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Old 02-08-2013, 02:15 PM   #43
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We own European spring assists but have not installed them. We keep a tape measure in the car. At the wheelwells the Honda drops only a 1/2 inch.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:43 PM   #44
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In the last picture it looks fine.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:56 PM   #45
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In the last picture it looks fine.
Whew- that's a relief...

Since as-is she's dead level when hitched, if I had to add air bags it would throw the whole shootin' match off!

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Old 02-08-2013, 04:59 PM   #46
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I didn't mean to imply that we don't gear down for hills. We still do that and you'll often find us over in the slow lane. It's just that with the Aerostar (thanks for your sympathy, BTW ) we were sometimes down to 35 mph on steep two lane mountain roads with lots of impatient drivers piling up behind us and nowhere to pull over to let 'em all pass. It was kinda hairy! It's nice now to be able to stay up with the traffic when we need to. Yeah, we don't get the best mileage out there, but it's not our main vehicle either. It mostly gets used for towing the trailer or for when my other half goes on bicycle trips and wants to pile lots of passengers and gear in it. The trailer/TV combination that anyone has to decide on is just one of many things to consider when getting a trailer. If Lora and her husband want to use a vehicle that they already have, then it's towing capability will determine to a large degree just what trailer they end up with.

Francesca - I love that picture of you and the big rig at the gas pumps. Having had a big rig I can tell you that our current TV seems like a dainty sipper compared to our old motorhome! And yes, it does look like the stabilizer jack is down on that rig. Wonder what was up with that?
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:06 PM   #47
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Kathy, what type of engine did you have in the Aerostar?
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:29 PM   #48
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And yes, it does look like the stabilizer jack is down on that rig. Wonder what was up with that?
I thought it was down 'cause it takes so long to fill the tank they have to stay overnight!

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Old 02-08-2013, 08:22 PM   #49
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. . . we were sometimes down to 35 mph on steep two lane mountain roads with lots of impatient drivers piling up behind us and nowhere to pull over to let 'em all pass. It was kinda hairy!
. . . The trailer/TV combination that anyone has to decide on is just one of many things to consider when getting a trailer. If Lora and her husband want to use a vehicle that they already have, then it's towing capability will determine to a large degree just what trailer they end up with.
I can certainly understand that feeling. And, I appreciate your input. I do want to be able to hook up and go with my van. It's good to read what others have experienced. In the past, if I didn't want to take the truck, it meant tent camping. Not bad, but not something I want to do all the time!
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:12 PM   #50
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Lora - the Aerostar had a 3L V6. The E-150 van has a 5.8L V-8.

Francesca - you could be right!
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:43 PM   #51
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I think a shower is over rated. Most of the trailers your thinking of have small gray tanks that will fill quickly. If you plan on staying at campgrounds the showers there should be fine.

I have a 16 Casita that I've been traveling in since the last weekend in December. I'm a bit over 6 feet and I do wish I had a little more headroom but it hasn't really been an issue. I scrunch over when cooking or walking in or out but I sit in one of the captains chairs when I'm inside and find that pretty comfy.

I suggest you find one that will be comfortable sleeping in first. Look for one at a fair price so you can sell it if you don't like it.

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Old 02-09-2013, 10:37 AM   #52
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RE: Post #38
While in England a few year back I saw a huge American class "A" filling at a fuel stop. I understood it took longer to fill as they had to wait for their mortgage papers to clear in order to fill the tank @ about $9.50USD per US gallon.
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Old 02-09-2013, 01:45 PM   #53
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Lora, the height in the Surfsides are 6' in the center and taper down a bit to the sides. As to the bed size, you could always do what some of the members here have done, is to sleep cross-ways, build a small table/bench with a cushion on to for your feet. Maybe someone who has done this will chime in and give you more info. Marina
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:11 PM   #54
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I'm surprised that I haven't seen any mention of Eggcamper. Seems like a good fit for you. Have a look at LIGHTWEIGHT FIBERGLASS TRAVEL TRAILER specs. Plenty tall, roomy, not too heavy on the tongue, bath with shower, and nice smooth FG gelcoat interior. Not many used ones out there, but I think I have seen some sell for around the $10k range. Be aware, though, they are built all-electric, no propane system, so you'd have to spend a little extra to add that.
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ParkLiner, 6'5"tall, 6'10" wide....queen sized bed and a side dinette....I was sold!


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Old 02-09-2013, 09:26 PM   #56
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Thank you Marinab, Mike Magee, and Deryk for the information about interior heights. I do like the Egg and the Parkliner, but, as you point out, there aren't too many used ones out there for sale. We are going to look at an in-use Scamp 16 this weekend, so that will give us a good visual of physical dimensions.
We visited the RV show in Richmond today. Sadly, no Eggs at all and dry weights for most of the smaller ones starting at 3500+ (those were the ultralights!)
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