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Old 08-06-2014, 03:00 PM   #1
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1977 trillium update/repair

I'm deciding to start myself a thread over here as i've just been posting updates on the "referral" thread for my new trailer, and don't really want to junk that area up.

That thread can be seen here Sk (Canada) - 1977 - Trillium 4500 - $2000

Anyway i picked up this 1977 4500 a couple weeks ago, it was in respectable shape other than the cracked roof from an incident with a tree. (there are some before pictures in that referral thread)

Here is the trailer when i picked it up, 300km from home, so before moving it i repacked the bearings and swapped on some new rims/tires


Once home i started digging in (sorry not good at taking progress pictures) i pulled the tape off and took an angle grinder with a 40 grit flapper disk to grind out the damaged areas, this picture was taken with about 3 layers of new glass installed, it took about 6 layers, then some bondo work and sanding to get it "acceptable" to me









At the same time my significant other started on interior work, cleaning the trailer completely and removing everything possible. We've picked up new material for curtains (including blackout shades), Denim for cushions, she is working on the sewing required to put that together.
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Old 08-06-2014, 03:00 PM   #2
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I spent the weekend masking and painting the interior, started by wiping it all down with acetone, and coating the storage areas with rubberized rocker guard making them easier to clean. For the interior i went with pure white semigloss paint, in an acrylic enamel. It was thinned about 10% and i sprayed it through my automotive primer gun (2.3mm tip hvlp) After 2 coats it looks like this.




Still looking for a blue that we can agree on for the cabinet doors and table, and need to select a new flooring, Also going to give it a good cleaning and coat of zep to see if i can get the gloss close to matching the repair. The goal is to take it camping the weekend after next, with a long term goal of removing the belly band and fiberglassing that in, and painting the whole trailer over winter.
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Old 08-07-2014, 06:58 AM   #3
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What tires did you go with? I need to replace mine really badly!!! Did you brush or spray the undercoating material in your lower storage areas? Thats a good idea...I am going to do the same!!! Thanks!!
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:54 AM   #4
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I put 3 new rims and tires, they are 175/80/R13 on basic white rims, i picked them up from Princess Auto (eq. Harbor Freight in the states) for under $100 each.

The storage areas are sprayed in, the only concern may be that they are "too dark" when sprayed black, but the coating is paint-able if that becomes an issue. Like any other painting the prep/cleaning before will determine the quality of the job afterwards.
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Old 08-08-2014, 04:15 AM   #5
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Curious...after coating the storage areas, did the interior smell heavily like chemicals?
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Old 08-11-2014, 01:39 PM   #6
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yes, the interior smelled after spraying, but it didn't last long.

new curtains mocked up, sewn with a blackout material behind them.

floor laid, sink and burners back installed



cabinet doors and hardware are all painted, will take pictures when installed tomorrow.
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Old 08-14-2014, 09:45 AM   #7
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Interior is just about completed, lights all work, couple cabinet doors left to install and i'll be camping. Roll out tomorrow at noon.

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Old 08-18-2014, 09:31 AM   #8
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First trip out was a success, trailer pulled well and was much more comfortable than tenting.

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Old 04-15-2015, 09:53 AM   #9
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Its almost time for spring camping, so back to working on the Trillium. Successfully lit the furnace and the fridge for the first time in at least 20 years.

One propane tank doesn't give me the redundancy i needed so fabricated a mount for 2 tanks on the front.

2 threaded rod nuts, 2 pieces of 1/2 inch threaded rod, and about 3 feet of small c channel. Welded the nuts to the frame, and notched the C channel to fit the top of the propane tanks.
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Old 04-15-2015, 10:13 AM   #10
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Looking good!

Did the furnace cycle? That is did the main burner come on, then turn off when it reached temp?
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Looking good!

Did the furnace cycle? That is did the main burner come on, then turn off when it reached temp?
It did, at first i had a hard time lighting it (very windy day) but after bending the thermocoupler up just a hair closer to the pilot light it stayed lit easily, and cycled on and off properly.

I had read a thread you posted in about sheering off the studs when opening the burner box to clean it, but i didn't have any problems, they came right off and after a quick vacuum it was good to light.

I suspect that most of the time i'll use an electric ceramic heater, but for the cold night off grid it will be nice to know it works.
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Looks like you got a good one. I am glad it all worked out.
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Old 04-15-2015, 01:09 PM   #13
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Dale - do you have any pics of your cabinet doors/hardware? (Or finished interior shots?) Mine are just the original flat thin board that the PO painted - we would like to wallpaper them in the beadboard wallpaper and trim them out but I don't know whether to use existing hardware or change - they are all riveted in place so not sure if I should just paint them and leave them or replace - also the closing latches are pretty yucky - was thinking of replacing them with magnetic closures - any thoughts anyone? Thanks!
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Dale - I also noticed that you don't have the wraparound shelving above the dinette area - did you remove it and just not put it back in...I'm debating what to do with mine - would like to freshen it up but not sure if I should start pulling stuff down...
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