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Old 07-22-2011, 08:58 AM   #1
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Question Advantages of fiberglass?

I'm a newbie here. I'm starting the research on upgrading my tent trailer to something a little more comfortable and complete. In stumbling around the internet I tripped over a link and found myself here.

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.

So help me out: what are the big advantages and disadvantages of molded fiberglass travel trailers?

(My apologies if this is a commonly hashed-over subject -- I did try searching the past posts but didn't find much).

Thanks for the education...
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Old 07-22-2011, 09:16 AM   #2
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It lasts. Many of the well-maintained campers here are many years old. Mine is 24 years old. Even beat-up fiberglass campers that were made into garden sheds can be redone and brought back on the road.


Plus, you make lots of fellow campers intrigued and envious of your "cute, little trailer."

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Old 07-22-2011, 10:46 AM   #3
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There's no seams around the roof to leak.
They're light weight.
Tow easy.
Hold their value.
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and CindyL should know---"Howie" is a cute little critter!!!!!
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:08 AM   #5
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Thanks, all. I've gotten a good bit of information from the "similar threads" that showed up at the bottom of my post. One thing I've taken away from LurkerDan's post is that when I'm shopping, probably the most important thing to look at is the frame.

I should watch out for fiberglass problems and leaks, but I can probably repair those myself.

Are there any other big potential issues to be aware of when I'm looking for a used model?
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Old 07-22-2011, 11:32 AM   #6
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You are talking used not new so each company has their own issues, once you find one you are interested you can ask about it here so everyone can tell you what to inspect before you buy. The members here have a wealth of experience. There is a buyers checklist in the document section on the left hand side of the page here. It might help you out too. Good luck and keep us posted on your hunt.
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and CindyL should know---"Howie" is a cute little critter!!!!!
Aw, gee, shucks. Your "Bean" is adorable too.

Bailey,

I say this to all the people shopping for used fiberglass campers. They are popular and sell fast. If you take too long making a decision, you can lose a sale. We saw our Uhaul on ebay (after someone here on the forum was asking questions about it) and 10 minutes later, bought it. Happily, it had a "Buy it Now" (It was a deal!), and we had an income tax refund with a plan for picking it up.

Good luck. Most of the time, once a fiberglasser, always a fiberglasser. Your biggest problem will be lusting after some other fiberglass camper even when you have your own. Now if only they shipped the dub-box to this country....

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Aw, gee, shucks. Your "Bean" is adorable too.

Most of the time, once a fiberglasser, always a fiberglasser. Your biggest problem will be lusting after some other fiberglass camper even when you have your own.
I second that!!
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Now if only they shipped the dub-box to this country....
Heh... The first vehicle my wife and I owned was a VW microbus. That dub-box would go over very well...
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Yeah, I know. Everybody has a VW story. Almost our first car was a '69 Autostickshift Beetle (that we still have and it still runs) followed by a bus. We now have that Beetle, a '68 VW pickup, a Eurovan (that pulls our Uhaul camper) and a new-to-us 2007 salsa red VW Beetle convertible. Happily for us, because that dub-box is expensive, it is only in Britain as far as I know, and aside for a part where a poptop can be added, you can't stand up in it. They made the mold by literally welding together two VW vans to act as the mold for the mold, so to speak, to make it realistic. It is still cool though!

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After the frame the second most important thing to look at is the FLOOR for rot! YMMV
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Smile What to check

Speaking of rot, check around the windows and other openings where the window or grill may be installed. Nothing is impossible to repair, but some things are more work than others. Only you can judge your level of skill and commitment and compare it to your pocketbook.

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Look for the Document Center on the left hand column and print out the Checklist to take with you when you go to look at a trailer.
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Are there any other big potential issues to be aware of when I'm looking for a used model?
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