Hi I'm New with questions - Page 2 - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 02-03-2015, 08:31 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
Mike Magee's Avatar
 
Name: Michael
Trailer: Li'l Hauley
Oklahoma
Posts: 5,142
Molded FG will save 2 or 3 mpg versus the Livin Lite due to lower wind resistance.

But I will say that Livin Lite would be my first choice if I were buying a conventional (non-molded-FG) travel trailer, because water intrusion would be more a nuisance rather than a serious danger to the trailer. Well, except maybe for any mold that started growing.
__________________

__________________
How much time do we have left? 2 Chr. 7:14
Mike Magee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2015, 10:18 AM   #16
Senior Member
 
Name: Patrick
Trailer: R-Vision Trail Lite
New York
Posts: 592
In order to select a travel trailer you should educate yourself as to the various constructions methods used by the manufacturers. Molded fiberglass is just that an outer body made of molded fiberglass. The other travel trailers are constructed using either aluminum or fiberglass panels as the outer shell.
These units employ either a wood "stick built" frame or a metal frame for the top section. All trailers rest on a metal base frame.
The molded fiberglass units seem more "Spartan" than the stick framed units. A visit to a RV dealership to view interior creature comforts will illustrate that best.
From what I have seen the Big Foot Line of molded travel trailers have the best interior creature comforts and the most room. The molded fiberglass units do not offer slide outs (correct me if I am wrong)... Further reducing interior space and creature comforts.
The subject always boils down to what you feel is important to you and what you like. There is good and bad in any type of travel trailer.
If buying used get a veteran travel trailer owner to help you in your selection.
One thing for sure...most first time buyers end up trading up for something that is more suited to their needs after a year or less in their first travel trailer...experience is the best instructor.
Once hooked on the RV lifestyle you will never be happy in a motel again!

Enjoy the search and Happy Camping!
__________________

__________________
Uplander is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2015, 11:05 AM   #17
Senior Member
 
Bob Miller's Avatar
 
Name: Bob
Trailer: 1973 Hunter Compact II
California
Posts: 7,912
And there are some that find that "Bigger" or "Less Spartan Appointments" better fit their individual needs. However, I can testify that that just isn't true for everyone.

Over the years I have changed over to progressively smaller and smaller and simpler and simpler RV's, and find them much more enjoyable than those I have owned in the past that ranged from an Airstream Globetrotter and a Class "A" behemoth, to the dinkiest of 13' FGRV's, and a whole lot in between.


And, we are often still "Happy" in a motel when travelling and often stop for the advantage a monthly shower (LOL), on site laundry, location, location, location, as well a little bit of extra space when needed. But when we are done with that, we leave all that extra space behind, instead of dragging it around behind us when we don't need it.


About what's best, as the old Packard slogan told us: "Ask The Man Who Owns One".
__________________
Bob Miller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2015, 12:24 PM   #18
Senior Member
 
Name: Steve
Trailer: Scamp 13
California
Posts: 1,418
Boat repair shops have specialists in repairing and / or respraying new gel-coat. Usually much more expensive than painting. You can get small gel-coat patch kits from Spectrum. Gel-coats are tough to match since white isn't white and as the gel-coat ages the color changes. But the works is easy/frustrating and doable. At least your not filling / removing dents in aluminium sheet.

PATCH PASTE KIT

Evercoat has a gelcoat repair kit with tints.

Evercoat
__________________
stevebaz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2015, 12:44 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
Jon in AZ's Avatar
 
Name: Jon
Trailer: 2008 Scamp 13 S1
Arizona
Posts: 5,560
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by stevebaz View Post
Boat repair shops have specialists in repairing and / or respraying new gel-coat. Usually much more expensive than painting. You can get small gel-coat patch kits from Spectrum. Gel-coats are tough to match since white isn't white and as the gel-coat ages the color changes. But the works is easy/frustrating and doable. At least your not filling / removing dents in aluminium sheet...
Thanks, Steve! I was really just making a counterpoint. Good information, though I believe I'll let my Scamp age gracefully for the time being. Just keeping her waxed is enough for me. Rather than repair the gel coat, I may do what others have done and apply a white spray-on coating when it bothers me too much.

I believe the Camplite offers an optional diamond plate chip guard for the front. It should probably be standard.
__________________
Jon in AZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2015, 12:52 PM   #20
Senior Member
 
Name: Ken
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
US
Posts: 1,564
Livinlite yahoo groups says you have to fill and sand for hail damage, like on a car, for the camplite exterior.
__________________
Ken C is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2015, 03:29 PM   #21
Senior Member
 
cpaharley2008's Avatar
 
Name: jim
Trailer: 2016 2ndGen Escape19 Prairie Schooner pulled by 2014 Dodge Ram Hemi Sport
Pennsylvania
Posts: 6,398
Registry
There are roughly 3000 rivets and at least 6 seams in an Airstream, and each rivet and seam can leak. The exterior shell will last a long time and thus the reason so many are still on the road. The floors are the weak spot in Airstreams and most over 20 years have had their's replaced. If they installed a composite floor then you would have a winner. According to latest news, the cheaper gas means they are producing something like 50 Airstreams a week while creating a 12-18 month backlog.

But aluminum trailers are hotter and colder than fiberglass units due to the nature of their exterior walls transmitting the temperature to the inside. With white fiberglass walls most of the heat is not transmitted to the inside.
__________________
Jim
Never in doubt, often wrong
cpaharley2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2015, 03:41 PM   #22
Senior Member
 
Name: Ken
Trailer: No Trailer Yet
US
Posts: 1,564
yep that wood floor at :40 and 4:27
Installing a New Airstream RV Floor (with Vinnie's Airstream Repair ) - YouTube
__________________
Ken C is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2015, 02:48 PM   #23
Senior Member
 
floyd's Avatar
 
Name: Floyd
Trailer: 2004 13 ft Scamp Custom Deluxe
IllAnnoy
Posts: 6,046
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by Uplander View Post

The molded fiberglass units seem more "Spartan" than the stick framed units. A visit to a RV dealership to view interior creature comforts will illustrate that best.
From what I have seen the Big Foot Line of molded travel trailers have the best interior creature comforts...
Enjoy the search and Happy Camping!
So you have never seen a Scamp Custom Deluxe trailer, or an Escape?
Slide outs would be a deal breaker for me in the purchase of an RV or Motorhome. pop outs are nearly as problematic as pop-ups.
Still I guess you can't beat the versatility or durability of a Canned Ham, especially Mickey's Trailer!!... and talk about creature comforts!!!

__________________
floyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2015, 04:57 PM   #24
MC1
Senior Member
 
MC1's Avatar
 
Name: Wayne
Trailer: Nest fan, Airstream Sold
Ontario
Posts: 2,006
Quote:
Originally Posted by Imageben View Post
I'm new to the forum and I have a few questions. What are the advantages to a fiberglass travel trailer? I had been looking at all aluminum travel trailers specifically the livin lite brand. Is fiberglass better or just different. Thanks for your help.
Good day Ben. I am a big fan of fiberglass and aluminum trailers. They both have their advantages and disadvantages but both are very good at holding or appreciating in value if taken care of.

We bought our 23' Airstream 12 years ago for $6,000 and used it for many years. Market value now is around 10K. Many folks on this forum have similar stories so whether glass or aluminum they can be a good investment.
__________________

__________________
MC1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New guy, new camper, new questions... Seldomseensmith Modifications, Alterations and Updates 29 08-24-2014 11:28 PM
New to the site and New Burro owner with questions GregLS Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 8 06-23-2014 10:42 PM
A few questions ... okay, more like a lot of questions! shelley w Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 6 07-04-2012 11:25 PM
Replacement windows, questions, questions. CliveAlive Modifications, Alterations and Updates 4 07-13-2006 08:32 AM
New to the site and New Burro owner with questions GregLS General Chat 0 12-31-1969 07:00 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:40 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.