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Small Travel Trailers?
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: April 12, 2016 09:44AM
We are toying with the idea of getting a smallish (sleeps 2-4) travel trailer. I have a Ford Expedition that will pull a fairly large one, but we don't need anything huge. It would be nice to have a bathroom. I am not wild about 'hybrids', which have canvas pop-outs, as canvas presents its own problems. And we're not overly enamored of frills—fancy cabinetry, upholstery, rugs, etc.—should be easy to keep clean inside.

I rather like the fiberglass-body camping trailers, though most seem to be made in small facilities far from New England (where we are), without dealer networks, and they seem pricey. I was thinking of something used, though new is not out of the question.

Suggestions? Favorites?

Perusing the Boston Craig's List, but nothing exciting. Figure we'll do some looking at dealer lots next month. No time at the moment.

/Mr Lynn



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Re: Small Travel Trailers?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: April 12, 2016 05:00PM
We have a dealer that sells to different small campers. I looked at one out of curiosity but came away thinking that a tent made more sense -- larger, cheaper, and easier to haul.



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Re: Small Travel Trailers?
Posted by: wave rider
Date: April 12, 2016 07:36PM
A nice vintage Airstream would be sweet...



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Re: Small Travel Trailers?
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: April 12, 2016 07:50PM
We're in that same market...13-15 foot trailer of fiberglass construction. We're considering:

Scamp: Located in MN...ugh
Casita: Located in TX...ugh
TAP Max-S: Located all over but pricey!

Used models in that class usually get listed and sold the same day. Ms Markintosh is really after that not having to walk to a campground bathroom in the middle of the night.



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Re: Small Travel Trailers?
Posted by: Ammo
Date: April 12, 2016 09:54PM
I think the best of this type may be Escape trailers made in Canada:

[escapetrailer.com]



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Re: Small Travel Trailers?
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: April 12, 2016 10:04PM
Quote
Markintosh
We're in that same market...13-15 foot trailer of fiberglass construction. We're considering:

Scamp: Located in MN...ugh
Casita: Located in TX...ugh
TAP Max-S: Located all over but pricey!

Used models in that class usually get listed and sold the same day. Ms Markintosh is really after that not having to walk to a campground bathroom in the middle of the night.

Yeah, we're in the same boat.

Besides the Scamps, there is the Escape (British Columbia), and the double-walled (and too-expensive) Oliver (in TN); also the ParkLiner, in NC (new company). Didn't know about the T@B (not TAP—right?) teardrops, which are neat but I think too small.

I really like the Oliver, but it's priced more than a used Airstream (as wave rider suggests), which would be cool, too.

Good site with forums for molded fiberglass trailers:

[fiberglassrv.com]

Their forum has a For Sale/Wanted section, so that might be a good place to look. I saw a couple of Escapes, but nowhere near us.

My daughter and SIL bought a '60s 20' Avion, which they have been customizing (took out the bathroom and installed bunks for their three boys). It's an ongoing project, which I don't need. The Avion was made of aluminum like the Airstreams.

Let me know how you make out in your search. We may end up just getting a used Jayco or something of traditional construction, of which there are plenty at dealers and on Craig's List, and then if we're still happy with trailering, looking for a fiberglass one down the road (as it were).

/Mr Lynn



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/12/2016 10:09PM by mrlynn.
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Re: Small Travel Trailers?
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: April 12, 2016 10:36PM
The Escapes are an even tougher find on the west coast, but they do look nice. Here's the sale site we check out daily:

[www.fiberglass-rv-4sale.com]



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Re: Small Travel Trailers?
Posted by: rasmac
Date: April 13, 2016 09:27AM
somebody already mentioned vintage airstream...
we have a 25ft airstream that just turned 40 years old, bought him 4 years ago from craigslist and he has been great.
as with any big purchase, don't be in a rush to buy. if you're after a vintage trailer, make sure you know exactly what a good trailer is... as far as not getting burned with expensive repairs. read up and ask questions. check all the areas where water is used (kitchen, bath) for leaks, floor, wall rot, etc. if you don't know much about trailers, hire an inspector before purchase to give it the once over.

good luck & happy camping!

rasmac
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Re: Small Travel Trailers?
Posted by: steve...
Date: April 13, 2016 03:15PM
I smile when I see a nice old one like this:







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Re: Small Travel Trailers?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: April 13, 2016 06:16PM
My parents hauled a Mallard 17' trailer back and forth from Michigan to Florida when I was little. It was like this one but painted with a white/blue trim. Great memories of those trips.





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Re: Small Travel Trailers?
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: April 13, 2016 09:57PM
Here's the '60s Avion that my daughter and her husband have refurbished:



And possible good news!

There's a 2003 Casita 17' in Richmond, and daughter and hubby, who live west in Powhatan, have agreed to check it out (if still available), and buy it for us. Then we'll go down and pick it up next month. If this works out, it will save me a lot of toil and trouble—and time—and I'll get a molded fiberglass trailer!

The Casita looks like this:
[casitatraveltrailers.com]

Those are the current ones, but they haven't changed much in 13 years.

/Mr Lynn



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/13/2016 10:02PM by mrlynn.
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