This week China’s Wuyi Tiandi Motion Apparatus Co (TDR Moto) – to the astonishment of the team at Brevard, North Carolina based Sylvan Sport – has appointed Foxico Australia Pty Ltd – a Dandenong, Victoria-based Australian motorbike and ATV distributor – to sell its newly minted counterfeit Sylvan Sport camping trailer. Rebadged as the Foxico “Mudcross” – and retailing for just $5900 Australian dollars (AUD) – TDR Moto have certainly made a good fist of their knock-off because this ace camping trailer is a dead-ringer for the SylvanSport Go. The drongos at Foxico, just like the crims at TDR Moto, are even using SylvanSport’s marketing material and photographs to publicize the counterfeit product on their website.
A call to Foxico in Australia by the RVing Examiner on Wednesday revealed that “at this stage we just in Australia market…we just start. It’s a new product from China,” said Michael, who is apparently the boss at Foxico and – judging by his spoken English – clearly from an ethnic minority. Billed on their website as “one of the leading motor bike trading company in Australia,” Foxico is in reality a small store on the Frankston Dandenong Road in the suburbs of the city of Melbourne. Ironically, Dandenong is twinned with the city of Xuzhou in the Jiangsu province of China.
Now call me old fashioned, but even a Whinging Pom like me knows that this whole setup is not fair dinkum and I reckon that those bludgers at Wuyi Tiandi Motion Apparatus Co., Ltd in China and Foxico in Australia should stop playing silly buggers. It’s clear that these ockers believe that they’ve done a spiffy snow job, but those camping trailers are going to be worth less than a brass razoo when you’re sitting twiddling your thumbs in your local cop shop. So, just like any Aussie would do, we’ll give them a fair crack of the whip and ask those mongrel’s nicely to rack off because we know that those fake SylvanSport camping trailers are not dinki-di. In fact, they stand out like a shag on a rock. So why don’t you give SylvanSport a bonzer Christmas present and stop ripping them off before the Australian[i] authorities shut you down.
Contact Information: SylvanSport, 235 Commerce St., Brevard, NC 28712, USA. Tel: (00) 1-828-883-4292
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[i] The Australian Trade Commission in both the United States and Australia were contacted for comment on this story. At the time of publication no formal response had been received.