I have been lurking here for a couple weeks now trying to educate myself a bit on these campers. I tend to be one of those guys who over researches everything before buying something like this. I don't own a FG camper yet but I am seriously considering it.
I currently own a flagstaff pop up and it has served me well but time to move on is approaching.
Here is what I plan for the camper. I am open to suggestions as to what models might be best for my purposes.
I plan to use this camper for both business and a fishing trip or deer camp from time to time but mostly business. I make my living as an artist and I teach classes here at my studio. Folks literally come from all over the world to take a one week intensive class here.
I have come up with a new business model which takes my school on the road. I pack equipment and tools for 8 students in my truck and teach a class at a host studio. The concept is that it will be cheaper for folks if they collectively are paying for one person to travel to them rather than for them to pay their individual travel and hotel expenses to come here to me. The concept has been received well and I am doing my first traveling class for the Florida Society of Goldsmiths in August. I am working on lining up a group in IN and one in MN after that.
That is where the camper comes in. If these three classes go well I will have a good chunk of money to buy a camper with. This first set of classes will tell me if this traveling school concept is worth pursuing as well. If things go well and I decide this business plan is valid and the logistics are not too insane. I am considering buying a lightweight FG camper. Remodeling one end of it so it has a traveling engraving studio in it and leave the fridge
stove, beds etc in place. This will allow me to get some of my own personal bench work done on the road as well as save me a ton on hotels. Hotels are averaging a $100 a night now. Some places they are higher some lower but on average you can plan on a C note for a room. I believe a small camper will pay for itself in a short while. Most of the studios I would be teaching at have a parking lot or other facility where I would be allowed to park my traveling home and studio.
I am considering the FG trailers for their size and light weight
. Since this is a business venture saving on gas is important but so is being able to maneuver through rush hour traffic through major cities. I am looking for something in the 14-17 ft range. I have seen pics of some of the 16-17ft scamps and cassitas as well as some of the 14 ft burros with the large closet that would work well for me. I think these will be large enough to house an engraving bench and leave enough room for me to live in while traveling, yet not so large that they are problematic pulling around the country. I would want something that can accept a decent awning
if it does not already have one.
Another thing I am considering doing is taking the camper to a vinyl shop and having a vinyl wrap done to it with my school advertisements on it. Sort of a traveling billboard if you will. I don't think that would cause any problems with the FG material.
Anyway, I thought I should introduce myself so you all know who the crazy artist is asking all the questions when I get close to buying time.