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Old 04-21-2012, 02:02 AM   #29
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Smile Let's hear it for Trillium

I would like to humbly suggest that you seriously consider a Trillium.

We just love ours and found Tom very easy to work with.

Plus, if you live in LA, Florence is only 435 miles.

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Old 04-21-2012, 03:56 PM   #30
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Lil Snoozy; Don't forget that if propane is important to you as it was me, you can get your Lil'Snoozy propane ready.
Lil Snoozy is not equipped or insured to install propane appliances, but they will build the cabinetry and tongue brackets to accommodate. Then, Southern Propane Services, which is in the same town, will do the install and hookup at a very modest cost for you.
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Old 04-21-2012, 04:08 PM   #31
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I would like to humbly suggest that you seriously consider a Trillium.

We just love ours and found Tom very easy to work with.

Plus, if you live in LA, Florence is only 435 miles.

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Nice looking rig! Congrats!

How wide are the beds in the Trilliums. Would a 4500 be the same width bed as the 1300?
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Old 04-23-2012, 08:54 AM   #32
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Scamp fiberglass bottom?

just read in a post that Scamp doesn't have a full fiberglass bottom and Casita does. We're considering either a 17' fiberglass trailer or a 19' fiberglass fifth wheel. Spoke to Jim at Scamp and he tells me there is a full fiberglass sealed? enclosed? bottom. Did I misunderstand?
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:44 AM   #33
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The Scamp floor is fiberglass *sealed* as you were told by Scamp or at least my 92 is.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:53 AM   #34
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Our 21 year old Scamp 16 is fiberglass sealed and exhibits no deterioration from below. I believe most floors rot from the top side and not the bottom.

The additional fiberglass bottom on the Casita does add weight.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:11 AM   #35
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This was posted in another blog by someone who sold their Scamp and bought an Escape: ""The bottom of the Escape is solid fiberglass, the Scamp's was OSB board with a very thin sprayed on coat of fiberglass/resin. I think that more than any other comparison was a major factor for me. I do not feel that OSB is ever an appropriate material to expose to outdoor elements.""
....I guess if some folks haven't had a problem with it, it's fine, but if we're interested in purchasing something of the best quality, I'm thinking Escape might be a better choice. Not sure yet, still reading! I do appreciate your comments...thank you so much! It's all a learning experience and we have some time to research it all before our purchase so we're soaking in as much info as we can. Thanks again to all who posted a reply!
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:13 PM   #36
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As I have mentioned before, we have a 16' Scamp. I have never had it scrape on anything. I would be nice to have it up higher, just to be able to get 14" or even 15" tires. Not to have up tall, but to perhaps get better tire life.

We do have a generator, small, quite for a generator (Honda 2000i); we'd gotten used to having on when we had a C-Class MH. Nice to have when it has been 100 degrees or better when traveling & when backing up to leave. If not for the AC, shouldn't really need one. Many people have gone to solar, but not so easy if possible to use the AC on solar (unless one had a very large system.

We do enjoy the convenience of using a microwave at times & my wife enjoys having a hair dryer.

There are anti-gererator people and there are many who are still using them, I know many did this summer when we were camping up in the mountains. Not for AC, but for electric heaters, etc. I would believe. As well as charging up batteries.

But one can live without them for sure.
The use of generators has been changing over the past few years. Almost all campgrounds limit their use in some manner or another. Some National Parks have no-generator areas, others have no generator campgrounds. This appears to be an increasing trend.
Examples... Death Valley has strict hours in some campgrounds, one campground generator use isn't allowed.
I can't remember where for sure, I think it was Big Bend. There was a non-generator area, and where generator could be used it was 6 hours a day, 2 hours in morning, 2 hours at noon, and 2 hours early evening.
As the use is curtailed one probably should as themselves if its a good investment. Solar charging is a whole lot cheaper.
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:18 PM   #37
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This was posted in another blog by someone who sold their Scamp and bought an Escape: ""The bottom of the Escape is solid fiberglass, the Scamp's was OSB board with a very thin sprayed on coat of fiberglass/resin. I think that more than any other comparison was a major factor for me. I do not feel that OSB is ever an appropriate material to expose to outdoor elements.""
....I guess if some folks haven't had a problem with it, it's fine, but if we're interested in purchasing something of the best quality, I'm thinking Escape might be a better choice. Not sure yet, still reading! I do appreciate your comments...thank you so much! It's all a learning experience and we have some time to research it all before our purchase so we're soaking in as much info as we can. Thanks again to all who posted a reply!
Escape make a very nice trailer. However they've been on market less than 10 years. Their durability has yet to be determined when compared to Scamp and Casita close to 40 years and 40 year old trailer still out there. Both Scamp and Casita have had the occasional floor problems. The incidence rate is so small in both cases I wouldn't use that as a purchase consideration.
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Old 04-23-2012, 06:49 PM   #38
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Floor rot in any brand is a maintenance issue, plain and simple. Water intrusion (any brand) should NEVER be delayed maintenance. Since all molded brands have windows and vents that can leak, there is NO molded brand that would NEVER have rot problems if not maintained.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:10 PM   #39
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I think any of the brands of fiberglass trailers can meet one's needs. As a group they are all potentially very good choices. They can last and last. Ours is 21 years old. We've given over 50 tours since we left NH in Nov. 2011 and virtually everyone touring thinks it's new.

There are a lot of questions to ask oneself before choosing. The following is off the cuff and represents my experience.

What kind of Rving will I be doing? Weekend, short trips. Long trips. Fulltiming. (We travel 7-11 months a year. We use it a lot so the yearly costs are spread over a lot of usage. For us adding solar panels amounts to $1 a day over a year of travel and pennies a day over our expected usage, hopefully 10 more years.)

Should I buy new or used? (We bought a 1991 Scamp 16 used for a 1/3rd of the price of a new one. We also felt we'd be adding a lot of changes to what ever we bought to make it a long range traveler. We have probably spent $1-2000 and many hours getting it ready for us. Most lower duration campers may not need as many mods.)

Do I need to buy a tow vehicle or is my present vehicle adequate? People often spend more for their tow vehicle than the trailer. (We owned a 2004 Honda CRV easily capable of towing our Scamp 16. the Honda is very reliable and gets great mileage, this trip between 22-23 mpg.)

What can I afford, new or used? (I simply have never been able to justify buying a new trailer, something that would well out live me in use-ability and maybe even payments. Also I'm old and retired.)

What is the operating cost? The operating cost is mostly the purchase cost of the tow vehicle and the operating cost of the tow vehicle. (Our Honda was paid for, still worked well and has very low operating costs.)

Since this is off the cuff I'm sure I missed a lot. Scamp or Casita or Escape or Eggcamper or Snoozy or Parkliner, 13 or 16 or 17 or 19 or .....

Any of them can take you to marvelous places.

I believe I could own anyone of the fiberglass trailers and be happy though some would simply cost more. Over 11 years we have camped in the same places with big (32 motorhome) and small (Scamp 16) RVs. I can not say one is more fun than another. I can say our little Scamp is easier to handle and less expensive to own even though our Bounder motorhome was very reliable and comfortable.

Most of life is choosing to do something and not getting bogged down in the choosing; the fun is in the doing.

We have been on the road for 11 years. Time has flown by. I'm so glad we didn't wait until conditions were perfect because they never would be perfect. As well the deteriorating state of the economy might have further discouraged us, now we're beyond discouragement because now the pleasure overwhelms everything. We're enjoying the wonders of living easily in 90 square feet, the least expensive place we've ever lived.

Wishing you well with your choice.
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