1979 Trillium 4500 - Fiberglass RV

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Old 05-19-2007, 07:46 AM   #1
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I recently purchased the above and would like to know if there are any weaknesses I should look for before i set out for a long trip. The trailer appears as if it has been well cared for , but that is not always the case when it comes to things you cant see.Also is it possible to still purchase from Trillium window trim parts for the louvre type windows as the plastic trim on the window seems to be cracking with age

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Old 05-19-2007, 07:16 PM   #2
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Hi and congratulations
i also jut got a 1300... now doing major overhauling and getting it ready for the Canada day long weekend. that will be be our first trip.

Basically check for leaks, since you are in southern ontario, we recently had that storm, so check for water in the storage areas under the beds or on the them!

also check the electricity, gas (leaks), plumbing, etc... all basic funcionality

i re-sealed and installed all the windows due to leaks, put new wood, and stailess steel screws. Check the front window (bunk bed), that's a common leak point due to the stress on the fiberglass.

I also replaced all entry points for city water, electric cable, etc. they were broken.
and replaced the rivets with stainless steel bolts, nuts and a rubber washer as per Con's suggestions.

I put new faucets, and changed plumbing, the old stuff were not good for human consumption.

over this weekend, I am replacing the ensolite! the original was ripped, exposed in some areas, bad seams, and had ant colonies between the ensolite and the windows! yuk.

Anyway, I don't think there are two identical trailers, all depends on how good it was cared for and/or recent renovations from previous owners.

try to go out to the next gathering (6-8 at Emily park), I am sure it will be very inspiring.

as for parts, call Trillium, they should be able to help out.

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Old 05-20-2007, 09:23 AM   #3
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Hi Mo...I've done the "re & re" with the windows too. Thought I had stopped the leaks but found that water from the roof can roll down the vertical frame sof the rear window and follow the SS screws on into the wood and interior. I dabbed some sealant over the heads of all the sccrews...no more "weeping"!
You might also want to wait until the butyl sealant has finished oozing out from the frames...trin excess off with a blade and then add a thin strip of sealant (I used Storm King from Can.Tire) and thus prevent the UV's and temperature extremes from drying out the butyl rubber sealant.
See you at Emily...Alistair
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