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Old 05-15-2018, 07:33 AM   #1
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What fiberglass trailers are still in business today

I would like a list of the fiberglass RV trailers that are still being manufactured today, the ones you can visit the manufacture and buy/order one, ones in the 17' to 23' range. Not interested in Teardrops, Tent Trailer, just mainly the Egg style trailers.

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Old 05-15-2018, 07:45 AM   #2
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Currently in business, 17' to 23', built-to-order, factory direct sales:
Scamp*, Casita, Escape, Oliver, and Lil Snoozy.
*Scamp's only model in your size range is their modified fifth wheel.

Bigfoot sells through dealers and doesn't build to order. Same for Nest and Parkliner, which are also a little under 17'.
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:32 AM   #3
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Happier Camper too.
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:48 AM   #4
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On the fringe, but in business:
Lightweight Trailers - Compact Travel Campers - Weiscraft Trailers

Another is Pelsue, who will make you a custom trailer. Their focus is cable splicing trailers.

I also hear about Trilliums, and maybe Armadillos. Do your homework, possibly sketchy.

PS, I don't believe Weiscrafts or Pelsues meet the 17' minimum. Thanks for pointing that out, below. It appears the HC1 is 13' overall, with a 10' shell.
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:53 AM   #5
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OP asked about trailers in 17' to 23' range.

Several of these suggestions do not qualify.
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Old 05-15-2018, 10:42 AM   #6
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I saw this yesterday on YouTube. Not sure if they renamed the Boler company or this is just a new model. Its called the Armadillo.
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:03 AM   #7
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Yes, there are a number of companies making smaller units. Relic is another. But not many making units in the 17'-23' range specified in the original post, and even fewer selling factory direct, built to order.
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:22 AM   #8
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Scamp*, Casita, Escape, Oliver, and Lil Snoozy.
*Scamp's only model in your size range is their modified fifth wheel.

Bigfoot sells through dealers and doesn't do custom builds. Same for Nest and Parkliner, which are also a little under 17'.
Actually, Escape is the only one with custom builds as well as over a dozen options available for each unit. I do not believe that Casita, Scamp will change their basic layout like Escape will. Escape will also install customer provided items, not sure about any other manufacturer that will do this.
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Old 05-15-2018, 11:28 AM   #9
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OP asked about trailers in 17' to 23' range.

Several of these suggestions do not qualify.
True... however...
If OP is willing to live in a 17 footer, then a 16 footer should also be considered. Very little difference and many more options. And my "16 foot" Scamp is actually 6 1/2 feet. So if you round up its a 17 footer.
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Old 05-15-2018, 12:11 PM   #10
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Actually, Escape is the only one with custom builds as well as over a dozen options available for each unit. I do not believe that Casita, Scamp will change their basic layout like Escape will. Escape will also install customer provided items, not sure about any other manufacturer that will do this.
That's perhaps a bit misleading. None are full custom builds, but all are built to order. I changed my post to make that clear.

Regarding layouts, other than the 17A & B, Escape only offers one basic layout for each model. They will swap a permanent bed for a convertible dinette, but they won't change the basic location of galley, bath, and major appliances.

On the other hand, Scamp offers 7 different layout options on the 16' model. Casita offers 3 different layouts on the 16' and 4 on the 17'. Some of the layout variations allow for different placement of galley, beds, dinette, and/or bath. Due to the fiberglass interior, they're not so much customizable as modular. I have seen a few off-the-menu layout variations on Scamp deluxe models.

You're right, though, Escape does allow a greater degree of customization in terms of finish materials and equipment upgrades, and it has a longer options list. Scamp is very accommodating of delete requests, allowing for easier customization after purchase, but not so much for adds and substitutions. Casita is least flexible when it comes to that kind of customization.

All are built to order, where you choose the layout and options, which is what I understood the OP to mean, in contrast to trailers sold through dealers, where you get whatever layouts and options happens to be available on the lot.
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Old 05-15-2018, 12:20 PM   #11
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Armadillo Trailer: looks like a very quality build. Years ago I bought my 17' Bigfoot that is still in good working order today. The salesman wanted to sell me a 24' Terry instead for less money. Glad I didn't bite. Sometimes a well built fibreglass trailer is a better deal than a bigger metal trailer. Worked for my family for 25 years.
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Old 05-15-2018, 12:33 PM   #12
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True... however...
If OP is willing to live in a 17 footer, then a 16 footer should also be considered. Very little difference and many more options. And my "16 foot" Scamp is actually 6 1/2 feet. So if you round up its a 17 footer.
Not a true statement, when it comes to Casitas anyway. I have a 17' Casita, and I can tell you that there's no way I'd have one of the 13' or 16' models because they indeed differ greatly, not just in their lengths, but more importantly, the 13's, (which are no longer in production, but there are a lot of them still out there,) and the 16's don't have adequate head room. My 17 footer allows me to stand up straight, and I'm 6'2". I would have to walk around like Quasimodo in the 13's or 16's which only give you about 5'10" of headroom. Mine is also a bit wider.
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A 17' Casita and 16' Scamp have approximately the same interior headroom, about 73-74". A 16' Casita is several inches less. All are 80" wide (exterior).

The biggest difference is the main bed width, at 45" in the Scamp 16* and Casita 16 versus 54" in the Casita 17. That alone accounts for much of the popularity of the Casita 17.
*standard models, deluxe (wood interior) is 54"
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A 17' Casita and 16' Scamp have approximately the same interior headroom, about 73-74". A 16' Casita is several inches less. All are 80" wide (exterior).

The biggest difference is the main bed width, at 45" in the Scamp 16* and Casita 16 versus 54" in the Casita 17. That alone accounts for much of the popularity of the Casita 17.
*standard models, deluxe (wood interior) is 54"
Well, to me anyway, it's all about the bed. You spend a third of your life sleeping. Maybe not much difference in width side to side of the trailer shell itself between the 16's and 17's, but a big difference in how much room two people have to sleep in side by side. We have a real full time bed with a 9" tall pillow top full size mattress, No silly egg crate "waffle rubber" crappy pads to sleep on, and sweat on, all night. Nor sleeping on the absolutely intolerable stock seat cushions to try to sleep on. (I say try, because I have never been able to sleep on those worthless egg crate pads, nor the factory cushions.) YMMV
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