Originally Posted by Timber Wolf
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.
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
, 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.