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Old 03-30-2015, 06:43 PM   #1
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Looking for FGRV with RV hookups to FT in at campgrounds.

I am going to start looking for a FG trailer that I can live in full time, which has RV hookups. I live in NJ, where it can get cold, so I will need something that can survive winter temps of about 0 degrees. I do a lot of computer work, so I will also need good electrical connections. Eventually, I may be interested in going "off-grid", which would mean I would probably need some combination of generator, AGM batteries, and solar panels. My goal is stay at RV parks and campgrounds, until I can travel more freely. So in the beginning, I would have 30/50 amp electrical, water, and sewer from the parks/campgrounds. I would be working a 9-5 job, so the trailer would be left alone during the day.

I think I need:
winter insulation
RV hookups for sewer, electrical, water
space for computers
shower with (hopefully) hot water
toilet, preferably one that could be upgraded to composting toilet
bed to sleep
stove to cook (built in, or I use camping stove)
tracking devices for trailer, or other anti-theft devices

and eventually: space for off-grid electrical = solar panel, generator, AGM batteries

I expect a trailer that can do all this will be expensive. I think a Casita or Oliver can do it. I was wondering if there are cheaper brands, that perhaps I should be looking at.

I just got a Nissan Frontier, which can supposedly pull 6500 lbs, but I am hoping to keep things under 4000 lbs.
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:03 PM   #2
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Oliver and Bigfoot 2500-series trailers are 4-season ready. Those are the only two I am aware of. Casita is not.
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:13 PM   #3
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With the two noted exceptions, most FGRV's are not initially designed for full time living in the severe weather conditions you mentioned.


If you look at the Bigfoot you will find that there are both 1500 series and 2500 series. I believe only the 2500 series are designed for 4 season weather and you will find then to be very expensive, in part because you will usually be buying one that is less than 10 years old. The Olivers are also all newer and on the $$$$$ side as well.


The good news is that both the Oliver and Bigfoot will usually have all the amenities you want and will come in under the towing limit of your vehicle, but maybe not under 4000 lbs. outfitted for full time living.


For tracking & anti-theft devices, you will be on your own.
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:40 PM   #4
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I have a very extensive review of the Oliver on my blog. I bought it with the sole intention of being able to go off-grid, as well as survive (in comfort) extremely harsh winter weather.

The smaller size trailer may meet your weight criteria, or you could just get a full size truck and get the bigger trailer.
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Old 03-31-2015, 06:51 PM   #5
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Before ordering my Scamp 16 Standard I seriously considered the smaller Oliver that supposedly is going back into production. The price was way out of my range. I don't think the trailer is overpriced. It appears to be very well constructed and outfitted. I also live in New Jersey. I have no intention of spending any time in single digit temps. I've put wheels under me to escape that
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Old 03-31-2015, 07:32 PM   #6
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Oliver's are heavy due to their double hull and relativity newer and start around $40k Escapes are about $30 k and weigh a lot less. An Escape 19 can be towed with your vehicle. Both of these models can be used in cold climate. Very few used units are available.
Casitas are heavier than Scamps but neither of these are good down to -0- camping without a lot of electric or propane usage.These units sell for between $14-18K new. There are a lot of used Casitas and Scamps available.
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Old 03-31-2015, 07:37 PM   #7
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I have a very extensive review of the Oliver on my blog. I bought it with the sole intention of being able to go off-grid, as well as survive (in comfort) extremely harsh winter weather.

The smaller size trailer may meet your weight criteria, or you could just get a full size truck and get the bigger trailer.
Your blog has a lot of good information, I will check out the Olivers. I just got my truck yesterday, so I will be using it. It's limit is 6500 lbs, but I will keep things under 4000 lbs to make it easier on my driving. thanks!
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Old 03-31-2015, 07:45 PM   #8
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Oliver's are heavy due to their double hull and relativity newer and start around $40k Escapes are about $30 k and weigh a lot less. An Escape 19 can be towed with your vehicle. Both of these models can be used in cold climate. Very few used units are available.
Casitas are heavier than Scamps but neither of these are good down to -0- camping without a lot of electric or propane usage.These units sell for between $14-18K new. There are a lot of used Casitas and Scamps available.
Wowzers, Oliver's are out of my price range. If the RV is not *destroyed* by freezing weather, I could probably go a few days without running water. In NJ, it gets to 0, but not for very long. I thought new Casitas cost more, but under $20k would be great. The manufacturers never seem to put the price on their websites, so it is hard to determine how much a new one costs.
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I think I could live in Ten Forward down to zero as long as I had electricity and it wasn't for days on end. If nothing else, I could wrap up in an electric blanket or sit on a heating pad!

Check them out, Escape publishes prices on their website: Escape Trailer Industries – Chilliwack, British Columbia
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Old 03-31-2015, 09:25 PM   #10
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I think I could live in Ten Forward down to zero as long as I had electricity and it wasn't for days on end. If nothing else, I could wrap up in an electric blanket or sit on a heating pad!

Check them out, Escape publishes prices on their website: Escape Trailer Industries – Chilliwack, British Columbia
The basic trailer prices are pretty good, but the options look way overpriced. The trailers do look well made, and the 19ft is made for medium trucks with V6s, like mine. Do you know if they negotiate with prices? (though I'm a horrible negotiator!)
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I don't how many days I could live in 0 weather in my Scamp 13, but probably more you would think. A few years ago we got caught is 5 weather for about 2 days, then in low teens for almost a week. We were off the grid, went through a lot of propane, but the propane furnace didn't have a lot of trouble keeping up. Scamp is pretty well insulated with 2 layers of reflex type insulation under the "rat fur". Even with carpeting on the floor it got a bit cool. The cold days were also windy, with skirting, even plastic tarp skirting, it probably would have kept the floor warmer.
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Old 03-31-2015, 11:40 PM   #12
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I have a liberty deluxe casita in near mint condition asking 10 k, it's a 1996 all original with a lot of adds call if interested or text 318-470-7200 have a ad on here under user name retired56 if you want to read up on it
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Old 04-01-2015, 12:00 AM   #13
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I have a liberty deluxe casita in near mint condition asking 10 k, it's a 1996 all original with a lot of adds call if interested or text 318-470-7200 have a ad on here under user name retired56 if you want to read up on it
Is this the one you mentioned on your post from 7-22-2014 that said "I have a 17 ft casita 1999 that is in excellent (near perfect) condition
Cushions are not worn, I would sell it for $8995"

The search results are adding some numbers to your price, so when searching for your messages is comes out like this:

"I have a 17 ft casita 1999 that is in excellent (near perfect) condition
Cushions are not worn, I would sell it for $8995739507395173952739537395473955
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Which looks like it's very expensive!
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I don't how many days I could live in 0 weather in my Scamp 13, but probably more you would think. A few years ago we got caught is 5 weather for about 2 days, then in low teens for almost a week. We were off the grid, went through a lot of propane, but the propane furnace didn't have a lot of trouble keeping up. Scamp is pretty well insulated with 2 layers of reflex type insulation under the "rat fur". Even with carpeting on the floor it got a bit cool. The cold days were also windy, with skirting, even plastic tarp skirting, it probably would have kept the floor warmer.
On the Scamps website, it looked there was a ton of woodwork inside the Scamps. Doesn't that make them susceptible to rot? Or is it specially treated wood?
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