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Old 09-11-2013, 01:45 PM   #1
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New owner of '74 Trillium

Hi All -- I recently purchased a Trillium 1300 and used it for a 3-night trip to the beach last week. We really enjoyed it.

I'm working on a list of projects that include:

Shelves in the closet
Overhead storage in the rear (cabinets or shelves)
Determining whether the funky sweet smell is floor rot
Replacing the heavy rubber glued-on rock guard -- probably with undercoating
Re-wiring to fix a short that is blowing the interior lighting fuse
Re-sealing one of the side windows that has leaked a little in recent downpours
New axle with brakes

The trailer has really great street appeal -- the PO had it painted in a metal flake dark green, but as you can tell there are some issues.

I've already come to appreciate the accumulated wisdom of this forum.

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Old 09-11-2013, 02:14 PM   #2
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Welcome Mark!
We really like pictures. Overhead shelves are available from Tom Young, the owner of the Trillium brand.
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He told me that he could provide front and back shelves, for $100. I think that was each. He said he would supply them with 12V lights installed.
Floor rot would be bad. It is very hard to replace the plywood that is sandwiched between the underside of the trailer, and the fibreglass floor.
Window repair usually means taking out the window, replacing the plywood frame that the window screws into and then re-installing the window with some good butyl tape.
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:14 PM   #3
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Hi Mark and "we" we're glad you're here!

You mentioned pictures?
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Old 09-18-2013, 10:41 AM   #4
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OK. You all wanted pictures. Here they are.

The pictures hide some of the flaws. The ones you can see are some sketchy repairs to the ensolite in the back upper corners of the trailer. I'm thinking about putting shelves up that might really hide that issue. I've also got a small leak that drains into the bench/bin behind the galley. I'll be checking and resealing the window soon.

This weekend I put some shelves in the closet using PVC pipe and fittings as supports (copied the idea from a post here).

I'm trying to plan a trip for early October. We had a great time on our first trip (Grayland State Park in SW Washington)
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:54 AM   #5
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Shelves will definitely help hide the flaws in the Ensolite. It looks like the corner is not glued down properly. Be aware though, the shelves mount to the wood frame above the windows. You have your blinds mounted there now.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:12 PM   #6
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Yes. I figured the blinds would have to be re-thought or replaced.

I do have a quick question about the shelf mounting. The shelf pictures you posted in another thread show the outer perimeter to be a smooth "U" shape without indented portions for the wood window frame. That suggests that the shelf either sits on top of the widow frames, or if it fits inside of the window frames, then it isn't flush with the wall in the corners. which way does it work?
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:43 PM   #7
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To answer your question, I will take a look at my other 1300, which came with the shelves installed. That will have to wait till tonight.
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Old 09-18-2013, 02:05 PM   #8
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Welcome Mark! That's a great looking egg! Very clean looking inside.
I think the chrome logo would look great on it!
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Old 09-18-2013, 02:12 PM   #9
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Welcome, Mark!

I like your list you've made already. We've had our '78 1300 Trillium for 5 years, now and have done all those things you've listed and more. Just this summer pulled all windows, made new frames and re-installed with quality butyl putty. Also, as a result of the window project, we tore out the factory installed shelving on all three sides in the back and built and installed new shelves using 3/8 " plywood. I mention this because you said you have a window leak. If you just caulk it, then build shelves, then decide later to redo window frames, the shelves will need to be removed. Good luck, and take it one thing at a time.

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as a result of the window project, we tore out the factory installed shelving on all three sides in the back and built and installed new shelves using 3/8 " plywood.
Sure would like to see pictures of your shelves.
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Old 09-18-2013, 02:57 PM   #11
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Trillium Shelves Pictures

Here's some snaps of the shelves. Note underneath, attached to window frame are cleats. I routed a groove on facing so it provides a bit of a "lip" to keep items in place and to screen the view of the underneath (originally tho't wiring would be underneath, but ended up running it along the upper outside edge.
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