The little/light Camper Trailer Thread...

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Jurgen, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. hppyfngy

    hppyfngy not dead yet

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    Obviously I agree since I've had mine since new in '06 and wouldn't think of selling it. :D

    It is small though. I wouldn't like to "live" in it.

    But I think about my camper like I do a hotel room in Paris. I need a place to change clothes, take a pee, keep my beers cold and crash when the day is done.

    It's a perfect little rolling "room." And unlike a pop-up, I can roll in for a quick nap or make a sandwich without setting anything up. Many times rolling on to a camp site and doing nothing but going back and going to bed. Damn handy. :D
  2. DakarNick

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  3. PirateJohn

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    Arghhhh! Everyone knows that only old people get Spyders!

    (Actually, I have been looking at them too, just in case my vertigo doesn't go away :lol3)
  4. DakarNick

    DakarNick Swabee

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    I'll be 32 in September! Yes, I have been told the same, that the original GS and the new RS/RSS are for everyone while the RT (touring) is for old people. Oh, well :lol3
  5. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    You too, huh? I came down with Vertigo for the first time ever a few weeks ago. I go for vestibular rehab on the 27th. Hoping for the best...
  6. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    Good luck! I have heard of cures anywhere from drugs to ear cleaning to carrying a flask of tequila. The one thing that I have heard is that it's common and it usually goes away.

    I had it really bad many years ago when I rode my 50cc in high winds the entire way. It stayed dormant until recently. So I wouldn't worry.

    But a backup plan is a good thing. I see the olde phartes at retiree RV parks in their golf carts. I expect that when the day comes I will be there parking my Spyder among the golf carts and trying to pick up the sexy 80 year old chicks ;)


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  7. ffchick

    ffchick FF = firefighter :)

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    Save the co-pay and search "epley maneuver" on youtube. That is probably what they'll have you do for vestibular rehab. I cured myself doing the epley maneuver and Bonine (Meclizine HCl, 25mg) to get me through work for a day or two.
  8. RedRocker

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    My wife had that hit last year & an old Doc in Island Park Idaho showed her the epley maneuver.
  9. rudyunknown

    rudyunknown Been here awhile

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    I have had a rpod for the last year and half...i love it since its small and i can tow it anywhere...i still have problems backing up and all that (i know even with something this small)

    I am 5'8 and wife is little bit shorter than me...these teardrops are made for shorter people...if ur more than 5'9 cehck out one before u buy one...i fit fine on the bed any taller i will have sleep diagonally
  10. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Tilting the Horizon

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    I'm searching craigslist for a small camper trailer or slide in camper and I'm running across quite a few from companies that are out of business.

    Is this an automatic red flag to not buy or worth a look?

    Bonaire is the main one that I'm seeing but there are a few others.
  11. PirateJohn

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    Not sure what to say. Was just talking with a bunch of oil field guys (read: everyone lives in a travel trailer) and the number of Craigslist scams is just fawking amazing.


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  12. Patrick46

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    well...whaddaya looking for specifically??

    I have a Kwik-Kamp. (a fold-out camper I kin pull with my bike.)

    It's an awesome rig, and has quite a cult type following.
    I think it's darn near the best one ever made...but sadly, is long outta business. :deal
  13. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Tilting the Horizon

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    Sorry I should have been more specific. I'm looking to buy an RV and have come across several that are from manufacturers that are no longer in business.

    Is parts availability something that is even a consideration with a camper or trailer?

    To give an analogy.....I would never buy a SAAB now, company is bankrupt, parts sources are questionable at best just a horrible situation all around for anyone owning one.

    Is buying an RV from a defunct manufacturer like buying a SAAB? Or is it a non issue as long as the RV is in good condition?

    Is that a little bit clearer?
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    Think this is the right thread. We just bought a Honda Odyssey and discovered Honda has a "hatch tent so you can flip down the seats and sleep inside. Some Odyssey's have a 110V inverter plug in back so you've got a lot of options. They also have a battery manager function so you won't kill it.

    Turns out the company also makes other products such as pickup truck bed tents. Doesn't get much lighter than that!
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  15. djb_rh

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    Given how killer the deal can be on a used RV versus new, I wouldn't worry. Most RVs are really built from a menu of items all available from the myriad of manufacturers around Elkhart, Indiana. So the fact that the "assembler" is out of business usually isn't a big deal. Just means tracking down your parts might be harder, but in reality with the Internet it's really probably no big deal whatsoever.

    Do some brand research on how well built various brands are/were and look for the common problems. Biggest is hidden roof leak issues due to most RVs being built with a lot of wood. There are two kinds of trailers...those who have leaking roofs and those that will. Maintain them well, store in a covered area, and inspect OFTEN, and you'll catch and nip problems before they become significant.

    Most of your problems will be with systems that are easy to idenfity and repair like your microwave, AC, etc. And unfortunately most have and are built with the absolute cheapest thing the RV people can find, so there's not much difference in quality level on those systems. The key here in buying used is TRY EVERYTHING. Make the seller show you every system WORKING.


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  16. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Tilting the Horizon

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    Donnie, Thanks for that response. Was exactly what I'm looking for.

    I hear ya on the leaks, that has been the very first thing I have been looking for in my searching.

    One more question. What is the general opinion on Lance and S&S campers? They seem to hold their value better than others, is there a reason for this or just my imagination?
  17. PirateJohn

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    Like Donnie said. Most RV and trailers are just fiberglass (boat repair stuff) or aluminum sheet. Turn signals and lights tend to be automotive stuff that you can source elsewhere if you can figure out the original source (Ford pickup turn signals used to be popular on several diesel pushers, for instance).

    RV stuff like plumbing and electrical tends to be pretty universal and you can get replacements at PPL, Camping World, etc.

    The only thing that really sticks in my mind is that some Wanderlodge windshields are getting scarce.

    If you can be more specific on what you are looking at we can help you better.



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  18. skysailor

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    Always thought these were a great idea. Who makes them?
    Lyle
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  20. Patrick46

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    my buddy who's a long distance traveler, met this guy the other day back East somewhere. (definately qualifys for this thread)

    made his trailer hitch by welding rebar to his swingarm???

    hey....kudos for just going out there and doin' it!!! :clap :freaky

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