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Old 10-27-2015, 12:26 PM   #1
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Hi, I am Tandy. I'm new to fiberglassrv.

This my first time to be a part of any online discussion group/forum and I feel a bit challenged just by the intricacies of this website, so thanks for the automatic welcome! I just retired after more than 40 years as a teacher, writer, and museum educator. My dream is to own a small RV trailer and hit the road with my husband, Dan Keding, a professional storyteller, educator, and writer, and our aussie, Mac. We are shopping for the right trailer (small, lightweight, comfortable) and SUV to pull it. I've never pulled a camper trailer before but I have pulled a small horse trailer and I'm eager to learn. I've done some backpacking outside the USA, but now I'm ready to explore our national and state parks and spend time in Canada. I hope I'll get to know some of you as I enjoy the years ahead!
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Old 10-27-2015, 12:29 PM   #2
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Welcome Tandy. You will find a wealth of information, and opinions here.
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Old 10-27-2015, 12:49 PM   #3
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I would like to hear comments on an egg camper (15-17' long).
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Old 10-27-2015, 12:58 PM   #4
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Welcome, Tandy!

"Small" and "lightweight" are relative terms. There's a great variety in molded fiberglass trailers. The smallest are around 13' long (total length, the cabin is about 10') and they range up to about 25'. Weights range from under 1500 pounds loaded for camping up to 6000 pounds or more.

"Comfortable," of course, is entirely subjective. Lots of us have graduated from tents to tiny trailers, and we consider four people in a 10' by 6.5' cabin pure luxury!

Molded fiberglass manufacturers do not sell through dealers (with one limited exception), nor do they typically exhibit at RV shows. One of the best ways to see a variety of different makes, models, and sizes is to visit a rally. Unfortunately, we're entering the slow season right now. I don't know what your timetable might be, but you can check out the "Rallies" forum to see what might be coming your way next spring.

In the meantime, you can follow the classified ads here and at Molded Fiberglass Travel Trailers For Sale | Fiberglass RV's For Sale, check out the thread Trailer Weights in the Real World (post #297 links to a spreadsheet of the data), and investigate the towing capacities of some vehicles that might interest you. It's good that you're considering both trailer and vehicle as a package.

Ask lots of questions, and be prepared for plenty of divergent answers and conflicting opinions. We're a diverse group. Best wishes in your new trailering adventure!
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Old 10-27-2015, 01:01 PM   #5
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I would like to hear comments on an egg camper (15-17' long).
Do you mean "egg camper" in the generic sense, as in any all-molded fiberglass trailer? Or do you mean "EggCamper," as in the MI-based company that makes a 17' all-electric molded fiberglass trailer?
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Old 10-27-2015, 01:27 PM   #6
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Yep, When Eggs are Not Eggs you have to tell us which Eggs you want and, no, we are not just Egging you on, and that's Eggsactly correct.


BTW: Do we have a "Square Egg" ?
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BTW: Do we have a "Square Egg" ?
Yours looks pretty square to me…
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Old 10-27-2015, 01:44 PM   #8
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EggCamper in MI is the one!

Thanks for all the great comments and sense of humor. This sure is an active group!

We've been looking online at 15-17ft. Egg Camper made in MI. I saw advice to someone about calling the factory to see if folks within easy driving distance might own one that they would be willing to show us. Will do.

Enjoying all of the discussion, esp. about Casita versus Scamp.

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Hi, I am Tandy. I'm new to fiberglassrv.

EggCamper just upped their base price from $20K to $25K. In my mind that puts them a bit out of line with the competition, especially since they are all-electric. That means you have to have electricity to cook, heat, make hot water, and run the fridge, or else you have to deal with the hassle of a generator. The upholstery has always looked a bit meager to my eye, but I've never seen one in person. Upsides are that they are very spacious for the weight and the bed is a good size.

It's a "double hull" design, so the interior cabinetry is molded into the inner shell. It eliminates rivets and gives the interior a sleek, white look, which some love and some hate. It also means you can't do as much to customize the interior, and it complicates repairs.

Used EggCampers are hard to come by. Several other posters have indicated they are looking for one, so if this is what you want and one comes on the market, you better move fast!
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Old 10-27-2015, 06:13 PM   #10
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As Jon mentioned, be sure to understand the pros and cons of an all electric FGRV before you buy. What works well for a few is a big negative for most.
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Hi, tandy, welcome.
You might look at the "Happier Camper" online (new rigs made in California) as well as the "Nest Caravan" (also new rigs, made in Oregon). AND...all electric-- if you get a rig such as the Happier Camper that has a solar panel designed for the roof and components designed to work with it-- mean that you can have essentially limitless power without the drawbacks of propane. BUT...that's you call.
If you can, buy a new or much newer one. SOME of the vintage rigs have some occasionally hard-to spot but very real drawbacks, unless you want to spend the first months (years?) of ownership gutting and redoing the entire inside.
NOT saying they're all bad--but if camping right away is a goal, buy new or newer. Just a take from our perspective.


Square egg? Well, the Amerigos are pretty "square..." See Leonie Belcher with her Galileo in progress, for example!
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. I've done some backpacking outside the USA, but now I'm ready to explore our national and state parks and spend time in Canada. I hope I'll get to know some of you as I enjoy the years ahead!
Welcome Trudy, based on your stated agenda I would suggest an all electric Egg Camper may not fit well with your plans.

Many national parks have limited power sites and in Canada power sites at Provincial and National Parks are fairly uncommon.
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Clip: "... mean that you can have essentially limitless power without the drawbacks of propane. BUT...that's you call."


That just doesn't happen. There isn't an FGRV big enough to carry that big a solar array or that many storage batteries. Solar will provide lighting and battery charging, and power for some accessories, but cooking, heating, a/c, and perhaps refrigeration, will still require being attached most of the time to a fixed power supply or a (yuk) generator.


And any FGRV can have surprises in terms of repair needs, even some new ones (Parkliner & Lil' Snoozy to mention two) have required after purchase repairs.


If someone starts out buying an older FGRV, and wasn't able to fully to evaluate the purchase, it can indeed, seem problematic. You have to know what you are buying up front. That said, I don't think that there are any specific models that come with a surprise easter egg waiting for the buyer. But it pays big time to do due diligence before buying.


In rebuilding my 42 y.o. Hunter, about all I found, vs. a newer Scamp & a Lil' Bigfoot that we also owned, was much better construction quality in the older unit.
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Essentially limitless--meaning if the rig is balanced properly with solar panel, battery, and appliances, the supply can be ONGOING, not enough to power Chicago.


Naturally if one uses propane, one is going to be able to run far more and bigger bells and whistles all at the same time.


Due diligence. Good for you. Very good advice for everyone. Now if one can only be sure to guess ahead of time exactly what ALL to discover and how one is supposed to look under attached surfaces, such as Pergo flooring! Just rip it up, maybe, while the owner is standing on it.


Interesting that some new rigs have real problems, it would be hoped the manufacturer would take care of those within a warranty period?
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