Which is best? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-09-2008, 08:19 PM   #1
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It's my understanding that the RVCG rated the Casita the best of the molded fibreglas towables.
Is that true? They rate the LD Class C as the best, and following their forums, I found that to be true.
I was not aware that the molded fibreglas was so well thought of.
Would your readers be good enough to tell me their opinions of which model is what they think better than any other and why.
Thank you for your comments. FrancesM

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Old 06-09-2008, 08:26 PM   #2
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Frances, what are RVCG and LD Class C?

What criteria did they list for comparison? Can you show some links?

The brutal truth is that the only thing that the manufacturers can claim as their own are the frames, shells, and decorating motifs. The rest is all off-the-shelf stuff that they all use... e.g. refrigerators either come from Dometic or Norcold. Axels are most likely either Dexter or Al-Ko. The A/C units are most likely either Dometic or Coleman. Atwood makes most of the stoves and water heaters. Those items are all warranted by the manufacturers.

So, "best" is determined by which unit has a length, floorplan, and features you like at a price you're willing to pay. Most of the manufacturers have good warranties, and good after-sale service and produce a quality product. You can't go wrong in the fiberglass world buying from any of the manufacturers. Each one does things a little differently, but there isn't a "best" one, from my perspective.

Oh, by the way, my Born Free 23RK is the "best" Class C moho, and my Bigfoot 25RQ is the "best" trailer.

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Old 06-09-2008, 08:34 PM   #3
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NO NO Roger. My Escape is the best.
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NO NO Roger. My Escape is the best.
No, Ches, I think you're wrong. I think we should ask Mike Sanders which is the best trailer.

Mike? Would you please weigh in here?


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And all of you are all wet, the best trailer is the one I have... because it's MINE!
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Old 06-09-2008, 08:43 PM   #6
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Donna, your so right! Even my old Casita is the best right now................... Cause I got one . But if I bought new (which still may happen) it would most likely be an Oliver.. Robin
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It's my understanding that the RVCG rated the Casita the best of the molded fibreglas towables.
Is that true? They rate the LD Class C as the best, and following their forums, I found that to be true.
I was not aware that the molded fibreglas was so well thought of.
Would your readers be good enough to tell me their opinions of which model is what they think better than any other and why.
Thank you for your comments. FrancesM
Hi: Frances... I think that Escape Trailer Ind. in Chilliwack B.C. Canada makes the BEST Fiberglass 5th. wheel and 17' straight trailer...but then I'm a bit biased and you may not want to travel that far to buy a trailer, as most Mfg's sell from the factory floor. It's all about the quality of their product... how it fits together and the overall finish tells a lot about a Mfg. If you can pay a visit to a rally if there is one close by and talk/look and listen then you can make an informed decision!!!
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Roger keep Mike out of this.
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No, Ches, I think you're wrong. I think we should ask Mike Sanders which is the best trailer.
Mike? Would you please weigh in here?
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Rog you dog, you know I have a 25B25RQ. You’re just trying to stack the deck.

If money was no object I would get a “Totor” & 5th Wheel like this...

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and an electric “Toad” and pull doubles.

All kidding aside, there are several great trailers being made. Budget, size/capacity of tow vehicle, and floor plan functionality are the best way to pick. Go to a couple of Rallies and look inside each Brand.

There are riveted fiberglass trailers and non-riveted. Weight, and tow-ability are on my personal radar.

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Rog you dog, you know I have a 25B25RQ. You’re just trying to stack the deck.

Mike! Me? Try to stack the deck? Why, I'm appalled!

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Frances, what are RVCG and LD Class C?

What criteria did they list for comparison? Can you show some links?

The brutal truth is that the only thing that the manufacturers can claim as their own are the frames, shells, and decorating motifs. The rest is all off-the-shelf stuff that they all use... e.g. refrigerators either come from Dometic or Norcold. Axels are most likely either Dexter or Al-Ko. The A/C units are most likely either Dometic or Coleman. Atwood makes most of the stoves and water heaters. Those items are all warranted by the manufacturers.

So, "best" is determined by which unit has a length, floorplan, and features you like at a price you're willing to pay. Most of the manufacturers have good warranties, and good after-sale service and produce a quality product. You can't go wrong in the fiberglass world buying from any of the manufacturers. Each one does things a little differently, but there isn't a "best" one, from my perspective.

Oh, by the way, my Born Free 23RK is the "best" Class C moho, and my Bigfoot 25RQ is the "best" trailer.
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Roger, in answer to your question: The LD is the Lazy Daze. LD and Born Free, as I understand it, are the best rated C's by the RV Consumer's Group. I am not clear on this, but I understood that the Casita was one of the best rated small fibreglas towables by the RV Consumer's Group. I don't know that. I need someone to verify that, please.

I just sold my Winnebago Warrior RV, which gave me 14 wonderful years of fun and pleasure and comfort. I figured after 14 years the unit is going to be in need of more upkeep than I wanted to do, so thought I'd range around looking for a light towable now, about 16-17' max. I'm in no hurry. I have the cash to buy and would like to get the latest most leak-proof unit I can find. Of course, at the best price. I don't know why leaks follow me around in my life, house roofs, RV's, and so on, but surely there is something out there that doesn't leak. -smile- .
Since I don't need anything bigger than what I had and towables allow one to unhitch and use the tow-vehicle to go wherever you always wanted to go, what is the smallest tow vehicle that would be appropriate to haul one of these lightweight fibreglas units. I have no experience or knowledge of these units, so whatever you pass along to me will help educate me on them. Thanks a heap! FrancesM
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To tow a 17ft Fiberglass unit i would recommend a vehicle which has a tow rating of at least 3500lbs. Escape, Casita, Scamp are just a few. There are many out there to choose from.
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Alf: Noting where you live, Canada... has it stopped snowing there yet? I used to live in Oswego, NY and the year I was there we received 120" of snow during the winter season. Came up to 3" from the clothesline. Now I'm down in God's country: East TN and unfortunately, it was 100 degrees yesterday afternoon. Now, that's HOT. I'm not a heat lover, but I sure do like East TN. Wish we could mix up the temperatures in Canada and ETn and get a nice even 65-70 deg all summer long.

No, Canada would be too far for me and my 4-footed companion to travel. It's beautiful country. Once I find out what kind of vehicle I need to pull a fibreglas 16-17' unit I can think seriously of putting the two together. I was thinking 'bigger', but after reading the RV Consumer Group's study and pictures of a wrecked Monaco, and their good comments on this Casita (off their web page) by browsing I came across this site and liked what I see and read. Please keep the advice comin. FrancesM



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Hi: Frances... I think that Escape Trailer Ind. in Chilliwack B.C. Canada makes the BEST Fiberglass 5th. wheel and 17' straight trailer...but then I'm a bit biased and you may not want to travel that far to buy a trailer, as most Mfg's sell from the factory floor. It's all about the quality of their product... how it fits together and the overall finish tells a lot about a Mfg. If you can pay a visit to a rally if there is one close by and talk/look and listen then you can make an informed decision!!!
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Impossible to answer, because your needs and mine are different.

I know there are more Casitas out there than anything else.. at least, go to any rally and you will easily see 3 to 1 against other brands. Does that make them the best? The only thing that makes themfor sure, is most common. You can go from there.

Does that make them the best? They are the best for the folks that have purchased them, for sure.

I have no problem with Casitas, they are great rigs in quality and function. But they don't suit *my* needs. For *me*, I am not fond of the floor plan, and that is the first bit of *wow* one sees in any of these.

The rest is comparable to all the others in amenities and quality of stuff they put into them. Just like Rog has said.

I currently think my Burro is best *for me*. My needs may change in the future.. and it will be 2nd best at that time.

It's all relative.
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