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    OT: Prolite Suite....sweet! [o]

    Slow for bike talk ATM, so thought to share some off topic. After months of lurking,looking, and
    researching tear drops, toy hauler conversions, etc etc...I just purchased a lightly used
    2013 Prolite Suite! Totally stoked now, will make a great backroad boondocking and
    road trip camper for Bonnie and I, and of course Blue!! Picked it up in Scarborough...

    Towed just great behind my Suby Crosstrek north to my home in Muskoka...





    some inside shots...











    under bed storage is substantial..





    It will be a LONG winter of waiting...although facebook friends are already inviting me up to Algonquin Park for winter camping!!!
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    Cool BCD... very nice little home that can make the difference between still having fun and being miserable due to the elements... quanto pesos?
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    Road trip!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    Cool BCD... very nice little home that can make the difference between still having fun and being miserable due to the elements... quanto pesos?
    Exactly!! Oggie, I paid 7.5K...cheapest new I could find in ON was 10K plus probably would get hit with pdi & freight, then taxes. Cheapest new I could find was 9K but it is in NS. Not so much as a scuff mark on this one inside or out. The propane stove, coolatron, and porta potti have never been used, still had original wrapping on them. There is also a microwave and propane heater included that I think have been used. Original owner bought it in Feb and used it six times, put maybe 1000K on it! Has also been rustproofed underneath but I am also Krown spraying the frame myself. The wheel-jack was added by the owner, not that you really need it but it does help hitch on. It comes with just the fold back leg-prop you see in the front view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuprGrovr View Post
    Road trip!!!
    Already thinking that my first biking related road trip will be to the Alligripis Trails at Raystown Lake in PA next spring

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    That is a sweet camper! Perfect size for 2 +1 doggie
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    That is a sweet camper! Perfect size for 2 +1 doggie
    Ya..a BIG doggie...could be tight lol

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    I like cozy

    How much head room?

    Chris and I are considering getting a small camper as well for our trips

    Something like this one

    Camplite 13QBB Automotive Travel Trailer Overview | Livin' Lite RV
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    Nice tear drop BCD. I went through the same process in may. Trying to find a nice, lightweight. I've done a lot of tenting, but this summer decided having a hard shell would make things more enjoyable. Which it did. Decided on a bit bigger, but still a smally.

    Took it out to the Vermont, New England, East Coast, Quebec this summer. Great for biking/outdoor adventures. You are going to love it!


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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog View Post
    Already thinking that my first biking related road trip will be to the Alligripis Trails at Raystown Lake in PA next spring
    Oh, those trails are amazing. You're going to have a blast!

    Love the trailer!
    Please enjoy seeing this terrible collection of me - something wonderful is about to happy.

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    That is a very nice trailer. I hear you about Blue though. You are going to have to really tire him out to keep him still. He is high energy and then some. I too have been toying with the idea of a small trailer. I just don't get out enough to make it worth it yet. I got tired of tenting it a few years back and have been renting cottages or hotels when I go anywhere. It is a bit expensive, but when you consider the cost of the trailer and storage (I would not be able to keep it at my house), it works out ok for the amount of travelling. I miss campfires and being outdoors but don't miss the rain, sometimes lousy neighbours and public toilets and showers. Maybe I have gotten a little spoiled. My parents are retired and have a 30 odd footer with a pull out. It's more like a downtown condo than a trailer though.
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    We got a little "lazy" having the Element to haul us around. If we wanted to "camp", we would just lock the bikes to the tow hook and set up the seats as beds with our sleeping bags, which works great.
    Please enjoy seeing this terrible collection of me - something wonderful is about to happy.

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    Really nice BCD & CptSydor. My wife and I have been tiring of the tent as well, liking the trailers, but am leaning towards a late 80's Westy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    I like cozy

    How much head room?

    Chris and I are considering getting a small camper as well for our trips

    Something like this one

    Camplite 13QBB Automotive Travel Trailer Overview | Livin' Lite RV
    It's 56" floor to ceiling inside, just enough to semi stand and get dressed. Its about 56" wide outside with double size bed inside and trailer from tongue to tail is only 143". Its about 76" tall from ground to rooftop outside, plus a couple inches for the vent/ fan I wanted something that mimics the tent camping experience as much as possible without the setup, and no wider than my tow vehicle. I want ability to follow narrow forest access roads for crown land boon docking with ability to turn the trailer around by hand if necessary, and also no or very low fuel efficiency penalty while road tripping. My Crosstrek is tow rated at 1000 lb unbraked and 1500 lb braked so my options are limited. This trailer weighs about 700 lb and tows great behind my Suby. You could tow this with a Prius. I REALLY wanted a Cricket Trailer Cricket Trailer made in Texas, but too border line heavy for my vehicle, expensive, no Canadian Dealer etc. The Suite seemed the best option of what was available, and there was a mint used one 2 hrs away!!! And if it doesn't work out, my cash outlay was not huge...guys have been known to spend more on a mtbike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    Oh, those trails are amazing. You're going to have a blast!

    Love the trailer!
    I have been trying to get to Raystown Lake/Alligrippis for 2 years now and something always came up or it was the weather. Now I REALLY have some incentive for next season! Maybe I should put out a bulletin on MTBREC next year and see if we can get a group going down!!!!! 8-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    We got a little "lazy" having the Element to haul us around. If we wanted to "camp", we would just lock the bikes to the tow hook and set up the seats as beds with our sleeping bags, which works great.
    Have you ever seen the Ecamper??

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog View Post
    Have you ever seen the Ecamper??

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    I have seen that and it's awesome but more than we really need most of time. Plus, it's a little on the spendy side!
    Please enjoy seeing this terrible collection of me - something wonderful is about to happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garage monster View Post
    I have seen that and it's awesome but more than we really need most of time. Plus, it's a little on the spendy side!
    Plus a road trip to California!

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    Quote Originally Posted by secret agent View Post
    That is a very nice trailer. I hear you about Blue though. You are going to have to really tire him out to keep him still. He is high energy and then some. I too have been toying with the idea of a small trailer. I just don't get out enough to make it worth it yet. I got tired of tenting it a few years back and have been renting cottages or hotels when I go anywhere. It is a bit expensive, but when you consider the cost of the trailer and storage (I would not be able to keep it at my house), it works out ok for the amount of travelling. I miss campfires and being outdoors but don't miss the rain, sometimes lousy neighbours and public toilets and showers. Maybe I have gotten a little spoiled. My parents are retired and have a 30 odd footer with a pull out. It's more like a downtown condo than a trailer though.
    Actually Blue is very calm around home, not high maintenance at all. Of course he is excited at the trail head because he knows he is on the verge of good fun and a good run. And he LOVES people and other dogs, so he is always in meet and greet mode at the trailhead. I agree on trailers, less is more. If I was going to take my house with me...well, it wouldn't be camping and I would rather stay home!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog View Post
    guys have been known to spend more on a mtbike!
    really?? who would do that?

    no way...
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    Quote Originally Posted by osokolo View Post
    really?? who would do that?

    no way...
    ^^ classic example right there^^ ...lol

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    Thats a great little camper! I tented it for sir sams this year and I will never camp and race in the same weekend. Would love to have somthing like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by machine4321 View Post
    Thats a great little camper! I tented it for sir sams this year and I will never camp and race in the same weekend. Would love to have somthing like that.
    Ya...I might return to Summer Solstice at Albion now! Just need to join a 1 or 2 lap then drink beer or whatever team!!

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    Great looking camper BlackCanoeDog!!! It is great to be able to ride a trail system for 2,3,4 days in a row instead of packing up at the end of your ride and heading home....

    My GF and I also made the shift from tent to trailer earlier this year and we were able to use it 9 times this year. Pretty good considering we picked it up at the beginning of June.

    Since my car does not have much a tow rating to speak of I was on a quest to find the lightest trailer possible with the smallest amount of wind resistance. During my search I found a company that makes trailers that are intended to be towed by a motorcycle. Having many years of motorcycle riding experience, I would NEVER consider towing anything with a motorcycle, but, their product meets my needs. With a tongue weight of 20lbs and a total weight of 380lbs I found my match. There are even smaller versions available, but, this one struck a good balance between comfort and size/weight. Time Out Deluxe Camper Trailer

    It is fantastic when you can camp so close to the trails that you can ride from your campsite!!! (ie. Turkey Point-Turkey Point Provincial Park, Albion Hills-Albion Hills Campground) Other locations still require us to being our bike rack for the car since they are a short car ride away from the campsite (ie. HydroCut-Laurel Creek Conservation Area, Hardwood Hills-Bass Lake Provincial Park).

    We can't wait until 2014 so that we can continue to explore new trails!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MustG0Faster View Post
    We can't wait until 2014 so that we can continue to explore new trails!!!!
    Sweet!! Be sure to visit my home trails...Buckwallow Cycling Centre. There is a nice KOA campground right next door. Links to some of my Buckwallow pics...

    https://plus.google.com/photos/11312...489?banner=pwa

    https://plus.google.com/photos/11312...057?banner=pwa

    https://plus.google.com/photos/11312...705?banner=pwa
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