Single Mom Needs Advice - Fiberglass RV

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Old 12-28-2009, 02:15 PM   #1
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I asked for some advice a while back and everybody was so helpful so here I am again. I am looking for a 13 - 16 ft travel trailer for myself and my 9 year old daughter. Will be pulling with my Nissan Xterra. Really want A/C, kitchen, full bed, bunk beds, and potty. My price range is under $10,000. I am in Memphis, TN and it is hard to find anything to look at around here. I traveled to Manchester, TN to a dealership called Scenic Roads RV which specializes in small travel trailers. They had a travel trailer by KZ called the Sportsmen Classic. I know it is not a fiberglass trailer but is anybody familiar with it? The 16 foot had A/C, a regular bed, bunks, a bathroom with a shower, and a kitchen for $8434 new. I thought that was an incredible price. So .... like I said, I know it's not fiberglass but y'all are so helpful... does this sound good for me and can I get a fiberglass rv with all those features for that price? I know I can get a new 13 ft Scamp starting at $8295. Any thoughts?
Thanks already for your advice.


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Old 12-28-2009, 02:35 PM   #2
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Seems like a good price, for a roomy smallish travel trailer. Does it look something like this one in this link:

This one is 17' it seems.

It has the alumnium sides which can last a long time, but like almost anything can come apart or do some other not happy things. But we used a Komfort lite for almost 8 or 9 years before we had any problem with the sides, then use it a little longer.

Could be what you are needing and wanting, can you tow it with what you have?

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Old 12-28-2009, 03:44 PM   #3
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R-Pod makes a nice small trailer, a bit over your limit though.
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Old 12-28-2009, 03:54 PM   #4
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That's the one I looked at. I'm not crazy about the floor plan but it sure has everything I need.
So do y'all think there is anything else with all those features for that price?
Thanks, thanks, thanks for the advice.

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Old 12-28-2009, 04:25 PM   #5
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If you buy a Scamp or other fiberglass rv , 10 years later you can sell your rv near the same price if you take care
With fiberglass rv you have a minimum risk of leak
And with the aerodynamic form it is easy to tow it

It is not my fault , il like fiberglass

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Old 12-28-2009, 04:48 PM   #6
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I find that the fiberglass rv holds up better when traveling over rough roads, which is where we travel. We like to explore off the hiway attractions.
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Old 12-28-2009, 05:49 PM   #7
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So the fiberglass rv's hold their value better and hold up longer?
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Old 12-28-2009, 06:03 PM   #8
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Hi: joy mccalla... We bought a '77 Boler for more than it sold for new and after using it for 2 yrs and refurbishing it through out sold it for twice what we paid...and it has been sold again. Can't do that with a stickie trailer!!!
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Old 12-28-2009, 06:09 PM   #9
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I dont know enough to comment on stick built trailer resale value. But Have been impressed watching the the resale value of fiberglass over the years. The reputation for durability is a big selling point I think. If you bought a 16 foot scamp. They regularly sell for 8 to 10 grand here fast and I do mean fast.
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Old 12-28-2009, 07:49 PM   #10
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Joy, I have been in the model your looking at, and though it was a nice trailer I felt it was a little cheesey, Flimsy, and in my opinion not as sturdy as most Glass I have been in. That is not to say it won't be a great fit for you, I question the weight of it though and am pretty sure that "their" dry weight is before all appliance's as well as air etc. I understand your dilemma about not finding glass in your area as often as other areas have them come up for sale and wish you could actually see the perfect glass model so that you could form an opinion. Sorry I can't remember how old your child/kids are? There are several models that will accomodate kids, but agree a bathroom is a very nice feature! Other than that, I can only say from experience stickie's don't hold their value like glass. I have owned several, and though I have only owned 2 Casitas, one for only a few short weeks but I am a regular on the referral forum and many times I see older glass trailers going for as much or more than the originally sold for off the showroom floor. So yes, glass does hold it's value stronger and longer. Best of Luck!
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Old 12-28-2009, 07:55 PM   #11
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If anybody sees anything for sale that would be good for me, please give me a heads up.

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Old 12-28-2009, 07:55 PM   #12
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FYI, most glass options will not be as open as the stickie your looking at. Most glass feels more cocoon-ish so if your hooked on the open feel of the Sportsmen Classic you may not like the feel of most glass options.

Granted you won't find a "new" Glass trailer for the same price as the Sportsman Classic but one thing I often tell people is, you sure don't find 40 year old Stickies still on the road as much as you find 40 year old glass.
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Old 12-28-2009, 07:56 PM   #13
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We've been camping since 1974 and I've had many RV's. Believe me, you can't beat a fiberglass Rv for long term durability and functionality. Also, it is an investment as it will appreciate as the years go by. I'm sure if you take your time, you can find a nice 16/17 foot used fiberglass trailer with everything you want for below $10k
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Old 12-28-2009, 08:52 PM   #14
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Joy, I'm assuming you are looking at the for sale section on these forums to see if something you might be interested in, when you see one that interests you, you don't have much time to sleep on it cuz when you wake up in the morning it will be gone.

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