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Old 06-22-2007, 03:57 PM   #15
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Went back today - she's mine and coming to her new home next week! I will post pics of the adventure when I can... thanks for all the help and advise - as usual, it is all priceless and much appreciated! Alec
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Old 06-22-2007, 03:59 PM   #16
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Went back today - she's mine and coming to her new home next week! I will post pics of the adventure when I can... thanks for all the help and advise - as usual, it is all priceless and much appreciated! Alec
YEA! AL!!!!

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Old 06-22-2007, 04:01 PM   #17
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Old 06-23-2007, 05:46 AM   #18
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Hi: Another reupholstery job in your future??? Seams we are never satisfied EH!!!
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Old 06-23-2007, 08:38 AM   #19
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Plan "B", of course, is to arrive for the pick-up with new tires already mounted on wheels, ready to bolt on in place of the unsafe originals
This is exactly what we did with my 17. It sat so long the tires actually chunked and disintegrated when they were touched with your hand (Not pretty)

I got new wheels and tires and Kurt jacked up the trailer and installed them. Ready to go! It took longer to sus the tow lights out than change the wheels!

The trailer was on a nice paved street tho, may be a bit more involved where this one is.
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Old 06-23-2007, 05:14 PM   #20
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Congratulations. We love our 5500. Let me know if you need cushions for the rear dinette. The previous owner had just had new cushions and covers made when we bought the trailer. After a short time we decided to convert the back dinette to a permanent bed but I couldn't just throw away the cushions.

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Good job on the purchase, Al. As others here have said, you won't regret it.
I too have a six cylinder P/U (2000 Dodge Dakota 3.9L, 105k+ miles) and that thing has pulled our 5500 hither & yon for a couple of years now with zero problems. While you're checking out the undercarriage, be sure to check out the brakes. With your Boler, you may not have even thought about 'em but our 5500 clocks in at just over 2700 lbs loaded for a trip. That's a lot of push on any pick-up. If you decide that a new axle is in your future you want to be certain that brakes are part of the equation. For the truck end, I've been thrilled with our Jordan Ultima controller.
According to all we've heard from folks who should know, you now own one of only 65 ever produced. Trillium made them in '80 and '81 and quit. It's a rare bird indeed and deserves every effort you can put into bringing it back to life. Welcome to the family.
(And if you're ever in East Tennessee, those cusions are yours.)

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Old 06-24-2007, 05:16 PM   #21
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Doug and Kathy - Thanks alot - and thanks for the cushion offer - we would like to take you up on it- can you send me an e-mail so we could discuss it further? We would be happy to buy them from you! My e-mail is alec(at)favoriteflies.com.
Do you have an awning on Pearl? There is a rail on this one, but the awning is gone. Any info you have is appreciated. We will have more questions for you all I am sure! Thanks to everyone for sharing our enthusiasm - we look forward to saving this gem of a trailer! Alec
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Old 06-26-2007, 07:59 PM   #22
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The Trillium 5500 is home!

The tires held air!

I lopped off the 7 pin and attached a 4 pin since thats what I have on the truck...
The lights worked!

Screwed the plate on the back and hit the road - an hour of easy towing and grinning and the new Trill' is home!

Note in the interior pics that the front dinette and seating is gone. Hanging above where they used to be is the Trillium hanging bunk option - there is one for each end and they are in great shape. There is additional hardware on the ceiling for hanging them - you can see it in the upper right hand of the pic. Neat! Lots of work to do. Will supply updates as I make progress. The wife and daughter are thrilled! Alec
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Old 06-26-2007, 08:40 PM   #23
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Al,

Looks like you got some good bones to work with. Congratulations...

The kids would go nuts over those hanging bunks. Can't wait to watch your progress on the Trill

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Old 06-26-2007, 10:49 PM   #24
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Good deal! It doesn't look too terrible bad, could definitely be worse. Have fun with it!
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Old 06-27-2007, 06:40 PM   #25
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since you're going into rebuild mode, I would suggest putting new framing around all the windows, if you're patient you can peel back the Ensolite and then remove the wood trim.
I re-installed new 3/4 inch plywood(glued in place) with a 45* bevel, then re-glue the Ensolite.
When re-installing the windows use a butyl rubber tape, available from most rv places, and I would use stainless screws.

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Old 06-28-2007, 09:04 PM   #26
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Thanks Joe - I'm in full tear down mode already, and the wood frame around the bathroom window is shot - rotted away to nothing. The others feel sound under the ensolite, but I'll carefully peel the ensolite back and inspect them.
The floor is a total disaster - lots of rot and ANTS . I think I'm going to have to remove the closet and bath in order to really asses the condition of the floor under there. That said, all the onboard systems seem to work fine and the windows are all in working order as well. I have plenty of work ahead, but I am pleased and excited! Thanks again, Alec
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