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Old 03-21-2008, 11:55 PM   #1
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Hi,

Well, we are searching for a Trillium 1300 no longer. We bought a 1972 Trillium off a forum member today. It's in good shape, good enough to camp in without modifications. Obligitory photos go here:

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Our original plan was to paint the outside (which we knew was painted already) and leave the original interior. Today when we went to see it we realized the exterior was flaky already in places and underneath is the original green in good shape:

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The inside has also been painted and it was harder to determine the color - to my pleasant surprise it's the 'harvest gold' interior - I had a better shot of it by the door but it's fuzzy:

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So my first real question to you is how to strip both exterior and interior surfaces. The exterior looks like it will come off fairly easy, the interior looks tougher but is really what I would like to keep original.

Now I just have to get it home with a flaky 4 pin -> 7 pin adapter =)
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Old 03-22-2008, 12:17 AM   #2
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Old 03-22-2008, 07:33 AM   #3
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Hi: As Kermit the Frog said "It isn't easy being green" but you gotta very nice looking unit to work on!!!
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Old 03-22-2008, 09:53 AM   #4
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Booker,

Congratulations! I never heard of anybody painting the interior of a Trillium. It still looks pretty nice. A lot of possiblities! I owned 3 Trilliums last year, still own my original 1978 Trillium 4500 Deluxe that I found 5 1/2 years ago. I love Trillium's and I know you will too! If there is anything I can try to answer, I will try my best!

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Old 03-22-2008, 11:22 AM   #5
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Congrats
That is one proud Trill.

I notice the door handle outside is different than I have seen before?

Also don't feel bad about the color,this is what my 1300 looked like!
Notice the special inside look.

It really grew on me though!
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Old 03-22-2008, 11:38 AM   #6
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Nice find Booker!


Ed; Not to de-rail this topic, but ...

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Also don't feel bad about the color,this is what my 1300 looked like!
Notice the special inside look.

It really grew on me though!
That Trillium looks familiar! Did you tow it with a Volvo 245 ? I saved a picture of one looks just like it:
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Ed; Not to de-rail this topic, but ...




That Trillium looks familiar! Did you tow it with a Volvo 245 ? I saved a picture of one looks just like it:

Now that is interesting.
No but the picture looks like the place where I got it?
Rogers,Arkansas.
I say that because it looks like their house and they told me they painted the frame white before I got it.

I bought it down there and dragged it back to STL.
I was told the guy who did the paint job towed it with a classic old car that it was painted to match.

My favorite advice I got while owning it was to paint it all Brown and paint Laces on it and try to sell it to a footbal fan,hopefully one from Cleveland.

What a small world?
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Old 03-22-2008, 02:38 PM   #8
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Also don't feel bad about the color,this is what my 1300 looked like!
Hey, I like the green.....someday I want to paint mine back to that original color!
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Old 03-22-2008, 07:30 PM   #9
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Painting or RE-painting is a relative snap. The body (old paint) just needs to be scuffed real well and pay extra attention to the areas where you see paint peeling. Those areas usually indicate that the area under them just wasn't 'prepped' well enough before it was painted. Scratched areas may need some filler (IF you're that picky). I'd give the whole trailer a good coat of sealer/primer after that and then splash the paint atter. You may even want to color tint the primer to give better coverage when painting. Our trailers exterrior was painted at a shop, while the innerds were done by the Trailer Goddess and myself.
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Old 03-23-2008, 09:42 AM   #10
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I was hoping there would be a product that would peel the paint off without destroying the gel coat - I can't tell if the previous owners tried sanding it before painting it.

The exterior paint actually matches the original green quite well and I would leave that until last - it's the interior I would like to primarily save. I book marked the forum page where Doug and others had a discussion on painting interiors.

I discovered that the previous long term owners were the Boxall's - Doug would know them as they have done the Fort Langley glass egg get togethers. I have to say, we have got quick a few smiles from passers by while driving "Olive" around.
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Old 03-23-2008, 10:24 AM   #11
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There is a Fiberglass specific product by a company called Kleen Strip - Fiberglass Paint Remover.
http://www.wmbarr.com/product.aspx?catid=72&prodid=113

This is the kind of product I was hoping to use as it would take the current paint right off the gelcoat. Anyone use this kind of product in the past?
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Old 03-23-2008, 08:27 PM   #12
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Hi Ed, sorry I didn't notice your post on the door handle. It is different then the later models I have seen but the other pictures of a 72 I have seen (Jill and Craig of Fort Langley Glass Egg fame) show the same handle as ours. I don't think it's quite as robust as later models but hey, it's got a working key!
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