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Old 10-18-2013, 12:01 PM   #57
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Besides the opourtunity to learn more about fibreglass repair, here is why I will do the work myself, and not pay $2500 for a new top:
AB (Canada) - 1972 - Trillium 1300 - $2500
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Old 10-18-2013, 02:36 PM   #58
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Yah, so clearly I am unsure of the road forward. I went to Trillium / Out Back for lunch. I talked to Joe this time. It was Reese who gave me the $2500 price tag for the top half. I told Joe I wanted from the top of the windows up only. He said he could do it for $1000. Like I said, he owes me a solid.

Now I am leaning towards a new top.
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Old 10-18-2013, 02:39 PM   #59
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Yah, so clearly I am unsure of the road forward. I went to Trillium / Out Back for lunch. I talked to Joe this time. It was Reese who gave me the $2500 price tag for the top half. I told Joe I wanted from the top of the windows up only. He said he could do it for $1000. Like I said, he owes me a solid.

Now I am leaning towards a new top.
$1000 seems like a deal. You would have to satisfy yourself that there will be an exact match between the new top and the bottom of your existing trailer. Could be like trying to wear a hat that is much too large or too small.
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:03 PM   #60
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Actually, since I would buy a piece that goes from the window tops, up the size might not be so critical. Some expansion, or contraction could be taken up by where the joins are between the windows. This could conceivably make the window openings either flare, or shrink at the top. Shrinking would be easy to cut larger, flaring might be a bit more difficult.

But, I actually believe that since Joe uses the original Trillium mold, from before they got rid of the line under the logo, it should fit perfect.
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Alrighty then, this will be like watching brain surgery happen.
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Old 10-18-2013, 03:59 PM   #62
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Well..... I still have to come up with the $1000. My wife will find that more difficult to swallow then the original $100 purchase price. I will probably have to wait till the next company bonus, which is at the end of this month.
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That will give you the time to look at how you plan to attack this. I'd suggest you look at the inside seams / track for the ensolite to see if there are suitable locations to make the fiberglass repairs if you are swapping in the new parts.

That is look at where the cracks are on the outside comparing them to the seams on the inside. Figure out where it is going to be easy to conceal the repair(s).
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Would it be a better investment if parted out? Just wondering about your time/cost
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:38 PM   #65
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Cost:
$250 - Cost to get it to my place
$1050 - New roof
~$100 - Fibreglass supplies, (1 gallon of resin, and mat glass)
~$50 - Contact cement to re-install Ensolite.
~$50 - Replacement Ensolite, (thanks Roy!)
~$50.00 - Sand paper and other supplies
~$1550

I figure I can sell it for ~$4000.

Yes, I am aware that this can't be a complete list, (flooring, cushions, Get the lock keyed, ...). But I am kinda good at scrounging. If I make ~$2000 each, on both Humpty Dumpty, and the Cantaloupe, then I will call that success.

The time spent is not considered. This is entertainment for me.
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The time spent is not considered. This is entertainment for me.
Dont forget the vast amount of entertainment you give to all of us who get to be arm chair coaches and just sit back and watch you do all the work!
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David,

Sound like a great plan!

Good luck in your endeavor.

Can't wait to see the outcome!

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I agree with Carol.
Not being "able" to do any of this myself, I enjoy
watching the progress of those who can.

Thanks for sharing with us.
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OK, I have some personal idiosyncrasies that I have a hard time defending. I make choices that some people have a hard time understanding.

I have decided to try to fix the existing roof. I think the costs will be on the order of 20% of the previous calculation, well the fixing part anyway, the purchase cost is now kinda fixed. But this is not just about cost. I guess I like being itchy. I was really looking forward to the struggle to reform the trailer. Some people play hockey for fun.

I will keep the purchase of the top as a solid back-up plan. I would like to believe that I would be able to give up on plan A before I had wasted too much money. So I will tackle what I perceive to be the hardest part first, that big hump in the roof over the closet. There seems to be a large volume of deformed fibreglass there.

The Ensolite will have to be removed either way, so that will be first. I plan to try shaving it off with a vibrating multi tool. We will see how that goes. This will be just down to the top of the windows. I will leave the corners and sides hanging, but the ceiling piece will have to come right off.

Then I will have to construct a sort of form. Plywood cross sections that are the correct shape. There will be pieces running front to back, probably three. The at least three forms that run side to side, probably more. I expect to screw the fibreglass to these sections. Every ten inches or so around where it is ripped. The point being to keep the correct shape. A thin sheet of plywood will be sandwiched between the form, and the arched part of the roof. This will push up the sagging sections of the trolly roof arch, on either side of the closet. I am hoping that two sheets of 1/4” plywood will be enough. At $20 a sheet this will be fairly cheep. I am sure that this plan will evolve as I go.

The final goal is to grind off the gel coat and then lay a couple of new layers of glass on the top and sides of the arch.

But if this turns out to be too difficult, I always have plan B.

Everybody seems to have a great deal of faith in me. That's nice, but, they shouldn't, I don't have much experience, or skill, I am just not afraid to fail. This is especially true, when the monetary costs are so low.
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Way,way better than television! Thanks David.
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