Suntrek Vista - Fiberglass RV


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Old 08-05-2003, 01:08 PM   #1
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Suntrek Vista

Has anybody ever seen one of these? I'm told they are out of business, but it looks pretty slick for those wanting a larger fiberglass rv. Check these links:
http://www.can-am-rv.com/vista.htm
http://www.leisuretime.ca/30-suntrek-1999.html
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Old 08-05-2003, 01:18 PM   #2
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reminds me of the Award trailers.

http://www.awardrv.com

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f2ff6c3ea848blazer-CL27_sm.jpg/>
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Old 08-05-2003, 01:51 PM   #3
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Yes, it does remind one of the Award. Awards are nice rigs. I didn't know they were still in business. The only problem I found with them is with the "cathedral" type roof, when in the shower, you only had about 5'6" of height, and, uhmmm, the price (ka-ching). I test towed a 23 footer back in the early 90's with my 6 cyl. Jeep Commanche pick-up, and I tell ya, it towed like there wasn't anything there.
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Old 08-05-2003, 05:20 PM   #4
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Award

One of the reasons the Award towed so sell is that it has much of the same features as the FG trailers everyone here has. However they also do alot of work on the frame to lighten it without weaking it. They machine lighting holes they also balance that trailer to make it track properly.

This other one looks slick as well good engineering with full moulded fg.
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Old 08-05-2003, 05:28 PM   #5
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''...........made from a single fibreglass mold''

''Seamless design made from a single fibreglass mold''

Boy, I'd like to watch 'em take that one out of that mold!:shg
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Old 08-05-2003, 08:30 PM   #6
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Who's inside?

George:
I'm wondering how they lay up the fiberglass. Is there a little guy inside the mold, and he has to stay in there until the resin cures?:o
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I'm wondering how many knots it would do underwater; it looks like a sub. :E
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Old 08-07-2003, 09:34 AM   #8
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It is my understanding that they were actual built by a boat-builder, so it is built like a boat hull.
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It is my understanding that they were actual built by a boat-builder, so it is built like a boat hull.
Ahh, that explains it.

I bet they are fudging a bit when they say "one-piece mold." I've seen boat hulls laid up in multi-part molds that have the joints filled and smoothed with plasticine to completely eliminate any seam lines. They could then have a worker enter the mold thorough the doorway and use a chopper gun that throws chopped fiberglass pre-mixed with resin at the hull-- er, walls. Another worker comes along and rolls it smooth. When you unbolt the mold and pop it free you have a single seamless box and a buncha plasticine to clean off.
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Reviving this thread...

Well this is an old one, with a new chapter! We are the new owners of the Vista originally shown in this thread. In fact, those pics were the same ones used in the ad we answered last Summer. I really didn't know much about fiberglass trailers, but I do know a bit about fiberglass sailboats, having lived aboard both a monohull (no kids) and a catamaran (with kids). In between boats right now but we also enjoy mountainbiking and trailrunning so decided to look for an inexpensive camper.

We bought this 1996 18' Vista and couldn't be happier. As you can tell, it's not a common model on this forum, nor it is a fiberglass trailer in the true sense like others on here. But the world being small like it is, I managed to get some info on the Vista trailers by of all people, my mailman!

Seems like these trailers were made right here where I live, in/around Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada. 2 half shells were glassed together, then the floor (1/2" marine plywood) was glassed in place. Anyone familiar with Canadian sailboats will know of C&C Yachts. Some of the Vista employees formerly worked building C&C's, so there was alot of fiberglass knowledge on the shop floor. Looking at the exterior, I am really impressed with how true and fair the glasswork is, better than most boats I have seen.

We are now looking into restoring the exterior (first). The trailer was obviously sat in the same spot for quite awhile, facing the sun, thus showing the effects on the gelcoat. I tried a 3-Part resto kit last Summer but it is beyond the kits capabilities, so we are now checking around local shops for someone to either paint or re-gelcoat.

Doing a little research, and one thing that will need replacing is the "rubrail" (nautical term I know) that was used to cover a good portion of the half-shell seam. Could anyone point me in the direction of this material?
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The "rub rail" insert material should be available at any RV supply store.
Good luck and enjoy.
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