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Old 07-06-2011, 11:50 AM   #1
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help - I am interested in buying a small, light weight trailer- total weight 2000 pdd

Hello all

I'm brand new to this website - it is terrific.
I owned a 19 foot motor home a few years back and had a great time with my dogs. I sold it because I wanted a travel trailer.

Now I want a small trailer - light weight - all I need is indoor plumbing ( no shower required) - everything else I'm flexible with.

What would you recommend?
I have 2 largish dogs.
Just me - 57 year old woman.

I live in Vancouver - and want to buy as soon as possible.
Any ideas?
And trailers for sale?
How do I find used trailers for sale - any recommendations?

Thanks all.

Penny
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:33 PM   #2
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Look here Molded Fiberglass Trailers | Fiberglass RV's For Sale
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As for size you will have to go look at some to see what you like.
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:40 PM   #3
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thanks Kevin.

by the by - how do you become a 'senior member' ?

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thanks Kevin.

by the by - how do you become a 'senior member' ?

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It has nothing to do with age, but more with experience. After being a member here and making xxx posts, you will become a senior member.
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Look here Molded Fiberglass Trailers | Fiberglass RV's For Sale
Search here Search All Craig's - Ever wanted to search ALL craigslist sites at once?
As for size you will have to go look at some to see what you like.
Of course, we also have a section on this website, where people post trailers (and other things) for sale.

The section is Classified and the forum is For Sale: Molded Fiberglass Trailers for Sale.
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Penny, one of the best fgrv manufacturers out there these days is in Chilliwack, BC. You may not be looking for a new trailer (which is, arguably, expensive) but you should check out this website anyways:

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Penny,

My wife and I were faced with the same problem. We wanted a FG trailer because we are limited to 2000# by our Subaru. We are very happy with our Trillium 1300. It tows easily and weighs 1840# with all our 'junque' in it. (thanks to Frederick L. Simson the Weigh Man).

We bought new, but there seems to be plenty of Trilliums coming up for sale. One just has to be alert and patient.

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Hello all

I'm brand new to this website - it is terrific.
I owned a 19 foot motor home a few years back and had a great time with my dogs. I sold it because I wanted a travel trailer.

Now I want a small trailer - light weight - all I need is indoor plumbing ( no shower required) - everything else I'm flexible with.

What would you recommend?
I have 2 largish dogs.
Just me - 57 year old woman.

I live in Vancouver - and want to buy as soon as possible.
Any ideas?
And trailers for sale?
How do I find used trailers for sale - any recommendations?

Thanks all.

Penny

Penny,

Welcome.

First of all, all of the links given so far will provide you with excellent resources for used fiberglass trailers.

I travel with labrador retrievers, and am in the middle of my second year with a Bigfoot.

First of all, why have you limited the weight to 2000 pounds? What TV (tow vehicle) will you be using?

My first suggestion is that you take a trip to the your TV's dealership and have a long talk with the service manager. My service manager (CHEVROLET) got on his computer and printed out a couple of articles on towing the particular model and year of our SUV. The manufactures web site was not available to the general public, and so I got info I could not access from home. The articles talked about weight distribution and gave me ideas regarding the maximum trailer weight for my car. But it is important to realize that when looking at a trailer you need to factor in your TV's weight aft of its axle when fully loaded, including passengers (in your case dogs, and dog crates).

You may find out that you can handle a heavier trailer, and that knowledge will increase your options.

I was originally looking at Casitas and Scamps. The problem I ran into was these trailers are very narrow, and I was worried that my dogs would be uncomfortable. I also wanted a separate dinning area and more storage space. And so, I opted for a wider trailer.

There are, of course, gas milage trade-offs between a wider and narrower trailer, as well as the total weight. So you also need to think about whether you will be full-timing, going on camping vacations, etc. I do a lot of dry camping, so I do appreciate a marine bath/shower and propane fueled appliances. I really don't like having to pack up my toiletries and shower towels and walking over to the trailer park's shower room. So with full hookups, my trailer's shower is even more desirable!

Your budget is also important. I am amazed at the asking price for older, fiberglass trailers. On the plus side, they retain their value. On the negative side, you are going to spend $$ on 20 plus year units. Yes, these units are more reliable than stick trailers, but they also have aged appliances and have been known to leak. So, you will need to think about $$ needed to upgrade/replace stuff within your trailer.

One good thing, Canada has a lot of used Fiberglass trailers. So you should be able to locate a solid trailer for sale relatively close to you. You just need to think about what you want.

BTW, if you are in a position to immediately get in your car and cross the border into the US, consider attending the Northern Oregon Gathering. http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...ing-44070.html

You will meet many of the wonderful folks on this forum and have an opportunity to see first hand fiberglass trailers of all ages and makes. You don't need to pull a trailer, just check into a nearby motel (Call in sick for monday and tuesday).

Just a thought.
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Old 07-16-2011, 08:36 PM   #12
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thank you so much.
have a wonderful time this weekend.
it is pouring with rain up here -hopefully you will have better weather.

I am keeping my ears open for a small lightweight trailer. I can only pull 2000 pounds which is what the Hyundai is rated for. And the dealer was useless in helping me - they know virtually nothing about pulling a trailer.

So if you hear of anyone from Portland north that has a good deal on a small RV let me know.
I kinda like the hi-lo's, and the chalet or other hard top 'tent' trailers. They are lighter weight and easier to store and pull.

thanks again
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:44 PM   #13
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Penny,

First, welcome! I'm sort-of new here myself.

Second, I agree with the previous posters who recommend going and seeing lots of trailers to get an idea what will work for you. I had my little Amerigo for years, so I knew I wanted a fiberglass trailer, but I had a hard time here in the midwest, finding other models to compare. Any opportunity you get to see and compare, take full advantage of it.

Adequate space is a very subjective and personal choice. I finally decided on a Scamp 5th wheel simply because I liked having a large bed completely separate from the dining table. At my height (6'2") most of the trailers I found are a bit short. But I don't care so much about that as I don't plan on spending much time standing up inside. But I am sure that height might matter very much to someone else. Until you have stood, sat and even tried laying down in a particular trailer, you can't know how you will like it.

Also, THIS is the best place to look for a used trailer, if you decide to go that route!


Good luck with your search,
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Hello all

I'm brand new to this website - it is terrific.
I owned a 19 foot motor home a few years back and had a great time with my dogs. I sold it because I wanted a travel trailer.

Now I want a small trailer - light weight - all I need is indoor plumbing ( no shower required) - everything else I'm flexible with.

What would you recommend?
I have 2 largish dogs.
Just me - 57 year old woman.

I live in Vancouver - and want to buy as soon as possible.
Any ideas?
And trailers for sale?
How do I find used trailers for sale - any recommendations?

Thanks all.

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Hello all

I'm brand new to this website - it is terrific.
I owned a 19 foot motor home a few years back and had a great time with my dogs. I sold it because I wanted a travel trailer.

Now I want a small trailer - light weight - all I need is indoor plumbing ( no shower required) - everything else I'm flexible with.

What would you recommend?
I have 2 largish dogs.
Just me - 57 year old woman.



Penny
Hi, Penny

You don't say whether you're committed to fiberglass as a material...so...

At the risk of being tarred and feathered for committing heresy :
I recommend that you check out the following site, which gives detailed information on "ultralightweight" trailers.
Guide To Ultra-Lightweight Travel Trailers
Ultralight is defined there as under 2000 lbs. The site's author disliked fiberglass and doesn't include trailers made from it in his very comprehensive list.(Of course, you can get info on those right here!) Many of the trailers on the site's list are all aluminum and you may be surprised to find that they're often lighter per square foot than our fiberglass rigs.
Also a bit cheaper!
Here's one that I think is very nice, and it's only 1300 lbs. with all appliances.
There isn't a similar-sized fiberglass trailer in production today that is anywhere near that light.
This trailer (shown in available toy-hauler configuration) is by Microlite, and they sell other models, too. Micro-Lite Trailers



I'll now go stand in the corner and wait for my punishment...


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