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Old 07-15-2018, 10:29 PM   #15
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I will be parked at the base of the ski mountain I work at in the winter time and will have access to showers and toilets there.

You've discussed this with the ski mountain operator and arranged to pay them for access to the showers and toilets?
Hot water isn't free, nor are maintenance workers. Parking is likely not free either.
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Old 07-16-2018, 09:58 AM   #16
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You've discussed this with the ski mountain operator and arranged to pay them for access to the showers and toilets?
Hot water isn't free, nor are maintenance workers. Parking is likely not free either.

Affirm, these details have been sorted out. They do not as of now offer electricity or facilities in the parking area so parking remains free. It is a small family oriented mountain and us employees look out for each other. Even if it means helping maintenance by vacuuming the lodge for a shower now and then.
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A couple of other challenges to think through... How will you heat the trailer? How will you store your food? Both can be a challenge without electricity.

What kinds of temperatures are typical at this location?
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A couple of other challenges to think through... How will you heat the trailer? How will you store your food? Both can be a challenge without electricity.

What kinds of temperatures are typical at this location?

I have been considering installing a small wood pellet stove as my heat source for efficiency purposes. However there are options up in the air for storing my food on warm days. In the winter nights can get down to single digits but remain around freezing during the day. I am considering a simple cooler with ice for when the temperatures rise as ice is accessible at a gas station down the road from where Im planning on parking in November-April
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Old 07-16-2018, 12:51 PM   #19
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Im the proud owner of an 05 Honda CR-V with ~160,000miles on it. Im on the hunt to find a trailer that I can live out of and tow behind my CR-V
A towing capacity of 1,500 pounds is pretty marginal even for 13' Scamp IMO...
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Old 07-16-2018, 01:05 PM   #20
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Housing is very expensive in ski areas, and seasonal employees are hard to find and house. I've seen employee RVs at designated places in Vail and Breckenridge for decades. Vail bought an entire condo project for employees. Meanwhile, up to 80% of the mansions on mountainsides sit empty. As you may know, Vail has heated streets to melt snow. Nice, not for me.

Aspen has 40 "tiny house" [trailers] for employees at a campgound:
https://www.aspentimes.com/news/aspe...lt-campground/
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Old 07-27-2018, 06:20 PM   #21
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As to the hitch, there is one ready made that will bolt right in. That was a relatively easy installation. You can get them from Uhaul. Nicely made and very strong. Absolutely no modification needed it fits right into the holes in the car. They will install it but it is not a difficult job for DIY. I ordered one from Etrailer and when I opened the box it had the Uhaul label on it. Price is reasonable from Uhaul.

So I have purchased the tow hitch from etrailer but am a bit confused as to what to do about the proper fitting ball mount and kit. I have yet to buy a trailer to pull but have found some very promising options, either an older 13 scamp or a similar older trails west camper (Im loving the idea of having a pop up!) should I simply purchase one that has multiple size ball mounts? I know the older scamps have a 1 7/8 ball so wouldnt want to go with a 2 obviously. Does anyone have a specific part off etrailer that they would recommend? The tow package I ordered is the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - # 75690
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So I have purchased the tow hitch from etrailer but am a bit confused as to what to do about the proper fitting ball mount and kit. I have yet to buy a trailer to pull but have found some very promising options, either an older 13 scamp or a similar older trails west camper (Im loving the idea of having a pop up!) should I simply purchase one that has multiple size ball mounts? I know the older scamps have a 1 7/8 ball so wouldnt want to go with a 2 obviously. Does anyone have a specific part off etrailer that they would recommend? The tow package I ordered is the Draw-Tite Max-Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class III - 2" - # 75690
Wait until you find the trailer and get whichever you need for it a a local auto parts or even Wal-Mart. The hitch itself my have to go up or down to tow level. If you installed a receiver hitch, then finding the right hitch and ball is easy.

We use a hitch that rises a little on our CRV to make the utility tow level. I would not tow the Campster behind our 2012 CRV because it's weight exceeds the listed capacity. That's not say you can't find a Campster that will work. Ours has gained weight over the last 48 years. You just need to be careful about advertised weight versus real weight with supplies.
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Re: heat. Someone awhile back was trying to do this at Mammoth? Or somewhere near there. Anyway, keeping warm was an issue. Google search something like mammoth or bishop and trailer and heat and see if it comes up.
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Wait until you find the trailer and get whichever you need for it a a local auto parts or even Wal-Mart. The hitch itself my have to go up or down to tow level. If you installed a receiver hitch, then finding the right hitch and ball is easy.

We use a hitch that rises a little on our CRV to make the utility tow level. I would not tow the Campster behind our 2012 CRV because it's weight exceeds the listed capacity. That's not say you can't find a Campster that will work. Ours has gained weight over the last 48 years. You just need to be careful about advertised weight versus real weight with supplies.
If you want to have a lightweight Campster put all of those 3/4" thick plywood cabinets, partitions and boards from under the mattress into the dumpster and build some lightweight cabinetry. The weight of 3/4" plywood is about 70 lbs for a 4' x 8' sheet.
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I have been considering installing a small wood pellet stove as my heat source for efficiency purposes. However there are options up in the air for storing my food on warm days. In the winter nights can get down to single digits but remain around freezing during the day. I am considering a simple cooler with ice for when the temperatures rise as ice is accessible at a gas station down the road from where Im planning on parking in November-April
Pellet stoves are too heavy for a tiny trailer and that fuel is bulky and heavy too.



You are better off with a direct vent propane or diesel heater.
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