I arrive at the Fiberglass RV Rally in Quartzsite, AZ on Wednesday the 10th. It would probably be more accurate to call this a molded fiberglass rally, because that’s the kind of trailers that are here.
For those not in the know, most molded fiberglass RVs are made with a top and a bottom half, joined together in the center. For Casitas, that join point is the silver “belly band” that runs the width of the trailer. Molded fiberglass trailers hold up really well over time because there are less leak points than with traditional “slab” sided trailers and there is no wood in the walls or ceiling to rot so if there is a leak, the trailer keeps its structural integrity.
There are a lot of other brands of molded fiberglass “egg” trailers besides Casita. I see Scamps, Escapes, Olivers, Bigfoots (or would that be Bigfeet?), and even an old Burro out here in lengths ranging from 13 to 23 feet. In the above picture, you can see the nose of a little fifth wheel poking out from behind the older Casita. That’s a 19′ Scamp and yes it’s still made with two halves joined together.
The queen size bed is in the nose, it goes wall to wall but there are cabinets and a small closet up there for clothing. The staircase leading down from the bed is narrow, and beside it is the bathroom, a marine style like my Casita. The kitchen is split in the middle with the stove and sink on one side and the refrigerator and counter space on the other, like the Liberty and Independence model Casitas. The back is a dinette that can seat four. In the Scamp world, “Deluxe” refers not to the presence or absence of a bathroom, but to the trim and cabinetry. This one is a deluxe (you can tell by the gold graphics on the outside instead of red) and instead of fiberglass cabinets it has wood. It looks homier, but I personally think I prefer the fiberglass because of the aforementioned resistance to water damage.
It’s a good five days. I meet a lot of nice people and it’s fun seeing what folks have done with the inside of their trailers. There’s a lot of sitting in camp chairs in the shade and chatting due to temperatures in the 80’s. I attend an impromptu para-cord bracelet making session one day and on other watch a ladderball tournament, there must be at least ten teams competing for prizes. I’ve never seen ladderball before, you toss a rope with a ball on either end at a ladder with three rungs. The top rung is worth 1 point, middle is 2 points, bottom is 3 points if your rope hangs or wraps around the rung. But watch out, the other team will try to dislodge your ropes with their own, and if they do you lose points.
Do you see that little green and white trailer behind the game field? That’s something you likely haven’t seen before because it’s brand new. It’s called the HC1, a 13′ molded fiberglass trailer with fun retro lines. Happier Camper was started by Derek Michael out of California just a couple years ago. He’s here with these two demo trailers to drum up interest, and they certainty are interesting!
The interior is modular in design, kind of like Legos. The floor is a 3×5 grid of squares that you can mount ‘blocks’ in in any way you desire. There are hollow bench blocks with storage space, you can put cushions on them and make them into a dinette or bed of any size, there are ice chest blocks, porta-potti blocks, and a kitchenette block with a sink in the middle with a flip up table for counter space.
If you made the whole thing bench blocks you could have a giant bed that sleeps five or if you take all the blocks out, you have a cargo trailer for hauling gear – the rear pops open for ease of access and there are rings set into the floor for tying things down. For blank floor squares, there are bamboo floor tiles that pop into place. It’s really, really cool looking but quite pricey.
I was trailer number 128 to register for the rally and the total ends up being 164. That’s a lot of eggs! Last year’s total was 111, so this year blew 2015 out of the water. Like me, most of them don’t stay the full week though, folks are constantly coming and going, some only hanging around for a night or two. I myself arrived two days after the official start. Perhaps that’s why the rally drew so many more folks this year, the longer length giving more people the opportunity to come even if only for part of it.
On the last night of the rally, Valentine’s Day evening, I’m typing at the computer when I look out of the Casita’s rear window and see the clouds to the east lit up with a pinkish glow. Oh, this is going to be good! I grab my phone and head outside for the show.
The colors start out pastel pink and peachy and get more vibrant as they march across the sky from east to west, following the setting sun.
By the end the western horizon is a harsh mass of yellow and orange nearing on red that looks a bit ominous against the quickly darkening landscape. What a sendoff! Next stop: Ehrenberg.
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