Hi, I am Shannon. Looking for short FB in WI. - Fiberglass RV


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Old 09-27-2015, 09:28 AM   #1
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Hi, I am Shannon. Looking for short FB in WI.

I'm new to the forum! Shopping for something small (under/around 1000 pounds). Hoping to tow with my Toyota Matrix! Thanks for the add!
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Old 09-27-2015, 10:10 AM   #2
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If you are looking for an FGRV at or under 1000 lbs I am afraid that you are out of luck unless you can get by with a teardrop sized rig. Some earlier mfgs. weight numbers in that range were, for the most part, hooey....


You didn't mention the year of your Matrix, but apparently some are rated to tow 1500 lbs. What does your owners manual state for maximum towing weight?


There are a number of 13' FGRV's that can be kept under 1500 lbs, but there are also some that can't. Update you info and help will be forthcoming.
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Old 09-27-2015, 11:04 AM   #3
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You might want to check on the Vistabule teardrop.

But even this might be too heavy. Best check your Matrix owner's manual.

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Old 09-27-2015, 11:15 AM   #4
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At 1220 lbs., the Vestabule weighs about the same as an empty Scamp 13', with 6+ times the space of the teardrop. Hmmmmm.....
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Old 09-27-2015, 11:17 AM   #5
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An Eriba Puck is 12' long and weighs around 900 lbs. They are a combination of fiberglass roof with aluminum sides. There is a company in San Diego that is making a fiberglass replica of the classic German Puck.

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That's probably the lightest fiberglass trailer on the market. I had a Puck and it was a great trailer - they were designed to be towed with VW Beetles and Buses.

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Yes, they look very nice. However, at 900# (mfr's no.) even if it is accurate, wouldn't allow much stuff to be placed inside. It is surprising how quickly 100# gets used up when adding bed clothes, human clothes, etc.

The 4 Wide Shadow at 700# (on the same link) would be more like it. Several of the teardrop models even exceed 1000#.
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Old 09-28-2015, 01:41 AM   #7
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Prefer no Teardrop, too small for me and kitty. I have a 2009 Matrix which is a 1500 towing model. Thanks for the replys!
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I'm new to the forum! Shopping for something small (under/around 1000 pounds). Hoping to tow with my Toyota Matrix! Thanks for the add!
Hi and welcome to the group Shannon. Others have given you some ideas but I think you would be way better off to look at the thread here on "real world trailer weights". Sorry, I don't know how to add that link here but some one else will add it soon. Not sure if you've seen that before. One of our members would take mobile scales to rallies and weigh peoples trailers that are loaded for camping. All of them were WAY over the weights the manufacturers listed. I'm sure there are a couple trailers that would work with your Matrix but your options are going to be very slim with that car.
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Here is a link to the real world weights: Trailer Weights in the Real World


There are a lot of 13' FGRV's that can be pulled with a 1500 lb towing limit. With just one person and a cat, as long as you don't need a fixed bathroom, it should be easy peasy.


Do you have some idea of a budget? Are you looking for new or used? How soon do you want the rig?
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Old 09-28-2015, 02:17 PM   #10
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Hey Shannon, I am a fellow camper from Wisconsin and have a 13 ft Scamp and love it. I tow with a 2014 Journey and it does an alright job if the hills are not too big
It weighs in at a little over a 1000 lbs and does not have a bathroom. Good Luck with your search.
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Old 09-28-2015, 03:27 PM   #11
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Shannon,
I think I might have your RV. It is a 2015 Scamp 13. I purchased this but my Miata is not strong enough to pull it so I need to stay with my Kompact Kamp. I'm not too far from you.........Northwest corner of Illinois. Let me know if you'd like to see it.
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You might mention if your Scamp has the deluxe interior or the bathroom. Either would make it to heavy for her TV.
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For sale 13 Scamp

Not deluxe interior , & no shower . As light as I wanted.
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Actually I was asking about the bathroom, the shower is a separate option,
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