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Old 03-19-2007, 10:12 PM   #1
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Sunline's Are a Rare Breed

So we've been on the road for almost two full months now, logged over 7000 miles, been through 10 states and all this time; We've only seen 3 other Sunline's on the road.

Two of them were in the same Camp Ground in Crystal River Florida and neither of their owners were around when I tried to talk with them. Then just the other day while driving from the Florida Pan Handle into Alabama, we saw a Sunline 5'er pass by going the oppisite direction. We both threw each other a friendly wave and that was it. Up to that point I had never seen a Sunline Fifth Wheel and had to wipe the drool off my chin. I did'nt even see any when we did the factory tour?

I cant believe all this time we've only seen 3!?!?!?

I will say that when ever we check into a camp ground and they ask what kind of camper we own; They raise their eyebrows when you say "Sunline" I'm not sure if they're thinking "Wow, does he know they went out of business?" or are they thinking "He thinks he's soo cool in that fancy Sunline?"

Where do all the Sunline's Hide? Will we see more when we get out West? Or do you think they're all on the East Coast closer to the old Factory? At this point I'd have to say the most common trailer we've seen is the Trail-Lite? I guess if you're only thinking about your wallet and not thinking about a few years down the road, then we'll be talking to you when you make that big decision and come over to our neck of the woods.
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Old 03-20-2007, 05:33 AM   #2
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We are loaded with Sunlines in the eastern PA area. We camp alot near Lancaster, PA and in that area there will always be a half dozen Sunlines in any given campground. We also camp in VA alot, and if we're lucky we'll see 1 other Sunny down there. Sunline stopped making fifth wheels a while ago. When they went out of business they were doing research on starting up again.
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Old 03-20-2007, 08:00 AM   #3
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Pat and Pam,

Sunline did retire the 5th wheel line after the 2005 model year, with the '05's only being custom built models. Prior to that, the newest line of 5ths was started in 2002 (I think the '03 model year). Way back, they were started sometime in the early '70's (the earliest I've seen is a '71) and continued through 1995-1996.

I agree, Eastern PA is loaded with Sunline's. When down at the factory last June, we stayed at Lake in Wood (for the 2nd time!) and that place is filled with Sunline's. I think there were less than my last visit in 2000, but there were still a lot. Here in MI, there used to be quite a few, and they seem to be slowly diminishing. I don't know if that many are being sold or if people just aren't travelling like they used to. Granted my campground visits in a year are to only one place for the whole summer now (Not my choice, its the parents), I still don't see a lot of Sunline's on the road to and fro. Also, last summer I saw less RV's on the road all together between here in MI and on the trip to PA and CT than in past years. Hopefully now that gas prices aren't SOOOOO high, people will start taking more adventures.

I also spoke with Dale Zimmerman at Sunline recently and he mentioned, though production computers are down and he can get an exact #, Sunline built about 65000 units.

Pam, I did find out an exact number of Que's built. I'll post it later. It was something like 170, but I can't get my E-mail right now to look it up. I also found out how to figure out VIN's, so hopefully I can clarify that topic about the production numbers.

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Old 03-20-2007, 08:10 AM   #4
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I travel I-81 daily in WV, and quite frequently in MD & VA so I see lots of brands. I see a few Sunlines headed north or south, but mostly I see the big pricey 5'er or MH's and then lots of the "lesser" quality brands (compared to our wonderful Sunlines) I guess we also have to consider that Sunlines were NOT mass produced like the "other" brands, so it is easy to outnumber what Sunlines we see on the road. Capt Skup in Md has a Sunline 5'er and he might be planning to sell it in the future as he has a new 42' (two bedroom) Teton in his yard and an F-450 on order. If I hear anything about that sale, I will surely post it here

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Old 03-20-2007, 09:30 AM   #5
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Jon,
Ummm...isn't Dale Zimmerman one of the previous owners of Sunline? He must know what the real story is on them being resurected. I figured there weren't many QUEs around. I'll be interested in your findings as to what the VIN tells us about that. For some reason I think it would just be really really cool if QUEtSE was the last one made. Also, I found it interesting that Jim Ray - the RV technician on the QUE towing thread - owns a QUE. Made me feel kind of warm and fuzzy that someone who repairs RVs for a living chose to buy a QUE
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Old 03-20-2007, 11:23 AM   #6
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I saw a late model Sunline tt at Myrtle Beach last year and there is a older looking tan skin one I've seen at Talledega and Atlanta Motor Speedway on multiple occaisions. Not too many otherwise down here. Mine was originally purchased at Stoltzfus in PA and I bought it used. I'm glad it wandered south.

I hate to say it but I think the trend in business is to take a good name high quality company that got in a jam, rescue the business and make an average product relying on the good name to differentiate you in the maketplace. I have a Cub Cadet from the IH days the thing is HD bullet proof. The new MTD version is a lightweight average piece of equipment.
Did Dodge buck that trend, I'm not sure? Be glad you have the original concept.
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Old 03-20-2007, 06:42 PM   #7
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Although I only went camping twice last year due to health problems, I had a Sunline within 2 sites of me both times. Needless to say, I had a lengthy conversation with the owners as we were in the market for a new TT. There is also one parked in a driveway (waiting for camping season) about 2 miles from me. My new 289 is impatiently waiting a few more weeks for the weather to improve and the snow to melt.

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Old 03-20-2007, 07:49 PM   #8
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I think I just saw a Sunline in a Coke commericial.
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Old 03-20-2007, 09:18 PM   #9
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There are not to many Sunlines in Ohio. I actually bought mine in MI.

I have only seen about 3 of them in 2 1/2 years camping in allmost every Ohio state park. Every time I see one and they see me, we both know we have something unique.

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Old 03-20-2007, 11:28 PM   #10
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Sunlines a rare RV?

We've just purchased a Sunline 2363 and are looking forward to driving it home to CA. We also have a light Ford F250, which was only made one or two years and a Suzuki Cavalcade touring motorcycle. The Cavalcade owners are a tightknit community - fun and very helpful to each other - just like the Sunline community appears to be. There's something to be said for being part of a rare and special group instead of being just one of thousands. You get to meet more folks when you show up with something unusual too.
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Old 03-21-2007, 05:11 PM   #11
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Up here in NE Pa we see other Sunlines almost every time we go camping.
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Old 03-22-2007, 04:29 AM   #12
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I have also noticed that here in Pa. sunlines are very common but once we travel into other states we very rarely see another sunline
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Old 03-22-2007, 10:21 AM   #13
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I moved my 1994 Sunline T2250 into a large RV/boat storage yard this last fall, In southeast Michigan. After driving up and down the long rows out of curiosity, looking at the few hundred RVs stored there, I was pretty surprised to count about 8-10 other Sunlines. Most looked like they were from the 90s, with one that looked like a newer model. It was nice to see my little Sunline had some copmany!
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Hi Macree,

Welcome to the forum! It's great to hear of other Sunline owners in Michigan. I believe you are only the 4th on this forum from MI. That's funny, I had a '94 2251, which is the sister model to your 2250. Where in SE MI are you from?

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