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Old 03-17-2008, 03:49 PM   #15
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Hi Roger,

Are your blinds just standard mini-blinds or are they RV specific. How are for traveling, do they swing around a lot on the road? I really prefer the way you have the mini blinds over drapes, very clean look.
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Old 03-17-2008, 04:11 PM   #16
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Here's our little 75 trillium we found late last year and have been working on a few updates, now that the weather here is getting warm, more time to play with it. We just re-upholsered the cushions (new foam) cut down a 20' awning fabric discarded from a replacement and made an awning bag, color sanded the clear and buffed (getting new clear coat in a couple of weeks) added a stereo/cd player, new fridge, and will be replacing the stove top as well, along with a fixed traveler toilet and 12V water pump, stripped the chassis down to metal and painted black, installed laminate wood floor, made snap on door window screen, installed mini blinds and matching window trim, replaced all the window screw trim too. It's been a fun little part time project, the trailer basically is in very good condition just needed some cosmetic tlc. Since we own a fabrication shop the upholstrey and awning was a snap (helps to have a very talented seamstress for my wife). Still have plenty of little trims to do, having fun!

Well, I thought I'd just post a few pics, might be selling this when I get bored with it. I posted a few before and after pics.

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Hi Roger,

I'd like to ask you a question about your awning. It looks like the end of your bag extends out past the awning rail. ie. the awning rail is shorter then your awning bag. If this is the case, How far does it hang out on each side, and have you ever had a problem with it? I have an awning that I want to purchase and the BAG is 7'4" and my Awning rail is 7'. The bag would hang out 2" on each side.

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Old 03-17-2008, 07:41 PM   #17
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Hi Roger,

Are your blinds just standard mini-blinds or are they RV specific. How are for traveling, do they swing around a lot on the road? I really prefer the way you have the mini blinds over drapes, very clean look.
They're just standard mini blinds, we obviously shortened them so they were the right leingth, I just put some Heavy Duty velcro at each end and attach the bottom that way, I tried the original lower hardware but it didn't hold, this worked alot better and holds well. I liked the mini blinds better too, thanks for your comments! I think we spent about 20 bucks on these!
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Old 03-17-2008, 07:47 PM   #18
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Hi Roger,

I'd like to ask you a question about your awning. It looks like the end of your bag extends out past the awning rail. ie. the awning rail is shorter then your awning bag. If this is the case, How far does it hang out on each side, and have you ever had a problem with it? I have an awning that I want to purchase and the BAG is 7'4" and my Awning rail is 7'. The bay would hang out 2" on each side.

Thanks,
Mike
I haven't really gone anywhere since the awning, but to answer your question there won't be a problem, I intentionally made it this way to get the maximum width on the fabric and to allow enough wiggle room for the awning, because it never rolls up perfectly square. We made this one from the good section of a scrap 20' awning, and already had a roll of black marine vinyl in our shop. Thanks! Roger
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Old 03-17-2008, 07:53 PM   #19
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Thanks! Well, the previous owner had brushed on some type of non permanent clear coat, when I bought it it looked like it was painted with a brush, so I color sanded the whole trailer with wet and dry super fine and a block to level the brush marks then used a high speed buffer and some very good compound I found (EZ-1 Clean Cut Compound for clear coat ) and buffed it to a high gloss, it came out great. The only problem is that the clear was not a real automotive clear, so I am going to do another color sand and clear it with automotive clear and buff it out again, then it's going to blind you in the sun! I shot the door the other day just playing around and it's super slick. I believe that I could even roll on the automotive clear coat and get the same results, spraying saves alot of sanding though. I've been using a high speed buffer for many years and what's nice about the EZ-1 is that it doesn't build up on the surface, it buffs off easily and leaves a super high gloss using a wool pad.
3-17 Dave, I was in Auto Zone yesterday and see they have quarts of Clear for 20.00, by Duplicolor. I believe I'm going to give this a try in a few weeks, as soon as I've got a couple days of warm weather and nothing else to do. If I end up using this I'll let you know the results. I already have some clear left over from painting my daughters car, but I think I'd like to shoot it with this, it may be just the ticket.
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Old 03-17-2008, 08:08 PM   #20
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Very nice new upholstery look. We have the same pattern as your original cushions - sigh.
Thanks! My wife owns a workroom so we used some material she had laying around (I'm all for that!) I wasn' t sure about the pattern when she showed it to me, but it really looks great in the trailer, she cut new foam using 5", (original is 4") then cut the backs down 1" That made them alot more comfortable to sit on, and at the same time brought the back cushions up to the bottom of the windows, and fit perfectly for the bed. (I love this woman)! The matching window trim is just attached with velcro, and made a huge difference in the look, (her idea).

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Old 03-18-2008, 03:55 PM   #21
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Hi Roger,

I notice that your wall covering's are an off-white, not the standard white that most Trillium trailers come with - the contrast with the white is quite distinct. Did you paint it that color or is that stock?

Thanks for answering all our questions!
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Old 03-18-2008, 08:59 PM   #22
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Hi Roger,

I notice that your wall covering's are an off-white, not the standard white that most Trillium trailers come with - the contrast with the white is quite distinct. Did you paint it that color or is that stock?

Thanks for answering all our questions!
I didn't do anything here, it's original, it is an egg shell not white, I didn't know that they came in white. I did replace the trim with white, I didn't find a tan trim on the site I bought this from, it does kind of stand out, when I bought the trailer some of the trim was missing, so I just replaced it with the white.

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Old 04-12-2008, 07:55 PM   #23
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Hi Roger,

Your Trill looks great. You have answered my thought of modifying the table by rounding off the end. It sure is tough getting in the seat with the short mitered corners. Also if I can achieve the shine you have the world will be perfect.
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Old 04-13-2008, 09:19 AM   #24
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Hi Roger,

I'd like to ask you a question about your awning. It looks like the end of your bag extends out past the awning rail. ie. the awning rail is shorter then your awning bag. If this is the case, How far does it hang out on each side, and have you ever had a problem with it? I have an awning that I want to purchase and the BAG is 7'4" and my Awning rail is 7'. The bag would hang out 2" on each side.

Thanks,
Mike
MIKE, We have a 13ft. Trillium with a bag awning and ours sticks out the ends about 2" on either ends also. We've used it this way now for a few years (lots of highway miles) and it works FINE. The '<span style="font-family:Impact"><span style="font-size:18pt;line-height:100%">TRICK</span></span>' to getting the bag to STAY in the rails (that we found, anyway) is to simply sink a small (preferally STAINLESS) screw down through the upper part of the rail and INTO the bag's lip .....that has a piece of round plastic running the length of the bag. This is the part of the bag that runs INSIDE the rail(???), follow me? Place one screw about 3 or 4 " in from BOTH ends of the rail. You'll NEVER see them from the ground. Oh, BTW!!! I remove my awning yearly and store it inside our garage... (Do we get extra bonus points for NEATNESS, LOL!!!!)

...another issue you might encounter is what/where to place the small metal clips that are usually placed on the lower sides of the glass body. These are used to hold the rods that hold the awning in the air?? IF you haven't done so already, fiberglass a piece of plywood on the insides of the trailer in the area where these pieces will attach. These blocks would be inside the front and right side storage compartments. NOW if you attach the clips to the trailer where these bolster blocks are located and then apply the support rods to/in the clips, you won't crack the glass shell in this areas OR pull the attaching screws out of the body. These 'tricks' were done to our Egg by Reace & Tammy over at Escape Trailer....

For ease of walking around under the awning when its opened, we have also found that simply placing the expandable support rods VERTICALLY (straight up n down) to the ground, makes it much easier to manuver around under the awning
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Old 04-17-2008, 04:57 PM   #25
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Doug,

I'm not sure exactly what clips you are using but I installed stainless turn snaps on each end of the bag. these are the type used on canvas boat covers. I drilled and bolted them to the roof and have had no problems with them
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Old 04-20-2008, 07:17 PM   #26
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Hi Roger,
I've been thinking more and more about going the miniblind route...
Are the window cranks a problem, or do you just sort of poke them through the slats?
Did you use one long 48"ish blind for the back, or 2 smaller?
Did you mount them to the aluminum surrounding the windows?
Do they block the light? (we have too much light for sleeping in June and July)
Gosh, I have a lot of questions...
Thanks - Connie
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Old 04-21-2008, 08:21 PM   #27
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Hi Roger,
I've been thinking more and more about going the miniblind route...
Are the window cranks a problem, or do you just sort of poke them through the slats?
Did you use one long 48"ish blind for the back, or 2 smaller?
Did you mount them to the aluminum surrounding the windows?
Do they block the light? (we have too much light for sleeping in June and July)
Gosh, I have a lot of questions...
Thanks - Connie
Hi Connie, I haven't checked the site for a while, sorry for the late reply. What we did was clip the slat that was nearest the crank handle when the blinds are down, it works out perfectly and we really like the look of the blinds vs. curtains. The coolest thing we did was take matching fabric from the upholstery and made the simple top treatments, and attached them with velcro, it really updates the trailer. The rear blind is one blind not two, just shortend them, that's all. These are just blinds we bought at Lowes, spent about 20 bucks if that much! Thank you for your nice comments

Roger


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Old 04-21-2008, 08:26 PM   #28
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Hi Roger,
I've been thinking more and more about going the miniblind route...
Are the window cranks a problem, or do you just sort of poke them through the slats?
Did you use one long 48"ish blind for the back, or 2 smaller?
Did you mount them to the aluminum surrounding the windows?
Do they block the light? (we have too much light for sleeping in June and July)
Gosh, I have a lot of questions...
Thanks - Connie
Forgot to answer the mounting question, I mounted through the aluminum just missing the screens so they could be removed for cleaning, you have to take note of where the screw will come through so that it just kisses or misses the screen frame.

Roger
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