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Old 01-28-2013, 10:20 AM   #1
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1975 Trillium, Minor Restore Questions

I am in Erie, Pa and looking for a place/people/information on how to seal the roof of my 1975 trillium. I would like to make sure the roof is completely sealed. Is there a gel/glue/paint I can cover the roof with to seal all cracks? Also, any information on how to redo the inside roof which has all the the plastic trim pealing off and some saggy spots? I am willing to pay and also give time towards these few repairs. Thanks!!!
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:50 AM   #2
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James,
Do you have cracks, that leak in your roof? The plastic trim is a vinyl T bar that is snapped into a mating track that is glued to the fibreglass. It can be pulled off, and boiled to smooth it out. When re-installing a rubber mallet helps.
The liner of the trailer is called Ensolite. It sags when the contact cement fails. The best way to fix it is to shave it off the fibreglass till you have a flap that allows you to get in behind it. clean the remaining contact cement off the fibreglass and the Ensolite. To clean the fibreglass a wire brush on a drill works, for the Ensolite, picking off the old contact cement is really the only way to save the Ensolite.
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It might be useful to post a few pictures to show the areas of concern. You really don't want to paint a coating over a fiberglass trailer. Leaks are generally in a few specific spots where something like a roof vent penetrates the fiberglass.
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If your roof is leaking the most likely source for the leak is the roof vent. On our 1300 it had leaked for so long the ensolite was also coming loose. I cleaned all the sealant off, installed a new roof vent and with butyl tape and to make sure sealed the edges and rivets with Dicor self leveling lap sealant-It doesn't leak now. Best of luck!
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:47 PM   #5
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You may be seeing hairline cracks, these are usually only surface cracks and can be sealed by coating with a good wax. I did my trailer (1975 Trillium) with ZEP WET LOOK FLOOR FINISH and put on 5 coats. It's a very lite liquid (more like water) but does a great job on the little cracks and you'll be very happy with the SHINE. Can be purchased at Home Depot, Lowes etc.
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:27 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone for the information, it was all exactly what I was looking for. I just bought the camper last month, it does not have leaks, but there are a few repair spots. Just wanted to ensure a spring/summer full of no wetness.

One last question: Best Flooring to put in a camper? I do camp in sometimes muddy situations which is why I am steering away from laminate. Any other ideas?

Thanks again for all the info.
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:46 PM   #7
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I put Marmoleum in our 1300 and will probably do the same in our new 4500. It is durable, no seams, easy to clean, and available in a whole bunch of colors and patterns. We go somewhere that sells it and get a remnant -the floor area of a 1300 is smaller than most bathrooms and most rems will fit. YMMV
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:36 PM   #8
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I'm always mystified by flooring questions in Trilliums! Mine has an all-fiberglass floor of the same color/thickness as the rest of the trailer. Is this unusual?

I do use a couple of throw rugs for warm feet, plus shaking them out makes cleanup easy.

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I'm in the same boat as Francesca. The PO made some indoor / outdoor carpets that fit perfectly and are washable. One in the kitchen area, and another under the dinette.
When I pull them up, I find the same fibreglass that makes up the kitchen cupboards and the closet. They have been cut at strategic places to separate them into their individual furniture components, but it is obvious that they were all the same piece at one time.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:58 PM   #10
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That's the way the Trilliums are made, 1 pcs. SOLID !!
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Now, Ron...

Others not so fortunate as we are to own one may be listening, so we mustn't brag- much.

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