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Marv Watson 09-08-2009 07:39 AM

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This week we are celebrating our 1st anniversary as owners of a 1978 Trillium 1300. And it's been quite a first year. Several thousand miles of great travel experiences, including 4 rallies, at which we met a lot of great folks and got some helpful tips and advice.

In this first year we have completed some major (for us) modifications to the Trillium, most of them this summer. I would like to thank the FGRV Forum in general for a lot of great information; and in particular I want to thank Steve, Ed, Floyd, Jim and PeterH for their time and interest in my projects and their inspiration.

We've removed: the bunk; the furnace, furnace vent grate, the refrigerator, old door lock latch, 110v plug hatch, vent, and carpet.

The first thing we did was have electric brakes installed, along with new plug and controller. Then, I used PoliGlow prep and 5 coats of PoliGlow to restore the shine. After our winter trip it was time for new tires. Then, after a vent pull-chain failure at a rally in May, we had a Fantastic Vent fan with rain sensor installed. This summer I got ambitious and made these mods: enlarged the opening where the furnace vent was and installed a 13" X 17" hatch (followed PeterH's fine instructions & pictorial on that one); installed 30 amp breaker box w/2 15 amp circuit breakers; wired existing circuit (3 outlets) to first 15 amp breaker; installed new circuit for one indoor and one outside outlet, connected to second breaker; cut opening for outside outlet and installed GFI outlet; disconnected converter from the line and installed new plug on converter wire and plugged into exising outlet; ran 30 amp wiring from Marinco plug receptacle to breaker box; installed Marinco 30 amp plug receptacle where old 110v hatch was; built shelf and boxed it in for access from new hatch; installed new Allure flooring; installed new stainless steel door lock clasp. While I was doing those things, dw fabricated all new curtains, pillow cases, bed spread.

I have photos of most steps of destruction and reconstruction, so if anyone has an interest in seeing photos of one or more of these modifications, let me know and I'll post them.


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Looking forward to year two!

MarvonW

Steve Jurz 09-08-2009 10:33 PM

I would love to see some pictures.
Thanks..

Marv Watson 09-09-2009 07:56 PM

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I would love to see some pictures.
Thanks..
Steve,

Here's a little slide show of some of the mods I described. This might take two or three posts, we'll see.

....MarvonW

Marv Watson 09-09-2009 07:59 PM

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I would love to see some pictures.
Thanks..
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Marv Watson 09-09-2009 08:02 PM

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I would love to see some pictures.
Thanks..
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Ed Harris 09-10-2009 05:55 AM

Marv

That is already some set of mods!
I remember the first time I meet you as I pulled in to Shak-attack ,you were on the roof messing with that chain.

Can you come down here and show me exactly how to get that kind of shine on my trailers too?

Oh and what do you mean "if" we want to see pics????

Best to both of you.

Ed

Donna D. 09-10-2009 06:55 PM

:aplas Pictures are worth a thousand words. My, my you've accomplished a lot in one year. Thanks for sharing!

Mike B. 08-22-2010 09:45 PM

Nice work! What did you replace the original fridge with?
Mike

Marv Watson 02-02-2011 09:58 AM

Sorry for delay
 
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Originally Posted by Mike B. (Post 220858)
Nice work! What did you replace the original fridge with?
Mike

Sorry for tardiness of reply. Haven't been watching the forum regularly lately. We did not replace fridge. Use the space to hide a port-a-potty. We now use a Coleman AC/DC cooler/warmer for our chilling needs. Got it off of Craigslist for $10.00. Works like a charm! I keep it in the car plugged in to DC socket while driving; then switch to trailer DC while camping. Handled all we needed last winter for two months on the road.

Larry Tenhage 03-09-2011 06:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Marv Watson (Post 235916)
Sorry for tardiness of reply. Haven't been watching the forum regularly lately. We did not replace fridge. Use the space to hide a port-a-potty. We now use a Coleman AC/DC cooler/warmer for our chilling needs. Got it off of Craigslist for $10.00. Works like a charm! I keep it in the car plugged in to DC socket while driving; then switch to trailer DC while camping. Handled all we needed last winter for two months on the road.


Your trailer looks Great! We painted ours, because it was in poor shape, but if it looked as good as yours, never would have painted it. We plan to keep ours for a LONG time. We've been asked to sell it many times. So, hope you'll keep yours too.

DannyH 03-10-2011 02:19 PM

Marv, great looking trailer. I like the modificatoins you've done. I also did the hatch cover add under the seat, it makes this area much more accesable.

Roland H 03-10-2011 04:17 PM

Thanks for the pictures, I had been thinking of the exterior electrical plug but with so many other reno ideas floating around it got lost in the shuffle! Thanks for the reminder!


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