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honda03842 05-05-2015 01:02 PM

Bonair Oxygen Molds
 
Does anyone know what happened to the Bonair Oxygen molds?

Ken C 05-05-2015 01:16 PM

I'm still trying to find the mystery Burro molds in Mexico :ask
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Carl V 05-05-2015 02:53 PM

Destroyed in the Bonair factory fire in 2002.

honda03842 05-05-2015 03:20 PM

Thanks Carl, I just read about the fir but still thought I drop a line to the town where the factory was. You never know where things will lead.

Carl V 05-05-2015 06:55 PM

The site of the old Bonair factory is now used by a structural steel factory (Canatal) Absolutely nothing left of Bonair.

Carol H 05-05-2015 07:01 PM

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Originally Posted by honda03842 (Post 520232)
Thanks Carl, I just read about the fir but still thought I drop a line to the town where the factory was. You never know where things will lead.

Norm the company was in financial trouble just before the fire - actually as I understand it they started making the Oxygen in the hopes that producing such a unique trailer might save them.

After the fire they declared bankruptcy so I don't think you will find anything left around in regards to the company.

Donna D. 05-05-2015 08:26 PM

I think the Bonaire Oxygen is one of the most unique, beautiful all molded-towables ever built. YMMV I'm very visual and there's something about that shape that makes my heart sing. Lucky, lucky folks that own one :yep I feel very fortunate to have been able to physically see one at the Oregon Gathering several years back. Totally cool! :dance

honda03842 05-07-2015 10:28 AM

Everyone,

Thank you for your help. I have been able to track down the last owner of Bonair. I have now read all the posts and find the Bonair an interesting and physically attractive design.

Mike Magee 05-07-2015 05:20 PM

I agree with you about the Oxygen. I saw one (exterior only) in person while camping in Minnesota a few years back, and it was visually very exciting.

Carol H 05-07-2015 06:14 PM

It is attractive but inside it was a bit lacking. Space and storage was not well utilized. I know a party who has one and they have done some pretty great custom wood and fiberglass work inside theirs - blending it in with the original stuff - hard to know where the new items start and old end. I think if they had sold it originally as they have modified it, it probable would have been flying off the shelf .

honda03842 05-07-2015 06:36 PM

Carol,

I believe you are absolutely correct.

Donna D. 05-07-2015 07:10 PM

The only bad thing I've read about for the Bonaire Oxygen... was backing it up! Because of the pointed back end, there wasn't any way to determine where the rear of the trailer was. Thank goodness for cameras and spotters :wink.

I agree, the interior needed some help. Lots of owners have figured out how to make it work. They're still a beautiful, wonderful all molded trailer. SWOON!

honda03842 05-08-2015 05:14 AM

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Originally Posted by Carol H (Post 520752)
It is attractive but inside it was a bit lacking. Space and storage was not well utilized. I know a party who has one and they have done some pretty great custom wood and fiberglass work inside theirs - blending it in with the original stuff - hard to know where the new items start and old end. I think if they had sold it originally as they have modified it, it probable would have been flying off the shelf .

Carol, Would you send me a PM with that person's name?

Thank you

Norm

Vann in NS 06-21-2015 02:09 PM

If you should be fortunate enough to find the owner or someone who was involved with project development, please post some history and rational for the concept and it's evolution. The design is so unique that it deserves documentation.

We just returned from a trip through the NE and I was surprised by the interest and questions folks seem to have about this trailer.:)

Raz 06-21-2015 04:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Vann in NS (Post 530334)
If you should be fortunate enough to find the owner or someone who was involved with project development, please post some history and rational for the concept and it's evolution. The design is so unique that it deserves documentation.

We just returned from a trip through the NE and I was surprised by the interest and questions folks seem to have about this trailer.:)

A couple weeks ago we took a trip up the Maine coast. On the way home we spotted an Oxygen pulling out of a mall (walmart?) on route 2 in Rumford, Me. Was that you? Raz

Vann in NS 06-21-2015 05:29 PM

Yikes a coincidence or what.. that was us pulling out of the Mardens and Tractor Store parking lot in Rumford.
We drove Rt 2 through ME,NH,VT and NY to visit friends in Ontario and came back the same way...

Raz 06-22-2015 03:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Vann in NS (Post 530372)
Yikes a coincidence or what.. that was us pulling out of the Mardens and Tractor Store parking lot in Rumford.
We drove Rt 2 through ME,NH,VT and NY to visit friends in Ontario and came back the same way...

We waved :ola:ola

Badger 06-22-2015 11:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by honda03842 (Post 520197)
Does anyone know what happened to the Bonair Oxygen molds?

Starting to get that entrepreneurial spirit again Norm? :)

honda03842 06-22-2015 01:26 PM

Rick...Maybe

Oliver the place 05-17-2017 09:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Vann in NS (Post 530334)
If you should be fortunate enough to find the owner or someone who was involved with project development, please post some history and rational for the concept and it's evolution. The design is so unique that it deserves documentation.

We just returned from a trip through the NE and I was surprised by the interest and questions folks seem to have about this trailer.:)

I wax the exterior of my oxygen every 2 years (I find it to be a gruelling job, hence every 2nd year), about 4 years ago I made the mistake of parking it in our front driveway for waxing and was inundated by passers by with compliments to its design as well as offers for purchase. What also resulted was a gentleman stopping by that seem very knowledgeable about the origin, manufacturing and moulds. He suggested that he knew where and who possessed the original moulds and that they had indeed been saved from the fire. He was attempting to orchestrate their purchase for his own interests. His interests it seems was once acquired he was going to incorporate the units into the design of "houseboats". The oxygen units would be affixed to a platform and pontoons would offer the floatation. He felt that due to their design they were perfect for the application into a marine environment. Initially my bs sensor kicked in but as I inquired further any incongruencies seemed to dissipate and I was convinced that at least the moulds still existed. About 2 years later my front door bell rang and it was the same gentlemen as my unit had been parked in the front drive and he was just stopping in to chat. I asked about the previously described "moulds" and his progress in acquiring them. He indicated that he had "missed the boat" (no pun intended regarding the houseboat refit). He indicated that he'd experienced a heart attack and after surgery and an extensive recovery it had come to light that the moulds had gone in another direction.
To this day I believe his story regarding the moulds existence, as for his desire in obtaining them for the purpose of a houseboat refit, probably just a desire or dream.
No yarn here, at least not from me.


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