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Old 08-20-2016, 10:24 AM   #1
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Smile Looking for the right fg Trailer for Retirement Travels

Hi, I'm Kathy in Michigan, and I'm planning ahead for more travel in retirement. Hoping to find the perfect combo of van and fg trailer to visit with grown kids/family, living all over the map, kind people in RV Communities, National Parks, and exploring back roads on a budget . As I look at vehicles, I'm leaning toward Casita, but am open to other's on-the-road rvtrailer experience and expertise!
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Old 08-20-2016, 10:27 AM   #2
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Hi Kathy in Michigan. You're on the right track, doing your due diligence so you get the best combo for YOU. I strongly suggest you check out ALL the brands of all-molded-towables to find the right price point, options, size, weight and layout that will work best for you.


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Old 08-20-2016, 11:19 AM   #3
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Come to algonac in sept where you'll see a variety of fg trailers
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Old 08-20-2016, 12:44 PM   #4
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Kathy Milkmay has the right advise. Attend gatherings so you can look inside a variety of trailers and talk to the owners about pros and cons for their particular make of trailer. Information gathered from brochures, photos and verbal endorsements is helpful but nothing helps like seeing and going inside the various trailers. Welcome aboard. Lee
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Old 08-20-2016, 07:25 PM   #5
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Hello from the other end of the USA! We evolved retirement plans fro backpacking the AT, to a motorcycle popup Aspen camper, to a teardrop, and thence to a fiberglass trailer. When I started to research the only names I knew were Scamp and Casita- and they brought me to this site and I was overwhelmed with the variety! Actually eyeballing the trailers and if possible sitting on couches and in dinettes and stretching out on beds. On paper the R pod looked like the answer to our dreams but in person it was poorly arranged, too small (and we're not big people) and it would about taken an act of Congress to get one without a slide, - I didn't want a slide because in all the purchasing used RV videos I saw the slides seemed to be the entry point for a lot of leaks andit was another mechanism that would need expensive upkeep. Why pay the mmoney to haul it around if you're not going to use it? We graduated to the newer FGs- the Parkliner and Lil Snoozy- because of the basement engineering to reduce drag and do away with the need for sway bars, and because as old backpackers we're used to living small. So our's should be ready for pickup in September or October- and we'll see you on the trails!
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We graduated to the newer FGs- the Parkliner and Lil Snoozy- because of the basement engineering to reduce drag and do away with the need for sway bars
You're really sold on that pitch. Isn't the extension cord trailing behind you going create drag?
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Old 08-21-2016, 05:42 AM   #7
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I'll repeat the invite to the Michigan fiberglass trailer rally. It's held in Algonac state park at Algonac. Every year it's on the weekend after Labor Day which will be Sept 9, 10, 11. Go from home or get a motel if it's too far to commute. It's fun! Saturday is mostly for looking at all the different kinds of trailers, sort of like an open house. A lot of very nice friendly people.


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Old 08-21-2016, 07:13 AM   #8
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Kathy,

I will second/third the "attend a rally" suggestion!

Your ideal choice of trailer will likely be influenced by your intended tow vehicle, the number
of people that you want to sleep, and your requirements for AC, bathroom, etc.

A rally is a great opportunity to see lots of brands of trailers and ask lots of questions. 😊

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Old 08-21-2016, 09:00 AM   #9
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Come to algonac in sept where you'll see a variety of fg trailers

where, when, and what is Algonac?
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where, when, and what is Algonac?
There is a molded fiberglass rally being held at Algonac State Park in Algonac, MI. It is on Sept. 9,10, and 11 this year. I will be going for the first time.

Algonac is in the south eastern quarter of the lower peninsula and is right on the St. Clair River - major freighter/shipping route so great ship viewing.

Here is a link with the info:

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...ble-72923.html
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Old 08-21-2016, 10:33 AM   #11
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There is a molded fiberglass rally being held at Algonac State Park in Algonac, MI. It is on Sept. 9,10, and 11 this year. I will be going for the first time.

Algonac is in the south eastern quarter of the lower peninsula and is right on the St. Clair River - major freighter/shipping route so great ship viewing.

Here is a link with the info:

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...ble-72923.html
will any of the Fiberglass trailer manufactures be there, or is just a gathering of FGRV owners...I don't currently have an RV, but I'm looking....I would probably have to bring a tent or sleep in my future TV...or can you just come in for the day and check out the RV's...thanks
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Jeff,

It will be owners with their personal trailers. If you look at the link I posted above, scroll down a bit and you will find a site map with a list of those attending, and what kind of trailer they will have. No guarantee that all floor plans will be available for viewing, but you can get a good feel for the size and quality of the different trailers.

All the fiberglass trailer manufacturers build to order and have anywhere from a six month to year wait after you place your order. Generally they do not have trailers built ahead of time that you can check out, so the only option is looking at other folk's trailers.

Most of those attending these rallies, are very open to curious people wanting tours of their trailers and are very accommodating. Yes, you can come in for the day (Saturday?) just to check out the trailers.
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will any of the Fiberglass trailer manufactures be there, or is just a gathering of FGRV owners...I don't currently have an RV, but I'm looking....I would probably have to bring a tent or sleep in my future TV...or can you just come in for the day and check out the RV's...thanks
I know I'll be there with the HC1 prototype not sure on any other manufactures.
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Definitely attend a rally. Our combo is a Scamp 16 with a Honda Odyssey. We travel for 7 MO the a year and have never been uncomfortable.

These trailers rarely if ever sway, but I still suggest a sway bar, inexpensive, easy to use and good insurance.

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