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Old 11-11-2017, 11:51 AM   #1
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Hi, new here!

I used to own a 1973 Boler Trailer, but sadly its retired now and I'm looking for another one. I recently lost my partner after his cancer struggle and was planning on going on a year long healing journey in a new trailer this past June.

I gave a deposit for a new trailer in December 2016, to JOE AND REESE THOEN of OUTBACK TRILLIUM TRAILERS, CALGARY, AB. It was suppose to be ready June 1, 2017. I rented out my house for June 1 and was ready to travel but by June 1 the trailer was not even built nor was he in the process of building it. Joe did not return any phone calls or emails for weeks. When I left a message that I was reporting him to the RCMP he called me back and came up with excuses as to why it was not ready. He said it would be ready by July. Again he did not return any phone calls or emails, on August 15 I had to drive out to Alberta to locate him to see if my trailer was ready, it was not, nor had he even started building it. I was also shocked to see where he was manufacturing it, he is running it out of his backyard not a proper facility, the trailers I saw were defective shells, and the one trailer that was assembled was of poor quality. Apparently anyone can buy a Trillium mould and start making trailers. He said he would refund my deposit, he did not, now I have the inconvenience and expense of taking him to court to get my deposit back for a trailer he did not even build. There are 2 complaints with the RCMP in regards to this business. I want other people in the market to be aware of this business and not get scammed like I did.
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Old 11-11-2017, 04:10 PM   #2
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Thanks for taking the time to let us know about this, Carolyn. You've certainly had your share of bad luck this past year. I wish you well as you seek justice from Outback. I hope you can find another trailer to get your life back on track.

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Old 11-11-2017, 04:42 PM   #3
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That is sad to hear.

But it is rather odd that the Google satellite view of the Trillium facility dated as 2017 shows quite a lot of trailers in progress, of course the quality of them is not visible from a distance. Or else he is just storing all those trailers for local people which is of course possible as he has the space for it. Certainly not a small back yard and there is a good sized outbuilding but it is not of course a big factory operation. The website does show that a father and son are the only team members.
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Old 11-11-2017, 06:27 PM   #4
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Carolyn,

I am very sorry for your losses. Hugs to you.


Other Folks,

Please be cautious when manufacturers want you to be their banker. Its a clear sign they are on shaky financial ground. Large deposits are dangerous.

One Minnesota manufacturer asks for $500.00 up front and even that is refundable if you change your mind. And while the wait times are long, they usually come in early. Those are the kinda folks you want to deal with.

Be careful out there. john
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best wishes

good luck to you Carolyn and best wishes!!

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Old 11-12-2017, 12:33 AM   #6
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It always pays to check Better Business Bureau before plunking your money down.

https://www.bbb.org/calgary/business...ion=complaints
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Old 11-12-2017, 04:35 AM   #7
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As I recall these folks do fiberglass trailer repair which may account for the trailers seen in the picture. Building new trailers seems to be a side line. They have been around a long time. We have at least one member with a 2004 model who seems happy with their trailer. Unfortunately, this is not the first time late delivery and poor build quality has been reported. My guess this is another "Parkliner" situation, too much to do and not enough hours in the day. I hope things get resolved. Buying a new egg is suppose to be fun.
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Hopefully not another pyramid scheme we all have read about! sorry for your troubles.
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I used to own a 1973 Boler Trailer, but sadly its retired now and I'm looking for another one. I recently lost my partner after his cancer struggle and was planning on going on a year long healing journey in a new trailer this past June.

I gave a deposit for a new trailer in December 2016, to JOE AND REESE THOEN of OUTBACK TRILLIUM TRAILERS, CALGARY, AB. It was suppose to be ready June 1, 2017. I rented out my house for June 1 and was ready to travel but by June 1 the trailer was not even built nor was he in the process of building it. Joe did not return any phone calls or emails for weeks. When I left a message that I was reporting him to the RCMP he called me back and came up with excuses as to why it was not ready. He said it would be ready by July. Again he did not return any phone calls or emails, on August 15 I had to drive out to Alberta to locate him to see if my trailer was ready, it was not, nor had he even started building it. I was also shocked to see where he was manufacturing it, he is running it out of his backyard not a proper facility, the trailers I saw were defective shells, and the one trailer that was assembled was of poor quality. Apparently anyone can buy a Trillium mould and start making trailers. He said he would refund my deposit, he did not, now I have the inconvenience and expense of taking him to court to get my deposit back for a trailer he did not even build. There are 2 complaints with the RCMP in regards to this business. I want other people in the market to be aware of this business and not get scammed like I did.
Hi: Carolyn B... Time to visit a real fiberglass trailer mfg. Escape Trailer Industries – Chilliwack, British Columbia Right in your own backyard too!!!
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Unfortunately, that "real" molded fiberglass manufacturer no longer produces small trailers. Another close-at-hand small option worth a look is Relic Custom Trailers in eastern Washington state. They seem to be on top of the production process and committed to building trailers.

It is sad whenever a molded fiberglass manufacturer doesn't do well. I agree with Raz- a number of very patient Outback customers have expressed satisfaction with the end product. But long delays and broken promises don't look good. Here's another thread:
Recent Trillium Outback customer service

I wish you well on your healing journey, Carolyn.
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Unfortunately, that "real" molded fiberglass manufacturer no longer produces small trailers. .
As I recall Escape stopped making the 13' because it's cost was very close to the 15' and later the 15' cost close to the 17'. If that's the case then if I had to have a 13' Trillium and was willing to spend the money I would approach them. At one time they made shells for the13' Trillium and the 13' Escape from the same molds.
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As I recall Escape stopped making the 13' because it's cost was very close to the 15' and later the 15' cost close to the 17'. If that's the case then if I had to have a 13' Trillium and was willing to spend the money I would approach them. At one time they made shells for the13' Trillium and the 13' Escape from the same molds.
Given their full-on production schedule, I think I know what the answer will be, but of course you can always ask.
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I have been out to Outback Trillium a bunch of times. Some to get work done, and others to pick up parts. The only issues I had were that it took a bit longer to get some welding and coating done on the frame than expected.

I have looked at a few of the Triliums they have built, though not with a super scrutinizing eye, and mostly liked what I saw.

The photo above does not show their new building, which was held up due to bad flooding in the area in 2015.

Most of their work is doing modifications to all type's of RVs.

I think their intentions are great, Joe is a good guy, but execution and organisation is a little lacking. If they would bother to make a good business plan and follow it, I would bet they could do good business. Bascially, very capable workers and builders, but very poor on the business end of things.
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Old 11-12-2017, 12:52 PM   #14
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The other trailers on site were not new trailers, I'm assuming they were brought in for repairs.

I did attempt communications during the whole process however, Joe did not call or email me back, after weeks of no communication I had to drive out to his shop in person in order to see what was going on - not convenient when you live in another province. If a business can't deliver a product when promised they should give the deposit back. My trailer was promised to me and it was not built, my refund was promised to me and I did not receive it. It has been almost one year now since this whole matter started and I have received nothing from Trillium Outback.

I have now seen other reviews posted elsewhere of similar experiences and I wish I did more research before I purchased, I was too trusting and just went off the review that was on his website. I will report this to the BBB, thanks for that suggestion Glenn. I see that Trillium Outback is not a member of the BBB, I can understand why.

Thank you to all for your kind wishes!
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