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Old 01-28-2013, 02:51 AM   #1
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Question Low Profile Travel Trailer??

Our daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter would like to replace their big popup with a small, low profile travel trailer. While there are many nice floorplans in the lightweight category, none of them would fit in their 8' high garage door. Are there any nice, economical low profile travel trailers out there that would sleep 4? They would love something with bunks - such as the R-Pod, but even that is too tall at 9'6". Suggestions??? They don't like the Hi-Lo or Trailmanors.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:46 AM   #2
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Thete is no way of having Max 8ft and be on wheels and be able to walk inside. The lowest trailers I have seen the Airstream units that have low ceiling and also close to the ground.
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:29 AM   #3
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The T&B should eek out there in the height department, but couldn't sleep 4. (Assuming the other "two" are kids, you could put them outside under the custom made attached awning...

Photos - T@B Camper Trailers

Scamp (16' "Layout 7") might work:
Scamp Travel Trailers: 16 Foot Floor Plans

The best of both worlds would be an "A" frame camper:
Forest River has them (under the "Rockwood & Flagstaff" lines, listed as "hard sided campers")
Rockwood Tent Pop Up Campers by Forest River
New 2013 Forest River RV Rockwood Hard Side Series A128S Folding Pop-Up Campers at Fun Town RV Cleburne Texas Fun Town RV

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Chalet XL 1930 : Chalet RV
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Aliner - The original A-frame travel trailer
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:37 AM   #4
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Just looked Airstream trailers are 9'7 1/2" high.

The folding hard sided A frame type trailers are best fit for requirement.
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Just looked Airstream trailers are 9'7 1/2" high.

The folding hard sided A frame type trailers are best fit for requirement.
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By the time you get the frame up off the ground to put axle(s) under it, allow even 5' 10 or 11" inside for standing and then put an A/C unit and vent covers on top, you won't get it in an 8' garage door...even the Scamp's specs puts it at 7' 10" with no air conditioner; not any wiggle room there. If the garage's door actually goes all the way up and back, you may still not have 8' of clear headroom allowing for door trim, etc. and if there is an electric garage door opener, you might not have 8' clear headroom once inside the door opening.

Most likely, anything you get, in order to get it in an 8' garage door opening is going to have to "pop up", "unfold" or "crank up" in order to be livable once at a campground for more than two people, unless you go to the teardrop design, but, those tend to be unsuitable for families (most sleep two and even that is tight in some). The wife and I looked at them years ago...we wound up with a 21' FunFinder; the teardrops were just too small and after a few years, even 21' was too small... We've drawn the line at what we have now...
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Old 01-30-2013, 11:09 AM   #6
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There is a company that makes a hard sided trailer that is about 4' heigh when collapsed and pops up vertically like the popup truck campers. With a hard roof it is going to be more weather proof. These are $16-20k trailers and very well built. The only downside is a lot less storage space.

One model to look at is the Niagra Rockwall Highwall series trailers. If I wanted a low profile trailer this is the type I would buy. This is a good time to make a purchase as dealers are going to be anxious to make a sale.
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Take a look at Trail-manor trailers. Low weight, hard sided popup style. They also have a swing away hitch option for aiding storage in a garage.
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Another manufacturer of hard-sided pop-up was Hi-Lo. Near as I can tell they were last made in 2011. Here's a link from RV trader with a bunch.
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Scamp advertises 7' 10", Lil Snoozy advertises 7' 5", and Casita advertises 7' 8" (16' for Scamp and Casita, 17' for Lil Snoozy) - the 13' Scamp is advertised at 7' 6". As stated earlier, these measurements are without a roof top AC unit. The Lil Snoozy uses a wall-mounted AC in the rear wall so it wouldn't add height. Some people with very tight fits will also have smaller wheels and tires to put on for parking in a garage to give a couple of extra inches.

The molded fiberglass trailers like the Scamp, Casita, EggCamper, Escape, and Lil Snoozy will cost more than the standard "stick and staple" type, and you will have to go to the factory to buy them - but they hold their value and usually last much longer.
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Wow!

Wow! I just discovered the White Water Retro Travel Trailer - which measure in at UNDER 7' tall! Nice looking units, too! I'd love to see one in person. I might have to take a drive this weekend!
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Any idea what the interior stand-up height is? (Hopefully, you wouldn't end up with something like this!)
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When the kids were still at home and I was working, I had dreams of a Hi-Lo or Trail Manor. Just didnt happen.
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Why does it have to get into the garage? Can't a storage place be rented or, just let it set outside next to the garage? Is there enough room in the garage to add a taller door?
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Scamp advertises 7' 10", Lil Snoozy advertises 7' 5", and Casita advertises 7' 8" (16' for Scamp and Casita, 17' for Lil Snoozy) - the 13' Scamp is advertised at 7' 6". As stated earlier, these measurements are without a roof top AC unit. The Lil Snoozy uses a wall-mounted AC in the rear wall so it wouldn't add height. Some people with very tight fits will also have smaller wheels and tires to put on for parking in a garage to give a couple of extra inches.

The molded fiberglass trailers like the Scamp, Casita, EggCamper, Escape, and Lil Snoozy will cost more than the standard "stick and staple" type, and you will have to go to the factory to buy them - but they hold their value and usually last much longer.
I have a first-generation Trillium, another fiberglass brand (originally built in Canada) that's now being produced again in the U.S.A.

My model, the 4500, is about 7'3" tall (no a/c), and sleeps four with the front bunk arrangement.

Headroom inside is 6'1".
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