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Old 05-12-2011, 07:51 AM   #1
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What have I done now, old 13' Trillium?

Just purchased a 13 Trillium 77 (I think?).
Now the fun/work starts.
All the plumbing and appliances are missing except for an old 110v mini fridge.
Looks like a sink and stove were in it at one time but are M.I.A.
Just a solid counter with the cutouts visible from underneath.
The city water hookup is on the outside but, nothing on the inside?!?

Did any of these units come with a furnace?
I must replace all the cushions as they smell moldy.
Can you purchase a new cushion set? Will Boler cushions fit?

Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks Gord
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:20 AM   #2
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Just purchased a 13 Trillium 77 (I think?).
Now the fun/work starts.
All the plumbing and appliances are missing except for an old 110v mini fridge.
Looks like a sink and stove were in it at one time but are M.I.A.
Just a solid counter with the cutouts visible from underneath.
The city water hookup is on the outside but, nothing on the inside?!?

Did any of these units come with a furnace?
I must replace all the cushions as they smell moldy.
Can you purchase a new cushion set? Will Boler cushions fit?

Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks Gord
Welcome Gord!
I can't answer all your questions but I do know that my 75' Trillium 13' has a Duotherm propane furnace that was factory installed. It is located under where the sink would be.
I can also tell you that foam is really expensive and if there is anyway to salvage what you have it would be very cost effective.
If you check out my trailer profile you will see a bunch of interior shots that might give you an idea of what the original layout and equipement looked like.
Have fun with your new toy!
Cheers!
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:28 AM   #3
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Yes foam is really expensive. I would try the bath tub soak with soap and bleach. Walking on it in the tub works well.

Good luck.
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Old 05-12-2011, 11:39 AM   #4
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Just purchased a 13 Trillium 77 (I think?).
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I must replace all the cushions as they smell moldy.
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Any advice would be appreciated.
Thanks Gord
Hi Gord

When we got our '76 Trillium the foam cushions smelled...old, or nasty as my wife put it. Rather than replace them I removed their covers (which were relatively new rather than original and didn't smell once laundered) and "washed" the various foam pieces.

This involved placing them, one at a time, in an old (big) plastic mattress bag on the back deck and soaking them with water and detergent (can't remember whether it was laundry or dish detergent) and walking all over them - the bipedal agitation cycle. It was somewhat time consuming but with a number of rinses they all came clean and non-smelly.

A couple of sunny days and a dry-out period in the basement (this is the wet coast so stringing a number of sunny dry days together in a row is challenging) gave us non-smelly cushions. I wore a pair of waterproof gardening boots with clean soles.

It saved us the cost of new foams.

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Old 05-12-2011, 02:34 PM   #5
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Ahhh the old Grape Stomp to wash the foam! If you're lucky enough to live in a sunny area and have a child's small pool, throw the foam in there with a reasonable amount of detergent + water and stomp away barefoot. It's a great way to work off calories and stress, plus the outcome may save you loads of cash that you can spend going places to camp. Of course, rinse well and squeeze out as much water as you can. I found propping foam up on a side works to have the water run out too.
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Old 05-13-2011, 07:23 AM   #6
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Just wanted to say Thank You all for the ideas.
I will try the cleaning method above 'Grape Stomp'.
It will be fun because the kiddie pool belongs to my dog and when it comes out, she is in it! I will have a Grape Stomp with Six Feet! The bipedal agitation cycle times three! Thanks again. I'll let you know how we make out. Gord
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Old 05-13-2011, 10:24 AM   #7
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Gord keep checking the buy and sell section of this form - you may find parts that you need come up:
Parts: Buy | Sell | Trade - Fiberglass RV

As others have indicated you can also buy most of what you need from the on line Scamp store or your local RV store as a lot of the stuff you are missing are used in all makes of trailers.
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:04 AM   #8
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Use laundry detergent instead of dish soap. Much easier to rinse out the suds.
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Old 05-14-2011, 09:11 AM   #9
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Hi: Gord13...Welcome to the fiberglass infection...It never gets better, but you will survive with it. LoL
Actually the best cleaner for the foam frolic is powdered dishwasher detergent. It is low sudsing and has some bleach crystals in it. You won't believe the differance. Sorry I didn't take before& afters when doing mine but they came out like new and only 38 yrs old!!! Old foam is better than the new stuff as it has more petrolium content. The latex stuff doesn't last as well!!!
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Old 05-20-2011, 10:55 PM   #10
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Like others have said, new foam is expensive. Boler cushions will fit, as they're a bit smaller, but cleaning /washing yours would be my first choice. Furnaces were optional, so your trailer might not have had one originally. Good luck & see you at Bolerama in Wainfleet July 15 - 18th?
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