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Old 03-08-2015, 05:50 PM   #1
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Professional refurbishing in Ottawa?

Can anyone recommend professionals to repaint/refurbish my 1973 Trillium?

I've been doing lots of research and while I'm sure I can do some of the work on my own I'm worried that it won't be done properly or that I'll mess something up.

I'm getting a quote from a local RV place here but I get the impression they need to do as much research as I do, to do the work. While they have many years of RV experience I'm not sure it's with this type of trailer.

Looking for someone in the Ottawa Gatineau area. Would be willing to bring it to Kingston or Montreal if need be.


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Old 03-08-2015, 08:45 PM   #2
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First ,is the trailer the original gel coat or has it been painted. If it is fair original cond you can wet sand and apply zep and get the trailer to a pretty impressive finish ,ive done many that looked hopeless. If you need to have it repainted I would stay away from most rv shops and instead check with a body or boat repair shop .There are many threads here on painting the trailer yourself with interlux bright side paint and doing it yourself
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Old 03-09-2015, 09:52 AM   #3
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Trailer is original gelcoat. I thought about doing it ourselves but realistically both my husband and I are super busy. We would rather just pay someone to do it


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Old 03-09-2015, 03:45 PM   #4
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At this point I might even be willing to drive it to the U.S. to have it done

The alternative will be abandoning this idea and buying a new 2015 Trillium 1500 instead. Frankly the idea of not having to do anything and getting a/c and solar is sounding really good right about now.


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Old 03-09-2015, 03:52 PM   #5
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I think that if a new 1500 is in your price range, that may be your best bet.
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Old 03-09-2015, 04:12 PM   #6
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Yes we can afford it. Only issue is I'll still want to rip out the flooring, redo the cushions and the awning


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Sometimes people suggest getting boatworks to re-do gelcoat/fiberglass work. An RV place will be a good bet for some of the appliance work, but our trailers have much in common with fiberglass boats.

There are some floorcoverings that you can float over the extant floor. Pergo, some interlocking carpet squares, etc. Look through the mods forum here to see some ideas?
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Are you looking for someone to make it look better or make it safe to go down the road (campable)? Lots of folks have enjoyed something no more than using their trailer as a hard-sided tent. And had a TON of fun along the way. There's still other's expecting something old to present itself as new and have everything new. It's about expectations.
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I'm looking for someone to make it both safe and cute .


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I'm looking for someone to make it both safe and cute .
Okay, you're beyond my budget/ideas. Cute is so subjective. My theme is "clean" and sometimes I hit it and sometimes I don't

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Old 03-11-2015, 12:15 PM   #11
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Well I can help you or anyone with design I had a home staging business so colors and making it look cute are my thing....now doing the work myself I'm not so good at...clearly


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Old 03-11-2015, 04:55 PM   #12
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My input, since I'm rehabbing a shambles of a shell, is if you're at the mental stage of decorating, don't get into the guts of wiring and bondo, sanding and primer, you'll be surprised how much time it takes.
You should sell this, buy something newer that everything works extremely well on, then go pick your fabrics, interior surfaces, and get them sewn/installed which any boat repair place can do.
Maybe not a totally new one, because it'd be hard to undo perfectly new cushions etc...perhaps maybe you can order a new one with your choice of fabrics? You could always a$k.
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Old 03-11-2015, 05:31 PM   #13
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Sell it. If you enjoy doing the work, do it, otherwise just buy a new one. Having someone else do the work will not be cost effective.
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I bought one with most of the 'ick' work (repairs) done, and then I did minor modifications and fru fru stuff. If you can afford a better trailer, IMO, then go for one that needs less work. Gives you more time for the fun stuff (including camping)
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