Greetings from SE Michigan.
I've just joined the forum to learn more about small TTs as we are are contemplating buying our first trailer this summer.
Please forgive the long post but ....
We are both recently retired and want a TT to use as a second home while visiting the kids in Alabama; to escape
to southern Florida for a couple of winter months and to travel for adventure out west in the spring and fall
We want to tow with a RAV4 V6 with tow package. I've pulled a 2,500 lb boat/trailer 5,000 miles so know at least that much weight
is comfortable for this car/driver combo. The boat is low, however, so may not impose the aero drag that a TT would. Certainly not as much as an 8' wide 9' high box.
I like the notion of a fiberglass trailer and am thinking of a 17' Casita
, Lil Snoozy
or Egg Camper
. We are leaning toward the Lil Snoozy
and hope to visit the factory in early April as we will be nearby anyway.
One big concern we have is the "climb over the other person to get up in the middle of the night" issue. We really want a floor plan to avoid this which means two separate twin beds, probably two 30 x 74 beads running fore and aft with an aisle in the middle. No one, AFAIK, offers this as standard. (I'm a wooden boat builder so would have no trouble revising an interior.)
A second concern is propane
vs all electric. Visiting the kids and snowbirding in Fl would be in state parks or private campgrounds (or my daughter's driveway) so I'm assuming 110v electric woud be available. Out west, though, I understand National Parks and many state campgrounds do not have hook-ups AND it can get quite cold at night, especially with some altitude.
I can see living off the grid for several days without hot water, a block of ice in the fridge
, a little portable propane
stove for cooking and recharging the battery
with the car alternator as needed. What I am wrestling with is how to heat the trailer. We used to tent camp and had a Coleman white-gas catalytic heater which I hated because of the smell and fear of asphyxiation. I'm pretty sure we don't want an unvented heater in our new TT.
I already have a quiet Honda EU2000i generator
. I wouldn't want to run it all night even if the park rules allowd unlimited generator
operation but it could power a little electric heater (which we need anyway for heat with shore power) to get the trailer nice and toasty before bed. Do you who have experience camping out west think this would be an adequate solution? Do parks usually regulate generator
running hours? A compact refrigerator
only uses about 100 watts when running so an alternative to a block of ice could be an inverter tapping the 12v battery
with a daily recharge (maybe??)
With the generator solution I also get AC, refrig, battery
charging and hot water and save maybe $1000 over buying a small (Propex?) propane furnace
. Getting a two way fridge
and water heater might and another $1000. Weight
is a wash as the furnace
and a full 20# bottle of propane weigh as much as the generator.
OTOH, I know we'ed stay warm all night with a propane furnace
What say you? Twin beds? Propane vs. all electric? Casita
vs Lil Snoozy
vs Egg Camper
? (especially in view of twin bed mod)