Molded Fiberglass Trailers, Part 3 — ‘Lightweight enough to tow with a minivan’



Tom and Martha Jo Trostel of Arlington, Texas, are active members of the Molded Fiberglass RV Gatherings group in Texas where they host morning coffees at the fall Pineknot Gathering, and Tom  leads Dutch Over cooking workshops.

Bigfoot_Inside_front_JulianneGCraneA few years ago, the Trostels, purchased a classic 1980 17-foot Bigfoot trailer. “We drove from Texas to Ohio to buy it,” said Tom Trostel. “It needed some TLC, but the end result has been excellent.”

The Trostels completely gutted and remodeled the interior to have sleeping space for two grandchildren on “weekends away from big city life and relaxing in nature.”

Bigfoot_gacho_JulianneGCraneThe fiberglass trailer is lightweight enough to be towed with their 2006 Toyota Sienna minivan. In addition to their weekend excursions, they “also take several long trips each year to the mountains or the beach,” said Trostel. “We are happy to be spending most of our time outside.”

Next, in the final post of this four-part series on ‘Molded Fiberglass Trailers’ there will be a list of manufacturers and online resources.

If you missed Part 1: ‘The Glass Egg’ — click here and meet retirees Beverlee Niskamen and Duke Armendariz of San Antonio, and their 2011 Escape 19.

In Molded Fiberglass Trailers, Part 2 — ‘Casita is a tight little pod’  Judy Holmes of Tyler, Texas, talks about the ease of maintaining her 2012 17-foot Casita Deluxe travel trailer.

Molded Fiberglass Trailers, Part 4 — ‘Manufacturers, online resources’ features current fabricators of these rigs.

Photos: Tom and Martha Jo Trostel standing in front of their classic 1980 17-foot Bigfoot trailer. Inside the Trostels’ refurbished travel trailer.  (Julianne G. Crane)

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