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Author Topic: Small trailer options - fiberglass vs. aluminium???  (Read 93 times)

ronweasleys

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Small trailer options - fiberglass vs. aluminium???
« on: October 09, 2019, 09:19:36 AM »
My wife and I are in the market for a smaller tow-behind trailer. Requirements are basically a bed, small stove and a fridge. Shower / bath are optional, call those 'nice to have.' I have a large truck that would have no problem towing a smaller trailer.

I have a friend who has indicated he would sell me his 2006 16' Scamp for ~$11k, it has a front shower / bath. Size-wise it is just about right for us, and we've previously borrowed a 13' Scamp and liked it. That price is about $1k more than he paid for it 5+ years ago.

Now that we've started the search in earnest, I'm seeing a lot of brand new trailers with the same features (and arguably nicer-looking interior) that are aluminium body that are slightly bigger than that, and not much more expensive. The markups are ridiculous, but it appears that you could get one new for maybe $13k with similar features - looking specifically at a Wolf Pup 16FQีีีีufabet9x

I guess my question is how much of the Scamp / Casita / Egg prices are buying into the "club" (for lack of a better term) and how much is actual value (e.g. durability). Are the aluminium ones just really cheaply made and won't hold their value that well, or are there other things to consider?

Thanks in advance kind strangers!
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Re: Small trailer options - fiberglass vs. aluminium???
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2019, 10:49:08 AM »
I have very good knowledge of Living Lite trailers but limited understanding of the fiberglass trailers like the Casita, Scamp, etc.

The original LL's (built before about 2016-2017 have an aluminum frame, sides and roofs. The interior is a bit industrial looking with aluminum exposed frames and Azdel panels. These construction techniques offer two rather unique benefits in the world of RV's: extremely light weight and nothing to rot. The former is an advantage as autos towing specifications decline and the latter is longevity.

The fiberglass bodies use a steel frame. Don't know what they use for floors, but hopefully a composite. They give up something in weight to the LLs- fiberglass sides and roofs are heavier than all aluminum. But I don't think they give up anything in longevity.

Are you buying into a cult either the fiberglass or the all aluminum one? Well yes, but that cult is made up of people that appreciate the advantages that type of construction brings and are willing to pay a bit more for it.

David