Would you ever go to a "Stick Built Camper" - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-11-2018, 08:44 AM   #1
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Would you ever go to a "Stick Built Camper"

After owing a Casita the "stick built campers" no longer appeal to me, just that type of construction turns me off. For what I've seen the "Egg type campers" are truly a work of art and construction. Yes we pay more for fiberglass, but the cost is so little for what you get and the only main outside upkeep is lightly buff and wax once a year and your trailer will have to look of new for a long time. That's one good days work once a year for a lifetime of looks and value. I think the saying, "You pay for what you get" still applies today and campers are included in this saying.

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Old 06-11-2018, 08:56 AM   #2
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I am considering going to a "stick built". Have a Casita 17' SD. I think it is too small, not comfortable. Wife likes it ok.

Stick builts are ok, just have to do a bit more maintenance. Friends have them.

Trying to get wife to ok purchase of an Airstream.
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Old 06-11-2018, 09:01 AM   #3
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I'll never say never, but at this point I cannot imagine a possible future scenario that includes a conventionally-constructed RV.
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No and I also avoid mean dogs, distracted drivers, and tornadoes!
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If you want a bigger floor plan but not a stick built take a look at Escape, Oliver and Bigfoot. Bigfoot to me seems like their floors plans on the 25' more closely resemble a stick built floor plan but with all the benefits of an egg camper. If I were to get something besides ours I would seriously look at the Bigfoots.
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Old 06-11-2018, 09:16 AM   #6
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Sure. Let's say the Dr. tells me I have six months to live, and I want to enjoy it. Who wants to wait while it is built? Who cares about resale? I suppose I'd finance it too.

My Dr. did tell me, "I have bad news, and worse news."
I said, "Really, what's the bad news?"
Dr: "The bad news is you only have one day to live."
I said, "What could be worse?"
Dr: "I meant to tell you yesterday"

Ok, seriously, there are circumstances that warrant a more disposable trailer. Or maybe you don't want to wait 8 months for delivery.

There are some brands that are built better. Maybe not from Elkhart. There are also some interesting designs: larger T@bs, Little Guys, perhaps.
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Old 06-11-2018, 09:34 AM   #7
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We did and we're cack. We upgraded from the Casita to a class A because of the crawl-over issue and because my wife wanted to snowbird. After 4 years, I bought the Campster and we decided that we would rather camo than resort, so eee sold the motor home.
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If you want a bigger floor plan but not a stick built take a look at Escape, Oliver and Bigfoot. Bigfoot to me seems like their floors plans on the 25' more closely resemble a stick built floor plan but with all the benefits of an egg camper. If I were to get something besides ours I would seriously look at the Bigfoots.
Been to Oliver factory, to theEscape factory and inspected Big Foot products. Of these only Big Foot is a possibility, but don't really like the floor plan and don't like the history of the Big Foot, don't trust them. And I don't really like SOBs (Stick Built = SOB = Square Old Box or Some Other Brand) so that leaves Airstream.

I really like the Airstream 25FB Twin and the 28' floorpans. No slides is a big plus, but don't like the wide body and the quality is not as good as you would think.

Bought my Casita new, had 2 issues: TV mount was bolted on backwards (took me months to realize this), clamps holding the sink basin in were loose and a door latch was somewhat messed up. That's it. Can't ask for better than that, and don't expect this high level of quality in an Airstream, if we do ever get one.
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Old 06-11-2018, 09:50 AM   #9
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Old 06-11-2018, 09:59 AM   #10
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An Airstream hardly qualifies as a "stick built" camper.
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Old 06-11-2018, 10:19 AM   #11
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stick built for me? no way! i researched rvs for years, learned how poorly stick builts are assembled, how much they depreciate once you drive them away from the dealership, the leaks encountered by owners. they certainly won't last the 30 yrs that fiberglass trailers do. wouldn't take one if it was given to me free. i've chatted with airstream owners who report the quality of theirs has decreased as well, sure not what they used to be.
if my casita ever doesn't work for me anymore (& i sure don't see that happening, been full timing since 2014 & love this trailer), i would chose another casita length/floor plan or consider other fiberglass trailers, escape, bigfoot, oliver, scamp etc.
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Airstream is not molded fiberglass, therefore is SOB: Some Other Brand.

However, it does have an aluminum framework over which a metal skin is attached to...not much different than other trailer fabrications/methods, so to me it is a stick built. But for sure it is not square. And it is expensive.
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Old 06-11-2018, 10:53 AM   #14
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"Stick-built" and "stickie" are somewhat ambiguous terms. Originally they meant aluminum-skin-over-wood-frame construction, but on this site they have become a catch-all for anything that is not molded fiberglass.

There are many non-molded build types, some better than others. Even among "stickies" in the narrow sense, some are better than others. Taylor Coach comes to mind.

I value simplicity in a camper- simplicity of construction, operation, and maintenance. Most RV's- including some molded units- turn me off because they have so many mechanical systems to operate, maintain, and eventually repair (on top of stick-built seams to leak and framework to rot). Scamp has given me abundant simplicity inside a low-maintenance molded shell, with stand-up headroom and a place to sleep, lounge, and eat when the weather is bad. It's not perfect, but it's the best- for me, anyway- of any build type.

If a day comes when I no longer want to tow but still want to travel and camp, I could see myself in a very simple van camper. That's not a stick-built, either, except in the broadest catch-all sense.
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