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Old 08-24-2015, 09:47 AM   #29
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That one's old enough that it doesn't have any of the amenities found in later units such as a refrigerator, water heater, furnace etc. It also doesn't have a cable lift system that adds substantial weight as there is a lot more heavy framework and winches etc required. The Black one in my Photobucket is a Starcraft and it had all that stuff. Even not having brakes knocks of a few more lbs. This one is, basically, a tent with a stove, a sink and a table.


I saw that this Palomino had been sitting in the same place in a nearby yard for several years (Google Earth location vs current location) so I sent the owner a note in the mail and she was happy to get it off her hands, for about $350 as I recall. It had only a very few water damage issues and the fabric was perfect.


Which points out a good way to find one, check the neighbors driveways, this is the time they will want to sell, winters is on it's way/
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Old 08-28-2015, 11:22 AM   #30
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Do not assume that all pop-up camping trailers are light. Keep an open mind when shopping for travel trailers. Many non-fiberglass travel trailers are ultra-light weight. As an example the Trail-Lite series by R-Vision (a division of Manaco trailers and motor homes) that I currently own is 26ft long and has every conceivable option and tips the scales at 3,300 Lbs. it is one of many quality built travel trailer brands out there on the used market. I found mine last year in as-new condition from a private seller on Craigslist for the amazing price of $5,000 complete with a weight distribution/sway control hitch system.
Shop around and you will discover plenty of bargains!

I did look into renting a class C motor home about two years ago and the cost for a few weeks exceeded what the purchase price of a used travel trailer would set me back.

Good Luck and Happy Camping!
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Old 08-30-2015, 01:40 PM   #31
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With so much rain and dampness, I would opt for the fiberglass trailer which you would have no trouble selling in Alaska, but then you'd be stuck in motels, etc on the return trip.
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Old 08-30-2015, 01:50 PM   #32
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We have made 3 trips to Alaska. On the first one, we had a 16 foot Scamp after we were ready to head home, we listed it on Craigs List and sold it for about what we had paid. We then bought a 19 footer and have been back 2 times with it.
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Old 08-31-2015, 11:15 AM   #33
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Since parking is an issue, would parking it outside of the city in secure lot storage be an option? I paid $35/mo to store a 12ft trailer over the winter in a fenced and secured yard in the 'burbs.
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Old 08-31-2015, 11:39 AM   #34
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Parking in a Storage Yard isn't always that good a bet. A number of Trailer thefts and pilferages have been reported and my own Mustang convertible was stolen out of a locked and secure garage unit that had full locked gates and limited access. All a perp has to do is pay a months rent and they have full run of most "Secure" yards and have lots of time to plan any evil doings.


Gotta say, from my own experiences, the employees of many of the storage yards aren't always top drawer (what ever that means). In the case of my Mustang, it was a definite inside job.
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Old 08-31-2015, 08:43 PM   #35
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I've had good luck so far with the lots, some bad luck on my own property, and the worst on street parking. Bad luck and villainy are hard to predict... My point is, there are options beyond relying on the good graces and limited resources of friends and family.
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Old 08-31-2015, 10:15 PM   #36
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Traveling that distance, with a pop up??
We've traveled quite a bit and will be doing a lot more this winter. One of things I do is drive into the night. When I'm ready for some sleep I seek out in this order, a rest area, truck stop, WalMart. Stop go crawl into the trailer bed and sleep for few hours.

I couldn't do that with a popup. The moment you put the popup out you're "Camping". All these places don't allow camping. But they do allow sleeping without camping. With a hard sided RV that I can simply get into bed without any changes to the outside I'm NOT camping. Yes it appears like a small difference, but I don't make the rules, but all have to live by them.
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Old 09-01-2015, 07:08 AM   #37
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While I don't advocate tent trailers as being ideal for overnight stops, Wal-Mart does not have any "rules" about not opening pop-ups, any more than to not use slide-outs in monster motorhomes, when overnighting in their parking lots. I have seen numerous examples of pop-ups/tent trailers in Wal-Marts, rest areas, casinos and even at Cracker Barrels, when overnight RV parking was allowed.


When I lifted the top on my Sunrader Adventure motorhome or on my Hunter Compact-II, it was no secret that I am using the RV, but I have never, in at least 100 nights in many of the above named places, ever been asked to leave.


It's usually only when you start setting stuff outside, lawn chair's BBQ's etc., that the Camping vs. Overnight parking line is seen as being crossed.


Individual opinions and attitudes may vary, but I have yet to see any "Rules" prohibiting the use of tent trailers where overnight RV parking was allowed.
However, based on local policy, some properties may differ and, just like asking before overnighting at a Wal-Mart, it's always a good idea, if possible, to ask first.
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Staying in a pop up overnight in a Walmart lot is not something I would do.

In fact staying in a Walmart lot with anything overnight is something we have never done. Something about the missing "nature ambiance".
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Old 09-02-2015, 09:19 PM   #39
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I think we're going to keep our eye out for a 13' Scamp (or similar). I think it would suit our needs and be so fun. I just hope we can time it right and find one that we want at the time we need it!

We are not opposed to buying new and reselling, but do you think we'd lose more money that way? I'm getting the impression if we go used we can probably sell it for what we pay for it.
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Going used can often result in an excellent resale return, but don't expect to open Craigslist one Saturday morning and buy one on that same day, ready to go.


You are in an area where FGRV's are a bit scarce, and most are stored for the winter starting in November and put back up for sale in April. Best investment time to buy is now, to sell is in May-July.
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I think we're going to keep our eye out for a 13' Scamp (or similar). I think it would suit our needs and be so fun. I just hope we can time it right and find one that we want at the time we need it!

We are not opposed to buying new and reselling, but do you think we'd lose more money that way? I'm getting the impression if we go used we can probably sell it for what we pay for it.
I suspect you'd lose more buying new, yes. Even if you come close on the sales price, you probably won't be able to recover taxes and shipping cost.

Cost-wise you'd probably be better off buying used this fall, even if you had to pay for several months of storage. Have you looked into the going rate for storage in your area? Six months of storage at $50/month is $300. You'd likely save at least that much buying in the fall over the identical unit in the spring. And you could spend your time in the spring figuring out all the million other details that go with a trip of this magnitude.
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Good points- I'll research storage options, though I expect it will cost more than that, but probably we could still come out ahead.
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