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Old 05-16-2014, 01:50 PM   #29
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I assumed that the registration was wrong on Ryan Parson's Sportsman.
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I read it differently, I guess...in my opinion, that's too weird a "mistake" to be a mistake

I can't think of any way the terms "Triple E" and "Sportsman" could have come together except on original papers.
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Old 05-16-2014, 02:59 PM   #30
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The logo on the picture is the 1977 and later version, the logo on the specs is the 1969 to 1976 version. Very confusing.
Actually, both logos are on the specs. New at the top, old at the bottom.

It could be they used old preprinted letterhead, actually letter bottom or bottom head in this case.

Quite possible to have stock after a number of years. I've still got some of the original 500 sheets of letterhead I bought for my business nearly 20 years ago. Not that I don't write letters, industry rules say I must have letterhead on site, yet I do everything on the computer, which is capable of printing exactly the same information, only cheaper.
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Old 05-16-2014, 03:11 PM   #31
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I read it differently, I guess...in my opinion, that's too weird a "mistake" to be a mistake

I can't think of any way the terms "Triple E" and "Sportsman" could have come together except on original papers.
Here is the thing about the trailer in question. There were/are unanswered questions on it. One of the previous owners of it who has owned a lot of fiberglass trailers over the years did attempt to research and clarify the above discrepancy one way or another before selling to the current owner. They did have the brochure posted as well as a floor plan and measurements and did talk with Trillium Calgary about the trailer and came away with the feeling it wasn't a Trillium built trailer and perhaps it was a look alike/fake built by Triple E.......

I know the current owner has since done further research on it and has also talked with the same Trillium folks in Calgary and come away with the opinion it was indeed a Trillium Sportsman..... so its anyones guess as to why the Triple E who also made fiberglass trailers in the same time frame name ended up on the registration papers.

Just sharing the above for clarification as to why some may be still confused as to who really built it.
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Old 05-16-2014, 03:39 PM   #32
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All I know is I want one. Preferably with lots of windows like the second one in post #28.
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Old 05-16-2014, 07:09 PM   #33
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All I know is I want one. Preferably with lots of windows like the second one in post #28.
Me, too....

My take on Trillium's initial failure was expansion beyond the original market- the Jubilee and the 5500 proved bad investments; too big for the small trailer lovers and too small for the big trailer lovers. The Sportsman, on the other hand, may just have been a little ahead of its time. It went down with the ship along with the rest of 'em, but is the one model that in my opinion should be resurrected.

Think of the potential market among those folks with $3,000.00 bicycles that simply can't be exposed to the elements!
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Tom Young tells the story of the failure of Trillium. It goes kinda like this.

Trillium used credit to buy enough materials to make their trailers, then stock them for up to a year. In the early 80's interest rates went way up. The bank got nervous and called the loan. Trillium did not have the cash to pony up, so the bank stepped in and liquidated the assets. They sold all the inventory for full price. Proving that Trillium was not in trouble in the first place, but it was too late. They might still be in business today if the bank had been patient.
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Old 05-16-2014, 10:13 PM   #35
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Tom Young tells the story of the failure of Trillium.
That's all very interesting, except...where does "Tom Young tell" this story?
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What I wonder is how many Trilliums did Tom Young actually sell in his various ventures? I know of 6 belonging to contributors here. Scamp and Casita have made many trailers and used ones are common. I'm guessing Escape has made around a thousand trailers and you see one for sale from time to time. Both Lil Snoozy and Parkliner have produced 100 to 200 trailers and several of each have turned up for sale. But I've yet to see a Tom Young Trillium for sale. Either not many have been sold or people love them so much they just won't part with them. Raz
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What I wonder is how many Trilliums did Tom Young actually sell in his various ventures?
Good question!
I can't seem to find it at the moment, but I think someone here posted the number of Trilliums put out by Escape during their arrangement with Tom; other than that, it's anybody's guess.
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. But I've yet to see a Tom Young Trillium for sale. Either not many have been sold or people love them so much they just won't part with them. Raz
My uneducated guess is not that many which is why he seemed to have a hard time making a go of it changing sub contractors frequently and now being built by Great West Vans with no Trillium name on them.

It would also appear that of those that did sell in the US not everyone loved them:

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My uneducated guess is not that many which is why he seemed to have a hard time making a go of it changing sub contractors frequently and now being built by Great West Vans with no Trillium name on them.

It would also appear that of those that did sell in the US not everyone loved them:

New Unhappy Trillium Owner


Yeah, Mariam is one of the 6. I hope they fixed it for her. Of course that brings up the other question, who's taking care of the "best warranty in the industry"? Raz
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Yeah, Mariam is one of the 6. I hope they fixed it for her. Of course that brings up the other question, who's taking care of the "best warranty in the industry"? Raz




Square one for warranty issues is point-of-purchase. Tom's the only molded trailer maker that uses dealers, and that's where Marian bought her trailer. She last reports that, here quoting:
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So far the dealer has been good about taking care of everything we've brought to his attention. I'm hoping to get the rest of this resolved so we can enjoy the trailer. marianb
This was in October; since she hasn't posted again, isn't it fair to presume she's received satisfaction? I'd also add that we don't know if she ever even contacted Tom Young; she only reports that she called "Team Trillium (Outback)" in Canada, and someone there gave her Tom's number "but indicated he would be very surprised if I got anywhere with this." source of quote

I'd point out at this juncture that we've never received any reports that Tom has ever similarly trashed Outback- or Escape, for that matter- despite the fact that he may well have plenty to say on the subject of his dealings with both outfits.

The other member that involved us in their warranty issues was you, Raz. Since yours was a factory purchase, and delivered across country by Tom himself, you naturally dealt with him. Due to distance from the factory your repairs were done locally to you. Either you or Maggie reported here several years ago that you had resolved all Trillium-related issues via cash settlement, amount so far undisclosed.

Does that answer the question as to how warranty issues are resolved?
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The other member that involved us in their warranty issues was you, Raz. Since yours was a factory purchase, and delivered across country by Tom himself, you naturally dealt with him. Due to distance from the factory your repairs were done locally to you. Either you or Maggie reported here several years ago that you had resolved all Trillium-related issues via cash settlement, amount so far undisclosed.

Does that answer the question as to how warranty issues are resolved?

Cash settlement. I don't think so. We were suppose to get a new trailer. Never happened. Fixed it all our selves, out of pocket. What I reported when you asked was that we made lemonade.
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Oh well. I like the look of the trillium and had hoped that GWV would produce a good quality product. The new factory location will be an hour drive from me. But then if they only deal through dealers then that not matter as the nearest dealer is 6 or 7 + hours away.
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