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Old 12-15-2013, 02:48 PM   #1
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Hello,

I want to introduce myself to the forum - I am happy to find a supportive site as this. I hope not to ask questions that have already been answered, but to research first!!

We are interested in ideas to update our little gem - recover the seat cushions, paint the cabinet doors, etc., anything to make her clean, comfy and make our own.

I look forward to gleaning new ideas - if I take anything from here I will post kudos to the original idea owner!!

Janice & Rick
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Old 12-15-2013, 03:19 PM   #2
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Hey Janice & Rick,
We just bought a 1979 trillium 4500 4 days ago. We pulled up the carpet,removed all the curtains, pulled the fresh water tank for inspection, remounted the propane tanks,got the furnace going, fired up the fridge,washed her twice, & now starting the wax job with marine cleaner wax. Busy, Busy.
Bobby & Caroline.
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Old 12-15-2013, 03:26 PM   #3
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Thanks for dropping by, Bobby & Caroline! You have started renos already!!! We have our stored for the winter - mixed emotions - glad it's safe - sorry I can't go in and out. In the few days I had it before storing I took out the curtains (original and worn), curtain rods (rusty), removed the cushions (one has worn through, very (of course) dated), washed and washed the inside, removed the fridge door and have it inside for continuous washing in the folds around the door - the rusty coloured indoor/outoor carpet remains until I get out with my measurements to a carpet store - plan to put vinyl cushion floor in.

Do you have yours stored inside so you can work on it?

It is so exciting, isn't it !!!

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Old 12-15-2013, 03:39 PM   #4
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Also, would you please tell me what type of marine wax you are using?
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Old 12-15-2013, 07:19 PM   #5
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to the Forum Janice & Rick, and Bobby & Caroline.
Glad you have joined us. Lots and lots and lots of ideas scattered
from one end of this site to the other. Many other Trillium owners here
also.

Be sure to let us follow the adventure with pics....... ) (
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Yes it is exciting. We live in northern California, 60 degrees today. It's parked in our driveway, and will live there while we restore it. We are using SeaPower cleaner and wax. Not sure how it will turn out.

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Welcome, you will find lots of good ideas here. Please post pics so we can see the before and after.
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Old 12-15-2013, 08:09 PM   #8
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Oh my - how nice! We live in Kingston, Nova Scotia - it's -5 right now. Look forward to your pictures!
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Old 12-15-2013, 09:48 PM   #9
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I feel like a Trailer Grandma...two New (first-generation) 4500 Babies in one thread!


I've had a '78 4500 since 2005, and that ol' girl has been put through the wringer. At least 50,000 hair-raising miles behind my '97 Kia Sportage- the very same vehicle I was assured "could not tow itself out of a paper bag".

Perfection itself right out of the factory, I hesitate to describe anything I've done to her as an "improvement". That said, I've made a few changes to suit myself and she's tolerated them reasonably well.

Thing is, she's starting to show her age/use/patterns of abuse. So I'll follow along here, hoping for ideas from you whippersnappers as you go about rejuvenating your new acquisitions...

Welcome, New Blood!
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:56 AM   #10
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Hi Janice and Rick, I am a relatively newcomer as well. I just got my 1975 1300 a couple of months ago (3rd owner and has been is storeage for 10 years). She is packed up for the winter now but so far installed new stove, fridge, replaced all gas lines, upgraded electrical, new interior molding strips and new 14" alloy wheels and tires. Currently have new cushion set on order from Outback / Trillium and new Allure plank flooring on order. Can't wait until spring!!!
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Old 12-16-2013, 10:51 AM   #11
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So nice to see these messages!

Hello Francesca, Clayton and Kootenaigirl,

Once I learn to navigate these threads I will hopefully see pictures of your trailers - inside and out!

Clayton - you sound like you have a brand new on inside already! Ours is in storage and won't see it till May'ish - we had it a very short while before putting away - we were told the furnace does not work - not concerned about that at all - we need to put in a new floor - looking at cushion flooring - I'd like to get new covers for the bench (bunk) as the dinette will probably stay made up as a bed most of the time - not sure of cost of recovering - anyone have a ball park idea?

We've not used anything so it will all be a surprise come spring - may have some work on our hands!!
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Here's ten pages of Trillium Renos

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/m...4.html%23post4

Plenty of winter reading.........lol
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It is good to have more Trilliums on the site. Welcome.
Janice & Rick, I would not worry about asking a question that has already been answered. We get that all the time. No one seems to mind. As to wax, so here use Zepp Wet Floor Finish:
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...ell-43004.html
Before you write off the furnace, be aware that a good cleaning of the propane lines may be all that is required. Spiders like propane lines for some reason. If the gas valve is faulty, that can be more expensive, but it is fixable. The stock furnace does not put out a ton of heat, but it takes the chill off. It is practically silent, as there is no fan in it. To get more heat out of it, a fan blowing up from the bottom helps.

Bobby & Caroline, Since you have a 1979, I assume that you have the fibreglass for the the front dinette seats, even if you have a front gaucho arraignment. Lucky you! While I have a few Trilliums, a front dinette Trillium is what I would like for just my wife and I to travel with, after the kids no longer want to vacation with us.

Please take a look at this thread:
Serial numbers on a Trillium

There are almost 100 Trilliums, and their serial numbers on that list. Kinda gives you a feel for the history of the brand. Please feel free to post your trailers there as well.
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Thanks David

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!
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