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Old 05-05-2018, 06:20 PM   #1
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Looking for information on 1980-1981 Aristocrat Futura Fiberglass Trailers

As the title states I am looking for any information or pictures of 1980-1981 Aristocrat Futura Fiberglass Trailers.

I tried to search the site with no success.

Any assistance is appreciated!
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Old 05-05-2018, 06:44 PM   #2
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A general google search turned up nothing, either, and I'm guessing you've already tried that. I'm curious where you encountered the name or trailer?

EDIT- Bing turned this up.
https://austin.craigslist.org/rvs/d/...547108565.html
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Cool! I'm curious to hear more now.

The well-known, tin-can style Aristocrat trailers ended production in 1974 (Aristocrat history in TCT). So it seems like this trailer may have no connection with the stickies of that name.

NADA seems to be aware of them: http://www.nadaguides.com/RVs/1980/A.../4005793/Specs

Curiouser and curiouser...
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another RV spec site says they were under the Thor Industries umbrella.
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Do you have a link for that, John? What I found when I was searching is that a number of RV's carried the "Futura" name, but the one I linked was the only one I found that appeared to be molded fiberglass. It also appears to be a number of larger pieces, not a simple 2-piece shell like most of our egg trailers. Looks like roof, sides. and end caps may be separate moldings. Can't really tell if there is some kind of structural frame underneath or not, but I'm guessing there is. So not true all-molded.
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https://rvvaluesonline.com/Navigatio...nstance=FUTURA

a few more googles, and the Aristocrat name was used in the 80s-2000s by Dutchman, who is part of Thor Industries (along with Airstream, Jayco, Starcraft, Keystone, and a dozen more). Dutchman in turn encompasses Aerolight, Aspen Trail, Coleman, Kodiak, and a bunch more. I don't know if there's any connection between the original Aristocrat of Morgan Hill, who made tin-side stickies in the 50s and 60s.

ah, ok, the original aristocrat, if this is accurate, made their last in 1981, but also tried making class A's in the late 80s. 1970 Aristocrat Price, 1970 Aristocrat Values & 1970 Aristocrat Specs | NADAguides

and, this suggests Dutchman introduced "Aristocrat by Dutchman" in 2009, so probably no relation. 2010 Aristocrat by Dutchmen Price, 2010 Aristocrat by Dutchmen Values & 2010 Aristocrat by Dutchmen Specs | NADAguides
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This is the trailer I am interested in.

Given the fact that the ad is 1 month old it may have sold and the seller neglected to delete the ad. As now seems to be typical on CL the seller did not include a telephone number in their ad. I have sent an email to the seller asking them to contact me however I doubt I will get a response as no response by the seller to email inquiries is also typical on CL these days.

This is a trailer I would enjoy working with given the size and uniqueness.
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"Aristocrats were manufactured in Morgan Hill CA."

https://tincantourists.com/wiki/doku.php?id=aristocrat

I didn't note any mention of fiberglass when I gave the tin can tourists page a quick look. I like the information concerning the "lowering" wheels and the "selective resistor" trailer brake controller.

The one being sold has an interesting configuration with both front and rear doors, rather like a train car. With those large regular windows it looks suggestive of a shuttle van. Perhaps someone was using "parts" that were originally intended for a van body to assemble a trailer. The lettering on the unit being sold looks a bit amateurish.

It seems I saw a listed weight of 3,180 lbs on the NADA site, and all that on a single axle. It appears to have little steel(?) wheels at the rear to keep it the back from dragging on driveway transitions and such; those used to be a somewhat common sight on some of the old rigs that had a lot of overhang in the rear.
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It does look like a cousin to shuttle busses.
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I'm kind of surprised it's still listed for sale. I looked into outfitting an aluminum V-nose as a travel trailer but was afraid it would leak so I resumed searching for something in molded fiberglass again. That ultimately led to the 21.

This one would have drawn my attention. I like that it has lots of windows.

Mike, did you get any signal from the owner?
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Mike, did you get any signal from the owner?
No response after multiple emails.

No phone number in the ad.
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Looking for information on 1980-1981 Aristocrat Futura Fiberglass Trailers

Probably doesn't matter at this juncture, but it's not all-molded. It is made of multiple fiberglass pieces hung on a frame. Only the end caps appear to be molded and possibly the roof. Sides are flat panels. It has quite a few seams.
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Ah, but there I was in my over-active imagination, with dreams of gutting it and glassing-in all the seams and and glassing-in sustainably-harvested blocking to support my all-birch cabinets...

Poof!

Oh, now I'm awake again!
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Hear you. My imagination often runs ahead of my budget and, especially, my talent! .
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