Hey Bob, Did you finally get your trailer or did you give up?
ordered mine on the 8th of May.
A month ago I was told it was ready for paint,
two weeks ago they were having trouble with paint match,
today they said they were wheeling it in to the paint shop.
The order specified a delivery NO LATER than 10 August for prep for CCR.
Um... I think It ain't gonna make it. I feel bad for them, they are killing a great little product. Maybe I should go show them how to get it done.
There was a Uni-go for sale on Ebay about a week ago and it was in the Cleveland area where I live. Went to the guys house and checked it out and he showed me that he had made several modifications to it. One in the way the supension is attached - he said he thought the factory version was a little weak. And the other was that he stiffened up how the drawbar attaches with some angled struts. Said it improved the handling and strengthened how it was attached. Put a bid in on it but lost in the last few seconds of the auction.
After, --I sent an email to Mark at Schoolhouse to see how things are progressing. Without even telling him about the modifications the seller had made, he brought up the deficiencies with the New Zealand trailer that the seller had tried to fix. He seems to be really trying to solve the problems. I'll probably give him an order late winter or early spring of 07 for next riding season.
Following are the emails exchanged (Reprinted with Mark's permission)
MY EMAIL SENT TO MARK AT SCHOOLHOUSE
>>> Alright Guys,
>>> How bought an update as to how your doing and what your plans are.
You might want to post on your site. I am very interested in purchasing a
>>> uni-go trailer -------but---- you seem to receiving quite a bit of
>>> negative chatter on the internet. Long lead times for color matching.
>>> Only black available. Leaks in the lid. Poor paint quality. There was a
>>> recent uni-go for sale on ebay and everyone wanted to make sure that it
>>> was a New Zealand made trailer before bidding on it. I've seen some
>>> posts from previous dealers that weren't too happy with the present
>>> I really want one of these trailers but am very hesitant to give you an
>>> order till I know you have worked out the bugs. I understand that
>>> transferring the manufacturing of a product like this will have its
>>> problems, but it would probably be best to be upfront and let your
>>> potential customers know that you're working on the problems and what
>>> your anticipated time table is for producing problem free trailers.
>>> Carl Bork
REPLY FROM SCHOOLHOUSE:
>> It is actually funny that people are jumping all over the NZ Uni-Gos
>> because the US version is made from left over NZ parts and all of their
>> molds and jigs. I was the US importer for Uni-Go for the last three years
>> and the problems we have had here are the same problems we fought with
>> the NZ trailers. We are in process of a redesign to eliminate the current
>> problems. The chassis has already been redesigned and is upgraded greatly
>> from the NZ version (the NZ version suspension was known to shear off
>> under heavy use and the front drawbar attachment plates would rip off.)
>> The lids leaked occasionally and the finishes would be destroyed by heat
>> in the shipping boxes. The tail fairings would warp and not fit well on
>> most of the trailers also. I have seen a lot of problems and we are
>> working to make them all go away. We are working with any customer with
>> issues on their new trailer and will make all of them right, even if it
>> means replacement of the trailer. We have also done warranty replacements on
>> numerous NZ trailers that are far out of their warranty period because it
>> is the right thing to do. The dealers are right in being unhappy, we
>> expected to be able to deliver trailers in a period of 2-3 weeks and we
>> have not been able to do so due to issues we have no control over. We
>> also cut the commissions of the dealers because most of them are just
>> websites with no shop to service the customer. If you buy a trailer from
>> a dealer you should be able to expect some form of service or support
>> from them, not just an e-mail that says "contact Uni-Go". We are working
>> to make Uni-Go the best trailer on the road on any continent and will not
>> stop until we are there. The bodies and finishes will be completely
>> upgraded in a few weeks and the Uni-Go will soon be a US trailer not a
>> mix of new and old.
>> Regards, Mark Huffman