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Old 09-22-2012, 07:04 PM   #43
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Pat, I am also a female who travels a fair bit on her own and I can tell you that there is nothing to worry about in that regard - you will find just about ever where you go if you have a problem someone will be more than happy to help you out. As far as learning to tow goes if your starting from scratch I dont think you will find that it makes much difference to you if you are pulling a 13' trailer vs a 16' - both are pretty easy tows and pretty well the same as far a hitch up & set up goes.

I would suggest if possible you get out and see as many small fiberglass trailers as you can and decide what you think you must have in order to be comfortable in the trailer on your own - especially in bad weather should you get caught out. For me a bathroom was a must as I didn't want to be walking around a campground late at night when on my own. Learning to dump out holding tanks and keeping them clean is actually a lot simpler than some might lead you to believe. Once you decide what you really must have in/on the trailer to be comfortable you will then have a better idea as to what trailer make/size fits your needs and a good idea as to how much towing power your new tow vehicle will need.

On this forum there is a list of trailers with Real World Weights - most weighed in at trailer meets with peoples belongings in them. You will see the weights are usually a lot more than what the manufactures dry weights are. Would be a shame to go out and buy a new vehicle only to discover it cant handle the weight of the trailer you really want to have.

The best place to see a lot of different trailers would be a Fiberglass trailer meet up. I dont know where you are in Arizona but there is a map of the rally's for 2012 located here. The pins in red have already taken place. There is a fairly small meet near Parker in December that is a bit of a mixed trailer meet up - vintage trailers, tincan, teardrops and fiberglass - unfortunately there were only a few fiberglass trailers when I attended it last year.

The Fiberglass Trailer rally map for 2013 which so far only has the ones that have dates formally announced can be found here. The big Fiberglass trailer meet at Quartzsite Arizona is Feb 8-9 2013. Which if you can wait and are anywhere near would be well worth your time to check out.

Have fun with it!

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Old 09-22-2012, 08:54 PM   #44
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My mom's 102 and still going. At 72, I guess that I still have another 30 years of camping left.
PS I'm looking for a sports car, too.

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Old 09-23-2012, 05:30 AM   #45
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Wink Age is just a number

In a few weeks I will be heading south for four(4) months. I will farm out the house plants, disconnect the 'phone etc. and walk out of my apt. in this senior's complex, locking the door as I go.
There is some concern amongst my family but my grandchildren said, "Go for it!!"
If I don't like it, I will head for home.
If I run out of money, I will head for home.
If I adapt, I will wave as we pass each other, on the road.......
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:51 AM   #46
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No matter your age, you're only too old if you THINK you are. My wife's sister was "old" at 40.
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:09 PM   #47
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Any suggestions as to a tow vehicle?

Hi Don, Wow that was quite a journey--I'm impressed.

So back to a tow vehicle. I am leaning towards an SUV a couple of years old, although I do like the Ford F-150 pickups and also Ranger pickups. Haven't the foggest as to what I should look at first--just know I don't want a brand new vehicle. They cost too much!
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Old 09-23-2012, 11:19 PM   #48
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I pull with a small SUV. It is great to have the closed storage in the back area of the SUV to take the weight out of the burro. A truck with a shell would offer the same advantage.
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Old 09-24-2012, 02:00 PM   #49
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we have had both a ford escape, and a jeep liberty. both are about the same , i can tell you they both rode well, towed nice, and were 4 wheel drive which can be comforting to us northerners ,,,don't suppose you get much snow down there,,though sand drifts might be about the same.
But,,,if you do go north,, in winter, it might be something you would appreciate.
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Old 09-24-2012, 05:04 PM   #50
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I tow with a Ford Escape. A 13' Trillium for 7 years with a 2003 Ford Escape. Last year I got a 4500 Trillium and this year a 2012 Ford Escape. I guess you can go 4-wheel drive but even though I live in the'Great White North', I never found I needed 4-wheel drive and I worried it would only be one more system that could break down.

And, btw, I have towed all over Canada and quite abit of the USA.....alone.

The last couple years I've carried a cell phone (bc my DD gave me one for Christmas) and I have roadside service with CAA for both the Escape and Trill.
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Old 09-24-2012, 06:40 PM   #51
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Old 09-24-2012, 07:04 PM   #52
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hi pat---you have received some excellent advice from your new friends here on this forum.
i know you will find something that is right for you....and when you do, GET OUT THERE AND JUST GO!

i wish i was able to do what you are doing, but at 55, i am not quite done with working. but----i sure am making good use of my trailer until i can!!!

good luck with your search. it's half the fun!
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:52 AM   #53
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Wow! Pat, you have gotten great replies. I am a new member and am starting to look - leaning toward a Casita. I'll also have to get a new tow vehicle. Last week I turned 63 and am single. Earlier this year I put all my "stuff" in storage and have spent the summer working in Yellowstone National Park. Great adventure!!! Now I have "wanderlust" and no interest in getting that stuff back out Headed to Houston to visit family and will stop by the Casita factory on my way. Maybe I'll see you on the road one day.
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Old 09-25-2012, 10:00 AM   #54
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......... Headed to Houston to visit family and will stop by the Casita factory on my way......... .
Great. I think they take VISA.
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:32 PM   #55
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Originally Posted by Thomas G.

Great. I think they take VISA.
Dangerous!! I thought they were cash only.
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:36 PM   #56
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Hi Pat...When I bought my current vehicle, I had towing a fiberglass trailer in mind. So, the requirements were
--able to tow about 2000#
--good gas mileage
--low purchase price.
Those requirements got me down to 3 vehicles.
Honda Pilot
Toyota Rav4 V6
Subaru Forester.

The Forester won out because of price. It will tow up to 2400# and I get 19MPG towing, 26MPG w/o the trailer. I got the 2.5 X model that has everything in it I need. It tows my 13' Scamp/bath very well. If I ever think I need to move up to a larger trailer, the Rav4 V6 will be my go to vehicle.

BTW, I was 60 when I got the bright idea I may like to camp. Ya never know until you try it.



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