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Old 08-29-2018, 04:35 PM   #1
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So one of the questions I asked but got no response or if I did I did not read it due to microwave issues. I know in Air Stream there is vintage but also there are suppost to be some years when the build was better.Is this the case with Fiberglass and if so can someone tell who has knowledge on this subject ?

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Old 08-29-2018, 05:30 PM   #2
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I have heard some people suggest that Scamps were better built some years ago, at least in the attention to detail dept. If true, it could be because of demand. In the lean years perhaps they were not so rushed to get as many trailers out the door. But now demand is at a peak (low gas prices and low unemployment). Perhaps you could find a correlation between the amount of time one had to wait on a build (the backlog) and the quality. Or perhaps a correlation between GDP and quality... looking for the times when they really had to make a top notch product for it to sell. In that case I would look for a well cared for camper from 2009 But, its just a theory of mine.
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Old 08-29-2018, 07:52 PM   #3
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As to Bob's, no, Brad's original question, I expect that the year to year differences in quality construction, or even design, become masked by how the trailer was treated in the intervening years. And, the FGRV market is still the seller's market and a careful inspection is always recommended. But then again, I had just one firm condition when buying mine in 2013: if it smells musty, we walk. (It did not.) All other things were those well-I-can-probably-fix-it category.
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Old 08-29-2018, 08:26 PM   #4
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Alias Bob- it's an interesting question. We used to hear about auto tooling wearing to the point that panels fit poorly. Maybe that was just British cars? Anyway I wonder if fiberglass molds can deteriorate. Also, I suppose a manufacturer could change the composition of their fiberglass but I doubt that would be public knowledge.
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Alias Bob- it's an interesting question. We used to hear about auto tooling wearing to the point that panels fit poorly. Maybe that was just British cars? Anyway I wonder if fiberglass molds can deteriorate. Also, I suppose a manufacturer could change the composition of their fiberglass but I doubt that would be public knowledge.

Yes, molds deteriorate ( wear ) and are refurbished or replaced, and yes composition of materials can change, as do staff and owners.
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It is an interesting question. But it might come down to the fact that it could be very difficult to figure out.

It is often easier to figure out if there was a really bad year instead of figuring out if a particular year was the best. Other than the very few molded fiberglass motor homes you don't see something such as a great engine or transmission being used in one year versus another. There are some problematic years in the Toyota Sunraders with issues of varying types such as axles, sagging ceiling, timing chain problems and some years there were better engines and transmissions than other years. But that is what happens when the FGRV is a motorized vehicle, so it is relate to the automotive industry having some years being much better than others.

I remember seeing that there were some FGRV that had a recall to fix bad gel coat.
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Old 08-29-2018, 10:27 PM   #9
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I know people do renovations or remodel to meet their needs on Fiberglass trailers.I had considered buying a new Escape carcus,leaving the interior out and having it finished by someone else. Escape would not sell it to me that way which I can understand.I am not big on remodeling myself but I was thinking that maybe a person could buy a used unit and have it retrofited for my needs as long as the bones were strong.Or possibly buying an older unit that was built well but not used a lot.In demand I would think but maybe not ?Not really sure?
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I was wrong . Glenn is still up and at-tum. Glad you are still with us!
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Old 08-29-2018, 10:40 PM   #11
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I am old but I can sure focus much better now.Thanks for the help!
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Old 08-29-2018, 10:44 PM   #12
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For those back east or older folks I know you will be sorry you went to bed so early!
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I had considered buying a new Escape carcus,leaving the interior out and having it finished by someone else. Escape would not sell it to me that way which I can understand.I am not big on remodeling myself but I was thinking that maybe a person could buy a used unit and have it retrofited for my needs as long as the bones were strong.
Scamp used to sell bare shells, might still. You could always go check out a Prevost for interior fit and finish ideas.
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Even if one comes to no solid conclusions it is still an interesting discussion, and discussion is what this forum does. I know there there were a few "fit and finish" type issues with my 2015, as well as a few usability problems. In discussions, some people were surprised about this when comparing it to their older model. And there are a number of posts on this forum about the possible decline in quality at specific manufactures vs the industry at large.
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