After 9 months of looking - Fiberglass RV

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Old 05-13-2010, 07:16 PM   #1
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I would like to buy an older fiberglass trailer; Scamp, Casita, Boler, Love Bug etc….

After 9 months of looking I found a Trillium 4500 only 90 miles away. The seller was fantastic, helping me with tires, wiring, and many aspects of towing this trailer, which, incredibly after 32 years, seems to have never actually been registered on the road!

The seller said the previous owner had the trailer delivered to a trailer park in 1978 and told him she never registered it or moved it. The seller took it in trade for a kitchen re-modeling and brought it a few miles back to his house.

I was the first to contact him in reply to his listing. I told him I would probably buy it and would gladly pay full asking price ($2.200). He agreed to hold it for a few days until I could see it. I came, I saw, I purchased.

The seller put new tires on it (we split the cost). The old ones looked like new, but were spider webbed with tiny cracks.

After a smooth tow home, the Trillium is at my house now and seems to need little more than a thorough cleaning.

Off to the New Hampshire mountains, so nearly soon, I can already taste the edelweiss (OK: pine) on the summit breezes.

24 hours of proud possession and 6 dead mice latter…

I am getting an idea of how this trailer is built. It is a lot like a sailboat. I have been able to inspect every hidden dead space except directly behind the refrigerator.

I think I truly have had good fortune. Except for several places where the "wall paper" is hanging off and the odd wrinkles in the strips of rubber between the wall panels, I see little wrong. The seller told me he tested the stove and the heater as well as the refrigerator on propane and AC, but not 12 volts. It came with all the manuals and a full tank of propane, so maybe that will be the challenge for the weekend.

I appreciate the support I have gotten during my 7 months of wanted ads. The FiberGlass.RV site has provided much of "such stuff that dreams are made on" over the winter. It was fun to change my RV type from none to 1978 Trillium 4500.

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Old 05-13-2010, 07:20 PM   #2
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Christopher's in Luuuuuuuuuuv!!

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Old 05-13-2010, 07:35 PM   #3
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Welcome to fiberglass ownership Christopher! You'll be in love forever with that Trillium!
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Old 05-13-2010, 07:56 PM   #4
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Congrats on finding a part of your dream
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:09 PM   #5
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Congratulations! Sounds like you found a nice one!
1979 Boler B1300 | 1987 Bigfoot 5th Wheel | 1988 Bigfoot 5th Wheel | We officially have a collection!
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Old 05-13-2010, 08:30 PM   #6
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Way to go, Chris! We're all happy for you!

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Old 05-13-2010, 09:46 PM   #7
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Old 05-13-2010, 09:47 PM   #8
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Hi Chris,
Congrads on ownership of what I believe is the "Rolls Royce" of fiberglass from this era!
I too own a 1978 Trillium 4500. I have owned as many as 4 at once and love them. What floor plan do you have? If I can be of any help, please feel free to contact me. Enjoy!!!!!!!!
"The Triilium King"
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Old 05-13-2010, 10:32 PM   #9
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Welcome to the club Chris! I have to warn you though, owning a fiberglass trailer is addictive.

You can fix the wrinkles in the strips by putting them in hot water and reinstalling.
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Old 05-13-2010, 10:37 PM   #10
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Isn't it fun to actually score on one after looking and looking and looking?

Congrat's, Enjoy!

Please buy yourself propane and smoke detectors and install them in the trailer if there isn't one already installed. Though I think 1978 was a great year, I would assume that a trailer of that year might not have them on board. But then again maybe?

Actually this is a good time to remind all of us to change our battery's in the detector...........
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Old 05-13-2010, 10:47 PM   #11
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Hi: Christopher G...And CONGRATS. You sure found a GOODIE... and sooo close too!!! It was meant to be.
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Old 05-14-2010, 05:24 AM   #12
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I really like your Trill, looks great. Enjoy.

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Old 05-14-2010, 12:51 PM   #13
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I tried to buy that for my brother but the owner said someone was coming friday to look at it etc......that musta been you!....good luck and welcome...Bruce
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Old 05-14-2010, 04:07 PM   #14
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Chris Glad you finally found a really neat egg. My wife and I searched for ours for about 6 months before we found our 13 foot Uhaul so we know how excited you must be. We wish you well. Lee and Norma

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