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Old 03-06-2016, 02:55 PM   #1
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I am looking for info on a small, spacious, camper to pull behind an Xterra that can sleep up to 4 people. I had looked at the RPod & it had a nice layout, but I understand that it is not very aerodynamically designed, so eats the fuel. Any ideas?
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Old 03-06-2016, 06:29 PM   #2
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Welcome, Judy!

If you give us an idea of your requirements (beyond 4 beds) and the tow rating of your Xterra, it would narrow things down a bit. Budget? Bathroom?

On the small end many 13'ers have four beds and a small galley. We camp with four people (kids 10 and 13) in a basic Scamp 13'er. A step up is a Scamp 16' front bunk/side bath model. Casita 16' and 17' Spirit models can be ordered with bunks to make 4 beds. Escape also has several models that accommodate 4 people, and they're a bit roomier than the classic rounded eggs.

Molded fiberglass options are generally not as spacious as similarly-priced conventional trailers, but they make up for it in other ways: light weight, aerodynamic profile, low maintenance, durability, and resale value.
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Bathroom a must. I have a pop-up & have really enjoyed it, but if its raining when you arrive at your location...price range around $12,000
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At that price range you would be looking for a 6 to 10 year old Scamp or Casita. Since you're in Texas, you will probably see more Casitas than Scamps for sale near you on Craigslist and whatnot. Both are good, and Jon's floor plan advice is spot on.
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Define "spacious". Everyone has a little different idea of what that means. To me, Scamp and Casita are not spacious. But it depends on what you compare them to.

The "egg" shaped campers will be more aerodynamic, so better fuel mileage, but in my opinion not spacious, unless you're comparing them to sleeping in the back of a truck or in a tent. Bigfoot makes a "spacious" fiberglass camper. But because of the profile (straight sided, not egg-shaped), it will have more wind drag.

Don't get me wrong, I really like Scamps and Casitas and will possibly have one someday, but in the world of camper trailers, I would not call them spacious.
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Old 03-13-2016, 10:01 PM   #6
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We did the Casita tour back in early February. Well worth it. Corsicana-Rice. It'd be so informational and educational to take quick look around at the various models.

While slightly different, a Scamp has the same sort of ambience or as ZachO calls it, Lack of Spaciousness. haha

Elements of truth however. These things are small. Worth seeing in person.
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Well, RPod has about the same spaciousness.

Assuming you tow at about 60 MPH, I think you could expect 11 or maybe 12 mpg towing the Pod, and 14-15 mpg towing an egg. The drive train won't work as hard, either, with a FG egg. The difference will be most meaningful on long trips.
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