ParkLiners - looking for advice/experience with - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 04-19-2014, 08:49 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
Name: Pat
Trailer: Parkliner
Michigan
Posts: 159
ParkLiners - looking for advice/experience with

Moderator's note: This topic was created from the Temporary Tag Needed for ParkLiner Camper thread. Hopefully, Pat's question will get better exposure by not being buried in a discussion about temporary towing tags.

Hi, I am new here, no trailer yet but I just found the Park Liner and have changed from looking at Scamps to being 95% sure a Park Liner is for me. I have never towed a trailer but this is my gift to myself and I would be glad for any advice and experience with the Park Liners. My biggest fear is not being able to back up into a spot. I am getting really excited to begin this new chapter in my life.
__________________

__________________
Pat in Michigan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2014, 09:56 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
frank_a's Avatar
 
Name: Frank
Trailer: 2012 ParkLiner #006
New York
Posts: 2,204
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pat in Michigan View Post
Hi, I am new here, no trailer yet but I just found the Park Liner and have changed from looking at Scamps to being 95% sure a Park Liner is for me. I have never towed a trailer but this is my gift to myself and I would be glad for any advice and experience with the Park Liners. My biggest fear is not being able to back up into a spot. I am getting really excited to begin this new chapter in my life.
Hi Pat!

Glad you joined. We bought a ParkLiner for a number of reasons. 1st of all, we wanted/needed a queen size bed. We wanted a dinette, toilet, and kitchen sink at least. We found all that and more with a ParkLiner, including 6'4" ceiling height, all kinds of interior storage, shower, furnace, AC, hot water, etc, all in a dry weight trailer of only 2100#s.

Backing up is not an art, it's a science. Pros and a lot of amateurs (myself included) use side view mirrors to back up. When you're backing into a camp space, if you don't have someone to tell you when to stop backing up, you of course need to keep on checking. Better yet is a pull-through space!

We need to get the cover off #006 and air it out. We're off to NC in a month, and maybe a weekend trip before that. Spring is on the way (finally).

Frank
__________________

__________________
2012 ParkLiner #006
2013 4wd Escape 2L Ecoboost with 3500# tow package
frank_a is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2014, 02:15 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Name: Pat
Trailer: Parkliner
Michigan
Posts: 159
Thanks Frank, I have read all the posts about the wheel wells being too small and poor customer service. Looks like they are working on both issues so I am hoping I get a call back from them. They look like great trailers. I like the fact it has a queen bed and lots of storage. I'm not in a big hurry, I am only planning on buying one trailer so I want to make sure I buy the right one the first time.

Pat
__________________
Pat in Michigan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2014, 02:23 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Name: Huck
Trailer: ParkLiner
Virginia
Posts: 573
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pat in Michigan View Post
Thanks Frank, I have read all the posts about the wheel wells being too small and poor customer service. Looks like they are working on both issues so I am hoping I get a call back from them. They look like great trailers. I like the fact it has a queen bed and lots of storage. I'm not in a big hurry, I am only planning on buying one trailer so I want to make sure I buy the right one the first time.

Pat
This is for informational purposes and not meant as criticism.

The area available for bed is roughly the size of a queen. That's using the cushions that come with the trailer. But since the rear corners are curved, I don't believe a normal size queen mattress will fit.

I bought a 3/4 full mattress to put over the cushions. This is a special mattress size and difficult to find sheets, etc for it, which I wish I would have known when I bought the mattress.

It still wasn't very comfortable, so I bought a foam topper for it which is 4" bigger than the mattress.

Just pointing out that a queen in real life and a queen in RV speak is not necessarily the same size.
__________________
Huck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2014, 02:36 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Jon Vermilye's Avatar
 
Name: Jon
Trailer: 2017 Escape 21
Oswego, NY
Posts: 1,407
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by Huck View Post
This is for informational purposes and not meant as criticism.

The area available for bed is roughly the size of a queen. That's using the cushions that come with the trailer. But since the rear corners are curved, I don't believe a normal size queen mattress will fit.

I bought a 3/4 full mattress to put over the cushions. This is a special mattress size and difficult to find sheets, etc for it, which I wish I would have known when I bought the mattress.

It still wasn't very comfortable, so I bought a foam topper for it which is 4" bigger than the mattress.

Just pointing out that a queen in real life and a queen in RV speak is not necessarily the same size.
I purchased a couple of sets of these 3/4 sheets from Amazon, and have been happy with them. Unfortunately, I have not found a 3/4 blanket, however my old poncho liner works well as a quilt...
Jon Vermilye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2014, 03:39 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Tammie's Avatar
 
Name: Tammie
Trailer: ParkLiner
Alabama
Posts: 149
Huck's right- the bed area in a ParkLiner is queen size, 60"x80", minus the rounded corners on the long side across the back. We bought a queen sized memory foam topper, and using the cushions as a template, trimmed two corners to fit the curves. Now it's a perfect fit from wall to wall, and the 2" memory foam on top of the 4" ParkLiner cushions makes for a very comfortable sleep. A set of queen size sheets from Target fits nicely, too.
__________________
Tammie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2014, 04:45 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
frank_a's Avatar
 
Name: Frank
Trailer: 2012 ParkLiner #006
New York
Posts: 2,204
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pat in Michigan View Post
Thanks Frank, I have read all the posts about the wheel wells being too small and poor customer service. Looks like they are working on both issues so I am hoping I get a call back from them. They look like great trailers. I like the fact it has a queen bed and lots of storage. I'm not in a big hurry, I am only planning on buying one trailer so I want to make sure I buy the right one the first time.

Pat
Hi again Pat,

They have changed the mold for the wheel wells, so all new ParkLiners now (for a while) are fine from the factory, as is the new battery thingie.

They have been very responsive to me, but apparently other results may vary. We're very pleased we bought this trailer, and look forward to a bunch of camping this year. In fact, we were just out for a spin in my F-150 and were discussing all the places we want to go this summer!

Best of luck!

Frank
__________________
2012 ParkLiner #006
2013 4wd Escape 2L Ecoboost with 3500# tow package
frank_a is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2014, 05:30 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Name: Pat
Trailer: Parkliner
Michigan
Posts: 159
Thanks all, Tammie I would probably also get a topper and trim it. My husband is 6'3" which is one of the big reasons I think this trailer is a good choice. Even though I will probably be traveling solo with my dogs to shows and agility trials most of the time I am sure we will be taking some family trips so the extra size will be nice. So did any of you order your new trailer without seeing one in person?
__________________
Pat in Michigan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2014, 06:23 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
deryk's Avatar
 
Name: deryk
Trailer: 2012 Parkliner 2010 V6 Nissan Frontier 4x4
New Jersey
Posts: 2,086
Registry
Hi Pat!

I've loved my ParkLiner from day one! They make a Great Product, I'm sure you will be happy with yours! I looked at Scamps, the casita 17 was too heavy for my Rav4(now have a Nissan Frontier) Yes the rear of the parkliner is curved, so it squooshes the queen sized mattress a bit,but no problem with fitting the sheets on it...you just accept it for what it is or trip it a bit to fit. There is ample storage inside. I'm thinking of adding a shelf into 2 of the overhead cabinets to be able to fit more stuff in them so I can eventually have one just for clothes so I wont be living out of a duffel bag on the weekends lol.

The backing up takes practice like so much in life but isn't beyond you to learn. I have to back it up my mom's driveway to where I keep it, so it does get easier. The ParkLiner was also my first real camper... had a teardrop trailer sized one I built but no where near as nice as my ParkLiner, and its wider and taller and longer and I get better gas mileage because of the curved end vs a flat wall of my homebuilt trailer.

Im sure you will enjoy it. Think long and hard on the upholstery or you will be like me recovering it lol!
__________________
deryk

All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.... J.R.R. Tolkien
deryk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2014, 06:55 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Name: Pat
Trailer: Parkliner
Michigan
Posts: 159
Thanks Deryk, it seems to me that part of the fun of owning a fiberglass trailer is the people. Seems like a wonderful community.
__________________
Pat in Michigan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2014, 08:11 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Carol H's Avatar
 
Name: Carol
Trailer: 22' Airstream Formerly 16' Scamp
British Columbia
Posts: 11,731
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by Pat in Michigan View Post
[I][COLOR="Purple"] My biggest fear is not being able to back up into a spot. I am getting really excited to begin this new chapter in my life.
Welcome Pat, can't help you with your trailer brand choose but as far as the backing up goes someone once told me a trick that helped me greatly. Put your hand on the bottom of the wheel and move it in the direction you want the back end of the trailer to go.... works great for me... get all messed up when I try doing it any other way now! LOL
Carol H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2014, 09:56 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Name: Pat
Trailer: Parkliner
Michigan
Posts: 159
Thanks Carol that makes it sound easy enough. I figure when the day comes and I have my trailer I will go somewhere were I can't run into anything and practice.
__________________
Pat in Michigan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2014, 12:28 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
deryk's Avatar
 
Name: deryk
Trailer: 2012 Parkliner 2010 V6 Nissan Frontier 4x4
New Jersey
Posts: 2,086
Registry
someone gave me directions out of a flea market when I was towing....well ended up having to do a K-turn with my 2nd time towing with my truck which is longer then my Rav4 was plus the ParkLiner....took me a bunch of pull forward cut the wheal and back up....cut the wheal pull forward... but an old guy in a pickup truck gave me a smile and a nod when I was pulling away.
__________________
deryk

All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.... J.R.R. Tolkien
deryk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2014, 08:49 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
Name: Mon
Trailer: 13' 2008 Scamp...YAY!
Missouri
Posts: 177
Pat, I've been wondering if a back-up camera on the trailer might help with backing up? Maybe someone here has tried it?

I simply cannot believe that 50 years ago I hauled boats and trailers ALL over and NEVER remember having had a problem backing a trailer.....and now I can't back worth flip!

Mon
__________________

__________________
monB is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Any Michigan ParkLiners to show? Pat in Michigan General Chat 5 04-22-2014 01:47 PM
Our Bigfoot experience Phil Underwood General Chat 20 03-17-2009 01:32 PM
WDH users - anyone have experience with... reinhold m Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 5 01-25-2009 09:55 AM
Experience's with a flat tire ? bonnie w General Chat 7 07-06-2007 05:36 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:45 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.