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Old 07-14-2013, 09:29 PM   #15
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Hi Rosemary (Seamstress). Keep in mind that at many (most) RV shows, you are NOT likely to see Casitas, Scamps, Escapes and other models where they're sold directly to the customer by the factory. RV shows are usually populated by RV dealers and, they want to sell you what they have in stock NOW. There might be used factory direct models that dealers have taken in trade but, I would not expect to see many brands / models. I think with a little bit of pre-show homework, you'll have a very good idea of what brands / models are going to be on display. I know used Casitas sell quickly and expect other fiberglass models do so as well. If you think you might buy a used Casita, be ready to act quickly or, it might be sold while you're thinking it over. I've heard several stories where someone hears of a Casita for sale, buys it over the phone sight unseen and then, shows up with cash and a vehicle that can tow it back home. Both Casita and Scamp will deliver your new "egg" for a fee or, you can arrange to drive to the factory and take delivery there. I drove from LI, NY to Rice, TX (1800 miles), took delivery of my "egg" and then, headed out to the Burning Man Festival about 2000 miles away! I had never towed an RV before and, wound up driving through rush hour traffic in Dallas without incident!
As for the interior of the Casita. I'm on my fifth extended trek in my Spirit Deluxe. I've never had a problem with mold, mildew or other problems to date. I occasionally see a little bit of dirt on the ceiling where the AC sends out cold air. When I see that, I wipe it clean and then, wash the AC filter. I believe plain fiberglass interiors (Scamp, Escape, Oliver) are more prone to condensation inside. If you haven't looked at minivans, DO SO! The big point is that any "regular" passenger vehicle you want to tow with, NEEDS the Factory Tow Package. That upgrades vehicle systems so that you can safely tow up to 3500 pounds. NOTE: most Factory Tow Packages install a Class Two Hitch. You're likely to need to upgrade that to a Class Three hitch that will allow you to install a Weight Distributing System. Minivans (and many "regular" vehicles) ride low. I found a pair of AIR-LIFT bags (easily installed) added two inches of extra road clearance to my Sienna. Said clearance is often helpful entering / leaving driveways. I think I paid under $200 for the AirLift bags AND installation. I haven't heard of the program you mention in TN but, it sounds very similar to the Escapees RV Boot Camp I was so impressed with. The important thing is that you get the safety training. From the Philly area, TN might be easier to get to than IN; I'm not sure without looking it up. Keep doing your research. I know there's a bewildering array of choices out there. Keep good notes, write down questions when you think of them so you'll remember to get answers. If possible, go out on an RV for weekend or longer with a friend or, rent a unit. Actually living in an RV will help you determine things you need as well as things you want. And of course, keep posting here! Best wishes,
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Old 07-14-2013, 09:52 PM   #16
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Welcome Rosemary!
I'm just as excited to hear you are a fellow seamstress as I am to hear you will be joining the FGRV community upon retirement. As you can see by my photo, we tow our 2011-13' Scamp with a Subaru Legacy sedan. Many others tow with the Subaru Forrester which has a hatchback and has a bit more road clearance. Subarus are known for all-wheel drive, high safety rating, drive-ability, and good gas mileage.

I have just as much decorating my trailer according to my whim as I do camping. Take a look at the photo showing my Southwest decor for our most recent trip to Utah's 5 National Parks.
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Old 07-15-2013, 05:58 AM   #17
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I know Rosemary and remember you, I was just joshing you. It is good you are "shopping" now as I was a "buyer" for 5 years before finding Escapes and went thru 5 campers before buying my first Egg, a used EggCamper which introduced me to the fiberglass world. I saw the flaws and disadvantages in the campers I had bought new, modified and then sold quickly. You see a varied amount of different construction when modifying a trailer most of it sloppy and economical short cuts. The EggCamper was ideal except it was all electric.
Adding solar and dual batteries was a necessity. Then I saw an Escape and my buying days were over (except buying another Escape). You will see a lot of different models at the Hershey Show, I went 3 times in the past 6 years, take notes and pictures.
Then come back and ask your questions, the members here will be glad to help you. Hopefully you will find you have fiberglass in your future.
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:51 AM   #18
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Burro available

There is a burro available up in Berlin VT which is at least somewhat driveable to you (though still a trek)

1999 Burro 17' Widebody Travel Trailer | Berlin, VT | Fiberglass RV's For Sale

It certainly appears to be in good shape and the price is right.

I thought about trying to buy it but it was just too far from me in North Carolina.
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:34 AM   #19
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I thought about trying to buy it but it was just too far from me in North Carolina.

maybe they will meet you halfway someplace??
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:17 AM   #20
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That Burro states it has 13" wheels / tires. Back the, 13" was pretty common. When I bought my Casita in 2010, the "standard'" tires were 14" and, I opted for the upgrade to 15" that Casita offered. Before hitting the road this year, I upgraded again to a 16" LT (Light Truck) tire. Happily, my Casita had plenty of wheel well clearance. That did require me to upgrade my hubs. I can drive at highway speeds for three hours and when I stop, the hubs are barely warm. 16"LT tires are readily available everywhere so, if I need to replace one, I'll have a good selection of tires to choose from. That frequently is NOT the case for 14" or even 15"ST (Special Trailer) tires. Thinking I'd be driving my Casita to Alaska this year, I even got an extra 16" mounted spare tire (Murphy's Law; I seriously doubt I'd need TWO spares)! When you're at the RV Boot Camp, they'll explain how critical tires are.
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:23 AM   #21
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Welcome Rosemary. I vote for a mini van as well, that and a Trillium 4500 with a front dinette, but I am biased. I realize that you are looking for a new trailer.
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:26 AM   #22
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LOL, I ended up buying a Scamp 16 even further away... up in Maine.

I love the width of the Burro and Big Foot TTs though, And also the slightly squarer body shape, which gives more head room inside.
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:38 AM   #23
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Hi Rosemary

Welcome back to camping and this forum. We too are looking at purchasing an egg after years of camping with a 13ft stick TT when our kids were growing up. Now we want one for our retirement and hope to get an Escape. John in post #10 mentioned that Escape made 19 and 21 ft. models but they also have 15 and 17 as well and like Scamp and Casita they sell direct. With Escape though you can pretty well get your trailer "made to order" as cpaharley2008 will attest to as he is busy planning his 21. They also go by referral and as there are now more in eastern US and Canada there is likely one available to see near you. Just contact Escape. If you're looking for used they sometimes come available, there are two 17's right now, but they are both far away in BC.

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Old 07-15-2013, 05:06 PM   #24
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Gilda: We have even more in common than the sewing...my current car is a Subaru Legacy sedan! I never thought of that car towing anything. I enjoyed seeing your southwest decor. I like the idea of trip themes but since mine would be much longer than a few weeks or even months, I don't think I would have room to carry much in the way of decor. So mine will be a semi-permanent solution with room for some variation.

David: I am not at all eliminating used trailers. I only mentioned that I don't have the facilities or skills as many here do for renovating one. If a used one came along that had the systems operable and just needed some cosmetic changes like paint or flooring, I would definitely be interested. But those seem to be far away and are snatched up so quickly. I'm looking at both new and used, keeping my options over for now.

Adrian: The Escape is high on my list, I love how much they are willing to modify and add options to make a trailer really all but made-to-order. The only problem that I could find sitting in Cpaharley's 19' was that my eyes could not look straight out the windows, they are too high. All I could do was to look up at the tress. And he had ordered higher cushions to try to compensate for that. However, I do know that no one will be "perfect", I just need to evaluate the most important priorities for me.
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Old 07-15-2013, 05:19 PM   #25
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Rosemary,

We've been to 6 fiberglass rallies and there is usually at least one trailler for sale. They usually are in good condition and often have been nicely modified.

Good luck in your hunt.
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:18 AM   #26
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Rosemary,
It's easy to change up the look of your trailer with only curtain panels, pillows and a few fleece throws. I keep 2 pillow forms in the trailer and store the pillow covers, curtain panels and throws in a very small amount of space at home. All the other accessories are truly optional. The trick is to keep the basic curtains, cushions and comforter in solid neutral colors. If you like the idea of changing up the look of the trailer with minimal storage this would be the way to go. I suggest you go slowly by starting with one decor and adding others as you like. When you start looking at fabrics (and accessories) for your trailer you will suddenly "fall in love" with a variety of looks.

Have you thought about bedding? I keep my bed set up most of the time and rarely set up the table as we do most of our cooking/dining outdoors unless there is inclement weather. See photos of my bedding solution. Basically, I made a custom mattress topper out of a Thermafoam topper cut to size and covered with 10% cotton knit zip-on cover (use as sheets, wash as needed).

The queen-size comforters are layered as needed. I added loops on one and buttons on the other to allow for easy connection. (Zipper would be too confining and Velcro too noisy/scratchy). The comforters are rolled onto a cardboard tube (ask at the fabric store) and laid crosswise over the dinette benches when not in use.

Have great fun with your trailer!
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:51 PM   #27
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HI Rosemary, looks like I'm late to the welcoming party. Forgive me, I've been out camping the last week with 200 of my best buds... owners of all molded towables at the Oregon Gathering. Fun times!

I'm sure you'll find the perfect towable for you!

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pics? Donna? ..................ROFL
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