TRILLIUM 5500 double wheel Value? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 03-19-2008, 05:51 PM   #1
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I post this message in the wrong place (I'm sorry rookie mistake )
OK let's take 2

This my first travel trailer and I can buy a brand new 2008 R-Vision Xtrail crossover 16 feet for $10,000 but I found a 1981 Trillium 5500 ,4wheel in good condition for $9500, she got no A/C and no shower but I realy like her.
I get lot of pick's and will try to show you this cuty...Towing her is not a issue my SUV can tow 3500LBs I just want to know if the price is wright and if I made a good choice. Can you help a ROOKIE like me :-)

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Old 03-19-2008, 06:10 PM   #2
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I like the Trill better.I beleive in the long run you will too. Those none FG units are heavier and look pretty but will it stand up over the long run? On this forum the vast majority have FiberGlass unit and some over 30 to 35 years old and as good as new. As for cost that would be up to you. I took a good look at the photos and that Trill looks real good to me.

I have sold 3 Fiberglass unit in the last 1 1/2 years and all of them have sold at a good price.
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Old 03-19-2008, 06:51 PM   #3
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I think the Trill will maintain it's value and usability a lot longer.
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:04 PM   #4
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I think you'll find this board is a little biased. And with good reason.
I like the Trill too, it looks pretty nice.
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:28 PM   #5
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Gilles,
Fantastic! I owned 3 Trilliums last year. and still own my original 1978 Trillium 4500 Deluxe. I always wanted a 5500. Yours is in excellent condition. Plus you have the double wheel and that fancy drop-down awning. $9,500 is a very good price. I would have paid that in a heart beat. You did good...real GOOD! Enjoy your new priceless memories you will be making soon!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:29 PM   #6
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This must be super rare - according to this couple only 65 5500's were made and the ones I have seen have been single axle models.

I'd get it just for that awning =)
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Old 03-19-2008, 08:23 PM   #7
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Very cool! Can someone tell me the reason for four wheels on some small trailers? Always looking to be educated!
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Hi: WOW!!! What a clean looker. Value...priceless
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Can someone tell me the reason for four wheels on some small trailers?
I think, in general, dual axle trailers are more stable and less prone to sway. I know that is the case with my Fiber Stream.
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Old 03-20-2008, 03:54 AM   #10
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Thank's all for your help , I already know those fiberglass little egg are best long term buy what I didn't know It's how much to paid for...:-)Well I guest I add no choice :-) I will call tomorow to ask some question because a double wheel 5500 is not something you will find every where , It's a rare gem...:-) I will try to bargain her ....No shower/no oven/no A/C... Electric brake??? Does she need new tires??? I give you some update soon :-) Now if one of you know if it's possible to install a shower (Wall, plombing ..) a top A/C and electric brake on that cuty I'm lesson to you :-) Thank's again to every one.

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Old 03-20-2008, 07:40 AM   #11
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Thank's all for your help , I already know those fiberglass little egg are best long term buy what I didn't know It's how much to paid for...:-)Well I guest I add no choice :-) I will call tomorow to ask some question because a double wheel 5500 is not something you will find every where , It's a rare gem...:-) I will try to bargain her ....No shower/no oven/no A/C... Electric brake??? Does she need new tires??? I give you some update soon :-) Now if one of you know if it's possible to install a shower (Wall, plombing ..) a top A/C and electric brake on that cuty I'm lesson to you :-) Thank's again to every one.

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Gilles,
I think your wording was a bit misleading. I think all of the replies including me, assumed that you are the "NEW" owner of this "Rare Beauty". But you are not. With that said, unless you are at a full-hook-up you don't have to worry about a shower. A true oven never seems to be used very often. In which case just buy yourself a $40 to $60 toaster oven for most your needs. I assume that this unit has brakes. They may not be hooked-up. Just fugure you will have to take in to a RV service joint to update the brakes and of course grease the bearings...not a real biggie!
As far as A/C, unless you plan on spending alot of time in Florida, the solution is: Have your roof vent replaced by a "Fantastic Fan" I did this 2 years ago and we have camped in upper 90 degree temps in pure sun exposure and we were very comfortable. These run from about $150 to $225 depending on the model you pick. That should do ya!!!! That price still seems very reasonable. If you should knock off any more, it's funds that can go for these updates I just mentioned. Let me know what happens and if you got anymore knocked off on the price. If you have any other questions, let me know.
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Old 03-20-2008, 02:26 PM   #12
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Your right Dave I'm not the owner of this cuty, I just ask for help to make the right choice before I buy her. That's why I draw a smile on the back licence plate, This way I'm sure those fiber hunter among us didn't find her
I already call , take lot of information and send a friend to inspect her .

No futher detail until I get her secure in my garage!

By the way if your the 'Trilliun King' with a 4500 deluxe does this make me the 'Trillium Emperor' with a 5500 4 wheels?
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Gilles,
That is funny! Yes indeed, you will be the Emperor! I just said that because of owning 2 trillium 4500's and 1 trillium 1300 at the same time. I guess you could say I could be your Trillium ARMY!!!!

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Old 04-10-2008, 05:31 PM   #14
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Well I got good new for you Dave I will not be the 'Trillium Emperor'! The rig is just a 'Monney pit' . All the saler promise was just BS, the floor stucture was so damage I was scare to walk in! Trace of mosture every where , all the cabinet have to be restore, water get in from windows , owning and top ventilation, lot of mosture arround the electric water heater and the pump suggest a very severe plumbing problem...I dont even try to get a lower price because the consignation saler try to get a $1000 deposit (under the table) from me to save is income he said..... This is a 'RED FLAG" in my book...
A red light blink in my head 'scammer,scammer' So I get away and decide to do more research and I find a Casite 17" spirit Deluxe 2001 15miles from my home in Québec Canada!(Very rare here)I will tell you in a new post all the story about this beautyful rig I found, I'm lucky men


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