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Old 12-29-2013, 11:24 AM   #71
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Good stuff, enjoying your rebuild. Thanks for posting your work.
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Old 12-30-2013, 07:07 AM   #72
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Well, got a little more done yesterday between domestic duties:

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Used the leg of my engine hoist as a jig to keep things oriented. Block in the center for camber.

I didn't get to the lowering, didn't have material in the scrap bin! Had to reinstall axle to move it back outside. Mawinlaw's Buick needs an intake plenum. Why did GM think plastic was a good idea??
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Old 12-30-2013, 08:33 AM   #73
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Hey Glenn, you are pretty talented with metal. I haven't seen that kind of attention since I move away from home. My dad worked at a business that built its own equipment and had professional metal workers.

I have a few projects like that I would love to do if I had the space and tools. Which brand of welder do you prefer? I grew up on Millers, 200s I think. And a couple Lincolns - buzz box and 6 cyl gas welder/generator.

Can't wait to see the project as it progresses.

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Old 12-30-2013, 08:58 AM   #74
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Thanks, I'm not really a welder, I just have a welding machine to play with! Being a tractor/trailer mechanic by trade, there's always something that needs to be rigged.

I don't have any formal welding training, and really don't know one welder from the next. Miller seems to be what every shop I've worked in has, and on my service trucks too. When it came time to buy one for home I followed suit.
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:10 PM   #75
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We're headed for our first overnighter tomorrow! Going to a big bonfire and New Year's Eve party up near the lake, camper will be my designated driver. ;-)

My interior desecrator had her way with the interior



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Old 12-31-2013, 06:39 PM   #76
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You have done some very good work on the camper....your decorator sure did a nice job inside...I like her/your sign.

Enjoy the camper for years to come. They do make very good designated drivers
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:46 PM   #77
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Well, we slept warmly and well in the Trillium last night with only a small electric heater. The new 5" foam mattress added over the dinette cushions was plush.

This being the first time i've towed it with the 4runner, and the first time with the widened axle and shortened tongue, I have some findings.

We traveled about 60 miles, all kinds of terrain, with a 20 mile blast on I-75 at 65-70. Nothing scary, just a few observations:

1) it was pretty bouncy. The axle and springs are rated 2000#, and the trailer was almost completely unladen. I hope more weight will hold it down a bit.

2) I think, in view of -#1 above, that I want to fit some shock absorbers. There's not much room under there for them, but i have an idea! Tractor cabs are air-suspended, and have ittybitty shocks. Maybe 3-4 inches travel max. I'll have to investigate
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:57 PM   #78
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3) i saw a good bit of body roll. Doing some intentional swerving at speed to check on recovery, it took longer to settle down than I would like. I think I'll fit a swaybar. I just happen to have some hanging around the shop. Looks like a 2nd generation Acura Integra rear bar will fit with very little modification. It's only a 15mm diameter spring, so it should work without being too harsh. Heck, the camper probably weighs pretty close to what the rear of that car does. I'll fit the swaybar after I get the ride height dialed in.

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Old 01-04-2014, 11:48 AM   #79
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Can someone please direct me to definitive info about the frame reinforcement recall? I see no cracks, but it looks like some beef in that bend area would be a good idea.
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Old 01-04-2014, 11:53 AM   #80
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Also, I'm trying to figure how to mount and plumb the propane tank from scratch. Anybody have detailed photos of how that's supposed to be?

Sorry for the dumb questions, but I only access internet from my phone, and it's hard to search the whole site from the mobile app.
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Can someone please direct me to definitive info about the frame reinforcement recall? I see no cracks, but it looks like some beef in that bend area would be a good idea.
It was a simple search "Trillium Recall" RECALLED TRILLIUM 1300's?
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:38 AM   #82
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Thank you, Donna.
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:06 AM   #83
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Thanks,Donna. I had seen the older of those threads, but not the newer somehow.
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:12 PM   #84
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Well, I got her lowered 2 more inches today. I think that's just about all I can do, since the axle tube is only 1.25" from the frame and floor.

After all that, I noticed the trailer had a distinct list to the left. I guess I never noticed with it up so high. Investigated the cause and found one of the shackle holes for the retrofitted leaf springs drilled .25" higher than the other. I'll compensate with one more spacer on the right side.

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Decided on a full-length gusset to reinforce the spliced axle as well as to mount the swaybar end links.
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