Suntrek Vista 18' - Fiberglass RV


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Old 02-07-2016, 06:09 PM   #1
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Hello,
I purchased a 1996 Suntrek Vista last summer. I Googled it and the only info on the internet was a thread on this forum from 2003. I tried to revive the thread but it was archived so I don't think it will work. Anyway, it's funny that the post i found was actually put up by the person we bought our trailer off of last Summer.

I don't think the Vista necessarily fits the bill for most of the campers on this site, mainly because although it is of fiberglass construction, the floor is a separate unit.

I wasn't able to find out much about them until, funny enough, my mailman asked me how long I had owned my Vista. We got talking and it turns he actually built my trailer! The were made in and around where I live, Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada. The 2 halfs were made similar to a boat, then glassed together. The floor was then added, 1/2" marine plywood, all glassed into place. A few of the workers were former employees of C&C Yachts, a well respected boatbuilder from this area.

So here we are, Spring of 2016, very pleased that we have an 18' fiberglass trailer for a very decent price, but looking to make some improvements. The fiberglass is a bit rough, just sun damage from siting in one spot too long. All the glass on the face of the trailer where the door is in great shape, the rest is a bit chalky and rough. I tried a gelcoat restoration last Summer (a Meguires kit). It cleaned it up, but it still looks rough. My mailman said the gelcoat was relatively thick and that we should be able to bring it back to new. Right now I am seeking quotes for a refurb of the glass, either re-do the gelcoat or paint with marine Awlgrip. One thing that will need replacing is the rubrail (nautical term, we have lived on 2 sailboats and owned numerous others) that covered the seam of the 2 half shells. I have been looking at Taco Industries, a brand I know from boating. If anyone recognizes the material from the attached pics I would really appreciate some input. Anyway, this will be the first post of many as we are starting on a full resto/update. My wife and I both mountainbike and trail run, this will keep us going while the kids are in high school.

Thanks in advance,
Mark.
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Old 02-07-2016, 07:21 PM   #2
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Although I've never seen one up close it does look to be molded construction. Most fg constructed trailers also have a separate floor be it wood or fg.
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Old 02-07-2016, 07:25 PM   #3
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Just checked the home page and the sun trek is listed and part of the fg family , congrats on a nice find
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Old 02-07-2016, 08:51 PM   #4
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My thinking was this differed because the halves are each side, whereas the more common fg trailers seem to be a top and bottom. I'm not well versed in the fg trailer world, but really pleased we found this trailer. It came in less than the asking prices for more typical trailers, but I don't see why with regular care this Vista won't outlast me!
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Old 02-07-2016, 08:58 PM   #5
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My thinking was this differed because the halves are each side, whereas the more common fg trailers seem to be a top and bottom. I'm not well versed in the fg trailer world, but really pleased we found this trailer. It came in less than the asking prices for more typical trailers, but I don't see why with regular care this Vista won't outlast me!
Burro uhaul and egg camper among others also have a verticle seam
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Old 02-07-2016, 09:46 PM   #6
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Very nice trailer, Mark!

I don't know if I would say most, but quite a few molded fiberglass trailers have a conventional wood floor, including my Scamp, the original Boler from which it evolved, and a number of other makes.

We'd love to see what the inside of yours looks like.
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Welcome to the forum. Very nice trailer. Many folks are able to restore the finish of their trailer with a floor wax. Zepp is a brand often mentioned. Do a search and I'm sure you will find hours of reading on the subject. Enjoy, Raz
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Old 02-08-2016, 05:43 AM   #8
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I'll post some pics of the interior for sure. It's all original and will be Phase-2 of the restoration. Outdated, '90's look right now, but very functional for the 2 of us (and the odd time our 13 year old son joins us). Definitely combing old threads for ideas on how to bring the exterior back to new. Any recommendations for removal of old factory decals? I started using a straight razorblade but not to happy with the method.
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Nice story and trailer....
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Old 02-08-2016, 07:47 AM   #10
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To remove the decals, some folks here have used a wheel by 3m with good results
3m decal remover

Before you remove the Vibe decal, or any brand decals, Take a good digital photo of them so they can be reproduced. If you don't want them on the trailer, someone else may need them and they can be added to the document center. Its a rare breed, so document , document, document. It may pay off well if you want to sell in the future. When I was working on my Ventura, someone was nice enough to have taken a picture of the logo and I was able to have new decals cut for the trailer.

BTW very nice looking unit.
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Old 02-08-2016, 09:22 AM   #11
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Mark I hope you can bring it to bolerama in Wainfleet Ont in July , there will be a lot of people who would love to see your trailer regardless of its condition.
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Very nice trailer; and, it already appears to be in great exterior condition. Like others, we'd love to see the interior too! There are well over 100 Ontario FGRV's registered on this site alone, and many owners are more than willing to provide verbal or hands-on assistance. Your boating FG experiences will no doubt be of great help.
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I have marked the Bolerama on the calendar, hopefully we aren't booked for something else since Longbeach is only 15-minutes down the road from our house.

I will give the 3M decal remover a try and post-up my results.

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We removed the decals on out fg trailer by using a hair dryer ( we tried several other methods to no avail ). Don't hold it in one spot very long, move it back and forth constantly checking to see if the decal is loosening and when the time is right ( you will be able to tell ) it will come right off. Lee
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