What I really want is a mobile office, towable with a Subaru Outback - Fiberglass RV


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Old 07-11-2012, 08:07 AM   #1
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What I really want is a mobile office, towable with a Subaru Outback

Hi from a new Forum member! (I hope I'm posting this in the right place.)

For a fair number of years, I've been fascinated with small houses like the ones the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company sells plans for (e.g., Lusby Plans | Tumbleweed Tiny House Company ). I'm pretty handy with tools and often hear things like "We need a MacGyver like you on our team!"

What I really want, though, is a small mobile office to be used by just me and perhaps 2 visitors at a time, towable with a Subaru Outback. I hate the ugly boxes that are typical of jobsites, and, they require big trucks to move them.

Houses like the Lusby are far too heavy to tow with a Subaru, and at 19' long they're bigger than what I want. At some point, I'm sure that I will get the pickup truck that I want despite my husband's objections (I'm wearing him down! ).

Then last week while camping, I fell in love with the restored 1978 boler egg parked at a nearby campsite. Unfortunately, I just missed buying an older one in need of restoration yesterday.

Anyway, that may be a good thing in the long run because I realized that the layout isn't quite right for how I want to use the space. I like the feature of the Lusby and other Tumbleweed Houses where the door is at the rear of the trailer instead of on the side and the table is toward the middle.

Are there any fiberglass trailers like that? Or, do they all have doors on the side?

I think I'm just going to have to buy the truck, get a trailer and build the exact thing I want out of wood.... which sounds a bit like the original Boler story, doesn't it?

I've heard that it's not actually that tough to make fiberglass shells if you make a frame and use a lot of epoxy and chopped strand matting. Have you tried it?

Thanks for your anticipated comments!



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Old 07-11-2012, 08:27 AM   #2
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Hi and Welcome

The brands that comes to mind first that might fit your needs are...

"The Compact" Compact - Images

"The Egg" The Egg - Images

"Havasu" The Egg - Images

"Hunter I" Hunter I - Images

"Trails West Campster" Trails West Campster - Images

I've probably missed some but there's a few to start....Good luck on your search!
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:47 AM   #3
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I believe the Lil Snoozy has the door/entry in the rear of the trailer like you desire.
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Thanks Emily!

Thanks Emily! I will check out your suggestions!
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:22 AM   #5
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I saw one of like this at a CG in Wyoming a couple weeks ago. It has the door on the back.

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Thanks Kevin!

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I believe the Lil Snoozy has the door/entry in the rear of the trailer like you desire.

I found pictures and a layout at Small Travel Trailer: Camper: Smoakin Concepts Composites . It looks perfect! Now I'll just have to think a bit about the price tag and when I might be in South Carolina to have a look in person... Maybe the company will take one on tour, like the Tumbleweed Tiny House company folks do.

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Thanks Emily! I will check out your suggestions!
No problem!
Lots of people tow with Subarus....I tow my Trillium with a 2005 Subaru Legacy GT Wagon....Plenty of get up and go for towing....Have fun searching and dreaming!
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I think Little Joe has a rear door, too. The advantage of new Snoozy or Little Joe would be that you could leave out everything you don't need and have it customized (same as you could do with a total rebuild.)
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I found pictures and a layout at Small Travel Trailer: Camper: Smoakin Concepts Composites . It looks perfect! Now I'll just have to think a bit about the price tag and when I might be in South Carolina to have a look in person... Maybe the company will take one on tour, like the Tumbleweed Tiny House company folks do.

Lil Snoozy and Parkliner have both traveled to various rallies/meets in past 2 years with their demo trailers. If you want to see one, attend a rally where they may also be.
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you may also want to look on the teardrops & tiny travel trailers site, tnttt.com, lots of home built trailers there, and some free plans too, plus a for sale section.
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You can buy a Snoozy completely empty, new from the factory. Probably can do the same with a Weiscraft (Little Joe mfr). Business expense write-off.
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You can buy a Snoozy completely empty, new from the factory. Probably can do the same with a Weiscraft (Little Joe mfr). Business expense write-off.
I wouldn't go that far, there are a lot regulations involved. Contact the local IRS office.
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