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Old 01-13-2019, 11:40 AM   #1
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Handicap modifications?

I am new to this group, but have learned much by reading many threads. We are seasoned tenters, having camped across the continent a few times. But a spinal injury rules out getting into a tent for my wife. She must use a walker or have access to hand rails on both sides, including on the entry door. We itch to get back on the road. So I am considering a FGRV between 13 to 17 feet. At least a cassette toilet and a small double bed are necessary. We must obtain a TV which is likely to be a Highlander, Pilot, or Traverse which give better access for my wife than a pickup does. Anybody out there with such issues? Any suggestions about a particular FG trailer being more suitable for modification? In particular, I wonder if rear entry, like the Lil Snoozy is preferable? I am handy and capable of doing many modifications, but I don't want to rebuild an older unit.
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Old 01-13-2019, 05:27 PM   #2
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I am new to this group, but have learned much by reading many threads. We are seasoned tenters, having camped across the continent a few times. But a spinal injury rules out getting into a tent for my wife. She must use a walker or have access to hand rails on both sides, including on the entry door. We itch to get back on the road. So I am considering a FGRV between 13 to 17 feet. At least a cassette toilet and a small double bed are necessary. We must obtain a TV which is likely to be a Highlander, Pilot, or Traverse which give better access for my wife than a pickup does. Anybody out there with such issues? Any suggestions about a particular FG trailer being more suitable for modification? In particular, I wonder if rear entry, like the Lil Snoozy is preferable? I am handy and capable of doing many modifications, but I don't want to rebuild an older unit.
If you can find a Burro "Wide Body", it has an extra wide entry door. It came in a 14ft and a 17ft. The bathroom is especially accessible as well and has no step over threshold.
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Old 01-13-2019, 09:37 PM   #3
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I am new to this group, but have learned much by reading many threads. We are seasoned tenters, having camped across the continent a few times. But a spinal injury rules out getting into a tent for my wife. She must use a walker or have access to hand rails on both sides, including on the entry door. We itch to get back on the road. So I am considering a FGRV between 13 to 17 feet. At least a cassette toilet and a small double bed are necessary. We must obtain a TV which is likely to be a Highlander, Pilot, or Traverse which give better access for my wife than a pickup does. Anybody out there with such issues? Any suggestions about a particular FG trailer being more suitable for modification? In particular, I wonder if rear entry, like the Lil Snoozy is preferable? I am handy and capable of doing many modifications, but I don't want to rebuild an older unit.


lil Snoozy has an extra wide rear door. Downside is unless you can find a used one the factory is more than a year out.
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A little outside of the box but might meet your needs.

You said you are handy and perhaps you could find a nice 12' to 14' cargo trailer with the rear ramp door, some are made with a camper style side door and windows can be added. you could create a platform for a bed with plenty of storage underneath, and a curtained area for a toilet. It would be kind of basic but may get you on the road and you would have a fresh slate to work with to meet your wife's needs. You could adjust and create as you go. I thought about a toy hauler but most are much larger than what you could pull with the vehicles you are considering.
Try googling stealth camping you will find a lot of creative ideas for cargo trailers and van living.
There are some stair systems that fold inside the door when moving and I think I saw one had hand rails for both sides rather than attached to the trailer might be another option.
If you were to find a camper that was damaged for cheap you might find all the parts you would need to outfit a cargo trailer or rebuild it to suit.

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Anything is possible given enough time, skill and money. I saw this Trillium at the 50th Boler event this past summer. The owner modified the rear so he could load his Harley in the trailer. Beefed up the frame too. But it works for him!
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I would look at one if the rear door trailers: Lil Snoozy, Airstream Nest, Hunter, and Campster. There are others. The Nest is big $$, Snoozy is next. The others would fit into more budgets. Double check the door width on the Hunter and Campster. Those might be too narrow.

Most side entry FG trailers have relatively narrow doors and then you have to make a quick turn. The rear entry trailers are straight in and straight out.

Trillium has a Sportsman model or something like that with a large rear entry. They are extremely scarce. I’ve never seen one in person.

I’d put a thread and ask for someone in your general area with a Hunter Compact you could tour. Not to buy, but instead just to decide whether it works for you. Hunters are cool trailers IMHO and relatively easy to modify.

If you don’t want an older project, you might just go ahead and order a Snoozy. 40% down up front and be prepared to wait 16 months or more. Several have posted that Snoozy did not deliver within their quoted time frame.
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