CAPTAIN Trailer - Ontario - $2500 - Fiberglass RV


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Old 09-23-2011, 02:09 PM   #1
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CAPTAIN Trailer - Ontario - $2500

Nice trailer for sale...
Not mine...

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CAPTAIN Camper & Trailer, classic like Boler - Oshawa / Durham Region Travel Trailers, Campers For Sale - Kijiji Oshawa / Durham Region Canada.
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Old 09-23-2011, 03:02 PM   #2
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I think this would be perfect for Night Sailor, a member here on forum, who also owns a boat.
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Old 09-23-2011, 09:24 PM   #3
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I own nine sailboats. And I am a licensed Captain. So you would think I'd fall for the name.

This one seems way over priced to me.

People ask me what boat to buy and one thing I tell them is there is a market for boats. Production boats like Catalina brand have made so many that the market prices are well established. I tell them to avoid non production boats, or those without an established reputation, and those with low production numbers.

I don't know anything about this camper. Let me guess.

Low production numbers. No market because so few were made and few were sold. Poor reputation--also because of the above. Finally, a bit on the ugly side.

I would rate this as a rebuild project and probably not worth the expense because you could not get your money back out of it on resale.

Estimated value? $300

An Eggcamper is more my style. I like the 13' Bolers even though I am tall. They are super light. I thought I found a cheap one but missed out. I would enjoy rebuilding a Boler.

Most likely I will get a Bigfoot truck camper. It seems towing a camper would kill the fuel economy of my Volvo to the point I'd be better off with a truck camper on my dually. I estimate I'll get 13 mpg carrying 4000 lbs, and I can still pull up to 10,000 lbs on a tag hitch.

I just put towing mirrors on my Silverado. Thankfully the price dropped from over $650 to a more reasonable $184. I think I found some Torque Lift tie downs. Next for me is Rancho RS9000 shocks and maybe sone sort of air bag bladder helpers. A little bit of wiring prep and I will be ready to move on a deal on a Bigfoot 2500 10.6E. My brother and his wife have the 10.5 and love it.

I like the idea of towing a boat trailer behind. I have several Sunfishes and a 30' racing sloop which cam be launched with a hoist.

In any event thanks for keeping me in mind. And I would love an excuse to drive to Toronto.
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Old 09-24-2011, 07:51 AM   #4
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Conrad, I think it's a fair price as is. This trailer is an import from Poland, not manufactured on this side of the pond. There are those that own either the Captain or it's sibling... the Cadet that would pay $300 for that front window alone.

If you're interested in educating yourself about the manufacturer of this trailer (called a Caravan) see the manufacturer website: Niewiadow - Main page
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:39 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info Donna. You're right. I think from the looks of the outside, this is exceptional value. I am a boler lover but anything fiberglass and light right now is, as you know, going fast because smaller vehicles can haul them. Also for those interested, the Captain is a better fit for tall people, than the boler 13'.
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:55 PM   #6
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I'll hazard a guess that there are at least 4 molded modules in the skin of this trailer (2 vertical seams and one horizontal). Are they sealed, fastened mechanically, and then covered by what appears to be a metallic-looking seam molding or are they bridged by a fiberglass layup on the inside? No doubt the price set by infatuation with this exotic is higher than 3C$ but Night Sailor makes a good argument for units sold and units surviving as an indicator of "proven" engineering. How does this design stand up to that argument? Is it the Polish workhorse or a frameless sticky?

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Old 09-13-2012, 03:53 PM   #7
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I have seen several Cadet trailers. This is the first Captain though.
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Old 09-13-2012, 04:25 PM   #8
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This is a year-old thread, so the trailer is long gone. I believe they are still in production in Poland, so that says something good about the construction. If I ever moved to Europe, this would be my top candidate for a trailer to buy over there (I'm of Polish heritage on my father's side, gotta be loyal).
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:34 PM   #9
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Old thread but chiming in anyway

I have a 1989 Captain which has been to a few rallies. We re-did the liner, recaulked the windows, rewired, added under-bed hatches, and a few other things. Didn't repaint the outside or change the curtains or cushion covers which are retro polyester double-knit. Didn't even change the foam as it is still firm.

This is still manufactured today in Poland and sold in Europe, UK, Asia, and Australia - just not the western hemisphere.

We were even able to get a new hatch this year (accident with a partially-opened garage door) from a Polish trailer supply company (let's here it for the internet). Parts are also sold in the UK (as well as the complete trailer if you wanted to ship one over)

It appears to be molded in four pieces - roof to top of end windows; bottom half below windows; two sides. there are metal strips covering the seams. These are screwed down, unfortunately not with stainless steel screws. We figured this out AFTER we re-lined it or we would have replaced all the screws and fiberglassed over them from the inside. Instead, we had to use butyl caulking under the strip from the outside. If it is absolutely pouring for two days straight, there is a slow leak in one corner but we are not sure if it coming in the window or thru the strip sealing the joint between the side panel and the roof panel.

Having said all that, I think these are better trailers than the ones you get here. Hollow cabinetry (a lot of work to make) for lightness; bed is longer; door is flat so no worry about whether it seals (Bolers are curved and the door can sag); add-a-room tent as a factory option (ours came with the tent which was a bonus as they are expensive); large hatch in the roof; comes with a compartment for the propane tank and battery; galvanized frame (the thing the fiberglass sits on). Ours came with surge brakes (new ones maybe have electric brakes?).

Hopefully we made it to a rally this year.
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Old 09-08-2013, 06:36 PM   #10
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Hello

Your Captain trailer is still for sell ? leave me a message at christinerich8@hotmail.com or Call Alain or Christine (450) 304-3041 or (450) 848-4745
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:46 AM   #11
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Don't know if it's the same one from 2011 or not, just passing along the link

1988Captain Travel Trailer - Kitchener / Waterloo Travel Trailers, Campers For Sale - Kijiji Kitchener / Waterloo Canada.
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:29 AM   #12
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Not the same trailer. Check out which side the door is on.
True European model. Cool!
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Not the same trailer. Check out which side the door is on.
True European model. Cool!
Most of Europe drives on the right like we do, except Cyprus, Ireland, Malta and the UK. Therefore a true European model would have the door on the right side.
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