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Old 03-27-2011, 08:56 PM   #15
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I'm intrigued by the idea of making the front a sleeping area. At this time, all I have where the top bunk should have been is about 20 screw holes in the rail. Part of me wants to respect the things that made the Trill the nifty little trailer it was, but for sure I'll never use the bunk. I'm thinking either the couch or the front table makes a lot of sense. What a great group this is! Thanks to all.
Let me know if you still want to make it a bunk.. I have 5 Trilliums and can show you pictures of the bunk set up if that's direction you want to pursue... some have safty rails at the top bunk some don't, not one of the 5 I have are the same even though some are the same year. Some have upper storage cabinets in front one just in back and one in both and one none at all and they are all orginal that way because their are no screw holes to say different... to make it a bunk it's really very simple if you want to go in that direction.To make it a bunk really does not take away from making it a couch by no means.........
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:46 PM   #16
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I'm not sure I'd do it, but would love a shot of how the bunk is fastened to the wall. I would really appreciate that.
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Old 03-31-2011, 03:09 PM   #17
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I bought a 73 earlier this ear. It's in very fine shape but is missing the back rest/top bunk component at the front of the trailer. I'm hoping to build a new one from plywood, I guess, but need to find out the following:
1) How is it connected to the trailer itself?
2) What are the dimensions of this piece?

Your opinion: If I don't think I'll ever use the bunk, should I just make a back cushion? I'd like to keep it as accurate as possible, but as it won't be original anyway, should i just keep it simple?

Thanks in advance,

Trilliumdon
Yes keep it simple,if u dont intend on using upper bunk.it is more comfortale to sit in when the back is not attached.also our 13ft trillium is a 72 and vin starts with 13-1105----.also the belly band is rivited,i have to redo some of mine as they have pulled away.
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:31 AM   #18
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I'm not sure I'd do it, but would love a shot of how the bunk is fastened to the wall. I would really appreciate that.
The bunk is attached to the "wall" by attaching the bed piano hinge to the wood strip under the front window. (you probably see 12-20 holes scattered under the window frame). The screws from the front window outside holds the wood up and the wood holds the bed/back cushion of the couch up.

Trillium used untreated plywood as the backing of the windows and as the windows leaked (as they do over 30+ years) the wood rots. If you do add the bunk word from previous experience - check out the wood underneath first before attaching the bed hinge. It is a god time to check to see if you have a larger problem before you get it all back together.

I will try to get you some pictures of my last year rebuild as soon as my trill is melted out of the snowbank in front of it.
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:04 PM   #19
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I'd look forward to seeing any rebuild pix for sure. As for the snow, I finally dug mine out last night and got it home. Now the work begins! First priority is to remove the Belly Band and look for problems under there. This one is detached from about 1/3 of the trailer already, so I'm expecting rot. There's a good thread on how one guy dug down, got the rot out and replaced it with epoxy. That's probably the plan for now.

Thanks for the reply,

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The bunk is attached to the "wall" by attaching the bed piano hinge to the wood strip under the front window. (you probably see 12-20 holes scattered under the window frame). The screws from the front window outside holds the wood up and the wood holds the bed/back cushion of the couch up.

Trillium used untreated plywood as the backing of the windows and as the windows leaked (as they do over 30+ years) the wood rots. If you do add the bunk word from previous experience - check out the wood underneath first before attaching the bed hinge. It is a god time to check to see if you have a larger problem before you get it all back together.

I will try to get you some pictures of my last year rebuild as soon as my trill is melted out of the snowbank in front of it.
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Old 04-24-2011, 08:38 PM   #20
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I bought a 73 earlier this ear. It's in very fine shape but is missing the back rest/top bunk component at the front of the trailer. I'm hoping to build a new one from plywood, I guess, but need to find out the following:
1) How is it connected to the trailer itself?
2) What are the dimensions of this piece?

Your opinion: If I don't think I'll ever use the bunk, should I just make a back cushion? I'd like to keep it as accurate as possible, but as it won't be original anyway, should i just keep it simple?

Thanks in advance,

Trilliumdon
Hi-

I'm in this conversation a little late, but if you still need those dimensions....
Are you talking about the "gaucho" style flip-up that's hinged in the middle? Clever design, that! But I didn't need the extra bunk, so I took mine out, took it apart, and removed the foam and cushions.
The bare hinged wood (reassembled) is in my garage and I'd be happy to get it out, "magic marker" the dimensions on the wood, take a picture, and post it for you. (My trailer is a 4500, but I think the dimensions for this part would be the same.)
It's a pretty simple pattern, and a lot easier to understand with the upholstery off.
Just repost if you still want the info...

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Old 04-24-2011, 08:49 PM   #21
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Thanks Francesca, but I think I'm going to just put the cushion there and not make it a bunk. Thought about it a lot, but at the end of the day, we probably won't use it.
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Old 04-24-2011, 09:38 PM   #22
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I took off the top bunk parts, and passed them on to someone on this forum that was restoring. Now I have a great single bed for me (plus a dog) and don't have to touch my table. Luvin it.
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Old 04-30-2011, 10:09 PM   #23
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just incase someone reading this might be interested, I am linking to a previous discussion where I had posted a few pictures of the top bunk in a '75 trillium, "sans" cushion to show how it is put together.

(Re)-installing front bunk

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Old 05-16-2011, 04:13 PM   #24
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Don

I sent a note some time ago ( I think ) saying that I had a set of Trillium cushions and would send pictures and dimensions.
With apologies for not following up on this, I still have the dimension drawings and some pictures of my cushions.
Further to that, I have just purchased another Trillium Jubilee and it has the entire front berth system intact. I have taken several pictures of it and I can make these available to you as well.
Let me know how if you are still in need of this information.

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Old 05-16-2011, 05:55 PM   #25
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I sent a note some time ago ( I think ) saying that I had a set of Trillium cushions and would send pictures and dimensions.
With apologies for not following up on this, I still have the dimension drawings and some pictures of my cushions.
Further to that, I have just purchased another Trillium Jubilee and it has the entire front berth system intact. I have taken several pictures of it and I can make these available to you as well.
Let me know how if you are still in need of this information.

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Hi Bill,

Another poster showed the plywood template he used to make the bunk, and since this post, I have ordered all new cushions from Outback Trillium. I think I'm covered for now. Thanks for taking time to reply. I'm sure I'll lean on you for something else down the road; I"m on a learning curve.

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Old 05-16-2011, 06:33 PM   #26
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I'm having just the opposite issue. With three chillin's plus ma & pop, I'm trying to figure out a format/addtion/mod that will sleep the five of us in a 13' rig.. :

A tent for some or all the children. Depending on how old the children, they usually get a kick out sleeping in a tent and they don't have to put up with mom and dad telling them to go to sleep.
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Old 07-19-2015, 11:06 AM   #27
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Hi Just read your post .
You may want to do what I did in my Trillium and remove the front top bed and make a top hinged drop shelf that sits level with the lower bed surface. I bolted this with strap hinge to the top of wall of the lower front section and used 1/2" plywood for a bed extender. Shelf is about 13" x 44" long ,goes from the fridge to the door. I drilled 3 -3/4" dia holes in the outer edge of the shelf away from the hinge side and made up 3 support posts of wood with 3/4" dowels glued in the top end. These just go in the shelf holes from the bottom and stand on the floor. Note : I used masking tape to make the dowels a snug fit.
I have made a cushion to fit with velcro strips sewn on the bottom and the other half of these stapled to the shelf so they line up. This prevents the cushion from moving when sleeping. The setup gives a 45" wide bed with the space forward of the stove for your feet. no tools are required to set up the shelf, and the cushion is the backrest for seating.
I use throw cushions to fill in the sides of the backrest when sitting as it is only 44" long.
You just remove the posts and cushion and drop the shelf down against the wall of the lower section to convert to seating again.
The only problems are:
1. You can't open the fridge with the bed made.
2.The space to exit the door is about 10" wide with the shelf in the up position.
3. You may have to play footsies with your bed mate.
On the plus side you have 2 45" wide beds and no climbing to get in to bed. Works for me !
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