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Old 04-28-2011, 10:16 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm definitely a newbie here and to this concept of camping

Hello and welcome to my state of confusion. My wife and I have kicked around getting a travel trailer or motorhome for years and just never made it. She passed last year and now I'm retired (as of 5/31 anyway) and plenty of time on my hands. Don't need a big behemoth. I like the FG trailers from what I've seen. The problem is it appears most are sold direct so how in the devil do can you determine what fits you just right?

Don't need a lot of space. I'm used to cramped quarters having spent 20 years in the submarine service. Don't need things (except my computer & cell phone). Thinking about a 13'er or maybe 16'. Needs a toilet/shower since I plan to full time in it. Browsed the internet looking at Casita, Scamps, Burro's and not any further ahead of the game. I'll be towing with a 2008 GMC Acadia with tow package so I don't think any of those will be a problem.

Perhaps I should actually post this someplace other than the Welcome area but just trying to get some direction.

Hey, thanks in advance and I'm liking what I see here.

Hope to soon be on the road.

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Old 04-28-2011, 10:24 PM   #2
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The problem is it appears most are sold direct so how in the devil do can you determine what fits you just right?

Browsed the internet looking at Casita, Scamps, Burro's and not any further ahead of the game.
There are several strategies you might employ:
  1. All of the current manufacturers maintain lists of past customers who agree to show their trailers.
  2. Drop in on any of the rallys that are on the calander. Anyone is welcome, even if you don't have a fiberglass trailer.
  3. I'm sure others will jump in this discussion with ideas for you
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:25 PM   #3
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If your looking for a toilet/shower then you will find that is more common to the 16'.
As suggested attending a meet is a great way to see a lot of different trailer makes all in one place. The closest one to you I can see posted is being held July 15 -17, 2011 - Mid-Atlantic/Pocono Egg Fest at Delaware Water Gap KOA. The other thing is to look for used ones for sale in your area and just start going out to look at the various ones before deciding which works for you. I can tell you that in the case of the Scamps there is not a whole lot of difference between a new one and one built in the the 90's. The trailer register at the top of this form is also a great way to take a look at the different trailers as a number of people have added interior photos to their register.
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Drop in on any of the rallys that are on the calander. Anyone is welcome, even if you don't have a fiberglass trailer.
2011 (8th Annual) Oregon Gathering

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Saturday is usually "Open House" where everyone goes to look at everyone else's trailer
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I thought Albany was upstate NY.
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Gezzz now I wonder. I thought of Albany NY first as well but Frederick is correct there is an Albany in Oregon as well........
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I thought Albany was upstate NY.
There are 34 Albany's in the world. It's a rather common name.
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Gezzz now I wonder. I thought of Albany NY first as well but Frederick is correct there is an Albany in Oregon as well........
And it is Oregon. My profile didn't pick up the state so I added with the City. I'm actually pretty much in transit for a bit. Heading to California mid-May to Mid-Jun then to Wyoming for a couple days then on the Pennsylvania for a bit before heading down to Branson, MO to arrive there in Mid July probably. Jeez I could use that trailer now. Oh well.

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And it is Oregon. My profile didn't pick up the state so I added with the City. I'm actually pretty much in transit for a bit. Heading to California mid-May to Mid-Jun then to Wyoming for a couple days then on the Pennsylvania for a bit before heading down to Branson, MO to arrive there in Mid July probably. Jeez I could use that trailer now. Oh well.

Thanks everyone.
We are new at this too. Just packing up our 17ft Bigfoot for a trip to Branson May 8th The bigfoot has all the things we need Good luck on your plans
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Ah Nick, dang it. Had we met you a week earlier we would have invited you to the NOG at L.L. Stub Stewart SP just west of Portland! We had a gathering of eggs last weekend and you could have viewed first-hand a bunch of different brands/layouts. Shoot. My suggestion is to call Scamp and Casita and Escape and get a list of people who are willing to show you their trailer. Look at as many as you can, even the layouts you THINK you may NOT be interested in.... knowledge is power!

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Well Donna I did know about that, and was invited up, but was out of the area so wasn't able to attend. Good suggestions here though so going to shoot e-mails off to those folks and see what I can see before I hit the road again.

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Nick, are you thinking about new or pre-loved?

A quick search revealed a used Scamp 16 at Larry's RV in Bend OR. 3 hours' drive? At least you could sit in it and see what it's like.
http://bend.craigslist.org/rvs/2351970392.html
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Nick, are you thinking about new or pre-loved?

A quick search revealed a used Scamp 16 at Larry's RV in Bend OR. 3 hours' drive? At least you could sit in it and see what it's like.
http://bend.craigslist.org/rvs/2351970392.html
I'm thinking whichever works out. I'm certainly not opposed to "pre-loved". I can always give it a bunch more. I'm also not opposed to driving a bit to get it. After all I'll probably have to drive to pick up a new one somewhere too.
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I'm thinking whichever works out. I'm certainly not opposed to "pre-loved". I can always give it a bunch more. I'm also not opposed to driving a bit to get it. After all I'll probably have to drive to pick up a new one somewhere too.
Just read the rest of your post. Bend would be a little tough for me to get to right now. I'm in the process of packing and getting ready to move all my stuff to my sons, but still working for another 3 weeks. Thanks for the heads up. If I get a chance I might give them a call to see if they still have it and drive over. Nice drive this time of year.
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