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crasster

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Posted: 11/26/11 08:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here's the deal... I have 3 campers right now.
1) Class A bounder
2) A Class C Toyota
3) A KZ 16ft Bunkhouse

My favorite is the Class C Toyota because its a 4 cylinder and I get 22ish MPG. In the bounder we get 8mpg and the KZ 16ft BH we get about 13 mpg.

So I was just twiddling my thumbs wondering.... I've seen many TINY teardrop style campers that are SMALL. No, I'm not talking about R-Pods, I'm talking about LITTLE tiny teardrop campers.

See I love the 4 cylinder Class C and the gas mileage is great.... But I also have a 4 cylinder small car that is rated to tow up to 1500 pounds. I get 46 mpg out of this car.

It got me to thinking "Wouldn't it be great to find a TINY teardrop camper that weighed under 1000 pounds and was super low and efficient that could still let me get 35 mpg...

The catch, it would be great if it had some means of a bathroom. Sit down low toilet and a sit down shower....

Just thought I'd ask if anything close existed. We already have a 16ft bunkhouse and we like it okay, but the gas stinks. We'd rather cruise the country getting 35mpg and not crying at the gas pump.

Our car at these high gas prices costs $29 to fill up.

I just have a gut feeling that there is a market for something like this if it doesn't currently exist. RV'ing is an expensive hobby for the most part, but I think there is room for efficiency that would attract many. A super light RV with super low drag that would not take much from MPG of efficient 4 cylinder vehicles would be great.

Does anybody know of any such thing?


4 whopping cylinders on Toyota RV's. Talk about great getting good MPG. Also I have a very light foot on the pedal. I followed some MPG advice on Livingpress.com and I now get 22 MPG! Not bad for a home on wheels.


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Posted: 11/26/11 09:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

a teardrop and use the camp ground facilities.

gemsworld

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Posted: 11/26/11 10:00pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

crasster wrote:

We'd rather cruise the country getting 35mpg and not crying at the gas pump.


Get a tent. I don't think you're going to get 35 MPG pulling a 1000 pound trailer with a 4 cylinder engine. Good luck!





John & Angela

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Posted: 11/26/11 09:46pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here ya go. Nice little pop up trailer...sorry...no toilet. Just under 500 pounds loaded or around 260 dry.






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Posted: 11/26/11 09:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Perhaps one of these.

http://www.livinlite.com/qs-tentcampers.php

AprilWhine

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Posted: 11/26/11 10:33pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here's company that makes custom teardrop trailers to match the owner's MINI Cooper:

MINI Tears

MINIs are only rated to tow 1,000 lbs.


1997 Prevost by Angola towing 2014 Honda CRV
OR
2008 Winnebago View towing 2008 Mini Clubman
Pick one


mtdew999

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We take the seats out of the minivan, pop in a futon, and get 24 mpg. Why yank a trailer along?

mudhound

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with a bathroom? I don;t think it's poss




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colliehauler

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I have a 15' Sidekick that weighs 1700#. They also made a 12' that weighed 1200#, neither had a bathroom or holding tanks. It does come with a port-a-potty. The water tank is 3 gallon with no water heater. It basically is a place to sleep and make a pot of coffee in the morning. The wind on the front will hamper good mpg unless you get a A-Liner or pop-up. Scamp makes a 13' TT that weighs around 1300# and Castia in your neck of the woods has a light weight model.

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Here's a guy that's camped full time for years with his motorcycle
and has now gone to using a small car. Never a toilet or shower.
http://theoasisofmysoul.com/?p=16132

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