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Old 10-20-2014, 08:03 PM   #15
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As others have said go to the R Pod owners website and read the problems others have encountered with their R Pod . The R Pod owners convinced me to look elsewhere.
After having spent an extra half hour waiting at the dump at a state park yesterday while the owner of what looked to be a very new R Pod did some repairs to his dumping system I would suggest the above is a really good idea!
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Old 10-20-2014, 08:15 PM   #16
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I don't have a video, but you want to see how an Escape 5.0TA is made?

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Now that is indeed a mighty fine "moulded" fiberglass trailer!
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Not to trash the OP's topic, but you'll note the door has been removed from the mold. A worker goes inside and fiberglasses the two halves together before it's removed from the mold. Wide stripes of fiberglass... no belly band leaks! And a perfect matching of the two halves together. SWEET!
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My Scamp has an OSB floor...ala.. wood chips...and yes coated in fiberglass underneath but still exposed to the elements. So if having wood in the trailer labels it a "sticky" then the Scamp falls into both categories. A FG Hybrid maybe? And the wood DOES give problems as over the years, we've seen many people having to rip it out and replace it from rot resulting from leaks-- windows, vents, condensation even! But I agree that the durability of the fiberglass "shell" on any trailer is still far superior to the true stick-n-tin trailers....and laminates.

The one TRUE FG trailer that I know exists is the Oliver...as it has NO wood in its construction anywhere! Not sure about the Parkliners, Lil Snoozy, Escapes, BigFoot etc. Maybe others would like to speak up as I would be interested in knowing that myself.

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If the R-Pod has aluminum framing in the walls and roof, then perhaps the phrase 'stick built' may not be ideal. But the concept of framing with 'sticks' of wood or 'channels' of aluminum is distinctly different from molding the entire body in two pieces and then bonding the halves together permanently. As for laminated sidewalls, those walls usually incorporate a layer of plywood or luan or some other wood sheeting. When (not if) enough water gets into that wood, it will delaminate (separate from whatever it was bonded to). This is no better than a wood-framed trailer sheathed in aluminum. That's why many of us tend to use the terms 'stick built' and 'stickie' to include any non-moldedFG trailer. Technically it may be sometimes a bit inaccurate, but it conveys the concept nicely.
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It looks like the Escape uses a complete molded bottom half. In other words, has has a fiber glass bottom? Do you know what they use for flooring or is it the actual fiberglass?

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Not to trash the OP's topic, but you'll note the door has been removed from the mold. A worker goes inside and fiberglasses the two halves together before it's removed from the mold. Wide stripes of fiberglass... no belly band leaks! And a perfect matching of the two halves together. SWEET!
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Escape wood floor, reace posted here in the archives the details. Snoozy, Oliver and Nest no wood floor.

In the past, Escape did have a belly band seam leak Via a few S&S screws that penetrate the seam, Reace posted on the escape forum about it I think? or on their webpage at the time. Can't remember.
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Very interesting..... Thanks Ken!

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Escape wood floor, reace posted here in the archives the details. Snoozy, Oliver and Nest no wood floor.
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My Scamp has an OSB floor...ala.. wood chips...and yes coated in fiberglass underneath but still exposed to the elements. So if having wood in the trailer labels it a "sticky" then the Scamp falls into both categories. A FG Hybrid maybe?f.
I think you will find that most people in the world of travel trailers would suggest you are getting a little off track with the meaning of the term "sticky" in including any trailer with any wood in it

I believe Mike gave a pretty good definition of the term "sticky" when referring to trailers and one that most would agree with:

"But the concept of framing with 'sticks' of wood or 'channels' of aluminum is distinctly different from molding the entire body in two pieces and then bonding the halves together permanently."

If the IPod like the TADA is actually laminated fiberglass panels without any wood or aluminum channels? built into the walls then it is a bit of Hybrid but still not a moulded fiberglass trailer as most of the brands discussed here are.

And yes that is a full moulded fiberglass floor on the Escape (they are a number of moulded fiberglass trailer that is built that way - actually think its more common than not - Casita, Trillium, Surfsides, Bigfoot to name just a few.). Like most of the others it does though have wood sub floor on top of the fiberglass bottom. Some manufactures put a second layer of fiberglass over the wood sub floor (trillium?) while others just put laminate flooring over it.

There are less than a handful of moulded fiberglass trailers that don't put a wood subfloor over the moulded fiberglass bottom.
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I agree with what you're saying Carol, but the primary clarification was a "stick n tin" has always (all my RV life anyway) been considered a "conventional" built trailer: all wood framing covered in aluminum. To me that description wont change.

And the "stickys" - any rv having wood in them? Well.... everyone can just use their imagination on that...

NOW, after viewing the clip posted on the "tour of the R-Pod" factory? Yes, I was surprised to see "sticks" running between the laminated side walls!

Regardless, I'll just "stick" with my wooden-floored FG Scamp for now..
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I think we've beat the tangent (definition of the slang term "stickie") to death. Since this discussion has run it's course the Thread is now closed.
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