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I am just getting into considering buying a small tt..the pop ups are too wide, as I have a 7ft wide driveway, so the teardrop ones seems to fit the bill. The seem to have more aerodynamic features so that I won't be burning much gas. I will be attaching it to a Toyota 1998 Tacoma 4 cylinder mini cab truck.There are quite a few manufacturers out there, but not sure of the quality of craftsmanship,or reliability.Any information will be appreciated.
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Are you talking about models like the Forest River R-pod and the the Heartland MPG? I have looked carefully at both of those lines and they looked to me to be better made than the average square travel trailer. You may find that they are much heavier when they are fully outfitted than what the sales brochures indicate and they will exceed the towing capacity of your truck.

There are some even smaller teardrop shaped units that are made of fiberglass and don't have a complete bathroom. I don't know very much about them other than they have a good reputation. The weight of these units is more in line with your towing capacity.

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google utilitoy might be an idea for you. A member here relative has one. Aliner is popular. Kerola Camper web site might have something to look at. I assume your truck as a 3500 LB towing limit.

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Look into the Gulfstream Visa line.

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vidman64 wrote:

I am just getting into considering buying a small tt..the pop ups are too wide, as I have a 7ft wide driveway, so the teardrop ones seems to fit the bill. The seem to have more aerodynamic features so that I won't be burning much gas. I will be attaching it to a Toyota 1998 Tacoma 4 cylinder mini cab truck.There are quite a few manufacturers out there, but not sure of the quality of craftsmanship,or reliability.Any information will be appreciated.
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Millard


This may work for you, it's easy to tow, they make one even smaller than this one.




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I had a pickup like that.
great around town.
i even towed a 15 foot outboard boart with it. It worked but but worked hard.
You would be best served by finding a teardrop or similar size to tow with your 4 cylinder.

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I think my new Fun Finder X-139 is exactly 7 feet wide -- will that fit your needs? Much more comfortable than a teardrop! Click on my trailer blog link, below, for more info, if you are interested.


2012 Fun Finder X-139 "Boondock Style" (axle-flipped and extra insulation)
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A nice tent trailer would give you more room inside and tow easier.

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A few years ago I planned on building a teardrop to tow behind my Jetta. I found and bought an older fiberglass 'egg'; Trillium. It had most of the creature comforts and a lot more room than a teardrop. My 4 cyl easily towed it back and forth from Florida from New Brunswick. I added brakes to the Trillium and didn't overload it. Just a suggestion.





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wow..such a great number of responses right away..thanks for all of them and I will take each of your recommendations to heart. I was looking at the teardrop variety like Littleguy, T@B, CampInn, Cozycruiser, Eggcamper, Silver shadow and So Cal lines. Anyone heard of or had any of these type of travel trailers? Btw, I have started with the popups, but found that most of them were too wide to ride up that 7ft wide driveway, and they seem aerodynamically not as good in reducing the drag of these "teardrop" types. Also, any advice about towing weight on my Toyota? Thanks again, you guys are great!
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Millard

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