Originally Posted by Roxx617
Hello new here , been doing research on camper trailers . Scamp or something like that . I think the fiberglass is the way to go as far as long lasting and ease of maintenance ? Is this true ? All I need is a small trailer to sleep at least 4 or maybe more . Would love some extra items in trailer if possible like AC and bathroom which from what I have seen isn't really that far off from a possibility . Also 16' to max 19' is not that big of a problem to get either . The main thing I am looking for is which is good, better, best ? Which I am sure is a different response to each person who answers this . Either way I would appreciate your answers . That way I can make a better choice for me and my family to enjoy it . And also I know money has to play a major roll for which is which . Weather I go new or used . Prefer used at this point right now because it seems that new is just out of my reach for right now. Also if there are things I should look out for or stay away from . I have been reading that some have bad floors .
Posts like yours always seem to require reading between the lines. Your post reads like one for a young family... '4 maybe more'. Usually this means limited resources, a key parameter which suggests you will be buying a used trailer.
Most fiberglass trailers are really designed for two adults, some of the fiberglass trailers that are reasonably priced can sleep four and really a great family could manage with a fifth, a small child, assuming all will sleep within the trailer. (Many resolve the crowding by sleeping outside in a tent).
You are correct, fiberglass trailers can last a long time, ours is 24 years old, a Scamp 16, and our son has a 38 year old Scamp 13. As to AC and bathrooms virtually all fiberglass trailers from 16' up can and usually offer these as features.
Our first experience with trailers was non-fiberglass. We were looking for the lowest cost solution that could meet our needs since we were looking at a short usage time frame, originally 2 months which turned into two years and now fiberglass. Non fiberglass trailers usually do not last as long as fiberglass trailers though they cost less and offer larger useful volumes. If you purchase carefully you can buy a good used trailer with the volume and features necessary to fill your needs.
If you're looking forward to a life long trailer, fiberglass is tough to beat. A good fiberglass trailer can last a lifetime with reasonable care. It can meet the needs of a family of four, for example a Scamp 16 with front bunks for two children.
It does take a controlled family that enjoys each other, that can occasionally live in tight spaces, that really like and love each other. Of course most of the time the family is outside, but in the evening or bad weather, when people are a little tired, there is a non-normal closeness. (I know many adults that can not stand the tight space of a small trailer even when it's two people who have been married for decades.)
Other considerations are tow vehicle, length of trips, money available, ....
As to good, better, best... to me that's a dollar issue. For a family of four, assuming two adults and two children. my choice in fiberglass would be a Scamp 16 with front bunks towed by a mini-van.
If I were young and had a young family I would not choose fiberglass. I would look for a family oriented non-fiberglass trailer with more volume, again that could be towed by a mini-van. My thought would be that this is a short term purchase, the family will change, the camping needs will cycle with children's changing life.
Our original non-fiberglass trailer was owned by a single family for 20+ years. They used it for two weeks a year for family vacation, it slept four, they carried tents and the children mostly slept there. It cost us $900 used.
Without more information it is tough to answer.... amount you want to spend, amount of time camping (weekend, vacation,...), ages of children, type of camping, trailer experience.
I know there's a fair amount of wandering here. A follow up post from you would help all better define potential solutions. Wishing you well. Like many on the site I've owned numerous types of RVs and would be glad to answer any questions.