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Old 01-10-2011, 11:32 AM   #1
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Newbie from Mississauga with ???? who knows what?

I recently acquired an old FG trailer and would like to know what it originally was.
The trailer was extensively modified (read "almost wrecked") for hunting. It's fibreglass construction. The large side windows were removed and crudely plugged. Rear, large window was plugged and a small window was installed in the plug. The frame was extended by about 4 ft. at the front so a motor bike(?) could be carried on it Side doors don't look original as well. The whole thing was painted in camouflage. The inside... oh well, everything original was removed and a crude wooden frame, panelling and insulation was put in. Some bunk beds put in... Everything has to be re-done to bring it to a shape that my wife and I can enjoy camping in it. Lots of work ahead of me. Hopefully be ready for the coming season.
I'll have to downsize the pix of it but in the meantime, here are full versions of it as I got it and already off the frame.









Thanks for any help.
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Old 01-10-2011, 11:47 AM   #2
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Trillium Jubilee?
I'm not the expert so I'm sure someone will know.
Have fun with your project....Can't wait to see what you do with it!
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Old 01-10-2011, 11:47 AM   #3
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Trillium?

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Old 01-10-2011, 12:07 PM   #4
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Now that's a MANLY camper! Are you sure you want to change it? (LOL) If you can bring this back you may get the prize for being the Fiberglass Fairy GodFather!
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Old 01-10-2011, 12:08 PM   #5
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You may be on to something! Looking at the pix. of the Trillium Jubilee, the shell looks virtually identical. The major difference being the shape of the side windows - on mine, the windows (the marks of the original cut-outs) have rounded corners where on Jubilee the windows are rectangular. Also, on mine, there was only one window on the left side - it was at the back. The front, narrow window looks original where on Jubilee, I see it as a fair size rectangle. Than again, the shell and the raised portion of the roof seem a close match. Ah, mine has two roof vents. Not sure about the Jubilee.
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Old 01-10-2011, 12:17 PM   #6
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Well, I hope you keep posting pix. I would love to watch this one get renovated.

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Old 01-10-2011, 12:54 PM   #7
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I'll try to keep the info on it relatively up to date so we can laugh (and maybe learn) from my stupid mistakes, resolve any st-backs and cheer the gains.

Right now, whatever I touch, requires more work than originally anticipated
First major step to complete (in my plan) is to shorten and fix the frame. The extension + loads on the forward portion of the frame caused the crude extension section to bend and... I'm surprised that it didn't actually break yet because it definitely started to came apart... The frame is already cut. Steel needs some bending and grinding than welding and cleaning and painting. New bearings on the axle - right now there is over 1/4" slap on the wheels than remounting the leaf springs to go under the axle (currently over so it's raised) and than body can go back onto the frame. Once that done, replace the floor plywood which is rotten in the back than I can bolt the body to the frame. Planning to bolt it in at least 6 places. As I was taking it off, it was held by 2 bolts only
Than, I can start to really work in and outside of the body.
I do not plan to bring it back to the original state. Too costly and I'm trying to keep it as a low budget project. Planning to make it a camper for two adults + 2 guests in a pinch. No bathroom / sink / great comforts inside. A closet over the right wheel well and overhead cabinets front and back to keep the roof up (now it sags like crazy), bed for us in the back. Convertible dinette (narrow sleeping for the +2) on the left side (wall). Curved bulkhead between the dinette and the bed will also add some roof support. At the front, a counter from the right wall to the dinette. A cut out for A/C right over the counter. Space for cooler / fridge under the counter. Interior finished with light panelling possibly heavily lacquered so the wood grains don't show at all. Outside, the body painted silver similar to the colour of my truck.
Well, that's the plan. No real magic but I'm not sure if I'm really up to it and how many more surprises this trailer still holds... Than again, I almost made reservation for Tobermory campground for the May long weekend but we decided to go a bit further up North and bundock over a lake, close to Gogama... May... I have I have a lot of time to finish the project but may have more work than time... Will see.
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I am sure that this is a tripple "e"
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Simple is good!!! You CAN DO IT!!!
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Definately a mancamper. My husband would love it.
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Old 01-10-2011, 09:45 PM   #11
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Welcome Andrew
On the Home page you can check out a Beachcomber. I think that there are a few similarities.
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I am sure that this is a tripple "e"
It dosen't look like my Surfside.
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Old 01-11-2011, 05:08 AM   #13
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Don't change the colour!!! Check out KIJI adds in Kawartha lakes here in Lindsay There is lots of used trailer parts if you need any. Good luck with the project
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Old 01-11-2011, 06:08 AM   #14
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I can tell you this it's not a Boler (too Square) Any radar will be quick to pick you up hmmm maybe that's why they painted it that color.
Where are all the ports for Water, Electric and exhaust for furnace?
Looks like you got some work ahead of you but just keep pluging along and you'll get it done but most important enjoy doing it.
Great to have you along.
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