Whats MOST important item to you when buying a new unit - Fiberglass RV

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Old 11-26-2006, 11:48 AM   #1
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Hi All
My wife and i are looking to buy a new unit.What would be the deciding factor for you in your purchase.

EG---Bed size is # 1 on our agenda.

Keep in mind it would be 13 to 17 foot unit.

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Old 11-26-2006, 12:02 PM   #2
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Because we camp year round at least once a month, for us it was two things. This gives us the ability to Snow camp, Desert Camp, Boon-Dock at truck stops, RV Park camp, Nat’l Forrest camp, etc. Think “Date Weekend”.
  1. Livability
  2. Bathroom
Livability - What happens where and are we going to be in each other’s way in such a small space.

Bathroom - Is it large enough to be comforable, and functionable. Not just a closet.

We sold our 17’ Casita Freedom and bought a 17’ Casita Liberty for just those two reasons. It turned out to be the right decision for us. It has worked out great.

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Old 11-26-2006, 12:12 PM   #3
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Keep the systems to a minimum.

No bathroom
No A/C
No electric water pump
No water heater
To start with.
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Old 11-26-2006, 12:35 PM   #4
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We also like the minimum, but would like
1 larger bed size
2 more closet space
3 As we cook mainly outside an awning/screenroom
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Old 11-26-2006, 04:56 PM   #5
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We have a Casita 17 foot SD which we love. Moved to a larger trailer from our Casita 13
Patriot Deluxe.

Two or three week at a time was about enough for us in the 13. The extra four feet made all the difference in the world. Living in the Casita six or eight week at a time is now very enjoyable.

It is our home on wheels that takes us wherever the road may go. Four lane, two lane, or two tracks through the woods.

Been the sleeping bag under a plastic tarp and a hole dug in the woods route too.

Was seduced by indoor plumbing and a real bed.
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Old 11-26-2006, 06:03 PM   #6
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Since I am a small little bugger.. managability. Can the systems be lifted, emptied, hitched up etc by one person with somewhat limited strength.

Generally, nothing out there fits the bill exactly, so I have to modify for my need anyway.

The 13 is perfect for me in those aspects, but... I would like a bigger trailer eventually.
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Old 11-26-2006, 09:55 PM   #7
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A queen size bed so my husband doesn't end up on the floor.

And an oven.
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Old 11-27-2006, 03:54 AM   #8
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Keep the systems to a minimum.

No bathroom
No A/C
No electric water pump
No water heater
To start with.


We must be kindred spirits regarding simple systems.

I do have a bathroom -- I actually made it larger to accommodate a Composting Toilet. The one I installed ia a Sun-Mar Compact. To provide venting and air flow, I use a 12 volt computer fan in a plastic pipe vent line that vents through the floor.
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Old 11-27-2006, 04:43 AM   #9
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Everyone has their needs.
Just my wife and I do most of our cooking outside and mainly used the camper for sleeping so the most important thing is for us is:

1 It is dry inside

Other then that, our 13 ft Boler has everything we want along with the porta potty that slides under front bunk for those late night urges.
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Old 11-27-2006, 05:07 AM   #10
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Keep the systems to a minimum.

No bathroom
No A/C
No electric water pump
No water heater
To start with.
That's the way I feel too. Less systems, less problems and maintenance.

I do agree with a comfortable bed - minimum queen size.
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Old 11-27-2006, 09:54 AM   #11
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1. Bathroom

Since you are talking maximum of 17', I think I could manage that. As far as livability, I've learned that I can make easy ajustments to take care of that.

Because I had tent camped, I really had no plans on a trailer with a bathroom. It just so happened that the one I got had one. I planned on never using it ... until one cold rainy night in January. Still, I held off using the shower until one very long travel day, I was hot, had the dog with me and I decided that it would be better than nothing. Best shower I've ever had. How nice it was just be be able to crawl under the covers without having to drag all my stuff back to the trailer.

Now, the first thing I look at is the bathroom. I like having a stand up shower and I like being able to turn around. It doesn't have to be huge, just adequate.

I also realize that for two people, it's entirely different than it is just for one. IF my husband were to go with me, I'd probably go with the Bigfoot. But for just me and the dog, I really don't know if I want an 8' wide trailer. I'd definitely need a bigger bed and taller ceiling height if he was with me.
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Old 11-27-2006, 01:07 PM   #12
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I can't get this down to one factor, but I can list one which no one else has: towability. That is, the trailer must be within the safe and comfortable towing capacity of the vehicle which I have, or which I am willing to buy and operate. That's how we ended up with a quarter-century old egg: nothing new and otherwise meeting our requirements was light and narrow enough.
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Old 11-27-2006, 01:52 PM   #13
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I was going to say weight, but then I guess we must assume that has been considered so that the class of molded fiberglass rv's is being searched. I would have to say, then, that in my (our) case a bathroom was necessary.

Given the short "formal" camping season in New England, much of the time we would like to use is when state and federal facilities in campgrounds have either not been opened for the season, or have been closed for the winter. We have spent months living out on the road with nothing but bicycles and a tent. We know how to go to the bush, but given our hard years of work and savings, not to mention advancing age, who needs that anymore?

I've lived in my van, hitchiked the country, and lived for months in a tent. No big deal to me to deal with maintaining my own bathroom. It provides sanitation, dignity, and freedom from the weather.
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Old 11-27-2006, 03:19 PM   #14
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I'm gonna back Chester on this one... Bed size is a major consideration for me.

I'm spending 8 hours a day laying there - it darn well better be comfortable or I'm not gonna be a happy camper (LITERALLY!).

What I want is a nice honest-to-God queen-size bed (60" wide by 80" long (or so)). Unfortunately, short of the Casita Liberty or one of the 5th wheels (forcing me to buy a truck, which I don't want to do), nobody wants to build a small trailer with a decent-size bed.

You could always try to talk Reace at Escape into building a custom one for ya!!!

Things I'm not so concerned about:
Headroom (it's not like I'm dancing inside the trailer... I'm either sitting or laying.)

Assorted gas/water features (prefer cooking and cleaning outdoors and I'd rather have the additional storage space inside)

Bathroom (well, a privacy room for a pp would be nice, but who needs the hassle of waiting in the poop-dump line on Sunday afternoon. Besides, the campgrounds we go to have perfectly good flushing toilets and roomy showers.)


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