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Old 03-02-2010, 01:24 PM   #1
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The little/light Camper Trailer Thread...

Did a search last night, found bits and pieces spread throughout ADV...

This thread is for small pop-ups, Eggs, Tear drops, and Small cargo/campers. Think under one ton, 2,000 lbs. (cause my truck's towing is 2200. )
What are the benefits? What are the minuses? Have you owned one? What did you like/hate?

Emphasis is on small and light (but want more than a tent on wheels) -- small cooking area w/ fridge, maybe some electrics, hell maybe even a bathroom. Big RV's have their own thread. Rooftops have their own thread...


I think these trailers are deserving of their own thread.

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Pop-up:

small Jay-co

Teardrop:
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:32 PM   #2
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:32 PM   #3
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:36 PM   #4
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I saw that... kind of cool, really scary.
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:36 PM   #5
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Nice set up. Tell me about it.
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A cool set up---

I do wonder if the bed area would be a bit claustrophobic on these though?

Plus on a rainy day in the woods would you want to be able to sit up and play cards or what ever?

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Old 03-02-2010, 01:49 PM   #7
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This thread is for small pop-ups, Eggs, Tear drops, and Small cargo/campers. Think under one ton, 2,000 lbs. (cause my truck's towing is 2200. )
What are the benefits? What are the minuses? Have you owned one? What did you like/hate?
What kind of wimpy-ass truck can only tow 2200 lbs?

My V-6 4Runner is rated for 5k.
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:50 PM   #8
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What kind of wimpy-ass truck can only tow 2200 lbs?

My V-6 4Runner is rated for 5k.
GMC Canyon- manual transmission- 4cylinder engine.

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Nice set up. Tell me about it.
its 13', with a 10' box

has a dinette in back that forms a small double bed, bunk above it. opposite the door side has a small stove and sink. other side has a closet. in the font is a bench abou 2' wide.

I took out the fridge and put a porta potty in its place for those late night potty visits for the kids.
we camp with me, wife, and 2 kids (9,4)

its small, but I can fit in some very nice spots. tows easy, easy to move around when you get it to the site.

we spend most of our time outside , except the kids will watch a dvd or something.
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:55 PM   #10
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We've got a pop-up and like it pretty well.

They offer the most bed/interior space in the size segment but can suffer when it comes to amenities.

Definitely don't ever feel "cramped", but setting up/tearing down is a certain negative.
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We used to have a pop-up and it was a bit of a pain, and it was heavy. However, they are for sale everywhere for cheapo prices.

There are new campers out there such as this...



http://www.safaricondo.com/alto/data/alto_ang_2010.pdf
http://www.safaricondo.com/alto/1723/indexeng.php

A really sweet camper is the Airstream Basecamp, big $$$ though.




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Old 03-02-2010, 02:36 PM   #12
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I think I recognize that campground.
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Old 03-02-2010, 02:37 PM   #13
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I had a 1978 Boler 13' trailer until just recently - the Scamp 13 is a later version. Very nice trailer and it weighed only around 900 lbs so it towed like a dream behind my 4 cylinder diesel Land Rover. It was great for a couple of folks if they were sleeping alone on the front and rear bunks. The rear bunk was a "double" but was a bit cramped for my wife and I (not that we're fat - just a bit heftier than we were when we got married).

The wife liked the camper but really wanted one with an on board bathroom. We went to a fiberglass camper meet last fall and got a chance to look at a couple of 16' Casita trailers. They are much nicer with a slightly wider bunk and a full bath. Those weigh around 1600-1800 lbs and that's probably what we'll move up to.

The 17" Casita has a much larger rear bed - but weighs around 2200 lbs.

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Old 03-02-2010, 03:03 PM   #14
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We have an 8' Rockwood Freedom 1640. This one is the 1640 LTD, which is longer.

http://www.forestriverinc.com/nd/def...series=Freedom

Nice little popup, and close to the lightest out there. Can be had with AC and a reefer, but no bathroom. Electric pump (110/12V) for the water tank. Weighs about 1300 dry. GVW just over a ton.

We've pulled it with a 4 cyl. Odyssey, a Pontiac Vibe, Mazda MPV, Grand Cherokee (like you'd know it was even there), and currently a Ford Escape.

A bit heavy for the Vibe on anything other than flat ground, but everything else did fine.

Full-size on one end, small standard (3/4?) on the other, and fold-down table for a small kid's bed.
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We used to have a pop-up and it was a bit of a pain, and it was heavy. However, they are for sale everywhere for cheapo prices.

There are new campers out there such as this...



http://www.safaricondo.com/alto/data/alto_ang_2010.pdf
http://www.safaricondo.com/alto/1723/indexeng.php

A really sweet camper is the Airstream Basecamp, big $$$ though.




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I was looking at the Safari Condos-- unfortunately not yet sold in U.S. -- and expensive even in Canadian Dollars. But, do look like a great set up. The basecamp is actually cheaper. (I think)

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