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Old 07-04-2016, 05:43 PM   #1
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Our Trillium project!

So just putting the finishing touches on our Trillium Trailer. After an amazing find on Facebook ($3500 Canadian!!!) I set out to modernize and update it. Added was air conditioning, 12v system with deep cycle battery and Stereo (JVC unit and Bose bookshelf speakers), solar panel charging, full 30amp electrical and new wiring, water tank and pumping system, new taps, painted doors, new flooring (vinyl plank) and polished the outside (was REALLY faded when we got it a few months ago.. Compound and wax does wonders), also added a hot water propane system (removable for towing-- Just hooks onto the front frame- works great INSTANT heat for the inside AND has an external Shower )(Ecotemp L7) with propane tank box on front, added a hitch receiver to the back to carry toys and such the updates adds a lot of comfort. All ready for Starfest (an astronomy convention) not bad for a 42 year old 1975 trailer :-)- Original Awning is in mint shape- I was amazed it came with one! I replaced the weeny 13" bicycle wheels with chunky 14" rims with 195/70R radials.. rolls straight and stable as a rock!
Love this thing.. such a nice design and a solid "lifetime" investment!
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Dave and Suz
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Old 07-04-2016, 06:05 PM   #2
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I like the mods you have done. May have some questions for you in the future. Nice looking trailer you have!
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Old 07-04-2016, 06:14 PM   #3
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Anytime ask away.. I have done scads in a really short time.. Amazon is your friend! for parts
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Old 07-05-2016, 03:43 PM   #4
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Dave, we own a 17 ft Boler. We have the same accent pillows and metal basket as seen on your table. Jysk ??
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Old 07-05-2016, 09:18 PM   #5
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Ha Ha Great minds think alike.. Its all about the GREEN...lol
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Old 07-10-2016, 09:27 PM   #6
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Just thought to add to this post ..we just installed a microwave in the upper closet nook.. Looks like it's supposed to be there..lol
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Hey Dave, how are you powering the AC and microwave?
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Old 07-11-2016, 03:53 AM   #8
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Hi Clayton... I installed a 2 breaker panel and a 30 amp RV plug. The AC runs off one breaker and the balance runs off the other breaker. Lighting is 12volt as is the stereo. Solar charging tops up the deep cycle battery but I also have a 120v charger and 30 amp 12 volt power supply that I have wired up to the 120v supply in case the solar panels can't keep up.
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Trillium A.C.

Dave, I am interested in your A.C. installation. Did you duct it to the vents or is the A.C. in a closed box. I bought an 8000 BTU LG portable A.C. unit and am planning on putting it in the vertical cupboard beside the door. I was thinking on using 2 of those vents. I would loose three quarters of the space in the cupboard and I am worried about circulation. Any ideas? Jim
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David, looks like you got a really great deal, and you've done nice work updating it. I suspects lots of folks are going to be GREEN... with envy!

Time to enjoy!
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Dave, I am interested in your A.C. installation. Did you duct it to the vents or is the A.C. in a closed box. I bought an 8000 BTU LG portable A.C. unit and am planning on putting it in the vertical cupboard beside the door. I was thinking on using 2 of those vents. I would loose three quarters of the space in the cupboard and I am worried about circulation. Any ideas? Jim
Hi Jim.. The way I installed mine is outlined in this excellent "how to"
My best add-on: Air conditionned in my U-haul CT-13
I followed his lead.. works GREAT However I think on the outlet side I am going to add a second 6" deck plate so it breathes better- Today it was hot like crazy out and I found the AC unit was REALLY warm.. I think it needs a bit more breathing.. maybe a 6" on the inlet and 8" on the outlet- I am going to add a second 6"//I think in reality an 8000BTU unit is massively overkill.. even the tiny 5000BTU unit I have loafs along with the small size of the trillium 1300.. Whatever you choose there needs to be 2 separate circuits- the inlet side needs to be totally separated from the outlet side,, and of course the inside just takes air from inside and puts it back into the same area.. I used 1" thick syrofoam SM and hot glued pieces together.. the top of the exhaust side "slots" tightly into the sides of the box I made to hug the outer sirfaces of the AC to form the exit chamber. make sure to isolate the condensate with a "dam" so that the fan doesnt pick it up and spray it around as in the article.. I have a funnell shaped piece that I allow it to drip into and out the bottom of the trailer..
Good luck - its a great Mod..
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David, looks like you got a really great deal, and you've done nice work updating it. I suspects lots of folks are going to be GREEN... with envy!

Time to enjoy!
Hi Jon.. Yes I think so also.. I am almost done.. Just my 12 volt "power converter" power supply just needs installing and the isolation switches installed then shes pretty much done.. First outing is first week in August!!..
Can't wait..
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A new addition.. a spiffy LED strip light over the kitchen. I made this light fixture from a piece of 1/2" aluminum channel and a strip of 5050 SMD LED strip light. A dimmer (motor controller) provides a way to vary the lights intensity and a master switch.. Very bright nice even light - Cheap and looks like its not there - Definately doesnt look like a light..
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Just thought to add to this post ..we just installed a microwave in the upper closet nook.. Looks like it's supposed to be there..lol
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Looks large enough that you could park the Trillium in it.
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