Need Help Restoring - Fiberglass RV


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Old 12-23-2015, 01:48 PM   #1
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Need Help Restoring

Hello! I am new to this forum. I have a 79 Trillium 1300 that needs some TLC. I am actually looking for a restoration company/shop/individual that can help me as I have no ability and want it done correctly. I live in Southern Kansas. Does anyone have any leads? My trailer leaks (probably windows, belly band, etc.), has veneer shelf damage, cosmetic issues and needs a paint job with some minimal fiberglass damage by one of the tail lights. Thank you!
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Old 12-23-2015, 02:53 PM   #2
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Some of the guys who do Trillium (and other brands) might just make you a trade? Something to think about. You drive away with one restored and they get their next project.

Paying someone to do a restore might prove the "bottom line= restoration cost + original purchase cost" to be awfully close to just having purchased a late model in the first place. Don't say that to discourage you, but to prepare you??? perhaps for what you might face.

Randy Bishop, a member here in Alabama, comes to mind. Wish you the best.
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Old 12-24-2015, 10:47 AM   #3
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Gotta say.... while I can appreciate the personal attachment you have for your Trillium, having to farm out repairs can quickly become money pit for you.


Almost anyone that works on RV's in general can do about 90% of most repairs needed on FGRV,s, one doesn't need to be a Trillium specialist


I have done FGRV repairs/restoration at both a local dealer ($125/ hr.) and in my driveway ($25-50/hr depending on attitude) and even the smallest repairs can quickly add up.


For example:
Complete rewire: $400 - $800+ parts
Repaint: $1200+bodywork + material
Remove and reseal windows & bellyband $400 (unless done with repaint)


Bottom Line: Unless you can do your own work, it is usually far less expensive to buy a better FGRV than to do extensive repair/restoration work on a project trailer. There are a lot of buyers out there, who can do their own work, that will jump at the chance to buy your Trillium. That, and less money than your restoration will cost, will result in a trailer in better condition that you can use now, not later.


In either case, good luck
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Old 12-24-2015, 01:42 PM   #4
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If you do farm it out, make out a list of exactly what you want done and get a firm fixed price for the work at the bottom of the list and make sure it is signed by both parties. Make sure it has a date to be finished by otherwise it can stretch on indefinitely. Consider replacing axels with new tires at the same time.
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Old 12-27-2015, 11:34 AM   #5
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Thank you for all of your insight! My fiance is certainly leaning towards purchasing a newer trailer and selling my uncle's. I, however, am a bit more attached, especially since I bonded with it as I drove it 1200 miles to my home. Either way we go, I appreciate your advice.
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Old 12-27-2015, 11:39 AM   #6
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If you do farm it out, make out a list of exactly what you want done and get a firm fixed price for the work at the bottom of the list and make sure it is signed by both parties. Make sure it has a date to be finished by otherwise it can stretch on indefinitely. Consider replacing axels with new tires at the same time.
Darwin, I have noticed that axels tend to be something Trillium owners mention replacing often. I guess I assumed since I towed my Triliium 1200 miles without any issue that the axels were fine. At a gas station I touched them to see if they were hot (I think my dad told me to do this? I can't remember) and they weren't. Is this a wrong assumption? If I restore, I plan on taking it to Wyoming/Montana this summer and I certainly don't want to get in any trouble. Thanks, Mellany
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Checking the hub temps will tell you if the bearings are heating up, might need grease or adjustment/replacement. An axle not having any "give or bounce" would indicate it's replacement need. Two separate things.
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