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Old 06-04-2012, 09:27 PM   #15
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We had the mechanic inspect the frame and the axle is in such good shape he advised not to fiddle with it. When we put this back together with stainless hardware, it will be less of a chore to take the body off in a few years if we want to do an axle change.

Once we are further along I'll do a summary thread :-)
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:27 PM   #16
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Trailer brakes are good. If you decide to change the axle, (they are designed with a 20 year life span) I would select one with brakes.

Nothing attaching your trailer to the frame but bubble gum is scary!
I am curious as to who determined that twenty year lifespan idea. Was it just one of those things,like urban legends, which get repeated until they are believed?
Or do we now have a "Logan's Run" number for torsion axles... A new axle with every fourth set of tires?
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Old 06-05-2012, 08:17 AM   #17
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Your frame looks great. My frame originally had a foam weather strip type material on top between the body and the frame. Seemed like a good idea to keep the fiberglass isolated from the metal and give it a little cushion. I plan on adding some when I reset the body to the frame. Just something to think about.

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Old 06-05-2012, 08:31 AM   #18
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I think the body had been removed from the frame once before and they used butyl strip to reinstall it. I was thinking the same thing as you - a dense closed cell foam strip between body and frame just to keep down any rattles (but allow for easier removal later on if necessary). I'm going to re-bolt the body by going all the way through the frame this time around (instead of using self tapping screws like the old ones appeared to be before they turned to powder)
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Old 06-05-2012, 08:55 AM   #19
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I thought all Trilliums were built with trailing arm axles but yours has a leading arm axle like a Boler.
Does anyone know if the very early ones used these, or is it not the original axle?
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:40 AM   #20
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I have no idea - but the weak frame "recall" started in I think 1973 so maybe the pre-73 trilliums had a totally different frame design? There is another 1971 owner on here somewhere who might be able to peek under theirs and see :-)
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Old 06-05-2012, 10:20 AM   #21
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I thought all Trilliums were built with trailing arm axles but yours has a leading arm axle like a Boler.
Does anyone know if the very early ones used these, or is it not the original axle?
Quite a few differences from the later models. The upward bend in the frame behind the axle is later replaced by two straight sections that overlap over the axle.
There also seem to be fewer cross members, but I am comparing it to a 4500.
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That does look quite a bit different than my 1978 1300 frame. The rack on the back was added by a PO.
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That does look quite a bit different than my 1978 1300 frame. The rack on the back was added by a PO.
You seem to be missing the propane tank shelf.
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You seem to be missing the propane tank shelf.
Good Eye! Yes, I removed it and had it reworked when I replaced the axle and the coupler.

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Old 06-09-2012, 12:08 PM   #25
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Good Eye! Yes, I removed it and had it reworked when I replaced the axle and the coupler.

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While you have the body off the frame you might want to add a front box like I did to carry folding chairs, lights,cookware and ect...Had the frame extended and frme built the hold the aluminum box its really paid for its self in my opion....The little pads welded on the side hold a frame that allows me to haul a canoe on top...
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I have (2) 1300 Trilliums and you are correct the frames were made different on some year models..One of mine has a continuous frame curved to fit the step up like "colemine" while the other one has a 2 piece welded frame with a square step up like the one "Spanke" posted.....
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I have (2) 1300 Trilliums and you are correct the frames were made different on some year models..One of mine has a continuous frame curved to fit the step up like "colemine" while the other one has a 2 piece welded frame with a square step up like the one "Spanke" posted.....
What year is your curved frame?
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