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Old 03-19-2012, 10:07 AM   #15
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Life is short, and for everyone, continually getting shorter for each of us. The recognition that life is short is what got us on the road. The most important aspect of choosing a rig is making a decision and moving forward.

If the goal is getting on the road, the difference between 16 and 17 feet is not critical. I can firmly state that our 16 has enough space for us. I admit we have learned to pack lightly but also I can sheepishly say I have at least 5 shirts I have not yet worn after 4 months on the road.

It's true that we don't keep a permanently made up bed but 5 minutes at night and 5 minutes in the morning are simply no big deal. Heck I used to spend a half hour simply driving to work..... and I never got to spend a half hour walking thru the Chiricahua National Monument.

Pre-RV, every morning I would get up shower, eat a quick breakfast, say goodby to Ginny for the next 10 hours and often for longer periods. All the time becoming mentally and particularly physically less than I should be. Life has been a wonder again since we hit the road.

Certainly we try to make the trailer the best we can, certainly we want the best trailer that fits our life style, but I must emphasize for us it is not the critical element. Our goal is an affordable solution that allows us to be on the road.

In business I often found people taking too long to make decisions, requiring all the information and usually missing opportunities. Oppurtunity must be quickly engaged before it disappears.

I hope this wasn't too strong, it's simply what we did and, once again for us, it worked. I certainly recognize that what we've done is not for everyone or maybe anyone. I also recognize I am blessed with a marvelous wife who readily accepts my what often appear unusual life choices.

Non-RVers frequently ask me where I'd choose to live after 5 loops of the USA and Canada. I never know what to answer except "I've been to 1,000s of places where I could live happily". In retrospect I've learned it's not the 'place', for many have great attributes, but maybe it's my new view of what's important, maybe it's my need for less, maybe 'it's the road' and or simply more time with Ginny that has changed me.

Twelve years ago the key decision was deciding to go on the road and acting on the decision 6 months later.

Hoping your path is easy...

Norm and Ginny

2014 Honda Odyssey
1991 Scamp 16
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:52 AM   #16
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As my "Hi, I'm new" thread explains in great detail, we are looking for a (relatively)fuel efficient TT we can tow behind our RAV4. I don't have any previous experience but am thinking a Lil Snoozy can work for 2-3 months in Fl in the winter. I like them because the shell is fully structural so you (or they) can build any kind of interior.

For us, we don't want to climb over each other to get up at night so I've come up with a floor plan that adds twin beds and a little more storage. I'll post it here in a day or two, as soon as I have it finished in Photoshop.

I spoke to Alan Smoak (owner) today and made an appointment to visit 4/4. He confirmed they are very open to building a custom interior.

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Old 03-19-2012, 04:09 PM   #17
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Well said Norm. I will add my personal experience to this. My wife Liz and I talked and dreamed and put off going on the road for at least five years. Now I'll be going it alone since she passed away without ever realizing that dream. I'd say choose and go. I know I even took 7-8 months to finally do it but I'm so glad. Just would have been a lot happier had Liz been able to travel with me for her last 4-5 years of life.

'Nough said.

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Old 03-19-2012, 06:32 PM   #18
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Steve...not sure what your tow vehicle is..... maybe look for a 2006 up Bigfoot trailer..... 17' or 21' or even the long 25 footer. This year of Bigfoots come with the wider body and thicker walls. Even dual pane windows. You won't be disappointed owning a Bigfoot.
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Old 03-20-2012, 02:27 PM   #19
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As Donna noted earlier, only you can tell what's best for you and doing an extended trip is the best way to get the feel for that.

I recently sold my 13' Trillium and moved up to a stick built. I towed my Trillium many thousands of miles and enjoyed it immensely. I had a porta potti but never used it. I usually boondocked and used Walmarts, service centers etc or campground facilities when staying in one.

I made the decision to go RV'ing as well as camping. While the Trillium was comfortable and had the basics I wanted more. I found it fine as a place to eat and sleep but less than ideal if I just wanted to stay put for a period of time. I moved from tenting to the Trillium and it felt like I had moved into the Trump Tower... for a while.

An extended trip will provide the opportunity for you to consider what, if anything, you're missing and if you can get by without it. Some things are 'nice to have' and they may become 'need to have' after the passage of time.

All the best with your decision.
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Old 03-20-2012, 03:05 PM   #20
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My tow vehicle is a 2011 Regular cab GMC Sierra full size 1/2 ton truck with the small V8, so I can pretty much tow any of the molded fiberglass units. After reading all the great posts here I can say that we have decided to stay with the molded fiberglass, over the traditional stick built. We are now trying to narrow down what that will be, the leaders are the Scamp fiver, and the Casita 17, but we are still searching out as much info as we can get. We have contacted Escape also, but have not as of yet got any local leads on a big foot to look at. This is fun, yet frustrating, and I am sure in the very near future we will just pull the trigger on a unit and go for it.
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Old 03-20-2012, 05:56 PM   #21
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Steve, I have a scamp 19' 5er, I'm not far from MIS south of Jackson.
My money would be on the Escape, much nicer trailer.
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Old 03-21-2012, 04:12 AM   #22
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that scamp 19 is pretty nice. i saw one out in washington dc. was nice having that big bunk over the 5th wheel

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