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Old 03-31-2019, 08:57 AM   #1
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full time recommendation - maybe not molded FB

We are getting ready to seriously downsize our house and move to a 600 sq/foot place.

As a result we'll be using our camper as a full time living space. We both still work some but we'll also be traveling on a whim as I can work remote and she's about to be not working anymore.

We'd like the camper to be under 7,500 lbs so we can tow with the new ranger or a smaller truck. We'd like it if we can sleep 5 people so the kids can stay in it with us (but not full time)

The plan was a scamp 19 with the couch bunk bed but we're open to pretty much anything. It does not HAVE to be molded fiberglass. We're thinking we'd like to stay under 35K

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Old 03-31-2019, 09:17 AM   #2
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You will pay a premium for molded fiberglass, and they tend to be smaller than the traditional built trailers. What you get is durability and a lot less depreciation.

Hybrid trailers tend to give you light weight and max sleeping capacity for their size.

Depending where you plan to live/travel, 4 seasons could be a requirement, which will drive up cost and weight.

As far as a home, we have a 980 sq ft home, downsized from a 3,200 sq ft house. One unusual feature in our house is the public rooms are large, while the bedroom (just one bedroom), bath and kitchen are very small. Its an unusual floorplan (1934 build), gives public rooms the same size as our old house.

Not surprising, this is a FG RV forum, so you might want to look elsewhere for recommendations that are not fiberglass.
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Old 03-31-2019, 01:11 PM   #3
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With a budget of $35k USD you could buy near any moulded fibreglass trailer up to an Oliver, Airstream or Bigfoot.

A great deal with the exchange rate is an Escape trailer, and if you were looking at the Scamp 19, I would highly recommend looking at the Escape 5.0TA. We love ours. Easy to tow, full queen bed, rear dinette, well made and great company service. Escapes 19 and 21 are great bumper pull units as well.

All the other manufacturers offer even more options in size and value, all worthy of giving a look at.
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