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Old 05-09-2014, 05:42 AM   #29
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Eriba Puck revived?
Sure looks like it doesn't it.
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Old 05-09-2014, 07:49 AM   #30
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What a cute little trailer! I've never seen photos of a Puck before. This new one does seem a lot like it.
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The original Eriba Puck was designed to be towed by the 36hp VW Beetle.

The trailer hitch used on the Beetle, like most other trailer hitches in Europe, had to be approved by a government agency to be used. Creative hitch builders are not allowed to run rampant over mfg specs, in fact they are not allowed at all.....

Maybe that's a small part of the reason why European tow specs are higher.
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Old 05-09-2014, 09:46 AM   #32
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The original Eriba Puck was designed to be towed by the 36hp VW Beetle.

The trailer hitch used on the Beetle, like most other trailer hitches in Europe, had to be approved by a government agency to be used. Creative hitch builders are not allowed to run rampant over mfg specs, in fact they are not allowed at all.....

Maybe that's a small part of the reason why European tow specs are higher.
Careful Bob, you are almost rationalizing going over tow specs in North America.
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Actually I thought that I was pointing out why the specs might be different, careful governmental control of safety, no Mickey Mouse hitches etc., etc. You can't even build a duplicate of an accepted hitch, only the company that made the approved hitch can make them. When I was in Germany about 10 years ago, a factory hitch, the only approved hitch, for a VW Type 181 (called a 1973-74 THING here) was selling for close to $1000.

And yes there are other reasons, this is just one of many.
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I've been over on Samba.com over the years and see the Eriba come up for sale occasionally. Cute is right, but the aluminum skin... not so cute when damaged. Just like there are those that would love to own an Airstream and fear hail, there are those with all molded towbles that kind shrug at the thought of hail or small rocks, etc. It depends on your level of comfort when owning an asset, ability to make repairs and where you live and tow.
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...snip.. Just like there are those that would love to own an Airstream and fear hail, there are those with all molded towbles that kind shrug at the thought of hail or small rocks, etc....snip... .
Too true- but those who do care about the inevitable road rash that develops mostly on the front of molded trailers often cover it up or even prevent it by use of a front-end "bra" or similar covering.

No reason why the same couldn't be done on an aluminum trailer, though it's been my observation that such "rashes" are less common on that type. Depending on the quality of the aluminum, of course.
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Just thought I'd throw my question back out since I really am curious…
How is the Eriba/MeerKat supported, structurally?

Is there a frame of some kind under the aluminum skin, or is the skin bonded to some kind of laminate-type shell?
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I see a big plus- the poptop is back. If this one does well maybe some of the fiberglass manufacturers will do one. Storage is expensive- being able to garage is pretty valuable.

As for aluminum- lots of people love it so it can't be all bad. I like Airstreams (just don't want to drive anything big enough to pull one.)
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Great choice for fast weekend getaway. I'd be hard pressed to be stuck in one in the rainy season. Good for visible and mileage though.
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Just thought I'd throw my question back out since I really am curious…
How is the Eriba/MeerKat supported, structurally?

Is there a frame of some kind under the aluminum skin, or is the skin bonded to some kind of laminate-type shell?
If you Google "Eriba Puck Image" and scroll down you will see a number of pic of Pucks being restored. Here is a pic of a bare frame showing the supports for the skin.

TheSamba.com :: Gallery - Eriba Puck
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Wow, that was Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 10:30 pm, wonder if it was ever finished... anybody know?
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Just thought I'd throw my question back out since I really am curious…
How is the Eriba/MeerKat supported, structurally?

Is there a frame of some kind under the aluminum skin, or is the skin bonded to some kind of laminate-type shell?
Assuming this new trailer is built the same way as its "ancestor":

Here are some build pics of one of the original Eriba models-taken at the factory in Europe. Pics are from a British forum dedicated to the brand- it also has lots of further information: Link to site
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Update of brand discussed in blog

Hello Fiberglass RV and members...

I am associated with the MeerKat brand, built in San Diego. A few buyers and shoppers suggested we update your discussion regarding our brand.

I am not trying to sell on your forum. It seems we are one of your topics though.

We started building the Meerkat as for 12 years our main product sold has been the Little Guy brand teardrops. These are built by Little Guy Worldwide (by a contractor known as Pleasant Valley Trailers in Sugar Creek, OH). We are Little Guy Trailers in SD, a dealer for that brand.

We have come to our 2016 edition of the MeerKat. As we saw many used camper trailers through our store, we wondered where the simple, ultra light very outdoor camper trailers went. Restoring is popular these days, however few in number are available. Plus many people have proven they want new and want to get started camping.

Thus the MeerKat, built here from the ground up. As a metal based trailer, we only can claim the roof and pop up to be Fiberglass. We had a handy neighbor who makes molds and it answered various issues for production. Some have hinted we use .032 aluminum. I'd like to correct that, it is 0.32 or 20 gauge.

We recently showed at the Sunset Magazine Celebration in Sonoma, and had a very successful event. It is our hope to be long term and provide a simple camper that stays that way, towable by a 4 cylinder car.

I welcome any discussion you feel pertinent. Eric Krag
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