Tom at Parkliner
was really great about getting us directions to come see his top-of-line demonstration model. I liked it a LOT. Now remember, I'm an ultralightweighter- both in backpacking and canoe camping. When I took my Boy Scout to the Northern Tier High Adventure Canoe Bases (4 times!) our personal gear was limited to what we could stuff in a 5 gallon bucket- including sleeping bag and air mattress. I ALWAYS had space for 4-5 books, too. The parkliner
was nice. The outside was engineered to produce smooth airflow and offer little wind resistance. The amount of storage was amazing. I would probably opt to keep the bed made up (it'sa 4 person dinette when not being a bed) and just go with the side dinette. Pricing was reasonable.
Cons: I DON'T like propane
, and would have to purchase electric fridges/freezers, cooktops, etc for modifications. Not much space for bulky items. Not big enough for us and the cats. Also might have been too small for the husband. No overnight guests in the egg unless they were agreeable to co-sleep with us in the queen bed (don't laugh- one of my Boy Scout camping trips had the youth in 2 Adirondack (3 sided with a roof) shelters, and 11 adults sleeping in an Adirondack rated for 6! When one turned over, we ALL turned over
We saw that on Good Friday, and on Easter Monday stopped off at the LIL SNOOZY
factory. We had warned them we had cats travelling with us and they were quite all right with us bringing them into the factory while we looked about. Somehow it appears much bigger than the Parkliner
. Already all electric. Less storage space in the living area BUT a generous basement under the dedicated bed with 1 access standard on shotgun side and the option to get a second access driver side. It's also aerodynamically designed. With the basement doors under the bed propped open and the large cat litter box slid in, it would be very doable with our 3 cats. Even if we needed to stick a little bit of bulky stuff in there. And the couch folds down into a narrow bed- as long as you were under 5 ft 6 inches, you'de probably be able to sleep on it.
Cons: Higher base price. Except for the basement, little storage space. Magic Chef refrigerator
I am definitely leaning toward the Snoozy. The husband and I had a discussion over the two trailers as we were driving back to Florida, and his comment went something like this..."Yes, I think the snoozy is better for our circumstances if we decide in the future to get a camper. Maybe someday down the road when we have more time and money we could consider getting one".
I thought I was doing a very good job of communicating that I really wanted to use some of my windfall $$ to get a camping trailer. I would really prefer to not be an elderly invalid when and if that stage of my life rolls around. Three Labor Days ago, I finally talked hubby into trying a white water rafting trip when I was taking my son and his family white water rafting- and I was appalled by how out of shape I am (medical reasons) and had to portage around one of the best rapids- because I just couldn't pull my own weight
, with the asthma and bad back. I rarely did a summer camp with my Boy Scouts without a rafting trip, and I had taken my son down that particular river 24 1/2 years ago. Seems like I am losing a lot in my life here- too much pain to sleep on the ground any more. lost the ability to garden with my back injury, travel is restricted unless my hubby is able to drive me, and he has to fit stuff around his part-time job, and he prefers cities to wilderness.
Oh well, time for me to hit the sack, maybe I will have dreams about the snoozy or the parkliner.