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Old 10-22-2009, 09:59 PM   #15
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Your AWD Subaru and our AWD Hyundai Santa Fe have very similar handling characteristics and only slightly different tow ratings (2250 lbs for us). I bought a new-to-us Surfside trailer in Vancouver Island, spent my first night in it, then towed it to Vancouver Washington in some pretty miserable weather . . . passing multiple wrecks as I headed home . . . with no trailer brakes . . . and no problems.

Pulled like a dream.


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I wouldn't recommend going without trailer brakes, but I felt very safe while pulling the Surfside (very similar to a Trillium 4500) with the Hyundai in bad weather and moderate terrain. (No mountains.)
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Old 10-22-2009, 11:41 PM   #16
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AMY.....I live in the area.....sending you a PM...your welcome to view mine (scamp) which is esenntially a bolar and you can even have your kiddo check out the bunk beds.
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Old 10-23-2009, 12:45 AM   #17
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BEE sure to show her the ever present DISCO-BALL, eh, LOL!!!!
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Old 10-23-2009, 02:35 AM   #18
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AMY.....I live in the area.....sending you a PM...your welcome to view mine (scamp) which is esenntially a bolar and you can even have your kiddo check out the bunk beds.
Amy--- be careful--- I have heard a rumor that there is a squirrel in Brandy's Scamp...... L&C
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Old 10-23-2009, 04:09 PM   #19
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AHAHAH I had forgotten about that.....for those that need to know.....my kid comes running up to me MOM MOM theres a squirell in your trailer....(me) ya ya sure sure....meanders over to trailer *peeks inside* randomly startles a chipmunk that somehow seems to be flinging himself around in my trailer startles me, startles him causes me to scream causes neighbor Larry and Carrie a chuckle,,,rodent makes a break for it.


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Old 10-23-2009, 09:56 PM   #20
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Yes Amy I am psychic. Mainly because anyone smart enough looking for a good fiberglass trailer in the Seattle area MUST live in Ballard (Go Beavers!). I was at the Escape factory today. There were some trailers in the yard that might fit your needs, Give Tammy or Reace a call, 604-703-1650, and inquire about them. Good luck!!

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Old 10-24-2009, 03:30 AM   #21
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Hi. I've only been pulling a fiberglass trailer for a few years. I'm a single female and I do fine. I do get occasional advise and a little assistance from other campers. I purchased a 13 ft. Casita. The size is very nice to pull. I happen to think electric brakes are very important, especially if your pulling with a smaller vehicle. They give you more control when stopping and also when slowing down. My Casita has a toilet, gas burners, sink, electric fridge and microwave. It probably be too small for your family with the toilet, since it takes up much of the front. If I had it too do over I probably would not get one with a toilet. Instead I would use a porta-potty. Just for the extra room. The smaller trailers without the separate bathrooms generally have an extra small table with seats that make into a single bed. Some of them also have a very small overhead bunk. Hope this helps. If you check the camping session on this forum you will see there are lots of campouts. Even in the winter. I suggest you go to a few to see the variety of trailers available to give you a better idea of what you want. Good luck. Happy camping.
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Old 10-31-2009, 11:47 PM   #22
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Hi Amy,

We have a Honey Boler/Subaru Forester combo that we use for camping. While the frame for the Boler has been customized (longer, heavier and taller than the standard frame), the rest of the Boler is pretty unmodified (well, mostly). We live in the area and would be more than happy to show it to you and answer any questions. PM me if interested.

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Old 11-13-2009, 10:48 PM   #23
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We tow a 16' Scamp with our Subaru Outback and have had no problems - ours has electric brakes and it just feels like there is a little more control given that our car isn't much heavier than the trailer. We live in CA and have been up to Tahoe and Yosemite - up some pretty steep grades and have had no difficulties - just slow going! Don't limit yourself - look at different kinds of trailers and keep your eyes on Craig's List and Ebay (we saw ours on both and bought it via Paypal!) One will come up and you'll know it's a good deal when you see it if you've looked at a lot and have narrowed it down. Also, check your car's manual so you know what it can handle - that should help to narrow it down.

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