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Old 10-23-2016, 06:44 PM   #1
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Hi, I am ScribeWithAStylus from Northern Virginia

Hi, I am ScribeWithAStylus from Northern Virginia. My situation is similar to Jeff from the Northern LP of Michigan I agree with his sentiment “What a great website! I am patiently saving my money and researching for the purchase of a Casita or Scamp travel trailer.” The difference is that we are looking for a Casita for starts to see if it works with us and then a bit longer trailer further along to provide a separate room for medical stuff that has to be done alone. While we were looking at buying a recent model casita, we really like the independence two bed configuration as we are older and met a similarly aged couple who said that not having to go over your spouse on the way to the bathroom is the wonderful advantage of the Independence floor plan. Thus, unlike Jeff, we will probably not buy used. We currently drive a Sprinter 144 model 2500 with 6 cylinders. We are thinking of trading up to the new 4 wheel Sprinter 3500 with 144 wheelbase. That model has a 7500 pound towing capacity compared to the 5000 pound capacity of the 2500 and would give us a bigger reserve for towing. We can camp in the 2500 in a pinch but it is not a conversion van. We have been watching the messages and hope to keep learning.
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Old 10-24-2016, 05:23 PM   #2
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Old 10-25-2016, 07:11 AM   #3
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Welcome aboard! I was born in DC and grew up in northern VA- moved to Springfield before I95 went in. Hope you fid what you are looking for!
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Old 10-25-2016, 09:30 AM   #4
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Howdy Scribe— And welcome! Just wondering what you meant by "a bit longer trailer further along to provide a separate room." I can't think of any molded fiberglass trailers with a room that can be closed off, except for a tiny wet bath. There are modest-sized stick-built trailers with bedrooms that have a door (we saw some when shopping, before we found our Casita). If you didn't need a room with a door, something like an Escape 19 with a table/bed at one end and a bed at the other would give you some separation.

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Old 10-25-2016, 05:53 PM   #5
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UMM,I TYPED I-495. I am not old enough to predate I 95-
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Old 10-26-2016, 08:31 PM   #6
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Howdy Scribe— And welcome! Just wondering what you meant by "a bit longer trailer further along to provide a separate room." I can't think of any molded fiberglass trailers with a room that can be closed off, except for a tiny wet bath. There are modest-sized stick-built trailers with bedrooms that have a door (we saw some when shopping, before we found our Casita). If you didn't need a room with a door, something like an Escape 19 with a table/bed at one end and a bed at the other would give you some separation.

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The separation needs to be opaque to light transfer. A room that can be separated by either a wall with a door or an optically opaque curtain like the blackout curtains that WalMart used to sell.
The Bigfoot 25B25RQ looks like a possibility for modification but is at the long end of what we would want for towing.

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Old 10-26-2016, 10:59 PM   #7
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Lil Snoozy has a full-time queen bed with a curtain that can be used to close off the area from the living room. Storage under the queen bed could house medical equipment.
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Old 10-27-2016, 01:26 AM   #8
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It is easy enough find ceiling mounted curtain track plus the fittings that hold the curtains. The track can be bent to conform to curves.
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Old 10-27-2016, 02:01 AM   #9
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It is easy enough find ceiling mounted curtain track plus the fittings that hold the curtains. The track can be bent to conform to curves.
KC, do you have thoughts on how to install one of these? We have carpeting on walls and ceiling (and this trailer has no rivets at all, so I'd hate to add any).
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Old 10-27-2016, 06:49 AM   #10
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UMM,I TYPED I-495. I am not old enough to predate I 95-
LOL... I am, at least parts of it. When I was a kid we used to take our pop-up from MD to FL for spring break. I remember having to exit and travel on secondary roads on multiple sections still being built. Traffic was terrible on those detours. The last section to be completed went through a giant tourist trap at South of the Border... Hmmm...

And a hearty welcome to Scribe! A Casita paired with a Sprinter sounds like a great combination! I think you would be fine with the smaller one for starters, but the larger would be a nice upgrade for a road trip to the Rockies and/or a larger trailer down the line (especially if it's a diesel).
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Old 10-31-2016, 11:07 AM   #11
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Yes, Jon, I pre-date I95 in Florida. Our first visit we took part of the Florida Turnpike way down south. I think that was 1959? My father hated exiting I95 in GA-and getting ticketed in Jesup and Ludovici.
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Old 12-09-2016, 06:16 PM   #12
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Lil Snoozy has a full-time queen bed with a curtain that can be used to close off the area from the living room. Storage under the queen bed could house medical equipment.
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The Lil Snoozy sounds like a possible alternative. We will try to get down to SC to look at it. The Casita has no real insulation. just rugs on the wall. We could not find any mention of insulation on the Lil Snoozy web site.

Searching Fiberglass RV, we found this note in a reply
by carlkeigley Senior Member in a thread at
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"Thanks Jim, This is one of the bedroom window cutouts.
It a core sandwiched between fiberglass. The core has metal strands in it and gives it more strength. I had read in a blog that this has an R-9 rating. I said something to Alan about it and he said R-6. I don't know how you rate these kinds of things.
Guess I should google-up and learn. But there is no insulation. BAMA has been spending a lot of time at rallies and I don't think he has had much problem. He did purchase a Buddy Heater at Walmart while in Arizona.

I won't pick my Snoozy up until May or June so I can't testify to how it is at night or in cool weather. Hope that help to answer your question."

The answer may exist somewhere in more detail. I may try actually calling the Lil Snoozy factory is SC. The Bigfoots have R8 insulation via a 1.5 inch thick polyurethane like insulation board. However, they are much more expensive then Casita's and Lil Snoozy's.

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Old 12-10-2016, 03:07 AM   #13
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Howdy Scribe— And welcome! Just wondering what you meant by "a bit longer trailer further along to provide a separate room." I can't think of any molded fiberglass trailers with a room that can be closed off, except for a tiny wet bath. There are modest-sized stick-built trailers with bedrooms that have a door (we saw some when shopping, before we found our Casita). If you didn't need a room with a door, something like an Escape 19 with a table/bed at one end and a bed at the other would give you some separation.

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There are some. I have one, although one like mine, the Bigfoot Silver Cloud is almost impossible to find. Another one that is easier to find is the RQ model of the Bigfoot 25 foot camper. It has a bedroom that can function as its own room. I was looking at this before I found our Silver Cloud, as I like having a closed off bedroom.

So, welcome StyluswithaScribe. You might look at the above camper, the 25 foot model RQ from Bigfoot. However, you might need to rethink your tow vehicle if you go that route, although I am not sure about that statement either. I don't know the weight of that Bigfoot.

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Sorry, I did not see the posting where you describe that you know the RQ could work. However, if you do consider the Bigfoot camper, your larger Sprinter would be on the low end of the power you would need to tow.

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