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Old 08-11-2015, 09:44 AM   #1
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Barb in toronto...new member

I have been lurking for a bit...I learned a lot about FG and definitely want one. I purchased a 22.5 ft Minnie Winnie last year (2002). I love it and the lay out...but the maintenance with 2 engines is a silly thing for me. I thought a contained unit would be safer if someone tried to get in...I could just drive off. I also did not want to buy a truck...I currently drive a Toyota Matrix. The forum has been a great place to learn about these trailers. I was allowed to attend a rally in May and that is where I met some wonderful people and these great trailers. Thanks!Barb
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Old 08-11-2015, 09:52 AM   #2
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Your Matrix is a Toyota Corolla with a modified body and is not designed as a tow vehicle. Small 4 cyl engine built for economy. If you move into a fiberglass trailer you will also have to buy a proper tow vehicle. Take your time and do the research so you end up with the proper combination of tow vehicle and trailer to suit your life style.

Good Luck and Happy Camping!
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Old 08-11-2015, 09:54 AM   #3
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Hi Barb
Welcome to the fiberglass community. I hope you'll find it to your liking.
I'm from Toronto and still visit the region regularly. a few years ago I discovered Toronto has its own campgrounds and I've camped at Glen Rouge in the East end a couple of times recently. It's a surprising gem and so convenient. I gather it's on the way to being transferred to Parks Canada and I hope it continues to maintain it's standards.

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Old 08-11-2015, 11:06 AM   #4
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Hi Barb, from another 'Ontario-io-ioan' in the Halibuton Highlands.
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Old 08-11-2015, 11:33 AM   #5
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Is that anywhere near Haliburton? LOL
Nice country.

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Old 08-11-2015, 11:55 AM   #6
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I also did not want to buy a truck...I currently drive a Toyota Matrix. The forum has been a great place to learn about these trailers. I was allowed to attend a rally in May and that is where I met some wonderful people and these great trailers. Thanks!Barb
Hi Barb. We are just across the lake from you in Niagara. I lived in TO and worked at the U of T in Toronto back in the 70's.

Anyway now I just get to look at the big city from our window and that is close enough...LOL

The nice thing about the small egg trailers is that it doesn't take much to tow them. It's also nice to drive a fuel efficent vehicle when not towing, which tends to be most of the time. Many forum members tow with 4 cyl vehicles. Do some research to review all your options.
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Old 08-11-2015, 12:41 PM   #7
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Hi Barb,

I used to own a Matrix and did some towing with it. Sure you can't tow too much but it can be done without damaging the Matrix. We towed the popup trailer to Elliott Lake and back. We towed the Thompson trailer from Listowel back to Burlington - the Matrix managed this tow but it would be too big on a regular basis. We upgraded to a slightly larger Rav4 and tow a Trillium with it. See you at a future rally.

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Old 08-11-2015, 01:00 PM   #8
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I fund several references on-line for the Matrix that indicate that some years had a 1500 lb. towing limit Look in the owners manual for your Matrix and let us know what that indicates. If you don't have the original manual let us know what year your Matrix was built as.


While 1500 lbs is somewhat limiting, there are a number of viable options. We towed several different FGRV's with 4 cylinder Honda CRV and were able to stay under it's 1500 lb town limit.
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Old 08-11-2015, 02:50 PM   #9
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A maximum total loaded weight of 1,500 pounds would severely limit your selection of hard sided travel trailers and put maximum stress on your tow vehicle thereby shortening its life.

As always the smart solution is to find what you like and then select a tow vehicle that will do the job of towing it with a margin for safety.

Happy Safe Camping.
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A maximum total loaded weight of 1,500 pounds would severely limit your selection of hard sided travel trailers and put maximum stress on your tow vehicle thereby shortening its life.
Maybe, maybe not so much. Depends on the mechanical make up of the vehicle. More investigation into the vehicle needs to be done. Most of us are aware the "tow rating" is not much of a reliable format to determine longevity.


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As always the smart solution is to find what you like and then select a tow vehicle that will do the job of towing it with a margin for safety.
Happy Safe Camping.
Sure, in a perfect world that is what you would do but in many cases the "run what you brung" idea can certainly work.
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Maybe, maybe not so much. Depends on the mechanical make up of the vehicle. More investigation into the vehicle needs to be done. Most of us are aware the "tow rating" is not much of a reliable format to determine longevity.

Sure, in a perfect world that is what you would do but in many cases the "run what you brung" idea can certainly work.
I do not think that "Most of Us", would agree with your characterization of our beliefs about tow ratings. At last count I believe a statement like "The Five of Us", would be more accurate.

Please don't speak for the group when you don't represent us.
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Old 08-11-2015, 09:32 PM   #12
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Ahh it seems that any mention of a vehicle results in a "tow rating debate" even if no one said they planned to tow with it.

It's so interesting to me that you are coming from a Minnie Winnie to an egg camper. I had suspected that most people buying eggs were, like me, coming from a pop-up camper (or tents) but maybe that is wrong. Motorhomes, like boats, are big expenses.. and a smaller fiberglass trailer is much more financially friendly (but still an expense).

So tell us what trailer you are looking at? Escape maybe? Perhaps only the 13 footers might work with your car (subject to further research) but coming from a 22+ footer I would think you would want a 16 or 17. I found the 13 footer a little cramped for even one person.

Welcome and GL in your search.
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Old 08-13-2015, 11:03 AM   #13
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Hi Barb
Welcome to the fiberglass community. I hope you'll find it to your liking.
I'm from Toronto and still visit the region regularly. a few years ago I discovered Toronto has its own campgrounds and I've camped at Glen Rouge in the East end a couple of times recently. It's a surprising gem and so convenient. I gather it's on the way to being transferred to Parks Canada and I hope it continues to maintain it's standards.

Walt
I sent a reply to your post after the thread...I am new to this so...excuse
me. I have been struggling with using the site.

How long have you had your bigfoot? Where is the best place to find one?

I went to tucson for 3 months last winter with Minnie and loved it even
though I like winter I was certainly more active down there. I am planing
a 2 week excursion to Nova Scotia in September with a girlfriend. I love
to play in my garden in the summer so have only had short local trips. I
am only 11 minutes to the Rouge...I have walked there but was unaware that
one could also camp. I saw a 80s bigfoot in Moncton online last week.
Worth looking at?? What should I look for? Thanks! Barb
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Old 08-13-2015, 11:11 AM   #14
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Now we have to ask what you will towing with for certain. In the BigFoot family only the 13' Lil Bigfoot can squeak in under the 1500 lb. towing limit that SOME Matrix's have. Again, check your owners manual.


In BigFoot FGRV's I prefer the older (and lighter) 17' because it has a very useful floorplan. But it is almost twice the weight capacity of any known Matrix. The later 17.5' BigFoot, while looking identical, is even heavier.


Here are some pics of a 13' Lil Bigfoot we used to own. Feel free to browse the other albums:
http://s363.photobucket.com/user/adv...?sort=3&page=1
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