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Old 11-27-2006, 08:34 PM   #15
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I'm not sure any of OUR choices fit YOUR needs! As you know, the use to which I put my 17' is very different from that of some of our other members, yet this current trailer is nearly perfect for me. It wouldn't do at all for half the folks who've responded to this thread.

Other than the largest bed possible (which BTW we have a full 80" queen in the 25'), what you look for needs to suit your travelling style.

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Old 11-27-2006, 09:16 PM   #16
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I thought about your question again today.

One thing to consider, which I DIDN'T with my first two trailers, is how you can "live" comfortably in it. I had to live in my first bare bones tent trailer for a couple weeks, and it .. well.. was not fun. I was protected from the elements, and I was able to function, but it was a LOT of work and I was never quite happy, or rested.

It's one thing to enjoy camping when the weather is perfect, the spot is perfect and everything is inline with joy...

BUT, if it's miserable and freezing out, or in a noisey RV park and you want to escape, or you are sick and can't make it out, or in some other unsavory situation...

Are you comfortable cooking and eating in it, cleaning up and working in it or being in it for long periods of time?

I had to spend a lot of time in mine over this long weekend for a variety of reasons. I was in the same spot for 5 days, which is rare for me. I thought to myself, as I lay on the bed with my back propped up on pillows and watching a movie.. "How comfortable this is". It felt like home.

I had plenty of space, didn't feel like I was closed in or wallowing in camping dirt and compromise.
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Old 11-27-2006, 09:22 PM   #17
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My wife and i are looking to buy a new unit.
Fresh from the factory new? Or, new to you?

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Livability - What happens where [b]and are we going to be in each otherís way in such a small space.
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A queen size bed so my husband doesn't end up on the floor.

And an oven.
Having had both a Compact Junior, and a Fiber Stream, each with larger-than-the-average bed, I would offer that bed size alone is not a be-all/end-all.

Mike's observation (getting in each other's way) was the spark that got me looking for a larger trailer when WE used the Compact Junior. Opening contract negotiations every time I wanted to "have my turn" to accomplish almost ANY task got old very quickly. Such a large bed in such a tiny trailer left no room for anything else. We did not have a stove in it, just a coffeemaker. We never "Boondocked" with it.

Having said that; the one thing we did right with the Compact Junior was to use a premium quality, slightly firmer foam when we made the cushions. I have heard many comments about how comfortable it is from the guys we sold it to.

Robert votes for the Full bathroom. Having a separate sink next to the toilet is as important to him as having a shower. I did not have a sink in the porta-potty closet I made in the Compact Junior. Baby wipes were a poor substitute.

All I can say Lizbeth, is nya-nya-nya!
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Old 11-27-2006, 10:24 PM   #18
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1. Get something that is easy to tow. So many people have 22+ foot trailers and it's a chore to take them out.

2. The bed....must be comfy and big. ...Casita Liberty.

3. I never thought that I'd say this, but the shower....it's wonderful. We were camping with some "sissy" friends a few years ago and went on a long, hot, sweaty hike. The public showers were closed by the time we returned! Our "sissy" friends had a trailer....we had a camper shell. We were boondocking and our friend offered to hook up his trailer to his car to provide power and we all got a hot shower. Needless to say, we turned into sissies shortly a year or so later.

We can easily do without the a/c, cable connection, built-in furnace, but the three items above sure make it nice!
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Old 11-28-2006, 09:40 AM   #19
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1. Storage

Storage has always been a problem to some degree or another.

I can't store everything I want in my 13' camper. So, I have to use my tow vehicle for extra storage, in a number of plastic tubs.

Now, if needed, I can bring the outhouse tent, coleman hot water on demand shower, extra clothes, plenty of food, 10' X 10' awning canopy, chairs, gas lanterns for boondocking, Mr Heater, etc.

If I ever move up to a 16 or 17' model, it will be for more storage.
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Old 11-28-2006, 11:32 AM   #20
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1. Storage

Storage has always been a problem to some degree or another.

I can't store everything I want in my 13' camper. So, I have to use my tow vehicle for extra storage, in a number of plastic tubs.

Now, if needed, I can bring the outhouse tent, coleman hot water on demand shower, extra clothes, plenty of food, 10' X 10' awning canopy, chairs, gas lanterns for boondocking, Mr Heater, etc.

If I ever move up to a 16 or 17' model, it will be for more storage.
Someday I'll come up with a good name for this syndrom.
One starts a hobby or activity and grows the amount of stuff to take up all the available space. Then adds more space and continues to grow until you forget what the hobby or activity was all about because it's chanaged to being about the stuff.

I caught myself looking at more stuff recently then stopped when I realized that the stuff would not enhance the activity just enhance the stuff.
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(I caught myself looking at more stuff recently then stopped when I realized that the stuff would not enhance the activity just enhance the stuff.)

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Old 11-28-2006, 12:15 PM   #22
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My wife and I took an eight week trip to the west coast in 2001. We drove her Honda Civic and carted along an 8x10 tent and one of those velour air mattresses. Except for a week on Galiano Is and two nights when it was too stormy we slept in the tent at all other times. Now our 13 ft Boler, which we've had for twelve years, is just pure luxury with no heat, no air, no washroom, just a stove and fridge. We've talked about a larger unit but both agree that all the other things are not really needed. It has seen a lot of use and needs new paint and a new axel. New curtains, coushions, and cupboards as well, but with a wedding comming up.......
.......mabee next year.
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Old 11-28-2006, 12:38 PM   #23
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Someday I'll come up with a good name for this syndrom.
One starts a hobby or activity and grows the amount of stuff to take up all the available space. Then adds more space and continues to grow until you forget what the hobby or activity was all about because it's chanaged to being about the stuff.

I caught myself looking at more stuff recently then stopped when I realized that the stuff would not enhance the activity just enhance the stuff.
I FINALLY found the trailer that could accomodate all my stuff. It turned out to be a 30' Airstream! I had it one season before getting back to basics.

I have a lot of stuff, but only take what is needed for a specific trip. If I go boondocking, the outhouse, shower go. If I have hookups, that stuff stays behind. After 3 days hunting/camping, you would NOT want to be in my trailer without me having that shower! Stuff becomes necessity.
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Old 11-28-2006, 01:16 PM   #24
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Someday I'll come up with a good name for this syndrom.
One starts a hobby or activity and grows the amount of stuff to take up all the available space. Then adds more space and continues to grow until you forget what the hobby or activity was all about because it's chanaged to being about the stuff.

I caught myself looking at more stuff recently then stopped when I realized that the stuff would not enhance the activity just enhance the stuff.
This sounds a lot like owning a sailboat.
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I FINALLY found the trailer that could accomodate all my stuff. It turned out to be a 30' Airstream! I had it one season before getting back to basics.

I have a lot of stuff, but only take what is needed for a specific trip. If I go boondocking, the outhouse, shower go. If I have hookups, that stuff stays behind. After 3 days hunting/camping, you would NOT want to be in my trailer without me having that shower! Stuff becomes necessity.

When boondocking a solar shower hung from a tree branch works pretty good. Also the old fashioned sponge bath, or the modern "wet wipes" work too. There are ways without the stuff.

I think alternatives are important to consider then everybody needs to do what works best for them. I think the most important thing is to get into the great out doors. To me anything above what is needed to survive is luxury. Therefore the decissions are based on how much luxury do you require. Some feel the need for more, some for less, but we all love to be out.
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Old 11-28-2006, 10:54 PM   #26
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I caught myself looking at more stuff recently then stopped when I realized that the stuff would not enhance the activity just enhance the stuff.
Well, of course. You wouldn't want lonely stuff. Stuff likes company. But not just any stuff. Some stuff doesn't work well with other stuff, so you have to get stuff that works well together.

Take jackets. I thought a jacket was a jacket. It's job was to get pulled over the other stuff that I was wearing to keep me warm. It turns out, however, that jackets have to some how go with the other stuff. "Complimentary colors" or something like that. Some jackets, I am told, are a bad match for other clothing.

Next (courtesy of Columbia Sportswear) it turned out that the jacket needs to be part of a system. A system with vests and liners and stuff specifically designed to work with the jacket, and presumably other stuff I'm wearing.

The trouble is that it all gets very expensive, and it only gets worse. I expect the stuff I'm wearing will someday have to coordinate with the car I drive, the furniture in my house, the paint outside the house, my hair color and even my spouse. And you know how expensive it is to change those!

It's enough to make you want to not pack anything, just buy a pair of plane ticket to some nudist colony in the tropics where you don't need a jacket at all . . .

Just matching towels . . .

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Well, of course. You wouldn't want lonely stuff. Stuff likes company. But not just any stuff. Some stuff doesn't work well with other stuff, so you have to get stuff that works well together.

Take jackets. I thought a jacket was a jacket. It's job was to get pulled over the other stuff that I was wearing to keep me warm. It turns out, however, that jackets have to some how go with the other stuff. "Complimentary colors" or something like that. Some jackets, I am told, are a bad match for other clothing.

Next (courtesy of Columbia Sportswear) it turned out that the jacket needs to be part of a system. A system with vests and liners and stuff specifically designed to work with the jacket, and presumably other stuff I'm wearing.

The trouble is that it all gets very expensive, and it only gets worse. I expect the stuff I'm wearing will someday have to coordinate with the car I drive, the furniture in my house, the paint outside the house, my hair color and even my spouse. And you know how expensive it is to change those!

It's enough to make you want to not pack anything, just buy a pair of plane ticket to some nudist colony in the tropics where you don't need a jacket at all . . .

Just matching towels . . .

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Ahh poor Peter, really caught up in the stuff syndrom.
Not only expensive is initial cost, but then you've got clean, fix, store, get out, put back, look at and not use, and on and on with all that stuff.
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I think it all comes down to what you plan to use the trailer for and what things are really important to you. For my wife and I the most important things is a toilet she can use without pulling on clothes and boots and trodding to a campsite toilet or lonely bush in the rain. The other thing we decided is that we need separate dining/activity and sleeping areas so one of us can sleep while the other bumps around and does whatever. (An important consideration when your sleeping hours differ.)

Our choice for our first trailer is a "standard" Scamp 5th wheel with the "5th wheel package" that includes a small bathroom and a "loft" area one of us can sleep in while the other uses the rear dinette. It was either that or the 16' with a side dinette; we decided on the 5th wheel because it is only slightly heavier than the 16' side-dinette trailer and has what amounts to a separate and somewhat more isolated bedroom space.

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