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Old 08-17-2011, 11:12 AM   #1
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79 Trillium Roof- Slight sag or normal shape?

Hi! As a new owner of a 1979 Trillium Jubilee needing some TLC, I sure appreciate some of the helpful ideas and information on this site ...well done! So I hope some of you Trillium owners can help me answer whether the slight "bow" in the roof line either side of the center raised section on our Trill is a normal molded shape, or perhaps caused by less than adequate support from the slightly water damaged interior cabinets (wood, not frp, in the Jubilee model)? It's enough of a 'bow' to catch about 1/2 inch of water on either side of the raised center, when she's sitting level. I'd like to know what's right before I replace the tops of the cabinets so I can "raise" it if needed.
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Old 08-17-2011, 05:25 PM   #2
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Hello Robert and welcome to the forum. Well I went out and looked at the roof of my 1300 in the area you described and I do see what appears to be a flat spot that might catch water. My suggestion is to post a picture or two. Lots of Trillium owners here with lots of roofs. Raz
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Old 08-18-2011, 05:11 AM   #3
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Hello Robert and welcome to the forum. Well I went out and looked at the roof of my 1300 in the area you described and I do see what appears to be a flat spot that might catch water. My suggestion is to post a picture or two. Lots of Trillium owners here with lots of roofs. Raz
Raz: Good thinking, Here is a quick shot that shows the area with a little standing water (note that the trailer is not currently level side to side but the condition exists when level as well on both sides).
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Old 08-18-2011, 06:31 AM   #4
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I put the garden hose to ours and I too get a puddle albeit not as deep. Bearing in mind that gravity does take it's toll on all of us as we age, I think your trailer is fine. Perhaps others will chime in. Good luck, Raz

ps. Now show us the rest of it!!! We all like pictures.
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Old 08-18-2011, 07:49 AM   #5
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THat's a fair amoune of water. I wonder if the trailer has be standing in the winter with a large snow load on the roof. You might want to check in with Roy in TO as to how he raised a badly damaged roof.
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If you can raise the roof with the cabinets to eliminate the pooling, I see no harm. Eliminating the water pooling will only help.
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Old 08-18-2011, 09:03 AM   #7
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If you can raise the roof with the cabinets to eliminate the pooling, I see no harm. Eliminating the water pooling will only help.
I think I'll see how much I can gain with the cabinet replacement without stressing the molded in roof support that the raised section gives. My experience with thin (<1/8") frp reminds me that creating areas of concentrated stress will catch up with you, so I wouldn't feel comfortable putting too much "up" force on the roof. Likely the original design intent was to be a support when the roof was snow loaded only ...thanks everyone. I'll have a few more questions soon I'm sure if I can't find previous references in the forum to help. Here's a picture of the Trill after yesterday exterior scrubbing with Spray 9 cleaner. Now for the wax. (that's our 31' Trail Lite in the background)
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Old 08-18-2011, 12:46 PM   #9
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My egg has a little sag too, it's almost 40 years old. I took a load lock from my trucking day's and cut it to use in mt full size p/u truck bed, now I stand it up in the trailer use it to slightly jack the sag out of the roof when parked in the driveway and you could leave it in during towing also, but it gets in the way when you are trying to use the camper.
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Old 08-18-2011, 06:54 PM   #10
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My egg has a little sag too, it's almost 40 years old. I took a load lock from my trucking day's and cut it to use in mt full size p/u truck bed, now I stand it up in the trailer use it to slightly jack the sag out of the roof when parked in the driveway and you could leave it in during towing also, but it gets in the way when you are trying to use the camper.
That certainly makes sense for winter storage..."an ounce of prevention". Thanks Greg...and I'll take a look for that brand of wax as well.
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