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Old 08-05-2011, 11:50 PM   #1
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My search is over...

Hello! My name is John M from Toronto.

Thanks to FiberglassRV, I was not afraid to buy used.
This site is just fantastic and very educational.

I became serious about buying a small RV a couple of months ago and became a member of FiberglassRV. Living in Toronto, I have a good selection of Trilliums, Bolers and others in the used market (with-in 1-5 hours drive). I went to look at a Trillium 4500 and just fell in love with it. I made an offer to buy. I came home and did a little more research and found my car has a towing capacity of 1000 lb. I was heart broken; I needed another tow vehicle! I called the seller the next day and had to back out of that deal.

I looked at smaller Trilliums and had my mind set to find one in good condition. There was a 13' Burro that I like very much but the price was more than I want to pay. I then found a 13' Cadet 1.5 hour away and weight only 800 lb. I went to look at it and the rest is History. Iím now the proud owner of an 86 Cadet.

This Cadet needs some work. From info I got from other Cadet owners, the front and rear windows are the major concen.

Project ahead:
1 - Strengthen the side wall of this trailer. (previous owner was carrying a boat on the roof and put a lot of stress on the fibreglass wall, the right side is belching at the bottom.)
2 - Insulate (will borrow idea from Andrew GPSMapNut, thanks Andrew...)
3 - Repair small crack rear window.
4 - Insect netting for the pop up roof.
5 - Trip north to Lake Superior in October.


The Cadet was not my first choice but Iím very happy with this little gem. (My wife also like the look of the trailer.)
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Old 08-06-2011, 01:11 AM   #2
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congratulations John!
its a beauty and if i were rich, i would have scooped this one up to! was this the one from the French ad? it looks like something from 2001 A Space Odyssey! i really like the detail on each fiberglass panel.

i am sure you will have it up to speed in no time.
happy camping!
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Old 08-06-2011, 06:10 AM   #3
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Congratulations John! I think the Cadet is totally cool. Have you looked at the stellar one in the brand albums? Gallery Between the Cadet and the Captain there are 13 pictures. Notice the one of the Cadet with the awning

Now, when do we get to see pictures of yours?
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Old 08-06-2011, 03:32 PM   #4
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Welcome, and congratulations on your Cadet!
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Old 08-06-2011, 05:44 PM   #5
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John,
Great trailer! Now you're going to have to come up with a name to match him/her.
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Hello! My name is John M from Toronto.

Thanks to FiberglassRV, I was not afraid to buy used.
This site is just fantastic and very educational.

I became serious about buying a small RV a couple of months ago and became a member of FiberglassRV. Living in Toronto, I have a good selection of Trilliums, Bolers and others in the used market (with-in 1-5 hours drive). I went to look at a Trillium 4500 and just fell in love with it. I made an offer to buy. I came home and did a little more research and found my car has a towing capacity of 1000 lb. I was heart broken; I needed another tow vehicle! I called the seller the next day and had to back out of that deal.

I looked at smaller Trilliums and had my mind set to find one in good condition. There was a 13' Burro that I like very much but the price was more than I want to pay. I then found a 13' Cadet 1.5 hour away and weight only 800 lb. I went to look at it and the rest is History. Iím now the proud owner of an 86 Cadet.

This Cadet needs some work. From info I got from other Cadet owners, the front and rear windows are the major concen.

Project ahead:
1 - Strengthen the side wall of this trailer. (previous owner was carrying a boat on the roof and put a lot of stress on the fibreglass wall, the right side is belching at the bottom.)
2 - Insulate (will borrow idea from Andrew GPSMapNut, thanks Andrew...)
3 - Repair small crack rear window.
4 - Insect netting for the pop up roof.
5 - Trip north to Lake Superior in October.


The Cadet was not my first choice but Iím very happy with this little gem. (My wife also like the look of the trailer.)
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Old 01-31-2012, 12:18 PM   #6
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I think that is a sweet one.
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Old 01-31-2012, 12:42 PM   #7
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John, it looks good and I love the graceful lines.

Congratulations on finding your little gem!
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Old 01-31-2012, 05:48 PM   #8
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Welcome, and as long as the wife is happy it's all good.
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Old 01-31-2012, 08:43 PM   #9
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looks like you have the original window in the front that is many times broken/cracked. VERY expensive (and nearly impossible) to replace. I love the Cadets, they're so unique looking!! Photos of interior would be wonderful! Also, though, be careful of the weight, because you have no idea how it adds up when loading your camping gear. And also some trailer weights are heavier than listed. hehe, I got a trailer and then found out I needed to upsize my tow vehicle, but it was worth it! Congratulations
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:13 AM   #10
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cool looking trailer!
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:32 AM   #11
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It is totally angular!
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Old 02-12-2012, 03:12 PM   #12
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Looks good John! I just bought one of these a day ago, and you posted in my thread as well. I assume your pic above is after you did some work to it?
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:59 PM   #13
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Congrats! And you have a unique one too! I love all the brnds with squarish walls and different floorplns!

You'll have a GREAT time with it!
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Don't they still make these in Poland? If so, the factory should be a ready source of front windows and other parts, wouldn't it?
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