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Old 01-01-2009, 09:43 AM   #15
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It's a Fridgidare, bought it at Lowes for $89 (On Sale)
It's width is 16", and it gave me 2" of space between the closet walls on each side.
Before you buy, take a tape measure out to your closet and jot down what you find. You will be resting everything on the top of the wheel well. I found that to get the AC front to clear the sill of the closet opening, I had to build a mount that was about 4" high, plenty of room for a moisture collector tray, (my paint roller pan). My mount rests firmly on the wheel-well with one corner (the left front) with a leg piece to extend down to the floor.
This is a great little project, you'll have fun.

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Thanks Bob for your help and I would appreciate your comments on a discussion my husband and I are having. Does it matter which side of the Trillium the frig is on? Long story short...We gutted this project and have put in a new stove, reinstalled the sink into new counter, made the frig opening larger to accommodate a large applicance. We are retired, former fulltime rvers and will be using this only for overnite stops when we travel. Decided to get a standard elec frig but haven't found one yet. Could the frig go in the closet, allowing for a taller applicance, (many found on Craigslist) and the AC under the stove where we already have 2 vents? Large enough to set in a tray and a hose for drainage. That would also leave enough space on top of the AC for a small micro? This would eliminate cutting another vent space in the closet. How much surround air is needed around the frig? We had one in a small space in the house with no problem. Hope this isn't too rambling. Any comments would be appreciated. georgia

PS As we progress to the next project I am sure I will pose more questions. Wiring is coming up next!! and then recovering and retrofitting bed/dinette.


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Old 01-01-2009, 12:51 PM   #16
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Thanks Bob for your help and I would appreciate your comments on a discussion my husband and I are having. Does it matter which side of the Trillium the frig is on? Long story short...We gutted this project and have put in a new stove, reinstalled the sink into new counter, made the frig opening larger to accommodate a large applicance. We are retired, former fulltime rvers and will be using this only for overnite stops when we travel. Decided to get a standard elec frig but haven't found one yet. Could the frig go in the closet, allowing for a taller applicance, (many found on Craigslist) and the AC under the stove where we already have 2 vents? Large enough to set in a tray and a hose for drainage. That would also leave enough space on top of the AC for a small micro? This would eliminate cutting another vent space in the closet. How much surround air is needed around the frig? We had one in a small space in the house with no problem. Hope this isn't too rambling. Any comments would be appreciated. georgia

PS As we progress to the next project I am sure I will pose more questions. Wiring is coming up next!! and then recovering and retrofitting bed/dinette.
I can't comment as to how you want to configure your Trill's interior, I've never seen a Trillium, & never seen the insides of one personally. I can only go on the design simularities of a lot of Fiberglass Trailer brands to offer opinion. Since there is a natural limit as to how many ways to configure a trailer with a limited amount of space, there's only so many ways you can arrange a sink, stove, refridgerator, AC, & heater in any particular combination. Besides, you have to be happy with your trailer, not me.

The closet, as I see it, is about the only area of free standing space in a basic stock trailer that can contain large loads without radically effecting it's center of gravity, and looking at things in a trailering perspective, keep your largest, heaviest appliances as low to the floor & as close to the axle as possible is the most logical choice.

A electric dorm-room type fridge is what I'm using in my Scamp, right under the stove. But I'm thinking you could stick the AC there and put a larger Fridge in the bottom of the closet like you suggest. It would effect side to side load distribution, but since it'd be right over the axle, that effect would be minimized. I'd only think you'd have a harder time installing the AC and properly ventlating it on it's backside. And perhaps, since it'd be blowing it's cool air closer to the floor and mostly toward the door it might be less efficient.

Although you started with a blank slate, you've already added things in a layout, limiting your options. Unless you have departed greatly from how Trilliums are typically fitted out, I wouldn't think you have many choices to make. But I do say that putting a larger fridge in the closet is attractive.

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Old 01-01-2009, 01:22 PM   #17
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I can't comment as to how you want to configure your Trill's interior, I've never seen a Trillium, & never seen the insides of one personally. I can only go on the design simularities of a lot of Fiberglass Trailer brands to offer opinion. Since there is a natural limit as to how many ways to configure a trailer with a limited amount of space, there's only so many ways you can arrange a sink, stove, refridgerator, AC, & heater in any particular combination. Besides, you have to be happy with your trailer, not me.

The closet, as I see it, is about the only area of free standing space in a basic stock trailer that can contain large loads without radically effecting it's center of gravity, and looking at things in a trailering perspective, keep your largest, heaviest appliances as low to the floor & as close to the axle as possible is the most logical choice.

A electric dorm-room type fridge is what I'm using in my Scamp, right under the stove. But I'm thinking you could stick the AC there and put a larger Fridge in the bottom of the closet like you suggest. It would effect side to side load distribution, but since it'd be right over the axle, that effect would be minimized. I'd only think you'd have a harder time installing the AC and properly ventlating it on it's backside. And perhaps, since it'd be blowing it's cool air closer to the floor and mostly toward the door it might be less efficient.

Although you started with a blank slate, you've already added things in a layout, limiting your options. Unless you have departed greatly from how Trilliums are typically fitted out, I wouldn't think you have many choices to make. But I do say that putting a larger fridge in the closet is attractive.

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Thanks for confirming our thoughts on the layout. You are right...there are only so many options and from what I have looked at this site, most are pretty similar. Our only limitation right now is finding a frig not more than 18 1/2" wide. We shall see. Are plans are to be totally electric with a small generator on the tongue. After all gotta have the TV, computer and coffee even if we are sitting overnight at a Flying J. Todays project was repairing U-shaped shelving overhead. Looks pretty good. Can't wait to upload pictures when completed. This work in progress will not be for the "purists" that want everything restored exactly but being retired and only 2 people using it, I think it will work fine for us. Thanks again. G
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Old 01-01-2009, 02:56 PM   #18
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Can't wait to upload pictures when completed. This work in progress will not be for the "purists" that want everything restored exactly but being retired and only 2 people using it, I think it will work fine for us. Thanks again. G
You know, you're killing those of us who like to sit around with graph paper and doodle, or who lie awake at night thinking, "Oh, that might work!"

I am trying to be patient, but.... a peek?

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You know, you're killing those of us who like to sit around with graph paper and doodle, or who lie awake at night thinking, "Oh, that might work!"

I am trying to be patient, but.... a peek?

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Hi Raya...I contacted you when you had your trillium for sale. Wish we had purchased t that one but we were gunshy but now you can see what we got outselves into. I don't mind sharing pictures and we will but...with projects going on it looks sooooo bad. I have a vision of what it will be like but right now I would be too embarassed. LOL. Need to get the frig and A/C installed and then it will all come together. Oh yes, our friend the electrician comes on Monday. I cannot believe my good fortune of finding this site. I have never met such friendly, helpful people. My husband will be frustrated with a problem and I just say, "Hang on a minute and I will post your problem and someone always has an answer. He is a believer now too. I have read so many idea online. Everything from solor power to (and my favorite) how to recover the cusions without sewing. Thanks all. georgia
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Hi Georgia,

I hadn't made the connection, but I do remember you now. You were on your way out of town when I had the Trillium up for sale (and I had just been to Florida the week before).

Just remember, photos of the trailer all torn apart, broken, etc aren't "messy" shots; they're "before" pictures! The worse they are, the more dramatic the contrast when you do whip it into shape.

I'll try to be patient and jam my into a box or something
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