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RE: Won't someone please make rugged small trailers??

Both Lance and Northwood make great trailers -- but nothing smaller than 17 feet. That sounds small, but for two people, you can really get by with a lot less. (We camp for weeks at a time in an X-139. The "139" is inches, as in "not quite a 12 foot box.") Having a really short trailer means that we can turn around in a wide spot on a forest road, we can fit easily between trees when boondocking, and we have very few cubic feet inside that we have to heat when snow camping. If Northwood made a 12 or 13 footer, I would be very, very interested. Carson Trailer, in Gardena, Calif., makes a nice unit called the Kalispell, but it is really cramped inside -- I am 6'3", and the bed was just too small for me. I think it was 54 inches wide. My wife refused to sleep on the floor. ;)
profdant139 12/07/16 09:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Won't someone please make rugged small trailers??

My point isn't that I am disappointed in my trailer -- far from it. I am very happy with it, and I intend to continue to take good care of it. But nothing lasts forever, especially when we take it off-road (slowly, but it's bumpy out there). My point is that there must be a fair number of folks like me, who want a small tough trailer, rather than luxury. The market used to provide some products that filled this niche, but not now. Which is so strange, since the Australian market (far smaller than ours) provides a wide range of similar options. The advantage of having a market of 300 million people is that as a manufacturer, you can still make a profit by selling to a small fraction of the total. There are economy cars, and luxury cars, and off-road trucks, and so forth. I just don't know how to persuade American trailer makers that they are missing out on a un-served niche.
profdant139 12/07/16 02:38pm Travel Trailers
Won't someone please make rugged small trailers??

Many manufacturers have stopped making small hard-sided trailers with full features (inside kitchen, bath with shower, decent tanks, decent headroom, good insulation). My current trailer, a Fun Finder X-139, fits the bill, but they have stopped making it, and my trailer will not last forever. There are virtually no good alternatives in North America. (Yes, we all know that Australia has lots of great caravans. Apparently it is too costly to ship them to the US and Canada.) I understand that the market demands bigger trailers -- 17 feet and up. But the 13 and 16 footers fill a need -- they fit on the driveway, they are easy to tow, they are great for boondocking if properly equipped. Yes, they are a little cramped inside. (Cozy, not cramped!) But that is the price one pays for staying small and nimble. The Egg-shaped fiberglass trailers sort of do the job, but they are very expensive and often do not have enough headroom in the shorter lengths. So I think that there is a hole in the market, but I have no idea how to persuade a manufacturer to fill it. Maybe all of us on this forum will get together and "crowdfund" this project? (I am not volunteering to be in charge, however!) ;)
profdant139 12/07/16 09:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Where can you rent a Travel Trailer?

There are private party rentals on Craigslist.
profdant139 12/05/16 09:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Playing guitars with new people while camping?

My stand-up bass fiddle will not fit into the door of my trailer! And my blues harmonicas were hijacked by my son, who plays them a lot better than I do. I have built several pentatonic bass xylophones (in different keys) but rarely get a chance to play them. They are not easy to transport. We boondock precisely because we search out silence. But if I could play guitar well, I would bring it and strum it by the campfire. My wife would sing, except that she refuses to do so. I'm not sure where I am going with these comments. I think I mean to say to the OP that if you want to jam with folks you meet in campgrounds, it might happen once in a while, and I envy your ability to play well on a portable instrument. Go for it!
profdant139 12/04/16 10:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Need tips and experiences for first time winter camping.

This may be obvious, but bring a good rubber walk-off mat to wipe your feet on before climbing up into the camper. We have done a lot of snow camping, but never below 9 degrees, and usually in the mid-20s. We boondock -- no hookups. A down comforter is all we need at night -- no heater except at shower time. But a caveat -- our trailer is very well insulated -- thick styrofoam in the walls and ceiling. If your camper is not well insulated, it will be a much more rugged experience.
profdant139 12/04/16 07:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Where is everybody?

It just occurred to me why there are so few new posts (and especially trip reports) during the cold weather months -- in most national forests, the Forest Service closes the gates on the forest roads after the first significant snowfall. No more boondocking until spring thaw, except at lower elevations. (This is where I start fantasizing about equipping my truck with a portable snowplow. And then I lie down until the feeling passes and I come back to reality.)
profdant139 12/04/16 08:36am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: WA or OR Coast to watch storms this winter.

TenOC, you are not crazy. Watching bad weather from the inside of a comfortable RV is a lot of fun. (Bear in mind that I am from coastal Southern Calif, where we get a few rainy days a year. So anything other than bland sunshine is a welcome change!)
profdant139 12/02/16 10:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tank insulation

Tanks that sit still will freeze overnight if it gets cold enough. Please don't ask me how I know this fact. While you are driving, it is less likely to freeze. Folks have used a variety of methods to keep tanks from freezing. Spray foam helps (but is messy and expensive). My trailer has a layer of pink fiberglass, with a black vinyl sheet under it. I added Reflectix to the tanks -- it might help, but the R Value is fairly low. Some folks have used sheets of styrofoam, supported by stringers.
profdant139 12/02/16 09:58pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Nice RV parks near Bryce UT in the spring

We really liked Bryce Canyon Pines -- it seemed much quieter than Ruby's. Not everyone likes it, though -- read the reviews on rvparkreviews.com.
profdant139 12/01/16 03:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Oregon coast camping

If you are in the Nehalem area, check out Kelly's Crabs in Brighton. One of the best meals we have ever had.
profdant139 12/01/16 03:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: San Francisco CA

Treasure Island in South SF -- nothing fancy, but right by the BART station (and Costco, too).
profdant139 11/30/16 09:14am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New TT for Compact Cars

Interesting!! I wonder if it can be "lifted." This would make a pretty good boondocking trailer. And it fits on the driveway -- no monthly storage fees! Very few companies are making ultra-small trailers these days, so this odd unit has a real chance to fill that gap.
profdant139 11/29/16 09:27am Travel Trailers
RE: Still Boondocking in Colorado

Wow! Who would have thought that anyone could camp in mid-November at 9000 feet in Colorado? Isn't there usually more snow by this time of year?
profdant139 11/26/16 11:11pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Utah 20 between I-15 and US-89

It can get snowy at the top, but rarely in May.
profdant139 11/26/16 02:15pm Roads and Routes
RE: Thank you

Hang in there! I have been one of the "lurkers" watching your posts -- since I am on the West Coast, I had nothing to contribute about camping and travel back East, so I did not post. But I am very glad you are safe and warm. Although there are a few crabby folks on these forums, the vast majority of participants are well-meaning and well-informed. In this season of thankfulness, I am very thankful for our members and that these kinds of discussion groups exist -- I am old enough to clearly remember the world before the Internet. (I was in my early 40's when I did my first web search!) Some things about the web are bad, but the rapid exchange of information and ideas is just priceless. Safe travels!
profdant139 11/25/16 12:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Your Favorite Boondocking Pics

I don't know why the Forest Service has been so slow to thin and cut in Calif -- one would think that after the horrific Rough fire and the Rim fire, they would be more proactive. Very distressing. When we were in Idaho, we did notice that the forests were much more well-managed than in Calif.
profdant139 11/25/16 10:04am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: TR: Boondocking near Sequoia National Park

On the contrary, Len. I put her on a pedestal, and voila! And I should add that she is actually the one who spots most of our photos -- I take direction well.
profdant139 11/24/16 08:45am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: TR: Boondocking near Sequoia National Park

Salem, she's the only one I've got, so I did not have much choice. Same one since Jimmy Carter was in office, and she has not gotten taller since then.
profdant139 11/23/16 08:09pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Your Favorite Boondocking Pics

This is in the Sequoia National Forest, between Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park, November, 2016: http://i.imgur.com/D2gSQ1Dl.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1jtQSidClick For Full-Size Image. Mercifully, the shot does not show the many dead or dying pine trees, victims of the drought and the bark beetles. Bad things are happening to the forests in much of the Western US.
profdant139 11/23/16 04:15pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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