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Old 04-05-2011, 10:28 PM   #29
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Wow...I can't let my wife see this thread. She'll go crazy to see that many Trilliums! It looks like you have a lot of fun and they look great!

I've got a 1300 stripped down in my garage right now (I really wish I had a shop to work in). I like the look of your new belly bands. I'm wondering if I can pick your brain and learn from your vast experience...Did you use the GM S10 2-3/8" molding for your belly band? The metal pieces that the original belly band attached to on our trailer rusted, swelled, and bulged the fiberglass around each one. Did you find the same thing? Did you sand these flush before you put the new belly band on? If not, does the belly band lay down nice and flat, or can you see slight bumps where these metal pieces are/were?

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Old 04-05-2011, 11:12 PM   #30
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The metal pieces that the original belly band attached to on our trailer rusted, swelled, and bulged the fiberglass around each one. Did you find the same thing? Did you sand these flush before you put the new belly band on? If not, does the belly band lay down nice and flat, or can you see slight bumps where these metal pieces are/were?

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Those wretched metal tabs! Why oh why did Trillium use steel tabs to hold on an aluminum belly band (with aluminum rivets, of course)? Hadn't they ever heard of ELECTROLYSIS??? Aluminum rots steel quicker than water does!

Eagerly awaiting Randy's expert advice...

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Old 04-06-2011, 09:56 AM   #31
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Yes the steel pieces were swelled and had bulged the fiberglass out at several locations..I dug out what I could blew out all the debris with a air hose. If you look at the thread Trillium Renov. in the Modifications, Alterations and Updates you will see I ran 2 strips of duct tape then fiberglassed the crack closed sanded it as smooth as I could without leaving any finish removed below where the belly band goes thats why I ran the duct tape. It works as a reference on how low I could go, and yes there are still some small bulges but thats as best as it can be done without having to paint the whole camper which would be requried if you grind down all the bulges. You have to turn lemons into lemonade sometimes... After I sanded it smooth I painted it with 3 coats of Epoxy Appliance paint from Lowes then waited until it rained a couple times because if there is any little bitty spots where water can react with the rust particles it will leave a brown streak down the side of the camper. After the rain I saw 2 small spots that had done this and now I have went back and repaired those. Now I'm ready to install the belly band but this requires several people to install properly because it very very hard to keep it straight..So what I do is have 2 people hold a piece of 1 1/2" X 1 1/2" 10' angle aluminum that I bought along side of the camper where I want the band to go and then I have someone unroll it to me as I stick it on using the metal angle as a guide this keeps it perfectly straight...I also apply a bead of construction adhesive in the center because I don't ever want it to come loose when I spray it off at the car wash with those high powered sprayers...The belly band I use is from CARPARTS I've got one here in the box but there's not much information on it..what it says is VT2003402-S 34' BLACK VAN & TRUCK not sure if that a number code or not..I've got all the information on another thread some where that I posted back a year or so might do a search on my old post..Hope this helps RANDY
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Old 04-06-2011, 11:31 AM   #32
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Do those tabs serve any function other than holding the band on? I'd like to remove them entirely, as no matter how they're covered up they're going to continue to rust, rot, and swell. And are you discarding the original aluminum band?
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Old 04-06-2011, 01:08 PM   #33
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Do those tabs serve any function other than holding the band on? I'd like to remove them entirely, as no matter how they're covered up they're going to continue to rust, rot, and swell. And are you discarding the original aluminum band?

Yes, I sold the bands as scrap aluminum and I dug almost all the metal pieces out when I redo these...It takes alot of gouging. twisting, cutting and mostly BIG UGLY WORDS to get them out... there maybe a couple I couldn't get out due to it damaging the orginal gel-coat but for the most part I removed most all of them...I knew if some else wanted the Belly bands there was "NO" way to ship them and there for I got rid of them..I've got another one to do if someone wants to come all the way to Alabama I'll give them the bands for free just let me know...........THANKS RANDY
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Old 04-06-2011, 01:45 PM   #34
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Hope you don't mind my asking, but why are you discarding the original bands? Is it due to the difficulty of reattaching them? No point in putting new rivets in the rotten tabs... I stuck mine back on with liquid nails and a few judiciously placed screws. Not meant to be a permanent solution, but it's held for several years now. Now that I understand that the tabs can be removed without compromising the trailer's structural integrity, I'll go back and cut them out. Maybe I'll try putting some epoxy plugs in their place, which I can tap for aluminum screws...



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Old 04-06-2011, 02:40 PM   #35
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Never like the old ones the inserts srinkup and seems you can never get them to stay put and fit right and insects get behind the plastic inserts builds mud nest and to me the plastic moulding I've been installing looks better, but thats just my opion I know some will not agree..once I've sealed the crack I really didn't want to make more holes in the sides, I've seen where water has gotten into the campers in these areas and this way stops that completely..................
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Old 04-06-2011, 03:24 PM   #36
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Randy,

A confession:

I'm such a cheapskate that I can't make myself buy something new if I can figure out a way to make do with the old item.

Your trailers all look just beautiful. Keep up the good work!

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Old 04-08-2011, 05:03 PM   #37
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Hi Randy, any interior pics? Any front dinette models?

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Old 04-08-2011, 05:32 PM   #38
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So are you going to add Nancy's to the heard or fix it up to sell??
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:54 PM   #39
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So are you going to add Nancy's to the heard or fix it up to sell??
I'm wondering, too- or is "the Old Gray Mare" a bit too long in the tooth for breeding stock?
On the subject of her gray color- could it be that she's in cured primer, ready to paint? Or did somebody just slap some house paint on the old girl?
On the trailer, I mean.
NOT on Nancy!

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Old 04-08-2011, 09:06 PM   #40
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No I don't have any front dinnetts, and yes I'll probably keep Nancy's in the herd also, that is unless I'm not pleased with the turn out..I really don't like them painted so I plan on stripping it down to the orginal finish. the paint thats on it looks likes it was sprayed on but I'm not really sure the type. I talked to a freind of mine that owns a body shop before I purchased it and he thought I could get it off without damaging the gelcoat to bad..Once I get it stripped I'll completely sand it down with first 400 grit then 600 and finally 800..I bought a huge box of sand paper with all these in it for 15 bucks at a yard sale,gota love those yard sales... I trace out the round air sander pad on the paper then cut them out, its wet or dry paper but I mostly use it wet with the hose, once you get down to the 800 its pretty slick..just add a few coats of Redmax and it will shine like new....Or I SURE HOPE SOO ANYWAY......................I've started back on the one I've been working on right now rebuilding the overhead cabinet I'll post pictures as I get it done in the Trillium Renov thread check it out... I rebuild them with fiberglas panels that match the camper..Probably want post thgem until Sunday....Thanks Randy..
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Randy,

All I can say is...



"My Trillium Herd" is much too rich to be limited to this small universe...

Why don't you have your own website?

I for one would hang out there just to keep tabs on the herd

Your Adoring Groupie,

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Oh ya! Your own website would be cool. How many are you going to collect??
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