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Old 04-02-2012, 09:37 PM   #1
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1980 5500 trillium

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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Old 04-02-2012, 09:40 PM   #2
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Hi Art, I can't help... not a Trillium owner... but, wanted to remind you... now you can change your profile.

And, have any pictures to share?
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:04 PM   #3
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will do Donna, thanks
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Old 04-05-2012, 04:06 AM   #4
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the 5500 series were almost built as custom units, i have never seen two identical so far. the graphics you will need to go to a sign shop, or you might be able to get some from Tom at trillium in Canada. you can get aftermarket propane covers at most rv dealers, but the factory one for your trailer will be difficult to find.

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Old 04-06-2012, 08:24 PM   #5
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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.
Art; I have a 5500 and a 1300 and hae done extensive re-work to both.
If interested I can send pictures and ideas
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:34 PM   #6
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Brian,
that would be greatly appreciated, I would like to remodel it to some extent although I have a somewhat conservative budget. pictures would be great to see, so far I have taken out a window to replace rotted out wood, and I am about to remove part of the floor plywood because of the same reason, this unit must of had a bad leak (back window), is this a common issue? thanks in advance
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Old 04-09-2012, 03:49 PM   #7
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I have one and also done a lot of work. I also had a 13 feet which I rebuild. As far as decals are concerned either you get brand new from a specialized shop or repair them with touch-up paint. This is what I will be doing as soon as i get the right colour (orange).

Floor are "normally" bumpy in a 5500. This is the side effect of their decision of making it as light as possible. I've seen one who redone the floor (without removing the cabinets) and the result is so so. Sure that you can make it perfect but you will have to use thick plywood and will have to shim it. I haven't done anything except installing the Allure vinyl floor (Home Depot), which does a very good job and is very easy to install. Forget about comments on problems with cold weather. Mine has gone through tough winter and is still in perfect condition.

I have made many modifications on mine and be pleased to make suggestions according to your priorities.

One of the first things to do is to make it shine with Zep (Red Max pro)! Worked perfectly on mine.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:16 PM   #8
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does anyone know how hard it will be to take out and re-install the kitchen cabinet and all the other cabinets, i have taken out the back bed-dinnet and that wasen't too hard, the plywood underneath was rotted out and someone covered it with another sheet of plywwod(this one also rotted out), were these trilliums built with two sheets of plywood? I haven't been able to remove it all as of yet, what did I get myself into!!!
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Old 04-11-2012, 06:08 PM   #9
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Don't forget that the last sheet of plywood is covered (under) with fibreglass. This is part of the shell! If something is rotten first reseal all your windows and check the belly band (less probable source).
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:58 PM   #10
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Normand,
i am in the process of replacing the back window (not too hard)the floor is where I am having trouble, both layers of plywood have rotted out by the back window (actually an ares the size of the table) have you ever replaced the bottom plywood.
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:28 PM   #11
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i am in the process of replacing the back window (not too hard)the floor is where I am having trouble, both layers of plywood have rotted out by the back window (actually an ares the size of the table) have you ever replaced the bottom plywood.
No. And I would not. That could be a "hazardous" maneuver. I would simply clean the area as much as possible, remove the rotten parts then fill and level everything with fiberglass. I would then simply replace the top plywood with new one. period. If you redo the back window with butyl tape (which is the only way to go) check how is the wood around the window. No compromise with that or you are going to get into trouble more or less sooner. I personally replace the rotten wood with treated wood. Also use only stainless steel screws.
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Old 04-12-2012, 06:48 PM   #12
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Normand,
thank you for the advice, I am replacing the window exactly as you mentioned, the floor is a bit more of a chalenge as about a third of the bottom plywood is rotted out, I am debating weather to remove the kitchenette and refrigerator cabinet in order to remove the rest of the rotted out plywood, that would be about half of the trailer. i do have a question for you, are two layers of plywood normal ?, I thought the second layer was added to hide the damage.
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Old 04-13-2012, 10:03 AM   #13
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I only have one layer. This is why the Trillium 5500 has a "bumpy" floor. That original plywood is too thin and flexible. They simply wanted to save weight.

By the way a rotten plywood is not an absolute disaster if you reinforce it with something like fiberglass. This is what I would do. Repair it with fiberglass and cover it with another plywood that will match with the second layer. Removing the basic plywood layer appears to me impossible to do as it is embedded in the trailer structure. I would also not remove all the cabinets unless it is absolutely necessary.

On the other hand you can remove everything and redo the interior. I've seen one totally redone like that. The owner is a cabinet maker and did a fantastic job... but he did not added a second layer of plywood and his floor is still somewhat bumpy! <_<
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My Trillium 4500 has two layers. One embedded in the glass, and another over top that.
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