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Old 12-16-2013, 02:29 PM   #15
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Thank you - those are great!
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Old 12-16-2013, 02:32 PM   #16
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Annnnnd . . . . I would love to paint the cabinet doors - the dark brown is just too dreary. What is the recommended procedure for that?
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Old 12-16-2013, 03:05 PM   #17
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Thank you for your advice. I saw the list of serial numbers and will post ours there as well.

I noticed the Trilliums that were redone on the outside had nice clean windows around the exterior - mine looks like it is either really dirty or the product has weathered too much? It's been out in the rain and they do not leak. Would you take a look at my picture and tell me what you think?

I was also told that I could use Vim (a mild abrasive) to clean the outside then apply polish - again, your thoughts? My door is dirtier than the rest of the trailer and it needs to be reset as it is a little crooked.

Thanks for all the responses I am getting - nice to know there are helping hands out there!
Sorry, I did not see a picture.
I would be reluctant to use anything that would remove the gel coat, so when cleaning the outside of the trailer, I use a 3M scrubby pad, Sunlight dish detergent and the elbow grease of one of my teenagers. Others use Barkeeps Friend, which I have not tried. I understand it is also an abrasive.

Re-installing the door was one of the easiest jobs I have done on a Trillium. I took off the door, with the hinges still attached to the door. I filled the holes, in the side of the trailer, that the screws were in, with fibreglass and resin. Using an Olfa knife, I cut the excess glass that was sticking out of the hole. I used packing tape, over the hole to make the resin smooth. After it set, but before it was hard, (about half an hour after mixing the resin) I took off the tape and scraped off the excess resin. Then I taped the door back on where it looked right. This took three tries before I was happy with how it looked. Then I used the hinges, which were still attached to the door, as a guide to drill new holes. I screwed new stainless steel screws in, using more fibreglass and resin. Then I did the same thing with the door side of the hinges. No new holes, just new screws, and some fibreglass and resin in the hole. I figure it is now good for another 30 years.

Instead of painting the cabinet doors, I plan to replace them with simple, solid wood of the same thickness. I will stain them with a light finish. I don't like the dark mac tac either.
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Old 12-16-2013, 03:23 PM   #18
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Thanks again, Dave :)

I will attempt a picture of the window once again - thought I had it there.

Thank you so much for the info on resetting the door! Rick will really appreciate that!

I like the idea of new doors as well - they are small and should be easy to make and replace.

If I figure out how to post more than one picture I will show you what we got!!
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Just uploaded a group of photos as an album - you can see there what we are working with!
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I looked at your album. Nice Trillium! Seems to be in excellent shape.

A few observations. Sorry, I can't help doing this:
-It is not a 1978. In 1977 the line under the logo was removed. The door latch is a Bargman L-300. Changed to an L-400 in 1977. I would guess your trailer is a 1975, or 1976. Check the serial number list to confirm.
-The front window should be on the back. This is an escape hatch, and would be redundant less then 3 feet from the door. Not too hard to change, and not really necessary.
-There is something sticking out on your rear window. It looks like a handle?
-Outside light is not original.
-Brackets on the rear part of the belly band. Not sure what they are for.
-Brake lights are original.
-Rear jacks work, (kinda rare).
-Has optional door window.
-Has optional shelves front and back.
-PO has added an anti-sway ball on the the tongue.
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Old 12-16-2013, 05:48 PM   #21
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You are observant!!!

Wow! You know your Trilliums! Thank you for the observations - I have no idea where I got 1978 from - I saw it written somewhere - now I will have to search!!

The handle - odd, I know - no idea! I'd like to remove it. Brackets as well - no idea. That too, I'd like to remove.

I wonder why the windows were switched - perhaps someone wanted more airflow where they slept?

I do not like that outdoor light!

What are optional shelves - the ones that go at front and back close to the ceiling?

How does the serial number tell the year?
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The serial number does not tell the year, but that is why I started the serial number thread, referred to earlier.

The shelves I refer to are the ones close to the ceiling, not all Trilliums have them.

The light is an easy change.

I have seen several Trilliums, both 1300's and 4500's with the escape hatch on the front. I can't explain it.

If you post close up pictures of the handle, I will try to advise you on how to get rid of it.

I am obsessed with Trilliums. Typically these obsessions last about three years with me. I am in the third year now. I suspect this one will last a bit longer. I hope to have 3D CAD drawings done of both the 1300 and 4500 models before it is over. The repair of my collapsed 1300 has got me started on the fibreglass of the 1300. Not exactly easy with all those compound curves. I have other parts drawn already. The last obsession was video games, you should see my collection of 700, or so, PS2 and PS3 games. My 5 kids have yet to play more then 1/3 of them.
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I will take a picture of the handle when I can get to the building where it is stored - thanks!

I saw pics of your Trillium with the collapsed roof - good grief!! That's a project!

Thanks so much for your time, Dave - It's nice to have a knowledgeable friend in the forum!
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So, I have been navigating around and found my way back to my original post - full circle. Want to update that my cushions are being recovered! The bench seat with bunk (plywood removed) are done with one dinette cushion. Purchased cushion floor after work today. Have fabric narrowed down to two choices - I think the canoe print is going to win.

The furnace does work! Surprise.

I am learning a great deal about butyl tape, cleaning the exterior and not using silicone caulk - have one strip to remove this Sunday as we did not know it was the devil's seal !!

So far, I'm pleased with the (slow) results. We plan to take it camping in June.

I wish I'd taken pictures with the original curtains and cushions - they were original to the camper. But, I didn't. So I will post clean up photos with a finished interior . . . . . soon I hope.

Looking forward to others' updates!
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