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Old 07-07-2018, 11:41 AM   #1
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Broken Frame - Trillium 2014 by Great West

Yesterday, the frame of my very recent Trillium broke. Fortunatly, I was not too far away from home. I have read a lot of postings about broken frame for older Trilliums, and I realized the frame broke exactly at the same place. I'm surprised that Great West did not fix this frame weakness issue. What would be the best way to definitly fix the problem? Is this something other recent Trillium owners have experienced? Thanks!
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Old 07-07-2018, 01:26 PM   #2
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Yesterday, the frame of my very recent Trillium broke. Fortunatly, I was not too far away from home. I have read a lot of postings about broken frame for older Trilliums, and I realized the frame broke exactly at the same place. I'm surprised that Great West did not fix this frame weakness issue. What would be the best way to definitly fix the problem? Is this something other recent Trillium owners have experienced? Thanks!
so just wondering here , is this a "C" channel frame or tubular?
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Old 07-07-2018, 03:47 PM   #3
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It is a tubular frame
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Old 07-07-2018, 04:22 PM   #4
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Looks like tubular. On our 1978 Trillium 4500 there are "fish plates" welded to the sides of the frame on both sides of the camper at this location. From what I understand, the original Trillium manufacturer actually recalled campers to add these plates for additional strength.
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Old 07-07-2018, 04:26 PM   #5
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Looks like tubular. On our 1978 Trillium 4500 there are "fish plates" welded to the sides of the frame on both sides of the camper at this location. From what I understand, the original Trillium manufacturer actually recalled campers to add these plates for additional strength.
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They must have gone with the thinest waal tubing they could go with at the time. I guess to save cost, but wow that looks thin.
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Old 07-08-2018, 09:59 AM   #6
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My 1973 Trillium broke in the same spot. I was in a very remote area in Montana at the time. Had to have it towed out and into Helena where a very good trailer store welded plates on both side to reinforce the frame. Very thankful for some local campers that gave me the name of a tow company and trailer shop.
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Old 07-08-2018, 11:53 AM   #7
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Hi Liz, thanks for the info. Would it be possible to send me some photos of the repairs? It might be useful when I go see the garage where I left my Trillium.
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Old 07-08-2018, 02:26 PM   #8
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That’s crappy.
Here is the link to the recall on Escape trailers that used the same frame style as the Trillium’s and shows the fix.
3" Frame Recall on 15', 17' & 19' Escape Trailers - Escape Trailer Owners Community
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Old 07-08-2018, 04:33 PM   #9
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All trailers are weaker where the frames bend and should have reinforcement plates welded on.
The Scamps and Casitas as well need to have this reinforcement.
Where the Scamps are bent the tubing is distorted in the inside to allow for the bend.
In the cases of the trailers with a door that is the level of the bottom of the floor the door carry through is usually the same square tubing as the frame turned sideways and although it is the same it is weaker when turned on it's side.
This lets the frame flex and actually causes the cracks on the other side!
Check the bends carefully as well as the welds and reinforcements on either side of the door.
If the street side cracks the driver's side will follow soon.
Fixing the driver's side without inspecting the door area might be short sighted.
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Old 07-08-2018, 04:39 PM   #10
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All trailers are weaker where the frames bend and should have reinforcement plates welded on.
The Scamps and Casitas as well need to have this reinforcement.
Where the Scamps are bent the tubing is distorted in the inside to allow for the bend.
In the cases of the trailers with a door that is the level of the bottom of the floor the door carry through is usually the same square tubing as the frame turned sideways and although it is the same it is weaker when turned on it's side.
This lets the frame flex and actually causes the cracks on the other side!
Check the bends carefully as well as the welds and reinforcements on either side of the door.
If the street side cracks the driver's side will follow soon.
Fixing the driver's side without inspecting the door area might be short sighted.
Thanks for the advice. The other side is also affected (it was about to break)
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Old 07-09-2018, 08:10 AM   #11
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If you don't learn from mistakes, you are doomed to repeat them:
RECALLED TRILLIUM 1300's?

This was a problem that Trillium dealt with in the 70's. Don't drill through the frame to mount the trailer, and reinforce the bent part that just happens to be in the highest stress point.

I would be curious about how they did the mounting bolts for the trailer cab.
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Old 07-09-2018, 03:18 PM   #12
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If you don't learn from mistakes, you are doomed to repeat them:
RECALLED TRILLIUM 1300's?

This was a problem that Trillium dealt with in the 70's. Don't drill through the frame to mount the trailer, and reinforce the bent part that just happens to be in the highest stress point.

I would be curious about how they did the mounting bolts for the trailer cab.
This is a question I have for Great West Vans who manufactured the trailer in 2014 (35 years after the recall) ... but they have gone bankrupt... At least, the frame was not drilled to mount the trailer... If I remember, there are 2 "L" shaped metal parts that are welded between the frame. That's where they put the bolts...
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Old 07-09-2018, 03:46 PM   #13
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Trillium frame

I believe my 1300Trillium has total of 4 bolts tightened b/t shell and frame. Two front bolts are short with big washers/plates bolted thru: 2 brackets (underneath shell) in which they are welded to frame. Other 2 long bolts for the rear are bolted thru: frame of Trillium. Mine are all replaced and also reinforced, but with the following photos you can see 2 brackets welded to frame for front end of shell. Share...
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Old 07-09-2018, 04:36 PM   #14
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Correction for fame bolts of Trillium1300.

There are total of 6 bolts b/t shell and frame of Trillium1300. Two front bolts are bolted thru: shell and 2 brackets which are side welded to frame. Four long bolts in the rear are bolted through shell and frame of Trillium. The following thread consists of photos of old bolts after taken out. Share..
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