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Old 04-12-2013, 12:31 AM   #1
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Hi Iam new...a newbie

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Likes I said I am new to RV'S. I would like a RV for retirement for one to three people at most. Usually one or two. I would like a eggshell for a number of reasons.

1) I would like to keep it all year on my driveway. I have looked into this. Because of bylaws I can do it provided it is parked in my garage. Problem is height of garage door is 82 1/4 inches high. It might be possible to put it in garage if I use smaller rims (no rubber) and/or a rims cut down just for storage. Other choice is to heighten the garage door opening. I will try and avoid that if possible. Anyone know the diameter of the drums without the rims? Anyone done this and what was the net loss in height? I would like to use a Trillium as they seem to be the lowest in height.

2) I like the eggshells because they are light in weight, narrow, short and hopefully easy to tow. Great for one or two people.

3)They are easy on gas and can be towed by many cars/mini vans. My mini van is rated for 2000 lbs. (I do not have the tow package which is 3500 lbs.) but I had to replace the rad. with a heavy duty one. So I bet it is now 2400 lbs. Will add a large tranny cooler when I get a eggshell. That should raise it to 2800 lbs.

4) Looking for a late model/new eggshell like a Trillum size. No pop ups. Prefer same Dimensions as the Trillium ( no wider and no higher), must have a shower with a portable potti.

Right now I am looking for a Trillium or a Scamp. Is the Scamp 100% fiberglass? I have done a lot looking into the Trillium and it falls a little short of what I need but is still a possibility

Please your opinions especially anyone with the garage door opening height problem.
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:39 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.
Thought a Lil Snoozy would do for you, but they are 89 inches high.

Can't speak to the other brands.
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maybe a cadet...something with a little poptop would fit in a garage easily. Just because you add a few of the components doesnt necesarily raise the tow capacity sad to say. But there are smaller fiberglass trailers that might work for you...

check this link to see some trailers and their weights of various people at events... you don't know what they have in it exactly but would give some ideas.

Trailer Weights in the Real World
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Don't know if this is still out there or not, but it's a Cadet

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...tml#post377375
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compact II are nice too ... just hard to find
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Welcome to the forum.
Thought a Lil Snoozy would do for you, but they are 89 inches high.

Can't speak to the other brands.
With small 8" golf cart wheels swapped on, one should be able to get a Snoozy through a 84" (standard 7' door) door opening. I presently do this for my Scamp, and have ruled out the Park Liner because there is no way to make it through the 7' opening.
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Old 04-12-2013, 01:03 AM   #7
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With small 8" golf cart wheels swapped on, one should be able to get a Snoozy through a 84" (standard 7' door) door opening. I presently do this for my Scamp, and have ruled out the Park Liner because there is no way to make it through the 7' opening.
Now that's a thought. I would never have thought of doing that.
I bought a metal garage with 10' side walls before I bought our Snoozy.
Didn't know what we would wind up with, but was ready with a roof. lol.
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Old 04-12-2013, 01:08 AM   #8
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Thanks for the reply. The Lil Snoozy is too wide for
"me and my garage" Snoozy is 7' 11". The trillium is 6' 7" wide. The Trillium is perfect width. But the height of the Snoozy I think is OK If is use smaller rims for storage. I like the rest of the Snoozy.
My RV must have a shower and a portable porta potti too.

In any small RV I can add a small generator for cooking, heating and heating of a hot water tank. Propane tank is not necessary, it is a bonus.
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look at his tow weight... just because you add a tranny cooler doesn't mean you can tow more weight.
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Old 04-12-2013, 01:14 AM   #10
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Good Idea

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With small 8" golf cart wheels swapped on, one should be able to get a Snoozy through a 84" (standard 7' door) door opening. I presently do this for my Scamp, and have ruled out the Park Liner because there is no way to make it through the 7' opening.

You have been thinking. You have a good brain. 8" golf cart wheels. Hmmm something to look into. Do you know the total diameter of the 8" golf cart wheels?
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maybe a cadet...something with a little poptop would fit in a garage easily. Just because you add a few of the components doesnt necesarily raise the tow capacity sad to say. But there are smaller fiberglass trailers that might work for you...

check this link to see some trailers and their weights of various people at events... you don't know what they have in it exactly but would give some ideas.

Trailer Weights in the Real World
I spoke to my car dealer where I bought it. The only difference between the 2000 and 3500 lbs. tow capacity is the heavy duty rad. and engine oil cooler. I already have the larger rad. The engine oil cooler I do not have so instead I will add a large tranny cooler. The engine and transmission is the same for both tow ratings. That should be ok since I will be towing about 2000, maybe 2200 lbs. fully loaded.
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Old 04-12-2013, 05:58 AM   #12
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maybe it will go in

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With small 8" golf cart wheels swapped on, one should be able to get a Snoozy through a 84" (standard 7' door) door opening. I presently do this for my Scamp, and have ruled out the Park Liner because there is no way to make it through the 7' opening.
Unfortunately my garage door opening is 82" and not the standard 84". However I may be able to remove some trim wood below the steel lintel bar which would add 1.5 to 2 inches more clearance. I need to see that in daylight, it's is pitch black now. I am crossing my fingers. With the golf cart wheels it might be OK I hope. This is the lowest cost solution and the simplest one. Otherwise I need a contractor to open up the height of the door, new door too.

If this works out then I go shopping for a egg.
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Hi Mitchell, to FiberglassRV, we're glad you're here. I just wanted to pop in and say "hi."
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Mitchell, Definitely no roof air conditioner will help. Dave's solution works well.

I notice you did not mention the brand of your tow vehicle nor your engine size. What are they?
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