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Old 02-12-2016, 09:44 PM   #1
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Hi from San Diego

Mark and Wendy here. We are empty nesters looking to explore camping in a fiberglass camper. Due to our personal sensitivities we are looking for low off gassing materials for the camper. Any suggestions would be welcome.

We have a 6 cyl Ford Explorer so light weight is just the ticket!
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Old 02-12-2016, 10:25 PM   #2
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Hi from San Diego

Welcome, Mark and Wendy!

The nice thing about molded fiberglass trailers is that, with patience, you can probably find one old enough to be well past the outgassing stage, but still in good condition. Then you can choose your own materials to update the interior.

Do you have an idea what sort of trailer will meet your needs- size, features, layout,...? Do you know what the manufacturer's tow rating is for your Explorer? Do you have previous RV experience?

Best wishes in your quest!
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Old 02-13-2016, 01:41 PM   #3
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Thanks Jon,
We are new to RVs. We've been looking for over a year, visiting RV shows and learning. We've gone the full range looking at class A, fifth wheel, airstream, etc. We've finally come around to starting simple.

We bought our Explorer so we could pull a trailer. The hitch is rated for 4500 lbs so that limits what we can buy - size and materials.

We're very interested in the fiberglass due to the lightness of the trailer and the reduced off gassing. I've walked into some trailed at shows and walked right out again. Immediate irritation.

We're pretty open to floor plans although we do like some layouts better. It's a lot of fun looking and dreaming. We recently discovered Happier Campers in LA. We plan on visiting the factory.

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Old 02-13-2016, 02:00 PM   #4
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Look in the manual for your Explorer to find the actual tow and tongue capacity.
What is printed on the hitch is only the rating for the hitch, not the vehicle.
The hitch can have way more capacity than the vehicle it is attached to.
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Old 02-13-2016, 02:54 PM   #5
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Thanks Glenn. We have a 2014 Explorer. It's capable of towing 5000 lbs (per the vehicle specs). But ... we have an after market hitch. The guy installing it (referral from the dealer) said the max towing capacity is 4500 lbs. I can't remember the tongue capacity off the top of my head. Will have to look at the specs again.
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