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Old 03-03-2007, 05:50 AM   #15
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Frank, flooring isn't a weakness per se. Trailers that are allowed to have leaks for a period of time will have rot problems in the floor, regardless of brand. I can't begin to tell you how many Airstreams have needed frame-off restorations because their floors rotted and enclosed frames rusted. Floors encased in fiberglass are a great idea until water penetrates the fiberglass. Then the flooring swells, breaks more fiberglass, and you can't get to the rot until you cut away all the glass.

Very few fiberglass RVs experience floor problems. Well maintained ones pretty much never have floor problems. Trailers that sit around for years with window leaks do. It's just something to look for when buying used; and the older the trailer the more important it is to be thorough about looking.


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Old 03-03-2007, 06:57 AM   #16
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Roger's got that right! My 88's floor is perfect, but we've seen or heard about much newer trailers with bad floors. It's a maintenance issue!

If you're looking to buy used, don't forget to print out the Buyers Check List

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Old 03-07-2007, 07:01 PM   #17
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I believe the Scamp floors are OSB with exterior glue, not the easily destructed chipboard or particle board -- Same wood and glue as exterior plywood, just arranged differently.

To anyone who is considering any RV purchase in a new-to-them style, I highly recommend buying a used one -- If it doesn't suit you, you won't have to eat the economic depreciation -- If it does suit you and you want a new one, you will know exactly what options you want.
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Old 03-07-2007, 10:35 PM   #18
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I believe the Scamp floors are OSB with exterior glue, not the easily destructed chipboard or particle board -- Same wood and glue as exterior plywood, just arranged differently.
Yup. OSB with a layer of epoxy or some other clear polymer on the exterior/bottom surface in my Scamp, so it's pretty well protected from underneath. Top/interior is plain OSB.


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