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Old 02-05-2011, 12:55 PM   #1
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2010 Trillium: A work in progress

A number of folks have inquired about our 2010 Trillium issues so I took some time to compile this list. Some items were quick and easy while others took a while. There are still a few to tackle. Cutting a hole in the side of a new trailer was probably the most stressful.

-Trailer was delivered with safety chains that were too short and no hooks. We stopped at a hardware store on the way home.

-Despite ordering the electric brake option, the trailer had no breakaway switch. Bought one locally and installed it.

- Trailer was delivered with a dirty interior. Lots of construction debris, dust, and assorted hardware in the storage areas. We even found a razor blade.

-The door on one of the upper cabinets was crooked. A shim behind one of the hinges fixed the problem.

-The propane tank holder filled with water when it rained. Drilled a hole to act as a drain.

-None of the lights, wire holes, etc were caulked. Bought a tube of caulk and spent an afternoon sealing things.

-There are two "blemishes" in the interior gelcoat. We were promised a repair kit that has yet to arrive.

-Discovered numerous spider cracks in the exterior gel coat. At the recommendation of some members on the board we sealed them with Capt. Tolley's Crack Cure.

-Discovered the kitchen section has been installed too far forward or on an angle. To make the upper shelves fit they added a spacer on one side and trimmed the other. No easy fix here.

-Discovered the frame bolts are too long. We were promised new bolts. They have yet to arrive. We will order some in the spring.

-Discovered that the door hinges are not parallel. We will fix this in the spring.

-The 3 way fridge was not working well. We found the exhaust port was two 4 inch holes. We questioned this. First we were told they would look into it. Later we were told it was fine. We finally called Dometic. They emailed the correct dimensions. A jig saw and a grit blade were used to enlarge the opening. Fridge now works fine.

-The rear window leaks. We are told it is a manufacturing (Hehr) defect and we would be sent a repair kit. It has yet to arrive.

-The brake adjuster on the passenger side would not work. Turned out to be rusted. Less than 1000 miles on the trailer. Interestingly, axle was purchased from Redneck trailer supply. I think it may have sat outside for a while?

-The water pump stopped working. Unfortunately, Flojet will not warrant the pump because a separate strainer (Flojet 1740-003) was not installed. We dismantled the pump , removed some small pieces of plastic. This fixed the pump. We will install the filter in the spring. The pump was installed under the stove on the back wall of a small storage cabinet. It was mounted head side up. Instructions call for it to be mounted head side down.

The belly band plastic cover pulled away from the ends. On a warm day we stretched it back into position, and put the screws through the plastic. Easy fix.

-We almost lost the furnace exhaust port. The screws had come loose and the port was hanging out about an inch. We replaced the sheet metal screws with bolts. Conclusion : using sheet metal screws in fiberglass without backing doesn't seem to work.

-The glass cover on the stove was hitting the burner grate. Added some shims to increase the height of the bumpers the cover rests on.

Hope this is helpful, Raz
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Old 02-05-2011, 01:05 PM   #2
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What a shame, you spend good money on something and you still have to work on it.
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Old 02-05-2011, 03:36 PM   #3
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So much for those well trained technicians.
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That refrigerator vent is pretty unbelievable. Did you go from two 4" diameter holes (24 sq inch total) to maybe 100 sq inches? Good thing it didn't block up the condenser or start a fire!

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Old 02-05-2011, 03:48 PM   #5
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Wow I'm so glad I bought the wife's trillium outback trailer from Joe in Calgary we had issues too but only on delivery time that I explained in my post on our purchase . I have heard complaints about the receptionist she is no longer there but the product ours at least is top notch and Joe was outstanding , answering all questions and helping in every way , glad to see you taking the lemons and making lemonade good on ya Paul , cheers mike
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That refrigerator vent is pretty unbelievable. Did you go from two 4" diameter holes (24 sq inch total) to maybe 100 sq inches? Good thing it didn't block up the condenser or start a fire!

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Hello Matt. The rough out is 7 3/4" x 19 1/4" or about 150 sq. in. They use an over sized vent to cover the Trillium symbol so I could have gone bigger but there is a bundle of wires on the inside of the wall between the two vents. We paid an extra ($200) for the 3 way fridge. The trailer comes stock with a DC (Danfoss) fridge. I didn't want to deal with the extra battery load. Also there doesn't appear to be any external venting so either they vent into the trailer or just ignore the issue. Not good either way. Raz
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Wow I'm so glad I bought the wife's trillium outback trailer from Joe in Calgary we had issues too but only on delivery time that I explained in my post on our purchase . I have heard complaints about the receptionist she is no longer there but the product ours at least is top notch and Joe was outstanding , answering all questions and helping in every way , glad to see you taking the lemons and making lemonade good on ya Paul , cheers mike
Hi Mike. Sorry I missed your post on getting the new trailer. I read it this morning. Good for you. I too picked up some LED lights along with some magnets from Lee valley for latching draws, doors, etc. Projects, I can't wait. Raz
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Hoefully you won't have to wait long the only project we want to undertake is perhaps a screen door , have a few ideas we'll see come spring , will update with pics as soon as the 9ft of snow disapates from around the trailer lol , cheers mike
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After reading your list of needed repairs on a brand new trailer, I got a mental picture of a Super Bowl commercial. You know the one... with the chimps pulling their cars into the parking lot... headed in to work.
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Raz,

To change the subject (kinda) what is your wall covering? I am looking to change mine and yours looks interesting!

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Raz,

To change the subject (kinda) what is your wall covering? I am looking to change mine and yours looks interesting!

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Hi Vickie, it's a textured vinyl wall covering that is glued to closed cell foam which is glued to the walls. It seems similar to the fabric you might find on a fake leather chair, like nauga hide. The resident expert says she thinks fabric stores carry similar material. Hope that's helpful, Raz
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Thanks Raz! It looks really nice!
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