Building a boondocker: Can you buy an egg sans holes? - Fiberglass RV

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 06-02-2010, 09:30 AM   #1
Junior Member
Trailer: 1997 Scamp 13 ft
Posts: 24
After apporximately 300 hours, I feel like I have fixed enough leaks and problems in my Scamp to have come to one grand conclusion: I don't like holes drilled/cut into a camper!

So, my idea is to buy a new egg and see if the mfg will let me do all of the appliance and cabinets install, including cutting the glass. The only factory installs would be the windows, door, and maybe the roof vent. This way I can choose my own sealant, my own fasteners, and do a proper job of cutting holes (straight and square). I may even glass in all of my supports so I can avoid the "Scamp rivet fest".

I will be building a boondocker, so no AC, maybe a portable/removeable AC roll around unit, dual gas and dual battery, ice box, indoor/outdoor stove, no furnace, fantastic fan, awning, sink with a small removeable water tank under the cabinet

Any thoughts or suggestions on the build?

I was thinking Casita or Trillium for new, but if they won't work with me, maybe I'd try to find a used minimalist patriot and go from there... sorry, but Scamp quality is just not good enough for me at this point.

Would you go as far as to tell the factory, assuming they'll agree, to forgo wall covering so I can do my own? I hate rat fur, collects dog fur like they're cousins or something, though of doing a vinyl headliner for insulation and sound.

Ben Kadas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2010, 09:41 AM   #2
Senior Member
CindyL's Avatar
Name: Cindy
Trailer: 1988 Bigfoot Silver Cloud
Posts: 2,554
Sounds like you should look at a Burro or UHaul. They don't have rat fur. The appliances are molded into the interior walls.


1988 Bigfoot Silver Cloud, "The Egg Carton"
CindyL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2010, 10:21 AM   #3
Senior Member
Raya's Avatar
Name: Rachel
Trailer: 1974 Boler 13 ft (Neonex/Winnipeg)
Posts: 3,012
Another idea, if you don't go new, is to get a Boler (or even an older Scamp) and simply do the glass mods yourself. Any opening can be fiberglassed closed, cabinets can be tabbed in with glass fairly easily, and then you can do a nice paint job to make it all look spiffy.

The reason I suggest a Boler or older Scamp is that they have Ensolite walls and not "fur" or carpet. These are vinyl type walls that you can scrub, clean, or even paint (but you don't need to paint them). They have Ensolite closed-cell foam bonded to the back of the vinyl type surface.

An original Trillium also has Ensolite walls, and the cabinetry is already bonded in with fiberglass tabbing. They do have a rivet issue with the belly band, but again, that can be taken care of.

I agree with you in that I'm also not a fan or carpet or fur (some people love them though), and that I'm also not a fan of holes or leaks. But fiberglassing is easy, and a properly bedded window or etc. should be good for a loooong time.

It will be interesting to hear if any of the current mfgrs. would sell you a camper shell - I hope you will post back.

Raya is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2010, 05:28 PM   #4
Frederick L. Simson's Avatar
Name: Frederick
Trailer: Fiber Stream
Posts: 8,152
Send a message via AIM to Frederick L. Simson
Thumbs up

So, my idea is to buy a new egg and see if the mfg will let me do all of the appliance and cabinets install, including cutting the glass. The only factory installs would be the windows, door, and maybe the roof vent.
Have you checked out Several members have bought them in "kit" form. They are double hulled, with the "furniture" molded into the interior hull, eliminating the need for fasteners, and eliminating "rat fur". Smooth fiberglass inside and out.
Frederick - The Scaleman
1978 Fiber Stream 16 named "Eggstasy" & 1971 Compact Jr. named "Boomerang"
Frederick L. Simson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2010, 04:06 PM   #5
Senior Member
Name: Ray
Trailer: 21' Escape - former owner of 17' "other brand."
Posts: 699
Unfortunately, unless things have changed (again), eggcamper no longer sells kits.

Ray N is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2010, 04:11 PM   #6
Senior Member
Donna D.'s Avatar
Name: Donna D
Trailer: Escape 5.0 TA, 2014
Posts: 24,540
I know you specifically mentioned you weren't interested in a Scamp, but I do know they sell "blank slates." Only holes are the door and a closet across from the door way... that's to hold the roof up. You can make the interior whatever you wish and add vents or windows... or not. Prior to the hack of 2005 we had a member that had purchased a blank slate (used from a contractor) and he was modifying the interior, cut the hull for windows, etc. Too bad we lost all the pictures! Other than that, have you considered a fiberglass cargo trailer?

On Edit: We had a member back in 2007 that her father helped her convert a cargo trailer... totally cool. Here's the topic and there's a link to her off-site album... be sure to click the one further down in the topic, the first one is broken: introducing myself - Cathy Mutch

Donna D.
Ten Forward - 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Double Yolk - 1988 16' Scamp Deluxe
Donna D. is offline   Reply With Quote


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Building Models Steve Hilby Hobbies & Passions 19 06-25-2014 07:59 PM
RV options sans bathroom but includes bunk beds Sheri N. General Chat 7 07-21-2010 10:51 AM
Building new door? bgeery Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 1 09-19-2009 03:40 PM
Building a 'motorhome' -- for $80 Legacy Posts General Chat 5 06-08-2003 07:41 AM
Cutting holes in my egg! Legacy Posts Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 11 05-12-2003 11:46 AM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:33 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.