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Old 02-17-2006, 07:17 PM   #1
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Ive been reading your posts and classifieds for a while now. I have finally decided to take the plunge, join the group and post a want ad. I love the fiberglass trailers and would like to find one that would work for me to camp with my family. The kids are old enough to sleep outside in a tent, but I'm old enough to want to sleep inside, and would prefer it to have a toilet. (I find that Im getting older and like the amenities.) I need to pull the trailer with my 6 cy. Chevy Astroand would like to be able to pull it even if I downsize my car a bit. Let me know if you have a trailer or know where I might find one in my area, preferably one with a low price.
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Old 02-18-2006, 07:47 PM   #2
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Welcome to the group. I also pull with a Chevy Astro and the only problem that I have is remembering that my 13' Love Bug is back there. The Astro is set up great to pull almost any of the FG trailer. Mine has built in tranny cooler, oil cooler, LARGE radiator, super breaks, and lots of rrom.
If you stay with the 13' trailers you can downsize your tow vehicle quite a bit and still be ok. If you go with a 16' trailer, they get heavy-in the 3000 pound range when loaded. You can add a porta-potty to most of the trailer without problem but if you want a built in bathroom you selection of trailers will be limited.
Good luck on your search.
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Old 02-18-2006, 07:58 PM   #3
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Bob, thanks so much for your welcome and reply concerning the Astro. Mine has the tranny cooler and large radiator. Im not sure about the brakes and oil cooler. When we bought the astro (new in 1997) we had the dealer add the "towing package." Now, 192,000 miles later, I decide I want to tow something. I guess I'd better research the towing package.
I did check on the allowable weight. My owners manual tells me that depends on the axle ratio. Ive checked the tag on the door and not found the "axle ratio", so now I have to figure that one out. Any pointers?
The porta-potty fits most of my needs, but I've read that some places only allow "fully self-contained" trailers. Does a 13' with porta-potty fit that description? Im not looking to stay at "high end" campgrounds, but Ive even read that if I just wanted to stop while on a long trip for a snooze in the WalMart parking lot, the trailer has to be fully self-contained.
My questions are, Im sure, quite basic, and maybe even laughable to you more experienced folks. Put up with me for a bit, Im a quick learner! And thanks again for the tips.
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Old 02-18-2006, 08:37 PM   #4
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<The porta-potty fits most of my needs, but I've read that some places only allow "fully self-contained" trailers. Does a 13' with porta-potty fit that description?>

I think that as long as you don't drip anything, that includes gray water, you should be welcome anywhere. That is, of course, as long as you have a presentable egg ! The porta pottie bottom tank is easy to take to a toilet and dump.
OK, get your feet wet, and come on and play !!
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Old 02-18-2006, 11:18 PM   #5
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<The porta-potty fits most of my needs, but I've read that some places only allow "fully self-contained" trailers. Does a 13' with porta-potty fit that description?>

I think that as long as you don't drip anything, that includes gray water, you should be welcome anywhere. That is, of course, as long as you have a presentable egg ! The porta pottie bottom tank is easy to take to a toilet and dump.
OK, get your feet wet, and come on and play !!
By self-contained, a lot of places mean you have to have cooking facilities and toilet facilities within your trailer. Some stretch this to mean that you must have plumbed grey and black water tanks. Others are not so picky. Some places also extend the meaning to your being able to operate all of your facilities without a hookup. The best way to know what the campground means is to ask them. In actuality, the self-contained requirement is a rarity.

Rarer still are CG that have age or size requirements. Some campgrounds will not allow anything under a certain size, say under 32 feet, or a certain age stay there. They prefer to cater to those with newer, bulgemobiles.

If you plan your itenerary and call ahead this should not be a problem. Most of the camping/Rv guides list restrictions in their publications.
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Old 02-19-2006, 08:05 AM   #6
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I'd like to extend my welcome also Since you live in Northern California, you should consider coming to the Oregon Gathering, click here for more info: Oregon Gathering be sure to read the stickie at the top too. Last year there were two trailers for sale at the Gathering and information on a couple others that were known to be for sale. It appears we'll have at least 20 different fiberglass brands/types coming this year too!

It's important to remember we're sloooowly moving to camping season and prices for used trailers are going to start to climb and availability drop. Be ready at a moments notice, with cash in hand to make the purchase. Decide ahead of time what you'll settle for and won't you won't. Print out the Buyers Check List and tell EVERYONE you know friends, family, co-workers and neighbors etc. that you're looking to buy. You may have an acquaintance that will know of a trailer for sale.

By the way, did you see the ad for the Boler that Lee Washburn has for sale? 1972 Boler. I think Lee is located in Grants Pass, OR.

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Old 02-19-2006, 09:48 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the good info. I'll definitely check out the Oregon meet. I think I have figured out what I'll settle for. Im not sure about the prices yet, but am getting an idea here. Sometimes the two go hand in hand. Indeed, it is good to be educated before starting to look. I wasn't and lost an older small trailer (not fiberglass) because I didn't act fast enough!
I had already figured out that a porta-potty would probably serve my needs and Im not interested in the the pay campgrounds that cater to new, large rvs. I was only concerned about the aspect of not being able to just pull in somewhere if we got sleepier than anticipated while on the road. Thanks for help figuring this out!
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Old 02-28-2006, 12:35 PM   #8
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On Sat. July 15 Th at the fiberglass camp we have a tour of most of the fiberglass trailers in the park. If you haven't bought one yet you might want to come to the coast and stay long enough to go on the tour. If you are not camping there are places to stay both in Bandon and Coos Bay. Taking the tour is also great for getting ideas on modifications and alterations. We fiber glass campers are both inventive and unique. We mostly know what we need and want to make life in our eggs pleasant.
The fact is we are just a great bunch of people lol.
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Old 02-28-2006, 01:51 PM   #9
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Thanks Terry for the invite. I'll see what I can do. July 15 is actually after the planned camping trip this year, but I have a feeling finding an egg may take even longer. Im falling back on plan B: tents for this year and will keep looking for an egg. Thank you.
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Old 03-20-2006, 11:28 AM   #10
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I guess my tow vehicle doesn't really want to tow. It just had to have a LOT of repairs. Timing stinks. My son's car ended up needing a new motor as well. Needless to say, unless it is a cute little egg with a lot of fixing up to do, I probably won't be joining the ranks of the fiberglass campers for a while. Thanks for all the help. I will continue watching and trying to learn more so maybe I can make a well informed purchase in the future!
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Old 03-20-2006, 07:24 PM   #11
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I guess my tow vehicle doesn't really want to tow. It just had to have a LOT of repairs. Timing stinks. My son's car ended up needing a new motor as well. Needless to say, unless it is a cute little egg with a lot of fixing up to do, I probably won't be joining the ranks of the fiberglass campers for a while. Thanks for all the help. I will continue watching and trying to learn more so maybe I can make a well informed purchase in the future!
WE WILL BE PRAYING FOE YA LINDA DELIVERED boler TO ITS NEW OWNER YESTERDAY PASS WAS OPEN BEAUTIFUL DAY TO BE ON THE ROAD. KNOW I GET TO BY A NEW WOOD SPLITER. I CAN CUT MORE WOOD FOR NEXT YEAR. GOOD LUCK LEE
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