NEWBIE: Egg vs. Lil Snoozy advice - Fiberglass RV


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Old 01-19-2014, 03:47 PM   #1
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NEWBIE: Egg vs. Lil Snoozy advice

I have been on here about 6 months mostly reading advice. I am 4 years from retirement and just in planning stages of getting a camper for everything from short fishing trips to longer 6 month or longer trips when I retire. I would like to have my trailer in the next 2 years with some time for any modifications before I venture out to see the country and have to live in the trailer for several months at a time. I am sold on fiberglass trailer - #1 reason I want something light so I don't have to get a big heavy duty pickup truck. I'm a big guy - 6'4" and 280lbs. So in my research I have just about ruled out any fiberglass trailers beside the Egg Camper and the Lil Snoozy. Both appear to have enough headroom and bedroom - Egg is 6'7" inside and Lil Snoozy is 6"4". I like the Scamps and Casitas but just not enough headroom. Other brand names like Parkliner and Jayco just seem to be too heavy. I will spend some time in the mountains and having a small pickup or SUV is a must for me - I definitely want to save money by travelling light. I know nothing about RVs and not very mechanical. I have a few necessities I will have to have - good AC/heat, good bed, and Sat TV (travelling alone, sports fan, I will need TV access). Do fiberglass trailers stay warm in sub freezing temps? I won't go too extreme but could see myself in the Rockies in the fall.

I have really narrowed down to Egg Camper. Listed new $18,800 vs. Lil Snoozy for $19,000 but the Egg Camper has more options included in standard package vs. the Lil Snoozy. Lil Snoozy has features like microwave, awning, cable/Sat TV hookups, and more as extra features. The added cost of some of the features that the Egg Camper include as standard really make the Lil Snoozy price go up.

But I will also want some kind of generator to boondock sometimes. I am thinking I will need propane too if electric isn't available.

I would love to buy used, but MAN, I stay active on different sites and there just aren't Egg Campers or Lil Snoozys for sale.

I am very excited every time I think about retiring and hitting the road in my camper. #1 ambition is to travel the Pacific Coast Highway, then spend the winter in warm weather for my first winter.

I would certainly like to hear from owners of Egg Campers and Lil Snoozys or any other fiberglass trailer owners who can give me advice.

Mark, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri
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Old 01-19-2014, 04:10 PM   #2
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Both Egg Camper and Lil Snoozy are electric only. No propane tanks and propane appliances. That's the reason why these brands are not in my shopping list.
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I second Sergey on why they are not on mine either as I like to have lots of flexibility of where and when I camp. The use of generator is slowly being outlawed in many areas I camp or hours of use greatly decreasing.

Have you been inside either of these trailers yet? If not I suggest you take a look at the Rally Map and see what rallies may be close to you this summer and go and take a look at all the brands of fiberglass trailers. They are all very different and the Egg and Lil Snoozy are favourites for some and not for others, its the same with every brand. You may find that what you thought you would like isn't the one after you have a chance to go inside the other brands.
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BTW have you looked at the Escape 17'?
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Old 01-19-2014, 05:40 PM   #5
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to the Forum Mark.

If this will help any, this is the Lil Snoozy Owners site:

HOME

I'm in NE Oklahoma just west of Siloam Springs, Ark.
You're welcome any time to check my Snoozy out.

BAMA (Herschel) lives in Van Buren, Ark. with his Snoozy.
He has his for sale.

The Lil Snoozy made it to the top of my selection list.
Every one has different desires and needs. So everyone has
to decide what their list of "must haves" are and make an informed
decision. If you travel single the Lil Snoozy may be the perfect size.
There are three of us, so one of my must have was a third bed. My
daughter is extra short so the Snoozy couch/bed is perfect for her.

Good luck on your search. A trailer with your name on it is out there
waiting somewhere.
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Dangit. I don't want to be "that guy" with a generator running in the campground. Do you have any other suggestions for what I am looking for? Are there other brand names I am missing that would suit a 6'4" person?

I have to be able to stand up and sleep comfortably. And I don't want to get much over 2,000 lbs in weight. And I definitely want to stay small as there are places I want to take it where there isn't enough room for anything but a small trailer.

Is there generators out there that are relatively quiet? And excuse my ignorance, but do all generators run off of a battery? How long can I run a decent generator before the battery needs charged? Are there generators that run off of fuel? So as long as I have fuel I have a generator?

Not at all familiar with generators - I would want to be able to be off electric grid for 4-5 days without getting a battery generator recharged somewhere.
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Generators do NOT need a battery. Generators provide electric power to run electric appliances (including battery charger).
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I have the Honda 2000 iE generator.
It's a gas engine generator. Have yet to need to use it.
In fact, I haven't taken it with me since I got it. But I do
stay in state parks. In the Walmart parking lots, the fantastic
fan does quite well in the spring and fall.

There are lots of alternatives. Solar is one of them.
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No I haven't been inside ANY trailers since I became serious and I will definitely check out as many as I can in the next few months.

Man, if campgrounds eliminate generators, that is a whole new set of issues. I know I don't want a loud generator. It irks me anytime I have camped and heard one running all night. Totally ruins the experience.

I will research the Escape. Thanks all, any advice is appreciated.
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Dangit. I don't want to be "that guy" with a generator running in the campground. Do you have any other suggestions for what I am looking for?
If you don't want to have to use a generator then you need a trailer with propane appliances not all electrical. You want a 3 way fridge that will run on propane only as well as a stove, furnace hot water tank.

You can do as many of us have & make sure all your inside lights are LED bulbs (easy to change them if they are not done already) and get yourself a small solar system. Never needed or used a generator in my set up and camp without elecrical on about 50% of my trips.
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Welcome to the forum.

Propane is a must for me. I also have solar but no generator. This covers all of my needs except AC. If you want to boondock you'll probably want propane too. With propane and solar I'm good for several days off grid with a little help from the sun. While I like AC, I'm reluctant to buy a generator. The cost, noise, weight and exhaust are all concerns. I try to avoid extremely hot weather.

If you can attend a rally ,even if you don't have a trailer yet, you can look at a number of brands and ask questions. Some manufacturers have a program where a prospective buyer can look at a trailer that is owned by someone in your area. You could also ask if there is a forum member nearby that would let you look at their trailer.

I'm 6' tall and my 17' Bigfoot works great for me but a taller person might be uncomfortable .

Good luck on your search.
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Arkansas Rally in September.....

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...lly-62481.html
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I will research the Escape. Thanks all, any advice is appreciated.
Mark Escape has become pretty well the trailer of choose here on the West coast. If you call them they can tell you if there is someone near you that has one you can go see. The base price may seem high but when you look at all that is included in that and what some of the other trailers would cost if you added on all those same items as options the price really is very fair. Also the dollar is more in your favour these days as well. They also have an extra insulation package for those who like to winter camp.

A number of people have been trading up to the bigger trailers that Escape is now offering so if you go to their website and look on the front page for a link to their User forum - there is a for sale section. Will give you some idea as to what they go for used.... but be warned they go fast when they do come on the market used.

Another trailer to look at is the Bigfoot 17' but its on the heavier side. More of them can be found on the used market thought.
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