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Old 09-21-2015, 05:59 PM   #15
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updating an older trailer is definitely a possibility. That's the best bang for the buck option.
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Old 09-21-2015, 07:55 PM   #16
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Smile Airstream?

I am surprised that nobody mentioned Escape!

Escape Trailer Industries ‚€“ Chilliwack, British Columbia

Escape doesn't take a back seat to anyone as far as quality is my understanding and they are relatively close to your location.

I hope neither of you are into collecting things ala Lucy in Long, Long Trailer. When you are mobile, every pound you want that you don't need you pay for in gas over and over.

I talked to a Bambi owner in Kingman, AZ a couple of years back and he told me he was really disappointed in the quality of his rig.

As to rivets, they don't come unscrewed and Airstreams have LOTS of rivets. One owner I talked to in Oregon told me the local woodpeckers have discovered that pecking on his Airstream yields much more sound than a tree. I guess woodpeckers use the sound as a sort of mating call.

Airstreams also have lots of seams. Seams have a nasty habit of opening and then leaking. Fiberglass rigs have minimal seams. Of course one can't get rid of every seam or you couldn't have a door to enter.

Airstream does have an active owner's group.

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OTOH so dies Escape.

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I think that Escapes can be manufactured to suit your desires as you have stated, ie solar, high clearance, insulation, etc. The biggest down side may be the long lead time to get one. If you contact them they can direct you to an owner in your vicinity so you can view one.

At any rate, welcome to FGRV, if you read enough on here you can get a 'feel' for what owning FG entails.

You are smart for taking a video record of your shopping. It sure beats trying to remember, "Now which rig had that attribute we liked so much?"

Keep us informed as to your progress. We love reliving our adventures in choosing our rigs.
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Old 09-21-2015, 08:09 PM   #17
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Have you talked with Chris or Cherie of Technomadia ? They are techies who full-timed in an Oliver, then bought a 1946 GMC that they have tricked out for boondocking and running their online business on the road. Am sure you will connect and get a TON of great info from them.
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Old 09-21-2015, 08:18 PM   #18
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we have emailed with Chris and Cherie a few times. Great folks with tons of useful info. We haven't chatted about the oliver, maybe we should talk to them about it. They're pretty busy these days, especially now that their bus is almost done.
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Old 09-21-2015, 08:20 PM   #19
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I am surprised that nobody mentioned Escape!
Escapes look cool, but the wet bath is probabloy a deal breaker. It looks like bigfoot is the only FGRV that has a dry bath (or whatever you want to call it). How's the insulation on an escape?
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Old 09-21-2015, 09:07 PM   #20
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Almost all small trailers are going to have a wet bath, if they have any bath. Don't know why you don't want a wet bath though. Some people have taken to putting a big plastic bag over the toilet or another curtain arrangement.

By the way, are you familiar with the filiform corrosion that some new Airstreams have been getting the last few years, and no warranty for it? No telling if any particular unit will get it. I have not looked lately so don't know if they have done anything about that, but they were not doing anything for the owners that I know of for at least a few years.
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Old 09-21-2015, 09:21 PM   #21
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Hummm, every inch put into the bath, whether wet or dry... has to come from someplace else. Wouldn't you rather have more cabinet space, etc.... than a bigger bathroom? I would. YMMV
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Old 09-21-2015, 09:43 PM   #22
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first video

Several notes:

1. You don't want a MH with your scenario unless you have a toad. Consider getting into a campsite, slides out, comfortable and then you need to go to Walmart, or the next day go explore. You have to slides in, pack everything for travel before you can go.

2. The storage drawers you liked so much should not have anything important in them. The bed, when the slide is closed, prevents access.

3. Storage. You have to keep in mind to keep weight evenly distributed as well as low for balance reasons. Picture an unexpected sharp corner with heavy storage high in the rig.

4. You said you won't be having guests, but are concerned about the privacy door on the bedroom?
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I was going to mention Escape, but it sounds to me like the OP is looking for a trailer that they can get into soon and the wait time for Escapes is now 12 months or more. If I were going to do something like they're contemplating I'd sure look at the Escape 21 or the Escape 5.0 TA.
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Old 09-22-2015, 09:58 AM   #24
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Several notes:

1. You don't want a MH with your scenario unless you have a toad. Consider getting into a campsite, slides out, comfortable and then you need to go to Walmart, or the next day go explore. You have to slides in, pack everything for travel before you can go.

2. The storage drawers you liked so much should not have anything important in them. The bed, when the slide is closed, prevents access.

3. Storage. You have to keep in mind to keep weight evenly distributed as well as low for balance reasons. Picture an unexpected sharp corner with heavy storage high in the rig.

4. You said you won't be having guests, but are concerned about the privacy door on the bedroom?
I'm not sure which video you're referring to? We already bought a tow rig (a van), so a motorhome is out of the question.

We haven't seriously looked at many options that have slides in them (apart from this past weekend). We don't plan on storing things in the trailer that we'll need when we're not camped. That's why we bought a van: to have the daily, necessary things accessible at all times.

We won't be having guests often, but we will have nieces and nephews staying from time to time. I don't know which comment/video you're referring to about the privacy door on the bedroom.
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Old 09-22-2015, 10:00 AM   #25
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Hummm, every inch put into the bath, whether wet or dry... has to come from someplace else. Wouldn't you rather have more cabinet space, etc.... than a bigger bathroom? I would. YMMV
Personally , we would rather have a composting toilet with smaller cabinet space than a wet bath with bigger cabinets. The nature of a wet bath wouldn't be a deal-breaker if we weren't so ademate on running a composting toilet.

Composting toilets require a constant 12v fan, which means wires. Wires in a wet bath aren't a good idea. We could possibly get around it with a shower curtain, but that's still a bit sketchy.
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Old 09-22-2015, 10:39 AM   #26
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12 vots could hardly care about water, a very easy electrical situation.
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I'm probably biased, but

I think the Bigfoots are awesome. There is what looks like a gorgeous one listed here and it might really work for you while you're finalizing your plans.

This one has a couch that can be a permanent bed if you prefer, and a privacy curtain. I think it also has a fold down bunk above for nieces and nephews. It no doubt has a wet bath, but as Bob said, with 12v that may not be a huge concern for your composting toilet and fan. I'm pretty sure it does NOT have an outside television.

If you're set on an Airstream, then, no problem. They're out there on the lots everywhere waiting for you. But if you decided on a new Oliver, Bigfoot, or an Escape there is a long waiting list. Consider buying something used that has most of what you need. After you've lived in it for a while you'll know exactly what you can live with, and without.
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Wires in a wet bath aren't a good idea.
You think? What do you suggest I do for a light in the middle of the night? It's not an issue.
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