I just sent you an email I think. I have never used this type of forum and am a little confulsed; however, we are interested in your camper. Could you tell us the total weight of the trailer and would the tires make it to Vermont. Also, I am asking if everything works. Is the fan in the roof a super fan. Also, is it a refrigerator or an ice box. Can an awning be put on this trailer?
I sent you a few PMs, but I'm not sure you received them (perhaps you were expecting an e-mail), so I'll answer your questions here:
1) The empty weight
posted on the sticker inside the Trillium is 1095#. Keep in mind that this is before you load up with water, propane
, stuff, etc. I'd figure more like 1400# with that, although you can control that some by packing light
, filling water when you get there, going with only one propane
tank, etc. You mentioned towing with a Subaru Forester. There is at least one Trillium owner on this forum who uses that combination. I would think you would want to get the trailer brakes
hooked up and a controller on your car for long-term use; but that's not to say you would need that to get the trailer home. I towed it with a 4-cylinder Volvo wagon without trailer brakes
. I would want brakes
long-term, but was okay without them driving conservatively.
2) The tires
were fine for my (1,000 mile) trip a month ago. The tread is good and the sidewalls look fine. I mention replacing them because I think all tires should be replaced after a certain age, regardless of wear. The former owners did not tow the trailer much, so the tires are some years "older" than their tread would indicate. Of course it's not possible to say for sure, but I would be comfortable towing it "home" and replacing the tires on home turf afterwards.
3) Everything works (or did when I last used it a month ago). The only thing I can't vouch for is the electric part of the refrigerator
. I haven't used that mode and where I have the trailer stored there is no electricity available. (I should tow it somewhere and test that function.) The propane
part of the refrigerator I can vouch for.
4) The roof vent is the original Trillium one. You can just see it as a dark square on the ceiling in one of my photos looking forward past the kitchen. The chain that you can see operates the vent - you pull it down and the vent opens. The vent is screened.
5) The cooling unit is a Dometic brand refrigerator and freezer; it operates on electricity or propane. I have the original manual for it in the trailer.
6) There isn't an awning
, but one could be added; that's something many owners do. You typically mount a length of track on the roof and then mount the awning to that. They range from simple and inexpensive homemade ones to simple or more elaborate purchased ones.
I hope this answers your questions. Please let me know if I can help you with further information.