The Nature of Fiberglass Products
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Happier Camper utilizes fiberglass because of its beautiful aesthetic, impressive strength-to-weight ratio, and longevity.
Nature of Fiberglass
Happier Camper utilizes fiberglass because of its beautiful aesthetic, impressive strength-to-weight ratio, and longevity. We like to say you never truly own a Happier Camper… you just care for it for the next generation!
Our fiberglass campers are constructed with a strong matrix of filaments and resin that is covered with a glossy gelcoat finish. We choose gelcoat instead of paint for its luxe, shiny finish and longevity. Paint is also heavier and does not last as long- especially when exposed to the elements.
Off-Gassing and Dust
Your new camper is safe and ready to use as soon as it arrives. As with new cars, our trailers will smell of the manufacturing process until the materials have fully off-gassed. The length of the off-gassing process depends on how long ago the camper was produced, factors such as temperature and humidity, and how your camper is stored. Leaving windows & doors open while using an air freshener will help with the off-gassing.
Before each camper leaves headquarters, it is thoroughly cleaned by our technicians. During the camper’s maiden voyage, it is possible for some fiberglass dust to be displaced and end up on the cushions or floor.
Gelcoat and Spider Cracks
Happier Camper is not responsible for the incidence or repair of gelcoat cracks or spider cracks. Please know our Support team will always be happy to answer questions and assess any cracks that occur.
During the production process, the trailer is manufactured in several pieces which are then bonded together and covered with gelcoat. The area where these pieces come together are called “part lines”. Sometimes, the gelcoat added to this area will appear uneven. Spider cracks are sometimes seen in this area as well.
Handbuilt by Craftsmen
You will see the detailing of workmanship on each and every Happier Camper. This may include slight differences in the look or feel of the fiberglass or installation of an item in your camper. Since we don’t use a mechanized, industrialized assembly line, no two campers will be or look exactly the same.
One of the benefits of fiberglass is that it does not absorb moisture. As such, you may notice condensation gather on the walls or collecting in nooks & crevices. This is normal and can be expected especially when its colder outside the trailer than inside.
Cracking can be normal
Though it is very strong, fiberglass products are known for exhibiting small cracks and fissures called gelcoat cracks and spider cracks. They are nothing to worry about and are considered cosmetic, not structural. These minor cracks are commonplace on the gelcoat of fiberglass products. Gelcoat cracks and spider cracks are a normal part of owning any fiberglass product and can be remedied in many ways! Our Support team will be happy to walk you through your options.
It is to be expected for gelcoat cracks and spider cracks to occur in your camper. As opposed to other fiberglass objects like hot tubs, bathtubs, or airplanes, Happier Campers endure a lot of jostling while on the road which can result in these minor cracks developing. There is no way to truly avoid them but remember, they are completely normal and can be expected.
Contact our Support team with any questions you may have about your Happier Camper!