Hi Sandy and welcome to Fiberglass RV.
For years our family had a fold up camper, but the folding and drying out got very tiring after a while. Had a "stick built" trailer for a couple of years, but they can be a total disaster if any leaks
strike! (experience knows) We then moved to a 13' used Trillium(moulded fiberglass) for about 13 or 14 years. It was a great experience, had a couple of small items which were very easily repaired and caused absolutely no issues of concern, no drying out the trailer after a rain storm and nothing rotting where we couldn't see the problem. Also had the advantage of pull into the park, open the door and you are set to go!
In 2004 we moved up to a Casita
equipped in a fashion similar to what you are looking for, and again, moulded fiberglass is the only way to go. Fiberglass trailers fare well in outdoor storage in the Canadian climate, in 30 years I don't believe our Trillium
was ever covered or stored inside in the winter, and with a good coat of wax every spring it still had a very nice patina to the exterior gel coat when we sold
it. I think the only storage precaution other than a winter prep of the water systems, that needs to be taken is to wedge a 2x4 against the ceiling to protect against the possibility of a heavy snow load.
If you are looking for a new trailer, Escape
, and Scamp
are the most popular models that fit your described needs. A Bigfoot
would also fill the bill, but the pricing is considerably higher. As for used trailers, you could add a 17' Boler
5500 to the list above. The supply of used fiberglass trailers in Canada with bath is somewhat limited so you may have to look a little further to find what you want.
We bought our Casita
in New York City and imported it into Canada through all the proper channels. It was not a particularly big deal, and only added about $250 to the total cost. If you go that route, there is lots of info on this forum as to what you need to do.
With the Canadian Dollar close to par with the US greenback, the price variances across the border are much easier to swallow than when I bought my trailer.
After over 30 years of owning various trailers, I am totally sold
on moulded fiberglass construction. If we move to a larger trailer it will again be moulded fiberglass, likely a Bigfoot
or a Vista if one is available. A lot of "stick built" trailers today do have flat "filon" fiberglass exterior panels, but do not confuse the construction style with moulded fiberglass. There is a big difference in how the 2 styles of construction tend to stand up.
If you have any specific questions, feel free to ask...someone on the forum will jump in with an answer of some kind!