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Old 03-11-2013, 04:55 PM   #15
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We average around 19 mpg with our 1998 Subaru Forester and our Boler. We get around 27 mpg with no trailer.
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Old 03-11-2013, 05:30 PM   #16
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Thanks Evan, that is great info. Is your Boler the 13' or the 17'? And your weight is? How does it do going up hill? Manual or auto transmission?

Sorry to all for being so chatty today. I'm having so much fun researching this.
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:24 PM   #17
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No problem! Glad you found the forum and are looking at joining us 'egg heads'!

I have a 13' Boler and the Subaru is an automatic. The weight of the trailer has varied from it's dry weight of around 1600lbs to the seriously loaded weight of 2100lbs (when we were moving from Iowa to California).

We've made it up and down the Rockies and Sierra Nevadas loaded and unloaded a number of times without incident. It does WELL going uphill, not fantastic. I like to keep it slow and steady going up (and down). I think a manual transmission would do better for hilly situations, but I just keep it in 3rd gear going up and our Subie does well.

The trailer does not have brakes, and only once have I ever wished I had already had them (I do plan on getting them though, because you never know WHEN you will truly need them!).

Towing weight does not seem to affect MPG's as much as WIND can! Stiff head winds can knock down our mileage to 15mpg. We've also had tailwinds that had us averaging 25 mpg. Those are my favorite! I've even delayed a long trip because of strong headwinds in order to get a day with a tailwind.
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:32 PM   #18
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I'm not pickin' on you, Evan, but since Loyce is new to the game I think it's worth saying that when towing a trailer over 1,000 pounds with your Subaru, trailer brakes are required equipment.

Don't want to lead newbies down the wrong path, right?

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Old 03-11-2013, 06:39 PM   #19
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You're absolutely right Francesca!

Usually I keep the fact that I don't have brakes yet to myself because I know I'll start a digital riot...oops! Well...I guess it's too late to claim ignorance on how much my trailer weighs...900 lbs right! That's what the MANUAL SAYS! Honest!

Subaru does instruct to use brakes on trailers over 1,000 lbs. So get brakes! It's at the top of my priority list.
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Old 03-11-2013, 06:45 PM   #20
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You are so busted, Evan...

I'm glad you take it in good part...and even gladder to hear you'll be putting trailer brakes on. For myself, I wouldn't be without them even with a lighter trailer- they make such a difference not just for stopping but also for handling purposes during possible/actual sway events!

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Old 03-18-2013, 07:55 PM   #21
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Found my Egg or maybe a lunch box...

I found her and her name is "Tidbit"! Bought a 1974 Hunter 1. sat morning we drove from the Portland area to Redding, CA to see it. Bought it, then spent that night at an RV park sleeping in her. The bed was plenty big enough for me, hubby and our young dog on her first big adventure away from home! Yay, we could all turn over easily.

Then got to see how well it towed on the 420 mile trip home. It was splendid. I got an average of 17.5 mpg. On the steeper passes it was 14mpg and on the flatter parts it was 19mpg. When I towed my canned ham it was 14mpg on the flat. So I am very happy, more power less gas.

Got all kinds of looks going down the road and comments in the rest stops "Is that a midget house?" "The bathroom in my rig is bigger than that" "Hmmm, that would work great for off-roading and duck hunting"

She was originally light blue, you can see the color in scrapes in the very faded gold/khaki sparkle paint. She has some things that need fixing- her pop up needs a bolt and a new skirt. She needs either a frig or an ice box (I have an extra in the barn). Then we're going to update the kitchen and storage.

Needless to say we are thrilled to pieces over finding this perfect (for us) trailer.
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:55 PM   #22
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Hi,
We are (former) long-time Volvo sedan owners, 1981 and 1995. We, too, changed to a 2008 Subaru (Legacy sedan). The Subaru happily tows our 2011 13' Scamp with little change in gas mileage and, yes, we do have trailer brakes. The bed is about 45" wide and there's not much you can do about it except kiss and make up before going to bed and plan your nighttime choreography.

We made our bed extra comfie by making a mattress topper and using soft comforters.

Attached see some photos of our bedding and of our maiden trip with the Scamp in the Grand Tetons and in a park near Backus, MN.

Best of luck in finding your "egg".

Happy Camping!
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Old 03-18-2013, 10:53 PM   #23
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Glad you found one so fast! Some people have to search for a year or more.
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:48 AM   #24
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Congrats Loyce I get to see your new-to-you trailer at the NOG! Looking at your pics in the registry... COOOOOL!
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Cute trailer and name 'Tidbit' ! Welcome to the group
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Old 03-23-2013, 01:49 PM   #26
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Thanks all, I'm about to burst my buttons I'm so happy to have found her. We are so excited about the gathering. Meeting all of you and from the posts looks like other Compact owners will be there. We are starting a list of the questions we want to ask and things we would like to look at. Oh will there be a potluck? or workshops? or is it just a get-together? Can you tell we are annoyingly excited about all this?

I have been haunting the forum reading post after post as I follow ideas and threads for updating/redecorating/fixing Tidbit. My brain is about to melt I have been stuffing so in it. One thing I haven't found, maybe one of you knows or remembers... Is there any pics of the original kitchen set up on a Hunter Compact II? I have tile under some peeling white paint. I'd like to see what it looked like to see if I want to strip or if I want to pull the tile out from the get go.

Thanks again!
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Old 03-23-2013, 01:59 PM   #27
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My Compact II had the original galley, but it was just a sheet of plywood with formica on top. I suspect that the tile was added by a prevous owner. I hope that they left the fiberglass surround in place..

I made a new counter out of solid counter material from IKEA, take a look at the pics in the link in post #7.
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Old 03-23-2013, 02:34 PM   #28
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I will have to look at mine, all I can see is a rough fiber glass at the top edges in front of the ugly painted tile. Yours looks smooth like a shower surround. ETA I love the little shelf on your and plan on copying it.
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