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Old 04-27-2012, 08:48 PM   #15
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That really bothered me about the Scamp 13 I just purchased. When I crawled under it I was surprised to see the wood floor as good as it was 23 years ago! No sign of any problems inside or out, so I would not suggest passing on one with a plywood floor.
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Old 04-28-2012, 12:50 AM   #16
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On the wet coast I think that 360-degree fiberglass shell construction is best because our units are also often towed in the wake of driving rain and swirling road spray.

Under these conditions water gets a chance to penetrate the shell from all directions, not just from a vertical downward direction as a parked trailer would face.

I live on the coast - and rain is my enemy.
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:14 AM   #17
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My 1985 UHaul CT13 floor is completely sandwiched in fiberglass. No exposed plywood, top or bottom. No problems, either.
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Old 04-28-2012, 02:26 PM   #18
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MY Uhaul CT for sale in Austin TX is fiberglass all the way around.
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Old 04-28-2012, 02:54 PM   #19
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MY Uhaul CT for sale in Austin TX is fiberglass all the way around.
Originally, it had a plywood floor with fiberglass mat on the top and bottom as described above.
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Old 04-28-2012, 03:49 PM   #20
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It occurs to me - one good way to tell if your egg is 'retaining water' might be to take it somewhere to get weighed. The original stickers inside my Trillium list the GVW as 1500lbs - when I went to register it in Washington state, they informed me that wasn't good enough, and that I'd need to go pay someone to get an empty weight. I took everything off that wasn't screwed down, and off to the local shipping company with a scale. $15 later, I had a piece of paper in my hot little hands that said it weighed 1490lbs.

Hadn't really thought about it before, but that sounds to me like it's not carrying water weight!

I know that could be a pain in the arse for folks with everything already stowed - but it might come in handy for someone!
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Old 04-28-2012, 03:51 PM   #21
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Ed, what a deal! Glad you got that water out of there. Sounds as if it was a big repair job for you.

We have an Escape and I will have to ask where the holes or channels are to let out water as I know they exist. Trilliums are the twins to certain Escape models. Escape actually made some of the Trilliums for a short time. I think Trilliums have such holes now but maybe yours did not.

I wonder how someone can tell when water starts to get in a window. Seems as if you would be pretty far along on it when found, if it is found where you had it.
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Old 04-28-2012, 03:59 PM   #22
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Ed, what a deal! Glad you got that water out of there. Sounds as if it was a big repair job for you.

We have an Escape and I will have to ask where the holes or channels are to let out water as I know they exist. Trilliums are the twins to certain Escape models. Escape actually made some of the Trilliums for a short time. I think Trilliums have such holes now but maybe yours did not.

I wonder how someone can tell when water starts to get in a window. Seems as if you would be pretty far along on it when found, if it is found where you had it.
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In both cases I found the water right after buying the trailer used.
So I had not really begun any of my own projects really,the water became my first project both times.

Both Trill of mine were from the original Trillium line which pre-dates the Escape and New Trillium companies by 25 years at least.

I have not heard of drain holes in the older ones but it also was not a big deal to make them but the hard part was what to do with the holes once the water was gone and the trailer dried out?
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Old 04-28-2012, 04:39 PM   #23
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I had the old style Land cruiser. It had std. thickness metal floors. water drain holes in the floors in a corner catch all depression. the hole had a rubber plug about 3/8th inch thick with a groove around the edge. the plugs could be easily removed, drain the water out, (caused by rain, or washing, or driving through the deeper creek) put the plugs back in place. rubber plugs like that could be found at rubber parts dealers??? The diameter of the holes was about 3/4s of an inch.

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Old 04-28-2012, 11:45 PM   #24
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The Lil Snoozy should be quite good for wet climates. Fiberglass all around.
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Whether one or the other, the important thing to remember is to NOT delay water intrusion maintenance issues. My 24 year old Scamp has no floor rot problems and heaven knows I camp in the rain and drive in the rain, etc. In fact, did it just this past weekend.
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Choose the trailer that you like the best, not because it has a plywood under side or a fiberglass one. It just doesn't matter, both can have problems .
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Choose the trailer that you like the best, not because it has a plywood under side or a fiberglass one. It just doesn't matter, both can have problems .
Absolutely, absolutely true story. Thanks for reminding us Tim
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