Originally Posted by pwedd
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.
And trailers for sale?
How do I find used trailers for sale - any recommendations?
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.