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Old 08-18-2016, 07:49 AM   #1
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Hi all,
We are looking for a good quality access hatch to install on the sides of our trillium. The space under the dinette seats are just too difficult to get to from the inside. What is the best brand to install on a fiberglass trailer? Where to find them? I have found some at marine outlets, but boat stuff always seems more expensive than rv stuff. Thanks!


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Old 08-18-2016, 10:46 AM   #2
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Hi all,
We are looking for a good quality access hatch to install on the sides of our trillium. The space under the dinette seats are just too difficult to get to from the inside. What is the best brand to install on a fiberglass trailer? Where to find them? I have found some at marine outlets, but boat stuff always seems more expensive than rv stuff. Thanks!


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Old 08-18-2016, 02:35 PM   #3
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I installed one in the curb side of my Scamp. It was NOS bought off eBay. I actually bought one too big the first time. Was more patient and found one just the right size the next time. It was a one-off deal and I have not seen another one like it. The one I got was perfect both in size and with rounded corners. I really wanted the rounded corners to reduce the chance of a fatigue inducing right angle cut (actually four of them) in the fiberglass shell where none existed before. I really like the mod and the access it provides to this otherwise inaccessible area. The curve of the body added some challenge but was not nearly the problem I feared. The tape seal more than took care of the small amount of curvature. That and I clamped the %$&*(#$ out of the frame while installing it to make it conform to the shell.
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Old 08-18-2016, 03:22 PM   #4
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I got mine in my local classifieds. I regularly saw some up for sale, but I was looking for a specific size that would fit the trailer, long and narrow, like about up to 38" wide but no more than about 14" high . Then one day I found one that's 36X11, perfect fit, from some guy selling parts of an old motorhome he was dismantling. Got the door and frame assembly for $25.
I haven't installed it yet (too busy right now to work on the trailer).

I also checked with my local RV dealership. They could only get replacement hatches for existing RVs. They needed first the RV model and year, then they could lookup their catalog and order the hatch for that RV. They can't just simply order a standard 36X11 RV hatch like that. Too simple...
If you can order directly from a manufacturer or distributor, at a fair price, that's great. I couldn't find a good deal on my side of the border.
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Old 08-18-2016, 04:56 PM   #5
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For me, ebay was the way to go as well. I am just in the process of installing one on the side of my Ventura so I can move the portable water containers in and out and easily access all other water related parts that are in the sink cabinet.
I was able to find one just the right size (22x24 inches) for 29.00.
It is sturdy and rounded corners. It is does not adhere to the vintage aesthetic but it works for me.
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My compact has them on both sides.. I shoved some stuff in there when I was up there in July and I agree it's nice having them..
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Old 08-20-2016, 05:59 AM   #8
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Thank you everyone who responded! I was wondering if there was something specific I should buy, but now I know that there is a variety to choose from. I just need something that will fit under the bulge in the side that Trilliums have.
Have a great day, Marjie.



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