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Old 08-12-2007, 10:10 PM   #1
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After many delays (fixing crank windows, new curtains and upholstery, battery installed, brakes hooked up), we had our first camping trip in our 1979 Surfside to the Fairmont Hot Springs RV Park. We will never go back to "tenting"! Getting up in the morning, being warm and dry, not sleeping on the ground, lots of room, it was heaven! It was really surprising how fiberglass rv people come together. We met three great families from the Calgary area, a family in a 1969 Dolphin, a couple in a Marvel (year unknown) and another family in a 1979 Surfside (pictures attached with their permission). Also there was a Trillium and Surfside sandwiched between two buses (but we know who was having more fun)!!!! We soaked, golfed and toured the area, it was a very relaxing week's vacation! Having never towed anything, we found it a breeze, no bouncing, no swaying, just followed us everywhere! We had the brakes hooked up and felt at ease in the event any emergency arose. No problems with the trailer, we love it!!! Best of all were the fiberglass families we met! The stories they told of their adventures made us want to live our own. Hopefully we'll meet up again. WHAT A BLAST!!!!


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Old 08-12-2007, 10:37 PM   #2
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Glad your first trip was a success! Home away from home is a very good thing, and with others that have the "knowledge" of glass makes it better.

Could you tell us about that Marvel trailer? I must have missed it.. hadn't seen/heard of one before.
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Old 08-13-2007, 10:20 AM   #3
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Looking good!

Glad your first trip was sucessful. You saw so much fiberglass it was almost like you were holding your own rally. And like Gina asked, what is this Marvel trailer of which you speak and show pictures? (I tried looking it up, but Marvel and trailer don't google well together - Marvel comics and movie trailers )
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Old 08-13-2007, 10:27 AM   #4
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Glad to hear you had a great time first time out!! Cant wait to get my 'bucket' back and head out in a few weeks to the beach for a few days of fun...!! Hardly ever see any FG trailers around this area.... I think i ran into a couple while camping the past yr or two...
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Congrats on having a great first trip. Your trailer looks great, and it's neat that the fiberglass folks stick together.
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Old 08-13-2007, 02:09 PM   #6
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The two unfamiliar brands are the Dolphin and the Marvel. Neither the white trailer nor the pop-top two-tone trailer looks like the Dolphin I've seen... so now I don't know what's what (other than the Surfside and Trillium).

Mystery trailer identification, Tony and Karolyn?

Great story and photos!
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The Pop Top is a Compact II.
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The white trailer is definately the 1969 Dolphin. The owner purchased it about 6 years ago from the original owner. It was in terrible condition and he's done a good job restoring it. He was hinting on selling it and looking for a motor home.

The "Marvel" or Compact II, is the black and purple trailer. The owner didn't really know much about it but thought it was called a Marvel. We said it looked like a Compact as well. He got it from a neighbour, Freddie, and the name stuck, so the trailer is called Freddie.

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Thanks, Tony and Karolyn!

Now that we have the ID's could we have the Dolphin added to the Albums, please, Moderators? It will need a whole new sub-album, because there aren't any Dolphins in there yet!
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The red and black trailer with the '56 Chevy tow vehicle is a Trails West Campster. Note that the mechanism for the pop-top is outside the canvas. On the Compact II, the mechanism is inside the canvas. Also the side windows are rectangular not parallelogram.
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Tom is correct (I know these things.. sometimes.. brain cramp!)

I was even MORE confused cause I thought the WHITE one was the Marvel.

Well, Tony and Karolyn, for your first trip out, you sure are learning fast all about the different brands!

What fun!
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