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I can relate to the nursery rhyme, “There was an old woman that lived in a shoe.” Except that I’ll live in an egg and I don’t think I’m old. It goes on to say she had too many children, no food, beat them, and put them to bed. Sheesh, that’s awful! But, the living in a shoe part… I get that.
Fiberglass campers are lovingly referred to as eggs by the RV community, because – well, that’s what they look like. They are usually built out of two parts: a top and a bottom. These are created from a mold and then attached together around the middle. The benefits of this is there are very few parts meaning less leaks and maintenance, the fiberglass is light weight so towing them with a regular vehicle is possible, and their bubble shape is just too cute!
When I was first looking at which egg to buy, I researched several companies including Scamp, Casita, Escape, and Big Foot. I fell in love with the floor plan of the Escape 17B model because it had a small dinette in the front that would function as a single, out of the way bed. I learned that the company, Escape Trailer Industries out of BC, Canada, has a wonderful reputation for the quality of their builds. They fiberglass their unit together after joining the top and bottom sections so that it’s all one piece = less leaks, rivets, and maintenance. They also use a foam vinyl on the inside that I preferred over the carpet walls in some of the other models. The only problem was, where to find one? I dreamed of finding a lovingly used 17′ model, but there aren’t that many produced each year and they rarely come up for sale.
Then Sarandipity happened. In August, 2015, I came across the one and only used (a 2005) Escape trailer for sale in the U.S. at the time. It just so happened to be the 17′ Plan B model I loved. And it just so happened to be in the next city over from me. And it just so happened that the prior pending sale fell through, so it was mine for the buying! Oh, and it just so happened it was exactly the price I had budgeted for a trailer. Of course I had to name it “Sarandipity” after all that.
I’m in the process of making many modifications to my new-to-me egg. Talk about a huge learning curve! Thankfully, there are several forums I can turn to for help. There’s a great community forum of Escape trailer owners and fiberglass RV owners, that are willing to jump in and answer the silly questions I ask like “How does a rivet and rivet gun work?” My first project is a grab handle by the door. But bigger things are in the works. I’m replacing the air conditioner with a stronger unit, changing the large dinette into a u-shaped one with a smaller table (I like to lounge), redoing the counter tops and fridge face with real copper sheeting, painting the interior, reupholstering the cushions, and just generally making it homey and organized! Pictures to come as I complete my projects!
UPDATE: Jan. 2016 – Inside Sarandipity renovations are complete. See my blog post here for loads of fun pictures and information on all the changes I’ve made. Here’s a sneak peek:
UPDATE: June, 2016 – Outside Sarandipity renovations and restoration are complete. See my blog post here for before and after pictures and a list of all the things done to make it look new and ‘unique to me’. Here’s a sneak peek: