Fibre Glass Caravans

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 12:02
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Looks pretty now but how will it last?

There are many aluminium vans on the road and "permanents" at Van Parks that are from the 60's and 70's. They may look a little daggy but they last.

Based on how FG boats look after 20 years, I am wondering if a FG van could possibly last thirty or forty years. Boats suffer from Osmosis I believe, whether this is due to salt water or water in general I'm not sure.

Someone suggested that many moons ago Vans were produced in FG. I can't say I've ever seen one of these oldies, perhaps they've all died? Maybe new breed FG is more robust?

Thoughts?
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 13:22

Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 13:22
Hi Jimbo,

Don't know how long FG vans would last, but gotta be better than an aluminium sided off-road van taken off-road! Had both sides of my van replaced due to denting, scratching and penetration whereas the FG poptop roof came thru unscathed. My money is on the FG for durability, but does it come at a weight penalty?

Cheers

Captain

PS. Reckon Osmosis is only an issue when submersed in water, particulary salt water as that has a significantly higher osmotic pressure.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 14:27

Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 14:27
Ha ha ..... I reckon the chances of getting osmosis in a GRP caravan would be around a trillion to one!
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Reply By: Member - Tony G (ACT) - Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 14:00

Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 14:00
I had a Chesney FG Camper Van in the early 70's, nice clean lines, not affected by stone chips very much, and towed well on dirt roads through western Qld.

When i moved to Cairns it never got used much, so sold it for what it cost me new. Great camper.
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Reply By: Steve - Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 16:52

Sunday, Feb 26, 2006 at 16:52
I was talking to a distributor of Geist Caravans recently. he reckoned the 25/27 footer he was showing me would've weighed over2500kgs in an aluminium van. This one weighed 1800kgs in glass. Beaut van, but pricey.
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