Our choice was indeed influenced by Honda's 1500 lb tow & 200 lb tongue
limits for the CRV that we were driving when we first purchased
13 trailer. I figured that the front bathroom would likely push
us over one limit or both.
I agree that much depends on your planned or actual usage.
If you want/need to avoid using any external flush toilets and showers,
then an onboard bathroom might be the best way to go. If you just want
to avoid a nighttime campground stroll to take care of #1, it seems like
there could be much better options. (More on that later
The capabilities offered by our Scamp 13 Layout1 with the 54" bed
(and no front bathroom) include
Inclement weather seating for up to 9
(3 on the sofa, and 3 on
either side of the 54" dinette cushions
Sleeping space for 4 to 6
(1 child on top bunk, 2 kids head-to-toe on
the bottom bunk, and 2 adults +1 child head-to-toe on the 54" bed.)
I suspect that it might be hard to duplicate those capabilities on many
other 13 foot trailers (maybe even some larger trailers?
For avoiding a #1 midnight campground stroll, some options might be:
For an outhouse/shower right outside the trailer, maybe this:
In our previous StarCraft StarMaster 21 pop-up, you could remove
a small bench cushion and raise a plywood lid past a holding catch
and the porta-potti became immediately available (at appropriate
height) right where it sat under that bench.
With 3 individual cushions (instead of the current single cushion on
that front sofa bench, I'm hoping that a similar porta-potti
access mod could be constructed in the area of that existing
porta-potti cabinet ... and
I think folks might have easier access
to the under-bench storage on either side of that cabinet.
I am pretty sure that, if it is not convenient (i.e. if you have to
drag it out of its cabinet in the middle of the night
), a porta-potti
would not get used for nighttime relief.
For porta-potti privacy in the trailer, perhaps a lightweight curtain
on a removable cord/cable stretched between the cabinet over
the sink/stove and the 12" pantry cabinet would do? (Or maybe
attached to those cabinets on the door side or the dinette/bed side
For slightly longer duration stays, I have considered using the
nylon privacy panels for our CLAM 1660 Mag Screen Room/Tent
to create a pie-shaped privacy spot for the porta-potti.
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I know that everybody's needs and wants are different.
Just some thoughts to consider
..... As always, YMMV.