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Old 03-28-2009, 08:56 PM   #1
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While walking around an RV show in San Diego last Friday I noticed a used 2005 Coach House motorhome for sale at $105k. I don't know if it's worth that much but I was surprised that the company making them is still in business, especially considering the present economic climate. It's rather small by motorhome standards but extremely expensive owing in part to its molded fiberglass construction and probably more so the overall quality of build. So now I'm wondering why this RV has never been discussed here before or maybe it has but I haven't noticed. Anyway, I think it's a great example of quality molded fiberglass construction and the only motorhome still made this way to my understanding. Anyone see one? Comments about it?
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Old 03-28-2009, 09:29 PM   #2
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They have been around for sometime the most likely reason that it is not discussed here it is
not a travel trailer. With that said they are a great Class C, well made and very expensive.
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Old 03-28-2009, 09:48 PM   #3
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... the most likely reason that it is not discussed here it is
not a travel trailer.
So right you are. There on the home page it states .... travel trailers. I thought all along that this site involved any RV that was molded fiberglass. Sorry for stepping out of line.
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Old 03-28-2009, 10:04 PM   #4
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So right you are. There on the home page it states .... travel trailers. I thought all along that this site involved any RV that was molded fiberglass. Sorry for stepping out of line.
Hi Steve
As a moderator I feel you did not step out of line. I think we all like to see whats out there. Yes this is a Trailer forum on moulded Fiberglass units, but you will see from time to time other RV,s mentioned.
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Old 03-29-2009, 08:07 AM   #5
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Yup! What Ches said.
We do like to see what else is out there as well .
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Old 03-29-2009, 12:06 PM   #6
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Yup! What Ches said.
We do like to see what else is out there as well .
Thanks for the moderation....I agree and I am glad to see and hear about the use of fiberglass in recreational vehicles in general. Most of us aren't interested in motorhomes but we sure are interested in FG construction. I often wonder why it isn't more widely used in rvs. Thanks for posting the motorhome.

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Old 03-29-2009, 03:31 PM   #7
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They have been around for sometime the most likely reason that it is not discussed here it is
not a travel trailer. With that said they are a great Class C, well made and very expensive.
I'm not sure anyone coming into this web site for the first time would understand that "molded lightweight fiberglass RV" really meant that it was for molded fiberglass RVs except for class C motorhomes. That being said, thanks for the post Steve. I had no idea there was such an animal.
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Old 03-29-2009, 03:48 PM   #8
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I'm not sure anyone coming into this web site for the first time would understand that "molded lightweight fiberglass RV" really meant that it was for molded fiberglass RVs except for class C motorhomes.
Yes it is a quandry. However it's in the registration information:
"We want to build this into a place that welcomes all owners and potential owners of all makes and models of Molded Fiberglass Travel Trailers."

Now if we could just get people to read.
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Old 03-29-2009, 04:27 PM   #9
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There are several brands of small motor homes and truck campers made of molded fiberglass.
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Old 03-29-2009, 04:32 PM   #10
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There are several brands of small motor homes and truck campers made of molded fiberglass.
Interesting. What other MHs have molded fiberglass construction besides Chinook and Coach House?

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Old 03-29-2009, 04:51 PM   #11
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It's okay Steve. We're in General Chat and I'll contribute. How about the Scamp Motorhome!
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Old 03-29-2009, 05:11 PM   #12
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It's no problem, Steve... we're all interested in a variety of things... I have a 23' Born Free motorhome that is actually a combination of molded fiberglass panels... a different approach yet; although it has a 'sticky' & steel frame underneath the fiberglass panels.

It makes a great tow vehicle for our Bigfoot 25B25RQ molded fiberglass trailer!

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Old 03-29-2009, 06:10 PM   #13
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Now if we could just get people to read.


Donna, my fault.
There can be only one of three reasons I didn't know that.
1- I don't know how to read!
2 -I didn't read it!
3- I forgot it!

Personally I'd bet on #3 because I am the only one who knows how old I am.
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Old 03-29-2009, 06:38 PM   #14
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HAHAHAHAHA Ron, I just want you to know you are THE ONLY ONE that didn't read that... NOT

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But who can blame the uninitiated, we're a good group of people to hang out with... and very, very helpful too.
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If Chinook is the name of the fiberglass body on the Toyota chassis, then you know the one I have seen, although it was Sun Rader (or Raider) when I saw it. Bigfoot may also have made one.
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Old 03-29-2009, 09:15 PM   #16
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If Chinook is the name of the fiberglass body on the Toyota chassis, then you know the one I have seen, although it was Sun Rader (or Raider) when I saw it. Bigfoot may also have made one.
I saw one of these. The attention to detail in the fiberglass work is the best I've seen.
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Old 03-29-2009, 09:44 PM   #17
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So how much is that Coach House?
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...a [b]used 2005 Coach House motorhome for sale at [b]$105k.
That's a lot of zeros...
$105,000.00
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:13 AM   #19
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It's no problem, Steve... we're all interested in a variety of things... I have a 23' Born Free motorhome that is actually a combination of molded fiberglass panels... a different approach yet; although it has a 'sticky' & steel frame underneath the fiberglass panels.

It makes a great tow vehicle for our Bigfoot 25B25RQ molded fiberglass trailer!

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Is the Born Free molded fiberglass in the same sense as Bigfoot, Casita, Scamp, etc. trailers? It looks like there are more sections than just two halves. There was another Class C MH even nicer in some respects than the Coach House that had an exterior put together similar to the Born Free. See Krystal.
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Chinook went out of business a few years ago, but there are still many around that look very similar to the Coach House MH's. Thirty years ago Chinook was making very lightweight models on a Toyota truck chassis, but they expanded beyond that long ago. I was just looking at one for sale locally that is a 1999 model built on a Ford E-450. The owner is claiming it has only 36000 miles on it and is asking $32,000. Pretty good price probably. It was probably $90,000 or so when new. Beautiful RV inside and out.

Steve, looks like you are actively shopping since selling your Bigfoot 17. Good luck with that!
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