This week we are celebrating our 1st anniversary as owners of a 1978 Trillium
1300. And it's been quite a first year. Several thousand miles of great travel experiences, including 4 rallies, at which we met a lot of great folks and got some helpful tips and advice.
In this first year we have completed some major (for us) modifications to the Trillium
, most of them this summer. I would like to thank the FGRV Forum in general for a lot of great information; and in particular I want to thank Steve, Ed, Floyd, Jim and PeterH for their time and interest in my projects and their inspiration.
We've removed: the bunk; the furnace
vent grate, the refrigerator
, old door lock latch, 110v plug hatch, vent, and carpet.
The first thing we did was have electric brakes
installed, along with new plug and controller. Then, I used PoliGlow prep and 5 coats of PoliGlow to restore the shine. After our winter trip it was time for new tires
. Then, after a vent pull-chain failure at a rally
in May, we had a Fantastic Vent fan with rain sensor installed. This summer I got ambitious and made these mods: enlarged the opening where the furnace
vent was and installed a 13" X 17" hatch (followed PeterH's fine instructions & pictorial on that one); installed 30 amp breaker box w/2 15 amp circuit breakers; wired existing circuit (3 outlets) to first 15 amp breaker; installed new circuit for one indoor and one outside outlet, connected to second breaker; cut opening for outside outlet and installed GFI outlet; disconnected converter from the line and installed new plug on converter wire and plugged into exising outlet; ran 30 amp wiring from Marinco plug receptacle to breaker box; installed Marinco 30 amp plug receptacle where old 110v hatch was; built shelf and boxed it in for access from new hatch; installed new Allure flooring; installed new stainless steel door lock clasp. While I was doing those things, dw fabricated all new curtains, pillow cases, bed spread.
I have photos of most steps of destruction and reconstruction, so if anyone has an interest in seeing photos of one or more of these modifications, let me know and I'll post them.
Looking forward to year two!