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Old 08-29-2014, 11:50 AM   #1
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Hello from the Redwoods

Hi all,

I live in the Redwoods on the far northern coast of California. I don't currently have a trailer but have been researching them for several months now. The community here has been so helpful in my search. My thanks!

I compete in dog agility with my 2 older Keeshonden. A few months ago I added a Kees puppy to my pack; he is 5 months old now. I really, really want a small 13-15' trailer so that my fuzzies and I can have our own cozy place to stay at agility trials.

The trailer most suited to my needs is the Parkliner. I have been to see one near me (twice!) and have no doubts about the trailer itself. I've seen others, and they are close but not quite "it". I am having trouble pulling the trigger though because of the cost, the company's customer service issues and ... how much I don't know about RV'ing is a bit daunting.

A used trailer such as a 13' Casita or Scamp is also a possibility, should the right ad at the right price for a nicely maintained unit appear in the for sale sites that I haunt everyday.

My tow vehicle is a Mazda Tribute. It performed beautifully pulling a small UHaul trailer when I moved to the Redwoods last year.
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Old 08-29-2014, 11:53 AM   #2
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Robin,

I'm not very religious but always feel religious walking among the Redwoods.
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Old 08-29-2014, 11:56 AM   #3
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Hi, Robin, I got my trailer originally for agility, too. Out of it right now due to circumstances but will get back to it eventually. My daughter lives in Humboldt County- lovely area.

You should be able to find a used Scamp or Casita in N.Cal but will have to be prepared to jump in the car and go buy it- they tend to go fast.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:01 PM   #4
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I really like the look and features of the Parkliner too and hope the company gets it together. I don't know what your time frame and circumstances are but wonder how practical actually buying a Parkliner would be for someone in California. They are after all built all the way across the country. Unless you find a used one and being a relatively new company there just are not that many in the wild. Not like the hundreds (thousands?) of Scamps, Casitas, etc., etc. out there. You will know what meets your needs/budget when you see it. Good luck!

P.S., seeing and being among the Redwoods is on my bucket list.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:08 PM   #5
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Thanks for the welcomes. I love living here. I retired last year and moved from the crowded San Francisco Bay Area to the serenity of the ocean and the redwoods. Out my back fence gate, I am in a redwood forest. Can't beat that!

Tim, I know that I would have the cost of delivery on top of the cost of the trailer itself, if I decide to get one from across the country. Definitely a factor in my decision making.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:28 PM   #6
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Hi all,

My tow vehicle is a Mazda Tribute. It performed beautifully pulling a small UHaul trailer when I moved to the Redwoods last year.
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Welcome to the group.

First things first. I see that there is a wide range of towing capacities for the Mazda Tribute listed. It ranges from 1500 lbs to 3400 lbs depending on year, driveline and options. You need to look in your owners manual for an exact figure for yours, or post the year, driveline and model here so someone with an owners manual can help out.

If it is the 4 cylinder engine, the 1500 lb limit rules out the Parkliner in a NY second, not to mention almost everything else over 13' long. Take a , look in the General Chat forum for a listing of "Real World Trailer Weights". The manufacturers numbers are for bare stripped and dry units and are always well under reality weights.

Next, if you want a bathroom, the 13'ers can get real small inside, especially with your 4 legged trio of friends alone.

Here is about the best link for finding used FGRV's:
Molded Fiberglass Trailers | Fiberglass RV's For Sale
But ya gotta check it 2-3 times a day to stay ahead of the crowds.

But do be careful, in the past I have seen a number of rigs advertised in that area that had served as unofficial student housing and, as a rule, are trashed.

Part of my family has lived in the Eureka/Fortuna area since the late 1800's and I spent most of my childhod vacation times in the area. Many, many vacations were spent at Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park, which was just saved from closure and remodded about two years ago. If you haven't been out there, it's one of the more secluded parks (Beside Rockefeller that is).

Good luck hunting and be sure to ask lots of questions.
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Old 08-29-2014, 12:30 PM   #7
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if I decide to get one from across the country. Definitely a factor in my decision making.
I would love to have a new Escape 19, built just the way I want it. But dang the factory is a long way from Florida. Parkliner is just up the coast from me though....
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Old 08-29-2014, 02:09 PM   #8
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Welcome aboard. You are aware of the situation at Parkliner so if you go that route you would be making an informed decision. Another thing to keep in mind is that a used Casita, Scamp or anything else could be resold quickly if it did not work out for you. They do sell quickly which is a disadvantage if you are buying but great if you are selling.
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Old 08-29-2014, 06:34 PM   #9
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I would love to have a new Escape 19, built just the way I want it. But dang the factory is a long way from Florida. Parkliner is just up the coast from me though....
Find someone who wants the Parkliner, have him pick up the Escape, and meet in the middle of the country to switch!
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Old 08-29-2014, 07:02 PM   #10
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I see that there is a wide range of towing capacities for the Mazda Tribute listed.
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Next, if you want a bathroom, the 13'ers can get real small inside, especially with your 4 legged trio of friends alone.
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Here is about the best link for finding used FGRV's:
Molded Fiberglass Trailers | Fiberglass RV's For Sale
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Part of my family has lived in the Eureka/Fortuna area since the late 1800's and I spent most of my childhod vacation times in the area.
Bob,

My Mazda is a V6 with a tow package already installed when I bought it. Towing capacity is stated as 3500 lbs. I am trying to go no more than 2500 dry, and would prefer closer to 2000. The Parkliner is pushing my upper limit once I add some options. A 13 foot trailer should be no problem, and may well be where I end up.

I do indeed want a bathroom to save me from agility site portapotties, and yep, that will be close quarters in a 13'. Still. It will be an improvement from a tent which I have been doing when the weather permits. I could go with a slide out portapot but, ability to take at least a minimal shower after a day of competition is highly desired!

The link you gave me is a fave already and I stalk it frequently!

I vacationed in this area as a child also. I grew up over the mountain in Redding.

Thanks for your good info!
Robin
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That's good news on the tow vehicle. You should be fine with a whole range of choices.

We had a 13' Scamp w/bath for a while and sold it to buy a 13' Lil Bigfoot without a bath because it was soooo small inside for the two of us. The problem is that there is no place to be, without changing from bed to dinette all the time and the space used by the bathroom is unused about 95% of the time.

I just finished removing the bathroom from my Hunter Compact and replaced it with a Dometic SeaLand port-a-potty on slide out rails to get the storage space back that the bathroom used. But again, it's a matter of choice. Here is a link to my photobucket where you can see of several of my projects. Hunter Compact II Photos by advocateone | Photobucket

BTW: The bathroom option on the 13' Scamp does not include a shower. That's a separate option and, as a result, many 13' Scamps w/bathroom I have seen did not have the hot water system or a shower.
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Welcome Robin. Good luck with the search.
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Old 08-29-2014, 10:48 PM   #13
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Welcome!!
I did just the opposite. I lived in Cutten as a kid and we had a summer home in Dinsmore. In fact, I spent many summer months riding my Honda Mini-Trail around the "Little Golden Gate" subdivision in Bridgeville with my buddy.
Now...I'm over on this side of the mountain!
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Old 09-02-2014, 04:54 PM   #14
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Hi Robin, not sure your time frame but Escape Trailer Industries make a 15' and they will work with you on all sorts of options.
They are a little spendy but well worth it! Check out their web site. Better hurry because they are back ordered already!
I will be going to the redwoods sometime next year. Good luck on whatever you decide!


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