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Old 05-22-2015, 08:40 PM   #1
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14' "Fun Finder," FGRV or stick?

I see one for sale on Craig's list, looks lovely, but also has straight sides like a stick-built. The ad SAYS fiberglass, but I wonder if that's just a skin over sticks? It also looks to have a very sturdy upper bunk that will fold down. Outside shower, awning, 2007. $6900

Does anyone here have experience with these?

I've written asking info about weight and TV.
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Old 05-22-2015, 09:23 PM   #2
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Old 05-23-2015, 12:13 AM   #3
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I dunno why "Fiberglass" people wont differentiate between the two. But unless it has the aluminum (rippled siding), it's a LAMINATE trailer. But FG'ers call them all "stick".

"Sticks" are the wooden framed trailers with paneling on the inside and the aluminum siding on the outside.

Where they get "fiberglass" on the "SOB"s (Some other brands) is, that it is a fiberglass sheet laminated to usually an aluminum inner frame with styrofoam between the laminations. The inner wall is usually part of the laminated wall system.

The problem I have with them, is they STILL have the seams where the walls join the roof and so on. So you still have high-potential leak areas. I have a good friend that we camp with that owns a Forest River Surveyor. It too is laminated. But he let it leak through a vent on top and now, he has a SEVERE problem with "delamination"! It looks awful...and VERY expensive to repair. That's where the TRUE fiberglass rigs here rule!

Here's an article to further the stick-n-tin vs laminates debate:
The Great Debate: Laminates vs. Stick-and-Tin | RV PRO
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I dunno why "Fiberglass" people wont differentiate between the two. But unless it has the aluminum (rippled siding), it's a LAMINATE trailer. But FG'ers call them all "stick".

"Sticks" are the wooden framed trailers with paneling on the inside and the aluminum siding on the outside.

Where they get "fiberglass" on the "SOB"s (Some other brands) is, that it is a fiberglass sheet laminated to usually an aluminum inner frame with styrofoam between the laminations. The inner wall is usually part of the laminated wall system.

The problem I have with them, is they STILL have the seams where the walls join the roof and so on. So you still have high-potential leak areas. I have a good friend that we camp with that owns a Forest River Surveyor. It too is laminated. But he let it leak through a vent on top and now, he has a SEVERE problem with "delamination"! It looks awful...and VERY expensive to repair. That's where the TRUE fiberglass rigs here rule!

Here's an article to further the stick-n-tin vs laminates debate:
The Great Debate: Laminates vs. Stick-and-Tin | RV PRO
Darral, to the molded owners anything else is a stick built rig. Just a generic term overall .
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I certainly hear you about the leak issue. My Kencraft had a one-piece top, but I think it was too early to be fiberglass. It was important to check the vents and re-seal if necessary.

The one advantage I could see to these stickys, though, is that with the foam sandwiched in they are somewhat insulated.
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I think a lot of people advertising Fiberglass Trailers that stickies do so because they know that molded fiberglass trailers hold their value and trying to take advantage of the unknowing first time buyer.
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I think a lot of people advertising Fiberglass Trailers that stickies do so because they know that molded fiberglass trailers hold their value and trying to take advantage of the unknowing first time buyer.
You give the consuming public too much credit. Most are completely unaware of and totally disinterested in fibreglass molded trailers. How many slide-outs do you have?
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I certainly hear you about the leak issue. My Kencraft had a one-piece top, but I think it was too early to be fiberglass. It was important to check the vents and re-seal if necessary.

The one advantage I could see to these stickys, though, is that with the foam sandwiched in they are somewhat insulated.
After having a slew of different RV's I think you'll find that the key word you need to remember is "somewhat". The little bit of insulation sandwiched on flat panels isn't going to give you any better results that you'll notice than what's used in the different molded trailers. It's a mute point to me but seam leaks....that's a different animal.
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For a very long time SOB fiberglass trailers have been built with wooden interior frames. Some still are, some brands now have metal interior frames. All molded towables have neither. I don't get hung up thinking stickies are wooden interior framed. To me, stickies just mean framework and seams.

While the Fun Finder may be a nice trailer, you won't get the same cheering crowd here anymore than you would if you were on a Ford site wanting to discuss Chevys.
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I would check with the owner's forum: Fun Finder Owner's Club Forums and look for issues there with that unit. While all trailers have issues, when the same issue comes up again and again, it is a lemon in my book.

Make sure you understand how much weight that bunk can hold because I have seen bunks that have pulled out of the wall on many brands of trailers and the thought of it falling when someone is sleeping there

I would also check the value here: RV Prices, Values & Reviews - NADAguides Unlike the molded fiberglass, values for standard built trailers where demand is lower the price estimate will be pretty accurate, maybe even a little high depending on your area.

I had asked a question about molded fiberglass in a major RV forum, versus stick, and 90% of my input came regarding fiberglass-sided trailers. SO many people have never seen nor heard of the molded fiberglass trailers. I saw my first one in 1990 and even traveling and camping, I have probably only seen 7 or 8 over the last 25 years.
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Two years ago I considered buying a Fun Finder...a quick internet search revealed that too many had problems with fiberglass de-lamination...not a good thing...fiberglass panels can be made two ways....by a vacuum process and by a pinch-roller method....the pinch-roller process is subject to excessive problems with de-lamination...ask before you buy.

When it comes to stick built trailers the best of the best have metal frames.
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.

I enjoy reading many RV sites...this group is the most helpful on any subject ....
But beware .....NEVER talk in a negative manner about molded fiberglass trailers on this site....you will be attacked!!!....members here really love and defend their product!!!

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I enjoy reading many RV sites...this group is the most helpful on any subject ....
But beware .....NEVER talk in a negative manner about molded fiberglass trailers on this site....you will be attacked!!!....members here really love and defend their product!!!
I'm not sure attacked is the word I'd use. Maybe we'd strongly, strongly suggest a person educate themselves

I believe most members try to be helpful and in a lot of the cases it's pointing to other forums where the build type the individual wants to discuss has owners of that build type. At least I know I do. While there are some members that can speak to SOBs, most of us can't. Hence, pointing the way to other places for discussion.
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Donna D., You missed my point...folks on this website are great...always willing to share information and have excellent knowledge in many areas from travel info to RV repair issues....just a little sensitive on one subject.

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I see one for sale on Craig's list, looks lovely, but also has straight sides like a stick-built. The ad SAYS fiberglass, but I wonder if that's just a skin over sticks? It also looks to have a very sturdy upper bunk that will fold down. Outside shower, awning, 2007. $6900

Does anyone here have experience with these?

I've written asking info about weight and TV.
Others have already addressed issues related to the different construction method, so I won't go there. It's boxy, possibly wider and taller, and likely heavier, so all those things will negatively impact your towing experience. But here's something else I learned recently: conventionally-built trailers appear to designate models by cabin length, not overall length, so (I think) this may be a much bigger trailer than the 13' molded fiberglass trailers you were originally considering. A 13' Boler is 13' from tongue to bumper and has a 10' cabin. A 14' Fun Finder may be more like 17' from tongue to bumper with a 14' cabin. You might want to check on that.

I'm curious, though… did you decide to pass on the Boler? If there was a follow-up on that thread, I missed it.
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