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Old 11-17-2015, 07:36 AM   #1
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Palomini Fiberglass camper

Does anyone have any knowledge, experience or information on Palomini campers? Seriously considering trading for one. Any info appreciated.
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Old 11-17-2015, 08:00 AM   #2
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Never heard of that brand. There is a Palomino pop-up tent trailer. Do you know when and where it was made, size, construction etc.?


Is it molded fiberglass or fiberglass sheet construction? How about a picture?
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Old 11-17-2015, 08:18 AM   #3
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Palomino RV - Manufacturer of Quality RVs since 1968 Here is their website. I believe they are made in Wisconsin. Owned by Forest Lake.
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It's not all-molded fiberglass, so you'd be giving up its advantages: weight, maintenance, durability, and resale.

As to how it compares to other fiberglass-skinned, stick-built trailers, you might get more input on a general RV forum. We're pretty biased here... .

Bob, it is part of the Palomino line, called "PaloMini". If they have to call it "mini," in my experience it probably isn't.

I can't tell from the website whether the wall and ceiling framing is aluminum or wood, but I'm guessing the latter (or they would have been touting it). Personally, I will never own a wood-framed RV again. Any unchecked leak from a window, vent, or seam will very quickly degrade the structural integrity of a wood-framed trailer. In my mind that rather defeats the advantage of a fiberglass exterior.
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I am looking at the 179RDS model in particular. about same weight comparison as my Casita but more room.
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The stick builts generally have more room. They're also heavier per square feet and many times are less money too. It's all about what you want. Since this is a molded fiberglass forum, not a stick built/fiberglass sheeted RV forum you probably won't get a whole lot of input into what you're seeking to find out.
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The website cites that it is from Palomino RV, A Division of Forest River Inc,, a Berkshire Hathaway Company. This, apparently, is the same company that started out building pop-up tent trailers and is now playing on the word "Mini" for it's stick-built. I have a Palomino Pop-Up I rebuilt for my son and would call it's quality no more than average as compared to other tent trailers of the era. But, as is the case with many stick built RV's today, often only the name of the original company remains.
Palomino RV - Manufacturer of Quality RVs since 1968


I doubt if you will find much info about them on this site, but our sister group IRV2, linked at the bottom of the page, may have a few owners that can reflect on it.
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Thanks Bob. I love my Casita but would like a little more room. I don't have that many years left to camp so I don't need to leave anything behind for the archeologist. LOL
Thanks everyone for your input. Happy Trails to all!
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In that case maybe you should be looking at Olivers, Escapes, and Bigfoots. All molded fiberglass and all have some models longer than 17'. Even the 17' Bigfoot with its great width is much roomier than a Casita.

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They fall under "Forest River". Owner's forum: Forest River Forums - Forest River Owners Community We had an entry level Forest River, Salem travel trailer. I guess my question is how long do you need it to last. Entry level have about 5 "good" years and the Palomini would be entry level.
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Personally, I don't like slideouts. It just seems like something that's going to break at the most inopportune moment. But it does look roomy. I met a couple at Yosemite a few weeks ago who had recently traded in their Casita for something similar. They were quite happy with it. Although, the husband was missing the Casita a little more than his wife. ;-)
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Cathy, longevity and durability is also a concern of mine. I have had our 2008 Casita for 3 years and it is as sturdy as the day I bought it. No complaints, no issues. I sure would hate to trade it for a camper that is going to fizzle in 5 years. I have been across some bumpy roads with my Casita. It has held up fine. Stick built? I suspect would not endure as well.
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We have a Coachman pop-up right now, their top line which isn't saying a lot. They are also Forest River. It is 2011 and the seams are separating on the outside and inside the trim has all came loose. The counter top got wet and being OSB, it is now swollen. Also, we have a cassette toilet which is built-in and water from that has caused the partition to swell. They had to replace the door which is still not the best and the replacement had black trim instead of white because they were no longer making it in white.

In the Salem, keeping up with maintenance, after the initial problems were solved (front window was caulked on the outside but no caulking tape on the inside and it leaked during a hurricane and the skylight over the shower wasn't properly sealed) the floor, which was plywood was separating where two pieces were joined. We sold it.

The biggest issue is that they don't make them like they used to. I worked for New Horizons, factory direct and they made a small Van Mate. I saw one advertised, a 1991 which 25 years old and it still looked solid after all of these years. They were built to last. I just see so many problems with quality control anymore across the board.
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Cathy, longevity and durability is also a concern of mine. I have had our 2008 Casita for 3 years and it is as sturdy as the day I bought it. No complaints, no issues. I sure would hate to trade it for a camper that is going to fizzle in 5 years. I have been across some bumpy roads with my Casita. It has held up fine. Stick built? I suspect would not endure as well.
I wouldn't trust a sticky even with fiberglass panels. I saw a friend with that type of construction that had on the curb side near the front blow out.
Twofootitis is curable, just keep using the 17 Casita. To me that's too big, or at least bigger than I need.
In the end it's up to you. We can all give our opinions and still you're the one that has to make the decision. There are lots of 30 to 40 year old molded fiberglass trailers out there with minimum repair required. Look at what a 10 year old stick built looks like.

Any way good luck.
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