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Old 08-31-2009, 08:19 AM   #29
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I agree! As a native Minnesotan, I'm quite interested.

I do hope you'll report back here so that we can keep the information pathway going on our board (even for folks who may not see your film).

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Old 08-31-2009, 10:36 AM   #30
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As a Cloud owner I would be interested to know the production numbers. I hear this was quite low 300 - 400?
Also wondering how many are still onthe road!
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Old 09-01-2009, 12:34 AM   #31
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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.

Terry Jeffers

Thanks for the info on Trek. I have not been able to find out where they were made. Trek, Tote 'n Tarry, Minit and other rare trailers have very little info posted online.
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:07 AM   #32
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Hi Matt


While at Emily this year I was informed that the molds for the Boler did not go to Midhurst, Ont., near Barrie, but only the finished product that was on hand when the Earlton plant closed and that this was an assembly plant only.
This was during the petroleum crisis in the 80's and the plant at Midhurst changed names several times. One of these was Advanced Fiberglass which made the '84 model that we have. BTW I believe that there were 5 Bolers of that model year at this years gathering.
I do find it difficult, though, to believe that they had enough pre-manufactured bodies to last for the number of years that they were in business until the last one was made about 1988.
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Old 09-22-2009, 08:57 PM   #33
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Hi Matt

Another piece of trivia. My grandfather's company in the 1970s was Structural Glass. They were the leaders in fibreglass at that time and created the prototypes for the septic tank. Ray Olecko who is publicly credited for inventing the Boler was an employee there in the late 60s early 70s. The Boler concept came about during his time at the company as I have understood it from employees who are still around. I can't say 100% if any of the early prototypes were made there but that was what family members recall having been discussed. Ray left the company and since the trailer development wasn't something that my grandfather and his partner were interested in, he got partners and developed it on his own. We have always considered this connection with the Boler trailer fondly. Unfortunately the original owners of the company are all deceased.

My mom and family remember all of the funky creations that came about in fibreglass. Luckily for us we got to try a lot of their creations including boats, portable saunas etc all made from fibreglass. One of my uncles designed his own pop up trailer and made it at the Structural Glass plant in Winnipeg too. My grandfather's partner and family all died in a plane crash, and my grandfather continued building the company until he retired in 1981.

Apparently there were other fibreglass trailers made I believe at Monarch Fibreglass in Winnipeg in the 70s and 80s. There are still people around who worked there. The plant was at the west end of the city on Portage Avenue.
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Old 10-24-2009, 08:42 PM   #34
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Old 08-27-2011, 10:43 AM   #36
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While doing research on the Cloud ~ Burro connection, I came across this thread. Has anyone heard any current rumblings about this project and any recent progress that may have been made?

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Old 08-27-2011, 10:46 AM   #37
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It's been more than four months now since Matt logged into FiberglassRV (Last Activity: 04-19-2011 06:56 PM). I hope the economy hasn't hit his plans to develop this documentary
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Thanks, Donna. I would even like to just see some more of the discussion if the documentary is delayed... I just found out about the Cloud connection today, for instance!

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I am going to blame the delay on the economy.
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Old 09-09-2011, 12:05 AM   #40
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Guess what this is.
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Old 09-09-2011, 07:12 AM   #41
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Wow, an official artifact! Looks like an original mold for the top half of a Boler.
Where ever did you locate that? I thought that they were all sold or destroyed.
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I too am thinking the square Boler or maybe the Amerigo... I think that's a small window area in the front off to the right.

Thanks for checking in Matt. Dang economy anyway. A good idea back-burnered is better than giving up all together.
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