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Old 08-30-2009, 06:56 PM   #15
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A couple of "I think but I'm not sures"

It's "Cloud" not "Cloud 9"
Casita in Backus may have had something to do with Scamp/Acorn.

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Old 08-30-2009, 07:40 PM   #16
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A couple of "I think but I'm not sures"

It's "Cloud" not "Cloud 9"
Casita in Backus may have had something to do with Scamp/Acorn.

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Thanks Raya. I am not sure why I thought it was "Cloud 9". I did find a post on FGRV of someone selling a Cloud 9. All other documents that I have are simply "cloud".
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Don't forget Fiber Stream. Built in the mid-late '70s and early '80s in California (Lodi, I think).
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Don't forget Fiber Stream. Built in the mid-late '70s and early '80s in California (Lodi, I think).
Is the Fiber Stream a molded fiberglass trailer? I would love to see your trailer sometime. If you have any info about it please send it my way. There is an El macho in Santa Cruz that I also want to see. I didn't include all the fiberglass travel trailers on the list. I am not excluding any fiberglass trailers. I just posted the ones that I am focusing on right now.
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Don't forget Fiber Stream. Built in the mid-late '70s and early '80s in California (Lodi, I think).
Judging by the list of nameplates selected, it appears that Matt is focusing on the Boler (& Cloud) 13' designs and their variations... Fiber Stream (made in Mira Loma, CA) was a completely different design, made only in the 16' length.
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I am not excluding any fiberglass trailers. I just posted the ones that I am focusing on right now.
There is a person I know here in San Diego who is an original owner of a Fiber Stream that she purchased directly from the manufacturer. She is a member here, but has not logged on in some time.
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Is the Fiber Stream a molded fiberglass trailer?
The Fiber Stream is a molded bubble - one part, no seams. 16' overall -- 13 foot box with three foot tongue.

We are new to the fiber glass RV scene. Frederick Simpson, a moderator on this forum, would be a great source - He owns a fairly stock '78 and lives in San Diego.

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In his book: Teardrops And Tiny Trailers, Douglas Keister has a chapter devoted to molded fiberglass tralers called, "Glass Houses" beginning on page 110. He features a Fiber Stream on page 115.
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[quote]This is ours
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I forgot that you bought the Fiber Stream that Ron Wrighton had modified to carry his Motor-Bike on the extended tongue.
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Judging by the list of nameplates selected, it appears that Matt is focusing on the Boler (& Cloud) 13' designs and their variations... Fiber Stream (made in Mira Loma, CA) was a completely different design, made only in the 16' length.

Well I guess I should clarify what I am looking for. I want to find the history of fiberglass trailers and the connections between the different companies. My main focus is on small 13 foot fiberglass trailers. For example why do most of the 13 foot trailers look like a boler or cloud?

I am interested in the history of all molded fiberglass trailers especially ones that were made in the 1970s or earlier. For example Trailerboat, Geographic, Play Pac, Compact.

The documentary is not just about the history of fiberglass trailers. It is about the people who own them and the culture that surrounds them.
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Frederick Simson ... owns a fairly stock '78 and lives in San Diego.
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This is my 1978 Fiber Stream at The Oregon Gathering in July.
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Well I guess I should clarify what I am looking for. I want to find the history of fiberglass trailers and the connections between the different companies. My main focus is on small 13 foot fiberglass trailers. For example why do most of the 13 foot trailers look like a boler or cloud?
Because the fellow who designed the Boler started it all with the 13 footer. Boler attempted to franchise in the US with only Scamp continuing to this day. All the others went defunct within a couple of years. Casita is a spin off of Scamp.

Trillium and others came along in the early/mid 1970's simply with a more square look and some with pop tops.


Oh and did you know that Boler got it's name because someone told the designer that it looked like a Boler hat. I can't see that as I have a Scamp which looks like a Boler but not a Boler hat rather a Marshmallow.
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I guess I should give everyone a quick update. I have been able to contact people associated with the manufacturing of the following trailers:

Boler Canada
Boler American
Eco
Love Bug
Scamp
Perris Pacer
El Macho
Trillium
Play Pac


Here are the top 3 things I am looking for right now:
  1. Name of the person who started Cloud 9 is St Cloud MN. Any information about Cloud 9 would be helpful.
  2. Name of the person who started Casita in Backus MN
  3. Info on following companies:

    Vanguard Trailers - Winfield, BC
    Midhurst Fiberglass - 151 Tiffin Street Barrie ON
    Advanced Fiberglass - ? ON
    Minit - Southern California
    Tote N Tarry - ?
    Trek - ?

Hello Matt,

Thanks for all of your research on this. In regards to the Trek (which I feel is closer to the Scamp than anything else), the nameplate shows the full name of [b]Trek, Inc.. Also, at least in the state of Illinois, the DMV also shows the Trek, Inc. name in their list of known RVs. I, like you, have found nothing whatsoever about any history of Trek. My nameplate does show a manu date of 3/78. If you look closely at the work Trek on the decal, you can see a star in the middle of the R. Of course, the obvious is Star Trek and the pinstriping on the camper sides does have an abstract shape similar to the profile of the 'Enterprise'.

I'm hoping that maybe you could fill the gaps on the history of this one. Unfortunately, also, is the fact that my title lists this camper as a 'Homemade unit' since the original title was lost years before I acquired it.

I was also quite pleased that Frederick Simpson posted that he saw another 'Trek' in California last year. So at leasrt I know that I'm not alone now.

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Matt, as you have probably gleaned, the Boler was the original top/bottom half (belly-band) molded fiberglass trailer. Most of the current top/bottom style trailers are what they are because when Boler American went under, the various companies who had originally licensed the Boler American molds produced trailers under whatever their corporate name was... and there were several.

The left/right side trailers (top seam) do appear to have originated with the Cloud, manufactured in St. Cloud MN originally, but no one (to my knowledge) has a definitive history of the Cloud or how (or if) it morphed into the original Burro manufactured in Plymouth, MN. I presume that there is some legacy between the two trailers because of their design and the proximity in which both companies were located.

I'll be interested to see if you manage to run that connection down!

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