Here's a new retro trailer - Fiberglass RV


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Old 12-12-2012, 10:22 PM   #1
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Here's a new retro trailer

Tonight I ran across this on a VW forum: HOME - Dub-Box USA.

Specs say its 16 feet long. Too short (4'4"!) for standing in until you flip the top (approx. 6'). There's a huge bed (5'6"). The list prices from $18K to $24k., and they're made in Oregon.

But what counts is the image, and the style. It's a cheerful companion for a beach bum, but it won't be taking the place of my Scamp up in the cold mountain air. Pity, because it looks so delightful. I hgope the photio attaches correctly-- you have to see this!
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:24 PM   #2
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another attempt at a photo attachment

Trying to link that photo--
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dumb. Maybe if they followed the old pop top style it might not be so bad, but only under super nice conditions you would want to open the top...but what about bugs? Nah I wouldn't want one for free (except maybe to sell to buy a Scamp lol)


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Old 12-12-2012, 11:02 PM   #4
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"100% Fiberglass - No VW campervans were hurt in the process"

Can't wait until we get our first member. Cool idea and looks well executed. Color of your choice.
They also claim;
"The floor has the deepest insulation of any U.S. camper manufacturer, and the ceiling insulation was initially designed by NASA!"

So how do you think they were made. I know nothing about fiberglass molds but is it possible they used a VW camper shell? reinforced?
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Old 12-13-2012, 12:04 AM   #5
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Hi: John McMillin... We've seen these before. The one we saw was the Euro version not the USA version. They look great but cost plenty if I remember!!! The current versions of molded fiberglass trailers made in Canada and the U.S. are retro enough for me.
Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie p.s. Check out Lex M's thread Dub-Box Trailer 4 pages back in Gen Chat...
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:55 AM   #6
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For those that like "all things VW," I can see why they'd want one Remember the link posed about matching tugs and tows... this fits right in there!
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If I had a Volks, I'd definitely want one of these, if it would pull it!!
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They also claim;
"The floor has the deepest insulation of any U.S. camper manufacturer, and the ceiling insulation was initially designed by NASA!"
I love that!

Reminds me of the old "Tang" commercials...

The "Nasa invention" they're talking about is commonly known to the thousands of us who've used it as "Reflectix"...

But hey- whatever sells product, right?

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With all that window glass area, the wall insulation might be a moot point.
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:54 PM   #10
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If I had a Volks, I'd definitely want one of these, if it would pull it!!
Mine would. I put a 2.3 Ford Mustang engine in it.
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Heck- as we all know, even a Bug could do it!



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The "Nasa invention" they're talking about is commonly known to the thousands of us who've used it as "Reflectix"...
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Along with many other things, like memory foam 10 NASA Inventions You Might Use Every Day : Discovery Channel
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With all that window glass area, the wall insulation might be a moot point.
They don't mention any wall insulation. Just roof and floor. May be very moot

Over all the trailer isn't my style and I prefer our classic eggs. Variety is the spice of life and I like to look at interesting designs even if I'd never own one. Sedans from the 80's and 90's drove me nuts from monotony. New car (and trailer) designs are finally getting style. It's a personal thing.
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None of you seem to have noticed the obvious problem - as this trailer originally came from Britain*, the only door is on the left side. Given that the design appears to be symmetric, I don't why the US builder didn't just mount it the other way around - that's what the Poles do with the Cadet/Predom fiberglass trailer.

The UK builder does offer just the chassis and bonded-on body moulding for 40% of the cost.

* Welcome to Dub box, the retro two berth caravans that puts the cool back into comfortable camping. - Dub-Box Retro Caravan
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:22 PM   #14
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The molds for these were shaped from two busses connected together.

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Old 12-13-2012, 11:11 PM   #15
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Frankly, I suspect most of these shells will wind up used as hot dog carts.
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:56 AM   #16
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I think it is very cool, and don't get the comment about the pop top. It looks pretty much like a Campster Pop top- are you referring to no windows? I think you could customize it on ordering. That makes it garage height and they say they can also make it garage length for you.
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I think its cool too. I owned several VW buses/campers in my younger hippie days so maybe I just find it nostalgic. I think they'll have a lot of people buying them for the cool factor.
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we owned a vanagon camper many years ago--it was great! loved the pop-up bed up top. but what i didn't like was having to pack up anything loose and do all of the disconnecting that comes with driving a motorhome/van- style camper each and every time we needed to go somewhere.
that got to be really old, really fast!

this being a pull-behind unit would eliminate all of that. i didn't get a good look---does the lift-up top come with screening or is it meant to simply be open as it shows???
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And for the ultimate bug affectionado:


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Likely more whimsical than practical for use.
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