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Old 10-11-2017, 11:40 AM   #15
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Bigfoot campers

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Your post # 12 is very good Josh.
Thanks Dave!
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Old 10-11-2017, 12:11 PM   #16
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Checklist for buying used fgrv

[QUOTE=Josh and Sonya W;665910]Hi Mark,

Hi Mark,

Finally found the fgrv checklist for buying a used trailer:
The Fiberglass RV Community
  1. Inspect Everything, or Hire a Pro to do This: Regardless of how honest the seller seems to be, unfortunately, they may still depend on you not noticing some things that they might "forget" to mention. This happened to us (though we still feel we got a very good trailer for the price). Somewhere in the FGRV site, there is at least one very good checklist you can use yourself, or ask a pro to go through for you.
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Old 10-11-2017, 12:18 PM   #17
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Hi Mark,

Here is the correct link:
Go and read this buyers check list.
The Fiberglass RV Community

It came from here:

Any issues things to look out for in buying used Casita?

Hope this goes out.
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Old 10-16-2017, 05:10 PM   #18
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Wow TY ... everyone.

These are all great jewels of information. Never having owned a trailer I would surly screw it all up looking one over. I've been out of the loop sore a week so sorry for not replying to everyones posts. And Hats off to you Josh, you went above and beyond.

The wife really would prefer a class C and there are some out there, just a few years old for not too much. She thinks I can haul a trailer and would be a road hazard. (43 years of THAT!)

This will take me time.......
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Old 10-16-2017, 05:53 PM   #19
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Class-C vs Trailer

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These are all great jewels of information. Never having owned a trailer I would surly screw it all up looking one over. I've been out of the loop sore a week so sorry for not replying to everyones posts. And Hats off to you Josh, you went above and beyond.

The wife really would prefer a class C and there are some out there, just a few years old for not too much. She thinks I can haul a trailer and would be a road hazard. (43 years of THAT!)

This will take me time.......
Hi Mark,

HaHa! We should have your wife and my wife compare notes; or maybe not...We've been at it for 45 years.

My problem with the Class-C idea is that I hate the thought of having to pack things up and decamp every time you want to go out and do anything farther than a reasonable walk or bike ride away. So if you want to have independent wheels, preferably 4X4, so you can go anywhere, you then have to tow something behind the Class-C. So if you are going to have to tow, why not just have one motorized vehicle to worry about.

I suppose you (or our wives) could say that it's good to have a spare vehicle in case of emergency. And on, and on, and on...

The other possibility is a Camper that goes on the bed of a pickup; Bigfoot has several models that are very nice. To go with your vehicle without taking your home, you can jack up the camper and drive out from under it. That topic came up in a previous string on FGRV, and at least a couple of people told me that loading and unloading the camper onto or off of the pickup is not much more trouble than hooking up a trailer with a weight distribution hitch, which you would need if you got a 25ft Bigfoot trailer.

Yup, it's not an easy decision to reach, and it sure is nice once you cross the Rubicon (i.e. purchase what you "want" and get it over with. Besides, if you go with an FGRV, the resale value stays very good, so you can change your mind after a while without taking too much of a loss, as long as you don't put a lot into repairs and improvements.

If you are thinking about going with a Class-C, there are lots of those for rent around the country. You and your wife can take one out and give it a fling. However, I'd suggest you do that for at least a couple of weeks, so you can really get a feel for the advantages and disadvantages. A weekend just isn't enough. I believe there are also trailers for rent as well, but maybe a bit more rare. If you don't have a tow vehicle, you can probably rent one of those as well.

Either of those rental possibilities will tell you a lot about what you might prefer for the long term, at least in terms of type. You still will have to make a decision about brands and models.

Good luck, and let us know what which way you end up going.

Josh
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Old 10-17-2017, 09:11 AM   #20
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Again all good data. I didn't know about the truck campers from Bigfoot so I will look into those as well. My Misses has fond memories of those with her mom and pop... Hmmm compromise yet again.
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Old 10-17-2017, 10:45 AM   #21
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Mark,

You mentioned earlier that size matters, and as I'm a larger than average guy I'd urge you to check out a truck camper (Bigfoot if you can find one, or any) if you think they could be on your list. I find those I've been in noticeably more cramped than a 16' trailer; it just seems everything is tighter (knee space at the table, aisle, headroom, ceiling at the bed, etc.). Obviously, there are always compromises, and if I were shorter and slimmer - well, may as well say if I were 30 again, that ain't happening either.

The other thing that took a T/C off my list was general storage space for fishing and camping gear. A truck bed provides a lot, but that's taken up by the living area that itself has little storage, so you really have to plan where chairs, grill, whatever goes. I know some people go off in them all summer, but the guys I know who do mostly end up with another vehicle with tents and gear and the T/C becomes sort of camp central.

I'd view a T/C as mostly a weekend rig, but of course YMMV.

Good luck.
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