Kevin and Jon,
Thank you for the info.
I had actually quick scanned that thread before and missed that there were a few door widths in it. So, thanks for bringing it to my attention.
I think the door is around 28" wide on the Lil Snoozy
, while I really like the design of it, I am concerned about it's performance in the desert (heat) and winter (same for the Casita). The 25 series Bigfoot's appears to have enough insulation to keep from cycling the furnace
or air-conditioner constantly. Of course I'd have to get a generator
for the air-conditioner.
Also like the Happier Camper HC1
, it's main door is around 25' and of course that nice rear hatch it has. Temperature extremes performance is an unknown to me. According to their website FAQ, they are working on an off road version. I just wish it was longer.
In case you all are curious, and had already mentioned in the "Hi, I am.." forum that I do amateur astronomy. so I'm awake at night (except when I burn out from being awake all day) and sleep during the day. While in the desert in summer, I've seen the thermometer needle disappear into the housing just after sunrise. Once I was out in the Midwest at -20 F. These days (older now and have spent to much time living on the coastal strip of southern California) more realistic goal for me is to be able to handle down to 0 F. And then there is the factor that my girl friend is telling me that she will probably retire this year, and wants to go on my trips with me, which she never has up to this point, so, I would need to have more room.
As to why I'm interested in door width, my largest scope has a 14" mirror, total diameter is probably around 15.5 - 17" with some of the extra attachments. And then there is the foam that I use to support it when traveling. which is probably 2' across, currently have take the scope out of its traveler, put them in separately, and then repack. My longest scope is around 5' long. For additional protection I carry them on the couch of my camper (I never take them both at the same time, not enough room). There's many more pieces of equipment that also goes along with this hobby, but I won't go into them.
Also, getting side tracked here, while I can tow up to roughly 9000 lbs with either of my pickups, I want to stay at or below 5000 lbs so that I don't have to deal with a weight
distribution hitch for over 500 lbs tongue weight
. They don't work so well off road unless you disconnect them. Only one of the places I go to is a developed campground (rarely, only during the week, not on the weekend). Everything else is out in the sticks (guess I should say rocks, sand and/or cactus) with no people around or very few.