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Old 04-10-2007, 04:45 PM   #15
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Wouldn`t the electric leveling jacks that are standard equipment with the unit level the trailer?.......anyone know the price?.....Benny
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Old 04-10-2007, 07:15 PM   #16
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new fiberglass unit

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Sorry. I don't have much interest in one of those.

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Old 04-11-2007, 02:11 AM   #17
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Look EXPENSIVE....and perhaps a little cold, one wonders what one would name it?

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Old 04-11-2007, 05:09 AM   #18
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new fiberglass unit

Came across this and thought it might be of interest

Looks FAST just sitting there, Do you need a Tow Vehicle.
Out-a-spacie looking
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Old 04-11-2007, 06:29 AM   #19
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Hands up all those FG trailer owners who would like their frame to be enclosed in the bottom body moulding and then fiberglassed over, like the Stiletto.........

One view might be that it would prevent corrosion of the frame, while the other view is that you'll never know if it's corroding (because you can't inspect it) until it breaks, when it's not repairable. After all, it sounds just like the "the plywood floor can't rot because it's in fiberglass" argument.

As they are building the body as a vacuum-bagged foam-cored composite in a boat-building facility, I would expect that winning a lottery would be a good owner qualification.

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Old 04-11-2007, 08:28 AM   #20
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One view might be that it would prevent corrosion of the frame, while the other view is that you'll never know if it's corroding (because you can't inspect it) until it breaks, when it's not repairable. After all, it sounds just like the "the plywood floor can't rot because it's in fiberglass" argument.

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Old 04-11-2007, 09:10 AM   #21
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The feature that will tempt one of my Casita buddies most is the ADA compliant door that folds down to act as a wheelchair ramp. This is an issue for him when his chair bound wife wants to come along.
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Old 04-11-2007, 09:20 AM   #22
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ooooh, reading through their press releases, I see they're located in Seattle. Anyone from that area want to check it out for the rest of us

Guess we can't include this brand on the homepage since it doesn't fit "LIGHTWEIGHT"
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The 38-foot Stiletto has a UVW of approximately 12,000 pounds which has already been obtained in the pre-production unit. Gross vehicle weight rating (gvwr) will be 18,500 pounds...
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Old 04-11-2007, 09:58 AM   #23
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I agree the Stiletto looks expensive, so much so it just might make a Bigfoot appear to be a bargain--just the trailer for someone who has more money than they know what to do with. Not for me! Purdy, but too big and heavy.
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Old 04-11-2007, 12:37 PM   #24
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Drool. If money were no object. Don't really like the unusual shape of the windows. Also, I would like to be able to open the windows. Some very attractive features, but then there are some features I don't like also.

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Old 04-11-2007, 02:07 PM   #25
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So, presuming it has an enclosed underbody; how much water flowing under it d'you suppose it would take to float it when it's down? ...
I know this is not an question looking for an answer, but...

It is over 5000 kg empty, so it would take over 5 cubic metres of displacement to float. With the lower section about 10 metres long and 2.5 metres wide, that's a draft (submerged depth) of at least 0.2 m (20 cm, or eight inches). If I stepped out of my Boler to find 8" of water, I'd know I picked the wrong campsite!
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Old 04-11-2007, 02:14 PM   #26
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Underneath the unique body is a 2" x 8" x 5/16" tube steel frame, which is actually integrated into the body mold. Channels in the shell accommodate the chassis rails, and then the shell is bonded and bolted to the chassis.
This says to me that the frame is not inside the shell; the shell drops down around it. Since the floor is apparently flat across the top of the frame channels, the dropping down is presumably to look good from the side and to include under-floor tanks and other services (between the frame rails) within the shell volume. The tops of the frame rails would still be hidden from view (as they always are), but in this case the sides would be as well.

So few people ever do a shell-off-frame restoration that the bonding together may not be a big deal.

Even if the size is not in our league, I think it would be interesting to see more detail of the design and construction techniques.
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Old 04-11-2007, 02:22 PM   #27
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I just dont understand why these trailers are so eliquent on the inside.I dont know where everyone else camps but i am ususally around sand and dirt etc.Too fancy for camping with---Maybe ok as a home in a resort area for the summer.

PS---It is different and nice looking inside and outside.
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Old 04-11-2007, 04:00 PM   #28
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Thanks to Robirob I came across a European trailer with air suspension capable of lowering and raising itself a considerable distance. As I recall it was much more "our" size and the claim was that it could easily be parked in the average garage.

I have noticed that many of the Yurpean trailers have aluminum alloy frames (Alko, I think) and appear to be much more carefully designed for the purpose than our welded together steel ones (tapered members, etc. Maybe they spend a lot of time and money in test jigs to come up with appropriate designs.).

As a result it seems even their larger trailers are lighter than I would expect. Wall construction often seems to be different than the Murrican stick-built standard. If these aluminum frames were to be enclosed there is possibly less of a chance that corrosion would be a problem. Outright breakage may be another matter.
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