A Different Style of RV - Fiberglass RV


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Old 10-29-2007, 03:30 PM   #1
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Just came across this one, not something I would be seriously interested in, but certainly a novel rig.
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Old 10-29-2007, 05:17 PM   #2
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They're pretty amazing, alright. However, I'd expect they're in the "if you have to ask how much they are, you can't afford them" class...

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Old 10-29-2007, 05:57 PM   #3
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They're pretty amazing, alright. However, I'd expect they're in the "if you have to ask how much they are, you can't afford them" class...

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Nope.... From what I understand, even the cheapies/used models are much pricier then that. lol
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Old 10-29-2007, 06:40 PM   #4
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I sure would not want to fall out of bed.
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Old 10-29-2007, 06:47 PM   #5
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Deisel appliances, I hadn't heard of that. These are serious road/offroad weapons. Next time I go to the Sahari I'll have to think of one. Seriously though, there are some nicely designed features built into them.
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Old 10-30-2007, 08:43 AM   #6
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The Earthroamer gets mentioned occasionally here... usually by me. I like their approach, although the market they're serving is not the typical RV user.

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I think there is some fiberglass in it. (hopefully)
Yes, the whole coach (camper body) is moulded fiberglass; it's even a fancy cored sandwich construction, which would make a great (but expensive) trailer.
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Old 10-30-2007, 12:25 PM   #7
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There was one of them (LT model) at Brown County earlier this month.

It stands really tall.

I wondered if they have some sort of hoist to raise that spare tire up to where it's stored.

The Ford 550 is a dual rear wheel rig but this rig uses only the outer wheel of the pair on the rear. I wondered idly whether that puts an awkward stress on the rear wheel end.

And it has a rear hitch receiver. You could tow your fiberglass RV on top of everything else. Now THAT's wretched excess!
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Some are homemade. This one is based on a Casita.

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The Ford 550 is a dual rear wheel rig but this rig uses only the outer wheel of the pair on the rear. I wondered idly whether that puts an awkward stress on the rear wheel end.
It's a wider than normal wheel and tire (a "super single"), so wide that it could not be used in a dual pair... but it still has the offset of a dualie so it fits properly on the front. When used on the back, it places the centre plane 6 or 7 inches too far out relative to the hub and bearing, which seems like a bad idea to me. It also leaves the brake disks hanging out in space ready to bash a rock, which looks bizarre when you get an angle which shows the disk.

I asked Earthroamer about this in an e-mail message (more nicely than I put it above), and they declined to respond. My guess is that their loading (limited by tire capacity and by room to carry stuff) is so far below the axle's rating that even this improper use is reliable.
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