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Old 08-24-2013, 06:15 PM   #1
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Headed to visit Parkliner

I am going to be near the Parkliner factory in NC this Monday. I have visited Casita and Scamp so I figure I will check PL out too. I emailed them to see if it was okay but its a business so I figure as long as I am there during business hours someone will be there to talk to. I want to see the bed configuration and the camper itself prior to making my decision one which to purchase.
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Old 08-24-2013, 07:03 PM   #2
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Let us know what you think and your comparison between the 3 companies.
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Old 08-24-2013, 07:28 PM   #3
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I am going to be near the Parkliner factory in NC this Monday. I have visited Casita and Scamp so I figure I will check PL out too. I emailed them to see if it was okay but its a business so I figure as long as I am there during business hours someone will be there to talk to. I want to see the bed configuration and the camper itself prior to making my decision one which to purchase.
Wish me lucků
You should make it an extended road trip and check out Escape also.
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There's also Lil Snoozy in South Carolina.
Good luck and give us some pics also if possible.
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Old 08-24-2013, 09:37 PM   #5
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You should make it an extended road trip and check out Escape also.

or call Escape and ask for a referral to someone near you to see their trailer unlike one of the other manufactures you mentioned they actually do keep track of who they sold their trailers to
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:07 AM   #6
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Only problem there is Escapes are made in western Canada. That's a long, long ways away.

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Well as said you can ask them to set you up with someone close to *you* so you can see the trailer. They do del'v - if you go to their website you will see they have trucks heading all over North America loaded with trailers.
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Old 08-25-2013, 12:52 PM   #8
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Free shipping? I have a hard enough time coming up with bucks for a new egg, but I'm sure it's only me that is so limited. I sure can't afford shipping across the continent on top of the price of a trailer, and wouldn't. It has to be a manufacturer that is within a day's drive, two at most. ParkLiner is a day's drive, but I think visiting is the only way I'm gonna know if it's for me. Gail and I looked at a ParkLiner a few weeks ago, and was impressed with the layout and general quality of construction. They say they've solved the tire run problem, but I need a closer look to see what I think. May run down there in mid to late October and see.

Keep us posted Keith. We're interested as well. Thanks!

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Old 08-25-2013, 04:29 PM   #9
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Keith - When you visit ParkLiner, please emphasize to them that the people posting to these threads are NOT their enemies. We're trying to help them solve a problem that, in the eyes of most buyers/users, is not "petty". Retirees on fixed incomes can't afford costly repair jobs after every road trip. Do a little tinkering to make a camper feel like home? Sure. That's part of the fun of ownership. Sophisticated fiberglass body reconstruction - again and again? Not so much fun. Like you, other prospective buyers are big fans of the cabin design and are waiting in the wings hoping that ParkLiner gets this fixed. Not just temporarily band aid'ed - FIXED.

Looking forward to hearing your comparisons of ParkLiner, Scamp and Casita....
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All I can say is I was that close to getting a Parkliner before I got the Snoozy.
After reading all this and seeing the responses, it makes me glad and relieved
I skipped over the Parkliner. I do know it's a good brand and a good lay out,
but as an old fat disabled guy I would be more than put out with it all.

I hope they find their solution and have great success.
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I really like my ParkLiner, glad Im not in the tire rub problem or I would have driven down there and got some results in person... There customer service is in need of work, but they do make a very fine trailer.

Ask about the tire rub and the battery venting issue as well.
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I am going to be near the Parkliner factory in NC this Monday. I have visited Casita and Scamp so I figure I will check PL out too. I emailed them to see if it was okay but its a business so I figure as long as I am there during business hours someone will be there to talk to. I want to see the bed configuration and the camper itself prior to making my decision one which to purchase.
Wish me lucků
So Keith, we are all waiting with baited breath for your report! Please let us know how you made out. Thanks!

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Well? Our collective breath is getting more baited by the hour! What did you find out at ParkLiner? What is your comparative assessment of the three little campers and their makers? In the words of an old TV ad, "Inquiring minds want to know...."
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Old 08-26-2013, 08:43 PM   #14
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Okay, I just got back from my visit to PL, I arrived at the factory about 1130 am and I was greeted by one of the employees. I told him that I was interested in the PL and if we could see them. He was a very nice gentleman and he went over the spec sheet and price list with us. We then went into the back of the building which at one time was some type of mill or factory. The PL bay is about 50x150 approximately, the rear portion is where they do their molds and fiberglass. Then there is room for about four to six trailers under construction. They had four in phases of completion with one that was about 2/3s done. There were about five employees in the bay. The unit closest to completion was fully accessorized with all options and have a target completion date of Aug 31… I don’t see that happening but close. I looked at the tolerance with the wheel well and tire and they are close ( too close for comfort) I really like their layout and I think they have a solid product. I do think that they are at a fork in the road, they are either going to get their production moving forward by hiring more employees and establishing a production plan with quality control at each step or unfortunately they will not survive. Being from a boating environment they build much like the marine industry, they are using some high dollar parts and in some areas is maybe overkill. I don’t like the combining of grey and black water in one take, this will produce a dirty pipe and storage issues. I have some concerns about the quality control and finish issues, keep in mind that no unit there was complete but some of the cuts and carpet trims were off. They may fix it at a final stage but I don’t think so. All in all I would love to see them do well, it is a solid trailer, but at this point I cannot justify myself placing faith that they can get on track with production and improve some of the quality control at this point.
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