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Old 09-05-2006, 06:25 PM   #29
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I think TM probably stands for Trillium Mold, cause these guys look so much like the Trillium 1300.
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Old 09-05-2006, 09:23 PM   #30
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I think TM probably stands for Trillium Mold, cause these guys look so much like the Trillium 1300.
Hmmmm That seems quite plausible. More so than Miriam's suggestion of (T)wo (M)orepoundsdryweight. It sure looks like those Trilliums.
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Old 09-05-2006, 09:41 PM   #31
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Catherine (and gang),

Fabulous pix! I always like looking at the one's with the kitchen in front - so rare (I have one, too). Mine is Triple E (manufacturer, out of Winnipeg, Manitoba I believe) AND a TM-14. The 14 stands for how long it is. Here's a stab or two at the TM's:

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I notice yours has the popcorn insulation; mine has the ensolite insulation. You also have another cabinet door (lower right) where I have a furnace. Where's your furnace? Mine came with a portapotti in the closet (and vent and reading light).

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Do you have more pics of yours, Miriam? Particularly straight-on shot of the kitchen area? I think I see the corner of an upper cupboard above the counter top, which I wish mine had. Also shots of the "mid-section" inside. Is the bed a twin size? Answering your questions: my closet has a makeshift clothes rod in it. Here's a pic.That's the original table that is stored in there, and you can see the side of the fridge back in there. There's also another from the side of the closet with the warped door on it. Do you have a pic of the inside of your closet? I do not have a furnace, and have no vents anywhere except for the ceiling one. What are your vents for? Do you have a pic of the opposite side of the outside?
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Old 09-06-2006, 06:49 PM   #32
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Do you have more pics of yours, Miriam? Particularly straight-on shot of the kitchen area? I think I see the corner of an upper cupboard above the counter top, which I wish mine had. Also shots of the "mid-section" inside. Is the bed a twin size? Answering your questions: my closet has a makeshift clothes rod in it. Here's a pic.That's the original table that is stored in there, and you can see the side of the fridge back in there. There's also another from the side of the closet with the warped door on it. Do you have a pic of the inside of your closet? I do not have a furnace, and have no vents anywhere except for the ceiling one. What are your vents for? Do you have a pic of the opposite side of the outside?
Catherine,

I don't have a straight-up shot of the kitcher after reno's, but I have a few "before's" I might be able to scare up. I'll have to send them in a few days because they're on my other computer. Yes, that's a fiberglass cupboard over the stove (woo-hoo!). Perfect for coffee and snacks, but it has to be taped during travel or it launches the coffee.......yikes!
The bed is a full double size. We've put in a 6 inch foam with an Obusform on top and a quilted mattress pad. Like yours, there's a dining area underneath which we NEVER use, so we put in the permanent bed. The way ours is set up, with the U-shaped seating, it supports a twin, 3/4, double, queen or...get this: a KING-SIZE bed (sleeping front to back rather than side to side). I chose the double because it gave me the option of putting in side-tables / seating (the upholstery has a hard wooden board inserted inside so when the seat is flipped it serves as a table).
Vents are essential to preventing asphyxiation and staying alive when you have a furnace or other appliances that runs on propane. You need to draw in fresh air from a source. The fridge is 3-way, so I suspect that may be the real reason I have a vent in the closet, although goodness knows there's enough holes underneath for the plug-ins, water and sewage connections, etc. My stove is also propane, as is the furnace.
The inside of your closet looks EXACTLY like mine. Loads of space, eh? Yours is terrific for it's counterspace, though. Mine has the original fiberglass top (not arborite, like yours) so it's a bit smaller.
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Old 09-08-2006, 08:39 AM   #33
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Trust me when I say that Triple E SurfSides come from a company still in business called Triple E. They are in Winkler, Manitoba. I live a mere 20 minutes from Winkler and know people that work for Triple E. In todays' market they focus on 5th wheel units and motorhomes. Back in the 70's they made the metal or aluminum models and Fiberglass models, although a lot of their Fiberglass models were put together in Gimili, Manitoba (just north of Winnipeg) where Triple E accquired some cheap buildings for use. Anyway, the SurfSides were put together in Gimili and then finished with detail work in Winkler and then shipped to dealers across Canada (mostly, Western Canada and Ontario).
In talking with a person that still works for Triple E (he has for over 30 years) he told me that about 4 years ago they tossed the Fiberglass mold for the doors to the SurfSide units and they still get calls asking about obtaining new doors.

So - SurfSides are not from Winnipeg - they are from a company called Triple E in Winkler, Manitoba and while most SurfSides were produced or made in Gimili, MB the company is based out of Winkler.

I think it's the best Fiberglass made camper from the 70's. However, I am a recent owner and probably a bit biased.
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Old 09-08-2006, 09:30 AM   #34
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Trust me when I say that Triple E SurfSides come from a company still in business called Triple E. They are in Winkler, Manitoba. I live a mere 20 minutes from Winkler and know people that work for Triple E. In todays' market they focus on 5th wheel units and motorhomes. Back in the 70's they made the metal or aluminum models and Fiberglass models, although a lot of their Fiberglass models were put together in Gimili, Manitoba (just north of Winnipeg) where Triple E accquired some cheap buildings for use. Anyway, the SurfSides were put together in Gimili and then finished with detail work in Winkler and then shipped to dealers across Canada (mostly, Western Canada and Ontario).
In talking with a person that still works for Triple E (he has for over 30 years) he told me that about 4 years ago they tossed the Fiberglass mold for the doors to the SurfSide units and they still get calls asking about obtaining new doors.

So - SurfSides are not from Winnipeg - they are from a company called Triple E in Winkler, Manitoba and while most SurfSides were produced or made in Gimili, MB the company is based out of Winkler.

I think it's the best Fiberglass made camper from the 70's. However, I am a recent owner and probably a bit biased.
Just curious-why do you think it's the best FG camper from the 70's?
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Old 09-08-2006, 09:54 AM   #35
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Y'all feel free to post all your pics of your Surfsides here. The comparisons between the different "models" are great. This is just the kind of thing we encourage and hope y'all will want to put here.

There are limits to the number of images per post (supposedly; not sure the limits work) and there are limits to the file sizes we allow (big pics make it impossible for folks on dialup to look at a topic) but, if you need to, just break your post into several. That's fine!
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Old 09-08-2006, 01:03 PM   #36
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Just curious-why do you think it's the best FG camper from the 70's? I've only owned a Surfside--since 1 week ago.
Probably because it's HIS! Wasn't there a song...something about "Love the One You're With"? Personally, I think MY Scamp is the best and I bet if you took a poll you'd find most people feel the same way about THEIRS...and that's the way it should be!
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Probably because it's HIS! Wasn't there a song...something about "Love the One You're With"? Personally, I think MY Scamp is the best and I bet if you took a poll you'd find most people feel the same way about THEIRS...and that's the way it should be!
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Old 09-08-2006, 02:38 PM   #38
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Correction - ALL Fiberglass RV's are the BEST. Like I said, I was only biased because that's what I bought, a SurfSide. I wish I could own of each to telyou the truth.
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Old 09-08-2006, 05:10 PM   #39
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So, I've been wondering - seems like there are several "new" Surf Side owners. Does this mean that someone has been hiding SS's in a barn somewhere and suddenly they're being sold, or are these Surf Sides we've seen before and now in the hands of new owners.

I tried and failed a while ago to use the search feature to see if I could find out how many there were on this list, but I could not figure out how to use the search. Couldn't find myself and Jana and others I know are members so I gave up. Anyone feel like giving me a quick non-tech language explanation of how to do that. I couldn't manage to post a picture either for some reason.

Glad to see more Surfs. The front kitchen models seem to be getting popular on the list. I saw one (not the inside) that was supposed to have a bathroom right across from the door. Anybody know if this was a factory variation or a modification by some owner?
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Old 09-08-2006, 05:37 PM   #40
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So, I've been wondering - seems like there are several "new" Surf Side owners. Does this mean that someone has been hiding SS's in a barn somewhere and suddenly they're being sold, or are these Surf Sides we've seen before and now in the hands of new owners.

I tried and failed a while ago to use the search feature to see if I could find out how many there were on this list, but I could not figure out how to use the search. Couldn't find myself and Jana and others I know are members so I gave up. Anyone feel like giving me a quick non-tech language explanation of how to do that. I couldn't manage to post a picture either for some reason.

Glad to see more Surfs. The front kitchen models seem to be getting popular on the list. I saw one (not the inside) that was supposed to have a bathroom right across from the door. Anybody know if this was a factory variation or a modification by some owner?
To find members with Surfsides, or other specific types:
1.Click on 'members' up near the top next to 'help' and 'search'.
2. Scroll down to 'toggle more options' button
3. Click it and scroll down again to the bottom
4. There's a space to fill in 'RV Type"
5. Put in 'Surfside' (or any other model)
6. click 'go' which is below and to the right
7. Voila! The list of all members who have listed Surfside as their RV
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Old 09-08-2006, 05:40 PM   #41
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So, I've been wondering - seems like there are several "new" Surf Side owners. Does this mean that someone has been hiding SS's in a barn somewhere and suddenly they're being sold, or are these Surf Sides we've seen before and now in the hands of new owners.

I tried and failed a while ago to use the search feature to see if I could find out how many there were on this list, but I could not figure out how to use the search. Couldn't find myself and Jana and others I know are members so I gave up. Anyone feel like giving me a quick non-tech language explanation of how to do that. I couldn't manage to post a picture either for some reason.

Glad to see more Surfs. The front kitchen models seem to be getting popular on the list. I saw one (not the inside) that was supposed to have a bathroom right across from the door. Anybody know if this was a factory variation or a modification by some owner?
Mine has a front kitchen, and straight across from the door is a Porta-Potty Closet. Miriam and I have both posted pictures recently of the insides of ours and you can see the door in those. I would love to see more pictures of the front kitchen types too. Should we start a new topic like Surfside front kitchen pictures wanted?
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Old 09-08-2006, 06:51 PM   #42
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Not to be left out. My 13ft. Ventura was built in 1974 in Winkler, Manitoba. Whether it was from the same company I wouldn't know, but seems kinda likely. Bonnie W.
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