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Old 03-30-2012, 09:57 PM   #15
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Hi Lizzie

Welcome to Fiberglass RV. As I'm sure you've already noticed you will get lots of information on this site.

First of all, tell your husband that fiberglass campers (or any RV) are not only for retirees. I have met many younger families (plus singles and couples) who enjoy weekend getaways and multi-week vacations in their molded fiberglass. We bought our first camper when we were 23 and had two small children. That was back in '73. Since then we have had everything from tents to a class A motor home. Our logbook is full of entries showing travel to over 40 states and most of Canada. All the other campers have been sold and we now travel with an EggCamper, our last, final and forever camper.

Next, tell that frugal husband that, if you buy a fiberglass camper and decide later that you want to part with it, you will be able to recover most if not all of your purchase price. Fiberglass simply doesn't depreciate as long as you maintain it.

Finally, having a stocked and ready camper available means you will be able to take advantage of a weekend off. Just back in, hook up and take off.

Don't wait until you are retired to get out and have fun camping.

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Old 03-30-2012, 10:26 PM   #16
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Well, I would tell the hubby to go camp by himself if he wants to tent camp. If he wants your company, get a camper. No holes in the ground for me.

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Old 03-30-2012, 10:28 PM   #17
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You're not a fan of the "Forest Dump"?
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Old 03-30-2012, 10:52 PM   #18
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Nope, been there; done that. I don't even like outdoor porta-potties. I met up with a bee in one once.

Noooo, not there!


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Old 03-30-2012, 11:43 PM   #19
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Your husband sounds a lot like my wife. My DW is the frugal one in our relationship, and when I first expressed a desire at about age 30 to have an RV, she said that was for retired people who could afford one.

I bided my time and she saw that the desire was a lasting one, so she finally accepted the idea. Our first trailer was a popup, and by then I was 40. So be patient and keep letting him know it's important to you, and his love for you will eventually lead to compromise.

I'll suggest a low-cost alternative... it's not fiberglass and it's not elegant, but it works. One can buy a new cargo trailer for about $2K or a bit more. 6x12 is a pretty good starter size. If one or both of you are handy, it can become a fun project to turn it into a travel trailer. Build in a wood platform for a bed, and you can store stuff underneath. Have a couple of folding chairs so you can sit either inside or outside. Add some simple, home-built wood 'cabinets'. Partition one corner for your porta-pottie. Want a sink? Drill a hole in an aluminum mixing bowl and set it in a round cutout in the cabinet, attach a drain hose going to a 5 gallon gas can for waste water. Cut a hole in the wall and put in a window. If you have rear double doors, rig some screen material across the opening so you can open the rear doors for a big "window". Put a coat of polyurethane on the luan that comes inside most cargo trailers, and you have instant "paneled interior". And so on. You probably could stay under $3500 for the whole thing.
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:19 PM   #20
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Thank you Mike! I read this e-mail to my husband and I think he is starting to get an idea of the "Big picture".
I do agree that waiting and being patient is important. I think he will come around after some time of realizing that I am serious about this desire.
Thank you all for your input!
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:08 AM   #21
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Awww, there have been many in your shoes, both men and women. One member here that I can think of wanted a trailer and her husband was totally against it! He didn't camp, and the thought of the initial purchase as well as maintaining an rv didn't appeal to him. She on the other had was bound and determind. She found the perfect trailer for them. Bought it, and guess what, he loves it as much as she does.....

So don't give up. Have you thought of renting one, to kind of break your DH into the thought of camping with a little more perks?


My Dh had camped all his life as I did. But I camped with more luxury where he liked taking the travel trailer he grew up with into a remote campsite. So we started out with at least the Rv in common. Where to camp was always a sticking point for us. Eventually he learned if he wanted me to camp with him, he had to give in to my desire of at least having hook ups.

Best of luck
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Old 04-01-2012, 06:04 AM   #22
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Sign up and attend a rally as a tent camper. If hubby won't come with you, go by yourself. Videotape how easy it is to set one of these campers up. Include video of those of us sitting with our drinks in front of our campers watching those people who take longer to set up. Show your hubby along with ads for campers. As hard as used ones are to buy, convincing him may coincide with actually finding one you can buy.

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Old 04-01-2012, 08:42 AM   #23
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Can someone tell me how to send a PM?
I want to contact Norm and Ginny. They mentioned a rally in Oregon in July, and Cindy mentioned attending a rally as a tent camper? Do you have more information on this - maybe I can put these two options together and go to Oregon this summer. I love camping in Oregon! I love Oregon! In 2010 we drove all the way up to the Ashland area just to stay at the Valley of the Rogue Campground. Unfortunately, the tent sites are not as quiet or nice as the RV sites (spent of few nights there with my parents in their 5th wheel).
Anyhoo...if anyone has info. that would great! I will check out the thread on rallies. Thanks
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:49 AM   #24
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To send a PM, click on the individual's name, use the pull down to "Send private message to..."

Elizabeth, here's the link to the Oregon Gathering: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...5-a-48837.html The tent and RV sites are currently full. Cancellations happen though. Or, maybe you can get a Yurt... I'll be there! Hope to meet you Lizzie
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:21 AM   #25
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Hi, Lizzie. I am the camp-er in my marriage. To make my husband comfy (and willing to go along) I brought all kinds of stuff to spiff up the tent: air bed and pump, small throw rugs on either side of the doorway, to keep some of the dirt off the floor/out of the sleeping bags (we have dogs), a fan in summer, a ceramic-element heater in winter... One reason we switched to the RV was to simplify all of that... and also because we took a rainy trip with my parents in their 26ft travel trailer one December holiday break. It took us another year or so to refine our druthers to a Casita, and the first one we bought was "pre-owned." It let us get into it without a huge cash outlay; a couple or three years after that we ordered a new Casita, outfitted just the way we wanted it. (That was in 1999. Our "new" Casita is now twice the age that pre-owned one was when we had it.)

Anyway, FWIW, we have a solar panel, and with that to power the water pump (for a shower!) and a few lights, and with the refrigerator running on propane, we can camp without hookups for several days. Being able to dump waste water is the limiting factor, although being able to bring on additional potable water is part of the formula as well.

We decided to go with molded fiberglass because we both wanted to be able to stand up inside, we did not want to have to crank anything up/down (as required in a tent trailer), and because molded fiberglass travel trailers are durable and Cute.

I hope this rambling is useful- Good Luck with your quest!!
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:04 AM   #26
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Hi Mary,

Your information was quite helpful (especially the idea of solar panels, that does appeal to my husband). My husband and I have been discussing this possible purchase further, and it seems at this time the number one concern that he keeps bringing up is storing the trailer in our driveway.

We live in an older home, built in 1939, and we have a long, narrow driveway that leads up to the garage. The garage is a small, one car and would never be able to contain more than maybe a pop-up trailer (something I don't really want). I just measured the driveway it is 8 ft wide in the narrowest spot and 9'8" in the area where the trailer would be parked. The length is not of concern, what does concern him is that our garbage cans are on the side of the house and the only way to wheel them out is via the garage. He also stores the lawn mower in the garage. So, he sees this all as a big hassle.
Paying for storage is not an option. For us at this time in our lives, it would kind of defeat the purpose of low cost traveling.
Thanks for any input - Elizabeth
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Well, I would tell the hubby to go camp by himself if he wants to tent camp. If he wants your company, get a camper. No holes in the ground for me.

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lol just pictured him sleeping in a tent next to her camper....lol
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Hi Mary,

Your information was quite helpful (especially the idea of solar panels, that does appeal to my husband). My husband and I have been discussing this possible purchase further, and it seems at this time the number one concern that he keeps bringing up is storing the trailer in our driveway.

We live in an older home, built in 1939, and we have a long, narrow driveway that leads up to the garage. The garage is a small, one car and would never be able to contain more than maybe a pop-up trailer (something I don't really want). I just measured the driveway it is 8 ft wide in the narrowest spot and 9'8" in the area where the trailer would be parked. The length is not of concern, what does concern him is that our garbage cans are on the side of the house and the only way to wheel them out is via the garage. He also stores the lawn mower in the garage. So, he sees this all as a big hassle.
Paying for storage is not an option. For us at this time in our lives, it would kind of defeat the purpose of low cost traveling.
Thanks for any input - Elizabeth
haven't measured,,,but believe my scamp is 7 foot wide, which leaves him nearly three foot to get the mower and trash cans taken care of... now if he is hauling 36 inch diameter trash cans ,,,,he is more of a man then i am.
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