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Old 04-20-2021, 04:54 PM   #1
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Trailers made in Mexico?

With the high price if new fiberglass trailers and it appears they are mostly made in the USA and CA, I was wondering why we dont see any lower cost options made in Mexico. Is the RV scene in Mexico just not large enough to support a national company making them inside Mexico.
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If searching for a lower cost alternative to a FG trailer then a used stick built trailer may be your best bet .
As far as Mexican built FG trailers I will keep my opinion to myself
I am extremely happy & proud that Scamp is built in my home state of Minnesota.and in the USA
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Old 04-20-2021, 05:26 PM   #3
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Having managed factories in the US, we had identical operations in Mexico. We did not see any overall savings from those operations. First, they tended to be farther from suppliers and customers. Sure, their labor rates were a small fraction of the US. But that was their only advantage.

Without a significant RV market in Mexico itself, and suppliers locating in Mexico as well, the savings just aren’t there.
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Is the border open for USA campers going into Mexico? Not that I’m interested in going there, I just haven’t followed it.
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Speaking of, what happened to that new entry into the travel trailer market? The one with the name offensive to just about everybody?
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What was that name? Hmmmmm, how soon I forget. In fact it’s sooner all the time. Have a good week Glenn. Saw an Eagle landing in a tree today about a quarter mile across the river. Thought of the photo you posted a few years back.
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If searching for a lower cost alternative to a FG trailer then a used stick built trailer may be your best bet .
Oh for sure, the Coleman Lantern 17b is on my radar as I need a bunk for the kids and it cost 3x less then the Escape 17B

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As far as Mexican built FG trailers I will keep my opinion to myself
Yeah, understood and that's for the best.

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I am extremely happy & proud that Scamp is built in my home state of Minnesota.and in the USA
I dont really mind that the Trailer I want is Canadian made (Escape 17 as I tend to be a global brand shopper. I prefer Honda over Harley and Ford over Toyota. I just wanted to see why this market has been ignored in Mexico. I assume RV life is more of a luxury and the USA has a wider middle class.
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Speaking of, what happened to that new entry into the travel trailer market?
The Credenza?!?

It seems like there was an old Groucho Marx routine about the Toyota brand. It went something like:

"Corona, Corolla, Celica; sounds like two cigars and a Transylvanian vampire."

I already know that I'm nuts, but does anyone else remember this?
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What was that name? Hmmmmm, how soon I forget. In fact it’s sooner all the time. Have a good week Glenn. Saw an Eagle landing in a tree today about a quarter mile across the river. Thought of the photo you posted a few years back.
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Still have it. Them. Was able to shoot the pix from my zero gravity chair.
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With the high price if new fiberglass trailers and it appears they are mostly made in the USA and CA, I was wondering why we dont see any lower cost options made in Mexico. Is the RV scene in Mexico just not large enough to support a national company making them inside Mexico.
If you looked at the required plant investment, proximity to suppliers, and cost of overhead (Engineers, accountants, etc. tend to have similar salaries to the US), I don't think it would pencil out, given the current size of Mexico's RV market. The direct labor would be the only real savings, and that would be eaten up by transportation costs and lack of flexibility in production.

All the major automakers produce cars and trucks in Mexico for both its market and the US market, and they are high quality cars. It would be impossible to tell where a car was made were it not for labels and Monroney sticker on the vehicle. The days of Yugos (Fiat 128 license) seem to be long gone.
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People purchase all sorts of other stuff "Hecho in Mexico" that has acceptable quality function everyday.

Why would you expect a fiberglass or sticky built trailer to be any different?

A least you would know that a "Elkhart Meth Head" did not assemble your trailer. The assembly crew might only be "Monterey Drunk"!
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Old 04-21-2021, 11:19 AM   #12
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At the end of the Burro trailer production the shells were built in Mexico. There was a dispute over payment for the shells and the molds were burned up for non payment. I have a friend who lost his deposit on a Burro like the Snoozy incident. I guess you can say he got burned on the deal.
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Spectacular photos ~
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Funny stuff as long as we keep to the golden rule

Now I think about it a Meth head may be great for the final buff job before they slide out the door. My Scamp would be seen from the Space station!
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Still have it. Them. Was able to shoot the pix from my zero gravity chair.
Your eagle pictures are great. Only see this in Alaska and Canada. We do see one once in a while in the lower 48 but not often. Can't get enough of these magnificent birds.
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Your eagle pictures are great. Only see this in Alaska and Canada. We do see one once in a while in the lower 48 but not often. Can't get enough of these magnificent birds.
It was a couple of years ago, but in Calgary, I saw a mature bald eagle flying over the river. Felt like I could touch him, probably due to the large size. I understand that there is a small population of them here.
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Your eagle pictures are great. Only see this in Alaska and Canada. We do see one once in a while in the lower 48 but not often. Can't get enough of these magnificent birds.
We live in NE Minnesota and have plenty of bald eagles here. One Sunday on the way to church we saw three of them "arguing" over a road kill deer. Have a few nesting near our home and yes they are neat to see.
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Your eagle pictures are great. Only see this in Alaska and Canada. We do see one once in a while in the lower 48 but not often. Can't get enough of these magnificent birds.
They have thankfully gotten more common. We have a nesting pair in my town right now with two newborns. Getting a lot of photos posted every day or two. Magnificent!
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Is the border open for USA campers going into Mexico? Not that I’m interested in going there, I just haven’t followed it.
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I think that somewhere in the past I can remember that we used to have a border... Anyway, I would think there would be plenty of places to go in Mexico since it seems everyone is coming up here. Just an observation...
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My brother and some friends went to Guatemala years ago Gasoline was very cheap and they stayed lubricated by buying a quart of real vanilla every day. He still talks about it I only think about going to Canada.
I don’t have an interest in Mexico , just never did. Although I do like desert animals.
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