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Old 03-20-2018, 08:20 PM   #1
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Hi, I just registered as of ... 1 minute ago. We're giving some serious thought to a trailer vs a full size RV. My b-in-l has an RV based on a 4WD E350 but that means spending $100K or so for something we might use for 2-3 weeks over the course of the year. And find a place to park the sucker. So a small trailer looks good for the two of us (plus the two Corgis, of course). And light sounds better.
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Old 03-20-2018, 10:54 PM   #2
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Welcome! Your thinking is exactly like mine. With a Class B, there is the cost and storage... and insurance and drivetrain maintenance and all those expensive tires sitting around dry rotting... Only makes sense if you're on the road a lot more than 3 weeks a year.

The best thing about smaller molded trailers is you can pull them with ordinary passenger vehicles that make practical everyday transportation.

Of course, small and light is relative. You might want to check out the thread "Trailer Weights in the Real World" in the General Chat section. It will give you a better idea of what different models really weigh. Might give you a starting point for your search.

Best wishes finding the small, light trailer you're thinking of!
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Old 03-20-2018, 11:10 PM   #3
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We had a Casita for 4 years. It got too small, so we moved up to a 35 foot class A. What a pain. Negatives were the same as you already recognize - storage, maintenance, insurance cost, gas, and lack of flexibility.

We bought the vintage Campster. It has less room and no facilities, but we park it protected in our carport. It is minimalist, easy to maintain, and will go anywhere.

You will need to decide what fits your comfort needs and budget, then get a tow vehicle big enough to handle the the size of trailer you want. Then the search will be one to find that perfect home on wheels.

Good luck and have fun.
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Old 03-20-2018, 11:31 PM   #4
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Hey Dillon, you haven't mentioned any kind of a budget.
Have you looked at any FG rvs?
If your thinking of picking up something used you should have an idea what you want because they usually sell pretty fast. You may not have a day or two to think about it.
Good luck on your quest, oh and welcome!
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Old 03-21-2018, 01:00 AM   #5
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I had a similar thought when starting was mostly interested in class B but after looking at the big picture decided on the trailer. I have all the comfort I want or need in a more convenient package. I often take the trailer to a site 2-3 hundred miles from home and leave it for a month or two and drive back and fourth when I want to make use of it.
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Old 03-21-2018, 07:56 AM   #6
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we have ran from the 32f 5th, 40f converted bus, our fav our Cabellas tent an Liner another fav to our all time favorite a 13f scamper no b/r none needed.

easy storage, easy to tow instead of being inside watching tv we are outside it is called camping. if I want all that I just stay home!

we have had so many great experiences tented all 50 states 4 trips to Europe taking our tent after learning to be minimulists. we have no desire to drag that huge rig hard to park hard to find reasonable camping!

with small you learn to think and cull out so many things you think you need. we are down to one small skillet and one small pot 5 or 6 water jugs for use when needed. we depend on no one or one thing!

no looking back but I miss our tent but at 76 it is so hard to get off the ground!

good luck in your decision

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Old 03-21-2018, 08:00 AM   #7
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People not experienced with molded FG trailers get sticker shock when they see the high prices. It’s a combination of expensive to build, very little competition, all mfrs are sold out, and long lasting. Narrower and shorter in length than most trailers, you have to compromise on features too.

Many have migrated from stick built campers that had issues. Others are tow vehicle limited. Me a smaller trailer is easier to stow at home and I love the quality.

There is no perfect RV. For some trips, a class B motorhome would be perfect. For other trips, a massive class A or a large fifth wheel would be sweet. All in all our Escape is the right choice for most of our travels. Multiple short overnight stops followed by hanging out in one place for a week, and then back on the road. If I was rich, I’d probably have a fleet of different RVs along with a warehouse for storage and a full time maintenance team....

I kind of went through this phase with motorcycles. I had five of them. One for off road, one collectible, one for long distance touring, one rally bike, and one sport touring bike. But they all fit in the garage, maintenance was straight forward, total cost was about the same as my Escape plus TV. No warehouse, no maintenance team. Needed up selling four of them (down to one). Went from camping via a motorcycle and tent to our Escape.
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Hi, I just registered as of ... 1 minute ago. We're giving some serious thought to a trailer vs a full size RV. My b-in-l has an RV based on a 4WD E350 but that means spending $100K or so for something we might use for 2-3 weeks over the course of the year. And find a place to park the sucker. So a small trailer looks good for the two of us (plus the two Corgis, of course). And light sounds better.
There are places that rent small fiberglass trailers by the day. That way you can try it before you buy it. The reduces all that stress of thinking and wondering if it will be a good investment for yourself.
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Old 03-21-2018, 01:52 PM   #9
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I agree a small trailer is the way to go. I bought a 1999 a few years ago, I put on a new axle with brakes on it, now all the critical moving parts on the trailer are only two years old. Spent under $600. Can't do that with an RV.
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Old 03-24-2018, 10:33 AM   #10
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Thriftybill- Did you have an Aspen pop up to haul behincd any of your cyc les?
I was convinced for almost a year that an Rpod was just what we needed, until we found onee in An RV dealership and sat inside with all doors and windows shut. It didnt feel "feel right." The pekple who recommend stopping by a rally are right- it really helps to see different manufacurer models and custom personalizations.
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Yes, I’ve had the Aspen, a Bunkhouse and a Kwikcamp. All motorcycle pop ups.
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Old 03-24-2018, 11:04 PM   #12
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People not experienced with molded FG trailers get sticker shock when they see the high prices. It’s a combination of expensive to build, very little competition, all mfrs are sold out, and long lasting. Narrower and shorter in length than most trailers, you have to compromise on features too.

Many have migrated from stick built campers that had issues. Others are tow vehicle limited. Me a smaller trailer is easier to stow at home and I love the quality.

There is no perfect RV. For some trips, a class B motorhome would be perfect. For other trips, a massive class A or a large fifth wheel would be sweet. All in all our Escape is the right choice for most of our travels. Multiple short overnight stops followed by hanging out in one place for a week, and then back on the road. If I was rich, I’d probably have a fleet of different RVs along with a warehouse for storage and a full time maintenance team....

I kind of went through this phase with motorcycles. I had five of them. One for off road, one collectible, one for long distance touring, one rally bike, and one sport touring bike. But they all fit in the garage, maintenance was straight forward, total cost was about the same as my Escape plus TV. No warehouse, no maintenance team. Needed up selling four of them (down to one). Went from camping via a motorcycle and tent to our Escape.
Even people who own or who are experienced in fiberglass trailers get sticker shock . Try pricing a FG trailer longer than 17 feet !! ��
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Old 03-25-2018, 08:16 AM   #13
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we were trouting last year a guy rolled into the campground tugging a big camper with a can-am motorcycle.

a little over the top. he also had to pull that thing up a steep hill!

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Old 03-25-2018, 08:21 AM   #14
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bill as with any business startup costs are killer I know I did it! those molds those companies use are expensive to build but after that after a few years with no changes in the molds costs go down a bunch. their biggest costs are the trailer and tires!


I would submit most of their costs are based on labor and don't think they are important just try to run a business today! you can only squeeze only so much out your family members then that makes trouble!


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