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Old 05-23-2012, 07:11 PM   #29
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AND - we gotta be careful, too. The only MoHo I ever salivated over is the old Travco Dodge - an Art Deco/Atomic Age design that came in sizes up to 32 feet, and was an aerodynamic MOLDED FIBERGLASS body on a steel chassis - which sounds a LOT like the kind of construction in our eggs!


(now if I could find one of those and pull out that 318 and stuff in a Cummins diseasel.....)

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Old 05-23-2012, 07:37 PM   #30
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"Fiberglass RV is the leading online community for owners of lightweight molded fiberglass trailers."

What happens when I get a 25 foot Bigfoot a few years down the road? That's not going to fit lightweight.

This is a difficult call, as I feel both ways on this subject. I think it would be interesting to see a re-build of a fiberglass motor home, but I also like that the subject mater is narrowed down to only fiberglass trailers at this website.

I guess I'm fine either way, so there's a great compromise.
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Old 05-23-2012, 07:39 PM   #31
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There's a Vintage RV forum at IRV2: Vintage RV's - iRV2 Forums

there's a vintage motorhome forum here: Discussion Forum - Good Old RVs
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:00 PM   #32
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I like Jack's assesment and "subforum" idea. I've never felt that over-insulation does much but limit access to broadenend horizons, so to speak. I also think that the Fiberglass RV site handle is so general that it would be a wee bit of a shame to limit it, all past uses of it not withstanding. The Hall GTC site I belong to is very technically developed but, since there were only 150 of them built to begin with, there isn't a whole heck of a lot going on there but tech discussion.
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Old 05-23-2012, 08:44 PM   #33
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I like Jack's assesment and "subforum" idea. <snip> I also think that the Fiberglass RV site handle is so general that it would be a wee bit of a shame to limit it.
If someone is allowed to say they really like something because it benefits them, does that mean someone else is allowed to say they really DO NOT LIKE that same thing?

Matt, you say there were approx 150 of your brand built. You could take every Lil Snoozy + Parkliner + Eco + El Macho + Land 'n Sea + Oliver + Geographic + EggCamper + The Egg + Genesis + Miti-Lite + Minit + others and you wouldn't have 150.

There's a condition called Social Exclusion. It's where no one feels any harm when they're included, but when they're excluded they want the 'included' bunch to change to include them. It happens across all manner of social organizations from hotrod groups to quilters. Hey, this is a Model T club, but I have a Model A so YOU change for ME.... and on and on and around it goes.

Matt, since this is a privately owned site and it really doesn't matter what the members want or don't want.. in the long run. I suggest you contact Social Knowledge directly and pitch your idea to them. It will be the owners decision.. not ours: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/sendmessage.php
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:40 PM   #34
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I believe you're allowed. I always hate it when guys try to sell model 12s in the For Sale area on doublegunshop. IF this is to be a turf war for whatever great "benefit" may acrue to the combatants, good luck to you both.

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Old 05-23-2012, 10:19 PM   #35
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PEACE out!

Hey, hey, hey WHOAA!!!!

If someone posts about wanting info on fixing the cracked fiberglass on his RV of some brand or other - even if it only happens to be towable when it refuses to start - is that really the end of the world?

There are enough of us on here who are adults to be able to whistle up a moderator to delete a thread (or a post) when somebody wants advice on whether or not a "Brand X" oil filter is good enough for the engine on his/her Moho, but otherwise - in general, I agree. We should not be talking about boats, motorcycles, quads, aircraft, etc (or mohos) on here if the site is intended to be for owners of f/g TRAILERS.

That said, I keep seeing references to "such & such" marine supply, I keep seeing discussions of various cars & trucks, I keep seeing posts about Dogs (I just went back re-checked, and yes there are about a zillion kennel-club - related sites, too) - so I guess we shouldn't allow that as a topic either!

OR we can all try to be adults at least once in a while and promote the common community of folks who prefer cast/molded f/g over the flexy-, "prone to leaks" versions of whatever our chosen escape pods happen to be.

If this means pointing others to sites that are more in line with their interests - yes - by all means - but we shouldn't chase them away either!

OK - My Nomex Flame Suit is ON!
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Old 05-23-2012, 10:51 PM   #36
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I say let 'em in. The key words for me here are "molded" and "fiberglass". I don't give a hoot as to whether it's a motorized recreational vehicle or not. People who own molded fiberglass RVs could bring valuable experience and knowledge to the group. And if the main criteria here are small and lightweight, anyone who moves up to a larger trailer or fifth wheel, like the Bigfoot 25' trailer, say, would have to leave the group, no? And aren't there members who don't even own any kind of fiberglass RV yet, people who are shopping for a unit or who are here just to gather information? And what about all the discussions on renovations, modifications, installing solar panels, camp cooking, etc. None of those topics are the exclusive concern of those who own trailers as opposed to motorhomes. I'd say as long as the thing you go camping in is made out of molded fiberglass you should qualify for membership. The more the merrier I say.
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:27 PM   #37
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What the?

So far I've only seen one reeeeaaaly negative response, so I feel fairly comfortable in responding to it.......

I am NOT trying to crack the fortress walls of some kind of an exclusive club here, though that's definitely vibe I'm getting from one of you guys, what I'm TRYING to do is offer my considerable knowledge of things made of fiber reinforced plastics. I don't feel at all that I'm an outsider trying to get in and I find it amusing that that point of view surfaced at all. This is something I actually get paid for in commercial circles (sometimes), but that's mainly because of my father's having been a famous guy in the early fiberglass industry, and my years in the field as well.

Why am I going to all this trouble? Good question! My thought is that an expanded inclusion would be beneficial for many of you, maybe, and that if someone isn't interested in the discussions they don't have to read them. By golly. Ah; the smell of styrene in the morning!
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:35 PM   #38
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"Before buying my MH in 2009 I had looked seriously at Casitas, Burros and a number of other trailers, but I just couldn't find one that had all the stuff I wanted after a lifetime of tent camping. Heavy insulation, a convertible dinette, a pretty big bed aft that can be left made up and a bathroom with a stand-up seperate shower are what sold me."

It's interesting that you couldn't find a molded fiberglass trailer that had these features. My Bigfoot has them all. And there are lots of Bigfoots for sale.

I'm not sure what I think about this discussion. Having owned a motorhome (a Bigfoot, no less), I can tell you my issues with it involved primarily the engine and that's what I spent my internet time on. I feel relieved to be no longer be dealing with that and to be back here focusing on a simpler way of camping.
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Old 05-23-2012, 11:54 PM   #39
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Bigfoots (feet?) are nifty, all right. But no matter how you look at it, if it rolls something has to make it do so other than gravity. So no matter how you roll, there's an engine involved, and that means it's all the same thing in the end. Towables are great fun, but what I really wanted to be able to do was to just pull off the road and crawl in back to take a nap without going outside. Ha ha ha. Really, that's how I eneded up with a 22' mini-motorhome instead of a trailer. That and I don't like not being able to see where I'm backing at night. Like I said way back at the start of this thread, I'm no fan of big MH's just because of the space they use up and all the resources used so some guy never has to leave it to actually camp.
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Old 05-24-2012, 11:55 AM   #41
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That's a TRAVCO Dodge - which meets all the definitions of being a molded fiberglass RV - just not a trailer!

OK two piece - just like our trailers - fiberglass body on a steel chassis. This one just has an "internal tug" instead of a "front-mounted one"
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:50 PM   #42
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I, too have winced when someone has posted something in the "not considered correct" format and I have thought some of the responses have been somewhat harsh...however, I love this site and think it is the best forum on the web...I would suggest a more informative tag line on the top of the forum pages and a better description on search tags...like "small, lightweight, molded fiberglass travel trailers" or something to help eliminate the fiberglass association problems...flame suit on
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