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Old 12-31-2012, 12:29 PM   #57
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And I'm not sure how well the all-wood interior of the Escape will do in the "Can it last for thirty years if left in a farmer's field?" test...
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Funny enough Escape has been conducting for the past 6 years or so their own experiment in that regard. Their advertising beside the #1 Highway in the Valley has a couple of their trailers sitting out in a farmers field with the cows roaming all around them..... I understand the only problems that have been noted to date is that the cows like to rub up against the trailers which can lead to interesting issues
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:31 PM   #58
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. . . and you might as well lump the Snoozy interior in with the Escape's, Francesca, as it is also pretty woody.
Oh, I do!

And Scamp's new all-wood option, too...

Given the number of threads here with pics of thirty year old wood being shoveled out of old fiberglass trailers, one has to question the anticipated longevity of models presently on offer!

It seems to me that while perhaps appropriate for more "breathable" stick-built RV's, hydroscopic materials like plywood cabinetry in an enclosed fiberglass shell is not a recipe for longevity.

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Old 12-31-2012, 12:35 PM   #59
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Well, since both of the above are Trillium-based, they're sorta near the top by association anyway...

BUT

Since The List will be confined to currently manufactured units, I'm afraid the Surfside can't be on it at all...

And I'm not sure how well the all-wood interior of the Escape will do in the "Can it last for thirty years if left in a farmer's field?" test...

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Ok.... if i order an Escape i will ask for pressure treated wood just as a precaution
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:45 PM   #60
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Many a farmers house built with wood interiors has stood in their fields for over 100 years around here, and this is without the luxury of a fiberglass shell. ; )
you can be sure that many of them have far more sources of water leakage through the roof than the Escape does as well.

Not to mention Bigfoot has been using a fair bit of wood in their interiors for 30 years or more and many of the originals are still around.
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Old 12-31-2012, 01:00 PM   #61
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My Bigfoot is a 1991 the interior is original and looks like new.
Last September I took it in too an RV shop to install an air conditioner they were amazed at the condition of the trailer one of the nicest they had seen.
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To be fair to the arts and mysteries of the past as well as the present, I would say that scantling (minimum dimensions of framing) and joinery (method of framing), has a lot to do with how long a wood structure will "stand" against the wrack of the elements. In addition, wet rot- and insect-resistant species of hard and soft wood in the role of roofing and sheathing are very durable in direct exposure to weather. Not so the "pour it and press it" wood products which predominate in today's homes and today's trailers. There's more to this subject than the ability of wood and wood products to absorb water. Cedar and white oak shakes, walnut, chestnut, and locust boards can soak water forever until every bit of lignin is dissolved and retain some strength and integrity because of the orientation of long natural fibers. Not so strenboard and SPF framing lumber.

I don't believe the alleged impermeability of an external membrane is tremendously more important in one case than another. Few residential structures or trailers are hermetically sealed. There will be water vapor in either and unheated structures ("sitting in the field" with no shore power), and repeated heating and cooling will produce daily dew points which, in the very best case, will produce condensation and mildew, and in the worst, absorption and rot.

A glass surface will mildew but there is no internal degradation. All of us will rust out or wear out, so there is no absolute necessity that the products of our minds and hands should last much longer. I think a Scamp Custom or Snoozy or Bigfoot, or Escape is just fine for those who desire the interior build and look that they offer. However, to assume that everything endures once encased in a fiberglass shell is bull. I think that's something that Jim B's. posts underlines very clearly.

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Dunno about "best"- will you settle for "most copied"?

Of course, all little molded rigs swiped the concept from the Boler
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Now I know we have seen eggs older than the Boler. Donna knows everything and I know she will point out the older ones.
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:01 PM   #64
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Now I know we have seen eggs older than the Boler.
Well....yes, but...



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My ideal camper and what I would really like to see in an egg is a double insulated hull, an aluminum frame and a floor and cabinets like the livinlite campers. I don't want any kind of carpet, rat fur, vinyl on the walls. They have a little video:
CampLite All Aluminum Travel Trailer Overview by LivinLite

I would like a Lil Snoozy with no wood! I wonder how much weight an egg would lose if they did this? I'd sure like to change out my Playpac floor, frame and cabinets with aluminum!
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I've been drooling over the Camplite ever since it came out...I'd buy one in a heartbeat if I were in the market/mood for a new trailer.

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I've been drooling over the Camplite ever since it came out...I'd buy one in a heartbeat if I were in the market/mood for a new trailer.

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You know I like the materials used but I don't like the layouts in them for some reason. I also don't like that there is no front window.
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Camilla, Camilla, Camilla...

You've been on this site long enough to know that the very first thing everybody does when getting even a brand new trailer is...remodel!

It's called the "I have a Sawzall, and I know how to use it" syndrome...

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Camilla, Camilla, Camilla...

You've been on this site long enough to know that the very first thing everybody does when getting even a brand new trailer is...remodel!

It's called the "I have a Sawzall, and I know how to use it" syndrome...

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Unfortunately for me my "Old Lady You Can't Do That Anymore" syndrome keeps kicking in!
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Unfortunately for me my "Old Lady You Can't Do That Anymore" syndrome keeps kicking in!
Y'all come on out to Hadlock...we'll see what two old ladies can accomplish...

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