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Old 08-09-2015, 06:51 PM   #1
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re-hanging Trillium door?

Hello,
As happens, the door on my 1974 Trillium has sagged and needs to be re-hung. In searching around I did find a post where an intrepid person peeled back the ensolite, cut holes in the fiberglass column and may have put metal plates on the inside to secure the hinges to the body (can't quite remember exactly!). Darn if I cant find that post again.
Does anyone know of this post? I bet there are people out there that do.

thanks for your help,
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Old 08-10-2015, 07:30 AM   #2
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This may be the link you are looking for

Trillium Hinge Repair

Most people drill the holes out bigger from the outside, fill with resin or epoxy or wood or combination of, and rehang the door. The door is very light and is easy to reposition. Remember that your door will never 'line up' 100% with the body mouldings. They were off at the factory. Look at any picture of any Trillium and you'll see what I mean. Make sure the door 'sagging' problem is not being caused by worn hinges.

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Old 08-10-2015, 02:04 PM   #3
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re-hanging Trillium door

Thanks Stef, Thank you! That is exactly the post I was looking for. And, yes, I have read about drilling out and filling with epoxy, or other materials. Think I am going to go with metal plates backing the hinge. Maybe some new hinges eventually?
Much appreciated!
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Old 08-10-2015, 07:10 PM   #4
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I am one who has drilled out and filled with epoxy. Since my door is sagging again, I have to conclude that my approach was wrong. Next time it will be a plate on the inside. Not sure of the details yet though.
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Old 08-11-2015, 05:41 AM   #5
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David, did you drill out the hole and epoxy in a wood dowel? That's what I did and it seems really solid. Mind you my trailer has only moved about 15 kms in the 4 months since I made that repair, going from one of my 'working areas' to another. Time will tell I guess.

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Old 08-11-2015, 07:17 PM   #6
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Hi David, Good to know. Recently, as I was on the highway going about 65 mph, the trailer door swung open. Scary. Got off the highway and bought white duct tape which did the job in getting me to Jersey. The latch fix that I had professionally done the day before failed!
I will never have that happen again. Ever. If I can help it.
I am having welders fashion backer plates for the hinges, and alloy (bendable) metal covers for the holes in the fiberglass column. They can be removed if the door needs to be tightened in the future.
Now onto the frame.
Was it you that identified 4 absolutely necessary and inevitable fixes for fiberglass trailers?
1. Door sag
2. Frame safety
3. Resealing windows with butyl (sp?) tape
and one other.... hmmm....

I agree and am prioritizing those fixes so there's no sweat on those basics in the future... of course, there's always another project just for the fun of it...

Happy, and safe, camping,
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Add:
4. Belly band

to that list, and yup that's me.
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I have yet to mount the door on the Trillium I am working on, but will be very soon. I gouged and cleaned out the holes real well, and filling with fiberglass reinforced filler. I can't see it letting go, but we'll see.

When you do the through bolt thing, do you do the door as well? Those screws were as bad as the ones into the body on this trailer.
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Old 08-13-2015, 12:19 PM   #9
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I will try to attach a Word doc that I just put together on how I did this. My Trillium door fell off on a camping trip. We taped and bungied it closed to drive the 400 miles home. Then I fixed it by opening up the back of the column, using new screws and washers and sealant to hold the hinge screws, then making removable covers for the hole.

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PS I can't attach the Word file as there is a upload file size restriction of 19 KB for doc files. I'd be happy to send you the doc if you want it
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Old 08-13-2015, 12:28 PM   #10
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trying again . . .
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trying again . . .
Hi Colleen, what are those made of. did someone make them for you, or did yo make them.
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