Trillium Belly Band - Fiberglass RV


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Old 09-27-2009, 09:59 PM   #1
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My new Trillium's belly band is beyond hope in my opion, the previous owner went crazy with a caulk gun and put several tubes of silcone above, below and behind the black rubber trim on the belly band. I've removed the belly band and have nearly finished removing the crap from around the camper but the aluminum trim will need replacing..I just don't understand why the previous owned done this because there is no sign of any leaks or damage..Does anyone on here know where the aluminum trim can be bought?? The old one might be salvagable but I've fought silicone for 5 days and would rather buy a new trim and throw this one away...THANKS RANDY
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Old 09-27-2009, 10:30 PM   #2
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Hi Randy,

I empathize with you on the silicone It's awful stuff.

I'm not sure where or if the exact Trillium belly band is available, but for some description of why someone might have caulked it and of the original construction of the band, as well as some discussion of alternatives to the original belly band, you might search for a thread from about a month ago. I posted to it if that helps as a search clue.

Perhaps this thread could be merged with that one (?)

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Old 09-27-2009, 10:34 PM   #3
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Randy,
If Trillium's belly band is the same width as Scamp's, you can order it by the foot from Scamp's parts store. Here's a link:
http://shop.scamptrailers.com/search.aspx?...Term=belly+band

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Old 09-27-2009, 11:13 PM   #4
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Hi Sandra,

The Trillium belly band is completely different from the Boler/Scamp one. Ours is C-shaped and oriented like a ring of Saturn; the Trillium one goes around oriented like you had put a wide rubber band around the trailer (the Trill does not have the outward-turning fiberglass flanges at the join).
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Old 09-27-2009, 11:16 PM   #5
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WWWWHOOOA RANDY!
There's an aircraft aluminum source out of Portland Oregon that has all the mouldings anyone would need for units like ours, including doorways even! Call Camping World in Wilsonville, Oregon and ask for the parts desk. Ask for the "Big Guy" with dark hair and a big bushy beard (he's actually balding). He has the name and number for you. Good luck. I sure hope your rv didn't go poof and open up longitudinally when you removed the band like some do, or you'll never get both hemispheres back together again. Yikes. Good luck!


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My new Trillium's belly band is beyond hope in my opion, the previous owner went crazy with a caulk gun and put several tubes of silcone above, below and behind the black rubber trim on the belly band. I've removed the belly band and have nearly finished removing the crap from around the camper but the aluminum trim will need replacing..I just don't understand why the previous owned done this because there is no sign of any leaks or damage..Does anyone on here know where the aluminum trim can be bought?? The old one might be salvagable but I've fought silicone for 5 days and would rather buy a new trim and throw this one away...THANKS RANDY
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Old 09-28-2009, 12:13 AM   #6
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Okay, I did a bit of searching.

Here's the thread I was thinking of:

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/index.ph...aded&start=

Also, there is some talk in this thread, starting after about post #10 or so:

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/index.ph...=33986&st=0

At one time, Tom (was involved with building Trilliums) posted this image to show the construction. The outside of the trailer is to the right and the inside to the left.

The trick is that when they built the trailer, they riveted to the plates first, then attached the two halves of the trailer together with fiberglass tape on the inside. Now, it one is to re-rivet, it's a bit trickier to keep from going through on the inside (however, if you don't mind pulling back a bit of the Ensolite, it's not difficult to re-fiberglass tape using epoxy resin. It's just a bit fiddly, messy, and time-consuming - but not hard.


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Old 09-30-2009, 01:10 PM   #7
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Thanks guys for all the help, I've decided to fiberglas the crack around the camper then put on the automobile trim, I've got a friend that owns a body shop and he had 2 rolls he was going to throw away and they are perfect for the job...They are about 1/2" wider than the factory one so that will help hide where I've been scraping the silicone off..I'll post pictures when finished...THANKS AGAIN RANDY
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:35 AM   #8
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What can be used to replace the spring clips inside the belly band
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:46 PM   #9
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The folks at Outback / Trillium use stainless steel washers that are sized to work with stainless steel rivets. The trouble is, this is done before the fibreglass strip is applied over the inside. Doing it after the fact seems almost impossible to me. You could try to glue them in then rivet, but how can you line up the washer with the hole on the belly band.
I hate to say it, but you are probably best to just grind a beveled edge in the fibreglass around the seam, and then fibreglass and bondo over the gap. sand it smooth and paint.
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:00 PM   #10
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There are several good threads on replacing belly bands here on the forum.

I'll quote one in particular with pictures (my trailer)

1978 Trillium 4500 restoration ...

I took the approach mentioned by David -- removing the metal bits, and thoroughly fiberglassing the seam, then painting over the result.
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