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Old 08-30-2011, 11:27 AM   #15
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Sure, a sales person will tell you that. How many of those trailers have survived as long as some on this forum, since the 70's and some even since the 50s?

Mine is an '86. It was in Arkansas; I am in Illinois. We saw it on ebay and bought it 10 minutes later. Yes, it took some work, but that is the fun.

No stickies for me.

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Old 08-30-2011, 01:52 PM   #16
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Karen,

I'm sure buying new with one of the current generation of LW trailers would have some real advantages, the mystique of the "eggs" is something that is more difficult to quantify. The idea of moulded bodies, which if unbroken can hardly be made to leak, is only one of the positives about these old classics. You will have to determine for yourself whether you want to have to go down the road and have folks come up to you at virtually every service station, rest stop and campground to ask about or chat about your iconic camper. I'm just getting started with mine, and already it's becoming a big part of my life... my neighbors in the subdivision even notice and comment on its comings and goings... more so than my own!

New, with all wiring, plumbing, and gas (as well as appliances, cushions, etc, etc.) fresh and working just right, would be a plus, but for some of us can stand having to do a little more "routine" maintenance (and some not-so-routine!) just for the joy of being in a classic. Again, you have to decide what fits your needs and lifestyle.

As for a broker, with the Internet I'm not sure how much of an advantage would be gained from the extra expense unless his services include a guaranteed professional grade survey of the potential purchase with written evaluation and detailed condition report. Of course if you are going to do as we discussed and buy one in route to WV from NM, it might well be worth your while to have someone local to a potential buy serve as a middle man and give you that evaluation before you arrive to avoid an unpleasant surprise when you do get there. Other than that, you're paying somebody else to do for you what your are doing here for free. That's my story, but your mileage may vary.

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Old 09-01-2011, 12:54 PM   #17
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I really have developed a 'thing' for the eggs. Just thought I might give the other light weights a moment of my attention. I'm over it now.

Back in the day, I would have loved to have an egg to tinker with. Now, I have back problems and so I pay people to do tinkery stuff for me. I think a newer egg will be better for me. Still it's an egg and that's the most important part.

My mind boggles now and then with the seeming immensity of this undertaking. It's fun and scarey. I've lived in a tent and in a car and other unconventional shelters so I know an egg will do just fine. It's the logistics of getting it together as well as doing most of the thinking solo. So I appreciate all of the info and friendly support I get here.
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Old 09-01-2011, 01:50 PM   #18
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. Has anyone bought through a broker?



I am sure someone probably has, but most find their trailer's on their own. It can be a challenge, but that is the fun part about it.


Also, has anyone checked out other light weight trailers, like Koala or View Finder or Shadow Cruiser? A dealer of these was, of course, telling me how superior they are to the 'boats' (eggs) and I thought I'd ask here. Thanks!

Karen, they are stickies so I am sure some have looked at them, but this is a molded fiberglass forum so we are pretty stuck on the "egg" type trailers. Though some member's own both a egg and a Stickie.


The dealer sounds like he doesn't know what he's talking about (BOAT'S ?) compared to most stickie's (of course there are some that weigh in a little beefy), egg's are on the leaner side of the weight issue That is why many look to fiberglass. As well as less overall maintenance issues. Having owned several "stickie" RV's through out the years, I can attest to that!

But that is not to say that you won't like a stickie for your fulltimeing needs. Just saying in my opinion the dealer whom only sells stickies of course is gonna make the product he sell's sound superior!

Make the decision for your self.


An "egg" might not meet your needs, but just because some dealer only sell's stickies doesn't mean that egg's are a bad thing! They work for many of us.............
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Old 09-01-2011, 02:13 PM   #19
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Try going into a Ford dealership and talk about Chevy trucks . Same thing on any dealer lot of anykind... they only sell the "best."
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Karen G,

We've traveled 7 months a year, this year 11 months, for 11 years. We've owned a motorhome, stick trailer and now an egg. The stick trailer and the egg were about the same age 20 years or so. The egg is like new where the stick trailer had structural issues. For me the fiberglass trailer is the correct rig.

The motorhome was great but like the stick it has a finite life, first it's really stick built in a sense and second it has an engine.

We've traveled in small trailers for four years and have never felt there wasn't enough space. It does mean you need to carefully consider what's important but we've never felt we were sacrificing.

If you have any direct questions I'd be glad to provide more info.
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Old 09-01-2011, 04:52 PM   #21
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Hi Karen... I'm new and have been online looking too.

I saw two on C-list that would be way too far for me (I'm in New Hampshire) but I thought you may be interested. I have no idea if they would suit what you are looking for but they both are relatively new.

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I really have developed a 'thing' for the eggs. Just thought I might give the other light weights a moment of my attention. I'm over it now.

Back in the day, I would have loved to have an egg to tinker with. Now, I have back problems and so I pay people to do tinkery stuff for me. I think a newer egg will be better for me. Still it's an egg and that's the most important part.

My mind boggles now and then with the seeming immensity of this undertaking. It's fun and scarey. I've lived in a tent and in a car and other unconventional shelters so I know an egg will do just fine. It's the logistics of getting it together as well as doing most of the thinking solo. So I appreciate all of the info and friendly support I get here.
Thanks, ya'll!
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Old 09-08-2011, 04:50 PM   #22
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Thanks but no thanks.

I'm holding out for my 17' Casita Freedom Deluxe. It's the best I've found, for me. Best of luck with your search!

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Hi Karen... I'm new and have been online looking too.

I saw two on C-list that would be way too far for me (I'm in New Hampshire) but I thought you may be interested. I have no idea if they would suit what you are looking for but they both are relatively new.

Good luck!

'05 Scamp, 16' 16' lightweight trailer
'03 Scamp Delux, 16' 2003 Scamp Deluxe 16' trailer/Casita
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