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Posted: 09/24/11 02:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'll add another vote for Escape Trailer Industries. I have an Escape 17B. I also have a web page that links many blogs by owners of small fiberglass trailers as well as links to fiberglass forums & manufactures. Fiberglass Trailers.


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Scamp vs Casita If this was the WWE instead of RV.Net this thread would be referred to as "Midget Wrestling"

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Posted: 09/26/11 12:28am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The headroom in a Casita depends on which model you get. You don't spend a lot of time walking around in a trailer, but you spend hours sleeping in the bed. I'm 6'4" and do fine in our Casita 17. A 17 has a freezer which the 16 does not have.

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Essie2Go wrote:

...The only holes in the fiberglass shell are to add the windows, vents and door....


This Myth gets perpetuated over and over again. The awning plate is drilled then riveted the awning length to the shell along the top roof. and has bolts on each end. Also Has bolts at the bottom mounts. The middle seam is screwed all the way around. Vents and covers are First drilled they riveted around the Perimeter ETC.

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Posted: 09/25/11 09:14am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We also have an Escape. We molded fiberglass trailer owners tend to be pretty loyal to our brand and I'm no exception. I could hang off the cabnetry, it's that solid. The only holes in the fiberglass shell are to add the windows, vents and door. These are very well planned and built trailers. We have camped heavily for 5 seasons - February - October and the trailer still looks new. They are certainly worth looking at if you're looking for a small sturdy trailer.


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Thanks to all for your time and great info

Special thanks to Deserthawk for the through comps of the Scamp and Casita...

I'm also very impressed with the Escape and with the fine folks at the Escape factory who offered so much info for me to ponder. The problem is, apparently, it's very difficult to find a used Escape for sale.


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Posted: 09/27/11 05:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bonding the top and bottom halves is standard procedure on fiberglass boats. How many boats of all sizes are out there. There are a lot more reports about leaky stick-builts than molded fiberglass.

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Yes, there are other holes to attach things to the shell, just like every other trailer. And, with zero maintance, they will leak, just like any other trailer. I've read fiberglassrv.com since 2004 and seen dozens of frame-off restorations. I've never seen anyone able to seperate the two halves of the shell because they're glassed together, not bolted. But, all that aside, there are no new trailers in their price range that will last longer than a Casita or Scamp. Nobody reading this post will be alive when they wear out. I'm sure my great-grand kids will be able to camp in my 1980 Bigfoot if they chose to.





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Yes good point, two halves are fiberglassed together have leaked in the past. Escape posted a note where a S&S screwed through the two halves was leaking. Which then rots the wood mount.

Was it kamperbob who posted the photos of the scamp where the two halves (fiberglassed) came unbonded, then leaked. Whoever it was used gorilla glue to fill in the leak after ripping out the wall covering that hid the leak.

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BroncosFan wrote:

Essie2Go wrote:

...The only holes in the fiberglass shell are to add the windows, vents and door....


This Myth gets perpetuated over and over again. The awning plate is drilled then riveted the awning length to the shell along the top roof. and has bolts on each end. Also Has bolts at the bottom mounts. The middle seam is screwed all the way around. Vents and covers are First drilled they riveted around the Perimeter ETC.


Ahh yes, i forgot about the awning.... oh yes...door hinges too... that said, the two halves are fiberglassed together and you are MUCH less likely to have a leak problem in a true fiberglass trailer. The overall quality is superior and they are made to last.

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