GA: Trillium 1300 DE-alteration - Fiberglass RV


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Old 03-28-2013, 07:19 AM   #1
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GA: Trillium 1300 DE-alteration

We just picked up this rig last week. It's apparently been used for tailgating at UGA games rather than camping. Overall, I think it's a decent platform to work from. First off, all the Dawgs stuff has got to go!
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:31 AM   #2
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I'd keep the wheels, they work.
The decals could go.
That thing on the kitchen counter may be hiding something.
How is the big tongue box installed? Did they do some frame work? Or is it just sitting on the orignal tongue?
There is a guy that sells the original tail lights, if you are interested.
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Old 03-28-2013, 08:35 AM   #3
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As you can see, she's been lifted. A bit much for my taste, and I want my parents to be able to use it safely. It has a newish straight-tube axle with leaf springs, and 15" tires.

I think we'll be able to use it some this summer, with just some cleaning and cosmetics. I've enlisted Mom and Dad to consult on what's a need and what's merely a want. They're lifelong RVers and ex-fulltimers.
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Old 03-28-2013, 09:53 AM   #4
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I'd keep the wheels, they work.
The decals could go.
That thing on the kitchen counter may be hiding something.
How is the big tongue box installed? Did they do some frame work? Or is it just sitting on the orignal tongue?
There is a guy that sells the original tail lights, if you are interested.
Wheels are ok, but I'd like to get closer to the original attitude/stance. We'll see.
The decals will most assuredly go away.
The kitchen thing is at the very least the cause of some ugly drywall screw holes. Who knows about the appliances ...
The tongue box is about 3' deep, just bolted to a couple of welded tabs I think. Looks to me like they cut out the OE coupler and grafted a piece of 3" sq. tubing in its place. The extended tongue slides inside and is pinned to that tube. I intend to remove that whole contraption early.
Since the fiberglass is already cut for those oval grommet lights, l'll probably let that ride. Maybe LED lights, though.

I actually haven't touched it yet, have other projects with higher priority already cooking. I had just been searching for a FGRV for a good while when this came up. I had never even seen a Trillium until we saw one at Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge last month. And I think those folks were FROM Canada!
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:07 AM   #5
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If you change your mind about the tail lights, (the originals would cover the holes). The fellow that sells them is at:
Fibreglass RV Parts, Repairs, and Service by Paul Neumeister

I got a price on just the lenses, very reasonable. He also has the complete assemblies. I asked how many he has, he said if they started making them again, then he would have enough for a year, or more of production. I did not mention TrilliumRV.com.

It looks like you could use a front window rock guard as well. Those you can get a TrilliumRV.com.
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Old 03-28-2013, 04:40 PM   #6
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Well, it looks like the front rack is more substantial than I suspected. Either way it's got to go. I'd like to see detailed pics of the original tongue setup, please.

Dad came over and took the red shelf off of the kitchen. Looks complete but well-aged. If anybody can fix it, we can.

I'm seeing references to "rat fur"...?? What is it? I wanted to just paint the overhead a lighter color, but Dad says it'd be deafening in a good rain.
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:49 PM   #7
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The tongue looks OK. Everything, other then the two frame rails was added. They cut out the propane tank shelf, but that can be replaced. A grinder, and a new coupler, and you will be fine.
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You might be looking at a complete front-frame rebuild there.

Maybe it's a trick of the camera, but the streetside rail on the tongue in the pic below looks either broken, cut away, or otherwise seriously compromised. The rack and center "beam" may actually contribute to what remains of structural support. I'd consult a competent welder before removing anything. Of course, if that's you- never mind!

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Maybe it's a trick of the camera, but the streetside rail on the tongue in the pic below looks either broken, cut away, or otherwise seriously compromised.
I thought exactly the same thing when I first saw the picture, but I think what you are seeing is the light striking a cross member with the shadows of the expanded metal looking like a chunk of the frame is missing. The cross member is reversed front to back compared to the curb side piece.
As a note, it looks like the cross piece is welded to the frame reinforcement that was required to prevent cracks.
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You might be looking at a complete front-frame rebuild there.

Maybe it's a trick of the camera, but the streetside rail on the tongue in the pic below looks either broken, cut away, or otherwise seriously compromised. The rack and center "beam" may actually contribute to what remains of structural support. I'd consult a competent welder before removing anything. Of course, if that's you- never mind!

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You have me figured out- the welding and fab is the easy part for me! Did you see my other camper?
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I've been following the discussion and wondering about "front dinette". Will anything structural be compromised when I cut the center out of the fiberglass gaucho bench piece? I can see where the closet and kitchen are vertical structural members. Is the same true crossways?
I'd like to have front dinette, still convertible to a bed if needed.
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You have me figured out- the welding and fab is the easy part for me! Did you see my other camper?
Glad to hear it- and I love that little camper you made!

By the way- do you know what year the trailer is?

I ask because there was a recall of '73-'76 1300's due to frame weakness near the tongue upsweep. Fix was some plates welded to the siderails, and I don't see anything like that on yours. I think those plates came stock on later models...if I'm wrong I'm sure someone will weigh in and say so!

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I've been following the discussion and wondering about "front dinette". Will anything structural be compromised when I cut the center out of the fiberglass gaucho bench piece? I can see where the closet and kitchen are vertical structural members. Is the same true crossways?
I'd like to have front dinette, still convertible to a bed if needed.
I have seen people completely remove the gaucho, (freddo411). I don't think it serves any structural function, other then holding people off the floor.
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Just three observations:
1- Trilliums are shipped with tore-flex type, not leaf springs. It makes the ride much smoother and greatly reduces the bouncing and chances of dangerous sway on bumpy curves. If you consider rebuilding the frame, you may just consider getting back to the original suspension design.
2- Overloading the front end is a receipe for disaster: Maximum tounge weight is and max overall load is calculated to prevent hitch attachment to separate and trailer frame from bending or failure, not to mention very poor handling on most towing vehicle.
3- The original frame appears to have been cut and crudely adapted for commercial purpose. Considering the Trillium frame weakest point is right at the bottom edge of the fiberglass front end, I would be extremely careful about rebulding the frame. If the original frame has been modified, it is made of very thin wall square steel tubing which is often corroded and cracked after 35 years. Welding thin and rusty steel is a welder's nightmare.
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