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Old 07-21-2010, 12:17 PM   #1
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Question Travel Trailer WITHOUT Bathroom?

Does anyone know which manufacturers offer models without bathrooms but can include bunk beds instead? Here's what we're interested in:
  • Again, NO BATHROOM
  • No more than 20' in length
  • At least a true full-size bed for my husband and I (but queen preferred)
  • Bunk beds for our two children (preferably allowing more than 80lbs on the top bed)
  • Separate eating area in addition to the dinette/bed (so we can just leave our bed down all the time - yeah, we're lazy)
  • Max storage (full closets are great) and counter space
  • We'd actually prefer to swap out a sink for extra counter/storage
  • We can tow up to 5200 lbs - so anything including the desired specs
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Old 07-21-2010, 02:20 PM   #2
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WOW. Good luck with that.

You could try contacting some of the trailer manufacturers to see if they would be willing to do a custom for you but they would probably charge you more to build one without the "facilities".

If you folks are handy I would suggest buying a used trailer, gutting it and redo the interior with your plans.
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Old 07-21-2010, 02:59 PM   #3
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not available for financing

The NO BATHROOM would make the unit not self-contained.
That would cause heartburn for people that want to finance them.
I don't think any bank would touch it because it wouldn't meet the self-contained criteria.
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Old 07-21-2010, 03:25 PM   #4
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We're not looking for bank financing, actually. I've looked at some Travel Trailer sites that sell units similar (but with bathrooms) to what we're looking for. If we sold our current fiberglass camper it would only be a few K more. The issue is finding a trailer without the bathroom to begin with. I hoped this forum might turn up recommendations.

We don't want to deal with a bathroom - over 20+ years campground facilities have worked just fine. The Escape fiberglass camper can be ordered with bunk beds substituting the bathroom, but the owners won't include a separate eating area like we have currently in our Casita (has two captains chairs with a small table between). Would have been perfect otherwise, though much more expensive.
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Old 07-21-2010, 03:52 PM   #5
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The only RVs I ever saw without a bathroom are folding (tent) trailers. Even the larger of those have bathroom facilities.

We had a tent trailer once. Couldn't stand getting up first thing in the morning, rushing to get dressed so I could run to try to get to the bath house in time. We always carried a port-a-potty.
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A lot of campgrounds will not let a trailer in unless it is self contained.

Plus the resale of the unit will not be very good.

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I'm curious to know how the campgrounds would know if the unit was self contained or not. In all my years of camping that is one question that I have never been asked at a campground and I've never seen a campground that had a "must have" provision in their list of do's and don'ts.
Personally I would much rather use my camper facilities instead of the campgrounds.
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If the campground does not have public restrooms, heath codes require that any RVs using the campground be self contained, i.e. have their own bathroom facilities. In all the years we have been camping (20+), I've only seen two like that. Both were high end motorhome resorts.
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From the condition of the bath in some campgrounds, I would not let my dog go in them.

So I like the facilities to be mine.

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We're not looking for bank financing, actually. I've looked at some Travel Trailer sites that sell units similar (but with bathrooms) to what we're looking for. If we sold our current fiberglass camper it would only be a few K more. The issue is finding a trailer without the bathroom to begin with. I hoped this forum might turn up recommendations.

We don't want to deal with a bathroom - over 20+ years campground facilities have worked just fine. The Escape fiberglass camper can be ordered with bunk beds substituting the bathroom, but the owners won't include a separate eating area like we have currently in our Casita (has two captains chairs with a small table between). Would have been perfect otherwise, though much more expensive.
Would it not be cheaper to modify the table and seating in your pictured plans than to special order a trailer?
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We have an 18' fiver and removing the bathroom would not give the two of us let alone four the space we need. Where would you put an eating area so you could leave the bed down? We have to take turns getting dressed.
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We've tented up to this spring and have never found the showers unbearable (granted, always wear flip flops!). In our travels with our Casita we only came across one private campground without at least bathroom facilities (I can do without a shower for a day, but I'm not going to pay $40 to #$% behind a tree). And we never had anyone inquire if we had a bathroom or not (maybe they assumed we did - it doesn't look any different from the deluxe unit).

The idea of gutting an older camper sounds like the most feasible option. We actually did look at popups but decided it wasn't worth the cost for what's essentially a glorified tent. We wanted hard walls around us! It's not a necessity to replace our little egg - we're just interested in whether anyone out there has a similar camper configuration or had good luck with any companies companies modifying the floorplan (without paying an arm and a leg, of course!).

Our Casita Freedom (16') has a dinette/modified full bed (only 44") on one end, couch/bunk beds on the other, range/fridge on one side, and a set of captains chairs with small table between on the other side. We really like the setup, just want more storage space, large main bed, and no shag carpet on the walls and ceiling. Yes, we could go with the slightly larger 17' Casita, but haven't been crazy about the quality of construction.
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Take a look at the Scotty trailers: SerroScotty. I had one back in the 70s. It had no bath. Seat in the rear made into a full bed with a cabinet above that let down to make a kid bed. The dinning area in the front would make a bed. Loved the trailer. Pulled extremely well. Four of us (3 adults & a 4 yr old) went from north Florida to Vancouver and back with it. Had a wonderful time. Had to sell it when I went to grad school.
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Look at the toy hauler type travel trailers. I've seen some that had nice living areas but no bathroom. They had beds that folded or lifted out of the way to make room for the toy but I would think it would be fairly simple to make the bed permanent. The maker might even do it for you.
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