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Old 02-09-2012, 07:07 PM   #15
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Having said that, however, there are VERY few pieces/parts that would be unique to any one trailer brand as I know of no brand that would have had the resources to make their own hardware, etc.
Unique parts that may be no longer available:
  • Boler... Original 7" Round "Wedding Cake" style tail light (Reproductions available aftermarket)
  • Boler... Frenched tail light mounts
  • Hunter/Compact... "Pop-top" lift mechanism
  • Hunter/Compact... "Pop-top" canvass
  • Fiber Stream... Tinted Plexiglas Convex Front Rock Guard
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Old 02-09-2012, 07:25 PM   #17
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Unique parts that may be no longer available:
UHaul Taillight lenses
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:23 PM   #18
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Are you already feeling abandonned after 21 views ???

If you are looking for used and possibly orphan RV, you have to expect that some parts are hard and expensive to replace. It all depends on the level of patience, time and budget you have. Door lock parts, window, hinges and fridge problems are common headaches. If you don't feel like fixing most problems by yourself, maybe you should revise your budget and look for a fully renovated RV or a brand new one.

Getting into egg camping at low cost requires to invest a great deal of time more than money. The more you learn BEFORE you buy, the more your can do AFTER you buy, the more you will save.
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:28 AM   #19
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one option is, if you find a part you just can't get a new replacement for. is make it yourself. could even be a little business in it to help pay for your trailer. if you can make and sell a few of them.
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Old 02-16-2012, 04:20 PM   #20
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Fredrick, you can call them "Orphans" but to me, I still call that Dead brands. It is out in the media. Two days ago, in our local newspapers talking about the Auto show this week and it said, "Saabs, Mercurys, and Pontiacs are not at the show. They are dead brands now...blah blah.." So, they still use the word, "Dead" Sorry to burst your bubble. That is the way it is out there. Maybe in the egg shell RV community, they are called "Orphans" I will still call it Dead. Its my dictionary. That is all. You can say what you want and I say what I want. And that is the way I have to say it in the design community.
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:15 PM   #21
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Wow, things must be different over there, In Canada when a brand dies, support usually does as well.
Generally if a business goes bust so does it's brands, and there ain't no 7 year plan.

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Old 02-16-2012, 07:11 PM   #22
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I don't know if it makes any difference whether you call them orphans or dead brands or my preference legacy. when you own one they become your brand. We are Uhaul people and proud of it. Using the inferred logic gleaned from his local media, a Duesenberg is a dead brand and no one should ever buy one.
I have yet to find anything on our Uhaul that can't be replaced using some creativity or digilently cross referencing. It is true that the tail lights are not available but Uhaul sells replacement kits to convert them to round taillights. My stove is new, All my plumbing and fixtures are replaced and look original,my range hood was rebuilt using parts from a similar atwood hood. u haul surge brakes are available and you can get custom made axles. Mine came with Car wheels and the hubs have been cross referenced to napa numbers. Finding replacement items is part of the fun in owning one. If you want to be safe limit yourself to current brands. If you wand to be different, do what many of us have, adopt one of those cute little orphans.
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Fredrick, you can call them "Orphans" but to me, I still call that Dead brands. It is out in the media. Two days ago, in our local newspapers talking about the Auto show this week and it said, "Saabs, Mercurys, and Pontiacs are not at the show. They are dead brands now...blah blah.." So, they still use the word, "Dead" Sorry to burst your bubble. That is the way it is out there. Maybe in the egg shell RV community, they are called "Orphans" I will still call it Dead. Its my dictionary. That is all. You can say what you want and I say what I want. And that is the way I have to say it in the design community.
You say potato, I say po-ta-toe. Call it whatever you wish, but I can tell you that after nearly 10 years on FiberglassRV... Search will bring up a lot more discussions when searching for Orphan Trailers than Dead ones... I consider a dead trailer to be beyond repair, where an orphan trailer refers to a brand out of production. YMMV
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Two days ago, in our local newspapers talking about the Auto show this week and it said, "Saabs, Mercurys, and Pontiacs are not at the show. They are dead brands now...blah blah.."

And that is the way I have to say it in the design community.
The AUTOMOBILE design community, maybe. The manufacturer's list of RECREATIONAL VEHICLES uses the term "Orphan".

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Fiber Stream (Fiber Stream Co.) Orphan (1986)
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:49 PM   #25
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The automobile community ALWAYS uses the term "orphan" and NEVER, EVER under any circumstances uses "dead"! "Dead" means that I can now start making cars under that brand name without any fear of any consequences .

However, newspapers, as we all know, are always all-knowng and always up on the correct terminology of everything and have never mis-reported anything in the entire history of journalism so in this case the fact that a single newspaper uses the term "dead' must mean all the laws have been changed in every country on earth and I can now start manufacturing cars with a Pontiac badge and not have to fear any of GM's lawyers!

(just try making a car called "Nash", "Packard" Studebaker", "Oldsmobile", "Hudson", "Frazier", "Kaiser", "Edsel" etc, etc and see what happens!)
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Old 02-16-2012, 11:18 PM   #26
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A zombie website, I like that phrase... watch out or the zombie website will eat your hard drive.

It's great that we have nothing better to do than argue about 'orphan' vs 'dead'. It means our lives are so stable and secure, we have nothing worse to worry about.

Such trailer brands, whichever ya call 'em, are not that big a deal for finding parts.
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Old 02-17-2012, 12:00 AM   #27
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I believe the 7 year thing is an urban legend.

When I worked for a car manufacturer, parts were tracked on a computerized inventory control. When a particular part had not moved for a length of time it was scrapped to regain the warehouse space. No one worried about how old the part was.
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Mark,

Sounds like you should make sure to find a camper that is not "dead." I would recommend also that you find a company that has been around for a while. Some come and go. And Burro's website is, as aptly phrased, a "zombie," and makes people think that they are still in business.

Hope your pocketbook is flush. Some of us (I am another Uhaul owner.), buy "dead" trailers, because we can't afford new and then spend a few more dollars fixing them up, sometimes with creativity, to be live. So we have a living "dead" camper that we take camping. I have taken my "dead" uhaul to national parks, historical sites, and volunteering on Pine Ridge.


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