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Old 04-14-2012, 07:04 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by David Tilston View Post
My Trillium 4500 has two layers. One embedded in the glass, and another over top that.
The 4500 is a bigger 1300 but built exactly like a 1300. The 5500 is really different. For example the interior is not fiberglass made but wood. They all have done all that to reduce the weight. That is the concept behind the 5500.

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Old 04-15-2012, 05:02 PM   #16
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Normand, do you have any pics of the inside of your 5500, in time i would like to re-do mine, right now the wife just wants me to get it camp ready as we have reservations for July and August.

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Old 04-19-2012, 11:05 PM   #17
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Cool 5500 vs 1300

Hmm. 5500s must be quite different from 1300s. My 1300's cabinets are glassed to the shell and as such form a part of the basic structure of the unit and should not be removed.
If your interior is all wood, ala Escape, that also helps strengthen the shell as I understand and should be replaced as much as possible to match the original.
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:41 AM   #18
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Roger, check out the Trillium album. In my view the 5500 is at the top, maybe by viewing the pics you'd have a better understanding: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/m...-albums96.html
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Old 04-21-2012, 08:33 AM   #19
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I bought this trailer for $6500 and I am finding a lot of damage, for example there is a large section of the floor that has water damage and is rooted out (alsmost half the trailer) also two of the windows have leaks and have rotted out wood, I have a feeling that the brakes need work and the cabinets are all pretty loose, did I get taken on this one or is this still not a bad price, I estimate that I will probably need to spend about $5000 to get it in good shape if I do most of the work myself.
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Old 08-21-2012, 06:42 AM   #20
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When I bought mine the floor damage was blamed on leaky plumbing. The faucet was leaking under the sink
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Old 08-21-2012, 10:19 AM   #21
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Don't get discouraged. From what I have seen and read on this site you can do almost anything and everything. I have a Trillium 1300 and have a bit of work to do. All I can say is to buy a new one, customized, it would be over $20,000 +. I certainly will not come even close to that. Besides, there is a certain feeling of accomplishment and pride bringing these vintage beauties back to life. As people have said to me, do what you can, when you can, and make it your own. Welcome and good luck!
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:27 AM   #22
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I own 2 Trilliums a 1300 (15 years) and a 5500 ( 9 Years) I have done extensive renos to both units and the work is very easy. The Decals may be avalabel the new factory. There are two web pages to look at.


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The first one is in Calgary Alberta and have many parts. If you want ot see pictures and a write up about mine let me know.

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just bought a 1980 5500 trillium, would like to talk to other similar owners as we are new to this type of trailers and have many questions, like where can I get replacement decals, can I re-do the floor without taking out the cabinets, where can I get the front scoop that covers the propane tanks and battery.

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