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Old 04-13-2013, 10:25 AM   #43
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I came across "Taylor Coach" made in Canada and if there is a worthy stick trailer, it might be it. It is the only smaller stick trailer that seemed to customize and I don't think they even have a "standard" anything but build to suit the customer, a very rare thing. I think it is most important that a person get a "fit" for them and most of us have a price/value point. I cannot imagine that compromises aren't always made in a selection. We have yet to find the "perfect" unit, the "perfect" anything.
I was thinking about buying a stick. But after going to some local RV shows, it was obvious they were built like many trailer houses. Stick and staple, stick and staple. The big thing trailer houses and stick trailers have is floor plan. But I have to have more than price. I have to have equivalent value. If I were to buy a stick, it would have been the Taylor. Customer input and about as much quality as you can get from a stick. Taylor does a good job.

But..............FG is in a league it's own. I wanted an orange, so I quit looking at apples. Now I have a hard shell egg to match it's hard shell owner.
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Old 04-13-2013, 11:47 AM   #44
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How long are you planning on living and RVing? The stick builts have a much faster depreciation and shorter life. Keep an eye on the fiberglass for sale web sites. Someone somewhere will buy a new one you like then find they have to liquidate it. You get what you pay for.
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There are a very limited number of fiberglass trailer manufacturers that build a trailer larger than 17 ft (Escape , Big Foot , an maybe Oliver) and they come at a premium price. I find the 13ft or 16 ft fiberglass trailers just a little small for doing extended travel (Kudos to Norm & Ginny) and was trying to go slightly larger 19 to 21 ft . I do not want a huge 5th wheeler or a motor home or anything in the 25 to ??? class . Neither do I wish to sink my life's savings in a travel trailer, which I consider a luxury in life not a necessity. Mr Raz I am not a fan of Escape: in fact I have never seen one but if one wants something slightly larger than a small egg what choice do you have.?
Besides Escape is the bargain of the three. Sometimes I think that the lack of competition in the fiberglass trailer market has stifled innovation . When is the last time Scamp has done anything to update their trailer? I do not believe that the stick builts are the answer to my dilemma but at least they offer choices that fiberglass trailers refuse to offer
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:43 PM   #46
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Mr Raz I am not a fan of Escape: in fact I have never seen one
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:57 PM   #47
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There are a very limited number of fiberglass trailer manufacturers that build a trailer larger than 17 ft (Escape , Big Foot , an maybe Oliver) and they come at a premium price. I find the 13ft or 16 ft fiberglass trailers just a little small for doing extended travel (Kudos to Norm & Ginny) and was trying to go slightly larger 19 to 21 ft . I do not want a huge 5th wheeler or a motor home or anything in the 25 to ??? class . Neither do I wish to sink my life's savings in a travel trailer, which I consider a luxury in life not a necessity.

I think you're very sensible, Steve...and have a good sense of perspective. It is, after all, just a toy, right? And as such, it should be maximally enjoyable!

You surely can get the inside amenities you want and more room with a conventionally constructed trailer. (All of which are not created equal, of course. There are some brands built better than others, as I've come to learn by participating in other RV forums not dedicated to a single construction method.)

And if you're concerned about the longevity of whatever you buy, my suggestion is a freestanding carport for protection from the elements when it's not being used. You'll have enough money left over to do that, and more!

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Old 04-13-2013, 12:59 PM   #48
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There are a very limited number of fiberglass trailer manufacturers that build a trailer larger than 17 ft (Escape , Big Foot , an maybe Oliver) and they come at a premium price. I find the 13ft or 16 ft fiberglass trailers just a little small for doing extended travel (Kudos to Norm & Ginny) and was trying to go slightly larger 19 to 21 ft . I do not want a huge 5th wheeler or a motor home or anything in the 25 to ??? class . Neither do I wish to sink my life's savings in a travel trailer, which I consider a luxury in life not a necessity. Mr Raz I am not a fan of Escape: in fact I have never seen one but if one wants something slightly larger than a small egg what choice do you have.?
Besides Escape is the bargain of the three. Sometimes I think that the lack of competition in the fiberglass trailer market has stifled innovation . When is the last time Scamp has done anything to update their trailer? I do not believe that the stick builts are the answer to my dilemma but at least they offer choices that fiberglass trailers refuse to offer
For some reason these statements remind of a cartoon that may have been posted on this site. The first frame showed a small trailer crammed with stuff and caption we need a bigger trailer, the frame a bigger trailer crammed with stuff and the same caption, one more frame with a huge trailer crammed with stuff.
The moral of the story stuff will expand to fill the available space.

Anne and I travel extensively up to 3 months at a time in our little 13' Scamp. We feel anything bigger would be a waste. What we have vs what we feel is needed.
A place to sit and table.
A place to sleep big enough that our sleeping bags and the two us will fit on with space to spare(not much to spare).
A stove cook on.
A refrigerator to keep a limited amount of food cool and safe.
Space for nonperishable food.
Space to keep about a weeks worth of clothes.
Some fresh water.
A place for sink water drain to.
A furnace to warm up the trailer on those cold nights (below 50F)
A bit of light
A place for a few extras. It's the extras that'll get you into trouble.


Gee whiz the above list is what we have and what we need and then some.

The outdoor stuff like chairs, shade, etc. reside in the back of the pickup along with a couple weeks worth of clothing.

I can see no reason to have a larger trailer.
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See Mr Raz's post top of page #4
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I can see no reason to have a larger trailer.
Even the reason that what works for you and Ann doesn't work for Steve and his wife?

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Old 04-13-2013, 01:23 PM   #51
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Stick Built.

Leaking in a stick built trailer is not simply a matter of years owned.

If you travel a lot, if you drive rough roads, a stick built will respond to the twists of motion by twisting seams and will eventually leak.

The worse part is that leaking seams quickly lead to rotting wood.

Admittedly it's a trade off of space and price and time.

As to the failure of manufacturers to innovate, there has basically been little since the Boler came along.... Where are the Bonair Oxygen people?
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I can't find an emoticon for "now, I'm even more confused".
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Camplite

I read a couple of recommendations for a Camplite. We considered a Camplite and found them none too 'lite'.
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I can't find an emoticon for "now, I'm even more confused".
Hi: Glenn Baglo... This topic isn't confusing to me. There's always someone who can make something that sells cheaper, and those who buy on price alone are that someones lawful prey!!!
We know why we own Escape trailers...others don't!!!
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We have had the 8 stick-built and I think the leaking and rotting are being over-stated. In the units that we cared for, the new ones we bought, we did not have that issue. We lived full-time in a $10,000 Forest River for two years, no leaking or rotting wood except on a window that they did not properly seal in the first place which was repaired under warranty. Would I buy another? No, not for the longer term but this unit served its purpose well. We had a 1976 Minnie Winnie which we bought in 1989 and ran it all over the US until it just couldn't take the long trips so it was probably 20 years old when it found a new home. Keep in mind that many 30 year old stick-built are still on the road also since most everything used to be made to last and expected to last. I have seen the amount of renovation on these older trailers both stick and fiberglass. The biggest issue is that the majority of people don't do the necessary maintenance to keep a unit up and the fiberglass trailer will require less. Entry level stick-built are basically junk but still have their purpose. I am glad to hear positive comments about Taylor Coach as the man in the video clips seems like a decent guy not shifty.

Also, beware the rating of rv.org, do your own research since I had the opportunity to watch a rating in action.
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Mr Raz I am not a fan of Escape: in fact I have never seen one but if one wants something slightly larger than a small egg what choice do you have.?
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