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Old 11-02-2008, 08:36 PM   #29
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Thanks Donna, I didn't know it was a Hitch-Hut from Play Pac. I'd love to have a Play Pac tire cover.
Thanks actually go to Bonnie, she provided the brochure
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Old 11-02-2008, 08:48 PM   #30
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Ricky, if I was still in business I would buy the rights to your posted picture. What a perfect setting. "Happy trails'
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Wow..this is just what I was wanting. I've never had any info on my Play Pac, where it was made or how many years or anything. Greatly appreciate what you have written so far, can't wait to hear more.
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Old 11-03-2008, 07:24 AM   #31
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Ricky, if I was still in business I would buy the rights to your posted picture. What a perfect setting. "Happy trails'
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Steven, I was wondering why you don't have a Play Pac?
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Old 11-03-2008, 10:05 PM   #32
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Ricky, my camping days have come and gone but my love for the Playpac and its brethren has never dimmed.
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Old 11-03-2008, 10:29 PM   #33
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As I posted earlier I'll slowly tell the story of the rise and fall of the Playpac. We last left off with the successful completion of a full scale prototype(early '71). My next projects involved finding a maufacturer to build them for me as I did not have manufacturing expertise as well as ramping up our marketing effort.
I advertised in the Wall Street Journal for a manufacturer with fiberglass experience. A number of companies responded. It was a curious coincidence that at this time I had just bought a new fiberglass pleasure boat. I was so impressed with its quality that I contacted the builder, Winner Boats in Dickson, TN. I proposed that they build the Playpac under contract which after negotiation an agreement was reached probably in early '71. They approached the construction as they would a new boat model. I loved the idea of using teak for trim. They set up a new assembly line just for the Playpac after building two sets of moulds.The steel frame was contracted out.
While the prototype made its rounds of RV and auto dealer shows signing new dealers in the eastern half of the US, I had 2 salesmen on the road with the first 2 trailers off the assembly line visiting VW and RV dealers from Fl. to NY. It was pretty cool seeing a VW bug and a Ford Pinto pulling the PP with coordinating colors. The pinto was yellow so we had the lower half of the demo PP painted a matching yellow. The demo pulled by the bug had a scene of the Verranzano bridge(NY) and the Narrows water below painted by a local artist on both lower sides of the PP. A prettier site you can't imagine! As a result of our appearance in the early shows and the great press we were getting we started to get write ups in the big RV magazines of the day. At the risk of offending my Boler owner friends, the lines of RV show attendees waitng to enter and view the Playpac were always longer than the lines waiting to see the Boler. To be cont'd
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Old 11-03-2008, 11:06 PM   #34
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Also FYI,

I am the person who scanned the original copy of my PP brochure, retyped it so it was more legible, scanned the pics and then saved all as a .pdf. If there is an interest, I could post the original brochure.

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"FYI the PlayPac manual is now listed in the Document Center "
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Old 11-04-2008, 05:26 AM   #35
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Also FYI,

I am the person who scanned the original copy of my PP brochure, retyped it so it was more legible, scanned the pics and then saved all as a .pdf. If there is an interest, I could post the original brochure.

FYI the PlayPac manual is now listed in the Document Center

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Thanks Charlene, I didn't mean to steal your thunder. The PP brochure is a terrific addition to the Document Center and we [b]thank you for your effort
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Old 11-04-2008, 06:07 AM   #36
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I didn't get back on in time to thank Charlene for her brochure work. So I will now. It's exciting to have the opportunity to learn about these rare little PPs.

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Old 11-04-2008, 12:35 PM   #37
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I didn't see is asked anywhere; do you know/have the original molds or know where they are?
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Old 11-04-2008, 01:12 PM   #38
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We have owned a 1984 Boler for the last 14 years. This September I got to see Rick Brown's blue PP. This was my first opportunity to view one of your trailers, there aren't too many around here, and I was quite impressed. All the fiberglass trailers have proven themselves to be hardy and timeless. It's fun to share with others in the rebuild and upkeep of these little gems. I'm grateful that you are sharing your memories with us and keep looking forwards to your next post.
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Old 11-04-2008, 03:38 PM   #39
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Steven I must say you did a great job. My PP is my fav. thing in the whole world. I love the way it looks, the domed sky-lite, the windows that tilt out from the bottom and the huge bed/dinette. I wouldn't want any other camper and knowing it's 1 of only 75 makes it even more special. I will post some pics since most have probably never seen a PP.
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Kenny, The moulds were destroyed in '74



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I didn't see is asked anywhere; do you know/have the original molds or know where they are?
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Jim, you are so right they all have proven themselves to be hardy and timeless. It's hard for me to believe that 37 years ago the first Playpac rolled off the assembly line. It was an extraordinary but short lived chapter in my life.
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We have owned a 1984 Boler for the last 14 years. This September I got to see Rick Brown's blue PP. This was my first opportunity to view one of your trailers, there aren't too many around here, and I was quite impressed. All the fiberglass trailers have proven themselves to be hardy and timeless. It's fun to share with others in the rebuild and upkeep of these little gems. I'm grateful that you are sharing your memories with us and keep looking forwards to your next post.
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Old 11-04-2008, 10:23 PM   #42
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Ricky, I would love to see your PP one of these days. Possibly when we return to our home in Florida we will be able to vist you in Georgia. If there is a "Playpacker" out there who plans to be near Las Vegas please let us know as we would love to meet you and see on of my "babies" Happy Trails.
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