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Old 06-18-2011, 11:35 AM   #29
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Smile How we obtained and use Homelet

We had tent camped for years with a Laacke & Joys Wildwood cabin tent:

Laacke & Joys is Milwaukee's oldest and most experienced outdoor store

As you can see by the price, it is a quality tent.

We were camping in it at Fort Worden SP near Port Townsend in September 2008, when I told my wife that I just couldn't do the tent scene any longer. Lo and behold, a fellow pulled into a nearby space with his Ford Ranger pulling a 16' Casita! One look and I was hooked. I had never realized such compact trailers were available. We wanted one that could be pulled by our 2000 Subaru Outback so it had to be under 2000 lbs.

We got on the internet, found FGRV, and Scamp, Casita, and Trillium. Since the Trilliums were made at that time in Sacramento, only 600 miles vs 2000 for Scamp and Casita we decided to go with them. I also liked the way they looked and how they are built. Although we thought of driving to Sacramento, Tom was working with Escape at the time and was able to give us a good deal on a delivery on one of his trips to Chilliwack.

http://trilliumrv.com/

We love our Trillium and have taken one 4000 and one 5000 mile trip with her, for 58 days in the last one, along with numerous trips to FGRV NOGs and with our Good Sam Hitch N Go chapter. On another thread on this site, I figured that in the first 905 days of owning Homelet, we spent 170 days in her.
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Old 06-18-2011, 01:49 PM   #30
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We had tent camped for years with a Laacke & Joys Wildwood cabin tent:

Laacke & Joys is Milwaukee's oldest and most experienced outdoor store

As you can see by the price, it is a quality tent.

We were camping in it at Fort Worden SP near Port Townsend in September 2008, when I told my wife that I just couldn't do the tent scene any longer. Lo and behold, a fellow pulled into a nearby space with his Ford Ranger pulling a 16' Casita! One look and I was hooked. I had never realized such compact trailers were available. We wanted one that could be pulled by our 2000 Subaru Outback so it had to be under 2000 lbs.

We got on the internet, found FGRV, and Scamp, Casita, and Trillium. Since the Trilliums were made at that time in Sacramento, only 600 miles vs 2000 for Scamp and Casita we decided to go with them. I also liked the way they looked and how they are built. Although we thought of driving to Sacramento, Tom was working with Escape at the time and was able to give us a good deal on a delivery on one of his trips to Chilliwack.

trilliumrv.com

We love our Trillium and have taken one 4000 and one 5000 mile trip with her, for 58 days in the last one, along with numerous trips to FGRV NOGs and with our Good Sam Hitch N Go chapter. On another thread on this site, I figured that in the first 905 days of owning Homelet, we spent 170 days in her.
I enjoyed that story Roger!
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Old 06-18-2011, 02:46 PM   #31
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Once the slaves stopped camping with us we decided to go hard sided but wanted something that wouldn't be a burden to pull. Looked at used and decided for the money and the distance we would have to drive went with new in 07 with a 13' Scamp. We graduated to the 5th Wheel Scamp to be able to live in it. So last summer it was Wisconsin, this summer North Dakota.
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Old 06-18-2011, 06:36 PM   #32
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When I was young, my parents took me traveling in a truck camper, then car/motel, then in a 22' motorhome. The MH was a great way to go, but expensive.

In my "family man" years I could not afford an RV and motels get pretty costly, too, so we tented. But I always pined for an RV. A trailer seemed most sensible: not as expensive as a motorhome, not requiring a pickup for truck camper, and easy to change tow vehicles when one wore out.

In 1999, kids about grown and doing their own thing, Sherry and I bought a popup. Affordable, low profile, easy to tow with minivan. But I quickly tired of jams and splinters from the pull-out platforms, cranking up and down in heat or rain, lack of a bathroom, and the sound of canvas in the wind. And Sherry had the willies about bears when in Wyoming... afraid they were going to get her through the canvas. So after one summer we sold it. Finally got a hardside trailer in 2005, now on our 3rd (much smaller) trailer.

Why did I buy the one we now have? Price and layout were the best IMO. And when I climbed into it and sat down, I felt like I belonged in it.
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P.S. Cyndi B, I just noticed that you and I currently have the same number of posts at 538! Funny how that worked out. I'm sure it will change momentarily, but what the hey...
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Old 06-28-2011, 05:22 PM   #33
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I just bought a '79 Ventura. I didn't even know what a Ventura was but found it while searching for a Boler or Trillium (I am familiar with them ). I found that the prices for early Bolers were quite high and compared to The condition and price of the Ventura (I ended up payin $2700) a Boler or Trillium would be little more than a mouldy shell. Now saying that the rather flat features of the Ventura don't really appeal to me and probably after a bit of a fix/ clean up I'll be looking to trade up and now that I've decided to tow with my pick up I'll probably be going the 16'+ route. No buyers remorse as everything works as advertised and we have yet to take it camping. It has the apparently typical for a Ventura spyder cracking in the gel coat, the window Cranks are worn out and the door weather stripping has had the bisquit and white duc tape was thought to be an adequate substitute. The PO admitted he was not the handy sort and his wifes uncle got stuck with most repairs. It is very clean inside too. Interestingly enough it does not have the typical 70s woodpaneling it appears to be more modern type panels with wall paper type covering or perhaps someone papered over the wood pannel. If they did they did a fantastic job because it looks factory and extends down under the benches and into the storage compartments. It is well equiped and came with 2 propane tanks, batery and awning and poles. All in all its a good little unit I'm just a little flakey and tend to buy and sell and horse trade stuff all the time.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:21 AM   #34
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I used to go to Fiddlers' Conventions as well as shooting competitions of the American Single Shot Rifle Association and the North-South Skirmish Association and over the years camped out in my various vans, a Suburban, and my little Blazer S. None of this was all that convenient because of the equipment I needed to have with me for the events. When I joined N-SSA, a friend gave me what was left of an old aluminum camper that had been handed down through the unit for years... camper=good, old aluminum=bad! I had been thinking about a FGRV for a while, and this decided it for me, especially when the Al unit began to fall apart after this past Winter!

I talked to a man who restores Airstreams for a living and he said he bought a 13' Burro for his daughter because she didn't want to take care of a 'stream and to him the combination of size, construction style and features made the Burro the most appealing FGRV. I had been leaning that way already, so I put on a big push and found one in the Chicago area, which was OK, except that I'm in Central VA. Since I'm retired, I was able to drive to Chi-town and check it out, then haul it home behind my Chevy Astro. The PO had done a frame-off and had just gotten to the rewiring and decorating stage when he got transferred, so I got it at the perfect time for me... all the heavy lifting done, but I get to finish it to suit myself! I used it for the first time last weekend and even with jury-rigged wiring and no water or stove it did great. I'm well pleased with my choice.

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Old 06-30-2011, 12:38 PM   #35
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Motorcycles and tents were getting to our hips and the older we get the more of a fair weather camper we've become. Saw a Scamp one day and actually looked at a 13 Scamp w/o bath and decided that was too small. Sold the motorcycle and had just enough to buy used Scamp. By that time we had Scamp literature and thought the 16 SD would be great. Went 5000 miles around the western US and decided the rear bed was not wide enough for us. Found out the 17 Casita's bed is 10" wider. (didn't realize the deluxe Scamp was wider too then) Sold the Scamp for more than we bought it for and found a slightly used Casita but had to drive 1000 miles to get it. Overall, we feel the Casita is nicer and the bed is definitely better but fond memories of the Scamp remain. It was lighter but little things like caulk at the bellband and cabinet latches that I had to rubber band down. I miss the sink window but enjoy my current outside storage door. The Scamp's door gave more headroom but it seemed to be loosing it's shape and may have been a problem before too long. The overhead cabinets are definitely smaller in the Casita due to the outside shape but it has a rear large cabinet (which I believe you can get with a Scamp). Never did understand why Casita's roof isn't round like others. The A/C is over the bed now which makes sense and not have to go around it in the center. we love to travel and see what we can see and this is perfect. It goes where ever our truck can go. If I wanted to sit at a beach or whatever for a length of time, I'm sure there are others that are bigger for the same money.
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Old 06-30-2011, 02:54 PM   #36
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We went from a tent (about 25 years separate and together) to a Casita FD when we got tired of cooking, eating, living in the rain. Kept that for 5 years and loved every minute we were in it. But the grandchildren are now old enough to visit and there is no way that trailer sleeps four. So we sold Cassie last fall and ordered an Escape 5 after looking at one. Picked it up at the factory Monday and are breaking it in as we visit BC and head home.

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Old 06-30-2011, 10:02 PM   #37
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For us the purchase was due to my Dh's illness and my willingness to keep him camping and fishing. But my hesitation to maintaining our 35ft Class A. So we sold the Class A and the first camping trip without it (sleep in the camper shell) was a horrible experience. My main issue with the Class A was dealing with the motor and the roof. So I figured a small bumper pull would do the trick. Only requirement was a bed, bath, air conditioning and fridge. Other than that I didn't care.

Then after looking at some of the small bumper pulls and not caring for the quality and the weight! Wow some of the stickies are heavy! I google searched Light weight bumper pull travel trailers. Well I found this site. Totally got hooked for first few days of exploring this site.

Much to my dismay I found my favorites like, Willerby and most other old ones are near impossible to find much less purchase. So I needed to find a currently produced trailer. At the time I called Casita they had a backlog of 8 months, Oliver was 6 or so months out and Scamp was something like 3 or 4 months, Trillium at the time didn't come with bathrooms, Escape was in Canada. (That is a whole camping season and in my world a whole life time of memories) So used market was where I searched next. Frankly I would have bought any brand as long as it was a newer trailer.

But then I got frazzled (I bought old Casita in need of a lot of TLC) because used egg/glass sales at the time were crazy. They were being sold within minutes of being posted on craiglist. But the glass gods shined on me one day. Despite my purchase of the 85 Casita I was still addicted to the search....... And one morning I found a year old Casita listed in Vegas. I called (I was the first) and everything came together (Glass Gods) and I bought it site unseen! It was a Freedom Dlx, not my favorite model! But it was only a year old and in great shape and the price was right!



Funny thing is, at the time I posted 5 or 6 referrals a day of egg/glass that I found for sale. I didn't post that one and prayed that no one found it till I could get there to pick it up. I couldn't head out for a few days so I was on pins and needles.

Thankfully GregA was on vacation with his family ( he use to post to the referral forum before starting his own referral website he was always posting them as I was trying to buy them. So then everyone was trying to buy them). So I knew I had some time before it showed up in the referral forum. I made it to Vegas and actually got home to Colorado with it day Greg posted it!!!!!! LOL.......... I was able to post, SOLD< TO ME!
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Old 08-11-2014, 04:30 PM   #38
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We just bought our first RV yesterday, an ancient (1981) Burro. We bought it because we have been looking for months for ANY 13-footer that was within a day's drive that we could actually even LOOK at before it was sold and gone. We live in the middle of nowhere, obviously. So, we finally got our chance to get inside one, and it was way bigger than we thought it would be, so we brought the lil guy home. It's in rough shape, but I have two months before we have a week-long annual camping trip, and I AM STOKED! I'm just glad to finally have a chance to camp in an RV instead of a tent in cold, possibly snowy, bear & cougar territory. WHAT a relief! BUT, I still have a lot of work to do....
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Old 08-11-2014, 05:13 PM   #39
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...I'm just glad to finally have a chance to camp in an RV instead of a tent in cold, possibly snowy, bear & cougar territory. WHAT a relief! ....
I hate to break it to you, when it comes to bears the FG egg is pretty much like a regular egg. Little bit of crunchy shell but the soft stuff inside is still good to eat once you peel the shell off.

I think cougars just avoid campers as rule. Been in bear country never been bothered but then camp is clean, no food scraps or trash to draw animals. Raccoons are a whole different story they freeking haunt campgrounds and are persistent buggers!

Really is more comfortable than a tent, especially setting up and breaking camp in inclement weather. Being in a snug little cocoon in bad weather is nice.
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HA! Roger, No doubt about it, man vs bear, bear probably wins, most likely. I guess it's mostly psychological...something about something more fibrous than mosquito netting between me and wherever a bear "might"... "possibly" appear.
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An egg might not offer enough protection but in Denali only hard sided campers were permitted on our trip.
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Old 08-11-2014, 08:09 PM   #42
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Path was backpacking->tent camping-> pickup camper -> bigger pickup camper -> Casita 17 -> Escape 21 due the end of this month. Needed to find a no-crawlover permanent bed setup where I could elevate the head 4-5 inches for wifeys GIRD issues.

Escape is built 6 hours away - visited the factory, and dug into design and construction details (retired engineer.) Definitely fit my needs with less weight than similar FG trailers and customizing details was absolutely simple with those folks!

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