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Old 12-11-2014, 10:16 PM   #15
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I'd be concerned about DH going psycho if you insist on pulling a Lego "trailer" with a Yaris.
You misunderstand me - we came to this trying to give DH what he wants within our budget & other constraints. If it were up to me, it would be very simple (and much less expensive).
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Old 12-11-2014, 10:56 PM   #16
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I still misunderstand.
I read this back in post #1 "Our needs are pretty basic, but DH is tall & a reluctant camper."
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Old 12-11-2014, 11:15 PM   #17
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I still misunderstand.
I read this back in post #1 "Our needs are pretty basic, but DH is tall & a reluctant camper."
Sorry I would have probably just gone with a simple teardrop, but DH insists that they aren't big enough. He's a lot happier with the idea of the Tailfeather than a teardrop, so that's why we're looking at it. Right now there just doesn't seem to be a Fiberglass option available that we can afford & tow with our vehicle. We've been trying to find a solution for months & I'm a little frustrated.
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Old 12-11-2014, 11:26 PM   #18
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Got ya.
You need the tow vehicle that will safely deliver you and family to the campsite. And, that's the crux of the problem.
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Old 12-12-2014, 03:11 AM   #19
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Got ya.
You need the tow vehicle that will safely deliver you and family to the campsite. And, that's the crux of the problem.
Maybe - but that's not an option
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Old 12-12-2014, 05:04 AM   #20
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Welcome to FGRV Andrea, I'm a little late to your original post but you have never said what your tug is so we can only guess. I'm surprised no one else asked as that is the tipping point for what is a reality for you to what can be towed safely with it. It may be that what you have right now might put your ideas of a trailer for three out the window, sorry to say .
I have to agree with Glenn on the TV.
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Old 12-12-2014, 07:51 AM   #21
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Maybe - but that's not an option
Options are what you make of them. I looked at trailers for quite a while and my daughter was beginning to think I was never going to buy one. Finally I tossed a cheap ($75) used camper shell on my old pickup truck and built a platform in the back to support a double mattress and we went camping. I bumped the top of the camper shell every time I turned over. And getting up at night to go..….well it was an adventure. But we were camping safe and secure off the ground and made some good memories. In due time “our” FGRV came along through word-of-mouth. It was not even for sale but was just sitting in a guy’s back yard. Anyway, go camping however you can. And buy a suitable tow rig.
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Old 12-12-2014, 09:58 AM   #22
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Sounds like you are going about this project in all the wrong ways.
First is your DH....why not rent something like a small motor home that does not need a tow vehicle. This will introduce him to camping and what is involved.
Note: I am not suggesting you buy a motor home. If he likes the test camping trip then you are on the right track.

Second decide what you want and what it weighs.

Third go out and trade in your current vehicle and buy something that will do the tow job right.

If your current approach is not altered you are headed for an expensive mistake.
You can't put a size 10 DH into a size 6 travel trailer. Don't let the "tail wag the dog"....you will damage both your tow vehicle and your marriage!

If the replacement of your current vehicle is not in your budget then you have only two options....1. Start saving for what works and delay the camping plans until you can afford it. or..... 2. Buy a tent tall enough for your DH.

Happy Camping (maybe) ?
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Old 12-12-2014, 12:00 PM   #23
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Anyway, go camping however you can.
That's what I'm trying to do.

I recently turned 50 & have become very aware that life is short. My son is 12 & is going to grow up on me & there are things I want to do with him. Also, my mother is in her early 70’s and can no longer travel for health reasons. This means I have to find ways to get out East to see her - sooner rather than later. Also, while I probably have more time than she did to travel – there’s just no way of knowing. DH is really a home-body & would prefer to wait until we win the lottery or something. I have become convinced that I have to start doing what I can, within our means, here & now.

DS & I took a tour of the SE US in October - and visited my mom - sleeping in a rented minivan. It was great & I'm so glad we did it.

Thanks to everyone who has offered good real world advice regarding structural issues, tow weights and possible alternatives for our situation. That has been very helpful. The Chariot sounds interesting, though I’m still trying to find good info on it.

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you have never said what your tug is so we can only guess.
Our vehicle is a 2014 Jeep Patriot that we got a pretty good deal on. Without the optional tow package the tow capacity is shockingly low – but I know for a fact that we’re not the only people who have this constraint & I’m still hopeful that we can find a good solution.

I know you folks are in love with your FGRVs, that’s what this site is about after all. I have always loved the simple elegance of egg campers, teardrops & campervans (& frankly, I’m kind of horrified by the behemoths that seem to be mainstream in the US).

Obviously, the Tailfeather can’t rival the classic qualities of a Scamp, Casita, etc. & I’ve really appreciated reading the cautions regarding leakage, sturdiness, wear & tear, etc. On the other hand, there is something to be said for innovation & new options – particularly for someone in my position – and there’s a limit to the usefulness of opinions, positive or negative, based on never having used or even seen the subject. What little I have been able to glean from actual users regarding the camper, and the temporary shelters this company makes on the same model, has actually been fairly positive – but the product is new enough that there just isn’t much yet. It is a lot of money to put down on something relatively untested. Since we live close to the production facility, we should be able to at least arrange to take a look at it, which I think we’ll do after the 1st of the year.

I have scraped together a little money that could be used piecemeal for individual trips, RV rental, etc. or some kind of small, inexpensive RV option - or some combination. Since it seems unlikely that I’ll have this big a chunk to invest in this again anytime in the foreseeable future, I’d like to get the biggest bang for the buck that I can. We’re working through it and trying to consider ALL of our options. We won’t act until we’ve covered all our bases & know we're making the right decision. Neither one of us is going to risk our marriage over it.

Maybe I’m in the wrong place, though I don’t know where else to look for the kind of feedback I need. Whatever else, I’ll let you know what we do, if anyone is interested.

Happy Trails
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Here is a great link to an "Official" Jeep site for towing capacities of any number of 2014-2015 Jeep products and models and, for the most part, towing capacity is somewhat lower than would be expected for this product line.
Explore Jeep Capabilities - Towing Reference Guide


Does your Patriot fit one of the categories for which a towing package can be added by the dealer?
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Andrea,
I believe if you put an oil cooler and transmission cooler on the Patriot you increase the towing capacity to 2000 lbs, which would be a game changer for you. Have you asked a Jeep dealer what can be done to increase your capability. A cooler shouldn't be too expensive if an independent installs it or if you have an acquaintance who is mechanically inclined. There is s Jeep forum. You may want to research towing capacity there.


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Good luck with your search for the right solution. We are interested in what you decide to do, even if it's not fiberglass! There are a lot of folks just like you: limited resources, small vehicles, and a desire to have more than a tent between them and the elements.
Reminds me of an old joke:
"Know why adults are always asking kids what they want to be when they grow up?"

"They're looking for ideas!"
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...Have you asked a Jeep dealer what can be done to increase your capability...
My thought exactly!
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Old 12-12-2014, 02:18 PM   #28
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Andrea,
I believe if you put an oil cooler and transmission cooler on the Patriot you increase the towing capacity to 2000 lbs, which would be a game changer for you. Have you asked a Jeep dealer what can be done to increase your capability. A cooler shouldn't be too expensive if an independent installs it or if you have an acquaintance who is mechanically inclined. There is s Jeep forum. You may want to research towing capacity there.
Thanks - I did look at the Jeep forums & saw that suggestion. I asked the Jeep certified guys locally and they said that they couldn't do it. That may not be entirely true, but we don't want to risk voiding warranties & such.

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Good luck with your search for the right solution. We are interested in what you decide to do, even if it's not fiberglass! There are a lot of folks just like you: limited resources, small vehicles, and a desire to have more than a tent between them and the elements.
Reminds me of an old joke:
"Know why adults are always asking kids what they want to be when they grow up?"

"They're looking for ideas!"
LOL - so true. I'll keep y'all posted
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