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Old 03-03-2018, 08:30 AM   #15
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Hi, I'm Michael

It should be noted that Scamp treats the exposed underside with resin, so road spray is not an issue.

I've seen enough rotted floors on trailers with and without a fiberglass underbelly to conclude there is little advantage, other than appearance.

Floors that are fully encased in fiberglass, top and bottom, are better- provided water that gets in from a leak has a way to escape via a perimeter drain channel. Escape does that, I believe, like the Trilliums from which they evolved. I don't think Casita does. Disadvantage of a fiberglass encapsulated wood floor is if it does fail- and some inevitably do- repair is much more complex.

There are a few newer models with structural fiberglass floors, no wood, so no rot. In a few decades we'll find out what can go wrong and how to fix them. Everything put together eventually comes apart.

All floors have cuts for plumbing and LP piping. They are weak points in any design and deserve periodic inspection.

As Bill says, most floor rot is caused by leaks from above- windows, vents, plumbing. With regular inspection and timely maintenance there is no reason for any of the different floor designs to fail on your watch. On the other hand, any of them could be rotten on a used unit due to some else's neglect.

I certainly wouldn't let the floor design keep you from buying a particular trailer that otherwise meets your requirements.

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