This is why Stick Built trailers are different than all-molded towables - Fiberglass RV


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Old 01-28-2015, 08:24 PM   #1
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This is why Stick Built trailers are different than all-molded towables

A friend posted this on Facebook. Hoping someone wants to buy:
1988 Enroute 5th wheel.
42 foot. 2 bdrms. 2 pullouts $3,000.

I'm probably going to sell my 1988 16' Scamp sometime in March/April/May... MAYBE. $3,000? NADA STICK IT.
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Old 01-28-2015, 09:18 PM   #2
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Oh come on, Donna, your Scamp is only worth $3500 tops... and BTW I'm willing to buy it for that.
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Old 01-28-2015, 10:09 PM   #3
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Oh come on, Donna, your Scamp is only worth $3500 tops... and BTW I'm willing to buy it for that.
Get in line Mike. I want to apologize to folks that purchased something for thousands.... years ago... those sticky builts. If you ever think an all molded towable is trash... look at resale values for trailers that have been taken care of (MAINTENANCE). Honestly, I've followed values, most "stick built" trailers are give-aways when 10+ years old.

Preaching to the choir...
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Donna my last purchase of a a new 5th wheel was a 34' with three slides. I kept it two years and sold it for half what I had purchased it for. Never again for me.
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Old 01-29-2015, 05:49 AM   #5
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I wonder why none of the big manufacturers have produced a molded fiberglass trailer? Raz
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They cater to the people who don't care about what it costs to get the latest and greatest offerings when they come out every year or so. You know the fireplace and Sat TV, bigger microwave, house size fridge. Those people don't camp, they just take a smaller version of their house and sit inside in an RV Park.

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I wonder why none of the big manufacturers have produced a molded fiberglass trailer? Raz

I suspect it's because molded fiberglass construction is more expensive per square foot than conventional. That market measures value in features & size per dollar spent. There may also be some scalability issues with building a 40' molded fiberglass 5er.
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They cater to the people who don't care about what it costs to get the latest and greatest offerings when they come out every year or so. You know the fireplace and Sat TV, bigger microwave, house size fridge. Those people don't camp, they just take a smaller version of their house and sit inside in an RV Park.
I was one of those people at one time. Sat, flat screen, ceiling fans, etc. I finally realized the same thing. Guess I smarted up some. Lol 😳
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The sticky manufactures love that their trailer are worthless after 10 years. No used market to compete with. Since our trailers can be expected to be useful after 40 or more years, the market gets saturated and sales dry up.

When I was a kid in Ontario in 1975, it seemed that Trilliums were everywhere. My uncle had one.
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I suspect it's because molded fiberglass construction is more expensive per square foot than conventional. That market measures value in features & size per dollar spent. There may also be some scalability issues with building a 40' molded fiberglass 5er.
True statements and another factor is TIME. Prepping the mold, waiting for gelcoat to cure, waiting for resin to cure all take time. To build a sticky from frame up is really fast. While a molded fiberglass trailer takes weeks from frame up a sticky can be built in a day or two. In the 70's I covered a sales territory including Elkhart Indiana and it was common to hear of stories of stickie units built from frame up in one day. A good sticky factory can really produce units quickly.
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People who stop to look at our 32' Jayco fifth wheel would prefer to have our Scamp until my husband tells them what he will sell it for. The Jayco is still sitting in the front yard.
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Airstreams and fiberglass trailers. Worth holding onto


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I think I recall seeing a video of a trailer being built in the Jayco factory (they sped the video up to keep it short). I think they said it took all of 2 or 3 hours!
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