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Old 09-07-2014, 08:37 PM   #15
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I was very impressed with the results of the interior paint with texture. Amazing transformation!

Again, the furniture and walls were painted with the bedliner-like paint. However, it was thinned down to a degree that the texture is very similar to that of the Ensolite. Quite soft. So, on the walls, the texture is not noticeable, but hides all of the old flaws.

I am so thrilled with the look that I intend to repeat this process on every other restoration coming out of my shop in the future.
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Old 09-07-2014, 08:53 PM   #16
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With the paint now complete and fantastic, I turned my attention to the rough install of the electric and gas concerns.

There's never enough storage on these little trailers, so I found this great cargo container for the front. The shape does not work with the Boler body style, but fits well with the more square-cornered Trillium.

The storage box gave me a place to hide the propane tank and the emergency break-away control battery.

Of course, there's lots of other room for hoses, tools, etc.
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Old 09-07-2014, 09:01 PM   #17
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You might have noticed the Tekonsha Prodigy RF Brake Controller mounted to the side of the frame rail. In front of it is the emergency break-away switch, and behind it is the two-stage regulator for the propane lines.

Also notice the solar panel "quick-connect" from Zamp Solar.
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Old 09-07-2014, 09:07 PM   #18
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I just picked up a 76 Trillium 1300, that will be a project trailer. Seeing this thread, I am getting lots of good ideas, and have a few questions.

I like that box, where did you get it?

Are you putting a rock guard on? Mine does not have one, and will either have to build, or buy, one. Otherwise water ingress while driving in the rain would surely be a problem.

I like the cleanliness of putting the propane regulator where it is, but are you not concerned with it getting damaged there?
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Old 09-07-2014, 09:12 PM   #19
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On the curb-side of the storage box, we added a 110VAC plug, in case the client wants to hang chili pepper lights from her awning...

Of course, we couldn't put the old inlet/outlet fittings and hardware back on the new paint, so new ones were sourced and installed.

And new LED lighting all around...
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With the front end wired and plumbed, I moved to the inside to continue with the electrical.

The 7-pin harness from the tow vehicle connects to the Prodigy Brake Controller on the frame. A shorter 7-pin connects the Controller to a buss bar installed inside the forward street-side storage bench. From the buss bar, power from the tow vehicle is distributed to all of the DOT lights, and separately to the on-board AGM battery. (The AGM requires no maintenance, nor venting.)

Via separate connections, the AGM is also linked to the break-away controller, the solar "quick connect" and the converter.
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With the converter installed, I could run all of my interior electrical needs — 12VDC LED lighting, a USB port and a few 110VAC plugs.
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Old 09-07-2014, 10:04 PM   #22
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Hello Jim,

About the storage box: I've had in around for a while, waiting for the right application. They're referred to as a "triangle trailer storage box" and I believe the manufacturer is "DeeZee."

This trailer does have a rock guard for the front window, though it's hardly water-tight.

Frankly, because the propane regulator has a defined inlet and outlet, and a vent that points down, there's only one way to mount it — to the outside of the street-side rail, as shown. To be honest, I hadn't thought about potential damage there. Maybe I should!
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Old 09-08-2014, 12:06 PM   #23
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Very nice!
I am kinda surprised that you brought the emergency break away, and the brake controller wiring in the side. Trillium used a hole in the bottom of the trailer, which makes sense to me, in terms of leak potential.
What are you going to do with the furnace?
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Old 09-09-2014, 10:11 PM   #24
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I use secure fittings to keep water out. We've replaced the old, broken furnace with a Wave 3 radiant heater.


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As always Robert, a detailed exceptional job conclusion. Great work. How is Nest coming along?
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Very nice well thought plan of action. Good job the owner will be impressed.
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Hey Robert, nice job. How did you mount the Wave 3 heater? I'm very interested in them.
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