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Old 11-25-2019, 05:58 PM   #1
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Trillium 1300 1980

Hi,
We just brought Trill home.Gonna need TLC in many ways,
Wanted to ask forum about our Trilliums suspension,It sags quite a bit on the right side. Leaf springs and axle look ok.
13 inch wheels seem small on this camper(lots of room in wheels wells) Would anyone suggest 14 inch rims?
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PS,Looking for rear window
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Old 11-26-2019, 08:49 AM   #2
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Are you sure you have a Trillium? None of them ever had a leaf spring axle.
If it's sagging, there can't be any clearance since there wouldn't be anything extra for 14" wheels to fit. You should post pics.
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Old 11-26-2019, 10:03 AM   #3
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Please can you post some pics of the trailer and said problem this would be great. Thanks
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Old 11-26-2019, 02:16 PM   #4
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1980 1300

Hello,
Thank you so much for your response..
I have a lot of questions about our newly acquired Trillium.
I will post pics asap.( Parked at another location for now)
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Old 11-26-2019, 03:07 PM   #5
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I was able to get 2 pics in Gallery section.... Will get suspension pics soon.
Title sez 1980 trillium 1300. Lady we purchased it from said she we 2 owner since 1993 and PO installed longer rear bumper for box and AC in rear window. The ac unit in rear window was being held in with plywood 2x4 s ,30 tubes of silicon and caulk+foam,duct tape etc. It rains a lot in Florida and she was proud to show us it didn't leak inside and around AC. ( We would love to find whole used/ new rear window)
Interior is in great shape, Electric receptacles ,lamps work.2 burner gas stove,.PO installed microwave under sink and newer refridge. Cushions are all new foam and ok covers.
Wife is not impressed with this "old thing"...(after 32 yrs it's ok though)
My object is bring it back.
Thx ... in advance for any tips or comments on fixing her
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Old 11-26-2019, 05:43 PM   #6
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Should not have a leaf spring axle unless someone modified it. Original was the typical torsion axle you see on lots of small trailers.
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Old 12-04-2019, 12:49 PM   #7
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With a little modification you can put 14" aluminum Ford Ranger wheels on it, I've put them on over 20 Trillium's and they look and work great. There's what is called the Deer Foot and Bullet pattern's I've got a junk yard that sells them to me at the cost of scrap aluminum around $12 each.......
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Old 12-04-2019, 07:51 PM   #8
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Great info,Thanks. We've only had ours for 2 weeks.looking forward to bringing it back. Those rims would be nice .Would you happen to know if there are any rear windows available anywhere? Previous owner basically destroyed one bank on right rear window to install ac unit.
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Old 12-04-2019, 09:48 PM   #9
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Yes, several followed Randy's advice and went with Ford Ranger wheels. I picked up a set of four off C/L for $50. I did have to swap out the hub studs, they were too short.

Finding a window for a 40 year old RV? Not likely. Find a window shop that can repair the one you have would be my advice.



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Old 12-05-2019, 07:15 AM   #10
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Hello and thank you for the advice.I've been to several window places,seems no-one is able to help,I'll keep searching.
Going to look for Ford Ranger wheels!
Thank you. JR
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Old 12-05-2019, 07:18 AM   #11
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Hello again.
Are the ford rims 14 inch?
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get the measurements of the window, and search rv salvage, any oversize window can be made smaller. RV Dr George seems to have a large inventory
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Are the ford rims 14 inch?
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Yes
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Thank you.
I did call Dr Geo. Rv Salvage. Sending them specs.
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Are you sure you have a Trillium? None of them ever had a leaf spring axle.
If it's sagging, there can't be any clearance since there wouldn't be anything extra for 14" wheels to fit. You should post pics.
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Is there a reason Torsion axles systems can't sag on one side?
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Old 12-07-2019, 07:39 AM   #16
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Hello,
Of course after purchasing.I researched the 1980 Trillium more ,only to find out that our suspension has been modified with ( I think) larger axle with brake , leafsprings,double shackles ….Trailer leans to right side quite a bit.I have pics but having pc / apple phone xfer issue.

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Sounds like it is either heavy on one side, or has a weak spring. Leaf springs are easy to change.
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