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Old 08-11-2009, 10:11 AM   #1
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I listed a 14.5' Carefree Kitten for sale. I have never heard of this trailer before. I don't even see it on the home page list of molded fiberglass trailers. Anyone familiar with this trailer?

http://www.fiberglass-rv-4sale.com/node/1294
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:19 AM   #2
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All the searches I have on the internets show either the ad or your post. I wonder if that's really the name of it.
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:21 AM   #3
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Just found this ad for a 'Carefree' 5th Wheel
http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/rvs/1273010993.html

Edit: I would post pictures but the attachment plug is hanging.
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:30 AM   #4
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Booker, I have never heard of the Carefree 5th wheel either! Why is the Carefree not listed on the home page with all the other molded fiberglass trailers?
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:39 AM   #5
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It's probably a very rare trailer - I only found 3 references to it including the your ad and mine (one was an expired ad for another 1975 14.5' trailer). The one ad mentioned it was constructed in Trail BC. Perhaps the owner would send you an email with a few shots of the registration number and more shots of the leaflet that was posted?
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Old 08-11-2009, 10:51 AM   #6
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Old 08-11-2009, 01:08 PM   #7
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I had found a 1976 Carefree 5th a few years ago (April 06) and posted it here, but the links are all gone now. I did send a CD of photos to both Gina and Donna for the albums, but they never got posted and all I have left on my computer are downsized pictures. (%#&** software). Hopefully Gina or Donna can get those over to Roger for posting in the albums. Actually I would not mind having a copy back for my records.

The spec sheet says they were made in Genelle, BC by Carefree Design Enterprises Limited.
On the side it said Copyright 1972 Don Ewing


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Hope this helps.
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BTW, Reace might want to see the 5th 4 sale, I recall him looking at my pictures when he was designing the layout of his 5th wheel.
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Old 08-11-2009, 01:20 PM   #8
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The bottom of the spec sheet read Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) 4000 Lbs, Tare 3000 ... I believe.
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Old 08-11-2009, 04:41 PM   #9
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I wish there were more pix. Don't ya just love old rare trailers?
It looks like a beauty.
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Old 08-19-2009, 04:03 PM   #10
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More to come on this thread - I just went with a friend and we found a gutted 1974 Careless Kitten. It's going to need a frame up restore. I will be posting some pictures this evening.

It is a 2 piece body (top bottom) with a 1" foam insulation and then wood panelling on the walls and 1 piece fiberglass interior roof. ALL the interior panelling was pulled, the floor is rotten and only the cabinet frame is still in place.

On the positive side it has a new electric brake and 7 pin system, working fridge, working furnace and working 12v system.. BONUS all exterior lights work.

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Old 08-19-2009, 05:18 PM   #11
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So is the Careless Kitten a knock-off of the Carefree Kitten? Maybe one for bad drivers?

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Old 08-19-2009, 05:25 PM   #12
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I did not realize that I had written that but now that I see it, yes, it should be the careless kitten - the woman we bought it from certainly lived up to the name 'careless'. As I was picking pieces off the ground and she would say 'yeah, I think that's part of the trailer' =). She also had another stick built 13' and 3 jeeps in her back yard - and she was maybe 21?

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Old 08-19-2009, 05:59 PM   #13
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Then I guess it was the correct "slip."

So... did you get it?

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Old 08-19-2009, 10:33 PM   #14
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Yep, I drove it home for him this afternoon - we work together so it was a good reason to get out of the office on a beautiful day. Pulled super easy with all the plywood gone.

The fiberglass on these trailers isn't the same quality level as the Trilliums of the same year but it's a neat little trailer.

It needs some fiberglass work but his dad is a boatie and has a lot of experience repairing fractures. It will need to be painted after that work is done as there is no chance of matching colors.

It's going to require the body pulled off as the previous/previous owner had plywooded over the original plywood and now both are destroyed. It has a fiberglass bottom but an open top plywood floor and ALL the windows had leaked - it looks like they never had any type of butyl tape installed at the factory.

He got it for $200 and I think he could part it out for that if he can't do the restore - just the frame alone with new electric brakes is worth that. I have a shop under construction so hopefully by the time the fiberglass has been repaired we can tow it over to my shop for the cabinet work - hmm, does that mean I can justify a cabinet saw now =)

EDIT: As an aside, I saw a Trillium 1300 1/2 black from mold on the way to get insurance for the 'careless kitten'. My wife and I are going to knock on the door this weekend and see if they will part with it cheap.
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Old 05-19-2012, 09:38 AM   #15
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I have a 14 ft. carefree trailer. Made in Trail B.C. You can see it in registry
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:10 AM   #16
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Dave;

It looks like I am the first to welcome you to FGRV.

That's a neat looking camper you have. Thanks for posting those pics in the registry. Can you tell us more about it? Is that a cooktop/fridge combo?
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Old 05-19-2012, 03:33 PM   #17
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Hi Clive, The stove is a 3 burner on top of a fairly new 3 way dometic fridge, its the biggest fridge the previous owner could get through the door. the squarer corners of the trailer make it feel much bigger than most egg trailers, all in all
i am very happy with it. i've only seen a few pictures of other carefree trailers
and like the rarity of it . many people ask about it.
It looks like you've done a very nice job on your Boler, Looks great




















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Old 05-20-2012, 05:53 PM   #18
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Welcome, Dave V! Your Carefree looks to be in pretty nice condition. The shape is somewhat like an Amerigo's, but the interior layout is different of course. I'm glad you are getting good use and enjoyment out of it!
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