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LivingthedreamOH

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We have friends in the market for a small light weight camper for two adults under 20 feet...no kid space needed. Suggestions?

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Do they have a price range and do they wish to have a hybrid or normal TT. What is the tow vehicle. I am shopping for the same thing, and have looked at the cheaper side of things as we are looking for our first one.

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They want light weight.. Under 4,000. No price range. Normal TT.

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We're exactly in same market and have been looking for 6 months now. I will assume they can tow whatever they like. Personally, we have an absolute requirement for a slide (for room) and no hybrid.

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There are also a host of the other types of campers. A frames (such as Chalet or Alpine), or 'bullet shaped' such as Scamps. We personally find them too small, but matter of opinion.

These models are also some of the lightest. Lots of manufacturers use 'lite' in their descriptions, but will weigh 300-500 more pounds than other models in similar lengths. Have to look at specs. The smaller models are all well under 3000 pounds, dry.


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http://www.airstream.com/travel-trailers/flying-cloud/floorplans/

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We have a Tracer 23fbs by Prime Time and so far the quality has been great!

You might look at this shorter model

2012 Forest River Tracer 199RKS

http://www.rvt.com/rvdetail4847833.htm


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I have a Starcraft Travelstar 193ss and I love it because it has a sofa instead of a dinette and an oversized queensized bed. It's great for me and my daughter. 3750 lbs.
I look at campers a LOT and came across this brand: CampLite. Haven't heard much about them but they are super lite-even shows a smaller one being towed by a MiniCooper! anyone know anything? Reviews?

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So far, I'm very happy with my Funfinder 189FDS ( just under 19' overall, including tongue ). For my personal taste, I needed the added room of a slide. These small trailers in general were a little too cramped if they did not have a slide, but that is a personal thing. They should go and look and sit inside a variety of layouts, and it will pretty quickly become apparent to them what appeals and what does not. Someone mentioned Airstream.....those are very cool for sure, and I know you said they did not set an "upper budget limit", but when they see the price tag of that brand, they may come back to you and say, "yes indeed, we do need to consider an upper limit !"

Figure an Airstream is going to be roughly double the cost of "SOB" ( some other box ) as the Airstream folk like to say. Nice trailers, we each have to decide where the "value" lies.

Here is a pic of my funfinder.

EDIT: my FF weighs 3600 as it sits there and is a bit under 4000 when I'm really ready to roll with everything I would take.



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Might wanna look at the new Jayco SLX 185BH or the 184 BH.
Light weight, short, well built, and inexpensive.





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My in-laws have a Jayco,Swift series camper. It is an aluminum skinned,stick framed,lightweight trailer built for towing with smaller vehicles. Theirs is a 14' and they tow it with a Chrysler minivan with no problem. I am pretty impressed with it.


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