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Old 10-19-2014, 12:55 AM   #1
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Full-timer in the oil fields checking in

Hey everybody.

I found this community when searching for the Eggcamper. I just put a deposit down on one with Jim and am really looking forward to taking delivery.

I decided on a small molded fiberglass RV for several reasons. I live in a travel trailer when I am in the field for work for months at a time. A lot of guys prefer much larger trailers, but being the practical person that I am most of the time, a smaller fiberglass trailer REALLY appealed to me. Less chance of leaking, a MUCH smaller footprint to pull around the not-so-great roads that I frequently encounter, and perhaps most appealing - no sticks and staples interior.

I have been sharing a trailer with a longtime friend of mine who does the same thing that I do, and have been really put off by the quality and durability of the interior appointments of our trailer, even though it is a reliable brand and was purchased brand new a couple of years ago. All of the trailers I have been into have the same problem. It doesn't seem to matter how "nice" and expensive the trailer is. The furniture just sucks. The idea of a molded interior with minimal extra space filled with garbage particle board appointments was a huge factor for me.

Finally, getting such a compact trailer is a great look for me because I much prefer a half-ton pickup truck, as opposed to a 3/4 ton. I basically just sleep and shower in the trailer, so I don't need a ton of room, and the size savings will allow me to save on fuel and not have to be one of the many guys out here that "need" a $80K 3/4 ton 4x4 pickup to effectively tow their shells around.

Anyway, sorry for the wall of text - just wanted y'all to know where I am coming from. I look forward to participating here. Have a great week!
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Old 10-19-2014, 01:03 AM   #2
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Welcome to the FGRV forum family. Your choice in minimalistic living is similar to most people on the site.
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Old 10-19-2014, 02:29 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forum, a lot of info here for you.
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Old 10-19-2014, 07:05 AM   #4
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C-dub - if you are taking this trailer to the Dakotas, then be very careful about insulation, dual pane windows and size of furnace. Those winters are about as bad as it gets!

I did see an advertisement once for a "campground" up there that was essentially inside a giant metal building. If you are in one of those, then insulation doesn't matter much.

Good luck finding your egg!
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Old 10-19-2014, 07:28 AM   #5
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I have a Eggcamper and l love it! I am sure your going to love yours also. I had been looking for a long time for a used one when I found the perfect one. The PO had already done all the mods I would have done to it.
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Old 10-28-2014, 12:04 AM   #6
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Post some pictures when you get it Christian. And welcome. You will want to modify it some as time goes on. Lots of good info in here.


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Old 10-28-2014, 07:56 AM   #7
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Form Member Cyndi B is in the oil fields, MT I think it was

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Old 10-28-2014, 10:08 AM   #8
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The Montana home is sitting in the front yard of our sticky Montana home next to the Scamp. It's for sale, skirting and all. You can make it through a winter if you can keep everything unthawed. The county is going after the "campgrounds" that have sprung up on peoples properties And if you get into a compliant site it's not as cheap living as you think and there aren't many amenities.

My husband lived in the Scamp in North Dakota until about October then we moved into a bigger 5th wheel. Some of the campgrounds there would only let you stay two weeks because they didn't want the oil guys taking up space.
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Old 10-29-2014, 12:09 AM   #9
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Montana in the Oil Field

That' the big girl we lived in. 32' feet with a super slide, all the skirting, wrapped water hose and poopy pipe.
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Did that slide cause any drafts. Would you recommend a slide in a cold climate or not?


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Old 11-05-2014, 06:24 PM   #11
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The walls would freeze in the corners even though we had skirting underneath.. In fact all the corners froze and you had to leave cabinets open to keep the warm air going through them. They usually will run a space heater under the camper to keep it warm but we kept blowing fuses. And sometimes you were froze in and sometime froze out because the lock would freeze.
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I found that with my 5th wheel, that the slides were a problem in winter. The slide room itself is not insulated as well as the body of the trailer, and the seals have some gaps, creating drafts.
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Old 11-07-2014, 12:46 PM   #13
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Oh Cyndi. Unthawed means frozen. I'm fairly sure you didn't mean THAT. As for the EggCamper. I've had one for more than 3 years and have gone south in it for the winter. Be aware that the built in 2000 watt electric heater is unlikely to be of much use in North Dakota if that's where you're going. You're gonna need a furnace. I had one installed after market because the electric wasn't enough in some situations. Also, long hot showers can't happen in there with a 2 gallon water heater unless they're now putting in a larger one. Very little insulation and single pane windows. Other than those restrictions, it's been a wonderful trailer. Probably wouldn't matter to you but the dinette converted to a bed is not long enough for an adult unless VERY short. Those restrictions are why I have ordered an Escape 19. My EggCamper will be for sale in the spring after I get back home from the south.
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Yeah, thawed out not unthawed. My bad. My furnace this winter is a 30 some year old boiler in a pit under a house in Eastern Montana. Hot water heat. Too bad this furnace isn't as new as the one back in Iowa but beats watching the frost go up the walls in a camper. Watched the neighbors son who lives in 5th wheel on her property putting up the "pink" board. Getting our first snow storm tomorrow.
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