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Old 01-05-2011, 05:57 PM   #15
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Nicholas, I also like plenty of battery for dry camping. On my Aliner I have two 6 volt batteries along with solar components. Being able to camp off-grid is a primary consideration for me. That's weight that I consider essential enough not to worry about.

I'd like to say that I have been emailing Nicholas and am definitely planning to order a Lil Snoozy as soon as I get the Aliner paid off -- hopefully by the end of this year, or definitely by the first part of next year.

This is perfect for DH and I. It is the first quality fiberglass RV that I have no reservations about that is in my price range--without having to order a shell and build my own interior. It's also in the next state over from me, so it's close and easy for me to get to.

And leather swivel rocking chairs in a small fiberglass trailer -- just WOW!
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Are there any schematics or floor plans that can be posted until we can see the real eye candy photos?
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Nicholas, I also like plenty of battery for dry camping. On my Aliner I have two 6 volt batteries along with solar components. Being able to camp off-grid is a primary consideration for me. That's weight that I consider essential enough not to worry about.

I'd like to say that I have been emailing Nicholas and am definitely planning to order a Lil Snoozy as soon as I get the Aliner paid off -- hopefully by the end of this year, or definitely by the first part of next year.

This is perfect for DH and I. It is the first quality fiberglass RV that I have no reservations about that is in my price range--without having to order a shell and build my own interior. It's also in the next state over from me, so it's close and easy for me to get to.

And leather swivel rocking chairs in a small fiberglass trailer -- just WOW!
Sharon, I can see you really have been talking with Nicholas. Leather, huh? What other juicy tidbits can you share?
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Most of those things are already posted here by someone who test drove a prototype and already ordered one. He included a list of the options he had selected and reported his experience towing the prototype in the steep South Carolina hills.

I had written to Nicholas originally about buying a shell and finishing the interior myself because I didn't think I could afford a finished model. Then when he posted that the finished ones were available in the low teens, I was ecstatic.

The leather chairs can apparently replace a fold-down sofa for extra sleeping. And the chairs and graphics are included in the price, and are not expensive add-ons.

I know from the other buyer's post that a big-screen TV and fireplace are also available. That might answer your question about heating. It sounds like it would be kind of like Gina's blue flame heater, only better maybe? This is no dinky also-ran operation. They are first class all the way--at an unbelievably low price!

I would be afraid I was saying too much if all that information hadn't already been posted here. It's on a Lil Snoozy thread, I think.

Even though I haven't seen actual photos of the unit, I am so impressed with what I have read about the company and their philosophy, the cabin size of 14'7" (not counting the hitch), and by Nicholas himself that I know that THIS is the camper that I have been wanting since I first started lurking on Fiberglass boards.

The specs are on their website: Specifications. The specs may be evolving, though.

Nicholas, see what a firestorm you started when you posted here? You are going to have to give us some more info soon!
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I'm not sure what the issue here is in regards to "TOO MUCH" information having already being posted, but I can not find any of that information. The website is very vague and "Under construction" and no one mentions any names as to who has additional information, it is almost like a secret club going on. We need disclosure here. particularly if you want to start the bandwagon rolling. Where are the options, prices, reviews, links to these specifics would be helpful, thanks. I have yet to see any thing about leather chairs!
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Jim, Alan Smo was the first to post about the Lil Snoozy in this topic: Wanted: 16'-17' FG Camper

If you go to Alan's profile, you'll see more info about the Lil Snoozy, including some of the answers you seek: alan smo's Trailer :: "LiL Snoozy"

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I'm not sure what the issue here is in regards to "TOO MUCH" information having already being posted, but I can not find any of that information. The website is very vague and "Under construction" and no one mentions any names as to who has additional information, it is almost like a secret club going on. We need disclosure here. particularly if you want to start the bandwagon rolling. Where are the options, prices, reviews, links to these specifics would be helpful, thanks. I have yet to see any thing about leather chairs!

CPAHarley,
Our company is a very small family run operation. We are still in the testing stages, and are keeping most information in house for several reasons. The primary reason is for continuity. Certain aspects of our design are still being situated. We are still changing small details. Our Proto-types do not have the finishing touches required for show. One very obvious change that we have made is the color of the gelcoat. The end product will be a light tan color under the graphics, this is just one of our fine-tunings. I feel it would be counter productive to release pictures and information that is not completely accurate. Also a very real concern is another manufacturer copying our floor plan and our exterior shape.

The website is being updated as we speak and should contain some new information in the coming week. We have only recently decided to make the leather chairs standard equipment. The chairs and couch will be an interchangeable feature, as they take roughly the same space and cost us nearly the same.

@Mike,
We will have an optional "fire place" in place of or in conjunction with our standard heater. It was unsure to us whether or not it would be a popular option. I will post a description and picture of the unit we have for testing later today.
With regards to batteries, this is the reason we crave your ideas! These suggestions truly assist us in our processes.

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Thanks for the reply, I look forward to seeing your end product. As far as my ideal trailer, it would have dual 6 or 12v batteries, propane for stove,heat and refer, a refer that is 3 way and at least 3 cuft. A dry bath or wet with a sink. Fantastic vent in ceiling, Dometic european acrylic dual pane windows, at least 3. Small a/c that can operate off 2000watt generator, solar prewired, WaveIII or other minimal 12v use heater. Small dinette or place to eat inside. I do not think a big screen tv in a 16' camper is needed, maybe a 15-19" w/dvd that operates off 12v is perfect. Finally, I like cassette toilets for one reason, they are easily useable in the winter since you can fill them with antifreeze.
A well insulated floor and walls would compliment the windows. With fresh water tank and water lines inside the only other winter need would be 12/120v tank heater on grey tank. The cassette tank is already protected. This should give you the best features of both the defunct T@da trailer, a European 16' rv no longer made by Dutchmen and an Airstream Bambi but better because it is made out of fiberglass, cost 50% less than Airstream and you are seeking input from possible future owners vs dealing with a fortune 500 company that does not listen to their customers. Finally, use of LED's both inside and exterior for minimal battery drain. The majority of small trailer owners boondock or camp off the grid and this would be an ideal setup. Thanks for listening.
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If there are orders being placed and test units being evaluated, how come there are no pictures?
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We will have an optional "fire place" in place of or in conjunction with our standard heater. It was unsure to us whether or not it would be a popular option. I will post a description and picture of the unit we have for testing later today.
We usually visit Florida for a few weeks in November and March. There have been some very cold nights there in recent years. So we spend long evenings in our camper reading and surfing. A fireplace would be a heavenly way to heat the trailer for us, and we would choose it in lieu of the furnace since we camp mostly in the South.
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As far as the cassette toilet, we have one in our Aliner. We MUST dump it every 3-1/2 days due to the small black water capacity. I desperately long for a black water tank like the Casita's 15 gallon tank so we could camp for several days without having to seek out a dump station.

The Aliner also has plastic windows and they require polishing with a scratch remover polish a couple of times a year to keep them clear. I'd rather have glass. But if they are quality windows, that would be a non-issue for me, I think!
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Sharon, not to change the thread subject here, but unless you have had both types to compare, I feel the cassette wins. Three days dump is normal because your grey tank will be full. The nice thing with the cassette is it's ability to be used it in the winter and you can dump it in a cg toilet without bothering the stinky slinky. They have their own water supply, which is useable in the winter. Most of the caravans in Europe use them. As far as the windows, the dual pane Dometics you will have no ice or water running down your walls. Unless you scratch them they do not need polishing. They form their own awning, have built in screens and night shades. Single pane glass windows are your biggest source of heat loss in your trailer.
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I'm not too sure I'd want leather seats. Will there be a cloth option? We thought we were really uptown when we got an SUV with leather seats in 2000. But they would freeze us in winter and fry us in summer. I was very happy to go back to cloth seats in my current Highlander.

The fireplace does sound great. Skip the furnace for me. But I was hoping for something that vented the combustion byproducts to the outside. If the fireplace will do that, I'll be happy as a clam in a new shell.
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Thanks for the reply, I look forward to seeing your end product. As far as my ideal trailer, it would have dual 6 or 12v batteries, propane for stove,heat and refer, a refer that is 3 way and at least 3 cuft. A dry bath or wet with a sink. Fantastic vent in ceiling, Dometic european acrylic dual pane windows, at least 3. Small a/c that can operate off 2000watt generator, solar prewired, WaveIII or other minimal 12v use heater. Small dinette or place to eat inside. I do not think a big screen tv in a 16' camper is needed, maybe a 15-19" w/dvd that operates off 12v is perfect. Finally, I like cassette toilets for one reason, they are easily useable in the winter since you can fill them with antifreeze.
A well insulated floor and walls would compliment the windows. With fresh water tank and water lines inside the only other winter need would be 12/120v tank heater on grey tank. The cassette tank is already protected. This should give you the best features of both the defunct T@da trailer, a European 16' rv no longer made by Dutchmen and an Airstream Bambi but better because it is made out of fiberglass, cost 50% less than Airstream and you are seeking input from possible future owners vs dealing with a fortune 500 company that does not listen to their customers. Finally, use of LED's both inside and exterior for minimal battery drain. The majority of small trailer owners boondock or camp off the grid and this would be an ideal setup. Thanks for listening.
I second the comments about LED lights and about having at least a 3 cubic foot gas/electric fridge... preferably even larger.

I also hope the windows will be large and plentiful. I like to look out at the scenery when sitting in my trailer.

Oh, and one quibble I have with most trailer brands is the sitting height being too high (it's uncomfortable for leg circulation if the feet can't be flat on the floor). I admit, I'm only 5'8" so my legs are shorter than the average guy's. But when you stop and think that half the people in the trailer are women, and women are usually shorter still, I don't know why the seats are set so doggone high.

Well, you said it was ok to give suggestions. I know you can't implement everything, but anyway it's nice to have your ear. And yes, I'd be happy to see a picture of the "fireplace." That does sound very cool... er, hot!
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