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Old 07-22-2013, 07:15 AM   #1
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Should I cut or not

Just returned from Indiana rv salvage yard with some access doors to put under rear bed for access so I don't have to remove beding to get in. Can't bring myself to cut out the opening as the fiberglass is in perfect shape .will i spoil the look.has any one else cut out on their trillium 4500 . I've done it on both my bolers and it looked great. Anyone with pictures or thoughts before I do it .dont want to regret it
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:43 AM   #2
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I had to cut a couple openings into the storage areas on our Uhaul, one to install a power converter, the other to access an area that previously was not accessible. I reinforced the openings with 1/2" plywood just to be sure that I wasn't affecting the structural integrity. Used fiberglass resin and a few screws to attach the plywood. As for how it will look, you'll have to decide that.
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:57 AM   #3
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Some others' experiences:

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/m...ll+hatch&sa=Go
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:03 AM   #4
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Don't do it, the previous owner did it to mine, probably why I have wet plywood, well atleast one reason. I'm taking the doors off and covering the holes with aluminum checker plate so I'm water tight again.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:27 AM   #5
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Francesca Knowles has done it, and seems to have no regrets.
Francesca Knowles's Trailer :: Waltzin' Matrillda
So has freddo411
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:29 AM   #6
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I see no problem at all, as long as the installation is done properly, and the hatch of good quality that seals properly. If I was to use a salvaged one, I would surely ensure its integrity. You can buy new custom sized ones at a reasonable cost, giving you the most effective sized opening you can get. You have done it before, so it should be no problem. Does it look as good as without one, probably not, but in most cases the convenience it affords is very much worth it.

I replaced the stock on on my Escape 19 with a much larger one. It was easy to do, and works great.

Old and new hatch covers.



All laid out ready to cut. I used a jigsaw for most of it, and a bit with a dremel. I did have to do a new cutout to move the electrical outlet to.



Holes all cut. After sealing the flange to the body, I fastened with rivets.



Newly installed hatch. Easy peasy.

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Old 07-22-2013, 06:25 PM   #7
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If the hatches have very good seals and the color matches the trailer I would go for it. If the color is a shade off it will look like your thumb when its hit with a hammer. the I may rethink unless it is really, really praticle to have the access.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:44 PM   #8
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Someone who was far handier than I, had actually used the fiberglass cut out and replaced what came with the hatch. Perfect match that way.....
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:38 PM   #9
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While I ponder on installing access doors I decided its time to strip off two years and 4 layers of redmax .got zep floor stripper and applied a mix 25water to75 stripper . It removed the redmax beautify it did not damage any of the decals but it did ruin the stripe I had painted over the original stripe plan to replace the stripe anyways after talking to Roy in TO when he told me he's going to try and order from Tom from trillium .The trailer is now completely clean and smooth and ready for a new coat of zep sealer and finish .still a lot easier than waxing every other week
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:06 PM   #10
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Hint...place the frame inside the seat area and drill a hole inside each corner. Move the frame to outside and reposition outside of holes and draw your cutout.That way you won't accidentally cut through anything that your not supposed to.
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Just returned from Indiana rv salvage yard with some access doors to put under rear bed for access so I don't have to remove beding to get in. Can't bring myself to cut out the opening as the fiberglass is in perfect shape .will i spoil the look.has any one else cut out on their trillium 4500 . I've done it on both my bolers and it looked great. Anyone with pictures or thoughts before I do it .dont want to regret it
Absolutely, it is the best thing we have done to all our trailers. They do not leak at all, and we used “RV White” Tremclad paint to match the colour reasonably well, though not perfectly. I would highly recommend it. Here is the thread for the Trillium 4500 with pictures: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f56/trillium-exterior-access-doors-46237.html ,

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