I am in the process of modifying a 1975 Trillium 1300 and could use some assistnce - Fiberglass RV


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Old 03-25-2015, 01:50 PM   #1
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I am in the process of modifying a 1975 Trillium 1300 and could use some assistnce

I am new to the site and everything I have quickly browsed has been very helpful.. I have started refurbishing our 1975 Trillim 1300 and am wondering if someone has advice or can direct me to info regarding the installation of shelving/cabinets above the windows.. I do abit of wood working and have access to tools and wood so most any suggestion is possible - just need some ideas in addition to my own ;-)
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Old 03-25-2015, 02:33 PM   #2
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Welcome to FGRV forum Chris. Maybe someone with a Trillium will jump in soon.
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Old 03-25-2015, 04:38 PM   #3
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Welcome Chris! The windows have a plywood frame on the inside, under the Ensolite. The factory, fibreglass, rear shelf attaches to this frame on all three back windows, and the front shelf attaches to the front window frame.
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Old 03-25-2015, 04:49 PM   #4
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Hey Chris,
Congrats on the Trillium! I'm new to this pretty much as well but will try to add some pis of the wood shelves that are above my front window on my 1977 1300. I've had some thoughts to maybe changing out the doors to lexan or something similar to reduce weight but as it is currently serving the purpose I'm in no hurry.
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Old 03-25-2015, 05:18 PM   #5
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Response to wooden shelves query

Here are some pics of the shelves above the front window on my 77 1300 ,mind you the upper bunk was missing when I bought it.
I can confirm attachment points next time I'm in the storage area.
Pictures taken as I made my way through the trailer on initial clean-up after purchase.
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Old 03-25-2015, 05:24 PM   #6
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Nice job Randy!
Did you do the back as well?
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Old 03-25-2015, 05:37 PM   #7
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The shelf was already installed Dave but the back has a wrap around fiberglass shelf with a curtain of sorts.
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Old 03-25-2015, 07:56 PM   #8
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Dave..

Thanks for your comments - I sorta figured out the fact that the windows are surrounded by plywood when I took the windows out and replaced the plywood because some of them were rotted - I just wish that I had anticipated that I would be possibly connecting to them in the future - I would have placed the replacement pieces with more care ;-)

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The pics you have shared resemble the technique that I have been considering - I noted that the bottom of the cabinets are supported by a brace attached to the plywood under the ensolite at the sides of the windows.. In my version I am seriously considering gaining the needed structural support by securing the upper rails of the cabinets via the use of stainless nuts and bolts through the fiberglass ceiling.. May I ask if yours are also attached through the ceiling..

I am also considering not using doors but installing either a series of parallel vertical "shock cord" strands to hold goods in or an appropriate sized piece of "shock cord" mesh across each of the openings..

Any thoughts or comments on these creative solutions would be greatly appreciated "before" I drill through the hull ;-)

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Old 03-25-2015, 08:06 PM   #9
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Chris I'd pursue all options and avoid piercing the egg's shell at all costs; I know people drill through for solar panel brackets and such and maybe I'm being overly cautious as a new owner. I've read on the forum somewhere that using fiberglass to bond new parts is a way to add the structural integrity without compromising the shell.
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Old 03-25-2015, 08:56 PM   #10
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Randy..

The reason I am considering putting a couple of holes through the fiberglass is that my unit currently has a strip of alluminum (that allows the "add-a-room" to be attached) and al the fastenig "snaps" bolted through the shell and if anything the strip of aluminum has increased the structural integrity rather than compromising it.. In addition, when I replaced the original 8"x8" roof vent with a larger 14"x14" vent and it's interior frame I noted a remarkale differenct in the structural integrity of the roof itself - the amount of roof flex greatly deminished ;-) Haing said this I will look through this site to familiarize myself wit all the attaching options ;-) Thaks again for you suggestions..

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An option that I am considering for my own trailer to avoid putting more holes through the shell is to fiberglass3/4" x 3/4" strips to the trailer to act as anchors for the shelving. I would put them on the wall and the roof of the trailer. The shelving would be hollow core, designed to slip over these anchors, and screwed to these anchors.


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How Trillium avoided drilling holes in the fibreglass was to glue wood blocks to the fibreglass, then screw into those. It should be possible to make a small incision in the Ensolite, then separate the Ensolite from the fibreglass, using a sharp putty knife. Then clean the fibreglass of all Ensolite and glue residue, right down to clean sanded fibreglass, then glue a piece of wood to the glass. I would actually use both glue, and a small strap of fibreglass at either end of the wood. Close up the Ensolite by gluing it to the wood. The incision should be oriented so that the shelf will cover it.

Lots more work then drilling through the glass though.
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Smile New Trilliums

Here is what new Trilliums look like. Notice the two interior pictures and the shelving.

https://trilliumrv.files.wordpress.c...alesflyer2.pdf

I don't know what Trillium's situation is at the present time, but perhaps the "U" shelves would be available for purchase or from a Trillium being scrapped.

We love the shelves on our Trillium, they are so convienient. We do have to take breakable things down when traveling, however.

Welcome to FGRV and congratulations on your Trillium
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Old 03-27-2015, 11:46 AM   #14
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Hi Chris, I made it out to the trailer today (Trilllium)and took a couple of shots of the shelving in ours, which came with the trailer. Hope it helps or provides some ideas. If you would like a closer look let me know and we will tell you next time we are up to Nanaimo, otherwise you check it on on our Boler gather weekend in June 26th - 28th at Living Forest.

The first one shows how it attaches to the kitchen cabinets and the next two shots are taken of the inside of the back shelving section. (sorry I should have turned the last one sideways - wood goes at the bottom)The very back and front cupboards have doors that slide side to side - 4 of them, and the sides shelves between the permanent cupboards and just shelves with a lip and if we hit a good bump things will fall off. The wooden shelf part is made of 1/4 inch wood "paneling". The little plywood block on the shelf is backing for mounting our window blinds, and the big block is a patch someone put in after removing speakers that someone else and put in.
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