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Old 05-12-2013, 12:39 AM   #57
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Nice looking rig! There are rectangular reflectors available that fit your bosses. It may take some looking. Measure your bosses and carry the measurements with you and when you are in Walmart, etc, you can check out their stock. I made mine by cutting some that were too long, but since have spotted some that would fit.

Your openings are definitely cut out. They had a dropped section around the opening to accommodate a 1/4" plywood cover.

I would be very careful removing any interior glass parts, seats, cabinets, etc. It is my understanding that when the interior 'furniture' is glassed in, it is part of the structure of the whole and is needed for stiffness.
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:06 PM   #58
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Who's this Glenn character
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Old 05-13-2013, 12:06 AM   #59
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Pictures and Measurements

Reading this thread, I realized that I owed some data.

The measurement from the back of the bumper to the center of the ball:
Life Support (78 - 4500): 15'
Wedding gift (77 - 1300): 13' 7" (New longer coupler)
Cantaloupe (73 - 1300): 13' 5" (Original coupler, C-Channel Frame)

The pictures are of the drivers side dinette seat of each of my 1300's. The orange one is the 1973. Notice the deep gutter around the opening. A 1/4" piece of plywood sits over the hole.
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:40 AM   #60
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Thanks, David! I'll get after the repairs when my shoulder rehab permits. 2 more weeks in this cursed sling...

On a related note, I obtained several more trilliums this past weekend:

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Dad and I went driving in the Chattahoochee Forest , and he spotted these along the road.

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Evidently they only grow above a certain elevation. We only saw them at the very summit of the highest point. (After Dad said his ears popped. ) I'll have to go read up about that.
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:44 AM   #61
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Hi, Courtney! Did you bring the Scamp along?
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Old 05-20-2013, 11:34 AM   #62
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Wow!

Are those Trillium (flowers!) just in different stages of development, Glenn, or am I looking at more than one species?

We only have one in our woods here in Western Washington...

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Old 05-20-2013, 11:47 AM   #63
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I've just been reading up on trillium flowers, and apparently there are several varieties native to Georgia. I think my pictures show three different ones, at least two. One site i was browsing said there were eight varieties near where we saw these. One odd plant that we commented on at another summit turns out to be a trillium as well, though very different in appearance.


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(Trillium Decumbens)

By the way, Francesca- I have visited your corner of the country. Almost exactly 10 years ago I quit smoking cold turkey at Fort Flagler.
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Old 07-25-2013, 06:16 PM   #64
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Hi, checking in as I try to get restarted on the camper. I haven't been allowed to return to work yet, but may be able to get some things done around home.

We just got back from a 2 week, 8 state, 2500 mile ramble in the wagocamper

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That pic was freecamping the Bolivar Peninsula near High Island, TX. Of 14 nights, we only paid for a campsite for 2 :0

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Anyway, a quick Trillium question: Does anyone know the original track width? My axle is chinese aftermarket and appears narrow to me. I'm considering widening it instead of trying to find full offset wheels.

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Old 07-30-2013, 08:29 PM   #65
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Seat cutouts

Hi Everyone
Just wanted to say that the seat cutouts (post 40) are NOT cut out by a previous owner.

I am the origonal owner of a 1975 Trillium 1300 (serial number is in Daves list), and mine came stock with the same seat cut outs and the fiberglass cover with white trim (to stop it from falling through the hole. This was a VERY poor design on Trilliums part, as after a couple years use the white trim breaks (especally if you have active kids). I replaced them with peices of plywood that just rest on top of the openings. This is probably why they changed to the "depressed" style seat cut outs with drop in plywood covers.

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Old 07-31-2013, 12:40 PM   #67
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Thanks for the information, guys. Good stuff to know!
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Old 12-28-2013, 08:01 PM   #68
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Hello, FGRVers. Sorry I've been a poor forum citizen lately, but now things are starting to happen. We're taking the Trillium on our annual Keys pilgrimage in February (2 months hence), so I better get after it!

First off, I needed to build the tow vehicle. I've had this damaged 4runner sitting in the yard for 2 years, finally decided to fix it:

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It's a bit of overkill for towing this load, but for what I have invested I can burn a few extra gallons and still be alright.

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Old 12-28-2013, 08:23 PM   #69
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You may recall the big hideous platform on the tongue. First order of business was to get rid of that

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...and return to (near) original form

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I intend to put the LP bottle and a house battery on the tongue. Today I added a jack and sand shoe.

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And did a little scheming about adding a rear hitch receiver tube and relocating the spare

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Old 12-29-2013, 10:46 AM   #70
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Since the axle was already converted to leaf spring, and fairly new, I decided to widen and lower. The existing hub-face width was 60". I wanted to widen it 6", so I relocated the spring perches.

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The new perch you see on the left is one I picked up at Northern Tool. I was just going to leave the existing ones in place, but I liked the bigger footprint of them. Decided to cut them off and reuse them... No cutting necessary! I knocked them off with a 16oz hammer

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^^That shot shows the shows the "weld" as it was laid against the tube. Scary! The perches had already been moved inboard an inch by the installer to fit the Trillium's 46" frame center spacing. He'd also done a sloppy job of torching them off, gouging the axle tube deeply. Fixed all that!

To add to all that, on closer inspection I found that this axle was built with a slight camber. Obviously it was meant to be installed underslung. By putting it on top of the springs, it was effectively upside-down. I welded the perches back on the other side of the axle. This picture shows it mocked up, got the tire back where I wanted it.

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Still need to cut the axle in half and find some tubing to sleeve it with, also some 2" square tube to make drop spacers.
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