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Old 01-27-2014, 02:02 PM   #71
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On second thought, that may look like the Oscar Meyer Wienie
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Old 01-27-2014, 02:13 PM   #72
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I'd have to go with one that had a dealer most willing to work with my needs for a SOLO rig. I would NOT want a queen bed taking up a lot of space. I want a full time bed that fit ME. I'd want as much kitchen space as possible. Storage, Stretched frame to hold a rear platform and plenty of room on the front of the frame (enough room in front for a small motorcycle rack). Snaps around the bottom for a full skirt (assume some cold weather spots). Fully protected plumbing, awning that could handle some wind, one decent chair for reading. I'd want it big enough to fit me but not so big it encumbered me. I'd have it up on a frame tall enough to handle 16" wheels and 225/75/16 E rated all terrain tires. Prefer a torsion axle that give me as much clearance as possible. A good solar system with at least twoo batteries and maybe 4 if I was planning on a lot of boondocking. At least 40 gallon water tank and the biggest black tank that could fit the extended frame.. Frame beefy enough for semi serious off road duty. Tandem axles would work but I think I'd try for the strongest single axle system I could get.
As I said before, I'm perfectly happy with my Trillium, which is plenty big/versatile for our camping uses, often including the Grandchildren and whoever else wants to tag along.

BUT

Your post (especially where highlighted) reminded me of some idle thoughts I've had about an even "smaller" version of my existing setup, tailored specifically for my own selfish strictly-solo-camping trips.

I'm much attached to my tow vehicle- a first-gen Kia Sportage- and wouldn't want anything that would require me to move to a pickup. Trouble is, I also have a little Kawasaki 100 dual-sport motorcycle that I'd love to be able to bring along. Not possible with my present setup, and there's no room for expansion of the frame length in either direction. This especially given the constraints imposed by existing clearance, not to mention weight limits

Here's my fantasy setup for that solocamping purpose: A Trillium 1300 on a 4500 frame! (Or comparable).

All I need for "living space" could easily fit into the smallest trailer shell out there, and in my fantasy that would leave the rest of the frame with room/weight capacity available for the bike. Haven't gone very far with this fantasy- I know axle placement might be problematic given balance/wheel well considerations...

Which brings me to the second highlight above:
I've never really had any trouble with ground clearance- my rig is so narrow I usually deal with "high hump" FS roads by riding the shoulder/hump. But this is not a good approach for someone that may care about the "Sierra Pinstripes" that are the inevitable result of drivin' halfway in the bushes.

So if I was designing something with the best possible ground clearance, I'd put the Timbren axleless suspension on and get rid of the center shaft all together. Timbren link

As I said, this is strictly idle fantasizing...but now that I finally found the perfect boat for atop the Kia, it sure would be cool to complete-the-solo-camp with my on/off road motorcycle!
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Old 01-27-2014, 02:17 PM   #73
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Two bedrooms and two baths - larger than my condo!
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Old 01-27-2014, 03:53 PM   #74
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Generally speaking a dual axle trailer is going to tow better than a single. Based on your criteria I'd be looking for a dual axle Bigfoot or equivalent. The Oliver's sit high on the axles. Not sure how well they tow.
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Old 01-27-2014, 04:13 PM   #75
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If money was no object, I think I would move up to the new quad Escape 32' coming out in 2015.

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Old 01-27-2014, 04:16 PM   #76
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Now there is my tempting stretch limo trailer............
But I'd have to see the floor plan.
I could have my bed/bath and nice office.
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Old 01-27-2014, 04:24 PM   #77
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If money was no object, I think I would move up to the new quad Escape 32' coming out in 2015.
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:31 PM   #78
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I would go for a Scamp 16 with good ground clearance, decent solar, AC and fantastic fan, full time mattress that was "just right" firmness. Side dinette would be nice with that. Bathroom is a depends on if Cheryl is standing close enough to hear when I make the wish Yes bath and shower. That would cover long stays in rustic locations with as much comfort as one could ask for.

As a second camper a Scamp 13 with a front dinette mod for short weekend trips. Oh wait I have a Scamp 13 and wasn't a front dinette on my tentative to-do list? Yes it was! Under the heading of "If I ever get ambitious".

The 13 ft. Scamp custom built for a rock climber was pretty cool, I could suffer with that one with Nooo trouble at all.

The 16 ft. with it's little more storage, little more floor space, little more kitchen, all in a package small enough to tow easy would be my winner, who wants to maintain multiple campers? Well besides those members that can't resist buying them to fix up if they mow the yard and find a vacant spot to put one.
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Old 01-27-2014, 06:44 PM   #79
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The 16 ft. with it's little more storage, little more floor space, little more kitchen,
Sorry to burst your dream bubble but if you go with the Scamp 16' side dinette you actually end up with less kitchen - maybe even less than your 13'!!! Which is exactly why my dream list includes an Escape with a better layout - dinette up front and not taking away from the kitchen area.
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I'd like a fifth wheel sort of, because I like the steps up to the bed, but really anything 15-17 feet would be nice. Or a fiberglass motorhome in pristine condition.
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So long as we are dreaming big here

a fiberglass motorhome in pristine condition. oh and a small(13 ft) fiberglass for my driver to use.

If I'm going to dream big I guess I have to have a driver so DH and I can just enjoy the ride and the camping.
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Old 01-27-2014, 08:34 PM   #82
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If money was no object, I think I would move up to the new quad Escape 32' coming out in 2015.

Anyone want a practically new 21'?, I like that 32' model…..on second thought, reminds me of a caterpillar…..
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Sorry to burst your dream bubble but if you go with the Scamp 16' side dinette you actually end up with less kitchen - maybe even less than your 13'!!! Which is exactly why my dream list includes an Escape with a better layout - dinette up front and not taking away from the kitchen area.
I was thinking of the floor plan 3 which I guess is not the side dinette but does have the little side table going toward the couch off the kitchen.

Or the deluxe A with the front dinette, or deluxe B floor plans. We don't need more kitchen counter as much as we need a table and kitchen storage. Really the deluxe A looks the ticket for us.

We generally cook outdoors but would really not mind a food prep table indoors. As long as I can perk coffee inside in case the weather is god awful I'm good.

The older 13's really only have the cabinets over the sink and stove, no drawers and the furnace is under the sink which pretty much takes up that whole cupboard. I think that is why some convert the hanging closet to a pantry/kitchen storage.
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:46 AM   #84
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My answer has to be I can't buy what I want. When we're out in our Scamp 5er, I sit at in the U-shaped dinette I built or curl up in the loft I remodelled, and see the cabinets and doors I made, the floor plan I created, the upholstery and curtains Lynne made, and I think about the places my wife and I have been, the things we've seen together while travelling with it.

The feeling is something between "home" and "family member" sometimes. I am hoping our Surfside 14.5 project trailer feels the same when we are done with it. My only problem then is figuring out which of the two trailers we should keep.

I can buy a trailer, but it's not the stuff the manufacturer provides that makes it special.
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