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Old 08-31-2009, 12:10 PM   #1
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We just sold our little lees-ure-lite tent trailer and want to get into a little fibreglass trailer. We're thinking a 13'. It's just me and my husband and dog. We don't want a bathroom, or maybe even a kitchen (although the idea of a fridge is growing on me, no more ice!) We do need to try and keep the weight down, as our tow-viehicle is an under-powered Subaru Legacy. My husband is 6' tall, so we're trying to figure out wich would have the biggest bed (our tent-trailer was a queen size).

My question is: if you wanted a light, roomy 13' trailer, what would you buy? Boler? Trillium? Scamp? Anything else?

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Old 08-31-2009, 12:16 PM   #2
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Are you looking for brand new? or used? For bed size, I'd look at a Compact or any of those clones (or maybe a Little Joe if I could find one used?). If new, it would definitely be an Escape... no rivets and great fit and finish, but the bed would be smaller.

You say you're driving an underpowered tug. What does the manual say about maximum tow weight? That would definitely narrow down your choices.
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Old 08-31-2009, 12:24 PM   #3
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Used would be fine. Our manual says 2000 pounds, but I'd hate to be anywhere near that. Passing big rigs on hills around here is already a bit of a challenge.
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Old 08-31-2009, 12:26 PM   #4
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There's a Mity-Lite in Surrey that would probably work well with your Legacy.
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I'd go Escape 13 if buying new, but weight is definitely an issue with your Subie.
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Old 08-31-2009, 12:35 PM   #5
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That Mity-lite does look interesting, thanks. Although, I got kind-of a claustrophobic feeling looking at the little door. I guess it wouldn't hurt to take a look.

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Old 08-31-2009, 04:19 PM   #6
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I was myself in the same boat just a few weeks ago. Very soon I came to the conclusion that Escape was my way to go. Total dry weight on an Escape 13' floor plan A is 1400 pounds only. Of course, if you get lucky and find something decent in used, go for it. Watch the weight of the trailers though.
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Old 08-31-2009, 06:51 PM   #7
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I guess the Escape is quite new? There don't seem to be any used ones out there. Or are they so good no-one wants to part with theirs?
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Old 08-31-2009, 07:09 PM   #8
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A few thoughts:

The Compact "family" does have big beds, but on the other hand there is not much open floor space, like there is in the more typical 13' egg. With a dog, that means they're on the bed/couch more than the floor.

The "egg" 13s will have a bit more floor space. You can still trip over the dog, but at least he/she's on the floor! (or on the sofa at the front of the trailer).

Your basic 13-er will have beds of about 76" long. Trillium has a tiny bit more length, mostly due to square corners, but is basically the same.

With a 2000 lb tow limit, and the three of you plus gear, I'd stay with a very basic (lighter) 13. (i.e. no bathroom, AC, big battery banks, etc.). Newer trailers seem to be heavier, although that is not a hard and fast rule. I think it's mostly just due to feature creep, not any inherent construction details.

Keep a skeptical frame of mind when you read ads for eggs where the owners claim super light weights of 800 or 900#. That is very unlikely and I wouldn't trust it unless I had it weighed as such. Not that people are trying to trick buyers; but often they just don't realize.

Boler 13s and earlier Scamps (pre-early-80s) have Ensolite walls. Burros have fiberglass walls. I find these preferable to carpet or "fur" walls with pet hair, because you can wipe them down, but there are other folks who prefer the latter.

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Old 08-31-2009, 07:13 PM   #9
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I guess the Escape is quite new? There don't seem to be any used ones out there. Or are they so good no-one wants to part with theirs?
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I believe the Escape 13 was new in 2009. We have a 2003 Subaru Forester which has 2000 pounds rated towing capacity. We were considering a Scamp 13 until we discovered the Escape 13, and ordered one at the beginning of August. The Escape is a nice design and is competitively priced if you compare on an equal basis. For us it was also an advantage to be able to visit the plant and talk to Tammy and evaluate the quality of the trailer.

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Old 08-31-2009, 08:03 PM   #10
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We found a Compact Jr.-bought without hesitation. Like the big bed although there is not much walking room-immediately put the bed away after we wake up so we have more room. Head room was a must-we now have plenty head room. If we are just spending the night at a Walmart parking lot or just one night somewhere-we do not raise the top. I can walk in the camper without raising the top-hubby can`t. The Compact Jr. fits our needs-we spend a lot of time outside -so it works for us.
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I believe the Escape 13 was new in 2009. We have a 2003 Subaru Forester which has 2000 pounds rated towing capacity. We were considering a Scamp 13 until we discovered the Escape 13, and ordered one at the beginning of August. The Escape is a nice design and is competitively priced if you compare on an equal basis. For us it was also an advantage to be able to visit the plant and talk to Tammy and evaluate the quality of the trailer.

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Old 09-01-2009, 11:24 AM   #11
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Thanks everyone for your input. I too was wondering about the floor space in the compact-style models. If our 120 pound dog needs to curl up in bed with us it sort of defeats the purpose of the larger bed (of course, we won't need a heater then!) Decisions, decisions...
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Old 09-01-2009, 03:16 PM   #12
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Linda D: We have a Compact junior and we tow with a 1997 subaru legacy Wagon. We have towed along the Oregon coast twice, and have travelled as far south as Hearst castle on California #1. I have had no problem towing, though on some of the hill climbs I may have to go into third gear but I am not alone. My more pressing concern has been braking and I am exploring replacing the axle with one able to take brakes. We are familiar with Lee-sure Lite and we were drawn to the Compact Junior becasue we liked the idea of moving out the end of the bed for those evening trips to the potti without crawling over the other person. We had a smaller dog and that dog thoroughly enjoyed the space sleeping under the bed in the converted dinette. It would take a lot of convincing to have him come out of his adopted den. 120 lbs, may make that space a little tight. At the momment , other commitments are creating a delay as we work on adding insulation , a foam headliner to the interior fiberglass walls.
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Old 09-01-2009, 04:06 PM   #13
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Thanks Kent, that's the exact same vehicle we have; a 97 legacy wagon. Great car for most things. (My husband OTOH wonders how I managed to buy a car in the one year they weren't available turbo-charged!) I forgot about the space under the table. We're going to look at the Mity-lite in Surrey tonight so I'll take a measure. We have a lean Rhodesian Ridgeback and he folds up surprisingly small.
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:23 PM   #14
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Personally I am fond of the Trilliums. We tow with a 2005 Subaru and have pulled ours all through the Rockies to Drumheller and Yellowstone park. The interior and beds are tall enough for me at 6'2. They are better built then the Boler's and the fiberglass cabinets require minimal maintenace. On the negative side they tend to be more expensive and slightly heavier / have more wind resistence then a Boler. I would highly recommend getting trailer brakes on any trailer you buy - BC has a few hills here and there =)
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