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Old 11-04-2012, 12:17 PM   #1
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Looking and Dreaming

I'm Louise, and I travel with a dog named William. We like boondocking and shunpiking.

I don't have a trailer now, but I'm dreaming about a 13' egg. With luck, it will all work out by spring.
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Old 11-04-2012, 12:28 PM   #2
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Welcome Louise & William! Hope you find your dream trailer - best bet is to look at lots and then decide which really is your dream! Attend a Fiberglass trailer rally near you if possible - great way to see a lot of different layouts & makes all in one place.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:54 PM   #3
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Hi Louise, to FiberglassRV, we're glad you're here.

I hope your dream comes true!!!
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Old 11-04-2012, 02:35 PM   #4
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I'll bite, what is shunpiking?
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Old 11-04-2012, 02:51 PM   #5
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Thank you for the welcome!

Shunpiking basically means travelling side roads and back roads instead of freeways and turnpikes. I think the word originated in the early 1800s, when the first smooth roads were being built for easy travel. The tolls made a lot of people angry, and they would travel far out of their way to avoid the pikes.

I admire our freeway system, I really do. It's a great way to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible. But now that I'm not in a hurry, I like to putter along and look at the world.
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Old 11-04-2012, 03:05 PM   #6
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Did you see this one? http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...0-a-55209.html

It is a drive from MI but looks like it is worth the drive.

Lots of people here who are like those sellers. They buy a 13' and decide to go for a little more space and have their 13' available for sale. Been there. Done that.

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Old 11-04-2012, 07:24 PM   #7
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Louise, I'm in Michigan, and you're welcome to stop by and tour my UHaul I'm half an hour south of Flint
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:30 AM   #8
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Thank you for the welcome!

Shunpiking basically means travelling side roads and back roads instead of freeways and turnpikes. I think the word originated in the early 1800s, when the first smooth roads were being built for easy travel. The tolls made a lot of people angry, and they would travel far out of their way to avoid the pikes.

I admire our freeway system, I really do. It's a great way to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible. But now that I'm not in a hurry, I like to putter along and look at the world.
There is nearly equivalent term for boating, gunkholing.
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:40 AM   #9
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Gunkholing! I never heard that one! Great word.

Pam, thank you for the invitation -- I'll take you up on it for sure. I'm near Lansing, so it isn't even far. I'm waiting for probate to clear to buy my adventuremobile, so right now I'm learning as much as possible.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:17 PM   #10
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Louise,

Were I in the market for a 13' trailer, this is the one I would look at:
Travel trailer for sale - Manitoba Travel Trailers, Campers For Sale - Kijiji Manitoba Canada.

Google maps puts it ~19 hrs, each way, from you.

No bathroom, but it's a nice trailer. It has the factory front dinette, so you could leave the big dinette as a bed and still have some place to eat. It also has all the bells and whistles for that model. It has been for sale for a long time, so I would offer $2500 and not go above $3000. The add says $4000 firm, maybe that is why it has not sold.
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Old 11-05-2012, 02:16 PM   #11
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Conert your waiting time into looking time.

The more rigs you look at and read about, the better buyer you will be when the $$$ is in your hands.

Many a sad buyer that went out looking with money in hand early on succumed to the Siren Lure of a FGRV.

It's best to look while you can't make a bad decision.



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David Tilson, what do you think is the perpose of that strip of wood under the front window, with the two metal poles under it?
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David Tilson, what do you think is the perpose of that strip of wood under the front window, with the two metal poles under it?
Noreen,

I suspect that they put the piece of wood to attach an upper bunk, like a front gaucho unit. Because the fibreglass table support is thicker then the ensolite that would be there for a bunk, they had to extend the bunk support to clear the table support, on the wall, when it is folded down for a couch. I think the poles support this piece of wood, because the support sticks out and would torque on the window frame when used as a bed.

This guess is supported by the fact that there are brackets for a bunk bar, on the walls beside the door and the kitchen window. The bar would prevent someone from falling out of the upper bunk. It also looks like they went to the extra effort of gluing a block of wood under the ensolite, on the kitchen side, to attach the bracket, the same way the factory does.
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Thanks for the answer, David. You are more observant than me. <_<
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I'll bite, what is shunpiking?
Hi: cpaharley2008...If, the late Charles Kurault was correct... the Interstate highway system gives Americans the ability to drive from coast to coast without seeing anything. Shunpikers must then be looking for that part of the unseen America.
Sometimes while Escaping we find a road or two less traveled and a lot of America.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:53 AM   #16
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With you Alfred....

We avoid Interstates except when necessary...like to escape the congestion of the Northeast as fast as possible. The western Interstates are not too bad because at least many of them have little traffic.

Generally we seek the non-Interstates like route 2 across the northern states, route 17 down the east coast or the west's north/south Route 93 or the Pacific coast's route 101.

We consider the road traveled as important as the destination, maybe more so.
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:53 AM   #17
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Same here - we're shunpikers and didn't even know it!
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I get shunpikers and spelunkers confused????
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I get shunpikers and spelunkers confused????

Spelunkers bypass toll roads, too,but they are not as above ground about it.
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Same here - we're shunpikers and didn't even know it!
'SHUNPIKER III' is the name of my Trillium 4500.
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