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Old 08-15-2003, 12:20 PM   #15
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Deb
Thanks for the reply.
I just submitted that story a few minutes ago but it does not appear on my screen!!! :helpme
Can you see the story and the Photo??? :o
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Old 08-15-2003, 12:24 PM   #16
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Mark

I noticed that. I was typing and then when I went to look at it, it was gone. I hope it wasnt anyting I did. ?? But then this is a jungle I dont know anything about. I didn't see the photo.
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Old 08-15-2003, 01:09 PM   #17
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* * * * * * Deb
Thanks for the reply.
I just submitted that story a few minutes ago but it does not appear on my screen!!! *:helpme *
Can you see the story and the Photo??? *:O *
Hmmm. Mark. This is odd. Did you by any chance try to edit your story/post? (It's easy to delete a post by accident, if you're in Edit mode, after the initial posting.) We've been experiencing another round of ''technical difficulties'' these last couple of days... so I'm trying to figure out what might've happened to your post. :o
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Old 08-15-2003, 02:24 PM   #18
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did they end up in the right thread?

or am i lost and confused again LOL still?:cheers
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Old 08-15-2003, 03:21 PM   #19
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Originally posted by Mark Thomas

* * * * * * Deb
Thanks for the reply.
I just submitted that story a few minutes ago but it does not appear on my screen!!! *:helpme *
Can you see the story and the Photo??? *:O *
Hmmm. Mark. This is odd. Did you by any chance try to edit your story/post? (It's easy to delete a post by accident, if you're in Edit mode, after the initial posting.) We've been experiencing another round of ''technical difficulties'' these last couple of days... so I'm trying to figure out what might've happened to your post. :o

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Mary
I dont know what happened with this post. I hit submit but it went away to where I don't know. :o
I will resubmit it and see what happens.
Thanks :wave
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Old 08-15-2003, 03:25 PM   #20
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Mark, was it this one?
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Old 08-15-2003, 03:30 PM   #21
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Disaster strikes

:wave Let's try this again.

My wife and I were pulling our Trillium Jubilee in the rain through rush hour traffic in the loop around Washingtion DC. The hitch cap split open and came off of the ball. The camper went down on the jack wheel which fell apart. The jack stand dug into the road and jerked the trailer away breaking the safety chains. The trailer crossed two lanes of traffic and hit the guard rail wiping off the propane tank and smashing a hole in the camper body on the right front corner. :omy
It was a miracle that no other cars were hit and noone was hurt.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3f3d4365186b7Trillium 4 half size.jpg/>
You can see a bit of a wrinkle where I fiberglassed the corner but she pulls just fine now. :thumb
Don't try this at home!!!!!! :jester
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Old 08-15-2003, 03:52 PM   #22
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just out of curiosity

was there anything you could have done to prevent the jack from digging in to the pavement . Did your safty chains form a cradle?
did brake-away brakes help at all?
just wonder if anything could be done if it happens to someone else
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Old 08-15-2003, 07:54 PM   #23
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Wow Al you are really lucking you weren't on the road. We've checked out our Trilly in that spot and it seems to look fine. Ours has a bolt that goes through right there. Did yours. I wonder if the bolt creates a weak spot.

Our friends 76 Trill has metal plates welded where it curves up but they are not back that far. They do look factory though?
Hhmmmm
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Old 08-15-2003, 08:08 PM   #24
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bolts yes

the frame to fiberglass bolts are right there. it is a weak spot in my frame as it is where it starts to curve inward and upward . I checked mine before the trip and evertthing looked good. I think we had a dicussion about frame cracks in early july! only reason i took another look. I dont want to alarm anyone but maybe older trill 1300 owners should have a professional take a closer look at the area. the pervious ower had plates welded to the bottom of the frame but for what ever reason this did not help it was a classic case of brittle fracture. Welder who welded on new plates said the metal was soild . 600 plus miles home and things look good except they need to be painted something i will do in the morning !
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Old 08-15-2003, 09:15 PM   #25
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What exactly is brittle fracture?

I do recall a few years back someone on Bolerama mentioning a recall for the Trill frames. The year was not mentioned but it was assumed that it was for the oldest Trilliums whose frames were built like some of the early Bolers with pieces welded together to form a box and then the tongue bolted onto the box.

It's very rare to hear of Trillium frame problems. Your storey certainly gives the push for everyone regardless of make to get their older frames checked by a professional.
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Old 08-15-2003, 09:29 PM   #26
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britlle fracture

is the rapid catastrophic failure of a materalite under stress and a preexisisting flaw like the cracking of ice on a lake . sharp shiny edges at break as opposide to ductile failure which is the streaching of a material untill it breaks like taffy ductil failure leaves a dull area at break think of bending a bread tie thing back and forth untill it breaks.
hope it makes sense
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Old 08-19-2003, 08:03 AM   #27
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* * * * * * was there anything you could have done to prevent the jack from digging in to the pavement . Did your safty chains form a cradle?
did brake-away brakes help at all?
just wonder if anything could be done if it happens to someone else
:cheers
Al
I don't think I had the safety chains short enough and they allowed the camper to go down on the jack wheel. The trailer brakes wern't much help. :sad
I am thinking of putting on a weight distributing hitch. Draw Tite makes one with one spring arm for lighter campers. I think this will keep the camper from bobbing.
Also I have a sway control bar to add.
All I know is that I don't want to ever lose another trailer on the road!!! :nope
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Old 08-19-2003, 04:36 PM   #28
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Use care with a weight dist hitch on small trailers like ours.

Remember that what a WDH usually does is move some of the truck's rear weight to the front axle AND to the trailer axle (I would expect that older trailers have lower capacity axles than current models). Think of it as a bridge where what weight was in the center is now on the ends when the middle support is light or missing...

BTW, for those who may be worried about the plastic wheel, they also make them in steel.

Pete in the RatHaus, whose 91S13 tongue jack is the lighter one that folds up out of the way along the frame
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