Fiberglass Trailers

Let’s hold onto summer for a bit longer, shall we? Actually, many of these tiny fiberglass trailers can probably insulate you pretty well from the impending winter.

Fiberglass trailers first became popular in the 1950s and 1960s, but since then several dozen companies and manufacturers of fiberglass trailers have been developed.

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A fiberglass trailer is usually built out of two parts. A top part and a bottom part. Each created from a mold or form and then attached together. The benefits of this is there are fewer parts to create and replace and the insulation is more effective.

Fiberglass trailers have become popular in the last few years for their low weight, access, options for customization and their cute, bubble shape.

Courtesy of Per on Fiberglass RV

Courtesy of Per on Fiberglass RV

Courtesy of Technomadia

Courtesy of Technomadia

For a smaller trailer (13-16 feet long), there is not a lot of opportunity for a large amount of design changes. The typical layout is usually a small dinette which becomes a bed, a small kitchen area, maybe a second seating or dining area and sometimes a small bathroom with shower. However, small fiberglass trailers do have all the amenities available to larger RVs including flat screen TVs, air conditioning and heating, awnings and solar panels.

Courtesy of EggCamper

Courtesy of EggCamper

Some of the most widely known fiberglass trailers are the Casita, Scamp and the Oliver. But there are also lesser known trailers like the Trillum, the EggCamper, the Oxygen and the Burro.

As a tiny house, there are still space challenges, but storage design keeps getting better. The newer designs have storage under the seating areas, in above compartments, small closets and in the bathroom. The biggest benefit of having one of these trailers as a tiny house is that you have the freedom of pulling your lightweight home with you wherever you go.

Cherie and Chris, of Technomadia, live full-time in Orion, their Oliver trailer

Hillary of thistinyhouse travels and blogs about her 50 square foot fiberglass trailer

Bruce lives full time in an RV in Yuma, AZ, but has traveled all summer in a 16-foot Scamp

Pete Jolly refurbished a 1950s Willerby Vogue

Monica lives full-time in her 16-foot Scamp with her dog

Johnny B. is a comedian living full-time out of his Casita

And, if the nomadic lifestyle is to your liking…

Join the Casita Club

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Courtesy of EggCamper Courtesy of EggCamper

Courtesy of Oliver Trailer

Courtesy of Oliver Trailers

Courtesy of Casita Trailers

Courtesy of Casita Trailers

Courtesy of Trillum Trailers

Courtesy of Trillum Trailers

Courtesy of Chris and Fiberglass RV

Courtesy of Chris and Fiberglass RV

By Christina Nellemann for the (Tiny House Blog)

18 Comments Fiberglass Trailers

  1. Anne B

    I have been wondering when an entry about fiberglass trailers would come up! Egg trailers, as we affectionately refer to them, are used by many as more than just weekend accommodations. I plan to live in my 1981 13 foot Burro (double fiberglass walls with batt insulation between the walls)for months at a time when I have sold my current house. I am surprised that the article did not reference the largest forum for these trailers: http://www.fiberglassrv.com
    There is a tremendous wealth of information and support for living with fiberglass trailers on FGRV forum.

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  2. Christina

    Anne, We would love to do a post on you and your Burro when you sell your house. Keep us posted.

    I do have a link to the fiberglass RV website. In the post, click on the link in the second paragraph. They do have a great forum.

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  3. Cherie / Technomadia

    Thanks so much for this article, and for including us and our beloved Oliver Travel Trailer. We’ve been living in ours full time since we picked it up at the factory in July 2008, and loving it! (Our last home on wheels was even smaller – a 16′ Tab clamshell).

    – Cherie

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  4. alice

    No mention of fibreglass trailers is complete without including the Boler. They’re a classic! My 13′ Boler is not currently roadworthy so it’s up on blocks with a huge deck that extends to the edge of a small ‘cliff’, kind of like being in a treehouse. I’ve modified the interior for more storage space and a better single person setup. The deck is eventually going to get a bolt together winter porch that can accommodate a wood stove but in the meantime has a small roofed section that can be tarped in various configurations.

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  5. William Wood

    Hi, does anyone know of any manufatorers who will make an aluminum or fibreglass shell-camper(fundamental frame and siding), so that I can finish the camper and do the interior myself?? All I need is a good shell with a bathroom/toilet, and connections(electrical, etc)..?? I read in the past that French yaht manufatorers would make the shell and sell it so that the buyer could finish the boat to his own needs. Why can’t camper/RV makers offer this to the public??

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  6. Anne B

    Christina,
    Sorry I missed the link in the second paragraph. I’m sure to have lots to post when I get on the road!

    William,
    I have seen posts from a couple of people that recently purchased a fiberglass “shell” attached to the trailer from EggCamper at a basic price so that they could finish the interior themselves. Pictures of finished EggCampers are shown in Christina’s article. Contact information at http://www.eggcamper.com

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  7. Suzanne

    We have an Eggcamper and returned in August from a 10,683 5 week trip to N. CA, WA and OR. It was great and with a screen room was very comfortable.

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  8. Noel Gilbrough

    I just purchased an 83 burro and want to add an airconditioner and heater to it. Does anybody have any good ideas?

    Noel

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  9. Polly

    For 20 years we have traveled from N to S, E to West in our 16′ SCAMP up to 30 days a couple of times yearly — and we LOVE the SCAMP. Would purchase the same again — however age is requiring us to depart with ours. Sad decision. We have a/c, electric heat, microwave, refrigerator, toilet only in bath — been out in 100 degree to windchill of zero and stayed comfortable — would have the same again. –Polly

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  10. Roger C H

    The only brands currently being made are:

    Bigfoot – Armstrong, British Columbia
    Casita – Rice, Texas
    Eggcamper – Grandville, Michigan
    Escape – Chiliwack, British Columbia
    Lil Snoozy – St Matthews, South Carolina
    Little Joe – Henderson, Colorado
    Outback – Calgary, Alberta
    Parkliner – Gibsonville, North Carolina
    Scamp – Backus, Minnesota
    Trillium – Florence Arizona

    The place they are made is important because typically one either drives to the factory to pick up or pays $1.5 per mile delivery charges.

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  11. Yvonne

    We just started a complete reno of a 1987 Casita, practically re-building from scratch after buying one in pieces. Unfortunately, Johnny B’s blog appears to be invitation-only so we were not able to explore the link.

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