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Old 03-10-2013, 06:22 PM   #1
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Fiberglass advantages and ease of towing

I hope these questions aren't too repetitious but I'd like to understand once and for all the advantages of fiberglass trailers as well as what makes the Escape so easy to tow. I'm wondering whether anyone has had a squared off trailer and then gotten an Escape of the same length and whether you've noticed differences in the ease of towing.

I'm asking now because last night we were with friends who are also looking for a 19' trailer, but they are concerned about feeling claustrophobic and they said they saw a 19' trailer at an RV that had a slideout window and they thought that was a great idea.

Theoretically I suppose a slideout might be great, but I thought that somehow the trailer wouldn't be as structurally sound and I also thought that a fiberglass trailer wouldn't be able to have a slideout, which leads to the topic of fiberglass vs. what i think people refer to as a stick trailer. I've read various things about the advantages of fiberglass, but couldn't really present any coherent facts to our friends and just for myself, I'd like to understand better what the advantages of fiberglass are. I've looked on this forum and the fiberglass forum before but haven't seen the thoughts all in one place.
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Old 03-10-2013, 06:39 PM   #2
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Wouldn't you know, as soon as I pasted the above, I found a helpful thread on the fiberglass site. Fiberglass vs aluminum trailer - Fiberglass RV, but I'd still welcome opinions here -- especially about comparisons in towing and whether a slideout compromises a trailer.
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Went to a family reunion last summer, camping in our Escape 17 B. A nephew arrived with his thirty-something feet trailer with the slide-outs. I spent the day eating and drinking and he spent the day waiting for a mechanic to repair the slide-outs so he could open them. The previous night they spent with three kids in the closed up trailer, climbing over furniture etc. to get to the bathroom.
Simplicity. Less stuff to go wrong. Fewer opportunities for water leaks and in general, better construction. A lot of the stick-builts are pressed cardboard and staples.
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:44 PM   #4
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A 19' is 7' wide. I am told that towing a trailer that is 8' wide is quite different. Not as stable according to some.

When I first saw a fiberglass egg, that's all I wanted. People have to see themselves in them. Of course, most people are used to seeing sticks and maybe even staying in them, so that heavily influences them.

Unless full-timers, or the weather is bad for days, most do not really live in their fiberglass trailers. They are out and about. Those with big stick trailers have to live in theirs because they paid for all of those amenities.

I don't suppose there is a personality that goes with fiberglass eggs but people choose according to where they are in life and where they are in camping lifestyle. If someone views an Escape and buys a stick, I figure their lifestyle is just not right for a fiberglass egg.
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:46 PM   #5
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These are good reminders of what I want in a trailer, which is the least amount that will make us comfortable as well as the easiest maintenance. When we had our airstream I usually cooked outside and sometimes I wondered if I was being silly, but I enjoy cooking outside -- I don't mind how long it takes to peel garlic when I'm outdoors, particularly when there's a nice view. And that's interesting about the mechanical failure of the slideouts. I think the slideouts are meant for staying in one place.

I am still curious about people's experiences towing squared off trailers. My husband thinks that for us going from 31' to 19' will make a huge difference no matter what the trailer, but I'm not convinced that is true.
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We had a 21 ft stick trailer that was only 7 feet wide but squared off on the front like most of them, it didn't tow as nicely as our 19ft by a fair margin .
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Old 03-11-2013, 08:37 AM   #7
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Dave, my husband Terry (the scientist) would like to know if you towed both trailers with the same tow vehicle.
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I sold a 3 month old 2012 stick trailer with a slide out to purchase my 2012 Escape. The reason was the slide out motor failed, after 90 days. There was no back up, which to me was/is a design flaw. Not all slide outs have mechanical backup systems. You are dead in the water with a dead slide out.
Towing the stick built decreased my mileage more than the rounded Escape and you noticed crosswinds more.
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Jim that is really helpful. From reading the posts for the past few months I had gotten a general sense of why the Escape is worth the extra money (not to mention the trip to Canada to pick it up) but as we get close to actually buying it it helps to be able to zero in on the specific advantages.
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Although not the same truck they are similar, the 21 ft we had a 1998 chevrolet tahoe and now we have a 2003 gmc yukon
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