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Old 03-28-2011, 09:36 AM   #1
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New Guy with 1984 Sunline F-1850 Fifth Wheel

Hi Everyone.....
I've been lurking in and learning from your website for the past 3 years or so. Finally got around to signing up in Nov 2010.
Bought this camper 2 years ago after finding on Craigslist. The owner was very optomistic, wanted $3500.00. After a few hours with him, listing all the problems, I offered him $1100. The structure and interior was sound but nothing worked.
Basically, it spent about 10 years before I showed up under a tree up in our mountains in Lancaster, New Hampshire. All forlorn and abandoned. First thing to do was a complete full outside mildew removal effort. All four sides and roof was covered with green/brown mildew. Had to kill it before I could even get any to come off.
Last year did mega-maintenance effort on the camper and completed a lot of new installations and replacements of stuff as well. Was time to really spiff up this 27 year old camper. I get a lot of good comments wherever I take it, but most often that people have "never seen a rig like this one before".
You'll find pictures of my 1984 Sunline F-1850 Fifth Wheel at
My tow vehicle last two years was 2003 Chevy S10 CrewCab 4X4 with 4.3 V6 engine. As truck had 150,000 miles and I wanted a V8, a few months ago got 2010 GMC Canyon CrewCab 4X4 with 5.3 V8 engine.
Still have a few things I want to do to it such as second battery box, rear leveling jacks, new same color paint job, new body striping and new Sunline decals. Lucked out, found 5 new matching newly made Sunline decals on eBay. Only needed 4, a spare is good.
Good to be a part of this group, a ton of information and help here!
Best, Bruce "hardybus"

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Old 03-28-2011, 10:52 AM   #2
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Bruce, your coach looks in really nice shape and very shiny! Keep up the good work!

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Old 03-28-2011, 12:19 PM   #3
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Wow that is awesome. It looks GREAT! Based on the condition you describe when you bought it, you must have done alot of work on her. Welcome to the club!
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Old 03-28-2011, 05:00 PM   #4
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Nice album, Bruce, and a really nice trailer. They're a labor of love at any age.

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Old 03-28-2011, 05:57 PM   #5
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Bruce, let me first welcome you to the forum. Happy to hear that you decided to register after lurking for 3 years.

The F1850 looks awesome. Thanks for sharing the pictures. Have you considered joining us at the Meet & Great at Buttonwood this year. It would be great to meet you and see your F1850 in person.
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Old 03-28-2011, 08:41 PM   #6
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Bruce, you've read and learned that we like pics....and your's are awesome.....oh and welcome to the club!
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Welcome to Sunline Owners Club.

Glad you came over to join the posters at the campfire.

Your handy work on that 5er is great!!! WOW that was a project! Those small 5er's Sunline use to make are for sure unique. Neat concept and very stable towing.

Looking forward to seeing and hearing more about your camping adventures.

Happy Camping

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Old 03-31-2011, 01:53 PM   #8
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Nice unit mr hardy.

Back 20 years ago I had a T-1350 for about 5 years.

I want to get another sunline this year.

Right now I am torn between the F-1850 and a T-1750 or a T-1550.

How does the trailer ball mount in the bed? Is there some type of plate on the bottom?

Do you have a portable tripod with a ball mounted for a front end brace while unhooked?

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