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Old 07-11-2011, 12:57 PM   #1
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Mini makeover...tips?

I'm hoping to get a few tips on how to clean up our 'new' trillium.

I don't want to do anything too serious until the winter...I really just want it to be clean and fresh...minor cosmetic things for now. Here are the 'top 10'...things I'd like to tackle first:

1. Exterior cleaning... Best cleaning product? Specific type of Spray Nine? What not to use? Quick restoration of gelcoat?


2. Interior cleaning...Best cleaning product on Ensolite (unpainted)?


3. Flooring/Glue removal...I want to remove old vinyl flooring. How can I remove the glue without sanding? Any chemical goop remover safe for fiberglass?


4. Seams...I've read about soaking the trim in hot water, but if this doesn't work, is there trim I can buy to replace it? I don't plan to paint the ensolite either.


5. Door handle...I'd like to replace the door handle...Does anyone know if and where I can get one?


6. Fiberglass repair...If I replace the door handle (with a working lock), I will need to repair small holes when I take the padlock off. Any fiberglass repair advice for screw holes?

7. Belly band...The black plastic strip around belly band is broken and portions of are missing. Anyone know if this can be replaced?


8. Frame...can I paint it without taking the fiberglass shell off the frame? What's the best paint for the frame?


9. Hubcaps...they are chrome but rusted. How can I make them look better?


10. Upholstery...I'd like to cover the cushions with something temporarily until I find the 'right' fabric (1970s retro pink and orange, maybe?). Someone mentioned using table clothes...bedsheets...has anyone done a slip cover without zippers? I can sew a bit. Love to see pics...


Your tips and ideas are very much appreciated...Thank you. Melanie
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Old 07-11-2011, 01:11 PM   #2
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It looks like your door handle is one of the infamous Bargman L-400 models that are no longer manufactured. I had a brief panic about mine last month thinking I'd have to replace it, but it turned out to be fixable once I paid attention and had a good look at it.

It seems like once in a while they show up on ebay and sell for like a million dollars, so it would be useful to take it off the door and eyeball it closely to see if it can be repaired. My day's worth of exploring the issue also revealed that there aren't any models currently in production that fit the same footprint, which is kind of a PITA.
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Old 07-11-2011, 05:22 PM   #3
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for exterior use a boat fiberglass oxidation remover followed by a wax would do wonders, hubcaps a chrome polish , the rust probably will come back but should look good for a while
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Old 07-11-2011, 09:36 PM   #4
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Hey Melanie, congrats and good luck.

I don't have great answers to all your questions but here are a few of the easy ones:

2. most household cleaners would be fine ( i like fantastic for general cleaning and using TSP for tough stains)for the vinyl side of the ensolite, if you have some black or brown flecks of mould a diluted bleach solution will help to kill the mould, or diluted peroxide if you find chlorine is too strong.

3. for removing the glue on the floor citrus oil solvents (like goo gone) or acetone will dissolve most glues and wont harm the FG. Acetone is harsh to work with but very effective, I used it to remove a stick-on tile floor along with a razor blade scraper that i used carefully).

7.the black plastic strip can be replaced, just go see an rv dealer parts counter, bring in the piece from the door to show them the exact size.

9. s.o.s. pads are very good at getting rid of surface rust and adding shine without much fuss.

10. upholstery, check out tonicliving.com for some cool retro fabrics. we have ordered stuff from them before and were happy with the service.

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Old 07-11-2011, 09:58 PM   #5
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Good to know that I may be able to remove the vinyl flooring...I don't mind working hard to get it back to the fiberglass.

Thanks everybody...great ideas and advice so far...
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Old 07-11-2011, 10:32 PM   #6
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I'm hoping to get a few tips on how to clean up our 'new' trillium.

I don't want to do anything too serious until the winter...I really just want it to be clean and fresh...minor cosmetic things for now. Here are the 'top 10'...things I'd like to tackle first:

1. Exterior cleaning... Best cleaning product? Specific type of Spray Nine? What not to use? Quick restoration of gelcoat?


2. Interior cleaning...Best cleaning product on Ensolite (unpainted)?


3. Flooring/Glue removal...I want to remove old vinyl flooring. How can I remove the glue without sanding? Any chemical goop remover safe for fiberglass?


4. Seams...I've read about soaking the trim in hot water, but if this doesn't work, is there trim I can buy to replace it? I don't plan to paint the ensolite either.


5. Door handle...I'd like to replace the door handle...Does anyone know if and where I can get one?


6. Fiberglass repair...If I replace the door handle (with a working lock), I will need to repair small holes when I take the padlock off. Any fiberglass repair advice for screw holes?

7. Belly band...The black plastic strip around belly band is broken and portions of are missing. Anyone know if this can be replaced?


8. Frame...can I paint it without taking the fiberglass shell off the frame? What's the best paint for the frame?


9. Hubcaps...they are chrome but rusted. How can I make them look better?


10. Upholstery...I'd like to cover the cushions with something temporarily until I find the 'right' fabric (1970s retro pink and orange, maybe?). Someone mentioned using table clothes...bedsheets...has anyone done a slip cover without zippers? I can sew a bit. Love to see pics...


Your tips and ideas are very much appreciated...Thank you. Melanie
1. BarKeepers Freind and 4 coats odf RedMax if your gel-coat is not thin in any places might even wet sand the entire trailker with very fine sand paper such as 400 grit...
2. Remove all the cushions and curtains and spray the walls down with a mixture of 1/3 bleach and 2/3 water then use a stiff bristle brush to scrubb it down and wipe clean with a rag..someone on here posted a battery operated bristle brush that they said worked great.keep the windows open and a fan on the fumes are wicked..
3. Lacquer thinner will get the really bad glue off and it didn't hurt my fiberglass but I did loose a few brain cells in the process I think...
4. Remove the old vinyl seam tape...don't soak it but boil it in a mixture of some type cleanser such as Simple Green and water about 1/3 to 2/3 for at least 10 minutes let stand til cool and wipe it down and re-install it ..it can be a little trying in some places but take your time and it will go back in place..Mine looked brand new..
5.I really, really didn't want to do this but since I've got 2 already on standby let the bidding begin...Bargman L400 door latch | eBay
6. You really need to do search on fiberglas repair on this one because it a little complicated...
7. It can be bought at most RV dealers or even on E-Bay...Rv trailer 3/4" Vinyl INSERT TRIM MOLDING 50' new black | eBay..Just make sure you get the right size it comes in 1" and 3/4"........
8. Yes it can and one way I did mine was put it up on jack stands and used a small side grinder with a wire brush on it..then used Por 15 paint..
9.Might sand them down and paint them...or do as I done and buy yourself a set of 14" Ford Ranger Aluminum Rims they will bolt right on and they will give you a little more ground clearance..got most of mine for around $100 for 4 make sure you get the center caps because they are very expensive..a good place to watch is Craiglist.
10. I sewed new covers for mine including zippers..if you need some zippers let me know I bought a 500' roll with 500 YKK guides..still got plenty..Hope this helps RANDY
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If you are only wanting to replace the door handle because it is missing the "tumbler and lock" a locksmith might be able to help.
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A locksmith repaired our door. I think it has a Bargman lock. Then I found keys at a key place that smelled as old as I think it was.

Do a search for ideas on the forum. Plenty of them. Try using "pictures" as your term. It popped up info about Red Max and redos for me.


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Old 07-12-2011, 08:19 AM   #9
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1. BarKeepers Freind and 4 coats odf RedMax if your gel-coat is not thin in any places might even wet sand the entire trailker with very fine sand paper such as 400 grit...
2. Remove all the cushions and curtains and spray the walls down with a mixture of 1/3 bleach and 2/3 water then use a stiff bristle brush to scrubb it down and wipe clean with a rag..someone on here posted a battery operated bristle brush that they said worked great.keep the windows open and a fan on the fumes are wicked..
3. Lacquer thinner will get the really bad glue off and it didn't hurt my fiberglass but I did loose a few brain cells in the process I think...
4. Remove the old vinyl seam tape...don't soak it but boil it in a mixture of some type cleanser such as Simple Green and water about 1/3 to 2/3 for at least 10 minutes let stand til cool and wipe it down and re-install it ..it can be a little trying in some places but take your time and it will go back in place..Mine looked brand new..
5.I really, really didn't want to do this but since I've got 2 already on standby let the bidding begin...Bargman L400 door latch | eBay
6. You really need to do search on fiberglas repair on this one because it a little complicated...
7. It can be bought at most RV dealers or even on E-Bay...Rv trailer 3/4" Vinyl INSERT TRIM MOLDING 50' new black | eBay..Just make sure you get the right size it comes in 1" and 3/4"........
8. Yes it can and one way I did mine was put it up on jack stands and used a small side grinder with a wire brush on it..then used Por 15 paint..
9.Might sand them down and paint them...or do as I done and buy yourself a set of 14" Ford Ranger Aluminum Rims they will bolt right on and they will give you a little more ground clearance..got most of mine for around $100 for 4 make sure you get the center caps because they are very expensive..a good place to watch is Craiglist.
10. I sewed new covers for mine including zippers..if you need some zippers let me know I bought a 500' roll with 500 YKK guides..still got plenty..Hope this helps RANDY
Randy, Do you fold the vinyl trim to fit in the belly band? Melanie
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If you are only wanting to replace the door handle because it is missing the "tumbler and lock" a locksmith might be able to help.
Thank you! I think the lock is the only part missing...the latch works fine! I was just about to place a bid for Randy's Bargman L400 on ebay, but I may hold off now.
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A couple more...

1b. How do you clean the top of the camper? Is it strong enough to sit up there on the roof?

11. Where do you get 'butyl tape'?
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Has anyone tried oxygen bleach (like Oxyclean powder)? Inside or out?

What about Tilex?
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for exterior use a boat fiberglass oxidation remover followed by a wax would do wonders, hubcaps a chrome polish , the rust probably will come back but should look good for a while
Any brandnames for the 'boat fiberglass oxidation remover'? Brand of wax?
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Randy, Do you fold the vinyl trim to fit in the belly band? Melanie

You cup it a small amount then mash it into place as you go around the camper I put a strip of construction adhesive at each end to keep it from drawing back in weather changes also "DON'T" stretch it as you replace it..( A good idea would be to keep it in the refrigerator before you install it).....It's not difficult at all..I later removed "ALL" of mine and replaced the band with a car trim after fiberglassing the crack closed to stop any future leaks and to stop the small pieces of metal the band attaches to from swelling anymore and causing the small bulges you see down the side...
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