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Old 01-10-2013, 09:02 PM   #1
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Advice on Trillium for sale, please

Ok -- I just ran across this ebay listing:

TRILLIUM 1300 Camper- Classic Tear drop Very nice/compact/light-NO RESERVE in RVs & Campers | eBay Motors

I am concerned about the lack of title. Has anybody dealt with that situation?

Otherwise, it looks like it's in reasonable shape. Tell me what I'm not seeing or should be asking!
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:36 PM   #2
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If you're interested, you should check with your motor vehicle department in your state to see what they would require for paperwork on this.hopefully a PA member will provide info as to whether this ever would have had a title. I've heard that PA is a real pain in the A to deal with on registering a trailer under some conditions. I've heard on another forum that a couple PA residents registered theirs in Maine, and it's legal and easy to do as an out of state resident.
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Old 01-11-2013, 06:12 AM   #3
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Here in VT lack of a title would not be an issue. It depends on your state. Best check it out before bidding. As far as the trailer is concerned Trilliums are not tear drops and they have no springs. Did he drive it 70 miles without lights? With a scary looking propane tank and no battery, how did he test the appliances. Twenty + gallon water tank??? It looks like a nice fixer upper but I would be skeptical of the sellers description. Raz
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:11 AM   #4
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In Wa. state the DMV will do an inspection and an instantaneous vin # search to see if it is stolen, has liens, or any other issues. If no "hits" they issue you a 3 year registration. If at the end of that 3 years nothing has come up they issue you a new clear title. The only problem is if you want to sell during that 3 years while you are waiting for title. You can sell but the new owner must sign off on the process and of course it is still Wa. state registered.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:16 AM   #5
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1979? Trillium 1300

Hello,
FYI the trail is probably around a 1972 judging from the
color and the light fixture over the sink. Also it does
not have a solid emergency escape window in the back
like the later ones.
Good Luck on your trailer search. Larry H
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:22 AM   #6
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The advert now says they have the title, but I would be a little leery, if only for their optimistic description of the trailer's condition.
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:29 AM   #7
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Thanks, Raz -- I wondered about the weird description too. I'm glad you pointed out the propane tank -- I don't know enough about them to evaluate from a photo. (more to learn!)

Larry, I didn't know that the early Trills had no escape window. That's a dealbreaker for me. (some very sad family history there)

I think I'll phone the Michigan DMV and find out about the license problem, just for future reference.

I'll have a lot of looking to do! Well, it's just more fun, eh? Thanks, everybody.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:31 AM   #8
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The eBay ad now says that he has located the title.

For lights, I'd just take some tow lights with me and zip tie them to the bumper.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:48 AM   #9
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Not 1979 (74-77) Logo has line under it. Sticker is a parallelogram

Pros:
Has furnace
Has fridge
Has door window
Has shelves (back) damaged
Can't tell from pictures, but probably has shelves in the front
Snaps for add a room
Has doors on gaucho
Frame is square tube
Cushions have been recovered.
Nice hub caps (need work)

Cons:
9" vent
Looks like original coupler (the ball is coming off the truck)
Chains need replacement
Ensolite needs work
Door is sagging
Water tank is on the same side as the kitchen
Propane regulator is missing (on tank)
Not original Tail lights
Nice hub caps (need work)
No escape hatch
No rock guard
Seal on door window needs work
Probably has original axle

When originally manufactured, this was a high end unit. It has been neglected and needs work. It would make a very nice trailer, eventually.
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Old 01-11-2013, 10:58 AM   #10
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Larry, I didn't know that the early Trills had no escape window. That's a dealbreaker for me. (some very sad family history there)

A number of the small fiberglass trailers have less than great escape options. The Scamps for example have the escape hatch on the roof and you need to be pretty tall and stand on the bed to reach it & the strength to pull yourself up and out of it. I know I would try to go out the back window first - suspect one or two good kicks from the inside would open up the back window of a Trill....no one has ever let me try it though! Just a hunch.
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Old 01-11-2013, 07:57 PM   #11
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I am learning a lot. Thank you all! David, I really appreciate the extensive analysis.

I'm going to have to think carefully about windows/escape options, Carol. Maybe it would be possible to replace one old window with a new one that functions as a hatch. (I'm pretty sure you're right about kicking a window -- but the grandkids aren't old enough!)
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Old 01-11-2013, 08:24 PM   #12
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I don't see any reason why the window could not be converted to an escape hatch. I have been looking for complete escape hatch window assembly for my green Cantaloupe, but no luck. I never thought of converting the existing unit.
The main issue would be finding an appropriate aluminum extrusion for the frame. If there is interest, I could post pictures of how the factory did the escape hatch on my other trailers. I will have to give this some thought, (smells wood burning).
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:33 AM   #13
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I used my " escape" window to go in and out of the trailer when I was repairing the door hinge. The door had to be taped shut to get the position correct. Other than that, I'd rather have the extra jalousie.

In regard to the eBay Trillium, it appears there is a fair amount of goo on belly band indicating a leak at some time. With out inspection, it's hard to judge if there is water damage. Raz
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:13 AM   #14
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David, I would love to see photos of the escape hatch mechanisms!

It's safe to say I'm a bit paranoid on that point. I had a cousin who went camping with neighbors when he was seven. There was a tent fire, and he lived -- but there were years of surgeries and skin grafts, and a lot of permanent scarring. He died of Hepatitis B before he turned 60, since nobody back then knew to screen blood transfusions for it. It's really shaped my attitude toward fire safety, for sure! I'm excessive, and I'm ok with that.
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