My 1974 Trillium 1300 Reno - Fiberglass RV

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Old 09-29-2016, 12:01 PM   #1
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My 1974 Trillium 1300 Reno

After 2 months of hard work I'm finally done my reno.
I figured since I found a lot of help on here I would give back and share my story to help others do the same....please take a look at the pics, each one is a before and after side by side

Please feel free to ask any questions you might have, I'll be happy to help in anyway I can.

Here is a quick list of what I did:
- cleaned and polished outside (link to steps listed below)
- new tire cover and logos
- removed old heater and create a new cupboard (we're going to use a space heater instead)
- removed stove top (we didn't need it as we have a coleman stove and a portable hotplate to use inside when needed)
- removed old fridge and replaced with bar fridge
- new counter, sink, faucet, etc
- new lighting
- covered and/or painted all fibreglass
- removed overhead shelves
- added new access panels under seats
- created boxed compartments under seats for storage
- new flooring
- caulked elephant skin/ensolite seams and painted the interior skin (steps below)
- installed backsplash
- new cabinet doors & hardware
- new shelves in tall cabinet
- covered tabletop
- added some new recepticles
- new upholstery on cushions
- installed 24'' tv

Cleaning and polishing the outside - about $40
Bodywork shine - Red Max Pro 3 no longer avail - ZEP is same product :-)

Painting the elephant skin - I found this information on another post and it worked great, I just couldn't find the post again to add the link so here is the info

1) Clean it - use mix of ammonia and water in a 1:1 ratio. The ammonia water cleaner works very well on oil, grease and stubborn stains, it also does not require rinsing and dries leaving no residue.
2) Caulk the seams - Remove seam tape then fill with a paintable latex caulking. I used DAP Dynaflex 230. take your time and use a sponge to texture the caulking, you will be able to get a close match to the skin itself.
I found that using a sponge about 5 min after applying the caulking was best.
3) Prime entire interior using a high adhesive primer, I used Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3
4) Over the primer use a high quality latex paint, I used Rustoleum Painter’s Touch in gloss white.
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Old 09-29-2016, 04:10 PM   #2
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Hey Matt, nice job. Did you replace the old exterior decals with new ones? If so can you give me the info on where you got them.


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Old 09-29-2016, 04:46 PM   #3
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Thanks Clayton
Yes new decals on the front, back, rock protector and a new spare tire cover.
The decals were slightly larger than the original but worked out great

This is where I bought them from, he was good to deal with.

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Old 09-30-2016, 10:23 AM   #4
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Nice job on your reno. Looks real clean. I am about to embark on a reno of my 1976 Trillium. Always interested to see what others do
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Old 10-01-2016, 09:59 AM   #5
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Thanks Gerry, good luck with the project
FYI - I found that bondo worked well on small holes, etc
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Old 10-11-2016, 10:34 AM   #6
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This past weekend I purchased a '75 Trillium, and have begun the demo portion of my reno. I absolutely love how yours turned out. I was hoping you could give me some more info on the counter top and backsplash that you used. What size (thickness) butcher-block counter did you use, and where did you get it, how did you secure it, and how did you handle the raised lip of the FG base? How did you adhere the backsplash tiles to the fiberglass? Also, any info/tips on cushion covers would be awesome!

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Old 10-11-2016, 03:05 PM   #7
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Hi Ryan,

Congrats on your purchase, it'll be a great project.
And thanks I'm happy with how ours turned out.

Countertop, sink and faucet were all purchased at ikea, counter was simply cut to size....I used a compass and jig saw to cut the back so it would fit into place.
Prior to installing the counter I basically boxed out the existing fibreglass structure with some wood in order to create a flat surface on the top, front and sides. It was a few mths back but I think it used pieces of 3x1 on the top and front as this took care of the lip issue and then I simply covered the front and sides with 1/4" sanded plywood. I used pl premium and screws to secure it all....once the PL cured I removed the screws and filled in all the gaps/holes with Bondo....then primed and painted.
Doing this also bumped out the front a little which provided some extra depth for the new'll notice the bump on the front is now gone too.

Backsplash, I used peel & stick 1x1 tiles from rona, they are not cheap....around $100 for the small area.....this happens to be the one item that I'm still unsure of as it doesn't seem to be sticking very well even though I primed it before the application. My suggestion would be to try a peel and still wallpaper instead.

Cushion covers, this was the only item I outsourced...we had a seamstress do these for us.

Best of luck with the project, if you have any more questions feel free to ask.
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Old 10-11-2016, 03:07 PM   #8
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I forgot to mentioned for I fastened the countertop...
Once the wood is in place and the PL Hhas cured you're able to screw it down from underneath

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