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Old 02-28-2017, 06:24 PM   #1
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Pluses of smaller camper....

We did have a BIG travel trailer, then we decided to get a new camper. After much thought we decided to go smaller,so I was thinking and thought these reasons, some add a little humor to this forum.... Cheaper out of pocket cost, easier to tow, less to clean inside and out, don't have to walk far to get coffee, TV screen looks bigger, less space to air condition, not limited to length when picking sites. I'm sure there are many more reasons lol.....
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Length in national parks was our reason....
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Old 02-28-2017, 07:33 PM   #3
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Old 02-28-2017, 07:42 PM   #4
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A couple days ago a poster was talking about buying a 40 ft 5th wheel after towing a 30ish ft TT...they were asking about towing problems. I was thinking the problem is not towing...it's parking. Many of the places we go would be hard to find a spot. Atlanta Tx state park??? You might find a few spots. Sorry to hijack.
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Smaller = the ability to be spontanious and fit into any State Park.
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Old 03-01-2017, 02:04 PM   #6
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Help with choosing?

As with everything in this world there are so many choices and living here in Vermont the dealers are far a few between - most at least an hour or two away. We've been trying to do some 'window shopping' on line. We bought an R-Pod as our 1st camper and are looking to upgrade to something slightly more roomy. Not exactly longer but with a regular bathroom, walk around queen bed and more storage. We are looking for something between 20 - 23' preferably, that would sleep 3-4 people (usually 2 with a 120 lb. Chocolate Lab baby named Zoey) but sometimes with a human sister named Barb. Hubby would like to stay with the lightweight style of the R-pod but wife would like more kitchen area/storage. We'd also like the two door refrigerator/freezer style in order to have a larger capacity if possible. I've seen some with the murphy bed/sofa that looked good (comments please on comfort). Husband likes the idea of eating area while wife like idea of bed being made up all the time, not having to do it every day and not having to climb over hubby at night to go to bed! Any suggestions on makes and models would be greatly appreciated!!! Though we love camping our old butts just can take riding around in the car all the time.
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Old 03-01-2017, 02:05 PM   #7
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Less is more

We went from a 36' Coachman rear diesel pulling a 34' enclosed car trailer, 12500#. That's 70' over all that pivots in the middle. Sold the race car and now tow a small TT with a Ford F-150.
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As with everything in this world there are so many choices and living here in Vermont the dealers are far a few between - most at least an hour or two away. We've been trying to do some 'window shopping' on line. We bought an R-Pod as our 1st camper and are looking to upgrade to something slightly more roomy. Not exactly longer but with a regular bathroom, walk around queen bed and more storage. We are looking for something between 20 - 23' preferably, that would sleep 3-4 people (usually 2 with a 120 lb. Chocolate Lab baby named Zoey) but sometimes with a human sister named Barb. Hubby would like to stay with the lightweight style of the R-pod but wife would like more kitchen area/storage. We'd also like the two door refrigerator/freezer style in order to have a larger capacity if possible. I've seen some with the murphy bed/sofa that looked good (comments please on comfort). Husband likes the idea of eating area while wife like idea of bed being made up all the time, not having to do it every day and not having to climb over hubby at night to go to bed! Any suggestions on makes and models would be greatly appreciated!!! Though we love camping our old butts just can take riding around in the car all the time.
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Old 03-01-2017, 02:28 PM   #9
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I've seen some with the murphy bed/sofa that looked good (comments please on comfort).
The murphy is the biggest reason we chose the camper we did. It's a 2306. It's big enough to have dual axles, dual propane tanks, and decent storage, yet small enough to fit most places. We love NOT having a bed around during the day. Then "making" the bed is a 30 second deal. Flip the couch, latch, latch, and flop it down. Bed is already made.

From the rest of it, it has the dual door fridge, full bathroom, bunks for the kid(s). There is room to maneuver when all beds are down/made. The couch is awesome during the day. It's light (though I don't care much, with a 2500HD diesel)...

We're only about 5 nights in, but have plenty of experience with my parents' old similar-sized sunline.
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Old 03-01-2017, 02:31 PM   #10
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Flagstaff 21FBRS enough said.
We concur - we have the similar Rockwood model (Mini Lite 2109s).
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Our 5er is made for 2 people with a sofa that could be made into a bed for guests. Only 35' long and the perfect size with 3 slides.
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Old 03-01-2017, 03:03 PM   #12
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didn't the OP say he wanted to downsize ?
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Old 03-01-2017, 04:02 PM   #14
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Pluses of smaller camper....

All depends on your definition of small and big? I have a 30' and don't think it is big compared to 36'to 40' it fits into all state parks I have been. It has no slides so still small footprint
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I wouldnt know, ive gone up the last 4 trailers. With a 43 footer on order I am fearing I may need to go the other way once I try to pull it around.
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Smaller trailer = Smaller TV
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Old 03-01-2017, 04:31 PM   #17
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We have a 24 foot, ball to bumper travel trailer. Our thoughts were an emphasis on travel. Less weight, more travel. We have gotten into places we never could have with a larger unit. No WD hitch and our TV is way heavier than the trailer but love it that way. Handles well, no white knuckles ever.
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didn't the OP say he wanted to downsize ?
35' is not big ~~ not to me. Just roomy enough so 2 people do not have to step on each other. Weekending a little smaller may work but we often go for up to 2 months at a time.
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We have a 1905 minilite with the Murphy bed and have decided to go to the 2109s next. I hurt my back so it is difficult to get the bed up. Also, the 2109s has more storage and a slide out that will give us more space. And the kitchen has more counter space.

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Agree! We have a Rockwood Mini-lite 2304. Love the space the Murphy bed allows us during the day, and the couch pro vides someplace other than the dinette to sit. Plenty of space for two plus our pup.
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