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Old 08-08-2012, 01:28 PM   #15
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Congratulations! I see that you're doing the full frame-off bit. I did that a few years ago with our TrailMite too.

A strong word of advice...the tongue on our TrailMite was nearly torn off by a hard bump back in '07. I can't say for sure but I suspect that the tubing has thinner walls than what other brands use and may even be a smaller diameter. I beefed ours up by using angle iron to basically box in the original material and form a double-wall structure.

I'm anxious to watch the progress on your 'mite. Maybe we can do a side-by-side comparison some time!
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[QUOTE=Vic&Kathy;326422]Congratulations! I see that you're doing the full frame-off bit. I did that a few years ago with our TrailMite too.

A strong word of advice...the tongue on our TrailMite was nearly torn off by a hard bump back in '07. I can't say for sure but I suspect that the tubing has thinner walls than what other brands use and may even be a smaller diameter. I beefed ours up by using angle iron to basically box in the original material and form a double-wall structure.

I'm anxious to watch the progress on your 'mite. Maybe we can do a side-by-side comparison some time!
Vic

Yep Vic, we took it all off. When we got it off Nick wanted to reinforce the frame and extend the tongue...then we saw that the leif springs are cracked on both sides, the tongue which someone had attempted to reinforce was failing and there was even a crack on the frame, none of which we could see before we took the frame off. We took it to all be welded by a professional, as Nick can do some welding, but this became more than we were willing to risk as it became a safety factor. They are replacing the whole front back to the frame (Is all that assembly called the tongue?) and creating an extension, so it should be easier to turn and not hit the truck if we need to make a sharp turn. (Hopefully more room for a battery and tanks). It will be heavier gauge tubing. We were talking about a heavy duty angle iron, but they decided this was better. We get it back next week. Give us time to keep looking for all the other things we are going to need. He picked up some fiberglass from Bimart. Got the last container of resin. They will no longer be carrying it, so got it for a good price.
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:21 PM   #17
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Congratulations! I see that you're doing the full frame-off bit. I did that a few years ago with our TrailMite too.

A strong word of advice...the tongue on our TrailMite was nearly torn off by a hard bump back in '07. I can't say for sure but I suspect that the tubing has thinner walls than what other brands use and may even be a smaller diameter. I beefed ours up by using angle iron to basically box in the original material and form a double-wall structure.

I'm anxious to watch the progress on your 'mite. Maybe we can do a side-by-side comparison some time!
Vic
This is what Trillium did to strengthen their frame. The reinforcement is just about in the middle, between the hitch, and the axle. The steel straps are on the inside and the outside of the square tube.
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:39 PM   #18
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Hey David ~ Which Pick & Pull do you go to? I'm lucky to find even parts for my van at the one near me. Never seen a camper or trailer there (Foster Road - Portland).
As Donna said, I am in Calgary, Alberta. The Pick and Pull that I go to is at the intersection of Barlow Trail and Glenmore Trail, in the south east.

Actually, I was there today, at lunch. Only two camper vans, One actually had an RM36E in it. In the two times I actually looked, I found an RM36E each time. I guess they were popular around here. This one had been stripped of almost everything on the back of the fridge though. No telling if the cooler worked, maybe if you had a small torch, and a lot of time. I am looking for a knob and some shelves, for my spare one.

My spare RM36E is quite rusty. I would like to restore it, but I am not sure how to proceed. Brush off the rust, and give it a coat of heat resistant paint seems like a start. Hope I don't do more damage then good.

My spare RM211 that I got in Magrath, with kijiji, has a few small rust spots, but is in almost new condition. The paint almost looks fresh. Since I paid almost five times as much for it, ($120, including gas) I guess that makes sense.

There is yet another RM211 for sale in Alberta:
Small R.V. Fridge - Alberta Parts, Accessories For Sale - Kijiji Alberta Canada.
At $275, it is the most expensive one I have seen.
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:49 PM   #19
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Yes Roy, it is a Bernese. We have two. We got them both as adults that were needing a home from separate situations. We love them! But there sure is ALOT of fur flying around . The are very interested in the trailer and it makes it hard to work when they want to be in there with us while we are tearing it apart.

Cool! I thought I recognized the breed, when I met up with freddo411,
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to buy yet more spare parts, he had two of them with him. I believe his trailer is named after them. Big dogs for such a small trailer.
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:55 AM   #20
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Tania, this is per the owners of the Trailmit next to us on the tail lights. They had two round tail lights per each side, which I thought looked really cool. They said the round lights were a retro-fit and it originally came with one rectangular light on each side.
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:00 PM   #21
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Tania, this is per the owners of the Trailmit next to us on the tail lights. They had two round tail lights per each side, which I thought looked really cool. They said the round lights were a retro-fit and it originally came with one rectangular light on each side.
Thanks Danny!
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Old 08-10-2012, 12:09 PM   #22
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As Donna said, I am in Calgary, Alberta. The Pick and Pull that I go to is at the intersection of Barlow Trail and Glenmore Trail, in the south east.

Actually, I was there today, at lunch. Only two camper vans, One actually had an RM36E in it. In the two times I actually looked, I found an RM36E each time. I guess they were popular around here. This one had been stripped of almost everything on the back of the fridge though. No telling if the cooler worked, maybe if you had a small torch, and a lot of time. I am looking for a knob and some shelves, for my spare one.

My spare RM36E is quite rusty. I would like to restore it, but I am not sure how to proceed. Brush off the rust, and give it a coat of heat resistant paint seems like a start. Hope I don't do more damage then good.

My spare RM211 that I got in Magrath, with kijiji, has a few small rust spots, but is in almost new condition. The paint almost looks fresh. Since I paid almost five times as much for it, ($120, including gas) I guess that makes sense.

There is yet another RM211 for sale in Alberta:
Small R.V. Fridge - Alberta Parts, Accessories For Sale - Kijiji Alberta Canada.
At $275, it is the most expensive one I have seen.
First, I didn't know what Kijiji was, thought maybe it was local to Canada only, but found out it was a subsidiary of Ebay. I looked on ours and we just don't seem to have the little fridges like Canada. Will keep looking.
David, How could you tell that was a RM211? I couldn't see where that was posted? Or do you just recognize it by sight?
Hoping to go to the "by appt only" place this afternoon... maybe we will be lucky!
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David, How could you tell that was a RM211? I couldn't see where that was posted? Or do you just recognize it by sight?
By sight. I have one in my first 1300.
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Old 08-15-2012, 11:25 AM   #24
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Welcome fellow trillium owner! I'm fairly new too, and this forum is the best. Our trailer gets the most attention at the campground!

All the best

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A Trail Mite is a groovy little egg! I like the additional flair!

I have an older Dometic RM2201 3-way fridge that is approx 18" from the front of the door face, to the back. I did trim it out a little in the front with 1x2 trim to give it more room for circulation in the back, but technically it would have fit in the old ice box space.

I bought it off craigslist as a guy was parting out an old coleman pop-up camper. Think I paid $50 or so? It still freezes ice in the freezer on 12v/110 - not quite as cold running on LP. But, works nice! So, that gives you another model # of older fridge to search for, that would fit your needs. Good luck!
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A Trail Mite is a groovy little egg! I like the additional flair!

I have an older Dometic RM2201 3-way fridge that is approx 18" from the front of the door face, to the back. I did trim it out a little in the front with 1x2 trim to give it more room for circulation in the back, but technically it would have fit in the old ice box space.

I bought it off craigslist as a guy was parting out an old coleman pop-up camper. Think I paid $50 or so? It still freezes ice in the freezer on 12v/110 - not quite as cold running on LP. But, works nice! So, that gives you another model # of older fridge to search for, that would fit your needs. Good luck!
Hey Luke,
Thanks for the input. We just picked up that same model RM2201 last night. We paid more than $50 for it, but it was or seems to be in nice shape. I downloaded the manual for it. I am seeing where they are putting in the upper vent, but it seems to be go above the counter as well. How did you do yours? Also where did you get the fan (or did you install one) to give extra help to keeping the fridge cool?
We are excited about getting this all done. The welder is almost done with the repair and lengthening of the trailer tongue.
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Hey Luke,
Thanks for the input. We just picked up that same model RM2201 last night. We paid more than $50 for it, but it was or seems to be in nice shape. I downloaded the manual for it. I am seeing where they are putting in the upper vent, but it seems to be go above the counter as well. How did you do yours? Also where did you get the fan (or did you install one) to give extra help to keeping the fridge cool?
We are excited about getting this all done. The welder is almost done with the repair and lengthening of the trailer tongue.
Great! Glad you found something!

Upper vent... yes, I put it right over the drip edge and right under the inside of the countertop. It was as close as I could get, tho not exactly how the manual prefers. You can see my vent placement on my Boler pic I just posted on another thread Found a tintable chipguard

Fan... I did put a larger one in, and it runs frequently so I would recommend! I bought this one: Fridgecool Universal Vent Fan Plenty of people have used computer fans; they're cheap but I didn't have time to tinker with it at the time. Also, I have a small fan inside the fridge to help circulate the air. If you start out with cold/frozen items in the fridge, it helps make it a lot easier to keep things cool.

Lower vent... I have thoughts here too! I cut mine in about an inch too high. I should have cut it in to be nearly flush with the floor/base inside. As it sits now, it's very hard to see the pilot light (I have to use a mirror, actually) and tough to hit the ignitor. If I would have just dropped it, these wouldn't be an issue. I may in fact, put a larger vent in if I get the energy up! OR raise the fridge inside so it's higher.

I also used the smallest vents I could find so they'd be less conspicous. I regret that now, too small to work in - and I'm sure more airflow would help me out.

If you PM me your email address, I'll send you pics of when I was putting this all in!
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Great! Glad you found something!

Upper vent... yes, I put it right over the drip edge and right under the inside of the countertop. It was as close as I could get, tho not exactly how the manual prefers. You can see my vent placement on my Boler pic I just posted on another thread Found a tintable chipguard

Fan... I did put a larger one in, and it runs frequently so I would recommend! I bought this one: Fridgecool Universal Vent Fan Plenty of people have used computer fans; they're cheap but I didn't have time to tinker with it at the time. Also, I have a small fan inside the fridge to help circulate the air. If you start out with cold/frozen items in the fridge, it helps make it a lot easier to keep things cool.

Lower vent... I have thoughts here too! I cut mine in about an inch too high. I should have cut it in to be nearly flush with the floor/base inside. As it sits now, it's very hard to see the pilot light (I have to use a mirror, actually) and tough to hit the ignitor. If I would have just dropped it, these wouldn't be an issue. I may in fact, put a larger vent in if I get the energy up! OR raise the fridge inside so it's higher.

I also used the smallest vents I could find so they'd be less conspicous. I regret that now, too small to work in - and I'm sure more airflow would help me out.

If you PM me your email address, I'll send you pics of when I was putting this all in!
Hey Luke got the pics. That was great! Really appreciate it. Nice to see our fridge actually installed too.
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