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Old 02-01-2019, 08:41 AM   #1
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Award travel trailer?

One thing I notice I do these days especially when towing our Escape is pay attention to others trailers I pass along the way. Last week going down 95S to Crooked River State park I passed a trailer going N and first thing I noticed was how large from window was and also the odd shape of the front. Other odd thing was the roof was raised it the center like a home so everything on top was sideways like vent covers and AC unit, passing it like that could not tell what it was so thought I would just wonder about it. Funny thing about life sometimes when I get to my site to set up guess whats right next door another Award trailer , I mean whats the odds of that and no it was not the same one.
Owner told me they were made in Canada and they had it for about 5 years and really enjoyed it. They left the next day so never did see the inside of it but still say the roof line was the oddest looking thing and surprised the front glass does not get broken often. Wonder if the Canadian Escape owners see many of these in their neck of the woods?

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Old 02-01-2019, 08:46 AM   #2
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There have been several for sale over on our sister forum FGRV.
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I have good friends that own a 23' Award. They took out the front dinette and put in small recliners. And yes, the front window can be a PITA, they've had to seal it several times over the past five years or so. But for them, it's like being in the lap of luxury as they moved up in size from a 17' Burro.
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“Award...The Shape of Things to Come”

We owned a used Award for a little bit and it was way ahead of its time by North American standards. It used a light weight aerospace style frame that tapered to be very thick in the middle over the wheels or the torsion axles might have even run through the holes in the frame. It was bolted together and the plumbing also came out of one of the holes so it did not hang below.

If you search there are articles on the design. The sheet roofing was designed to overlap at the peak and the side walls. As mentioned we could not keep the front window sealed either.

The inside was the same layout as the 19 only the trailer was longer. Thus the bedroom ran front to back and the bed was joke in width.

We towed it with our diesel jeep. Talk about cabinet doors not matching...
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Many years ago I kinda fell in love with Award trailers and always wished to get one but never did. Three winters ago while traveling I10 in NM just before stopping at a rest area I saw what appeared to be an Award behind me (by the roof) and we pulled into the rest area and they did also, had a very quick visit with them, but they were not what you would call "friendly" so got no further information about whether they liked it.
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Too many seams, too many places for leaks. Not really molded fiberglass like an Escape.
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Too many seams, too many places for leaks. Not really molded fiberglass like an Escape.
I agree Jim however more than six years ago I knew nothing about FG trailers
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Old 02-01-2019, 06:40 PM   #8
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Too many seams, too many places for leaks. Not really molded fiberglass like an Escape.
That one isn't moulded fiberglass, but the same shape of trailer (complete with that peaked roof) was built by Sun Trek in moulded fiberglass, as the Vista. Some were moulded in left and right halves, so the seam was on the vertical plane down the centre line rather than around the beltline like an Escape (and most moulded fiberglass travel trailers), and some were moulded in one piece. The largest Vista was a 30-foot trailer.

I don't know if Sun Trek and Award were related (they may have both copied the same design from someone else, for all I know), or how similar they were under the skin. A few design features suggest a European origin to me.
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My Eggcamper had the vertical seam.
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I agree Jim however more than six years ago I knew nothing about FG trailers
Hi: emers382... I think we took care of that Eh? Alf
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A couple of days ago we ran into what appeared to be a brand-new Award at Leasburg Dam State Park north of Las Cruces. The owner was not around when I had time to talk to him, so no discussion. It was totally mint, and I mean perfect paint, decals, trim, no color loss, but couldn't help but notice the frame was conventional, not like those I've seen in the past. My understanding was that Award went out of business. Has someone resurrected the brand?

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My understanding was that Award went out of business. Has someone resurrected the brand?
RV Lifestyle ran a letter and response (It's All About the Award) which claimed:
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You can contact Award RV at 220 Ramsey Drive, P.O. Box 216, Dunnville, Ontario, Canada N1A 2X5. Phone: 905- 774-9351 Fax: 905-774-4607 www. awardrv.com. They are the original builders of the Award trailer. They no longer manufacture trailers but refurbish used Awards and build custom units for people.
The RV Lifestyle item is undated, but I assume that it is obsolete, as that website no longer exists.

Dometic still lists Award Recreational Vehicles as a dealer, but that location is (or was, as of the May 2018 Google Street View image) an automotive service business plus a back-of-the-building business called "The RV Store". Given the couple of Awards outside in that image, my guess is that this business (likely related to the original manufacturer) doesn't make trailers, but services and possibly sells them, and specializes in Awards. Web search results suggest that this business is no longer operating.

A discussion in RV.net confirms that the manufacturer is gone, and details the connection of The RV Store:
Award TT parts

As for Sun Trek, the builder of the moulded fiberglass Vista, I found a couple of helpful posts in a FiberglassRV discussion:
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Apparently The Vista was built when a group of former employees of Award Trailers formed a company at the time of the first collapse of the Award company. They did not build many trailers.
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The manufacturer of the Vista, SunTrek, went out of business after only a few years. To my knowledge they last produced a trailer in 2003.
So Award was from the 1990's, and even Sun Trek has been gone for about 15 years, but someone was using the Award name to attract service business until recently.
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