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Old 04-24-2013, 02:30 PM   #1
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I am still looking for a 13' fiberglass trailer. Have looked at the Weiscraft "Little Joe" and "Ponderosa" (Only online - haven't seen one in person) Can anyone tell me if the square shape of those little trailers will affect the ease of towing and gas mileage compared to the rounded "egg shaped" trailers? Also if anyone has one of the Weiscraft's, how do you like it?
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:54 PM   #2
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I am intrigued by the unit also and did a search here and found this and although from 2007, I thought it had some good info and thoughts: Interesting evening with the Little Joe Rep I have never seen one.

Edit to Add this thread: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...joe-43660.html
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:01 PM   #3
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that was me..they seem well built
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Another interesting thread on the Little Joe: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...joe-43660.html
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:47 PM   #5
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I think the rounding is more for getting them out of the moulds than for aerodynamics. All the rounding does for me is makes it a lot harder to fit things. I seriously doubt it would make a noticeable difference in my mileage if the corners were a little less rounded.
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:51 PM   #6
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I am still looking for a 13' fiberglass trailer. Have looked at the Weiscraft "Little Joe" and "Ponderosa" (Only online - haven't seen one in person) Can anyone tell me if the square shape of those little trailers will affect the ease of towing and gas mileage compared to the rounded "egg shaped" trailers? Also if anyone has one of the Weiscraft's, how do you like it?
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The Little Joe is narrower than most (5'-8") and shorter and lighter. These facts should more than offset any aerodynamic disadvantage.
Compare it to a Lighthouse.
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I think the rounding is more for getting them out of the moulds than for aerodynamics. All the rounding does for me is makes it a lot harder to fit things. I seriously doubt it would make a noticeable difference in my mileage if the corners were a little less rounded.
I can tell you from experience that the Boler/Scamp/LoveBug/etc design does provide a significant advantage over the square designs of trailers such as Trillium/Compact/Trailswest etc. and certainly over the square stick builts.
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The Little Joe is narrower than most (5'-8") and shorter and lighter. These facts should more than offset any aerodynamic disadvantage.
Compare it to a Lighthouse.
I agree with Floyd, less frontal area especially will make the biggest difference. That's why ANY tent trailer of the same weight as one of our eggs will beat us hands down, mileage-wise!

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I get 12 mpg towing my stickie, and got 14 mpg with the old Burro 17 widebody. I would expect 16-17 with a Weiscraft due to the small frontal area.
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camplite has an 11 footer rear door or side door model. I thought they looked interesting, just passing it along if you haven't seen them. Not fiberglass but all ALU, non wood.
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If you've ever sheeted a roof in the wind, you know what a flat surface does in the wind.
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If you've ever sheeted a roof in the wind, you know what a flat surface does in the wind.
I've short sheeted in the wind, but not since summer camp...does that count?

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camplite has an 11 footer rear door or side door model. I thought they looked interesting, just passing it along if you haven't seen them. Not fiberglass but all ALU, non wood.
We started with a 12ft Thorobred stickie... it towed like a dragshoot.
When we switched to the 13ft LoveBug it was like towin nuthin' in comparison.
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