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Old 07-23-2011, 11:14 PM   #15
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The notion of a molded fiberglass trailer intrigues me. I think I can see a number of advantages, but I'm the first to admit I'm still quite ignorant about trailers.
"We have not succeeded in answering all your problems. The answers we have found only serve to raise a whole set of new questions. In some ways we feel as confused as ever, but we believe we are confused on a higher level and about more important things."
This is from a plaque I have on my wall. I have been owned by Fiberglass for 10 years now. I am working on my "Doctorate of Trailering" at the School of Hard Knocks. Somehow, I doubt I will ever graduate. You are new; standing on the cliff, wondering if your bungee will hold as you start this thrill ride over the edge.

Look over a course catalog, and see if you can earn your credits:
Trailers 101
  • "Weight, Weight- Don't Tell Me!": Towing Capacity (fact or fiction)
  • "Parts is Parts": Frame- Body or "Shell"- Suspension- Lights- Interiors-
  • "Give me a Brake!": Why you want them
  • "I don't Need no Steenking Papers!": The importance of Legal Title
Fiberglass 102
  • "If I knew It was going to live This Long": It's all about maintenance
  • "To buy Used, or Not to Buy Used": That is the question. (see above)
  • "Raindrops Keep falling on my Head": Rivets- Butyl Tape- Window Gaskets-
  • "But It's so CUTE!": 2-Foot-itis when the bloom is off the rose.
Money Pit 103
  • "You can pay me now, or you can pay me later": Advanced New vs. Used
  • "Where have all the Dealers gone?": How and why to buy Factory Direct
  • "YOU"RE ASKING WHAT?!?": Why "NADA" guides are worth nada.
  • "That's Optional": Expectations about features may not match reality

That's most of the Lower Division classes. I have to go now, But maybe others can suggest Upper Division classes
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Old 07-23-2011, 11:32 PM   #16
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An excellent quote...
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:12 AM   #17
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Generalities contain anomalies. Some polyester eggs have vertical seams. Generally speaking, molded glass hulls have fewer places for the introduction of water, but seams, grills, windows, thru-hull fittings either don't leak, leak, or are going to.

It's not about age but it's easier to get dead-on replacement stuff from Elkhart for trailers 10yrs. old or younger.

Fiberglass theoretically provides a light body so some egg frames are made too light. If the frame is sistered with fishplates, it has buckled or cracked.

There are at least two major methods of building/attaching interior fitments/furniture. Thruhull rivets fail; a molded inner hull is not the route to the lightest wgt.

Given that the golden mean of glass trailer length is about 16-17', it may be that the real economy is in limiiting yourself to a size you can comfortably operate and maintain regardless of build method.

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Old 07-24-2011, 10:16 AM   #18
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There's three methods of building/attaching interior fitments/furniture:

1. Thru rivets/bolts/screws (Scamp/Casita, etc.)
2. molded inner hull (U-Haul, Burro, Oliver, etc.)
3. tabs that are fiberglassed to hull and fitments/furniture are attached at that point (Escape, early Bolers, mods to add, etc.)

In the end, it's all about maintenance. Differed maintenance costs a lot in the long run.
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Forgot about tabbing, Donna. Should remember; tabbed enuf bulkheads and lockers in glass cruisers.

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[I] I have to go now, But maybe others can suggest Upper Division classes
Post Graduate Studies are strictly for those willing to undertake the rigors of qualifying for the award of a PhD.
In order to be declared a Doctor of Philosophy in this Field, the applicant will spend a minimum of
The Rest of His/Her Life in contemplation and discussion of the most important philosophical question in this field, to wit:

Which came first: overheated pricing for old molded trailers, or internet fan clubs like ours here at FGRV?

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Old 07-24-2011, 02:02 PM   #21
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Pricing for molded trailers is based on capitalism... supply and demand. I'm sure I learned this in one of my undergrad classes, and we know molded trailers were made prior to most of us even knowing what the WWW was/is and long before Dan Whats-His-Name invented it.
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Donna D., you need to make some room on that pedestal you normally occupy, cause Frederick has earned a place beside you! Here I thought I was the only one attending the Fiberglass University of hard knocks. I am so relieved to learn that I am not alone!!!

This is my first trailer ever, and 18 months into ownership, I have already completed almost every single class on your course list. I can't seem to pass the final exam for Money Pit 103 and I've been forced to take that particular class over and over. This is unfortunate, as Money Pit 103 is a prerequisite for most upper division classes at Fiberglass U.

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[I]I am working on my "Doctorate of Trailering" at the School of Hard Knocks. Somehow, I doubt I will ever graduate. You are new; standing on the cliff, wondering if your bungee will hold as you start this thrill ride over the edge.

Look over a course catalog, and see if you can earn your credits:
Trailers 101
  • "Weight, Weight- Don't Tell Me!": Towing Capacity (fact or fiction)
  • "Parts is Parts": Frame- Body or "Shell"- Suspension- Lights- Interiors-
  • "Give me a Brake!": Why you want them
  • "I don't Need no Steenking Papers!": The importance of Legal Title
Fiberglass 102
  • "If I knew It was going to live This Long": It's all about maintenance
  • "To buy Used, or Not to Buy Used": That is the question. (see above)
  • "Raindrops Keep falling on my Head": Rivets- Butyl Tape- Window Gaskets-
  • "But It's so CUTE!": 2-Foot-itis when the bloom is off the rose.
Money Pit 103
  • "You can pay me now, or you can pay me later": Advanced New vs. Used
  • "Where have all the Dealers gone?": How and why to buy Factory Direct
  • "YOU"RE ASKING WHAT?!?": Why "NADA" guides are worth nada.
  • "That's Optional": Expectations about features may not match reality

That's most of the Lower Division classes. I have to go now, But maybe others can suggest Upper Division classes
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oooh please, I'm never on a pedestal. That's too lofty of a position for me. I get nose bleeds! Lots and lots of great people contribute. Yep Fredericks post is stellar!
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