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Old 07-02-2013, 06:33 PM   #15
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Looks really good! The trim level would be described as Deluxe. The cushion covers are original.
The overhead cabinets, above the dinette, usually only have sliding doors on the back. The sides are usually open. What does the top track they are in look like?
I also thought that the frame patches looked factory, but the vertical weld is not.
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Old 07-02-2013, 06:38 PM   #16
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Just wondering, I pulled the carpet, the front and rear storage areas were well insulated with pieces of styrofoam, is this original, or did someone do this? The problem is the plywood underneath was damp, not good.



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Old 07-02-2013, 06:43 PM   #17
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That foam is not factory, but the drawers look like they are.
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Old 07-02-2013, 06:46 PM   #18
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The 4500 was never part of any recall- only certain 1300 models were affected.

From what I can see in the pics, the front part of the frame looks stock- even the battery hold downs are right. But the bolts certainly are a mystery. Do have the frame inspected by a competent welder.

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Old 07-02-2013, 07:41 PM   #19
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One more question

Are these drawers factory installed, they are also under one side of the dinette benches, and not at all practical as I see us only using the dinette for sleeping.

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The drawers are factory. My 4500 has them on both sides.

I disliked the swing-out doors, so recut them as fronts and stuck them directly to the drawers themselves.

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Looks really good! The trim level would be described as Deluxe. The cushion covers are original.
The overhead cabinets, above the dinette, usually only have sliding doors on the back. The sides are usually open. What does the top track they are in look like?
I also thought that the frame patches looked factory, but the vertical weld is not.
All the aluminum extruded track is the same for the interior shelves, it does all look factory.
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The 4500 was never part of any recall- only certain 1300 models were affected.

From what I can see in the pics, the front part of the frame looks stock- even the battery hold downs are right. But the bolts certainly are a mystery. Do have the frame inspected by a competent welder.

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I am starting to think the frame is not original to the trailer, the black paint marks on the underside show a narrower frame was under the trailer. Also the mounting bolts are in different locations.

What bolts are you referring to?

I'll post further frame pics tomorrow if I get a chance.

As far as inspection by a competent welder, I guess that would be me, trained, certified, experienced. The frame is fine, needs a coat of paint, but the coupler has a small crack that will need replacing.
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:37 PM   #23
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What bolts are you referring to?
I was referring to the bolts through the top of the frame at/near the bend. (Also in proximity to the reinforcement plates.)

Glad to hear you're a welder- with that kind of training you should have no problem evaluating the strength of the frame- which in my opinion from what I can see is original.

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Mint condition Trillium... but

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I think the frame repair was done by Trillium as part of thier recall, the bad is I don't think it's the original frame. This frame appears to be wider with cross supports in different locations. The patches on the front of the frame are the same as my friends trailer, so must be the recall repair.
As far as I know, only model 1300 was recalled. I doubt very much such mismatched frame was modified or replaced at the factory. They are equipped to lift the shell, without burning it. The mismatched frame might have in fact contributed to the door sagging. No matter what, there are issues to be adressed by a competent welder and possibly a fiberglass repair shop.

Thanks for your pictures. The interior looks very similar to mine, but the exterior of your shell is much better overall. It is worth the trouble to fix it.
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Welcome Doug. From North Carolina. Nice looking unit. Congrats on the find and again welcome to the forum.
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The drawers are factory. My 4500 has them on both sides.

I disliked the swing-out doors, so recut them as fronts and stuck them directly to the drawers themselves.

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That's a great idea for that circumstance.
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The drawers are factory. My 4500 has them on both sides.

I disliked the swing-out doors, so recut them as fronts and stuck them directly to the drawers themselves.

Francesca
Cool idea.
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One more question

Are these drawers factory installed, they are also under one side of the dinette benches, and not at all practical as I see us only using the dinette for sleeping.



I converted my dinette into a permanent bunk too, so these drawers were impractical. I decided to fix that problem with exterior hatches:

Under bunk cargo hatches ...
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