Correction: The queen size bed, 63 x 77 inches) in the Little Joe
is not on the floor, but suspended across the seats as in many FG trailers.
My wife and I, tent campers for years, decided to get up off of the ground and into a small trailer. The Little Joe is what we lit on, although I would have been open to one of the Compac styles or Little Snoozy, which to my knowledge was still in final development when we were looking.
Our list was similar to yours. Originally, we were looking at teardrops, either to build or buy, but my wife asked if we could at least have a toilet and maybe a shower. That ain't happening in a teardrop. So we started looking at manufactured trailers.
Commercial builders are building to suit the widest possible market segment in a given size and generally add a lot more features, and weight
, than those of us looking for simplicity and light
The Little Joe is really a well organized, hard shell, queen sized bed which happens to contain a refrigerator(ours is 3 way), a two burner stove and a 7 gallon water tank with a demand pump feeding a small sink. There is ample storage under the seats, including a locker to store the Porta Potti.
During the day, you can have the table set up with seating on the two 6 1/2 foot side bench seats. The sink and water tank are on one side at the foot of the benches and the fridge
and the stove top are on the other, aka galley arrangement.
At night the table becomes part of the bed. We put the Porta Potti under the bed at the foot for slide out access during the night. We sleep with our feet toward the back, so when the urge strikes we just slide to the foot of the bed, slide out the pot and do business.
Like you, we do all of our cooking outside under a free standing canopy, but those first two pots of expresso, decaf and caf, we put together in the evening. In the morning, light
up those burners, turn on the Fantastic Fan and it's coffee in bed.
The sink and the water tank are standard in the Little Joe, but Marty might be willing to make a trailer without. However, we find it nice for quick cleanups from time to time.
One thing to remember about fiberglass trailers is that many of the furnishings are not only cabinets, seating, etc. but are also part of the structural framing of the unit. Sometimes in taking them out, something will have to be added to guarantee structural integrity. If that is the case, it's not just a matter of removing something, but having some non-standard feature custom made to replace it, which may add more cost than you want to pay.
On the Little Joe, you could do without the stove top, the sink and the water tank and the fiber glass cabinets they normally go into would give you more storage and counter space.
Check out the Little Joe pictures in the gallery. If you have any questions, just ask.