The Team Trillium Trailer Manufacturing operation is well-established, and has had their product (the Outback) in Edmonton-area RV dealerships for quite a while (years). The California operation is very new, still in the process of starting up.
I wouldn't describe the Outback as a "new" style. It has current-style round-cornered windows
, and a slightly different frame structure than the old Trillium 1300, but seems otherwise quite traditional; perhaps owners of truly original 1300 Trilliums can provide a more informed comparison. The California operation has made the same window change (according to their web site, 1300 model page
), but have been showing photos of classic Trillium models until their own is ready; the actual product is on their news page
The California operation seems determined to identify themselves as the "original" Trillium, and I assume that they have in some way secured the legal right to the name. This reminds me of the auto industry, where valuable brand names are treasured, even though the current product is mechanically unrelated to the original, and is built by different people in a different factory, even in a different country. Aside from the marketing games, I think it would be nice to have suppliers of this product in both the U.S. and Canada.
I think that it is interesting that the California people would say that they were "not connected with the Outback folks in Canada", given this text on the About Us
page of their website:
The first production models are being built at the “Outback” trailer facility in Calgary, Alberta. They are currently manufacturing the Outback trailer with the old Trillium molds. It is a quality product, utilizing new technology. The early Trilliums built there will be finished with the new look, materials, and graphics. Final finish and 'Trillium' Brand upgrades, (see 1300 specs page), are being done in the San Francisco Bay Area, where finished trailers can be picked up. Beginning in 2007, the actual Trillium manufacturing will move to the San Francisco Bay Area.
I suppose the intention was to indicated that they are entirely separate companies. I have not heard what will happen to the Outback after the California plant is running, but I wish all the best for both companies.