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Old 03-01-2018, 11:39 AM   #1
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Smile Hi, I'm Michael

Susan and I are getting ready to retire in the next year or so.
My research for a travel trailer has led me to the fiberglass variety.
Now I just need to figure out which one and how to get it!
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Old 03-01-2018, 12:09 PM   #2
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A few questions to narrow down the search.
Size? Fiberglass trailers are available 13' to 34'
Bathroom or just a porta potty?
Tow vehicle?
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Old 03-01-2018, 12:16 PM   #3
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Have you camped in a trailer before? How long are the trips you envision?

Choose a trailer first then select a tow vehicle that can handle it. Fiberglass trailers tend to be light weight but not as light as many people think. Check the weights in the real world for some actual weights.

Having a little extra margin on TV is much better than being marginal.
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Old 03-01-2018, 12:30 PM   #4
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A few questions to narrow down the search.
Size? Fiberglass trailers are available 13' to 34'
Bathroom or just a porta potty?
Tow vehicle?
Tow Vehicle=Toyota Tacoma SR5
16 to 21 approx.
Wifey must have bath & shower.
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Old 03-01-2018, 12:42 PM   #5
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Tow Vehicle=Toyota Tacoma SR5
16 to 21 approx.
Wifey must have bath & shower.
If you are cost conscious, you should look at an older Bigfoot fifth wheel, or bumper pull Bigfoot 19, (I was hours from buying one of these).

If you have time and money, take a look at Escapes, (Canadian) or Oliver, (top of the line).
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Old 03-01-2018, 12:58 PM   #6
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Have you camped in a trailer before? How long are the trips you envision?

Choose a trailer first then select a tow vehicle that can handle it. Fiberglass trailers tend to be light weight but not as light as many people think. Check the weights in the real world for some actual weights.

Having a little extra margin on TV is much better than being marginal.
Horse before the cart - already have a Toyota Tacoma SR5 with a tow package.
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Old 03-01-2018, 05:50 PM   #7
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See if you can attend a fiberglass rally near by and go check some of the different campers out. At the Spring Fling in New England Rally last year, 2 parties came in, one was wanting to look at a Casita and the other a Scamp.
After the show & shine event they had did a flip-flop. I think only one of the parties did buy a camper and I do believe they will be the rally this May 17.
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Old 03-02-2018, 10:26 AM   #8
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Tacoma SR5 with Tow Package... There are several versions of tow packages out there for the Tacoma ranging from over 6,000 lbs to 3,300 lbs. I just went through this and found that my tow rating was a bit lower than I thought. Your owners manual can help if you have not already checked this. Also, Toyota does not recommend fifth wheel towing. Why, I don't know, it seems strange.

We recently went through the search, looked at a Casita and a Scamp. They tend to go fast around here. One thing I noticed was that the Scamp is built with an exposed wafer board floor. I assume it is waterproof glue, but it is exposed to road spray, etc. The Casita is a bit heavier, but the fiberglass shell goes completely under the floor, leaving only the frame exposed.

Just a few thoughts... Have a great time looking!
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Old 03-02-2018, 12:43 PM   #9
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Hi, I'm another Michael. I'm recently retired and have been trailering for a lot of years. I understand you have a tow vehicle. Unless you plan to change that, the capacity of your tug dictates what trailers you can purchase and tow safely. You may want to pick a trailer that has a dry weight of about half of this capacity. That leaves you capacity for the other things you will likely take camping and hopefully some to spare as a safety margin. Take your time deciding what you want so you, and your wife, will be happy with your purchase.
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My husband and I are selling our U Haul camper. We lived in it for extended periods in Montana and travels out west. We’re in central Georgia currently. We love ours, but we’ve made some other retirement plans. We always kept her stocked and packed up, so we could go when ever we wanted to. We call her our Egg-Go. She is a rolling B&B. My listing is on this site.
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Old 03-02-2018, 01:03 PM   #11
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Tacoma SR5 with Tow Package... There are several versions of tow packages out there for the Tacoma ranging from over 6,000 lbs to 3,300 lbs. I just went through this and found that my tow rating was a bit lower than I thought. Your owners manual can help if you have not already checked this. Also, Toyota does not recommend fifth wheel towing. Why, I don't know, it seems strange.

We recently went through the search, looked at a Casita and a Scamp. They tend to go fast around here. One thing I noticed was that the Scamp is built with an exposed wafer board floor. I assume it is waterproof glue, but it is exposed to road spray, etc. The Casita is a bit heavier, but the fiberglass shell goes completely under the floor, leaving only the frame exposed.

Just a few thoughts... Have a great time looking!
Thanks for the info.
I did a VINDECODER on my Tacoma - MY max trailer capacity is 6400 - so pretty flexible. We do not intend on getting a trailer that big anyway.
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Thanks for the info.
I did a VINDECODER on my Tacoma - MY max trailer capacity is 6400 - so pretty flexible. We do not intend on getting a trailer that big anyway.
My Taco is also 6400 rated and tows a 21 foot Escape just fine. Fully loaded for travel the 21 weighs in at 4300 lbs. The double axle towing behavior is far better than a single axle ( I had a Casita 17 LD) and the backing is also easier with the longer distance between the hitch and the axles. The 21 also has the largest bath/shower of all the Escape models.
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Old 03-03-2018, 07:06 AM   #13
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We recently went through the search, looked at a Casita and a Scamp. They tend to go fast around here. One thing I noticed was that the Scamp is built with an exposed wafer board floor. I assume it is waterproof glue, but it is exposed to road spray, etc. The Casita is a bit heavier, but the fiberglass shell goes completely under the floor, leaving only the frame exposed.

Just a few thoughts... Have a great time looking!
Both floor designs have pluses and minuses. Commonly floors rot from the inside out. So being exposed on the bottom is not as bad as you might think. First it allows the floor to dry out. Casita is bath tub style so the floor is inside the tub. Get s leak and the water is trapped. Casita has changed their floor design many times over the years making it better.

I used to make the adhesive for OSB itís not waterproof, far from it. It can tolerate short term exposure (while s house is being built) but not too long. Itís biggest advantage is it is cheap, really cheap. Compared to plywood much less labor to make it and pretty much any species wood works. Plywood manufacturing process is much more involved.
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Old 03-03-2018, 07:21 AM   #14
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our camper a 95 and no rotting on the floor. most rotting problems are caused by bad plumbing we don't have a bathroom or a shower!


I found one problem with the door handle and lock they had installed it with no sealer around the outside. I don't understand that one!


good luck on your purchase you have plenty of truck


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