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Old 01-18-2014, 02:37 AM   #1
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The belly band on our Trillium 1300 has the metal part and then a black kind of rubber strip that covers the fasteners. I'm sure you all know what I'm referring to.. My question is this: The black part has shrunk back. Any ideas of where to get a replacement for it?
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Old 01-18-2014, 05:24 AM   #2
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It's called vinyl trim insert. You can find it locally at an RV store. Online Amazon carries it as do folks on EBay. Typically you see black or white but I have also seen other colors. I have read the old stuff can be stretched by boiling but I have never tried it myself. Good luck, Raz
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Old 01-18-2014, 12:31 PM   #3
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The belly band on our Trillium 1300 has the metal part and then a black kind of rubber strip that covers the fasteners. I'm sure you all know what I'm referring to.. My question is this: The black part has shrunk back. Any ideas of where to get a replacement for it?
Living in BC you should contact Escape Trailer Industries. Reace may have what you are looking for he works on other brands of trailers in his shop.
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Old 01-18-2014, 12:38 PM   #4
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Our Trillium also suffers from this 'shrunken strip' syndrome, so, when I DO get around to replacing it (I have tried other re-lengthening methods) I will buy a strip a couple feet longer than needed and (hopefully, if time permits) lay it out somewhere outside so nature can take its course and SHRINK the insert.

The last length I bought, I first measured for the required length needed , bought and installed that length, only to find it shrinking.....
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Old 01-18-2014, 12:44 PM   #5
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Cut it somewhere convenient then place an emblem in the gap, or a third light or a license plate holder at the back (use your imagination!)
Maybe insert a pair of LED side lights or extra taillights.
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Old 01-18-2014, 12:54 PM   #6
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Just take a piece in to an RV shop, most of them carry it. I got ours in a roll but needed 2 to do it all.
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Old 01-18-2014, 02:45 PM   #7
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Awesome info and ideas!! Thanks so much! You guys rock! I like the idea of buying an extra long piece and leaving it to "pre"shrink! Smart!!
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Old 01-19-2014, 12:53 AM   #8
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Reece ordered in some for me but the trim is too small for my Biggar. I have an odd size so I'm out of luck so far.
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:18 AM   #9
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On a hot day it is easier to work with. Remove it and stretch it back to proper length as you are reinstalling the strip (like after you go around a corner). This will work for me for the rest of the season.
I am thinking if I put something a like small piece of half dowel at the end and screw or rivet or it to the band it should hold for good.
The replacement strip that my local RV shops sells is much thinner and flimsier than the original but there might be better quality out there.
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Old 01-19-2014, 11:55 AM   #10
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check with marine suppliers for different sizes/lengths
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Old 01-19-2014, 12:05 PM   #11
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I installed mine on a pretty cold day (on a Bigfoot) so I used a heat gun to warm it up in short sections as I installed it. Makes it MUCH easier to handle and manipulate into the channel.
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Old 01-19-2014, 10:30 PM   #12
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Since it will shrink after you install it, try to stuff extra into the channel. Probably best to do this when it is hot. I am not sure how much difference it would make, but you could probably push in several extra inches, vs. installing it under tension.
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Old 01-23-2014, 07:08 PM   #13
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we have the same issues with the bottom seals on Garage doors, as long as I was installing them, I would try to leave 2 inches or so on each side extra, because within a year it would shrink back. a hot day would be best, because you probably could squeeze in an extra half inch or so, you would just have to keep forcing a little more in at a time, working from where you started, going back to where the uncut end is
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Old 05-08-2014, 04:58 AM   #14
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Hi, folks.

I'm looking to remove the black trim in the belly band of our '79 Trillium Jubilee to check for leaks. I see that it would be best to undertake this when its warm and it seems shrinkage may be an issue.

Where should I start in terms of removing the black band trim? And is it reuseable or will I have to replace it? The answer to that question dictates preparations and purchases I'll need to make before undertaking the project.
Appreciate any suggestions that you can offer.

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