Originally Posted by johnwgorman1
I have begun the odyssey of researching 13 foot egg trailers. I like 'em. Escape
says they don't put rivets through the shell. (Quality.... but probably drives cost up.) Other brands like scamp and ???? do use rivets. So, are rivets a negative? Yes, they don't look as clean from the outside. But do they ultimately usher in leaking problems or become starting points for cracks?
Yes fiberglassing in the fixtures does indeed result in a cost increase due to the extra labour and material needed to do it.
By not using rivets it will mean that there are far few places that a leak could develop over time - but keep in mind there are lots of 30 year old Bolers running around these parts that still have the majority of their original rivets & do not have leaking issues. Same with Scamp's and Casita's.
Replacing rivets is a DIY job that is pretty easy to learn. Regardless of whether or not your trailers main fixtures are fiberglassed in or not the reality is if you are wanting to maintain your trailer you will need to learn to rivet as there are many outside fixtures on both types of trailers that will break/fail over time I will need replacing and many/most are riveted to the trailers.
As has been suggested having to repair a fiberglassed in fixture should there be a failure is not so easy. I know if I had a fiberglass failure I would not even consider doing it myself, even though I have spent most of life around fiberglass boats and seen them repaired many times. The trailer would be heading off to the nearest boat yard or fiberglass trailer manufacture where I would pay a pro to repair it.
I own an older Scamp (24 years old) that I have had for 9 years, that I for the most part maintain & update myself. I set aside a few days each spring to do replacement/repairs on items that need fixing/replacing or due to their age should be replaced as part of preventive maintenance. I have no big complaints about the Scamp and have spent hundreds of days camping comfortable in it. I will admit though I would love an Escape
& they are multiplying like rabbits so its getting harder and harder to keep my eyes turned away with each new one that appears on camping trips. But my main reasons for wanting one have nothing to do with the rivet or no rivet issue.
If two trailers you are considering are equal in regards to your needs, I suspect one could make the decision process easy as to whether or not to go with one that has fiberglassed in fixtures vs one that has rivets by asking yourself a simple question. Do you wish to pay now (higher purchase price) or pay later (with a bit of extra DIY maintenance)?