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Old 05-06-2016, 12:23 PM   #1
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New member from Maryland

Hi all,

New here to group. Looking at possibility of getting a good lightweight trailer, and have really liked the looks of the fiberglass units.

I could probably take just a minimal 13' trailer, but my wife has certain criteria will need to meet, primarily a bathroom/shower on board. Would also want to be able to tow without getting a huge pick-up/SUV. Currently have a FWD Honda Pilot with a 3500 lb. capacity, but even like the idea of the 5th wheel Scamp mated with a Toyota Tacoma or Honda Ridgeline.

Also want the package to be something my grown children and close friends can use with their mates when they want to get away in the woods or mountains.

My wife would prefer a condo at the beach, but we have enough friends that have condos that will let us use them, so would prefer to be able to take on different scenery. I grew up in the Appalachian mountains and really miss them now that I live in Central Maryland near the Bay. (which is beautiful in its own right; I'm just still partial to the mountains)

Look forward to the journey!


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Old 05-06-2016, 01:08 PM   #2
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Welcome, Bill!

I grew up on the Bay near Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County. We did have a boat for a while and did Chesapeake Bay things, but my family also tended toward the mountains and the boat turned into a tent trailer after a few seasons. Much less work!! It took us all over the US and eastern Canada.

I tow a 13' Scamp with a FWD Honda Pilot. It could easily tow a 16' Scamp or Casita, but I don't think I'd want to go much larger than that.

If it's just the two of you, they do make 13' Scamps with full front baths. A 16'er is a step up and allows you to keep the dinette made up as a bed and still have a daytime seating/dining area.

A Parkliner is another nice option, and it's made in NC. It's a newer company just emerging under new ownership. It offers a 60" wide main bed (versus 45" or 54" in Scamp and Casita depending on model). Used units come up for sale occasionally.

Best wishes!

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Old 05-06-2016, 03:41 PM   #3
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16 foot is best
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Old 05-07-2016, 07:27 AM   #4
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Forgot to mention... The old Ridgeline could not be used for fifth wheel towing due to the angled bed rails and under-bed storage. The new one looks like it will have a more conventional shape, but I've heard it will still have the storage compartment. It makes a great tow vehicle for a bumper pull, though, and will likely have a bit more capacity than the Pilot.
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Old 05-07-2016, 07:45 PM   #5
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If my wife were into camping , I'd opt for a 16 or 17 with bath . Since I go alone , I have a 13 Scamp , basic .
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Old 05-08-2016, 12:01 PM   #6
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I liked the Parkliner but dear. Husband wanted a little more space for him and the cats. Both Parkliner and the Lilsnoozy we went with have an engineered-to reduce -turbulence bottom, so you don't need stabilizers. Have fun looking.

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