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Old 09-22-2012, 11:04 AM   #15
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Hi Ruth, Before you helped convince me to buy a Lil Snoozy (for which I will be forever grateful) I considered a small Airstream having no knowledge of their weight and price. Once I became knowledgeable regarding the Airstream, it took me little time to abandon the thought of owning one.
We have now towed our Lil Snoozy over 6000 miles since and have slept in it 54 nights since taking ownership in April.
We really appreciate the well thought out design and found Alan and Nickolas to be very helpful through the purchase process.
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:44 AM   #16
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I got a P.M. asking when I would personally buy a stick-built.
For myself, never, but for a fix-and-resell, only if the price was really, really right....
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:44 AM   #17
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2nd Bill
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Old 09-22-2012, 12:23 PM   #18
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The exception to that is that some of the molded fiberglass combine the two designs. Carefree and possibly Quantum come to mind. Do we call them hybrids?
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:30 PM   #19
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I'm not wanting to have so much money in a trailer. I see serro Scotty's that have been totally redone, for 6500 to 7000 dollar range.

I think the lil snoozy is a very pretty camper, but i would rather have a used trailer. I also missed the propane. I guess I will get a new trailer someday, closer to retirement, when I will be using it much more.

An older fiberglass is so much more. The Oliver I saw was selling for a ridiculous amount, the casitas are high, the scamps are more reasonably priced, the serro Scotty s are so much less. Because of problems? Or less demand? Or?
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:35 PM   #20
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Age and all that goes along with that.
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Old 09-22-2012, 05:10 PM   #21
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If you think of your RV as an investment you will want to buy only molded fiberglass. For the most part, anyone that has owned one for more than 5 years can usually get everything back and then some when selling. Stick-Builts, especially used stick-builts, are much more prone to hidden damage that can cause substantial depreciation.

I used to live in Springfield, VA and I know that the weather out there can destroy or do hidden damage to a stick-bult in a single season. Think rain + freezing weather + more rain, etc. If ice can split rocks, just think of what it can do inside a Serro Scotty's walls.

BTW: As to price, Oliver's are a special case. There are lots of decent f/g rigs in the under $5000 range. Right now there is a neat little Hunter Compact Jr, in Richmond, VA, listed on eBay. Start small and enjoy learning.
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Old 09-22-2012, 08:59 PM   #22
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Everyone has to do their homework and make their own decisions. I have a small leak, occasionally, at two windows. They never rot, because I have fiberglass walls, not wood. I just wipe the leak up. I have no 'surprise' leaks because the UHaul is double hulled, and I can find any leak that happens. Disadvantage? No insulation except the air between the hull. Is that an issue for me? No because I don't camp in the winter and a small heater is more than enough to keep it temperate. Cost? Low for both an older stickie or fiberglass. How much restoration work? the amount of restoration on a stick build is more than I want to deal with. I don't see where the fg trailers need as much work because there are a lot less 'parts', screws, trims, caulk lines, rotted plywood paneling, etc. So for myself, fiberglass wins hands down. Now I didn't compare to an Airstream quality, because you won't find a used Airstream 16footer Bambi for $3K like you can a used Scamp or a stick built Scotty. Airstreams are in a class well above a fg, so I'd expect them to be a top quality trailer. But they still have more upkeep than I want. My UHaul is wash and wear - and I Love that about it! Again, this is my opinion, and I'm biased to FG. but others are tickled pink with their vintage Scotties and feel that all the restoration work was worth it. So much variety means that everyone can find a camper thats 'just right'.
Nice job Pam, I feel the same way...go fiberglass.
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