How heavy IS a trillium 4500?? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-05-2003, 11:59 AM   #1
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How heavy IS a trillium 4500??

I have heard 1200lbs, 1500lbs, 1900lbs. Has anyone taken your 4500 to the scales to find out for sure?

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Old 06-05-2003, 01:11 PM   #2
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The $64,000 Question

I'd love to know too. I am picking mine up in a few weeks and I have searched high and low for a definitive answer. Somewhere out there I found a 1977 Trillium brochure someone had scanned in. It listed the 4500 at "1295 lbs. with icebox." Furnace was standard, as was most of the other equipment. So, I am *guessing* mine will weigh out at around +/-1500 lbs. because of the A/C and a few other non-standard things. I do not know if "icebox" actually means refrigerator or if it means an ice cooled box. Refrigerators were standard from what I could see, so I don't know if they were using the wrong term or if the three-way refrigerator was an add-on. Either way, I think it is safe to guess 1295 as the base weight. However, water, propane, camping supplies and such will quickly bring it closer to 2,000 lbs.
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Old 06-05-2003, 04:56 PM   #3
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Hi JR
Icebox usually means icebox. Trailers are weighed with the bare minumum (icebox) and options like a fridge are listed separately with price and weight of the item. This is because when ordering a trailer customer #1 may want a full blown all optioned trailer while customer #2 may want bare trailer with just a fridge. So you take the base trailer weight and add in all the options to get a true weight of your particular trailer.

Back in 75 when mine was built, even the spare tire was an option, and furnaces were an option. Having the bunk or front dinette was an option. Some even had a rear double bunk or front washroom.
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Old 06-05-2003, 09:25 PM   #4
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Just when I was hoping to logic my way into a solution...

Thanks. Spoils my illusion, but very useful info. Does anyone know what a 1300 actually weighs either?
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Old 06-06-2003, 09:25 AM   #5
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78 trillium 1300

weighs in at 1450 everything but a/c and a awning.
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Old 06-06-2003, 11:07 AM   #6
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73 Trillium 1300

Weighs in at 1470 ... no a/c. Includes fridge, stove, furnace, empty water tank, spare tire, propane tank. No supplies, clothes, etc. Took it down the highway to the weigh scales. They are closed on Sundays, but the scales are left on.
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Old 06-06-2003, 12:01 PM   #7
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weight

Linda:

Did you disconnect the trailer from the tow vehicle for this weight?
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Old 06-06-2003, 03:02 PM   #8
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Weight of Trillium

The weight of 1470 lbs was the trailer only. We weighed the trailer separately. We then did attach the vehicle to the trailer and we got a tongue weight of 200 lbs.
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Old 06-06-2003, 04:23 PM   #9
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1300 trill weigh in

1450 to 1470 are pretty close. i had a 190 tongue weight if i remeber right and that was added to my scale weight to come up to 1450
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Old 06-06-2003, 08:27 PM   #10
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Hi
I don't know what our 13' Trill weighs. Someday I'll get real ambitious and empty it out and take it to the scales.
But we do consistently have a 110 lb tongue weight. Very easy to check with your bathroom scales.
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Old 06-07-2003, 11:52 PM   #11
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trillium 4500 weight

Hi,
I weighed our 4500 a couple of weeks ago and it weighs 1782 lbs. with a tongue weight of 132lbs. Our 4500 has 3 way fridge,heater,2 burner stove,porta poti,50lb battery and one full propane and one empty on the tongue. The low tongue weight is from a box on the back bumper that I figure weighs a least 80lbs. I am in the process of replacing the 3/4 inch plywood with aluminium and should bring down the weight by half.
There was another 4500 owner that weighed his in at around the same weight as mine. Hope this helps.
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Old 06-08-2003, 01:54 AM   #12
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Wow!

That does help a lot, actually. Yeesh! I am gonna have to work hard to keep this thing under 2,000 lbs. Water alone would put me close to the limit.

Thanks Laurence!
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Carrying water?

I just gotta ask. Why does anyone carry their own water? Do you drink the water out of the trailers tank? Personally I couldn't even think of drinking water out of an old tank and would be really hesitant to drink out of a newer one. Why? Because those tanks do not completely drain out. There is still a little bit left to go skunky between trips. Sure you can bleach, then rinse and rinse and.... Not for me.

We use bottled water for drinking and cooking. You can buy it anywhere and it certainly cuts down on the weight. We also just have a icebox and coolers so we use frozen jugs of water in them that we can drink once thawed.

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WELL, when you put it that way, Nancy, I don't know. :lol I just do or did, no way will I be caught doing it now. I think I filled mine at home, because it, the tank, was there, so I need to fill it. Last thing we did was fill that sucker. no wonder the MPG on the MH was only about 10. live and learn, that's my motto.
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