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Old 06-10-2010, 05:43 PM   #15
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I just read on Art's old posts that the shower in the Egg is less than 6' tall. That would mean my hubby would have to stoop. [b]If that's true, then it's a deal-breaker.
The shower in a 2nd or 3rd generation Fiber Stream (1978-1986) is only 5'10" tall due to the shower pan being 6" higher than the floor. This was done to enclose the drain trap above floor level. The 1st generation Fiber Streams (1975-1977) put the shower pan at floor level (6'4" tall) and hung the drain trap below floor level, but crowds the toilet inside the shower space making a smaller wet bath. The 2nd and 3rd generations separated the shower and toilet into their own spaces next to each other.

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Old 06-10-2010, 09:21 PM   #16
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I'm preaching with the molded fiberglass choir here, but check out the R-Pod used prices then compare the same year of a molded trailer and see what they're selling for used. If you're looking for "best value" that alone should help.

Right now if you can find a used R-Pod they typically sell for more than the price you can get one for new from the big dealer in Ohio. They have not been available very long, so it is too early to tell about resale, I would say.

I am interested in this post as I am currently looking at both types of campers as well.

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Old 06-11-2010, 12:59 AM   #17
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A few thoughts on this thread:

I would say that the biggest disadvantage of any other type, this includes R-Pod, T(at)B, etc is that they are stick built, that is, they have many feet of SEAMS. Through the movement of trailing, these seams will eventually open up and leak. Some stickie mfgrs tout that their trailers are made of fiberglass, but this is in the form of panels which have to be assembled and seamed.

Molded fiberglass is one piece with no, or at least minimal, seams.

That being said, some FG brands will, unaccountably, put holes in the shell to attach interior features. The best ones have very few holes through the shell. Every hole is a potential leak. Of course, I live in the Pacific Northwet and am very conscious of leaks. Plus, bolts through the shell conduct cold to the interior and will cause condensation.

Maybe, if you contact the mfgr, they could customize one for you with a taller interior. After all, Americans are getting taller. But then again, how much will you really stand in your trailer? I go inside and sit down. I am just under 6' and do have room to stand in my Trill. The only time I stand is when cooking or doing dishes.

If you really are into having headroom to stand, you may look at the a frames like Chalet or A-Line. They can have 8 feet or more of headroom, (in the middle).
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Old 06-11-2010, 07:07 AM   #18
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We rented a R-Pod 2 yrs ago from a dealer in Tn. We had it a week and went 1500 miles in our explorer. After the trip we purchased a used 13' scamp. Several reasons, but mostly the design of the r-Pod really was a drag and the gas milage of the explorer was terrible. the one we rented did have a bath and bunks in the front, it was made nicely but we are short and the poor gas milage and it trailer'd hard, we decided for the scamp. I will say the awning and screen room option was really cool. I will be looking into if that option will fit onto my scamp, bit pricey though acourding to sales person 600$ american. Another nice feature was the access doors in the back and the rear bumper jack system. Can not duplicate jack system for scamp, too low, but I did add access doors to our scamp, works great, considering another where I removed the water tank.
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Old 06-11-2010, 04:30 PM   #19
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Hi all,
Did more research, and I agree with Roger that I need to be careful of 'stickies' even if they have fiberglass sides and roof. I kept thinking before that if I avoided the rubber roofs I'd be OK. But I see now there's also the issue of seams. I read a bit on the R-Pod forum, and some people have had issues already with them (leaking and other things). And they haven't even been available that long. Then I read on the T[at]B forums. Those have been available since 04, and also have a more solid roof, not rubber (I think those are all aluminum, not sure). People have had an absolute ton of problems with those. I haven't been thinking of T[at]Bs since they are too short, but I know they are constructed in a similar manner to the R-Pod. This is all upsetting to me because of that awesome floorplan in the Rockwood ETC, with the big huge bathroom and murphy bed. I'm not going to make a decision based on floorplans though, like so many do. We want a unit that will last 20 or 30 years with minimal upkeep, if such a thing is even possible. The eco-friendly trailer we liked, the Gulfstream Visa, has only been available a few months. I only found a few reviews of those but was shocked that some were already negative. How can something break on your first camping trip? No way can we full-time in something that shoddy.
Our first fantasy was to buy a 'tiny-house' (little cabin built on an 8' x 18' flatbed trailer). We are huge fans of Jay Shafer (Tumbleweed Tiny House co) and live nearby him. He was on Oprah not that long ago. Those are so cute and would last a lifetime. But we started running into problems of where to place it. Park Models are frowned upon around here. Our local campground said they wouldn't take it even if we had rv tanks put in (it would certainly fit into an rv spot). We couldn't travel much in it anyway, they are quite heavy with all that solid wood. A couple weeks ago we decided to make a big switch from tiny-house to rv. That way when we reach retirement age in 10 years (65) we can travel a lot. Meanwhile while we are still working, we can pick our favorite nearby campground and stay put for awhile. Full-timing in one spot I guess.
That's our story, sorry to be so long-winded.
Pamela, those Fiberstreams look cute, in a funky kind of way. But we are worried about buying used. Someone could sell us a lemon. And if we buy new, won't we more easily get our 20 or 30 years out of it?
I've started posting on the Escape forums. Those are too expensive, but look longer than the Egg Campers. I can't tell how long the Eggs really are, but I think the 17' is including the hitch. Living space may only be 15' or less.
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Old 06-11-2010, 04:37 PM   #20
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Right, Lisa. Any new trailer will include the tow bar/hitch in its stated length. The box will always be a couple feet shorter.

If you haven't already looked at it, this topic on Inside Heights by Trailer Brand might be helpful.
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Old 06-11-2010, 07:03 PM   #21
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We looked at R-Pods and really liked the design and amenities. The on-line price was competitive also. My main concern was the roof seams, I view that as a huge future leak potential. We also looked at Tab's and A-Liners, but decided that Molded Lightweight Fiberglass was the way to go for us! We bought our used tab just a couple of months ago and don't have any regrets.

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Old 06-11-2010, 07:12 PM   #22
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I just looked at the Chalet website and it appears they have a larger one now. We saw a little one years ago and it was too small for sure.
Does anyone here know how these units are? Or know someone who owns one? Are they better than the usual stick-built?
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Old 06-11-2010, 07:36 PM   #23
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I just looked at the Chalet website and it appears they have a larger one now. We saw a little one years ago and it was too small for sure.
Does anyone here know how these units are? Or know someone who owns one? Are they better than the usual stick-built?
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Old 06-12-2010, 07:26 AM   #24
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Lisa J,

It appears that you are doing all the right things (comparing and studying all the different options). I went thru the same thing (took me two years). You will compare all the +'s and -'s of the different models and have a good idea of what will work for you. But once you make up your mind you should check a few, in person, that you are interested in. We had looked at a few that we thought would work for us (UNTIL WE ACTUALLY SAW THEM IN PERSON) and when we saw the EggCamper on the outside we both thought NO WAY (too small), but after sitting inside it just felt huge and right for us. We have had it over two years and have no regrets. So my advise is that after you get all the info, check a few in person. Then you'll know for sure which is right for you.

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Old 06-12-2010, 01:39 PM   #25
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Hi Lisa,

Here's a different idea: If you are thinking about retiring and full-timing in ten years, but want to go camping (some) now, what about buying an older, used fiberglass egg just to try out for awhile? If you choose wisely, and price accordingly, they are not overly difficult to buy and sell.

By actually using one, you will have the fun of camping, and also you will be able to form your own judgements on what is important and what is not important to you. For example, you might find that a smaller egg with a huge screen tent is a good way to go. Or not. But you will know what you like.

And, in the next ten years, a new or improved design might come out that you like even more. Also, you won't have to buy/maintain a truck for the next ten years either.

Just some thoughts

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Old 06-12-2010, 02:23 PM   #26
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Does anyone here know how these units are? Or know someone who owns one? Are they better than the usual stick-built?
Lisa, I have a 2007 Aliner. I love the interior height and the ease of towing. But the frame is a stick frame and I have had several major problems with it. I also had to repair a rotting floor from a faulty water heater which had a slow leak. And I had to have a bent frame straightened and reinforced. Also, the windows are not glass, and my rear skylight has several cracks. I have read that the Lexan skylights have about a 7 year life span, so I will have to replace them all eventually. The Chalets do have glass windows, but you would still have to replace the skylights eventually, too, I believe.

The plastic windows fog over from slight scratches and weathering and have to be polished with a good plastic polish a couple of times a year.

I really want an egg someday because of the quality and the long life I would expect from one.

Hope this helps.
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Old 06-12-2010, 03:47 PM   #27
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Keeping in mind that it's also possible to get a lemon when you buy new, if you're that worried about it, buy the EggCamper. It's the only one I know of that is currently being made that will be tall enough inside. This refers to the older style molded fiberglass type, of course, I'm not really familiar with the Escape and the Big Foots; way, WAY out of our price range so I didn't even look. Olivers are being made new these days, but they are really pricey, too, and I'm not sure how tall they are inside.

Just keep looking and comparing. Try to actually get yourselves inside some of the different models, and see how cramped or short they actually feel. You might be surprised at how spacious some of them really are.

Good luck on the hunt; don't give up. It took us nearly two years to find what we wanted at a price we could afford. Well worth the wait.

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Hi again All,
Thank you again for all the input. Especially about the A-Liner. We looked at RVs today and the only one we liked at all was the bigger Chalet. But I read some horror stories online last night about them, so we would never go there. The tall ceiling is something my husband really liked, and all the light. The Rockwood Minis he just thought were too small, the ceilings too low, and crouching in the shower doesn't sound like a good idea to him. We both thought they seemed very cheaply made, the chemical smell was bad. The ceilings were 6'6" in them. So I'm not sure he'll like any of the eggs. We may have to go back to our original idea of a tiny-house (cabin-on-wheels). I wrote to Escape trailers in Canada, to see if there are any owners down here that could show us their trailers. We don't want to drive up to British Columbia unless we are buying one. The fifth wheel has tall ceilings on one side, but only 6' on the other. I may still try to go to the Egg Camper factory next time I visit my parents. I don't think we'll be looking at any other stick-builts at this point. Today was disappointing. We mostly saw different Forest River products.

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