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Old 02-24-2007, 04:37 PM   #1
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Hi All
I am wanting size info on Trillium 5500 model.Eg--Bed size and all whats in them.Thanks
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Old 02-24-2007, 10:14 PM   #2
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Hey Ches, my 5500 had everything but air, and a grey tank.
4 burner stove/oven furnace and sink on curb side, fridge,closet and bathroom(toilet shower sink) on road side.
upper shelves all way round.
spare tire cover and a fiberglass dual propane tank cover with trillium logo cast in it.
rear bed is 60 *84 inches or thereabouts, front is about 50*72 I believe, there is a storage bin inside the trailer on the roadside at one end of the front bunk.
I'll post a few pics when I get time.

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Old 02-24-2007, 10:16 PM   #3
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There seems to be a lack of detailed information on this interesting model.

The one basic fact which is readily available is that it is 5.5 metres long (thus the name). Then there's the tandem-axle option - usually owner-added, but apparently some came from the factory this way, rumour is that the extra axle is to accommodate a rear bathroom.

This is a photo of a tandem-axled 1980 5500 which was for sale last summer:

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Anyone see their egg in the background?

In another forum, another owner of both single and tandem 5500s, as well as a 4500, reported this:
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I am fairly sure that the 4500 has more usable room than my 5500 bathroom issues aside and the towing requirement is a lot less Im sure others would disagree but that is my opinion. In the last 3 years I have accumulated 4500, 2 5500s one a tandem,and a 13ft bigfoot so its decision time...
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The single axle 5500 weighs approx 3000lbs loaded and requires a WDH to offset the tongue weight and reduce pitching on my vehicle which is rated to pull a 10500lb gross load, all-up. The tandem 5500 tows as easily as the 4500 but obviously needs more power as it's heavier. In my opinion, a tandem should have been the standard for this trailer but price probably was a major consideration by Trillium, so it was an option. To any present owners of 5500s, this conversion is very feasible, however tire size on tandem is 13 inch, 14 on the single. A tandem 4500 would be a dream.

Secondly, your question about interior room between the 2 units boils down to the space taken up by the bathroom in the 5500 - approx. 4' by 4', which deducted from 18' brings you close to the 4500 size, except for the fact that you have the capability of having an extra double bed converted from the second double dinette. Rear bed width on the 5500 is 1" narrower than the 4500 as discovered when changing the mattress. Closet space in the 4500 is bigger than that in the 5500, which also has the water tank occupying one of the rear storage bins and the gas water heater in the other.
It's mostly relative to the 4500, but if you have information for the 4500...
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Old 02-24-2007, 10:33 PM   #4
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Joe, from your description the 5500 sounds like my Boler. Does the plan look like this one of the B1700 RGH from page 3 of the 1978 Boler Brochure in the BolerRV brochure page, but with the gaucho and dinette reversed in positions?


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If the bathroom is really four feet square (as the other owner suggested), then I suppose it can't be quite like the Boler.
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Old 02-25-2007, 10:09 AM   #5
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See if you can contact Doug and Kathy Roach who are members here. Here are a couple of links to their site. Floor plan Gen site Interior shots
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Old 02-25-2007, 11:07 AM   #6
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Here's some pics Ches.
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and here's my floorplan (copied from Dougs, showing my options.
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Old 02-25-2007, 11:45 AM   #8
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Thanks all for info--I am just doing some research on these units .I have send a PM to Doug and Cathy.
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Old 02-25-2007, 06:25 PM   #9
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Thanks, David and Joe, for the links and photos.

So, yes, the layout is like a B1700RGH, but with a dinette instead of a gaucho in the rear, and detail differences in component placement (for instance, the bathroom is reversed front-to-rear, the toilet is floor-mounted so the black tank must be under the floor, etc.)

Surprisingly, the empty weight is a bit lighter than a B1700, although it's hard to tell with the equipment differences. Does anyone have a width measurement? It must be over 7 feet if the full-width dinette is 84" long.
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...If the bathroom is really four feet square (as the other owner suggested), then I suppose it can't be quite like the Boler.
I'm guessing he meant "four square feet", as in a bit under two feet wide by a bit over two feet long... because it sure isn't four feet wide!

Joe, or Kathy and Doug, do we know if that floorplan was drawn to scale?
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...the space taken up by the bathroom in the 5500 - approx. 4' by 4'
I'll bet that window makes the Bathroom feel so huge.
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Old 02-26-2007, 12:13 PM   #12
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I don't think it's to scale.
I'll try and get measurements tonite.
Yes the black tank is mounted below, I replaced mine 2 years ago. I also added a grey tank, they didn't come with one originally.

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the rear bed measures 49 x 87
the front bed measures 45 x 77
the bathroom is 30 x 28.
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Old 02-26-2007, 08:42 PM   #14
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For comparisons with the bathrooms in some other "goose eggs" (big egg, get it? oh, well..) see the end of the "Bigger" trailer, (i.e. Biggar) trailer manufacturer info topic. The Trillium 5500 is similar to, but a little wider than, the B1700 and Biggar.
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