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Old 09-27-2018, 04:59 PM   #1
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1977 Trillium 1300 new addition

Always wanted a vintage trailer to go along with our 2013 Escape 19. For some reason I decided it needed to be a Trillium. After a couple of disappointments (rotted floors, sagging curb side roof), I finally picked one up.

Our Escape 19 will continue to be our “workhorse”. This one will just be something for me to work on and take on solo trips. Wife is humoring me on this one!

Trailer had been sitting idle in a garage for the last 15 years. Pretty original with some nice options like kitchen and door windows, upper shelves all around, spare tire holder. I believe the cushion fabric and curtains are original.

Trailer had what I believe to be 1984 Sears passenger tires on it, of course totally dry rotted and cracked. Outside lights worked on one side but not the other. Fortunately I brought a set of magnetic trailer lights.

Some dope had put a hasp lock on the outside, and apparently had problems with his rivet gun so I have some repair to do! First night out (on the way home it wasn’t nearby) and the coverter just went out....

Lost the only key already (day one) but I just found it.

I’ll post pictures when I get home.

Serial #13-1105669

As “luck” would have it I have good inside storage for it. Seems our Casita garage wouldn’t fit our Escape, so we added a carport for the Escape.

I’ve been pestering David with all of my Trillium finds. Now it’s time to dig in.
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Old 09-27-2018, 05:31 PM   #2
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Also, FYI, on my 2010 F150 with 20 inch wheels, I ended up using a four inch drop receiver. The Trillium has 13 inch wheels. I brought a 2 inch drop receiver but the trailer was tipped upward at the front. No good! So I got s 4 inch drop receiver and there is just s very slight drop towards the front (perfect).

With my Escape 19 (15 inch wheels) I use a zero drop.
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Old 09-29-2018, 04:52 PM   #3
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OK, I'll try to post some pictures:

As purchased:

1977 Trillium 1300 by wrk101, on Flickr

Looks better than it is, tires were 24 years old, so I replaced them before hitching up. Also gave me a chance to check the bearings (seemed decent enough to make it home, where I will replace them for sure),

1977 Trillium 1300 by wrk101, on Flickr

Interior looks pretty original to me:

1977 Trillium 1300 by wrk101, on Flickr

1977 Trillium 1300 by wrk101, on Flickr
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Old 09-29-2018, 04:57 PM   #4
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Had to put a set of magnetic trailer lights as half of them are not working. with new replacement wheels (Northern Tool purchase).

1977 Trillium 1300 by wrk101, on Flickr
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Old 09-29-2018, 05:09 PM   #5
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Thrifty Bill,

We have had two Trilliums with original upholstery, but the original curtains in both were long gone. Hold onto them!
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Old 09-29-2018, 05:18 PM   #6
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First job is to fix this damage from rivets. Original owner put a crude hasp and lock on the outside. The last owner removed the hasp, but it left a fair number of holes and some stuck rivets too.

Last owner had this trailer for over 15 years. He had a friend tow it home, stuck it in a garage, and never used it. Got its first use in a long time on the drive home to my house.

The four holes to the far left of this picture go right through to the closet. The fifth hole has the remnants of a rivet seized in it. Other rivets and pieces of rivets in the door.

The original (?) Bargman lock works, sort of. Lever opens and closes the door, key turns the lock mechanism, but it doesn't lock.


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Old 09-29-2018, 06:25 PM   #7
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Aside from the tires and holes, it looks pretty nice. Good find.
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Old 09-29-2018, 07:59 PM   #8
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Right now the plan is to keep the curtains and cushions (figure out a way to clean them). I have to get rid of the carpet (nasty).

Trailer is resting at home in my formerly Casita carport. I will need an assist to roll it into the garage (I think it will fit). Good thing as it just started raining.
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Old 09-29-2018, 09:24 PM   #9
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Very nice, Bill, and soon to become nicer, I'm sure. Sometimes a 13' is all you want or need!
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Old 09-30-2018, 07:28 AM   #10
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Very nice, Bill, and soon to become nicer, I'm sure. Sometimes a 13' is all you want or need!
My "thinking" right now is this will be my solo, short trip trailer. I'm the camper in the family, my wife is OK going with our Escape 19, but nothing smaller. This will be a change of pace.

Only thing I really miss on this trailer is the original gravity propane heater. Kind of sucks that it is gone.


thanks!
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Old 09-30-2018, 08:11 AM   #11
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Very nice find bill. Re the lock, I found "new old stock" L400 replacement cylinder on kijiji that I was able to retrofit into the lockset. Required slight mod to the lockset using a dremel.
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Looks like you need to reposition and maybe replace the hinges. I recently incorporated brass threaded inserts into the body behind hinges, thus switched from sheet metal screws to machine screws. So far (800 miles of towing) its working.
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Old 09-30-2018, 10:32 AM   #13
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Trailer came with new replacement hinges so that is on my list for sure!
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Welcome to the Trillium club. Looks like a good find. I would suggest checking the frame especially at the bends. Keep an eye on eBay for a lock rebuild kit. I found one for $25. Low price because it was missing some parts. The missing parts were a couple of screws available at any hardware store for pennies. Enjoy your project. Raz
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