1980 Trillium 4500 16' Just purchased need help with remodel - Fiberglass RV


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Old 05-22-2014, 07:49 PM   #1
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1980 Trillium 4500 16' Just purchased need help with remodel

Hello Fellow Fiberglass RV members
Well as a stated I would never take on another remodel project I just couldn't resist. Seeing this one ready to be towed( due to the tickets on trailer) by the city took a shoot in the dark and left a note on it hoping someone would call me back. Got a call from the owner begging me to buy it at my price. So drove away with it (pink slip in hand)at a cost of 2 new tires and $300. What a deal!
Well it's a little rough but nothing I haven't fixed before. My question is what is the weight carrying load on the roof for a roof top AC installation? I'm thinking about getting the roof reinforced so I can also put racks up for the kayak as well as bikes. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-22-2014, 08:07 PM   #2
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Old 05-26-2014, 12:14 AM   #3
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What a deal!!!
Sorry don't have any good idea for rack but you'll probably be doing a custom jobby of some sort. Bond to roof or bolt to roof, plus reinforcement inside from below? Your thoughts? I like the general idea of canoe / kayak rack. Some kind of roof-sized aluminium basket with small uprights to lash kayak to? I think how you fix te rack to trailer is your biggest problem to solve ...suggest you try to distribute weight as much as possible at your roof anchor points.
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Old 05-26-2014, 12:32 AM   #4
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Do you plan to tow the trailer to the put-in or the trail head?
If not, you need to carry boats and bikes on the tow vehicle, not on the trailer.
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Old 05-26-2014, 12:52 PM   #5
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When Trillium sold a roof top AC, they put a saddle that spread the weight out over a large area. I have seen Trilliums ruined by putting a roof top AC unit on. See the links below:
A/C Roof Parts
1976 Trillium

If you must have AC, go with a unit that replaces the escape hatch, or something inside the closet.

BTW, a Trillium 4500 is considered to be 15', (4500 mm).

Really looking forward to pictures of your trailer. If you post a picture of the data sheet that should be on the inside of your closet door, then I can add your trailer to the ever growing serial number list:
Serial numbers on a Trillium
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Old 05-26-2014, 01:47 PM   #6
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I would not put any kind of rack on top of a Trillium. I would be concerned the fiberglass would not support the forces involved. Not only do you have the additional weight but the effects of wind as you go down the road. That said I'm sure the topic has been explored here in the past. You can use the google search feature to find threads on the subject. Welcome to the forum and please do post more pictures. Enjoy your "new" Trillium. Raz
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Do you plan to tow the trailer to the put-in or the trail head?
If not, you need to carry boats and bikes on the tow vehicle, not on the trailer.

I would not put any kind of rack on top of a Trillium. I would be concerned the fiberglass would not support the forces involved. Not only do you have the additional weight but the effects of wind as you go down the road. That said I'm sure the topic has been explored here in the past. You can use the google search feature to find threads on the subject. Welcome to the forum and please do post more pictures. Enjoy your "new" Trillium. Raz

We kayak and there is no way I would put my boats on top of my camper. For all the reasons Raz stated and because it would just be to hard to get them up and off.

Most of the places we put the boats in the water you could not get a camper to anyway. Then when we get off the water we are down river from where we put in and I would much rather be close to my camp when we get off the water.

Happy Camping and Good Luck with whatever you decide.
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Old 06-02-2014, 04:03 PM   #8
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The latest on our recently purchased Trillium. Looks like we will in fact go with a Roof top AC unit. Prior owner had this unit modified to hold up a very heavy rooftop Ac so were going with the lightest one we can find. This was cleared with our Trailer shop owner and given the green flag go ahead. We will add the kayak and bike racks on to the Subaru Outback we own to not weigh this baby down any more that necessary. Hoping to get her out of the shop before July so we can hit the road.
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