Congratulations on owning a rare Trillium!
We also have a 5500... and we love it. There's lots of room for the four of us and we've working on some modifications. The first is replacing the delightful striped seat covers with something a bit more modern. We are doing new curtains (well, OK, my wife is) and looking at doing the flooring as well.
According to information we've received, there were very few Trillium
5500's built. They were very expensive for their time ($10,000, similar in cost to an Airstream Bambi) and by the time Trillium was building them, the company was on shakey ground. We have Number 52 out of a total of 62 built. At least that's the information we have.
We've added a Fantastic Fan, new 12 volt system with at group 27 battery
(solar, anyone?!?!) and a NOS Coleman furnace
. This is the long type 200 furnace
with piezo pilot starting. We found one (brand new) in an RV store (MacPherson's in Cambridge, Ontario... can't recommend them enough) and installed it. The old one was suspect, as someone had fiddled with some of the contrpls. Still, we kept the old one for parts...
Another benefit of the 5500 is that the whole interior can be removed from the trailer. Because the trailer is a complete fiberglass shell, the structure is not affected by the interior, Everything is screwed to a series of wood battens hidden behind the insulation. Take out the screws and the interior comes apart.
This means that, if you dont like the layout of your Trill, you can change it. We have dreams of replacing the late 70's rec room look with varnished mahogany or teak... but that is going to have to wait a long time.
Anyway, Brian, congratulations and look forward to seeing you on the road!
The Browne Family