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Old 08-18-2015, 10:20 PM   #1
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is my trailer a Sunline??

I am trying to identify a trailer that I am buying tomorrow. It's been painted and there's nothing but a really faded logo on the awning. owner is sure that it said GYPSY way back when they bought it but now the lettering is all gone. Any clues? Hopefully I'll be able to get a VIN # tomorrow and that should help. disregard the little insignia painted on the back...her husband painted that on...it doesn't mean anything. I asked her for a pic of the logo that is on the awning but she misunderstood me and took a pic of the thing her husband painted instead. Oh well. Hopefully these pics will help someone out there i.d. it for me!
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Old 08-19-2015, 08:20 AM   #2
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Sure looks like a 12' Sunline to me..however, there were a couple of manufacturers that used that body style years ago..Layton for one..think it was referred to as a Skyline body. If you have a picture of the interior it would be helpful.
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Old 08-19-2015, 10:18 AM   #3
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I say not a Sunline. It could be, there's a slim chance, but it would have had to be completely rebuilt. The comparable Sunline differs:

- Angle of front wall is different, Sunlines weren't that angled until after they stopped building the 12' trailers.
- Entry door is shorter looking than the Sunline, or the trailer was raised up. A Sunline didn't have that much room for a porch light above.
- This also isn't a style of entry door a Sunline had.
- Sunline's clearance lights were high up on the sides at the time, not in the middle.
- Sunline's front window was tiny. No way could it extend across the whole front of the trailer without going into the bathroom.
- Rear window should have had a center crank out jalousie and two stationary side panes. This is a more modern style with two crank outs.
- Wheel well areas are more angled up and open compared to a Sunline.
- Propane tank holder setup on the front is different, not like any Sunline ever.
- The Sunline never had the storage door behind the wheel, and especially not that big of one.

I'm guessing it's some other brand, but the VIN will tell for sure.
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Old 08-19-2015, 11:20 AM   #4
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this little trailer is a real mystery. I cannot find anything that looks like it on the Internet anywhere! I have spent hours and hours searching. I find trailers that are similar, but nothing that looks just like this one. I will hopefully have the VIN # tonight. Then what do I do with it?? How do I use that info online to search? thanks!
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Old 08-19-2015, 07:20 PM   #5
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If you send the VIN to Jon (Sunline Fan) he can tell if it is a Sunline. If it is a Sunline, Jon can tell you a lot about it. He is a real expert on Sunline models through the years and has a wealth of knowledge.
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Old 08-19-2015, 07:38 PM   #6
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Question Possible Sunline Profile , mid 80's

JULIE , Nice to meet ya . Pic below does show different SIDE CLEARANCE LIGHTS position for a 1979 ,on the left , (High) ,, versus the 1986 MID Side height for the right RV ,browninsh.. Side light can be sween right above the center maroon graphic strip...... Your profile and rear window, side back window does, look close.... ? On both of my rigs the upper siding ,close to the roof was a tad WIDER than the , mid height or lower width panels... ?
What is the Paperwork TITLE or registration saying for BRAND..? If seller has NO Paperwork , it may be tough to get license plates in your region ??
After a few months I was able to scrape the street side of the front frame and find the FIVE digit serial # code 45_ 79... 79 being the 1979 year..... My 1986 had the newer 17 digit , alpha - numeric code up under the nose..... DMV would tell you the year...
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Old 08-19-2015, 09:03 PM   #7
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figured it all out, picked up trailer tonight. It's made by a Quebec company called Campeur Gitan. It's a 1985 model. So I guess I won't be a member of the Sunline Owners Club...or I will be a fraud! LOL

Our region does not require much paperwork to transfer ownership...it just takes a bit longer, that's all. But this guy had ownership papers so it'll be nice and easy to transfer registration.

I have a sick feeling in my gut now (a little buyers remorse on behalf of my daughter...she bought it but we've agreed to help her with it). It's an old trailer and not in the greatest shape, especially after closer inspection. Going to need some TLC and some work and I hope we haven't bitten off more than we can chew since my daughter paid $1200 for it. It's one of those things that at one moment seems like a great deal...then you get finding things and you start doubting everything! ugh.
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Plenty of SOBs here!!! That's Some Other Brand stay on board you're always welcome.
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Old 08-20-2015, 08:28 AM   #9
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I agree. This is getting to be a SOB site more and more. It's the people, not just the trailer that make this a great site.
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Old 08-20-2015, 10:26 AM   #10
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Pleased to be an SOB! I'm sure I'll need lots of advice on repairs etc. Already the roof leaks! (we had rain all night...it's leaking around the roof vent...ugh!)

I know that when you buy a 30 year old trailer you have to expect a leak somewhere...I was just hoping it wouldn't be right away!
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Cool Tin Can Tourist network, valuable smalls. LINK

JULIE : Glad you got some good info,, we can all learn the hobby.. I was going to post this am about a possible 83 - 84 range for a SCOTTY camper.. I had spotted one before in a driveway and was sure it was a SunLine from the road.. In the driveway the side stripes were more brown, and your rear "S" logo
could have been a clue.

2) Here is a recent article from Street rod Magazine,, can read page 69 here on the computer of the classic small RV craze.. I am a national member of the T.C.T. or Tin Can Tourism movement.. Smaller rigs have higher resale than the 18 - 20 ft ones.. A 25 yr age limit has 1989 and older into shows, etc.. I think
you, or daughter will make money in the future with your score. Even the Pink ones go overboard with GLAMPING, Glamour Camping.. ENJOY
Street Rod Life 2015: Fall Print Issue - Street Rod Life
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Old 08-20-2015, 05:03 PM   #12
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oh that stupid logo on the back that looks like an S...it's going to be the bane of my existence! It means nothing. Apparently the previous owner painted it on there, it's the same shape as some pendant he bought his wife!! It has nothing to do with the trailer's make. We picked up the trailer last night, it is from a company in Quebec called Campeur Gitan. That's all we know so far. And that the roof leaks. Ugh. Here we go...
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Best wishes with your "new" camper.
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Julie,

Welcome to SOC! An interesting find with your daughter's new camper. The people here at SOC are so helpful with answering questions about trailers, repairs, camping, you-name-it, so no matter what brand, ask away... and make sure to post pixs.
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Hi Julie,


I'm new here too. The Sunline is the 3rd I've had and all of them leak. You are going to have to get that leak fixed so you don't have issues with the interior paneling or floor. Mine is a 2000 and I fixed the floor once already. Now I have to do a few sections of the side walls and floor, again.


Best of luck with it. It feels great when you fix something.


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I cleaned her up today...wow what a difference that makes! Even though it wasn't really that bad, it hadn't been really thoroughly CLEANED...so I got the scrub brush and a bucket and away I went. Did all the windows...that sure made a difference. Now to paint it so it's not that horrible purple colour! And of course, fix the leak in the roof...
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oh yeah, roof is tarped...we'll be fixing the leak tomorrow or Sat. we hope! Let's hope the hubby can fix it. He's not the handiest guy in the world but he sure tries!
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This is getting to be a SOB site more and more.
Agreed, except I'm not convinced it's a good thing.
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It's made by a Quebec company called Campeur Gitan. It's a 1985 model.
Glad to hear you figured it out, Julie! Never heard of them, even though that's not too surprising since they probably never exported them over the border. It looked like an '80s shape though. Good luck with the restoration, and getting rid of the purple ASAP!
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