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Old 05-20-2006, 06:11 PM   #1
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Does anyone know which, if any, fiberglass trailers are made with a fiberglass floor, rather than wood? I've become very, very allergic to wood rot in recent years, and it seems that all wood floors eventually go that way. I had to sell my beautiful 1961 Shasta b/c of all the wood in it (even though it had no visible leaks or damage), and am looking to join the wonderful world of fiberglass RVs! Any advice much appreciated.

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Old 05-20-2006, 07:29 PM   #2
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Howdy, my 74 Boler 13' for one, has the glass floor.......too bad it isn`t white instead of the brown color, or I could really make a neat disco floor with colored lights underneath, LOL.......Benny
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Old 05-20-2006, 09:17 PM   #3
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UHaul and Burro have a wood floor that's encased in fiberglass. I believe that Casita and Trillium are as well.

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Old 05-20-2006, 09:23 PM   #4
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Surfside's have wood with fiberglass underneath. The fiberglass part has areas or dips on the sides for the water to run into and stay away from the wood to keep it dry. I can't say the wood is encased in fiberglass.
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Old 05-20-2006, 09:44 PM   #5
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The two glass trailers I've had were very different with very different outcomes:

'72 Boler American: Floor was plain-old plywood (no glass or resin above or below). Floor had two small (by small I mean maybe 2 inches in diameter) soft spots which I just glassed over before laying tile.

'72 PlayPac: Floor was plywood encased above and below with fiberglass. Body had the above mentioned water gutters around the perimeter. Trailer had clearly leaked previously, gutters weren't vented and lacked drain holes. The result is that the gutters and glass encasing the floor had retained moisture and ENCOURAGED fungal growth (ie rot). Required a major (about 6x3 feet) section of floor to be replaced.

As such - I'm not strongly convinced that the glassed-in floors will prevent any and all future problems. The glass BODY is very leak-resistant however which serves to keep the floor dry.

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Old 05-21-2006, 01:18 AM   #6
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hello and welcome leslie,

sorry about your allergies!! i have lots too.

i was thinking about your problem and it sort of reminded me of something i saw just recently here. the original post was about how to fasten things to fiberglass without damaging it. anyway, someone posted a link to a place in florida where they manufacture plastic sheets for vertical dividers used in boats. i read all about the various things they make and it seems to me that you might be able to replace a floor made of plywood with one of these plastics.

does that sound reasonable to anyone else? the stuff comes in 4x8 sheets like plywood and various thicknesses. is it a good idea?
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Old 05-21-2006, 03:53 PM   #7
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Hi again, hope I answered your question correctly, considering the different answers....my 13' Boler floor is fiberglass only...no wood.....about the only major wood used on the trailer is a treated piece that the water tank sits on under the trailer.....and a few other small pieces imbedded in the resin and used to mount bunk hinges and other areas where they had to mount "stuff" with screws......at night the floor can be lit up from underneath with a flash light ....same as the body of the trailer would if there wasn`t any Ensolite.....nothing to rot.. ....Benny
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Old 05-21-2006, 06:13 PM   #8
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My 1979 Boler B1700 has a wood (only) floor, which is in good shape.
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Old 05-23-2006, 05:49 AM   #9
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My 1976 13' Boler has a fiberglass floor - no plywood at all. It is the model manufactered by Neonex industries, Boler division. Cheers, Alec
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Old 05-25-2006, 01:37 AM   #10
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Hi--

Does anyone know which, if any, fiberglass trailers are made with a fiberglass floor, rather than wood? I've become very, very allergic to wood rot in recent years, and it seems that all wood floors eventually go that way. I had to sell my beautiful 1961 Shasta b/c of all the wood in it (even though it had no visible leaks or damage), and am looking to join the wonderful world of fiberglass RVs! Any advice much appreciated.

Thanks,
Leslie L.

Wow! I'm floored by all the responses! What a great group! Thank you all so much. Now it's time to start shopping!

--Leslie
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Old 05-25-2006, 05:54 AM   #11
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Both of my Trillium's have had fiberglass floors as well as fiberglass bottems.
They use plywood in between to re-enforce the floor.

You can see this construction when looking into one of the underseat storage areas as they do not have the interior fiberglass,just the exterior one.

This construction gives a seamless fiberglass bottem on the outside and sort of a "bathtub" floor on the inside.

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Old 05-26-2006, 12:13 AM   #12
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Wow! I'm floored by all the responses! What a great group! Thank you all so much. Now it's time to start shopping!

--Leslie
Hi Leslie: both the Escape and the Casita are tatally enclosed fibreglass eggs. I believe they both have internal wooden floors but no wood exposed to the outside. The Escape has drain holes in designed low points to drain off any moisture from leaks, spills or excessive condensation.

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Old 05-26-2006, 02:09 PM   #13
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I don't seem to be alergic to wood rot, but the mold is a different story.

In chasing down the reason for my discomfort, one major problem area was the flooring where a previous owner had glued down vinyl floor covering. He did a good job and it looked real nice, but it trapped the moisture.

After removing the flooring, I cleaned and treated the plywod with anti-mold stuff (TSP and sodium hypochlorite). Then I just used a latex floor enamel. It will never look nice, like some of the floor treatments pictured in various places on this site, but it is the best for me.

The reason I used the latex floor enamel was because it 'breathes' slightly. An anti-mold additive can also be used in the paint.

Good luck with your problem.
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Old 05-26-2006, 02:22 PM   #14
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73 13 foot boler. Glass floor.

Pretty flexy , can use it as a diving board.
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