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Old 06-08-2010, 09:17 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

My husband and I are thinking about full-timing and are pushing the limits of tiny we realize by fantasizing about fiberglass. We really want something that won't leak and will be toasty in cold weather, which is why the molded fiberglass seems best. Tiny is the way we'll go anyway because we don't want to own a full-size pick-up (or any pick-up for that matter) and only have $25,000 to work with. The problem is, most of the fiberglass trailers aren't tall enough for my husband, who is 6'3". The only one that seems like it might work is the Egg Camper in MI. Nobody seems to have any experience with them though, and we live in CA, so it's a long ways to go to look. They never replied to my e-mail either, which is worrisome.
Does anyone on this forum know how the non-molded fiberglass trailers like R-Pod stack up against the Scamps and Casitas? We have many choices of those around here. The R-Pod is probably too small, though cute. The Rockwood Mini ETC has a 6'6" ceiling, a huge bathroom, a murphy bed and a fiberglass roof (and walls). It's $18,000. The Flagstaff Micro Lite XLT seems identical, and for the same price (probably because they are both Forest River). We're drooling over the Galileo and Gulfstream Visa, which are both very light (dry weight under 3000 lbs), longer than the eggs, and apparently eco-friendly (no formaldehyde). They are both in Indiana though, the trailer capitol by the looks of things. I'm not sure how well that would work to buy that far away. What if something breaks? Of course we'd have that problem with the eggs too (MI, TX, or British Columbia).
We are trying to avoid the rubber roofs, which most of the cheaper bigger rigs have.
Any thoughts?
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Old 06-08-2010, 09:38 PM   #2
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Friends of ours who occasionally drop by this forum and have attended fiberglass rallies, sold their 16' Scamp and bought a new R-Pod. They really like the new trailer. They said that it is surprising large. Both those guys are tall too.

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Old 06-08-2010, 10:20 PM   #3
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The only one that seems like it might work is the Egg Camper in MI. [b]Nobody seems to have any experience with them though, and we live in CA, so it's a long ways to go to look. They never replied to my e-mail either, which is worrisome.
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In the upper right tool bar, click on Members.
Then under "Member List" click on "Toggle More Options"
Under "Additional Options" find "RV Type" and enter eggcamper in that field.
Then click on "GO!" in the lower right corner.
You will find that there are 12 members here who own the Eggcamper.
Send a message or an email to these people and ask about their experience.

Eggcamper does post a mailing address and a phone number on the website, in addition to an email address.
Some manufacturers respond better to alternate methods of contact than to email.
While Scamp is a large company with a sales force devoted to just sales, other manufacturers may be smaller, with just the owner of the company taking orders...
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Old 06-08-2010, 11:25 PM   #4
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Lisa, You ask,
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Does anyone on this forum know how the non-molded fiberglass trailers like R-Pod stack up against the Scamps and Casitas?

They don't! They are a totally different type of trailer's.

may I suggest you contact Orlen Wolf, him and his wife own a EggCamper and he is very knowledgeable about them. It's the roomy-est egg I have been in. Beautiful quality. The only thing I didn't care for is the bathroom door situation. But wonder if a real door can be used? Anyway I would highly recommend it! I am 5'9 and slide along our Casita. But the EggCamper no problem. The first time my Dh and I met Orlen and Carolyn we were all in their trailer with room to spare, can't say that in our Casita! Though I love our Casita it's not as big as the EggCamper.



As far as a thought on any of the other trailers you are looking at, I am sorry I can't suggest any as I am the type that looks at them and say's oh pretty but keeps walking........... I will say though, you said your not into buying a truck, I would be very careful with the manufactures stated weight. Most times those weights are before anything is put in the trailer such as fridge, air conditioner, heater, etc................ Get any trailer your looking at weighted and certified. My BIL bought a new stickie last summer, I told him it was toooooo much for his truck to pull. He wouldn't listen! Bought the dammmmm thing anyway, took one trip realized I was right and though he will never say it, I believe he's scared to pull it again with his current truck. So his new trailer sits in my Barn waiting for him to buy a new bigger truck............ Probably not gonna happen this summer due to his wifes health and the state of the economy. The sales person keep telling him it will be fine, your truck can do it! I told the guy he was a jerk! I told him to have it weighted at the dealership, they weighted it, but they never gave my BIL the actual weight and frankly they had the tongue on the next scale so no matter what they were not getting a true weight. I had to leave, between the moron BIL with big dreams and the jerk salesman I thought I would blow a blood vessel! Don't trust them, trust yourself. Have it weighted.

Best of luck executing your new life style. And most of all enjoy it!
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Old 06-09-2010, 08:59 AM   #5
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Thanks for all your kind replies. I'll try writing a letter by snail-mail to Eggcamper and see if I can get a catalog with more detailed specs. Their website is rather sketchy. I'll also try contacting the couple that owns one to ask some questions. I did find a few old threads about the Eggcamper and read them. They do sound great. If the bed if really 84" long, that would be amazing. I've noticed all the queen beds in the other trailers I've been looking at are 74" long. But my hubby is 75" long so I don't know how that would work. I wonder if any of them have room to modify the bed length? He has such big shoulders I'm worried the Eggcamper's bathroom might be too small. Bathroom size is something that can't be changed. The Rockwood has a huge bathroom which would be so nice. I don't know about that 74" bed though.
I won't make any decisions til I have a chance to visit my parents in MI again. They live 2 hours from the Eggcamper factory.
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Old 06-09-2010, 11:29 AM   #6
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Lisa

Have you tried calling Jim Palmer, the owner of EggCamper? The number posted on the EggCamper web site is Jim's cell phone. I've always had good luck contacting him at that number. Before I bought my EggCamper I had several conversations with Jim.

EggCamper is a small company with few employees and no "front office" to speak of. Also, I don't think Jim is very "into" e-mail or the web so a direct call is probably the best option.

I can probably answer most questions you have on the EggCamper if you want to give me a call or an e-mail. (owolf{at}mines.edu or 303.279.1328)

I bought the first kit version, essentially a shell with no appliances or other infrastructure, and built it out the way I wanted it. Last I heard Jim is no longer selling the kit version and is pushing the electric egg, an all electric version with a bracket on the tongue for a small Honda or Yamaha generator.

The bed area is indeed 84" long. I put in a 54 x 80 regular 8" thick mattress. The bed area is 53" wide so the mattress is a bit tight in that dimension but there is plenty of room in length. You can get a mattress through Camping World and other RV outlets that is 53" by 79" but I didn't know that when I bought mine.

The empty weight of my EggCamper when I picked it up at the factory was 1,506 lb. Keep in mind that that was with no appliances and no bathroom installed. I haven't weighed the completed unit but I would guess it is now about 1,950 lb ready to roll. Gross weight is specified at 2,500 lb.

I've towed the EggCamper over 10,000 miles so far with no problems.

I would definitely recommend an in-person visit to the factory to see one before you order if you can swing it. Many questions will be answered just by eyeball contact with a real live EggCamper. Unfortunately I don't know of any EggCampers west of the Denver area at this time. Most of them that I know of ended up on the east coast.

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Old 06-09-2010, 12:04 PM   #7
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Orlen, check you private messages........................ I sent you one a few days ago about Red Feathers.



And Thanks for helping Lisa out, All I can say is I like it! Glad you found her post. I know there are others here, but I don't know them by member name..
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Old 06-09-2010, 02:52 PM   #8
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EggCamper owners on this forum the last time I searched:

Suzanne P
BillPatB
Ron F
artspe
weldon freeman
vi turner
Ray N
Darald & Pat S
Bill Robison
Dennis O

and of course orlen wolf

That's all I know of. Perhaps there are more hiding in the wings.

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Old 06-09-2010, 05:56 PM   #9
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Before I bought my (used) Casita, I compared a number of trailers. I was impressed with the R-Pod although I thought the teardrop shape wasted a lot of interior room. The biggest difference you will find is that the fiberglass trailers are sold direct from the factory and the R-Pod uses a dealer network. R-Pod prices are all over the place for the same trailer so beware if you're buying new.
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Old 06-09-2010, 06:27 PM   #10
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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.
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Old 06-09-2010, 10:18 PM   #11
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Hi all,
Thanks for all your kind help.
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. If that's true, then it's a deal-breaker. His shoulders are wider than the bathroom apparently, from the dimensions that were stated. Maybe I should resolve myself to get a truck after all, and just buy an Escape 5th wheel. I think they are pretty tall, and I like the separate bed for full-timing. Though I don't find the shape as cute.
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Old 06-10-2010, 05:42 AM   #12
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This has turned into less about full-timing and more about differences in the trailer brands. Into Care and Feeding it goes...
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Old 06-10-2010, 01:59 PM   #13
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Lisa,
I would look at buying a used Fiber Stream. They were made in the 70's and 80's in California, so they'd be easier to find for you. We have had ours for about two months and love it. Got lucky and found one in Ohio (we live in Illinois).

My husband is 6'3" and he can stand upright in it. Has to stoop just a little bit in the shower, but then, how much time do you actually spend in the shower? The bed/dinette area makes into either a gigantic, king-size bed, or into two twins that run along the long sides of the camper. They only made one size, and it's 16 ft. long (includes the tongue) and it is self-contained with a bathroom with toilet and shower, kitchen with stove, sink, frig, etc. We are hoping to take extended length trips in it after retirement. (And after we get all the systems up and running and upgraded.)

Be sure to look at the photo gallery pictures of Fiber Streams, and also do a search on this forum, because many of the postings include photos.

Best of luck,
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Great Suggestion Pamela and your right, there seems to be a lot that come up forsale in Calif......... Of course now that we say that they will all be hidden away never to come out of hiding for sale. LOL........
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