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Old 09-22-2011, 06:35 PM   #15
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Okay, so we're all a bit prejudice... right? No slides, no seams and quality construction that lasts for DECADES. It reminds me of cars. There are certain models of a particular brand that goes on and on... and the same manufacturer builds junk of another model. It's about expectations and budget....
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Old 09-23-2011, 05:58 AM   #16
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Hi: All...Donna D is right "Prejudiced"...and biased too!!! I love my wife for making me buy our Escape when the opportunity came 5 yrs. early. The quality is still there after the payments are finished!!!
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Old 09-23-2011, 06:03 PM   #17
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Hi, I'm Mike from WA state. Five or six years I was on this site asking about Fiberglass vs Airstream. I received many thoughtful answers. Anyway, I didn't do anything because I got sick. Now my wife and I are back in the market. It appears that Bigfoot went through bankruptcy and are struggling. Are there any other trailers of comparable quality that we should be considering?

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Hi Mike,

I like Bigfoot myself, but I also favor smaller fiberglass egg campers. As a longtime boater, it is clear that fiberglass construction keeps the water out. Water destroys wood, causes rot and mold. We choose fiberglass because anything else is like a tent--wet and stinky, although there are some good offerings in Aluminum--they have sharp displeasing angles and still can still leak. With fewer places for water to get in, an egg camper can last a lomg time. Also fiberglass boats or campers can be brought back to life, no matter how beat up, while other construction methods can not.

Another thing to keep in mind is fuel economy. My research shows that pulling anything but the lightest camper with a V6 will bring you down to around 12mpg--at that point you might as well get something bigger and heavier like a Bigfoot. If you want better than 20 mpg, you need four things, a light foot, willingness to drive slow, a fuel efficient car, and a light 13' egg at or under 1000 lbs. Norm probably has the most fuel efficient rig in here although a manual Jetta Sportwagon TDI pulling a 13' Boler could beat him in fuel economy.

So the trade off is comfort vs fuel economy.
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Another vote for the Escape!
Check out Johns blog--lots of good stuff there.
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Old 09-23-2011, 07:01 PM   #19
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Hi Mike,
If you want better than 20 mpg, you need four things, a light foot, willingness to drive slow, a fuel efficient car, and a light 13' egg at or under 1000 lbs. .
There is actually only two things you need to do better than 20mpg: a Subaru Outback and a 16' Scamp
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Norm probably has the most fuel efficient rig in here although a manual Jetta Sportwagon TDI pulling a 13' Boler could beat him in fuel economy.

So the trade off is comfort vs fuel economy.

Our experience is that you can have both fuel economy and comfort. We find the Honda CRV very comfortable and economical. It's comfortable while towing and while driving about.

As others have pointed out there are two parts to an economical tow vehicle, cost per mile and cost of ownership. Our Honda's been a winner, particularly on the latter portion, not too expensive to buy and extremely reliable over the lasgt 7 years and 150,000 miles.

As to the Jetta TDI, we'd love to have a diesel but are concerned about Jetta reliability based on articles we've read.
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