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Old 11-28-2012, 12:51 PM   #29
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As I understand it, Snoozy was supposed to be using light RTM (which provides a finished interior surface), this differs from RTM in that the inner mold is lighter or flexible. Often too, vacuum is used rather than a pump to infuse the resin throughout the fiberglass in the mold (VARTM). But, the Snoozy interior seems somewhat unfinished - leading me to believe that they are using a bagged vacuum infusion method at least for now. Thousands of boats are built this way every year.
Thanks, GP...

I live in boatbuilding country, and this sounds like a method that's also popular among do-it-yourself boatbuilders around here.
I remember a fellow nicknamed "Fiberglass George" down at the boatyard that always said that he went out of business 'cause he taught so many people how to do the "vacuum infusion" thing with a shop vac that nobody wanted to pay him to build them a dinghy any more! ...

His vacuum setup looked something like this one:



And the basic layup something like this:




Not real high-tech, but it gets the job done. I've heard that it takes a while to set up etc. but folks seem to like it at least partly for its economy as far as efficient use of resin is concerned, which I s'pose might help in the weight-saving department, too...though it seems to me that weight-reduction would also depend on the type of fiber/resin used.

Anyway- thanks again for the info!

Francesca
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:12 PM   #30
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Mike,
Did you get it fixed at your home for the Holidays?
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:11 PM   #31
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LilSnoozy update : Ken, I must be direct and fair. The answer is NO and I now have a rain water leak but it is NOT due to the original problem. Mr. Alan Smoak is very willing to fix all of our concerns and will pay for our expenses to bring the LilSnoozy back to the factory. We will be on our way next week. Thanks, Mike and Rosalie
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:25 PM   #32
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Bummer, but hopefully it will all be fixed by next week then. I hope the weather cooperates for your drive. You don't want to be dealing with snow and ice while towing. Have a safe trip
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:56 PM   #33
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My wife and I are looking to purchase a Lil Snoozy in the near future.
Structural integrity is of utmost concern. But manufacture integrity
is just as big a concern as structure integrity does depend on the integrity
of the manufacturer and/or dealerships. I've made my mind up shortly
after Smoakin' Concepts came out with the Snoozy, but I still read up on
every one else's experience. Some are very disappointing with their product
outcome and treatment by some dealerships.

So far, my vote is for the Lil Snoozy................and I expect the product and
service to only get better over the years to come.
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:18 PM   #34
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I've been happy with mine and the support from the factory. It's the only RV I've ever had so I really don't have an accurate comparison from others.

I believe all these folks are small businesses with good intentions and decent products. With that said, from my background in the auto industry, they have a long way to go to achieve Toyota level quality. Maybe more experienced fiberglass RVers can chime in here.

I sort of viewed my trailer as somewhat of a blank canvas that I could build on and it has met my expectations. We're I to do this again I'd buy another Snoozy.
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:36 AM   #35
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I like the blank canvas option plus all the other (+) or (-) options they offer.
I have a Toyota pickup so I understand the quality aspect. I've seen Bama's
Snoozy in Van Buren, AR. so I at least have seen one. I want the most with
the minimum area and especially the least upkeep cost. This one seems to
fit my expectations. I like the teardrops out there if I were 30 years younger
and it was just me and the wife, but we've adopted a special needs daughter
21 years ago so need a bigger unit. The Snoozy allows for 3 effortlessly, plus
the full time bed does it for me. And the same price as a top teardrop, what's
not to like? lol.

I've been following your blog, Denny; it's a joy to follow your travels.
Hopefully, I'll be making one of my own in the near future.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:52 PM   #36
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We have been exceptionally pleased with our Lil Snoozy. I'm not saying it has been perfect, but almost, and far fewer issues than some of the problems owners of other brands have told me about. The manufacturer has been very cooperative and get an A from me for standing behind their product.
When I picked up our trailer the reverse lock-out solenoid on the brakes was faulty. This was no fault of theirs, but a faulty part from a manufacturer.They advised me to take it to local repair facility near home and that they would pick up the bill. They did and it was almost $400.00! My cabinets were pulling away from the wall in one area. They advised me to take out the screws and use liquid nail on the screws and behind the cabinets. It took me less than a half hour to do this. I have bounced the trailer up and down the roads 6000 miles since then without an issue. I have had a persistent window leak and they offered to send me the new and improved gasket they are now using or for me to stop by for them to do the install. I could probably install the gasket without much problem, but instead, have elected to stop by in the spring for them to do the fix as I will be in the area anyways.
I highly recommend Lil Snoozy and do not have expectations for any brand trailer to achieve Toyota level quality. Even Toyota has recalls and imagine what their R & D budget looks like.
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Old 02-08-2013, 03:47 PM   #37
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Hi Bill,
Thanks for the info.
I remember reading about the Rolls Royce and their record of never having problems.
Zero! lol. What was revealed was that there were problems but Rolls would just fix any problem up front so it was never recorded as a problem. So they could advertise as a history of zero defects. I think someone there must have worked for the government and use their numbers in their calculations.

One thing about it, egg owners are not stupid. lol. I learn loads every time I log into a forum and just bask in all the questions and knowledge floating around out there. I just got home from a little shopping. Wife bought groceries and I picked up a new Big Buddy Heater. I googled all the sources and found that Tractor Supply has the cheapest price around here right now. I picked it up for $109.99. The prices I found ran up to $158.92 on sale and that was WalMart from Tool King. So I'm ready for chilly camping. I can used it in the deer woods if nothing else or even for another emergency back up.

Their reviews were like Lil Snoozy. Mostly 5-stars. Wife is finally on board with the idea, so now she's kinda pushing me instead of me beating around the bush. haha. If the trailer itself didn't sell me, the service history so far would.
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Mike and Rosalie,
Did you get your fix squared away last month?
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:07 AM   #39
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I found the Lil snoozy people to be very friendly, and they tried to help me with all my trailer problems. But, I was tired of all the problems that kept coming up with my Lil snoozy.

i had one of the first ten snoozys. I had a bathroom that didn't drain the shower well, had major trouble with the drainage of the black water tank, had a bedroom window that never did stop leaking, had a bathroom door that fell off the hinges, had an under the bed cabinet door that wouldn't stay shut, the couch was installed poorly and couldnt open up into a single bed, had a bathroom light that went out, had an electrical panel that came out from bouncing down the road....... There are more.

Returned twice to the factory, some fixes worked , and others didn't. They were friendly and super nice. But, I didn't like the hassle of returning, for a brand new trailer.
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Mine had a few similar problems that I fixed myself. A quality SYSTEM would minimize the assembly errors you experienced but I doubt any of the little FGRV companies think this way or feel they could afford the technical cost to set one up.

I'm curious, do the owners of new Scamps, Escapes, Egg Campers, Parkliners, Casitas, or stick built trailers from the big companies, or high dollar Airstreams even, see these same kind of "human" assembly errors?

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Mine had a few similar problems that I fixed myself. A quality SYSTEM would minimize the assembly errors you experienced but I doubt any of the little FGRV companies think this way or feel they could afford the technical cost to set one up.

I'm curious, do the owners of new Scamps, Escapes, Egg Campers, Parkliners, Casitas, etc experience these kind of
Having spent a career in the automotive manufacturing, I see eggs like the Parkliner as basically prototype builds. As you ramp up production you standardize the assembly processes and hopefully have the same person doing the same job over days and years, so they get really good at it. Also, as your sample size grows you have a better handle on problem areas.

No one like problems with a new purchase, but I think that it is understandable for this kind of unique vehicle. You can't camp in a Camry.
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Ruth G: Oh, gosh, you had to be SO disappointed. This sounds like something we would have built in our backyard which is why we decided not too. We all expect a little tweeting but............ So sorry your purchase turned out like that.

This all sounds like the growing trend to just push it out the door and let warranty take care of the issues. I worked at a 5 star manufacturer and quality control was one thing that they really concentrated on. The whole unit was inspected, then usually the owner checked it over when everyone had left for the day and then a complete walk-through was done with the customers, inch by inch.

Personally, if quality control isn't there, I'm not there with my checkbook.

When I purchase something new, I expect to be able to enjoy it without having to have the work completed that should have been done at the factory or having things patched and repaired that are new because it really wears on you and takes away from the joy of having the product.
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