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Old 04-27-2011, 11:19 PM   #1
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Question RECALLED TRILLIUM 1300's?

Hello, all

I'm contemplating the purchase of a 1975 Trillium 1300 and came across the below recall notice while researching its history.
I'd appreciate any input as to how I might be able to determine that proper repairs have been made to the trailer I'm looking at.
Or have any of you acquired a 1300 lacking the repairs and completed repairs yourself?

Thanks

Francesca

Road Safety Recalls Database
Recall Date 1980/01/10
Notification Type
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Manufacturer Recall Number
Units Affected 3,030
Category Heavy Trailer
Recall Details
THE TRAILER FRAME MAY CRACK NEAR THE FRONT BODY-TO-FRAME MOUNTING POSITION. IF BOTH SIDES OF THE FRAME SHOULD CRACK, THERE IS A POSSIBILITY THAT THE TRAILER BODY AND ITS FRAME COULD SEPARATE FROM THE TOWING HITCH A-FRAME.
Make Model Model Year(s) Affected
TRILLIUM 1300 1973 1974 1975 1976
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Old 04-27-2011, 11:24 PM   #2
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yeah this is common, even on the bolers, .....lots have repaired it themselves, ....do a search and yee shall find
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Hi: Francesca Knowles...The usual repair, either warranty or not, was to add "Fishplates". Flat plates of steel along the sides of the frame tubes, covering the crack/weak spot. You will be able to see them as the tubes will be thicker there!!! The culprit was bending the tubes to a curved shape. Bolers curved into an A shape horizontally and Trilliums curved in a J like shape, upwards, toward the couplers. Most frame repairs were at or near the front of the coach body.
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:08 AM   #4
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Here is a picture of what Scamp does to there frame.

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Old 04-28-2011, 09:42 AM   #5
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Older thread on same subject here:

trillium 1300 frame crack recall info
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:41 AM   #6
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Thanks a lot, guys!
I guess I used the wrong search terms when I looked through the archives.
I'll know what to look for now!

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Old 04-28-2011, 01:14 PM   #7
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Makes for a "cracked egg".
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Makes for a "cracked egg".
BUT ......if well cracked.....nearly impossible to "poach" !


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There is something about this on Tom's new Trillium site. It tells you what to look for to make sure the proper repairs have been done.
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There is something about this on Tom's new Trillium site. It tells you what to look for to make sure the proper repairs have been done.
Thanks!
Forgive my ignorance, but Tom who?
Can you post a link?

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I think Roy might be referring to the TrilliumRV site, but it has changed a few times lately and I'm not sure that service page is still online. Luckily I had saved that info from the original site a while back:

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Front Frame Recall Notice
In an attempt to strengthen the trailer frame, heat treating was done during certain model years in the mid 70's. It turned out to be a bad decision. A crack developed in the frame where the bolts go through. Notices were sent to owners on file for reinforcing gussets to be added. Since about 30 years have passed since they were built, any that would fail due to non-repair, would probably have done so by now.
However, owners should periodically check the frame under the front body where the bolts go through. If a crack develops, the frame must be reinforced immediately with these gusset plates.
This is not an expensive repair. Any good welding shop can do it in 1 - 2 hours.

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Just for the sake of completion, here is a picture from the other thread of the cracked frame on my Trillium, with added reinforcement (on the left):

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Thank you very, very much.
All has become clear now, and I know what to look for!

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Thanks!
Forgive my ignorance, but Tom who?
Can you post a link?

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Tom Young, owner of TrilliumRV.
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Tom Young, owner of TrilliumRV.
Can you post a link to his website, if there is one?
Daniel and Roy don't know...

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