I enjoy camping in my roof top tent, it works great in both warm & cold weather and allows nature to get up close and personal without realizing that a human is near. It sucks in the rain and in high winds
Last fall I suffered because of a deluge of bad weather including rain, freezing precip & snow. The bad isn’t the rain or the cold but the fact that food is in the weather.
I decided in the fall that if I was going to continue my nomadic lifestyle that I needed to upgrade. My requirements were light weight as to not affect fuel mileage too much and to have an inside kitchen. I wasn’t worried about space as the RTT isn’t very big. The inside kitchen eliminated the teardrop trailer and light weight/ aerodynamic eliminated almost everything else.
The egg shaped fiberglass trailers started to look like a good choice. The downside is that they are rare and are usually very expensive. It is interesting that the smaller the trailer the more expensive it is…
I started to look for 13 foot Casita like trailers and It turns out that there are more than 20 brands that were made in the 70’s thru today. The downside to the egg’s is the internal stand up height with the majority being right at 6 foot tall inside with only the Burro being 6’3″. The Burro being the hardest to find.
The other downfall to the egg is that since it is shaped like an egg, the bed can be short as well. The 13 foot Casita is a little more than 6 foot long which is no good for my lanky 6’3″ height.
Research and Craigslist searches revealed completely trashed trailers or fully loaded ones locally but I did find a few within 1000 miles from Austin, I was trying to figure out how to look at a trailer in Tuscon & one in Albuquerque. In a Google search I found a forum that specialized in eggs and found a trailer in San Antonio, the add was 4 months old and I assumed it was a dead link but after receiving an email that it was available, I went to look at a 1984 Perris Pacer.
After 2 visits, I am the new owner. Its a 13 footer which means that the living space is 10 foot by 6’6″. It originally had a bench in the front with a dinette in the rear with both converting to beds. One of the previous owners added air conditioning eliminating the front bench and the last owner used the dinette as just a bed.
I’ve made a few changes, to add storage and to make it it off the grid compatible. I also removed the not so effecient 12/110/propane fridge.
Enertainment: PS3 for games/ bluray; laptop for streaming…
The bedroom, its almost a double bed, remember that the back is rounded so its not as long near the window…
The closet converted into kitchen storage with some folded clothes storage as well.
Engel fridge plus solar controls…
More storage where the old fridge used to be…
There is also storage on the ceiling for light weight items and also storage under the bed. The porta pottie is also stored under the bed.
All of the lights are 12v and so is the fridge, the stove runs on propane. I also have a deep cycle battery with an 80 watt solar panel for keeping the battery topped off.