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Old 09-26-2016, 09:03 AM   #57
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Really Floyd? Well healed? Comfortable? Here are some facts for you. I have been teaching for 30 years, have a Master's Degree. I haven't seen a raise in 6 years, get paid twice a month, my take home paycheck is $1555.20, which comes to a whopping $37,320 per year. The new insurance deductible is $4K per year, so my real take home pay is a tick over $33K per year. When/if I retire my health insurance is now pretty much rugged within a couple years. I take home less than 1/2 the pay per year of all my siblings, except for the one who just got out of school and took a job for $18K more than my 30 years experience. Thanks Floyd for being the first to take an insulting cheap shot at us rich teachers. I knew it wouldn't take long. And thanks for reminding me that I am nothing but a parasite to taxpayers and should do it for free.

I know Floyd, you and other talk radio listeners don't believe my numbers. Please feel free to PM me with your address and I will send you a copy of my bank statement (with sensitive info blanked out of course). All I ask is that you report back here and state what I said is accurate.

Besides that, when you can buy a used FGRV for $5-12K, that is not way out of line, especially when you don't need to get a huge, expensive tow vehicle to boot.
Please note that I made no "insulting cheap shots",nor did I call anyone a "parasite".
All the insulting remarks so far are contained in your comment above.
If you insist on self deprecation, I suggest you might at least elevate yourself from "parasite" to "symbiote".
Of course I would go much further and and use the term "valued professional asset".

I am sorry that you feel that you have been under compensated, but many in your profession have made a comfortable living at it, including several members of my own family. This renders your comment anecdotal and on an equal status with mine. (except for your knee-jerk vitriol)
BTW.. So far I have only heard your point of view in the media, could you please direct me to the aforementioned radio talk shows? (just for balance mind you).
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Old 09-26-2016, 09:19 AM   #58
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Gordon2, please tell me more about why you had water issues?
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Old 09-26-2016, 09:56 AM   #59
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Besides that, when you can buy a used FGRV for $5-12K, that is not way out of line, especially when you don't need to get a huge, expensive tow vehicle to boot.
GOOD POINT! In fact you might say that trailers in that range are often "FREE".
I have rehabbed and resold >a couple dozen fiberglass trailers (all less than $5000) . A low paid hobby for me, but many of these trailers have proven to be "FREE" to many of my buyers when they decided to sell.
Its not always having money which makes you comfortable, but how you manage it.
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Old 09-26-2016, 12:58 PM   #60
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Our first RV was a Chalet A frame. It was easy to tow, easy to set up, and very roomy. But we found three things we didn't like that made us decide to sell. First, a bathroom break required set up and always drew a crowd. Second, there were way too many moving parts. Third there were only two windows, both sliders. Not enough ventilation especially in the rain.

We bought fiberglass for longevity and a Trillium because of the jalousie windows on all four sides. Raz, retired engineer and teacher.
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Old 09-26-2016, 01:08 PM   #61
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Our first RV was a Chalet A frame. It was easy to tow, easy to set up, and very roomy. But we found three things we didn't like that made us decide to sell. First, a bathroom break required set up and always drew a crowd. Second, there were way too many moving parts. Third there were only two windows, both sliders. Not enough ventilation especially in the rain.

We bought fiberglass for longevity and a Trillium because of the jalousie windows on all four sides. Raz, retired engineer and teacher.
Thanks Raz.
Bathroom break setup crowds. haha
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That was (mostly) a great thread. I really hope that all of your issues get fixed, and thank you for being so clear and fair regarding your experience.
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Old 09-26-2016, 05:17 PM   #63
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That was (mostly) a great thread. I really hope that all of your issues get fixed, and thank you for being so clear and fair regarding your experience.
LOL.. thats pretty much the case for any thread over 3 or 4 pages... its "mostly good" until it becomes personal.

As for my issues.. I am headed out in the morning for a few days and then beach bound in Oct. I am very confident that now everything is in tip-top shape and will be fine.

With the possible exception of a modification I made to the Fantastic Fan... (I wanted a Freaking Fantastic Fan! LOL). I did run into a problem with my mod but I think I have it worked out. Interesting (to me at least) is that I have done a number of modifications and all of them except for the aforementioned have worked great.
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Old 10-02-2016, 04:31 PM   #64
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GOOD POINT! In fact you might say that trailers in that range are often "FREE".
I have rehabbed and resold >a couple dozen fiberglass trailers (all less than $5000) . A low paid hobby for me, but many of these trailers have proven to be "FREE" to many of my buyers when they decided to sell.
Its not always having money which makes you comfortable, but how you manage it.


1. The mention of a large percentage of their buyers being engineers came from, I believe, EggCamper. They sell only new fiberglass trailers.


2. As for people finding most others with FGRVs to be teachers, I don't doubt a lot of FGRV owners are teachers. At all levels of teaching.


3. Finding many teachers to be well-heeled is partly because many teachersw marry other teachers, so even if they make $37,000 a year, that's each, and together that's more than $70,000, which is fairly well-heeled. At least it is by my standards--we never earned that much.

Also, as Floyd said, "Its not always having money which makes you comfortable, but how you manage it."

Teachers are often smart enough to manage their money well (so are engineers, and so are other people for that matter).


I know a couple who made a combined $150,000, and they never had a dime in their pockets. Big earnings don't always equal good money choices.


As it says (roughly) in The Summer of Our Discontent, "If you handle poverty badly, you will handle riches badly, too."


From The Hobbit (or the Trilogy), "An honest business never blush to tell."

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Old 10-02-2016, 04:38 PM   #65
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And here's another reason we have a trailer--the girls. We have two older pug dogs. They are our pets as well as act as blood glucose and pill-time alert dogs. We love these girls, though the older one has some physical issues, and we want to give them a nice nature experience sometimes. They seem to like the trips, run eagerly to the car to get into their crates, and when the older one got out of the x-pen at the campground, she ran right into the trailer, so she can't hate it.


Though that's why a trailer, but not why a fiberglass trailer. That it's an egg is for us. That we have it at all is at least half for the girls.


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Old 10-02-2016, 05:52 PM   #66
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Late to this party, but I spent a fair amount of time documenting our relatively sudden conversion to "The Molded Fiberglass Obsession" in my webblog, here:

https://walkingcreekworld.wordpress....ass-obsession/

There are pictures, too!

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I love that you said, "...whole 'nother." Yup, another "nother!"


Your trailer is beautiful, and a great story. Thanks!


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Old 10-02-2016, 06:32 PM   #68
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I've camped in new trailers, in vintage trailers and in molded fiberlass. Hands down, I'd take either a vintage stick built, or fiberglass. My little egg is just a tiny, simple hard sided tent on wheels. No delaminating walls, no 'faux' wood panels, very little rot potential, no slide out failures, no wind sway when towing.... and the inside is just a smooooooth gelcoat fiberglass which I love. I think that you'll find that most FGRV'rs want basic camping, not all the bells and whistles of the big modern boxes. And there is something that is homey and comfortable about a small trailer that has 'history' in it. I love all the bumps and bruises that my little UHaul carries. Modern? Meh... ymmv
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YES, you're right, Pam Garlow, we didn't want all the bells and whistles of any of the new trailers. We go camping to get more basic, and hard-sided tent isn't really a bad thing, is it? Someone called ours that, and I wasn't sure if I should thank them or blush.
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Old 10-03-2016, 02:18 PM   #70
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1/Light weight
2/Minimum maintenance
3/Simplicity(towing, set-up, gas mileage, refresh/re-paint, storage/back-yard...)
4/Economy
5/Safe in the wilderness and weather-proof.
Did I miss anything??????
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