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Old 09-23-2013, 10:00 AM   #1
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Hello!

I'm new to the RV world but completely fascinated. Last Christmas we rented one for a week to get the feel and fell in love. We also travel extensively by car for work, and we have to slow down for a closer look every time we pass one on the highway. As time and finances allow, we are now looking at purchasing an RV.

From a design/maintenance perspective, I love the molded fiberglass units. . . they seem to solve a number of issues I worry about. So now it's a matter of narrowing down the choices. Any suggestions or recommendations would be welcomed!

A few criteria currently on the table:

• There are two of us, so a double bed is tight but do-able.
• I am 6'3" so head/leg room in important.
• I have limited towing experience, so something lighter/easier is great.
• We will purchase a towing vehicle based on the RV we select.

Huge thanks for any pointers, and we're looking forward to seeing you all at an RV rally soon!

Bill
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Old 09-23-2013, 12:50 PM   #2
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I have a pointer...
...buy my EggCamper!

Meant to be funny, but not completely in jest. Just today we put down a deposit on a new Escape, so we will soon post our 17' EggCamper for sale - (and we conveniently live in Florida).
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Old 09-23-2013, 12:58 PM   #3
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FG campers with queen bed and plus 6 foot ceilings are:

  1. Escape
  2. EggCamper
  3. Casita 17 foot
  4. Parkliner
  5. Lil Snoozy
  6. ......

C'mon eggheads, help me fill out the list.
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Old 09-23-2013, 01:37 PM   #4
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Scamp 16' head room inside is 6' 3" and the Bigfoot 17'5" is 6' 4" - neither has a queen bed.
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Old 09-23-2013, 02:46 PM   #5
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Thanks to all for the quick responses. The rest of my morning has been spent reading through the forums. Also came up with:

Bigfoot
Trillium
Scamp
Airstream (not fiberglass, but I can dream)

And Ray, I appreciate the offer (and the Egg looks like a top choice for us), but too soon to afford.
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Old 09-23-2013, 02:55 PM   #6
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Photo Tour of a Lil Snoozy....................

Depending on which maker is dependent on personal needs and wants.
The Snoozy fits mine for the time being......

Backyard Photo Shoot

And, to the Forum.
Searching and getting headaches choosing is part of the fun.
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Old 09-23-2013, 03:36 PM   #7
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Here is a discussion on interior heights:
Interior trailer heights
Pay particular attention to Donna's link to an earlier discussion, which also has a link to bed sizes:
Inside Height by Trailer Brand/Model and Year
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Old 09-23-2013, 03:46 PM   #8
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Hi Bill,

Most of the manufacturers maintain lists of owners willing to show their trailers. That would be a good start, but the best place to get a feel for the different trailers would be a rally. Rally season is almost over, but depending on your buying timeframe, if you could get to one of the bigger meet-ups, you would see them "as they appear in nature"

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Old 09-23-2013, 04:47 PM   #9
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I have a Trillium1300. It has no roof-top A/C, only vent. Before doing a total over-haul modification, I separate the shell from frame thinking I could put the shell ONLY(on a piece of plywood with 3/4 inches thickness and dolly with tiny steel wheels)into the garage but it turned out I could not. My garage door is measured with 7feet +....Now after outdoor modification finished, it is stored out-door in a paved drive way. Just my...story...
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Old 09-23-2013, 04:51 PM   #10
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Here is the Trillium1300 and...the garage in the back ground...
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Old 09-23-2013, 05:59 PM   #11
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Bill,
Welcome to FGRV and our little world. Being new there is one rule you will learn but for your benefit you are being told now, if the opportunity comes up to purchase a fiberglass trailer and it is within a days drive and you want one, buy it, do not hesitate. The reason is there are so few of these ever available at any time. First off though, you need to look at some. contact Escape and EggCamper and Casita and they can put you in touch with someone that has one. Also look here on the forum for rallies within your tri state area, that is a good way to meet and see the units in person- check here Rallies, Get-togethers, Molded Meets (Upcoming) - Fiberglass RV
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Old 09-23-2013, 08:34 PM   #12
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Hi Bill, to FiberglassRV, we're glad you're here

IMHO interior trailer height is less important compared to comfortable sleeping. There's lots of tall people perfectly happy with teardrops! You'll end up spending a whole lot less time standing up inside a trailer than you do laying down sleeping. So... pay attention to bed sizes! YMMV.
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Old 09-23-2013, 08:38 PM   #13
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Welcome!
We have a Trillium and I thought I'd tell you about our 'alternate' sleeping arrangement. As 'mature' people with the usual assortment of health and agility issues we found it difficult to climb over a partner to get out of bed. Hubby decided that the front couch would suit him just fine. He removed the back (that forms the upper bunk), bought a bit of memory foam and sleeps well. The main bed is bigger than I need so we opt for storage boxes for clothes and varius oddments on the mattress along the back.
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:25 PM   #14
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EggCamper does have a very tall interior but it does not have a queen size bed. A full-size is as wide as it will take. It would take a longer mattress as the full leaves about 6 inches at each end.

It is very easy to tow. I had never towed anything before I bought the trailer and I have towed it over 14,000 miles in the last 18 months.
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