What are your walls made of??? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 02-06-2007, 11:59 PM   #1
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My bigfoot has the fiberglass exterior, then small 'studs' with plywood stapled on, then covered with wallboard.

I know that the Scamps have the fiberglass exterior with the 'rat fur' on it... what about the casita, boler, burro, etc???
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Old 02-07-2007, 12:05 AM   #2
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Burro walls are part of a completely molded interior shell. So, they are fiberglass.
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Old 02-07-2007, 04:50 AM   #3
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My Lady-bug, a 1980 13 ft Boler has the outer skin of Fiberglass then inside a 3/16 layer of a space age (invented for space travel) foam insulating material called Ensolite that has a dark back and a white, bumpy, vinyl type of facing which is easy to keep clean.
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Our 95 Casita SD has a short gray foambacked carpet.. Warm & toasty...Bluebeard
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Old 02-07-2007, 06:50 AM   #5
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Hi: Our '77 Boler's walls are covered with MONEY...lots and lots of money and I am still spending more... Love is BLIND they say!!!
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Old 02-07-2007, 06:50 AM   #6
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my U-haul is fiberglass outside and inside, just a wipe and its clean.
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Old 02-07-2007, 09:25 AM   #7
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We have an '84 13 ft Boler. These are a single wall FG. The later models made in the 80's have a type of upholstery material on the inside. We'venever had a problem with it, I use the shop vac on it each spring and it still looks good. They used the same seam tape as in other FG's and hid the electrical behind it. Seems to have the same insulating value as the ensolite.
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Old 02-07-2007, 11:19 AM   #8
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My Compact Jr. has a factory original wall covering that consists of ivory colored vinyl that is sown to open-cell foam. The stitching forms a diamond pattern. This is glued to the fiberglass. I've seen photos of many Compacts that have bare fiberglass walls. Don't know if mine was an option or the others have removed theirs.

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Old 02-07-2007, 01:22 PM   #9
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My Boler 1700 has vinyl-faced soft foam lining, glued directly to the fiberglass shell.

Some relevant recent discussion threads...
Black Foam Lining in Scamp, What is this stuff?
Interior covering -- Surfside
Allergies and wall coverings
Scamp Elephant Hide
Is it common?

The Bigfoot framing and rigid paneling is unusual for moulded fiberglass trailers, although I believe the Biggar had this system as well.
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Old 02-07-2007, 01:30 PM   #10
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Burros and UHauls have an inner shell with a smooth gelcoat surface that is bright and easy to clean. The inner shell has molded-in storage, kitchen counter and cabinets which contribute to the structural strength of the outer shell. There are no through-rivets to work loose and cause leakage.
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Old 02-07-2007, 01:48 PM   #11
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Burros and UHauls have an inner shell with a smooth gelcoat surface that is bright and easy to clean. The inner shell has molded-in storage, kitchen counter and cabinets which contribute to the structural strength of the outer shell. There are no through-rivets to work loose and cause leakage.
Well, there's still the seams in the ceiling (under the carpet) that can seperate.

My U-Haul has the top fiberglass section seperating from the wall section and needs to be re-glued and sealed. Water has probably leaked in because of it, but I'm not sure because I just bought it and it's in storage for the winter.
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Old 02-07-2007, 03:06 PM   #12
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Scamps have a alumium foil bubble wrap insulation glued to the inside fiberglass with a almost fuzzy fabric glued onto the foil, seems alot of the Scamp owners call it "rat fur", it is a greyish color. I am sure it all has a name but I can't remember one for them. Ditto for the ceilings. With some of the inner walls, just fiberglass with gel coat finish or if both sides are showig, as in the shower/tolet area, with some kind of lightly textured finish, not sure how it is applied.

It seems to keep it warm if cold out or cool if it is hot out.
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The Escape is lined with "Fire rated, durable, soft-touch vinyl with 3/8" foam backing". It's off-white, easy to clean and soft (a plus after I trip over a hound and fall into a wall!). Seems to keep the inside pretty well insulated too.
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I've seen photos of many Compacts that have bare fiberglass walls.
My Compact Junior had painted bare fiberglass walls when I bought it. It was a "mustard" shade of sort of yellow... I glued up 1 layer of reflectix and papered over that with blue & white oilcloth.

My 1978 Fiber Stream has bare fiberglass walls, painted an off white inside. I actually like the simplicity of it, since several screws through the hull leaked when I bought it. No damaged interior material to rip out. Only one small wood panel over the refridgerator to replace.
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