We had a great time at Bolerama with our Trillium
4500 and were really looking forward to our first big trip with the trailer out to visit the inlaws in New Brunswick. We took the back roads to get to Bathurst, taking three days and enjoying the scenery.
We had just stopped to visit the roadside memorial to the "Boys in Red" - the 7 Bathurst area teenagers killed last winter when their van lost control and was hit by a tractor trailer and killed them and their teachers wife, when not an hour later as we continued to head south towards Moncton on a two lane highway a north bound tractor trailer veered across the yellow line directly into our path. I manouvered to the right onto the shoulder and narrowly missed being hit head on but the tractor trailer continued to veer left and sideswiped our beloved Trillium
- we think it will be a total loss.
The tractor trailer driver told the police he had blacked out and was only awakened when he hit our trailer and veered back into his lane. This surely saved the lives of the couple travelling behind us who would have been hit head on had the driver not smashed into our trailer.
With the trailer full of broken glass and gaping holes in the side, we weren't able to stay in it, so we limped back to Bathurst and stayed with friends until we were able to make temporary repairs to the lights
and install the spare tire. Fortunately, the frame and suspension were not damaged so were able to tow it back to Ontario.
While we feel lucky to be alive to write this we are absolutely heartbroken over what has happened to our trailer. I had done quite a few things to improve what was a very original trailer including replacing all woodwork on the upper storage cabinets, installing new laminate flooring, resealing the windows
, and after scouring many rv dealers for obsolete parts, all of the almond coloured water and electrical
inlets and outlets on the sides. We even had the original upholstery repaired rather than replaced to keep it as original as possible. I had even spent many hours compounding and waxing the outside - even the roof was shiny!
We're not sure what to do now
Phil 4500 and family
Update: It looks like it will be written off. You can't see it in the pictures but the fibreglass is damaged (broken, cracked, splintered) from front to back, top to bottom on the drivers side. The best option I can think of is to take the insurance payment and buy another trailer with a good body and rotted frame and transfer all our good parts to that body and put it on our frame...lots of work. The other option is to just get another trailer all together.