Family Camping Forum
I'd like to suggest that you establish a new Family Camping forum in your Around the Campfire section. This would provide a central location for the discussion of issues of interest to camping with children. I think that you would agree that the vast majority of fiberglass trailer owners are retired folks and couples. I believe that this a strong testament to the value and low ownership costs of these typically small trailers.
A dedicated Family Camping Forum would highlight the opportunities that small fiberglass trailers such the Casita
present to small families of three or four. I believe that there are many like me out there, we want a trailer but don't know that Moms Soccer Van can pull a 16 or 17 foot trailer that has all the amenities of home. I propose that these typical families can't afford a new tow vehicle as well as trailer and I believe that the comfort available through these small fiberglass trailers will be the catalyst to get a new generation of RV'rs on the road and enjoying the lifestyle and camaraderie that can be found in campgrounds through out the United States and Canada.
While researching this style of trailer, it quickly became obvious that at least 85% of the owners of these units are retired couples. I believe the primary reason for this is that small families simply do not know that Moms Soccer Van can pull these trailers, that these relatively rare trailers exist, and that they are available with bunk beds. Side mounted bunk beds are available through special order on the Casita
Spirit Deluxe and available as standard equipment on the Scamp
. Special order bunk house models of the Casita
are available but not advertised on their website. Renting one of these units with bunks in front, a single bed/dinette on the side and a double bed in back is what convinced me to research and purchase a fiberglass trailer for my family. If other families knew of the possibilities that these little trailers offer, I believe we would see many more happy camping families on the back roads and highways.
I recently purchased an Escape
Trailer, Floor Plan B. I believe it is the ideal trailer for a small family of four and a mini-van. The front bunk bed area can easily be curtained off for separate sleeping quarters for the kids. The side mounted bathroom and shower is of adequate size for washing the kids. The exterior shower is an added bonus to wash the big pieces of crud of our little camp monkeys. The fit and function of the interior components is outstanding and the trailer looks great, inside and out. We know that these trailers are not the best size for sitting inside and watching TV, but we want our camping experience to be an outdoor adventure, albeit with a warm and safe place to sleep and bathe.
Besides floor plans and trailer options, a Family Forum would allow for exchanging tips on places to go, modifications to make and safety issues to consider with these unique trailers. I expect that this forum would start out slow, since most families don't know these trailers exist, but would rapidly grow as Grandparents and friends make note of the forum and pass along some of the insights to those with kids.
Regardless, I appreciate your website and have benefited greatly from the information available. I hope to see you at a rally