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Old 10-18-2012, 09:36 PM   #1
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I am looking for a used 13' fiberglass trailer...
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:49 PM   #2
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Hi Emily,

Welcome to the group. We are all very willing to offer our perspectives.

I vote for a Trillium, but I am biased. I have four of them.

TRILLIUMS ROCK !
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Old 10-19-2012, 07:21 AM   #3
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Thanks David,

I have just started my search and have alot to learn. Your Trillium does look great, I am not familiar with the brand yet. My goal is to find a trailer that will accommadate myself and my dog. I thought I might find one in this area to rent before buying, but have not found one yet.

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Old 10-19-2012, 08:09 AM   #4
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I have seen trailers for short term rental listed on CraigsList, you might find a FGRV there to try for a trial outing. But realize that you may have to spend $$$ making your vehicle tow-ready. Anything bigger that a 13' (and many that are 13') will require a brake controller etc.
BTW: Do you know your vehicles tow rating? That may put a limit on your choices.

As far as finding a seller willing to rent-before buying... . Most FGRV's that don't sell quickly are either overpriced or need a lot of work, neither of which are very attractive.

If you post your tow vehicle information, your ability/desire to fix things, and an approximate budget, you will get a lot more input to help with your search.
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Old 10-19-2012, 04:57 PM   #5
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I am looking for a used 13' fiberglass trailer...
Would you consider a lovely almost new 15' Escape? I have one for sale. Look in the for sale ads.
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Old 10-19-2012, 06:34 PM   #6
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My van can pull 13' or shorter...3300 lbs..thanks though
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:28 PM   #7
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Emily, This is a great place to do homework before purchasing. I'm sure that if you give yourself the winter to read up on the various campers, you'll feel comfortable with your choice. I have a UHaul. See if there's a rally in your area to see them in person. Welcome to the group!
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Old 10-20-2012, 07:35 PM   #8
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My van can pull 13' or shorter...3300 lbs..thanks though
Unless there's a reason for the length restriction, I'd pay attention mostly to weight when you're looking.
If your van can tow 3300 pounds, it can/will easily tow either of the two early Trilliums, the bigger/longer of which weighs around 2,000 pounds loaded to camp. (At least in my case).

Good luck in your search!
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:34 PM   #9
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I agree with Franchesca. The Trillium 4500, (my favorite!) came with a 2000 lb axle. They are not much more weight then a 1300, but with slightly more luxurious dimensions. They always come with the kitchen window, and mostly come with the door window. The shelving is also more common in the 4500 models. They are more difficult to find, but the ones you find are more likely to have the extra options.

I don't like the early bathroom model though. The bathroom is Too big, and has no shower.
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Old 10-20-2012, 10:46 PM   #10
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You also might check out some 16' Casitas or Scamps. Both of them will easily be well under 3300 lbs. Add a weight distribution hitch and you will be in great shape.
Check out this page for sales too.
Molded Fiberglass Trailers | Fiberglass RV's For Sale

I see a 13' Scamp on page two of the Scamps. You might go blind looking at the inside! There is also a newer 13' in SC.
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My van can pull 13' or shorter...3300 lbs..thanks though
Usually a 13' trailer is the shortest...

The historical custom is to measure the total length of a trailer from the hitch ball coupler to the rear bumper, which includes the generally 3' long tongue triangle. I have noticed that there are places that only measure the cabin, ignoring the tongue. In those places they call what I know as a 13' Scamp a 10' Scamp.

As noted in "Trailer Weights in the Real World" there are a lot of trailers under 3300 pounds.
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:09 AM   #12
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"In those places they call what I know as a 13' Scamp a 10' Scamp."

I had a 19' Scamp 5'er inspected in Yakima Wa. last summer. The inspector insisted it was 16.5'. Even though it was clearly listed in the Wa. DMV guide that Scamp only made 3 models a 13', 16', and 19' he wrote it up that way anyway. GRRRRRRR
When I went to pay for tabs the gal just shook her head and made it a 19' again.
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:51 AM   #13
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Thanks for the info.
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Old 10-21-2012, 07:52 AM   #14
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Thanks so much.
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