removal of camper off frame 13" 74 trillium - Fiberglass RV

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Old 04-22-2013, 07:37 AM   #1
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removal of camper off frame 13" 74 trillium

how do i take camper off frame of 13 foot 74 trillium. It's really rusty under there
Thank you

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Old 04-22-2013, 11:56 AM   #2
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Trailer: 1978 Trillium 1300
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My '78 1300 had two 6" carriage bolts that went through the frame on each side in the back of the trailer. The tops of the bolts should be visible from inside the rear storage compartments. You should see the rounded tops of the bolts with a square steel washer. The front bolts were located on either side accessible from the front storage area. Mine had two 2" carriage bolts on each side. These bolted to brackets that were welded to each side of each frame member. This front area had been reinforced either at the factory of by a PO. You can see the flat plate welded to the bottom of the frame. One of the pictures show the underside of these brackets.

If yours are anything like mine, the bolts were so rusty and deteriorated that most just snapped off. I replaced all with new Stainless steel bolts/nuts and washers.

After the bolts were free, I jacked up the front and slipped a 6x8 timber across to support the body and supported each end on jack stands. I then repeated the same thing in the rear. I took off the tires, lowered the frame and pulled the trailer out from under the body supported on furniture moving dollies. I've included some pictures that I hope helps.

Good luck!

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Old 04-22-2013, 02:47 PM   #3
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I renewed the bolts on my 1978 Trillium 1300.
There were 4 behind the axle / 2 under each
settee. In the front there was 1 on each side
under the Gaucho. One was missing and 3
snapped off when I tried to remove them.
Stainless steel bolts were so expensive I used
good quality 5/16" (hope I remember) bolts.
Before installation I painted the nuts, bolts,
and washers with several coats of Rustoleum
primer. Living in Arizona rust is not too large
of a problem.

The fun thing is putting them back in by
yourself. Clamping vice grips on the top bolt
heads to hold them while I was under the trailer
did the trick. The bolts are still in good shape
after 4 years. Of course the first ones lasted for
over 30 years.

Good luck on your project. I have been
considering pulling mine apart to repaint
the frame.

Larry H
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:33 PM   #4
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I just did a frame off restoration of my trillium last year and followed the same processes as Spanke. My trillium had 4 bolts in the rear, 2 bolts in the front and I also had one bolt under the refrigerator.
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Old 11-25-2014, 05:21 AM   #5
Name: Duane
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removal of camper off frame 13" 74 trillium

I wish to thank all of you who gave me information & tips on how to remove the body off my Trillium. Any job is much easier when you know what is involved and where & how many fasteners are located.
Perhaps I can help someone else in the future. Duane
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Old 04-25-2015, 09:56 AM   #6
Name: Andy
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I see this thread is older but I'm looking at pulling our frame next summer to install a new axle and reinforce the frame. Has anyone ever tried coating their frame with that truck bed spray material?
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Old 04-27-2015, 06:54 AM   #7
Name: Duane
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Hello Andy: I am going to remove the egg on my trillium soon. I will post pics of the job. As for bed liner coating on the frame I would check very carefully for cracks before spraying the frame with anything ,sand blast to clean well, check and then spray! I would prefer to use an asphalt type coating as it can be removed easier if you need to weld anywhere later on. That stuff sticks well and stones don't knock if off easily. The frame was painted at the factory and thin at best. I don't like powder coat as it lifts and holds moisture behind the plastic. Rust you can't see. Metal never dries out. I live in an area where salt is used in the winter and that coating is a real issue for us !
Well I have added my opinion and anything you paint on the frame will protect it !
Go for it ! Cheers, Duane
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:41 AM   #8
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Por 15 is a popular choice for frame paint. But wear gloves. The stuff will not come off skin.

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