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Old 07-02-2007, 10:07 PM   #1
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I am an Arizona Site Steward registered and responsible archaeologist for policing Anasazi Pueblos in the Arizona Strip
Before buying a Casita I had an Aliner.
Trecking out into the boondocks in my terrain was nature's hammer... hundreds of miles of hard washboard roads.
The Aliner was coming apart and every one of my compatriot's trailers were disintegrating too.
The fiberglass monocoque shell of these kinds of campers are *extremely* rugged.
Solve the problem of rivet busting and you have solved all of the structural problems with eggs.

Simply put, I am the envy of all archeologists in the Arizona Strip

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Old 07-02-2007, 10:33 PM   #2
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Well welcome to this forum and i am glad your FG trailer is working well for you.
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Old 07-02-2007, 10:35 PM   #3
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Old 07-03-2007, 04:39 PM   #4
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Old 07-03-2007, 06:31 PM   #5
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And Trillium,Fiberstream and......
I need to see more of these brands! Scamp and Casita have riveted-in upper cabinets... something I am not happy about.
Which *new* fiberglass eggs do not use rivets?

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Old 07-03-2007, 06:58 PM   #6
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The Escape is similar in size and features to the 17' Casita, including the full molded fiberglass under belly, but the #1 feature that both Trillium and Escape have is that all interior fittings are fastened from inside the trailer, whether it is to a rib molded into the fiberglass or whatever. No holes through the body except for things like awning fastners etc.
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Old 07-03-2007, 07:45 PM   #7
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The Escape is similar in size and features to the 17' Casita, including the full molded fiberglass under belly, but the #1 feature that both Trillium and Escape have is that all interior fittings are fastened from inside the trailer, whether it is to a rib molded into the fiberglass or whatever. No holes through the body except for things like awning fastners etc.
... and even the awnings have well-planned mounting points. Have a look at the topic [b]Escape Trailer, Anybody Have One?, starting around post #23 for some details of the Escape 17. To me, the Escape design is clearly derived from the Trillium, rather than the Boler; Scamp and Casita are Boler descendants (Boler is long gone).
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Old 07-04-2007, 08:39 AM   #8
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To me, the Escape design is clearly derived from the Trillium, rather than the Boler; Scamp and Casita are Boler descendants (Boler is long gone).
And I was thinking BigFoot, because of the quality... which is soooo much better than the regular "eggs."
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Old 07-04-2007, 09:16 AM   #9
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Solve the problem of rivet busting and you have solved all of the structural problems with eggs.
U-Haul and Burro - no rivets, and the double hulls mean that cupboards, cabinets, etc., are molded into the egg providing structural strength. With all the rivet and bellyband problems common to "new" eggs, I wonder why this robust design isn't followed today.
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My wife and I chose fiberglass for much the same reason. We knew we were going to do most of our camping in places where there were no hookups and the roads could be rough. We enjoy getting back as far into the forests as we can. Also, after our scary run-in with a huge black bear, we didn't want to be in a tent anymore. So fiberglass it was!
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U-Haul and Burro - no rivets, and the double hulls mean that cupboards, cabinets, etc., are molded into the egg providing structural strength. With all the rivet and bellyband problems common to "new" eggs, I wonder why this robust design isn't followed today.
I'm thinking $$$. U-haul was building for the rental market, so the trailers need to be extremely sturdy. And of course Burro is out of business. When building a trailer using this method, the manufacturer is actually building two trailers...an inner and an outer. That's at least four molds for one trailer. Not cost effective for the price manufacturers are charging. They'd need to nearly double the price and with the flood of other types of trailers and cheaper prices they'd price themselves right out of business.
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Fiber Stream's rigid screws into it's wood framed interior has it's own unique ways of failing.
Or, at least mine has, making me contemplate a complete frame-off reconstruction.
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You know, if anyone is concerned about rivets failing, it doesn't take much effort to DOUBLE the number of original rivets to put half the load on each of them. Rivets through fiberglass are easy to seal if you take your time.

Try doing that on a 'stick built' trailer...
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Old 07-04-2007, 07:17 PM   #14
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If I'm not mistaken, I think Joe is just gluing the cabinets in place on the new trilliums.. I didn't take a long close look but that's what I remembered thinking...

I know they do this on boats and it seems to hold up well.. I wonder what they use and whether you can do it after the fact...
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