Hiya Hopie (any chance you named yourself after Love & Rockets??) My first retirement plan was to backpack the Florida Trail, Appalachian Trail, North Country Trail and Pacific Crest trails.
Physical deterioration and the loss of my cat led me to change my thoughts to an Aspen motorcycle camper pop up I could pull with my lightweight 4 cylinder Toyota. Researched it thoroughly including necessary equipment and had documents in my computer I only needed to print out.
In 2007 I kept my promise to my grandkids to take them to Niagara Falls and to make it worth their while since I had already committed to a 2006 trip to the NW Ontario Boy Scout High Adventure Base with a provisional troop (my 4th trip) I took off the month of June, bought a tent bigger than my first apartment(the Tent Hahal), rented a van, and took the 13 yr old and 8 yr old north thru NW GA, KY, Pittsburgh, and NY to Niagara Falls. Reminded of why I had begun to think past time to give up tent camping. Pitching and striking camp took between 20 and 60 minutes daily. Packing up a wet with dew tent led to mold and mildew. That long midnight trek to the bathhouse!
Started to rethink the popup. First researched ultra light
stick builts with aluminum frames. Found that THAT version of ultra light
often ran over 8,000 lbs. Discovered slides were messy, prone to leaks
, and pets got inside them and got injured on occasion.
My DH wanted a van camper. We did buy a camper van from 1985 and used it 3 times before we wound up with hideous leaks
that about destroyed the interior. Nevertheless DH wanted to use THAT van as the tow vehicle. We spent most of last summer attempting to have it repaired to the point where it would have usable as a tow vehicle. DH finally understood it wasn't going to happen. So we started looking for a tow vehicle as well as an RV.
Next I discovered Rpods. I thought this was the answer, but became a little concerned about the inability to get one without a slide. Still, I thought this was probably THE ONE- till I saw the Rpods at Camper Corral for sale- and actually got inside one. Very inefficient use of space and no way big enough for the two cats we had then.
Looking at the AARP magazine saw the ads for Casitas and Scamps in the classifieds and went to google Scamp. Got led by that google post to THIS website. Discovered there were WAY more fiberglass trailers than Casita and/or Scamp. Started researching again, looking at floor plans. We had 3 cats that would need to come with. As an ultralight camper from way back, I wanted small and lightweight, but with enough space for the kitties. Plus DH told me he meant to follow through on all his promises to go camping with me "SOMEDAY". I knew he would need more space than I would necessarily need. WE were looking at the two factories closest to our adult children- Parkliner
and LilSnoozy. We did tour both factories and look at both
I would've had to keep bunk beds set up to give the kitties enough space, and we would have had to change each morning the bed to a dinette and each evening the dinette to a bed.
LilSnoozy had a dedicated bed and a HUGE underbed storage we could turn into a cat haven. The all electric appealed t me also, but we got a generator
so as to open up campsite possibilities. It is big enough for someone who found tents confining, and we are comfortable in it. DH wanted the upgraded marine toilet so we wouldn't have to mess with a "black cassete" inside. Frankly, the absence of a larger black tank needing dump stations is a plus. We ordered late March and took delivery December 1st.
I had bought a screen house to try to keep a small area mosquito free for me but it's not working out for the cats- being floorless they can crawl under the walls. Gonna try a drop cloth attached to the four corners as a floor next time. If that doesn't work out I may have to bring the Tent Mahal along to serve as a screen house- even tho it does weigh over 38 lbs!!
So that is the story about how over the space of years from 1993 I got to here, ith my LilSnoozy.