connecting to the eyehooks, no more dinette breakdown. This way you can maximize all other uses and just sleep above it all at night.
I just need some of you engineer types to explain how strong my walls need to be to support the load.
I am a hammock camper when I backpack and an engineer who used to design structures for a living. The forces exerted by the straps holding up a hammock are very large and they depend on how much you weigh. (Think 100s of pounds on each end). I don't think the wall of a fiberglass trailer is capable of withstanding that load unless it was designed for that to begin with.
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I know I couldn't sleep in a hammock... back surgery and all prevent that. But other's may be just fine.
I know a few people that do that, and swear by it, and one guy has terrible back troubles and has had surgery. He says it is the best sleep he gets. He is now about 63 and still using it when canoeing.

I have not tried sleeping in one, though would like to give it a try some time.
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I know a few people that do that, and swear by it, and one guy has terrible back troubles and has had surgery. He says it is the best sleep he gets. He is now about 63 and still using it when canoeing.
There's a number of chairs used for camping that I can't sit in, but I can sleep on a brick. I suppose it would depend on where the surgery was performed on the spine, mine was L2-4 which is the lumbar region. I need to keep that portion of my spine straight, otherwise it feels like someone is jamming a hot poker into my back. I'd probably sleep better on the picnic table than a hammock.
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I know a few people that do that, and swear by it, and one guy has terrible back troubles and has had surgery. He says it is the best sleep he gets. He is now about 63 and still using it when canoeing.

I have not tried sleeping in one, though would like to give it a try some time.
I know of a bunch of people who have had back problems who swear by sleeping in a hammock. The trick is doing it right. If you lay down in a hammock and orient yourself along the axis its uncomfortable since you take the shape of a banana. If you lie down on a diagonal (bias) at about 20 degrees (varies with the hammock) off the hammock axis you will find the hammock sweet spot. In this orientation, the hammock has a completely flat lay. Most stomach sleepers don't like hammocks, though. A backpacking hammock weighs about a pound, sets up in 5 minutes and makes a great place to take a nap or they can even be used as a comfortable seat. Inside a trailer the forces are almost certainly too high to resist with a fiberglass wall panel.
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