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Old 12-17-2006, 05:12 AM   #1
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I think I may be in trouble with a purchase. I sent postal money orders to these people, they seemed strange, had a very wierd way of how they asked me to contact them, and they haven't delivered the trailer as agreed. This has been going on for over 4 months. I'm just a retired guy looking to take my family camping- I'm not up for a court battle- my health isn't up to it.

They acted like they have a selective business- "we don't release our trailers to just anyone, we need to make sure you're qualified to use it properly..." This kind of stuff was strange to me- I had money and wanted a trailer.

I'm wondering if anyone else has heard of this company- Truly Vintage Trailers and the people named Jim Jarzabek and Amy Centers? Am I the only one dumb enough to get hammered this way? Will they ever bring the trailer? They don't answer emails or their phone.

Thank ya. Bags
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Old 12-17-2006, 05:43 AM   #2
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Talking they look.....

legit...i say that only because i have seen jim on the forums before...and there is a company website with contact info:

We are just a phone call away at (937) 671-4557 or email us by clicking the link below.

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Old 12-17-2006, 05:49 AM   #3
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Jim Jarzabek is a member of these forums. I do not know him, but he was a frequent poster earlier this year.
Four months is a long time to wait for anything. The amount of money you are out would be a factor in what action you should follow. If you sent him money, I assume that you have a contract. If you have a contract with someone and the other party refused to honor the contract the only way to settle it would be through the court system. If you can not work this out, I suggest that you seek legal advise.
I wish you good luck with this matter.
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Old 12-17-2006, 06:18 AM   #4
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They acted like they have a selective business- "we don't release our trailers to just anyone, we need to make sure you're qualified to use it properly..." This kind of stuff was strange to me- I had money and wanted a trailer.
Welcome to the forums. I just spent some fun time on the Truly Vintage Trailer web page and must admit they have some truly vintage trailers. I need to ask, what kind of trailer did you buy since it appears they do not deal in a lot of Airstreams? How did you first find them? Did you inspect the trailer or have someone else look at it? Is the trailer you bought already restored? Just curious.
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Hi all-

I think I may be in trouble with a purchase. I sent postal money orders to these people, they seemed strange, had a very wierd way of how they asked me to contact them, and they haven't delivered the trailer as agreed. This has been going on for over 4 months. I'm just a retired guy looking to take my family camping- I'm not up for a court battle- my health isn't up to it.

They acted like they have a selective business- "we don't release our trailers to just anyone, we need to make sure you're qualified to use it properly..." This kind of stuff was strange to me- I had money and wanted a trailer.

I'm wondering if anyone else has heard of this company- Truly Vintage Trailers and the people named Jim Jarzabek and Amy Centers? Am I the only one dumb enough to get hammered this way? Will they ever bring the trailer? They don't answer emails or their phone.

Thank ya. Bags
More information, how did they want you to contact them? Where did you send the money. Was it them or someone posing as them? If someone told the "we don't release our trailers to anyone line" I would still be making jokes to them to their face about it.

BTW if you sent them a US Postal Money Order and they cashed it and did not provide the goods you have a Federal Case. Go to your post office and speak with the Post Master and the will put the Postal Police on it.

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Were you instructed to make the Money Order out to CASH?
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I have seen ever one of the trailers he has listed in Tin Can Tourist ads. I would set up another email account and contact him using an assumed name and see if you get a response, that will tell you if they are avoiding you are just going out of business. I hope you sent as little money as possible.

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Bags -- It would be good to know they type of trailer that you purchased. I don't imagine it is still listed on his website ... or is it?

Airstream Forums inserts a line stating 'Commercial Vendor' right below their user name in a post. There are policies in place to prevent over-commercialization of the info sharing here. Jim Jarzabek has not made a post at the Forums since May. I do know a member who has successfully purchased Airstreams from this dealer. We place no warranty on vendor's business practice but we do have control over Forums input. I still feel bad about your experience.

We need to know more. What type of trailer did you "order?" What communication attempts have you made? And when? I see only email & phone # contact info. Are you receiving replies? Do you have an address to send a registered letter?

As a very, very final resort you could contact the attorney general in the state where you sent your money order.
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You can send a certified letter to the same address you sent the money order. If it is signed for, you will know they at least are still at that address. A certified letter is only a few dollars, and may get a response.
In the letter, obviously, ask him to contacvt you ASAP, as you are very concerned about the deal, and be sure to give plenty of contact info. Name, address, phone number, email, smoke signals, the more ways to contact you the better.
Also, I know what area Jim lives in, if you sent the money order somewhere on the West coast of the US, chances are good it was not him.
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He has a listing running now, check below site

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If you are paid in full on the trailer, (I hope you are not) I would take a drive out there with my tow vehicle and try and pick it up. Call the phone number and tell them your intentions. Explain to them that if they do not have your unit ready for delivery that you expect a full refund. Don't forget to mention that your friend "Bubba" will be joining you on the trip.
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My first reacation was yes. But then I read more of the posts on who this was and it is true Jim's been an active member for a while. I'd exhaust every possilbe avenue trying to contact him. If you have and some time has passed, then, there may be cause for concern, but even then, you never know what the whole situation is. Jim could be on vacation, or a death in the family, sick family memeber where he had to travel and stay.

If he wasn't a forum member who folks knew, I'd have accelerated your fears a bit, but some folks can vouch for Jim, so do your best and if still no answer after a while (after all this is a business and business doesn't stop for personal matters too long), then I'd start to make a bit of noise.

I will say that 4 months is a VERY long time.
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