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Old 05-31-2017, 09:54 AM   #15
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We have a Casita 17 SD to which we added Joe Z's side bed modification that adds 12 inches to the width. This gives us options - we can share the rear full bed (which could be a bit cozy for a six footer) or we can take down the dinette, pull out the extension and (with the addition of a foam topper) we have a comfortable twin bed, about 36" by 72".

Also works great if you're sharing the trailer with someone other than your significant other.
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Old 05-31-2017, 09:58 AM   #16
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Welcome to the FGRV forum. You had stated that you plan to do extensive traveling, so I would stay away from the T@B or any other "stick build" trailer. If you could see the twisting, bouncing, and gyrations that a trailer goes through as it travels down the road, you would see why the seams would eventually open up to water intrusion, which would cause mold and rot and eventually structural failures. Molded fiberglass trailers do not have an inner wood structural skeleton, but rather the fiberglass shell of the trailer is it's own support. The molded fiberglass trailers usually have a seam around the belly of the trailer where the top & bottom halves are then fiberglassed together making it essentially one unit. EGG campers in the past had a propane option, so a used one with this option might be just what you are looking for. Desired floor plans vary by individual tastes/needs, but are very import for the enjoyment of the trailer you choose. We opted for the Lil Snoozy because the floor plan met our needs/wants to a T, but I installed propane, and solar to make it so a generator is not needed while "off the grid".
Best of luck with your search, and DO attend a ralley to see a variaty of molded trailers and floor plans.
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Old 05-31-2017, 09:59 AM   #17
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We have had our Casita 17' for 15 years, 10 years with our Golden (who just loved it). Originally traded for the Casita to get rid of the extension side mirrors required for a wider trailer. With the three way fridge and gas/electric hot water we have boondocked quite a bit. Major changes were going to all LED lights to conserve battery.
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Old 05-31-2017, 10:01 AM   #18
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Hi Micheal, welcome. We started with Tab, fun tt but limited in its use. Then we went to a Scamp great little trailer but wife hated having to climb over me to hit the head. Towed great but a bit too small. Now have the Oliver II tows great and we have full timed in it for s year and a half from SoCal to Canada in a Tacoma. Comfy and definetly the best of the FG's
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Old 05-31-2017, 10:45 AM   #19
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Hi Roguebooks,
My wife and I are anxiously awaiting our new Oliver Elite. We too wanted to keep our weight within the towing margin of our 2017 Taco TRD Off Road's (6400 lbs) capacity. Also, I was essentially sold on a Camp Inn Teardrop, like you folks, quality is a prime consideration for us. For several reasons, We needed a standup bath. We investigated Airstream TTs. But AS customers seemed to have many issues with wood and structural components among other things. Some enjoy working on their rigs and it is part of the AS way. We have toured the Hohenwald plant twice now and every time we have impressed with their production process and the care with which they construct and assemble these travel trailers. We want to be able to camp during all 4 seasons with out leaks etc interfering with our quality time. A well made FG TT will hopefully provide this.
Our delivery date is the end of June, so stay tuned.
Good luck on your search,
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Old 05-31-2017, 11:18 AM   #20
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The limitations of the Scamp side dinette are (1) the main dinette bed is only 45" wide, so tight for 2, and (2) no counter space in the galley. The floor has not been a problem for me.

Scamp and Oliver are pretty much the bookends of the price spectrum in molded fiberglass. Both are good trailers for the money.

I'm taking it your wife likes the sleek all-fiberglass interiors of the double hull styles: Oliver and EggCamper. The EggCamper is a nice unit but all-electric, so that limits where you can camp. If that's not a problem, I'd suggest looking for a late model used one. It'd make a nice starter trailer. Parkliner is also introducing an updated model this year with an all-fiberglass interior.
The Ollie's sleek interior she does love. The details of the mirrored or smoke-like cabinet doors make the space feel larger and more elegant. I have heard complaints about their wet bath, and perhaps having to sit down to take a shower? I would love to get a good old EggCamper or similar and change out the cabinets and/or doors. I like good hardware and hate a cheap look. My wife is worse (but she still married me).
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Old 05-31-2017, 11:25 AM   #21
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I really like the Lil Snoozy and the man in charge. His video on youtube is great. The trailer seems like very good construction. I even like the aerodynamics but unfortunately my wife does not like that look. She loves Vintage and is attracted to that retro style. The Ollie gives her both worlds. But now I need to be convinced. It is not all about what she wants.
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Old 05-31-2017, 11:28 AM   #22
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Hi Micheal, welcome. We started with Tab, fun tt but limited in its use. Then we went to a Scamp great little trailer but wife hated having to climb over me to hit the head. Towed great but a bit too small. Now have the Oliver II tows great and we have full timed in it for s year and a half from SoCal to Canada in a Tacoma. Comfy and definetly the best of the FG's
Now you are making it tougher on me. I keep telling her that she will want the Ollie II and she insists she will not. She wants the Ollie Elite period. I think she will want the bigger one too, but I don't feel comfortable pulling all that with my Tacoma. Good to know you can, but the tow weight would be borderline for me and some of those mountains can get nasty.
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Old 05-31-2017, 11:32 AM   #23
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Twin or double bed?

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Hi Roguebooks,
My wife and I are anxiously awaiting our new Oliver Elite. We too wanted to keep our weight within the towing margin of our 2017 Taco TRD Off Road's (6400 lbs) capacity. Also, I was essentially sold on a Camp Inn Teardrop, like you folks, quality is a prime consideration for us. For several reasons, We needed a standup bath. We investigated Airstream TTs. But AS customers seemed to have many issues with wood and structural components among other things. Some enjoy working on their rigs and it is part of the AS way. We have toured the Hohenwald plant twice now and every time we have impressed with their production process and the care with which they construct and assemble these travel trailers. We want to be able to camp during all 4 seasons with out leaks etc interfering with our quality time. A well made FG TT will hopefully provide this.
Our delivery date is the end of June, so stay tuned.
Good luck on your search,
Terry
Did you get the twin setup or stay with the double bed? My wife says we will be getting the double bed (but she really likes the twins in the Elite II with the space between and end table) so we can have that adorable dinette. Any issues with the bathroom?
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Old 05-31-2017, 11:49 AM   #24
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Hi. First post. New member. My wife and I decided to hit the road and see the continent. We are both sixty-three and have an English Golden Retriever named Bob. A couple days ago we traded in our Jeep Renegade for a Toyota Tacoma TRD Sport 4X4 (haul rate at around 6,600 lbs). Looking to find a trailer less than 20' total length and no more than 3,500 lbs. unloaded. We began our search years ago beginning with the Camp-In teardrop but never could get used to the idea of crawling in and out and having no dining area. We evolved into thinking we needed a permanent bed with a small dinette. I saw a few Scamps on the road and thought the 16' would be perfect and it had the layout we needed. But then my wife discovered the Eggcamper, but it appears poor health has forced the production of new trailers to a standstill. But then I found the Oliver Elite. And once my wife saw it she said she would have nothing else. Difficult to get anybody to return my emails at Oliver or to find out how to get one on order. We do plan on visiting their plant in about a month on the way up to our cabin in northern Michigan from our home in Melbourne, Florida. But since we bought the new truck I kept my search going for a trailer to fit our needs and discovered the new T@B 400. That trailer seems to make more sense to me but I have yet to sell my wife on the idea. I want to drive across the state to see one but it appears the 400's are sold out and all that remains are 320's (which users love) but I think they just won't fit our needs due to the lack of a permanent bed. We both feel we need the extra two-person dinette. Obviously we need help in choosing the right trailer for us and learning how to get one. We are not in a rush but I plan on having something no later than February of 2018.
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I pull a 2017 Casita 17' SD (3000lbs) with my 6 speed 2014 Taco and find it (IMHO) marginally adequate at best. Flat roads in Texas it pulled the Casita at 70-75 mph with the cruise on and avg around 13-14 mpg. When I get to rolling hills it is down into 5th gear and 62-65 mph as not to work the motor to hard but mpg went up to 15+. In the steeper hills of NC I am down to 3rd gear and doing only about 45 mph on the long grades and 50-55 on the rest. I would not pull anything bigger with a Taco as it works hard on any rolling terrain. Brakes were great and stops on a dime if you plan ahead, but I did experience some fad on the long descents and that was not riding the brakes at all. I am looking at upgrading to a V8 in the near future.
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Old 05-31-2017, 12:53 PM   #25
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My baby brother (who just retired and has been trailering for many years) advised me to get a diesel 4x4 from the get-go, but I opted for the V6 4x4. My wife and I are both committed to not getting the forewarned disease of wanting to get bigger (in either truck or trailer). And appreciate your honesty about the Taco towing limitation as I doubted it could safely and comfortably handle anything heavier than 4500 lbs loaded. So the matters concerning me now are getting the best trailer I can in the size I am comfortable with. And something that makes my wife want to travel with me.
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My baby brother (who just retired and has been trailering for many years) advised me to get a diesel 4x4 from the get-go, but I opted for the V6 4x4. My wife and I are both committed to not getting the forewarned disease of wanting to get bigger (in either truck or trailer). And appreciate your honesty about the Taco towing limitation as I doubted it could safely and comfortably handle anything heavier than 4500 lbs loaded. So the matters concerning me now are getting the best trailer I can in the size I am comfortable with. And something that makes my wife want to travel with me.
Michael
I like to keep up with traffic with limitations, as pulling a trailer I am more cautious and leave more room for surprises. I know some will blast me for driving too fast, but I don't like poking along and being passed by everyone on the road. In heavy traffic, I do slow way down and move over in the truck lane and wait it out. The Taco will pull it and stop okay, but I like the V8 pulling power. I have added dual exhaust and a foam air cleaner which helps a lot but the V6 lacks torque for long pulls up any grade.
I don't use sway bars or a LDH as I really didn't see a need. I added Sumo bags to the rear suspension and as heavy as the truck is, the trailer doesn't sway a bit. The hitch only drops an inch with 400lbs tongue weight. I also changed the may pop trailer tires with 235 Michelin LT tires with a load capacity of 4500lbs which means a lower air pressure at 2600 lbs of axel weight, you can't do that with trailer (ST) tires.
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Old 05-31-2017, 10:17 PM   #27
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The easiest way to check out trailers from lots of different manufacturers is to attend a fiberglass rv rally. Several are held each year all over the country, and this forum is a good place to find out what's happening.

We love our Escape. You didn't mention it in your original post, but for us it fits somewhere between Casitas/Scamps and an Oliver in terms of price. But, we love that it's lightweight but roomy, has a permanent queen bed, a quality build, and a ton of options and customizations available. Try to see as many makes as you can before deciding - and happy hunting!
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It really is normal to expect that steep hills and long grades will slow most trailer-towing vehicles down. Higher elevations will do it, too, since the air is thinner and the engine needs to mix oxygen with the fuel. The big exception is a turbocharged engine, especially the big turbo-diesels; they will not even notice a Casita or Ollie in tow. It really comes down to expectations. Most people who tow travel trailers expect that they'll have to drive slower than they would without a trailer; those who can't abide the slower pace had better have the bucks to buy the big torque.

OP, did you see the pre-loved Eggcamper for sale (in W.Va.) that's listed on this forum? No waiting for the factory build, you could be camping next week.
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