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    New question here. How many RV'ers in MTBR-land??

    After years of either doing the hotel or tent thing for going to or putting on races Mrs. Bigfoot and I got a lil fiberglass trailer.

    Ours is a '72 vintage TrailMite. There are a number of similar brands, Burro, Casita, Boler etc., all have basically the same layout; kitchenette, small bed in front, bigger bed in the rear, closet, lots of lil cabinets and cubby holes for storage. We love it! It's so nice to not have to hassle with pitching camp or moving in and out of a hotel room. Plus it's nice to be able to pull over wherever to sleep, make lunch or whatever.

    It only weighs about 1100 pounds, so our Tacoma pulls it no problem, even our '89 Trooper can handle it, although with the Trooper some hills are taken at 40 or 50mph. Interior space is 6"x10" 6' and overall length is just 13', so it's easy to park and maneuver.

    I welded on a hitch receiver to the rear bumper so I could mount a 2-bike hitch rack. Over the winter I'm going to build a box on the tongue over the battery and propane tank so I have a place to stow the jacks, cords, hoses and such, and I'll mount a Park bench clamp so I won't have to carry a work stand. I'll also mount a Coleman shower/heater for post-ride de-griming operations.

    What kind of travel rigs do the rest of you have?

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    Better.
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    Tioga Class C for me...

    With bunk bends in the back so the kids can bring along their friends. After tenting for years there is nothing like roughing it with a hot shower, cold beer from the fridge and microwave popcorn.

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    Done it twice with bikes - rentals though

    We've done three family trips by flying in and renting an RV, one in AK, one in Fruita and one in Moab (we shipped bikes on the last two trips).

    It really worked out great all three times. Nothing better than having a full (kinda) kitchen there at the end of a ride. We're vegetarians so finding "fast" food is not really an option. Having the ability to whip up some pasta or something else right at the trail head was awesome. I remember an end of ride pig out at the Bookcliffs trailhead that was amazing).

    When you figure in the cost of a rental vehicle that can carry four bikes and a room each night where four people can sleep, a rental RV makes a lot of sense financially (we carried the bikes inside the RV)

    My wife and I are heading out to UT in a few weeks, but for just two of us, it sure looks like the cost of a rental RV exceeds the cost of cheaper hotels and a relatively small rental car.

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    Big ol' van for us

    Since 1998, CraigH and I have put on many thousands of miles on our big 8 passenger van. Some of you we've ridden with at gatherings--in BC, Alberta, California, Oregon, Colorado--will recognize this vehicle.



    The back two bench seats fold down for sleeping and it has room to hold all our gear for multi-week trips, including two bikes. It's great being self-contained and ready to move at a moment's notice. We just try to park it where hot showers/bathrooms are accessible.

    Another handy accessory is our utility trailer when we've done group trips with three or more people. We've shuttled up to 8 bikes in that thing, i.e. Downieville, Hood River.


    Lots of great biking vacation memories associated with our big ol' van and more to come this year!
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    Bigfoot -- I always wanted a little vintage tralier like the one you have, looks like it's in amazing shape, too. Any pics of the inside?

    -pete

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    Cute trailer, heres our RV, spent a year traveling in it. www.convitali.com

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    We just bought a used 1996 Prowler 20 foot trailer. Smaller and lighter would be nice, but since we were buying used, we were somewhat limited to what was available. The gas sure goes fast at 10 mpg . But it is comfy for "camping".


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    It's really more a mini-van (VW) but it's technically classified as a RV under our motor-vehicle regulations. The engine is so small, I have trouble maintaining 40mpg on any incline above 9000ft.

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    Wife doesn't like "camping" so we bring our house with us.....32ft 5th Wheel. It's comfy, but it's a lot more than we really need. Now we go "camping" at least once or twice a month...pull it with a 2005 F250.

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    We go to Tahoe every summer!
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    Proudly holding up traffic all over Colorado...

    "Basecamp."
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    Here's ours:

    We have a Rage'N SS-2400. Nicely setup for boondocking well away from the paved roads.

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    Been saving up

    Been saving up for one of these. My wife wants kids, I want this. Settled on a deal that once I get the van she gets the kids. Fair trade??
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    This has been on my "I want list" for the last year. I'm trying to figure how to get it moved over to my "I need list". Of course it is for the family, but it would certainly see some MTBBuds usage .

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    Eventually. Almost bought one last spring - Mountaineer 31 foot tag along. Passed at the time, which is a good thing for now. Just had a baby and might be taking orders overseas for a few years.

    Already have the tow vehicle, so now it's just a matter of time.

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    Another Pop Up owner here. We have a 97 Dutchman. It is great to have the fridge to keep the beer cold. Nice thing with ours is that we can pull it with a minivan. That way I don't have to own a big obnoxious SUV. It sleeps the family (2 adults and 3 kids) quite comfortably.

    Wish I had some pictures, but never thought to take pictures of the popup itself.
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    We love traveling by RV around the West with our mountain bikes. It allows us to bring our furry feline companions too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Telewacker
    We love traveling by RV around the West with our mountain bikes. It allows us to bring our furry feline companions too!

    Dont you worry about loseing them as you travel or are they restricted some how ?

    The thought of mine running of would scare me.

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    I'm perfectly happy camping in a tent. My wife is not. We have a 5th wheel that looks like all the others.

    I spotted this diamond in the rough at a storage yard.

    It's so ugly it's beautiful.
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    We have an '84 VW Westfalia that sleeps our family of four, but it's a little sketchy trusting it on long trips. This photo was taken by Charlie America at the Bromont gathering a number of years ago. Annie (tiny tank) looking at the horse crap, I mean mud she got from my front wheel.

    We've also done a couple of western RV/MTB trips using Cruise America rentals. Last April's trip to NM we were upgraded to a 30' rig because they had run out of the mid-size models. Something like this might seem excessive, but with bikes and four people, it's just about right. As Jisch said, cooking up a killer meal and having cold beverages at the trailhead right after a good ride is hard to beat.
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    Here's mine....

    at the top of Monarch Pass, on the way back from the bi-annual trip to Crested Butte.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mzungo
    Dont you worry about loseing them as you travel or are they restricted some how ?

    The thought of mine running of would scare me.

    They only go outside with us as chaparones. These two are indoor kitties, as we lost a couple to coyotes (at home).

    They love traveling though. They're with us 24-7, and they really like investigating each new local. We dry camp, and for the most part don't even stay at campgrounds.
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    [QUOTE=carnage]Cute trailer, heres our RV, spent a year traveling in it. [/url][QUOTE]

    Is that Zion? I swear I camped in that exact same spot - but in a tent.

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    Did the camper shell on my pickup when I was single, went to tents once I was married, as the kids came along we bought a pop-up and bought a 29' Outback trailer this past Summer which we have on a permanent site in Jim Thorpe,PA. Some of the best trails in the Northeast are accessible from my door and we can tow it whenever we decide to go on road trips. I've got 2 kids, 2 dogs, a wife and a parrot and we all cohabitate comfortably in the trailer.

    Truly a wealth of useless information.


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    Quote Originally Posted by btadlock
    at the top of Monarch Pass, on the way back from the bi-annual trip to Crested Butte.
    Nice toad!

    We've thought about one, but haven't taken the plunge yet. We'd have to buy another vehicle as neither of our cars is suitable. The thought of built in shuttling capability is very enticing!

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    A friend's RV low rider.


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    72 Winnie Indian

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeMojo
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    Ahhh...the memories.

    My first RV was a '72 Winney Brave....if those walls could talk.....
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    This has a slideout for the couch/divan and three popouts (one in front and one on each side towards the rear) so we can sleep a lot of people (easily 10 or 11 if I convert the couch and dinette ) or each have our own very private popout .

    The tow vehicle (454ci 3/4 ton 4-wheel drive) rarely sees any use other than to tow the trailer.

    The thing I have grown to love most: Having a bathroom inside so I don't have to roam in the middle of the night to take care of business. I'd like to add a receiver to the rear of it so I could use my receiver rack.
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    Underpowered tow vehicle

    Quote Originally Posted by Debaser
    Proudly holding up traffic all over Colorado...

    "Basecamp."
    Yeah, a lack of horsepower can be a real pain sometimes. On this particular trip I had a number of encounters with irate motorists who didn't understand the difficulties one encounters while hauling a few thousand pounds over a mountain pass after an inadequate breakfast. Next time I'll fuel up on something besides Cheerios and perhaps I'll take along a Clif bar or two
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    Yeah, thats Zion. The pics probably 5 years old lol.
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    My wife had a cab over camper on her 85 Dodge pickup when I met her. We upgraded that to a used (barely) pop up trailer. After a few years with the pop up we thought about putting an air conditioner on it. We had several hot trips to Moab and other places. Once we found out that it would cost about $1000 to add AC to we figured we should just look at a fancier trailer.

    We ended up with a 24' Jayco Eagle towed by my 2004 F250 diesel. We're happy with this setup and don't want to go any bigger. With the cost of hotels and meals I think the camper option can pay for itself pretty quickly if you take a lot of trips.

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    Here's our rig...

    Hey all,
    My wife and I picked up a 25ft Jayco TT last year and have had a major blast.... I didn't think I'd be the trailer type of guy, but we've had so much fun.... Here's a couple pics from last summer up here in Washington.... Check out the bald eagle we saw while riding...
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    Here is my road tripper...



    Tons of room in the opened pop-up, but the convienence of not having to set it up would sure be nice!
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    I want something like that

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot
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    Humboldt County, it's way the %$#@ up there, but worth it!
    I have been lusting after something just like that for the last few months. I'm sure it's in the future for my wife and I and dogs. I drive a tacoma, too, so the small size camper is just what we want. I've never thought about our cats (x2), but it looks like someone on this thread camps with them. I guess i'll have to get one and find out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ewarnerusa
    I want something like that
    You should check out a Casita. While they are expensive for their size, they are light/easy to pull, high quality, and retain their resale value.
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    Buying a lil fiberglass egg.

    Quote Originally Posted by BikeMojo
    You should check out a Casita. While they are expensive for their size, they are light/easy to pull, high quality, and retain their resale value.
    We've found that new trailers of this type start at about $13,000. Casita is a big name, so is Bigfoot (really!) and Escape, the latter two being Canadian, eh.

    Used prices are surprisingly affordable. You can find 'em for less than the price of an upscale new mountain bike, especially if you don't mind having a vintage model like ours. Funny, my Cannondale on the hitch rack in the original photo at the start of this thread is worth about double what we paid for our trailer! There have been recent E-Bay sales of ready-to-roll trailers in good condition for $3000 or even less. A good source for info is www.fiberglassrv.com, this site is devoted strictly to these lil lightweight wonders.

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    Hola Senor Gork!

    Quote Originally Posted by Redline Bicycles
    Hey all,
    I didn't think I'd be the trailer type of guy...Craig- Redline
    Hi Gork. Welcome to the world of mountain biking trailer trash

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    Interior photos

    Quote Originally Posted by pahearn
    Bigfoot -- I always wanted a little vintage tralier like the one you have, looks like it's in amazing shape, too. Any pics of the inside?

    -pete
    Don't tell Mrs. Bigfoot I posted the middle photo...our trailer hasn't gotten its post-holiday-trip cleaning yet! Here's our kitchen. Cans and such go in the two right upper cabinets, plates, cups, napkins, etc. go in the upper left. Pots and pans, flatware, etc. go in the lower cabinet. The ice-box goes for days on just a block of ice. There's a couple of propane 'fridge models that can fit in there too, but we really can't justify the cost of that upgrage.

    The other two pics aren't of our trailer (again, she'd shoot me), but here you see the table/bed combo. We've rarely used the table, we either take our meals outside or just sit on the bed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ewarnerusa
    I have been lusting after something just like that for the last few months. I'm sure it's in the future for my wife and I and dogs. I drive a tacoma, too, so the small size camper is just what we want. I've never thought about our cats (x2), but it looks like someone on this thread camps with them. I guess i'll have to get one and find out.
    I would also look at the Aliner. Google it. It has a very loyal following.

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    Like many folks we started with a trailer but we have graduated to a motorhome, Class C first and now a Class A. Having the living quarters in the driving vehicle is great. You can access the fridge and pantry while on the road, passengers can sleep or do whatever they want while in motion, plus the hassles of towing are eliminated. The only time a trailer is an advantage is if you park in one spot for extended periods, which we don't do but some folks might. Otherwise motorhomes are the way to go imo. Very much easier if you have pets too.

    Ours is an '88 Coachmen, super clean, that we bought 2 1/2 years ago for under 15k. Good used RVs can be had for very reasonable prices if you know what to look for.
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    Hey Studpendous Man, could you give some closer pics of that bike rack set up? Can any specs on it? I'm really interested in that.
    Thanks!

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    Don't currently have an RV but I would love to get one. While I love LakeRaven's "Panzerwagon" I would get one of these because it will go with my other hobby http://www.hoseheadsclassifieds.com/...s/DSC00627.JPG They are pretty pricey so I would have to build my own on an older truck chassis.
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    Once you go Big...

    Here's my baby - 2001 Alpine Coach - 37 ft., getting ready for a trip to Sedona... and the other pic is from the summer of 2005, in Duck Creek, Utah (near Brian Head).
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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! How big is too big???

    For those who insist on the biggest and best...

    http://www.andersonmobileestates.com/

    Imagine returning from a hard day in the saddle to this "little" home away from home. Geez, it's bigger than my house!

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    I have to ask, approximately where is that old "diamond in the rough" located? I think I have seen it before and just can't remember where. Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by fred-da-trog
    I'm perfectly happy camping in a tent. My wife is not. We have a 5th wheel that looks like all the others.

    I spotted this diamond in the rough at a storage yard.

    It's so ugly it's beautiful.

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    my rv

    79 bus, it's not the size of your boat.... right???

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