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Old 02-07-2012, 12:03 PM   #1
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Parts for "Orphan" trailers.

I am interested to know if there are suppliers and after-market suppliers that provides making parts for dead brands (Uhaul, Burro, etc). I noticed many of the current brands (such as Scamp, Casita, and Trillium) are very similar to the dead brands (again, Uhaul, Burro, etc). Can some parts be exchangeable? Reason I asked is because we do not want to buy a dead brand used model that may not have parts available. I noticed the FG trailers are very simple compared to the stickbuilt that are more complicated to get parts from.

I do know that when a brand goes out of business, by law, they have to make parts for 7 years from cease of operation of manufacturing such vehicles beyond. Like Oldsmobile ended in 2004, the 7 years kicked in from 2005 to 2012. Next year, GM stop making parts for the Olds except for engine since they are under GM banner. More complicated are for brands the parent company went out of business like Rupp snowmobiles for example. They stopped in 1978 and Rupp stopped parts 7 years later and now CPC makes parts till the last Rupp is gone.
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:59 PM   #2
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Wow, 21 views but no response? Thanks!
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Old 02-07-2012, 03:11 PM   #3
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I am sorta kinda maybe a teeny bit of the opinion that the "have to continue making parts for 7 years" thing may not be applicable in the case of the trailers. (not sure tho....)

However, when you have a relatively small company, producing only a few units per year and it goes bankrupt - how will someone coerce them into continuing to make parts 'n' pieces?

Also please note that in several cases, the demise of a trailer brand was precipitated by a fire that destroyed the factory.

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.

They were different in terms of the fiberglass design, the shape, the layout, the method of construction, but the main bits such as axles, door locks, propane bottle holders, fridges, stoves, water pumps, etc, etc were "off the shelf" items from major manufacturers.
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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.

They were different in terms of the fiberglass design, the shape, the layout, the method of construction, but the main bits such as axles, door locks, propane bottle holders, fridges, stoves, water pumps, etc, etc were "off the shelf" items from major manufacturers.
Right. If the basic fiberglass structure is there, you can buy just about anything that would wear out, rust out or break.
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Old 02-07-2012, 03:44 PM   #5
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In the case of UHaul, there are some parts still available from the company but the specialty items such as cabinets, doors, etc., are not available. However, many folks have made other things fit or have made their own. Even the most proprietary items on the UHaul can be swapped out for more generic models (specifically the axle and hubs).
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Old 02-07-2012, 04:45 PM   #6
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Orphan trailer is a little more mainstream than dead brand trailer. As an owner of an orphan trailer, I've not seen any obligation to provide parts or service once the company ceases operation. The rules of the auto industry don't necessarily apply here.
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Old 02-07-2012, 05:07 PM   #7
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This forum provides "Dead brand" trailer owners with alternatives. As an owner of a "Dead brand," I have only to search for Bridgette's information on fixing her leaking windows to work on fixing our leaking windows. If I want to add insulation, I can search for Jen's information on how she added insulation to her Burro, another "Dead brand," and emulate that as the two brands are kissing cousins. If I want to put in new windows, someone on this forum (I apologize that that someone whose name I can't remember.), cut the window openings on his "Dead brand" Uhaul larger and put in Scamp windows.

If I owned a Cadet, not a "Dead brand," but one that is a camper made in Poland, a search will provide ways that people have replaced the very rare front window when it gets broken.

I don't think your 7 years pertains to FB campers, but this forum can help anyway.

Oh, and if you are looking at a Uhaul, be aware that wheels of a Uhaul in particular, are proprietary to Uhaul. You can buy new ones that fit from a Uhaul dealer or replace the axel and rims with ones that are not proprietary.

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Stoves, heaters, refridgerators furnaces, air conditioners etc. that came with that 25 year old FG trailer, were not made by the trailer brand manufacturers but by other suppliers, most of which still make those products. The manufacturer made the fiberglass body and then looked around to see what they could find for axles, tail lights and interior hardware. Check the brand name of your particular appliance or item and you'll probably find a replacement item on line.
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:53 PM   #9
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It doesn't matter what the brand of all molded trailer you are buying... there is more in common than different. All the appliances, windows, vents, etc. are manufactured by someone OTHER than the original manufactuer. When it comes to the "orphan" brands (as seen on the home page) other than the body and frame (and some interior cabintery... if fiberglass) and the frame.... everything else is manufactured by some other company. THAT's what makes molded trailers more alike... than different. ASK about what you need... and we can point you in the direction you need to go...
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Hi: CNYEggerstrobe... Here's a link to Vintage trailer supply out of Vermont https://www.vintagetrailersupply.com . They have great hard to find window gaskets and some re-man. parts. Also some re-production parts the became extinct.
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:55 AM   #11
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Old 02-08-2012, 12:10 PM   #12
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I came across this site for our fiberglass trailers,
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Old 02-08-2012, 01:03 PM   #13
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i think it depends what your looking for. appliances are rarely propriatory. so you should be able to get stuff like that anywhere. i think unless its a part the manufacture made themselves its probably a standard item
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Post The "NADA" guides call them "Orphan" brands

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Orphan trailer is a little more mainstream than dead brand trailer.
I agree. The Brands aren't "Dead". Only (for the most part) the companies that manufactured them are.
The one exception maybe "Burro"... It is a Ghost Brand that has a Zombie website...

I changed the title so this thread is more searchable.
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