Hello from Charlevoix, MI - Fiberglass RV

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Old 08-19-2017, 06:00 PM   #1
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Hello from Charlevoix, MI


I am new to this forum and fiberglass campers, but I've owned a few motorhomes over the years. Right now I don't have an RV, but my son and I are interested in the small fiberglass molded designs and like the ease of towing and storage. My wife is less enthused. Regardless, the designs are really ingenious and I truly enjoy learning more about each model - and past models too.

Thank you for allowing me to join.

-William (Charlevoixboy)

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Old 08-19-2017, 06:53 PM   #2
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Welcome, lot's of good information here, and a lot of different campers -- all in the fiberglass family. Hope you enjoy your camper when it happens...

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Old 08-19-2017, 07:55 PM   #3
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Welcome, William!

May be tough getting your wife to downsize from a motorhome, but I hear you about the advantages of a smaller, lightweight trailer with a molded shell.

There are some larger molded options- at least they're large by standards here; they are still relatively compact compared to large Class A's. Check out offerings from Escape, Bigfoot, and Oliver.

Best wishes!
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Old 08-20-2017, 08:58 AM   #4
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I have an Escape 19 which you're welcome to come and look at.
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Old 08-20-2017, 10:15 AM   #5
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Hi William! We full time in our Escape 5.0 and passed through Charlevoix a month ago. What a charming town, we loved being there! Could have watched boats go in and out to Lake Michigan all day long.
Full-timers in our Escape 5.0. Check out our travel blog at www.twopluslu.com or our Instagram account @twopluslu if you'd like to follow along!
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Old 08-20-2017, 12:13 PM   #6
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You live in a motorhome, but you live out of a molded fiberglass trailer. -Trite but true.

Check out screened rooms like CLAM shelters as an inexpensive way to add square footage. They are quick set up and among the best.
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Old 08-20-2017, 12:41 PM   #7
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Charlevoix is my dream destination! We just never plan ahead far enough to find a spot.
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Old 08-20-2017, 01:13 PM   #8
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Thank you. It is a process, but as our kids graduate from college (one to go!) we will again be looking at smaller campers. I just absolutely love the fiberglass design and durability.
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Old 08-20-2017, 01:29 PM   #9
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Welcome William! Another Michigander here. We live near Port Huron, MI. We're in between trailers. Just sold our Scamp 13 and will be going to Backus, MN to pick up our new 16 in October. If you want to see how they are made and learn a little about Scamps; they offer tours. I believe it's the closest FG Mfr to you, about a 600 mile trip thru the U.P. and northern WI. For a quick reference, if you draw a line from Duluth to Fargo, it's about half way. Recommend going before the snow flies, but we don't have to tell you that!

Another opportunity to see many different makes and models will be at the Algonac Glassic Egg Scramble Rally right here in MI. on Sep 8-10.
Not only will you see the trailers, but you'll meet some really nice people that love to show off their trailers and answer all your questions. It's hosted by Pam Garlow, one of our forum moderators, and well attended. We will miss it this year because we won't have our trailer yet, but plan to stop by and say hi to all.

Have fun learning about all the different brand trailers. I really don't think you can choose a bad one. Each make has it's followers and maybe a few detractors, but there's one out there somewhere that will be perfect for you. You'd be surprised how many people come from a motorhome background, BTW. We've had a few people camping in MH's and huge 5th wheels make comments like "We had a small trailer like that. That's when camping was fun!"


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