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Old 02-15-2017, 07:14 PM   #1
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Hello from Toronto! Shopping around....

Hello Fibreglass fanatics lol. Nice to meet you and thank you for existing so I don't feel like I a lone duck in a pond lol.

I was born and raised in Toronto and I've never been to the west coast of Canada nor have I ever been camping. I haven't even pitched a tent in my backyard lol. But after 30 years of living the Urban life, I'm ready to hang up my business suit for a more casual look and a cozy trailer on the open road and hopefully some nice lakes and mountains.

The catch is I'm limited by my tow vehicle, a compact, reliable and fuel-efficient and humble Toyota Rav4 2015. I'm also limited by location. Trying to find a travel trailer under 1500 pounds that wasn't made in the 70s, in Toronto, is proving to be more challenging than I had expected. Granted, I'm only on day 4 of my search, but I had some sort of fantasy of handing over a cheque to some happy dealer and then driving off into the sunset before Spring arrives lol.

I'm also hoping to take my two cats with me

Any suggestions or advice from experienced travelers would be much appreciated!

Thank you in advance for your response and of course I will be happy to share any knowledge that I manage to gather on this journey

Safe and happy travels everyone!
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Old 02-15-2017, 08:21 PM   #2
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Hello there is a 13 foot Trillium trailer just down the street from us. Looked at it before buying our 13 foot Boler out in Windsor. This Trillium needs som TLC but looks all there. I believe the gent was asking around $3200 or so, for it.
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Old 02-15-2017, 09:28 PM   #3
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Thanks Butsky! The only thing is I'm not much of a handy woman, which is why I'm hoping to find one that is new or very gently used.
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Old 02-15-2017, 09:30 PM   #4
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Can I ask how you found your Boler?
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Old 02-16-2017, 07:00 AM   #5
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Your tow limit, 1500 pounds, is very restrictive even for the smallest molded fiberglass trailers. Typical loaded-for-camping weights of 13'ers range from about 1400-2000 pounds. A basic Scamp- no AC or bathroom- packed very lightly will approach, possibly even exceed, your limit. Mountains could be a problem.

I'm guessing 80% or more of late model used 13'ers are going to be Scamps. Scamps are made in Minnesota, and I see quite a few, including some newer ones, for sale in MN, WI, and MI. That's not too far from you, but you'll have to look into importation issues.

You could also order a new one. Scamp 13s start at $10K ($11-12K with the option package, furnace, and brakes, which I'd recommend). Unfortunately, that's $US.

Also, I wouldn't completely rule out an older unit- some have been very nicely updated. But, of course, you'll need to do a very careful inspection, hopefully with the help of someone who has some RV experience.

Here are a couple of helpful resources on this site:

Trailer Weights in the Real World: a database of actual loaded weights of different makes and models; post #297 links to a spreadsheet of the data

Buyer's Checklist: a guide to what to look for when inspecting a used molded fiberglass trailer

Since you are brand new to camping, if you wanted to try out a molded fiberglass trailer without committing to ownership, there is a company that rents egg trailers in Windsor, ON: Happier Camper Rentals.

Best wishes in your "egg hunt"!
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Old 02-16-2017, 09:56 AM   #6
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Hi Anna; Welcome to the FGRV site. It's a great place to lurk or participate. Your ambition to vacate the urban GTA and see the rest of Canada is ambitious; and a goal taken by many of the 'over 208 active Ontario FGRVers' currently on this web-site, that have done just that. Keep us informed of your choices and any problems for which you may need advice of assistance. May I personally recommend taking the 'Tranny-Canadie' #17, over Northern Ontario; and, the 'Yellowhead' through to the Alaskan Highway, and then #97 south to 'The Island'. Or, a 'Down East' route through our four gorgeous Maritime provinces. We've camped through both, several times and are aiming to do it again, while still able.
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Old 02-16-2017, 10:02 AM   #7
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I am north of Toronto and am the 2nd owner of a 1974 Trillium 1300. The previous owner completed a frame off refurbishing - frame painting, body touch ups and paint, tires, new wiring, LED lights, laminate floor, newly upholstered cushions, curtains. Original sink, propane stove, 3-way fridge are all in perfect working order. All windows and cranks are in great condition It is the model with the two bunks at front and dinette/bed at the back. I refurbished and painted the front stone shield. Dry weight is reportedly 1100-1200 lbs. It tows wonderfully and in 3 years I have taken it to Lake Erie, Prince Edward County, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, New York State and Pennsylvania - all with no problems. I am selling because I bought a much bigger trailer with full washroom that I can stay in comfortably for a month or 2 in FL or Texas. I have pics of the refurbishing process and current pics if you are interested. Asking $6900.
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Old 02-16-2017, 10:37 AM   #8
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Hi,

I have been camping most of my life with various tents, vans, 2 trilliums and larger trailers and rented RVs. I think that you are asking the us the wrong questions and will obviously get the wrong answers. First of all your car is just borderline adequate for the lightest of trailers and only if loaded properly. Towing a trailer will add a lot of stress on the tow vehicle in terms of drive-train and brakes. The real question that needs to be asked is how well will you and your pets take to travel long distances by car. Have you ever towed a trailer? tried backing it up by yourself? Tried to find a campsite while on the road? are comfortable staying alone overnight at a truck stop? Driving across Canada is not easy by yourself, more complicated with 2 pets. There are lots of places that will sell you a trailer in the Toronto area (Heidi's north of Barrie, a big RV place in Hamilton just off the QEW by the bridge), where will you park it when you bring it home? If you want to meet for a coffee and discuss this, I am in the GTA, just let me know
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Old 02-16-2017, 09:27 PM   #9
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Thanks for the name of the rental company.
For some reason typing "travel trailers Toronto" provides limited options. I'll definitely have to visit Windsor soon. Thanks again!
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Wow, sounds like a lot of TLC went into this Trillium. I would definitely love to see pics. Thank you!
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Thanks for the warm welcome Yes, please suggest away! I'm completely in foreign territory, but that's half the fun lol. Thank again!
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Thanks for the warm welcome Yes, please suggest away! I'm completely in foreign territory, but that's half the fun lol. Thank again!
You should look at Relic Travel Trailers at relictrailers.com
They claim a starting weight of 1000 lbs. They are made in Washington state.
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You should look at Relic Travel Trailers at relictrailers.com
They claim a starting weight of 1000 lbs. They are made in Washington state.
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r look at Vintage Trailer I Just type it in at the heading of the RV section on Craig's list and usually 20 show up.
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We found ours late last December on Kijiji website, and drove from St. Catharines to Windsor to do the deal.
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