Camping with older travel trailers - Fiberglass RV

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Old 04-03-2006, 12:27 PM   #1
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When you arrive at a campsite what kind of reception do you receive? I have a 1984 Fiber Stream that is a little beat up but I am in the process of getting fixed up. I guess I am a little intimidated pulling this in to a campsite surrounded by these huge rv's and travel trailers that cost a considerate amount of money. Do you have any problems or am I worried over nothing. Any experiences you could share would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 04-03-2006, 12:38 PM   #2
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We have encountered very few other campers so far with our quarter-century-old Boler, so I can't help there; however, we did rent a beat-up (but fully serviceable and reasonably clean) 1970's vintage tent trailer for a week. I was a tiny 7-foot box model. No other camper expressed any concern with the appearance or nature of our trailer, but I'll admit that was still a pretty small sample.

I would be very pleased to see a Fiber Stream at a campground, because I might get a chance to meet some nice people and learn some more about the trailer.

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Old 04-03-2006, 12:46 PM   #3
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We've never had a problem. In many cases, friendly folks from the hulks and behemoths come around and ask for the Grand (2.5 second) Tour of our 20 year old UHaul. Most RV people are intrigued by our little eggs, and want to know more about them. After so many questions ("Is that an Airstream?" "Do you really sleep in there?" "Does it have a bathroom?" and "Is this a Scamp?") we even made up a sign to hang on the campsite post:

In these times of costly gasoline, you'll get a lot of questions about mileage and towing costs, and your visitors will probably feel more envy than disdain. We're proud of our fiberglass egg and enjoy showing it off!
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Old 04-03-2006, 12:54 PM   #4
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I've always felt a little smug and superior when around those guzzling whales. I think "Didn't they leave anythig at home?" Lots of times I never see them outside enjoying the outdoors. Must be at the T.V. or worse-video games.
If your rig is a "work in progress" there's no reason you have to wait until its all finished- use it!
I really enjoy travelling in my Scamp without spending a lot of money. I do have a hard time staying in one place more than one night because its all new around the next curve.
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Old 04-03-2006, 01:05 PM   #5
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When we had the Boler - we fielded questions and guests CONSTANTLY when camping. There were a couple of negative comments (both from males) of the "well, at least it's paid for" ilk. Those were vastly outnumbered by positive comments (women *ALWAYS* declared it to be "cute!") largely commenting on it's looks, efficiency, ease of handling etc.

I'm sure many on the list have been to the RV shows. One beast is pretty much the same as the next. They're built similarly, have the same profile, similar floorplans and are built using the same darn components. Swap the nametags on them and only a real expert would likely notice.

A few trailers (Eggs, A-frames, teardrops, vintage canned-hams, Airstreams etc) stand out from the crowd and, as such, draw attention.

There are a FEW RV parks which only permit trailers of a certain size, or only so old etc (Never encountered on myself, but they've been reported here). Honestly doesn't sound like anyplace I'd even want to be.

In the 'normal' locations (National or State parks and such) I'd only worry about it if you are obsessed about privacy and are an extremely unfriendly person - because you WILL have people coming up to ask you about it!

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Old 04-03-2006, 06:14 PM   #6
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[b]When you arrive at a campsite what kind of reception do you receive? I have a 1984 Fiber Stream that is a little beat up but I am in the process of getting fixed up. I guess I am a little intimidated pulling this in to a campsite surrounded by these huge rv's and travel trailers that cost a considerate amount of money. Do you have any problems or [b]am I worried over nothing. Any experiences you could share would be greatly appreciated.
From the context of your query, I would assert that you are worried over nothing. The vast majority of folks are into their own camping experience, whatever they are using. The tripple-slide $Bulgemobile$ crowd are too pre-occupied. The pop-up tent trailerites are too busy. If you work the "Airstream"-"Fiber Stream" similarity angle, you will be a campsite celebrity. Play up the "Vintage" panache, there is great interest in what you have. The styling of the Fiber Stream suggests a '50s retro look... go with it.

The only thing I would worry about initially is cleanliness. Does it look tidy? Is anything hanging askew? If it looks intact, clean, and neat, then you're home free!
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Old 04-03-2006, 08:10 PM   #7
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If you look like Jedd Clampett and Granny when you camp, you may have some issues. If your campsite is neat and clean, you'll have more visitors than you know what to do with. While camped in the municipal campground in Spencer, IA last spring with my Scamp, I came home three times to find strangers just walking around the trailer. It was a little unnerving initially, but they just really generate a lot of interest.

You'll be fine. Enjoy yourself!

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Old 04-03-2006, 09:27 PM   #8
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The only ("negitive,") comment I ever got with the Scamp was, "Gee I don't think they have a big enough site for your rig." LOL

I just responded, "It's small, but it beats a motel room, and I could spend my life in a motel, for what you must have paid for you RV!" That shuts them up for a while!
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Old 04-03-2006, 09:52 PM   #9
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I have never had a negative comment on mine from anyone. I get the buldgie guys coming over to have a peak, and the regualr stickies guys too. I am asked if it's for sale quite a bit, in parks, and by knocks on my door at home.

I don't get much traffic from tent trailer campers.. they are jealous LOL!

Tent campers even like it!

I stay out of the "snooty" parks, so I guess I have been lucky with the nose sticker uppers.
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Old 04-03-2006, 10:24 PM   #10
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Last year I went to Ft. Warden, in northern Washington, in my little 1977 Scamp. The outside still needs lots of work to get it 'spiffy'. I was parked next to a site with a bulgemobile...they had a wide-screen TV inside at least as big as my Scamp

I gave at least a half-dozen trailer one, but no one, went over to that bulgemobile.....and we never even saw them outside, except to disconnect the power/water to leave.... A couple of months later I was at Lake Billy Chinook. A couple there said..."YOU were at Ft. Warden!!! " They remembered my little Scamp...

So, why waste your time worrying about what 'others' might think? Just go and enjoy. Life is too short....
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Old 04-04-2006, 05:26 AM   #11
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Just a small sampling of the numerous comments:

Man: I've seen a lot of trailers in my life, but that's got to be the cutest thing that I've ever seen.

Woman (camp ground host): Of course, I have a forty footer, but I'm wanting to take a trip through Canada and this is exactly what I need. If you want to sell, give me a call.

Three Harley Riders at Gas station were so entralled that I had to give a tour.

Man: This is so efficient. It has everything.

husband and wife team: Wife: Hey, I need one of these. If I had this, I could go by myself.

People in general: It's so much bigger on the inside than it is on the outside!

The only problem that I have is the delays I have encountered because of "tours." You'd think it wouldn't take very long, but they are so fascinated with it that they just keep looking and looking and looking. I wish they'd approach me before I was getting ready to leave. I have learned to be amused by the different approaches people use to get an invitation to come inside.

I'm sure you're going to run into those that will turn their nose up, but I really haven't had a problem with that yet as I'm not much of a 'resort' camper anyway. I do know (as been mentioned) there are a few that limit visitors to the size and/or age.

As long as it's fixed enough to camp in, then go out and camp. You'll get to the other stuff when you can't go camping.
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Old 04-04-2006, 09:00 AM   #12
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Seems like everytime I went camping in my 1991 13ft i was always giving tours. They would oooo and awwww then always ask if it was for sale.. I always said "no' i would tell them about Scamp and where to look to get one. Local friends here did end up buying a new one last yr and they are thrilled to dealth with it. They opt to have the bare basics, but were out about every other weekend in it last yr...
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Old 04-04-2006, 12:07 PM   #13
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The first time we took our '82 13-foot Scamp out, someone wanted to buy it from us! We have had visits from people with A-Liners, pop-ups and small Airstreams. They seem impressed by how much we actually have in our little Eggbert.

We have never camped in a privately owned campground so I have no idea what kind of reaction we would find there, but in the state parks & municipal parks where we've camped, we have had nothing but positive comments.

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Old 04-04-2006, 02:31 PM   #14
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When we had our Boler we rarely stopped anywhere, rest stop, gas station, or, campground that we didn't have someone wanting a tour through our "cute little rig." On one ocassion the wife was using the facilities at a rest stop and a woman approached her tentatively asking if she could look inside. She could not imagine what we could do inside such a tiny outfit. Well as the fates would have it I was frying bacon and making us an omelette when she came inside. Her Jaw dropped when she saw the tiny dinette all ready for breakfast - and then she spied the full-sized bed all made up. Then, little by little she noticed the sink, the stove the fridge, the closet ... most of you know the drill. The smell of frying bacon does things for a homey effect. She fairly flew out there to get her husband. He dug in his heels and would not set foot inside. I would love to have been a fly on the windscreen in their car when they drove off. LOL

Note - this was a very early modification and we were still using folding chairs then.
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