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Old 05-23-2015, 09:36 AM   #15
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Quote: "I have owned several of the "stick-built" travel trailers and with proper care they do not leak...I never had a single leak in any of my trailers."


The operative phrase there is "with proper care". History will show us that most RV's sit, unprotected for 90% of their life, without any sort of pro-active care. More often than not, resealing repairs only take place after a pool of water or a wet ceiling appears, and then only the leak is fixed, not any hidden damage.
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Old 05-23-2015, 11:37 AM   #16
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Without proper care, you will have leaks in a molded fiberglass trailer too, maybe less places and mostly limited to around vents, doors and windows when not maintained but nothing is maintenance free is you want it too last. Yes, more places for water intrusion in a stick trailer. Gee, I though initially that it would be great to never have to worry about leaks but then I remembered anything with a seal or sealing material not maintained will leak eventually.

Owner's manuals usually address what needs to be done to maintain your trailer and many of these manuals are now on line and even include video presentations.

We got our first camper in 1985 and are on #8. Full-timed twice for 2 years at a time.
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Old 05-23-2015, 11:54 AM   #17
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Funny story: Several years ago we saw our first "Fun Finder". Unfortunately, the lettering was a little hard to read and the first thing my wife & I both thought it said was "Fun Ender".
I think the font has changed slightly to eliminate that mistake.
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Old 05-23-2015, 12:12 PM   #18
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Without proper care, you will have leaks in a molded fiberglass trailer too, maybe less places and mostly limited to around vents, doors and windows when not maintained but nothing is maintenance free is you want it too last. Yes, more places for water intrusion in a stick trailer. Gee, I though initially that it would be great to never have to worry about leaks but then I remembered anything with a seal or sealing material not maintained will leak eventually.
True... fewer places to leak, but also fewer things to be damaged if leaks do occur. Biggest is no wood frame underneath the skin to rot, and in many cases, no wood paneling or cabinetry, either. Quite a few have a wood floor, of course. Data would probably be very difficult to obtain, but I would hazard a guess that, of all trailers sold between 1970 and 1990, a much higher percentage of molded fiberglass trailers are still in use than conventionally-built trailers. I think the latter reach the point of no return more quickly, especially larger ones. Canned ham fans seem willing to resuscitate the smaller ones, even if they require a frame-up rebuilding, but I don't see that happening with larger ones, except a few collectible makes.
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Old 05-23-2015, 12:20 PM   #19
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Two points on leaks....
While both can have an issue with window and roof leak possibilities:


1. A typical 17' sticky will have over 60' of edge molding where sides meet the top and front and rear panels, and from 16' to 48' of strip molding on the roof. These are the most common point for leaks to start in these trailers.
Total footage in a molded fiberglass: a very few (Compact Jr, U-Haul etc) have a top seam with about 20' of molding and, while most have a belly band, it is seldom mentioned as a primary leak point.


2. The Biggie: When a leak starts in a sticky it can and will often lead to significant structural damage that is beyond economical/practical repair.
When a leak occurs in a molded fiberglass trailer, about the most damage that can be done is cosmetic and the unit can be rescued.
Of course I am excluding floor damage from leaks because that is about equal on both once water gets in.


On a perfect world, where owners took care of their RV's, did not leave them out in the rain, snow and ice every winter and did all of the required preventive maintenance, stickys can enjoy a long life. Unfortunately that often is not typical of owner care in either case.


So, one might also say that molded fiberglass construction survives neglect much better than sticky's.
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Old 05-23-2015, 12:31 PM   #20
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Don't get me wrong, I'm not here to diss fiberglass! I haven't decided against the Boler, but that is a lot of cash for something that might have hidden frame issues, and still needs *some* significant work inside. Then there's the bar fridge, uncertainty about the battery... etc. I would LOVE to buy this and invest a lot of cash (if I had it) into making it the sweetest thing you've ever seen like many of you have done here, but am not confident I have the energy to make that happen.

I admit to being potentially seduced by the most base of naive RV shopper influences... new and pretty and ready to go.

Trust me, I'm still looking EVERYWHERE for fiberglass, up to two states away. This when I'm not sure I can hook the hubby in. But at least yesterday when I mentioned towing with the Volvo, he reiterated his successful towing of a Santana 20 (sailboat) with an auto transmission with the tranny cooler. This would be up and down steep boat rams also.

That was the FIRST positive remark I've had from him on this topic.

I also spoke to our independent Volvo mechanic (an absolute Volvo *geek* whom we trust implicitly), asking if he knew of other customers who towed with models like ours. He said he DID, they towed successfully, and he even tows a tent trailer (most of these seem heavier the FGRV) loaded with everything he can cram in there, he has the same transmission we do, and he says he doesn't even feel it back there when he drives.

I had been thinking the Aerostar would have to be the tow vehicle, but I'm learning now that is not the case. The tow rating on the Volvo (if the report is to be believed) is around 3400 lbs. We wouldn't go that high -- I'd like to drive through the mountains without worry, but it does expand our choices a BIT!

Thanks for everyone's input. I'm here because I want to learn, not upset anyone!
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The pain of a higher price is soon forgotten
The bitter taste of poor quality last forever.


Or something like that!!!!!
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Or something like that!!!!!
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Old 05-23-2015, 04:16 PM   #23
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Had a Fun Finder

Enjoyed it but... It was too tall and too wide for me to be totally comfortable towing it. It had a VINYL roof! Cloth like vinyl like you would cover chair cushions with. I spent a lot of money cleaning and protecting that roof. And it leaked. Inside rotted. Never again!

Sold it and I have a Casita on order.

P.S. Bring a ladder and check out the roof.
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Well, it does say this on the home page...
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