1981 Trillium 1300 - we took our “almost dinette” all the way - Fiberglass RV


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Old 07-17-2018, 01:14 PM   #1
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1981 Trillium 1300 - we took our “almost dinette” all the way

Now that the kids are grown and it’s really just the 2 of us in the Trillium, we decided to convert the front bunks to a small dinette. We were fortunate that the fibreglass was already able to accommodate this, so no fibreglass cutting was required. We made a table and had the bottom bunk cushion cut into 4 cushions. Everything flattens down to a single bed. We kept the top bunk and all it’s supports and hardware so that we can put it back in as needed.
We also took this opportunity to redecorate- new curtains, upholstery, and cupboard doors. We’re so pleased with how bright and “happy” it all turned out.
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Old 07-17-2018, 02:22 PM   #2
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Bunk Beds to Dinette

Looks wonderful Sheila. That's what I want to do with mine. Any details, photos, etc. in the 'How To" department? Most of the ones I've seen have made it so the dinette is permanent so not restorable to the bunks set-up. I have grandchildren that want to camp now and would like to have both options.
Thanks for any light you can shed on this conversion.
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Old 07-17-2018, 03:30 PM   #3
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Barb, It all depends on how you support your table. Trillium hung a piece of fibreglass from the wood frame on the bottom of the window, then attached something like this to support the table:
https://shop4seats.com/rv-furniture/...e-support.html
with a telescoping leg.

I believe that Sheila used a removable leg, like this:
Sequoiaâ„¢ III Table Leg & Base System - ITC RV

Both options should work fine.
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Old 07-17-2018, 04:19 PM   #4
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We made a table top that fits exactly in the gap in the fibreglass bench. The removable table leg is similar to the one David linked to, with the base screwed into the floor and the other base mounted underneath the tabletop. The leg is removable from the base and at the top. We also made a small support under the table (partially visible in the photo) at the wall so it wouldn’t be tippy if you rested your arms on the table as the leg is not centred. We used dowels into the fibreglass ledge and into the underside of the table - also removable.
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Love it, super well done!
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Thanks for the information and links for resources for this project. That's next on my list now!
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Old 07-18-2018, 06:12 AM   #7
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How did you attach the table to the front wall?

Interesting floor covering, what did you do there?
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Old 07-18-2018, 07:09 AM   #8
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We made a free standing support that rests on the fibreglass ledge at the wall that has dowels projecting up into matched holes on the underside of the table and down into holes we drilled in the fibreglass. This support pulls out when we need to flatten the table. It is not attached to the wall.
On the floor we used click vinyl planks, no adhesive needed. It feels great on bare feet and is easy to clean. We installed it last summer and haven’t had any issues yet.
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Old 07-18-2018, 10:10 AM   #9
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Hi Sheila, That's a real nice idea and a job well done !!
Judy and I have a 1981 Surfside 14 ft we are working on as well as our 1984 Bigfoot 17 ft .. This is something we would like to do on the surfside.. It still leaves it as a bed but also as a table ..

GREAT IDEA !!!

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Old 07-20-2018, 11:23 AM   #10
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Hi Sheila, we camped next to you at Bolerama. I can attest that Sheila and her husband (sorry I forgot his name atm - old age ☹️) did first class work and it looks even better in person than the pictures suggest.

One thing worth mentioning is that most Trilliums I’ve seen ( indluding the 77 and 78 trailers we’ve had) are not prepped for this conversion in the way Sheila’s was. Perhaps because hers is a 1981, Trillium made the interior fiberglass panels interchangeable on the production line between a front dinette and front bunk with the front wall and seat prepped to do either. While it’s possible to convert an earlier front bunk only model, it would require a lot more work and cutting of the fibreglass support under the bunk.
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Hi Phil - yes, Doug and I remember meeting you at Bolerama. Thanks for your kind comments!
Your Trillium is also in lovely condition.
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Old 07-21-2018, 11:41 PM   #12
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Hi Shelia, I was looking at the pictures you posted again and was
wondering if you were still able to store the porta-potty under the bench
by the door ?? That is where it stores in our Surfside..
Also , could you tell me what you were able to get for width from the front of the trailer and the fridge.. I`m not sure if I would have to move the kitchen section [ sink ,stove , fridge, furnace ] back a few
inches to get it comfortable enough ..

Many Thanks..........norm
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Old 07-22-2018, 02:37 PM   #13
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Hi Norm. We’ve never had a Porta potty so I can’t answer your first question. As for your second question- I think you’re asking the dimension of the dinette/single bunk area from the front trailer wall to the edge of the “kitchen “ appliance section. In our Trillium it’s about 24”. Hope that’s what you’re looking for.
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Old 07-22-2018, 07:52 PM   #14
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Hi Sheila. many thanks for the quick reply.. That's about the size I thought
it would be and we can get by with that.. our Surfside has the furnace
with a drawer and the frige mounted above it .. Not much elbow room but it
is still a better setup than the way it is now .. I plan to shorten the storage
area just to the right of the door so the porta-potty just fits with a little extra room so it can be used in there or moved out .. We bought the unit in the fall of 2010 and did get some things done ,Bearings ,, wiring , Plexaglass storm
windows for the side Jalousie windows.. We cut to fit the foam sleeping pads that hikers use on the floor and with a three small rugs from walmart we were
toasty warm at -35 .. we did not need the furnace set very high for this set up.
The foam pads on the floor made a huge difference..


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