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Old 02-23-2018, 11:58 AM   #15
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Thanks, Carl. Good information. Mike
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Old 02-23-2018, 01:06 PM   #16
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You'd have to be really flexible to make a Scamp 16 work with your situation. We had a Casita 17, too small for us with one medium sized dog, everyone is different. For us, we ended up moving to an Escape 19. The three things I like the most about the Escape: a real queen sized bed, a larger dinette (44 inches deep as I recall, Scamps and others are 24 inch or less), and the optional storage box up front.

Storage in these small FG trailers is at a premium. Every additional space helps! With the 44 inch dinette, we can either hold four people and have guests over, or there is room on the table for the microwave, coffee maker, computer.

AS far as showers, ours has one, its really tight. Its like taking a shower in a tiny phone booth. And check the dimensions of the bathrooms, the smaller the trailer, the tighter the bath.

I sure can't take a shower in any of them: the Casita we had or our Escape. The bathroom is all about convenience. If you are older, access to a bathroom at night is pretty damn important. Our dog sleeps under the dinette. So the aisle way is clear.


One thing to remember about molded trailers, not only do they tend to be shorter in length, they are also narrower in width. So the inside space is squeezed. Its part of the give and take with a molded trailer. Its definitely NOT for everyone! We have friends, just a couple, that have a 40 foot motor coach with multiple slide outs. Its what works for them! No freakin way could they handle a 19 foot Escape.
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Old 02-23-2018, 02:04 PM   #17
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Thanks,Bill. All these replies are very helpful. We've also
Looked at Rpods which i am guessing are NOT considered FG trailers even though they have a 1 piece FG roof & FG covered sides. Plus i have read the initial build quality is not that great so I don't think they're for us. Mike
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Old 02-23-2018, 02:25 PM   #18
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We had a 5.9 litre Jeep Grand Cherokee and it would tow a house. At the time we were towing a 24 ft sticky trailer loaded with water and all our necessities. The Jeep towed all of it very well. We now have a 2011 6 cylinder Jeep and it still tows our sticky trailer, but not as well as the 5.9. That was a fun vehicle until if started to fall apart. I miss it. Your hemi won't have any trouble towing a trailer that meets your needs.
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Old 02-23-2018, 02:27 PM   #19
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Welcome, Mike.

In 2015 when we began looking seriously, we saw several of the 13' all-molded fibergalss trailers, and realized with our two dogs (admittedly, pugs, much smaller than labs) and with us both, that wasn't going to work. When we found the 16' amerigo with essentially twin beds (both narrower than regular twins, but that's okay) we realized nothing smaller would suit us. Being cautious about pulling something much bigger, we decided that 16' was just right.

Good egg hunting to you; may you find just the right fit.
Then happy trails ever after.

PS--we looked at the RPods early in our quest--no, they are not considered fiberglass trailers, and they aren't all-molded fiberglass. Some people like them. Unless, though, you get the slide-out versions, they are incredibly tight inside. The bath is extremely small, and climbing through the "keyhole" to get to the bed was absurd--though the bed was luxuriously large. But have a look for yourself. You never know. Don't fall in love too fast with something that is made new and readily available...you can always go back and get one if nothing else suits.

BUT if you choose a used FGRV, you have to be ready to snap it up as they often go very fast indeed.

Happy egg hunting...may you find just the right one.
And happy trails ever after.

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Old 02-23-2018, 05:43 PM   #20
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Thanks Doug. At least or TV is one less thin bbq to worry about.

And thanks Kai for your advice too.

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Old 02-23-2018, 10:16 PM   #21
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Mike: Just so you know 17A is out based on your toilet requirement, and the 17B doesn't have a permanent bed...unless you ask. I'm quite sure that buyers have worked with Escape and gotten the rear dinette made into a permanent bed. Or just go with a 19 and you get a permanent queen in the rear.
Well, it's true that the 17B doesn't come with a 'permanent bed' mattress, but since it has two dinettes it would be easy to leave the back one set up as a bed all the time. And an actual bed mattress for that space (possibly a custom made one) is not out of the question.

Similar situation with 16' Scamps and 16'-17' Casitas if they have the side dinette.
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Old 02-24-2018, 06:02 AM   #22
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we have learned to cut just about anything not truly needed out of our 13f trailer camper sort of like tent camping!

we pack along our 20lb dog not one of the huge guys there are limits. My wife likes for some reason to pack a months groceries but I have convinced her there are grocery stores all over the US. amazing isn't it?

In our camping experiences less is far better!

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Old 02-24-2018, 07:52 AM   #23
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quote,,,, for some reason to pack a months groceries but I have convinced her there are grocery stores all over the US. amazing isn't it?... Thats what i say to, she always wants to explore the area for shopping anyway. We usually stay in one spot for at least 3 days, so we can get the soda and small water bottles and ice there. so long as we have enough stuff for that night and breakfast on the late afternoon arrival at camp site, so there is know rush. Carl
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Old 02-24-2018, 08:12 AM   #24
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i still dont get it

carl we have been married for 42 years and I still don't understand her methods at times.

when I look around in the camper seems we have 2 of everything!

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Old 02-24-2018, 09:59 AM   #25
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Thanks Doug. At least or TV is one less thin bbq to worry about.

And thanks Kai for your advice too.

Mike
I can't believe the autocorrect came up with that . I barely know what i wrote!
I meant to say "at least there is one thing less to worry about " referring to the TV. "Thin bbq" ???
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Old 02-24-2018, 01:47 PM   #26
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Mike: I was wondering what a thin BBQ was. Lean meat and no-sugar sauce? 8) And how did it apply to your TV?

Thanks!

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Old 02-24-2018, 02:12 PM   #27
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Thanks for that information. Maybe the 19 is the best for us. There's probably room for some compromise somewhere, though.
Mike: Did you see the 2010 Escape 19 that came up for sale in Illinois today? $22k is a fair price. Grab it!

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Old 02-24-2018, 05:38 PM   #28
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Thanks for watching out for me. Still have to wait a little while to get my finances in order but I certainly appreciate the heads up. Mike
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