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Old 11-25-2010, 08:00 PM   #1
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Well I've done it AGAIN-Sort of

There is just no easy way to say this.
I bought a used T@b the other day.
I was trolling on CraigsList as usual and stumbled across a listing for an inexpensive trailer and I was intrigued.
So I went to see it and made arrangements for it to follow me home?

I do feel a little dirty.

For those who don't know them,the T@b is a Teardrop shaped trailer but is more of a cross between a 13' Egg and a Teardrop.
I can stand inside as well as in a 16' Casita and like our glass eggs there is a freakish amount of usable space inside.

The entire design leans toward the Euro Theme but with a big part of traditional crappy Stick-Built Craftsmanship.
The Fixures are Euro but the rest is fake wood badly assembled.

The trailer is very solid,I think more so than Fiberglass as the shell is a Metal/Foam/composite thing and the sides do not flex at all like FG.
The rig feels like the size of a 13' egg but seems much lighter weight and overall is very cozy inside.

I can not figure out exactly how one would sleep inside it yet and the folding couch and table are mind boggling in operation so far.
The kitchen is inside unlike most teardrops and everything is there too.
The door and windows are very nice and the windows are all double paned,unbreakable thermoplastic and have integral screens and shades. The windows open to an amazing degree and also close and lock tight.

The running gear is unlike anything I have seen really,using an Al-Ko Torsion Axle setup than can also take bolt-on shocks readily.
The coupler is shock absorbing and flexible presumably to provide a better ride?
I also can not figure out how to lock the coupler closed to the ball on a hitch?
There is a Surge Brake and a Hand Brake that is set when parked.
There are 4 landing gear and until I deployed them it was a WILD ride attempting to go inside the trailer!

Overall it is a really impressive little package and I have no idea what I will do with it.
It may be the perfect thing to take on impromptu outings as it is a whole lot more quick and simple to deploy than the 17' Casita sort of "back to Basics"?

One thing I know though is that I need to stop Trolling on Craigslist.....No good can come of it!

I will post pictures soon as again the details are really interesting to say the least.

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Old 11-25-2010, 10:33 PM   #2
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OK, clearly you make too much money from those wealthy people you work for!

Or are you starting an RV lot?

Looking forward to the pix.

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There may be a 12-step program for you . . . . (we're waiting for pictures - we all share this addiction to some degree )
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There is just no easy way to say this.
I bought a used T@b the other day.

One thing I know though is that I need to stop Trolling on Craigslist.....No good can come of it!
Shopping ("Trolling") isn't a problem, I can Shop all day.
It's the BUYING that I keep a tight control on.

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Old 11-26-2010, 11:10 AM   #5
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Craigslist is Evil! I always find something I want...
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Old 11-26-2010, 11:27 AM   #6
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Ed,
Which one will you bring to Roy's fish fry in the Spring?
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Old 11-26-2010, 03:09 PM   #7
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There's an active T@b group on Yahoo groups with a nice FAQ and gallery. They're very familiar with all the intricacies of the breed. One concern I had after following it for some months were several reports of blowouts with some pretty dire consequences. Lots of tabbers used automotive tires, and I am not sure they're up to the load. The blowouts took out the trailer wheelwell in at least 3 cases, and the resulting vacuum pulled out anything that wasn't nailed down.

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I have been a member of the T@b group well over 3 years now and owned a T@da, the T@b on steroids since it had a full bath. I took it apart and more or less rebuilt it to make it better. It has Alumifiber walls. a combined fiberglass and aluminum. The surge brakes has been an issue as well as the Al-Ko jockey wheel. I loved the windows and space inside. Feel free to pm me if you have any questions on the CoolCat, the 3 way refer, the seat back conversions all have been discussed on the Yahoo group site. I like my Egg much better!
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There is just no easy way to say this.
I bought a used T@b the other day....
There are 4 landing gear and until I deployed them it was a WILD ride attempting to go inside the trailer!
This video may explain the need for landing gear!

YouTube - Pig Goes Camping Funny Car Commercial
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Old 11-26-2010, 09:56 PM   #10
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An inexpensive T@B? I've never seen such a thing!
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Old 11-26-2010, 10:21 PM   #11
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Well, let me know if you're selling the Casita. I might be able to help you out... Tulsa isn't that far away from St. Louis.
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I can promise the Casita is not going anywhere!
I bought the T@b as it was an opportunity to have a little fun and make a little money,thats all.

It does make me remember fondly the days of my 1st Trill when life was simple and could be moved by 1 person?

I suspect that I will be selling it as soon as I get the new title back in my name as I have nowhere to keep it right now and it just does not compete in any meaningful way to me with Glass!

I will post pics as soon as my internet connection comes back,it has been down all week so far as long as I have been back in town?

Also I have been a member of the T@b Yahoo group since 04 evidently back when I was first looking at small trailers I thought a Teardrop of some kind was what I wanted until I found FGRV.
I had forgotten I even joined and when I made my 1st post last week there they said I may be the longest running lurker on record,a gift I guess?
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An inexpensive T@B? I've never seen such a thing!
Only the brand new ones are so expensive. I've heard of them being sold used (private party, not at a dealer) at substantial discount.
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