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Old 03-10-2010, 04:59 PM   #91
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I like these, perfect layout for us, bed, shower, potty, small kitchen.
Those look well thought out, on the outside, anyway. Few to no seams to let the rot in, the biggest problem with a lot of the classic units. They ought to be easy to take care of and last a long time.
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Old 03-11-2010, 06:41 AM   #92
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Thought I put the link for interior pix. http://www.eggcamper.com/
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Old 03-11-2010, 08:34 AM   #93
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Thought I put the link for interior pix. http://www.eggcamper.com/

Much nicer than the Scamp we had. Like the layout better also.

Now if I could just figure out how to sleep 4 in there.......
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Old 03-11-2010, 09:27 AM   #94
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Thought I put the link for interior pix. http://www.eggcamper.com/
The inside made me think of a shower stall.

Minimal seams and lots of easy to clean surfaces.

That's a pretty neat idea...
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Old 03-11-2010, 10:27 AM   #95
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so, what are the pros/cons of a bathroom in an old light small trailer? I mean, I really wouldn't want anyone taking a dump and stinking up the small area inside. porta potties are a cheap alternative to a permanent toilet. plenty of propane showers on the market. the systems are bound to leak at some point. why would you need a bathroom, or don't you?
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Old 03-11-2010, 10:28 AM   #96
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My little beasty, about the same size as a Bohler, wieghs 900 lbs.

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Old 03-11-2010, 10:45 AM   #97
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so, what are the pros/cons of a bathroom in an old light small trailer? I mean, I really wouldn't want anyone taking a dump and stinking up the small area inside. porta potties are a cheap alternative to a permanent toilet. plenty of propane showers on the market. the systems are bound to leak at some point. why would you need a bathroom, or don't you?

The grey water tank is very small so you can't plan on many showers. When we had ours it was great because the kids were very small and a Scamp was much easier than a tent and could be pulled behind our Sienna. When camping in the woods we used a rubbermaid tote on the floor and used the shower to wash the kids and dumped the water in the woods, thus stretching the grey tank capacity. The toilet was good for nighttime bathroom breaks and traveling, especially during the potty training time period. Just pull off the road and pop into the camper.

As far as maintenance and leaks. It is probably less than other rv's in the long run due to the construction, although our scamp had a soft spot under the shower because the previous owner did not maintain the caulk joints in the shower.
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Old 03-12-2010, 04:26 AM   #98
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so, what are the pros/cons of a bathroom in an old light small trailer? I mean, I really wouldn't want anyone taking a dump and stinking up the small area inside. porta potties are a cheap alternative to a permanent toilet. plenty of propane showers on the market. the systems are bound to leak at some point. why would you need a bathroom, or don't you?
Potties are air tight, so you don't really smell them other than the
initial blast. Only difference between a porta potty and permanent one is the portability, mechanism is basically the same. So you'd still be hauling your shit around in the trailer. Lotsa folks don't care about pots and showers, me, that's one of the things I want along with a bed, heat, and air.
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Old 03-12-2010, 05:24 AM   #99
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I know you said you didn't want a tent on wheels, but I have one of these. In fact I have the ninth one ever made. Versatlity is the name of the game. Weighs 700 lbs, can haul bikes/ 4 wheelers, cargo, lumber, bicycles, kayaks etc. Pulls easily with a 4 cyl Ranger with a GS1200 on board. It has many uses beyond camping, which is great because it is not cheap. A very nice, well designed outfit.
http://www.sylvansport.com/
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Old 03-12-2010, 11:46 AM   #100
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Those look well thought out, on the outside, anyway. Few to no seams to let the rot in, the biggest problem with a lot of the classic units. They ought to be easy to take care of and last a long time.


......and crazy expensive! $17k! I rented a really nice fiberglass camper like the egg from base. It was $80 for a 3 day weekend. I liked it and wanted to buy one....until the few used ones I could find were going for $8-12k. Even the little old beat up ones from the 70's were going from $3-7k. No thanks on that
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Old 03-12-2010, 02:12 PM   #101
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......and crazy expensive! $17k! I rented a really nice fiberglass camper like the egg from base. It was $80 for a 3 day weekend. I liked it and wanted to buy one....until the few used ones I could find were going for $8-12k. Even the little old beat up ones from the 70's were going from $3-7k. No thanks on that
I hear ya, we bought a 27' TT that was three years old for 11K.
Kinda hard to lay out 17K for an egg.
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Old 03-12-2010, 08:56 PM   #102
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...although you get mad space into those gooseneck trailers, you lose the bed of the truck.
I assume you mean fifth-wheel travel trailers (there's a big difference between those and gooseneck trailers). The fifth-wheels have one extra bonus that nothing else has: people can ride in the back as you haul it down the highway. Now I realize some people have issues with the apparent safety doing this, and I know that it's not legal to do in all places anymore.

However, when I was a kid, my brother and I, and on some trips our cousins, spent thousands of miles riding in Dad's 1977 27' Jayco fifth-wheel. This is an especially nice setup with kids, as the kids have free reign in the camper--including a bathroom--and the parents/adults get some peace in the pickup. We had one specific window on the driver's side of the camper that was our "signal window"; Dad could see it easily in the mirror and when he saw it open, he knew we kids needed him to stop for some reason (although we noticed the more often we opened the window, the longer it took to stop each time).


Also, while you can't haul anything large in the pickup box with a fifth-wheel camper hooked up, you can fit a surprising amount of small/low stuff in the box without getting in the way of the camper/hitch motion at all.


If you get a fifth-wheel short enough, you can haul a second trailer behind it. You see this mostly with boats in these days of specialized toy haulers, but there's no reason you can't haul a small open or cargo trailer with motorcycles behind the camper. I've done this with a Chevy 1500HD towing a 25' fifth-wheel and a 10' open trailer with two street bikes behind that. The load is a bit much for a truck that size, and you've got to be pretty sharp driving it. It's not as bad as you might think, but I'll admit it's definitely more taxing to drive than hauling a single trailer. Also, while backing both trailers is certainly difficult, it's not as impossible as you might think.




Finally, if you've never towed a fifth-wheel trailer behind a pickup, you might be surprised at how nice they pull. No doubt the size and weight works the pickup as you'd expect it to, but compared to a similarly-sized bumper-hitch trailer, there's no comparison to how much nicer a fifth-wheel trails. Backing and manovering are easier than you'd expect as well, again, especially compared to a similarly-sized bumper hitch trailer.



Just so I'm not completely off-topic here, I know of at least one camper that combines the [relatively] light/little requirement of this thread with the advantages of a fifth-wheel:






I've no personal experience with these, but I see that they weigh around 2000lbs, and I've seen Ford Rangers towing them. If I had a smaller pickup and didn't have a requirement to haul motorcycles, I'd strongly be considering something like this.
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Old 03-12-2010, 10:39 PM   #103
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......and crazy expensive! $17k! I rented a really nice fiberglass camper like the egg from base. It was $80 for a 3 day weekend. I liked it and wanted to buy one....until the few used ones I could find were going for $8-12k. Even the little old beat up ones from the 70's were going from $3-7k. No thanks on that

here's the pic of my rental. At the prices for rentals it's next to impossible to justify buying one of this size/type
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Old 03-13-2010, 09:33 AM   #104
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Anyone need a project?

Had my eye on this jewel for the past few weeks...



Good straight sheetmetal all the way around...



A little rough on the inside, but the camo curtains more than make up for it.



A good looking throne with easy access vent stack.

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Old 03-13-2010, 12:08 PM   #105
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The egg camper reminds me of a motel 6. not luxurious, but efficient and purposeful.
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