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Old 08-17-2010, 10:38 PM   #1
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Molded fiberglass motorhomes?

I wondered if anyone here ever considered buying one of the molded fiberglass motorhomes when researching RVs? We'd been thinking about an egg, but then realized if we buy a used motorhome instead we won't have to worry about a tow vehicle (we prefer driving tiny cars). The Chinooks and the Born Free motorhomes look incredibly well built, probably as good as the eggs. More expensive of course, but no toad might balance that out. Why did all of you choose the trailers instead? Putting aside the cute factor. Motorhomes aren't so attractive I'll admit.
I'm interested in opinions.
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Old 08-17-2010, 10:46 PM   #2
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I wanted to leave the house in the campsite and with a motorhome of any size I'd have to have a small car behind in order to do that. Not a bad idea but then I thought about having two vehicles to keep in working order.

Motorhomes and toads can be problematic when looking for a parking space. Two little normal sized parking spaces do fine for my Jeep and Scamp.
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Old 08-17-2010, 10:47 PM   #3
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It seems to me that the afore mentioned R/V's while they may be fiberglass skined have a metal framework and I believe therefor may disqualify them for 'membership' in our community ????

Our trailers (R/V's ~ Glass Eggs) have NO infrastructure!
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Old 08-17-2010, 10:53 PM   #4
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As you mentioned, when parked you're stuck.. except by foot, bicycle, skateboard or..... Years ago, my folks had a small motorhome on a Toyota Chassis...all fiberglass. It was cute and it was fun and it was the most gutless thing I've ever driven. Scary to drive in the mountains. Old VW Bugs zoomed around us!

But I have to admit if one of the dozen Scamp motorhomes ever came up for sale at a reasonable price close by... I might consider it. IF that four banger was replaced with a small-block V8!
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Old 08-17-2010, 11:16 PM   #5
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I tend to cruise FS roads to look for rocks. I have a 4X4 Ranger for this. The trailer stays safe and waiting for me. Places I go would not even be suited for a camper van conversion.

Motorhomes . . .that's a yuppie thing
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I got tired of the very high California registration rates, the additional maintenance and insurance on the MoHo and the little Samurai I used for a tow car.
I now have a 16' Scamp that costs 10.00 to register for 5 years because it falls under Permanent Trailer registration.
16' is the magic number for PTI registration in California. Any thing longer than 16" is registered at the higher, yearly exorbitant rate.
The insurance, registration and maintenance is insignificant especially when compared to a motor home.
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Old 08-18-2010, 07:58 AM   #7
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Don't forget the expensive Coach House. They have a one-piece molded fiberglass body. My favorite along with the Chinook, which is no longer made.
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Our camping is parking and sight-seeing. That does not lend itself to a motorhome. I do have slider envy though.

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As you mentioned, when parked you're stuck.. except by foot, bicycle, skateboard or..... Years ago, my folks had a small motorhome on a Toyota Chassis...all fiberglass. It was cute and it was fun and it was the most gutless thing I've ever driven. Scary to drive in the mountains. Old VW Bugs zoomed around us!

But I have to admit if one of the dozen Scamp motorhomes ever came up for sale at a reasonable price close by... I might consider it. IF that four banger was replaced with a small-block V8!
The Scamp motorhome,built on a Ranger chassis, was a V6 with a manual 5spd. We drove one in Wisconsin a couple of years ago but the timing was wrong to buy it. They only wanted 5K for it. It drove decently and accelerated well, but needed a little updating and remodeling.
Unconfirmed rumor has it that there may have been a dodge dakota or two of the dozen or so built.
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... I do have slider envy though.

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We need to start a new thread on this one. I know it's been discussed before but I still think there's a place for a slider or two in a molded fiberglass trailer. Sure would solve some space problems.
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Old 08-18-2010, 01:25 PM   #11
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The problem I have with motor homes are that the considerable money invested in the MH is completely wasted when the MH is not in use. This in contrast to a TV that can be used for multiple functions when not in camping mode. I have never seen someone driving their MH to work for instance.
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I agree Bud. In fact I have 2 neighbors with medium sized MH. I haven't seen either move all summer. That's quite a return on an investment.

My $500 Campact Jr has logged over 6000 miles since April.
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But I have to admit if one of the dozen Scamp motorhomes ever came up for sale at a reasonable price close by... I might consider it. IF that four banger was replaced with a small-block V8!


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I have never seen a Scamp motorhomes do you have a pic?
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Donna,


I have never seen a Scamp motorhomes do you have a pic?
I would have to imagine it would look something like this but white
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