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cheenyc 10-08-2013 04:53 AM

New Trillium 4500 and new to the rv world.
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Hey we picked up a Trillium 4500 a few weeks back in NJ for a $1000 buck it had been sitting a few years so lots of mildew on roof and walls cleaned up great will hit it the zep this weekend if the weather is good. We are fixing up the inside and I got some new tires and wheels just wanted to see if anyone one knows of a good place in north NJ to have the breaks and frame checked out thanks guys.

Raz 10-08-2013 05:30 AM

Welcome to the forum and the Trillium club. Trilliums are great trailers as you are about to find out:). Any mechanic can grease the bearings and check out and adjust the brakes. RV places can also do it but I suspect will charge more. Raz

cheenyc 10-08-2013 08:59 AM

Thanks Raz. Will be working on it all winter look forward to the spring.

David Tilston 10-08-2013 09:14 AM

James, That is a great deal for $1000! Do you know the year? If I had to to guess, it looks like a 1978. A good way to tell is to check out the serial number list.

You might even want to add your trailer to the list. If you post a picture of the data sheet that should be on the inside of your closet, that would help.

cheenyc 10-08-2013 09:27 AM

Yeah very sweet deal. It was listed as a 1979 I will post number tonight

cheenyc 10-08-2013 02:53 PM

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I will upload to the sn page when I get home looks like a 78

David Tilston 10-08-2013 03:42 PM

I don't mean to be demanding, but one day I plan to do a spread sheet of the installed appliances vs serial number. Would it be asking too much to ask you to take a slightly clearer picture of the whole sheet?

cheenyc 10-08-2013 04:23 PM

LOL... Not at all i will post some for you. Do you think it's a 79 ?

David Tilston 10-08-2013 04:35 PM

Based on where it is on the list, and the arrangement of the drawers, I would call it a 78. The clincher would be if the window in the door opens. It seems they only did that on the 78 Trillium 4500 trailers. A 79 would have what I call an almost front dinette. The fibreglass from a front dinette trailer, but with a piece of plywood screwed in so it is a bench.

Now, there is some confusion about Trillium serial numbers, and manufacture dates. This is why I started the list. Trillium built trailers about a year before they were sold. Someone would buy a trailer, brand new, in 1979, but the manufacture date was 1978. When registering their new toy, no one wants to have it a year old, when it is brand new, so they register it as a 1979. Unless you have a manufacture date sticker on the front of your trailer, (and I have yet to see one on a 4500) then it is difficult to say for sure. Weird eh?

My two 78 4500's are on the list, as well as my very early 4500:
David Tilston:....45-1100036..'76?:Front Gaucho
David Tilston:....45-1100980..'78: Front Gaucho
David Tilston:....45-1101043..'78: Front Gaucho

cheenyc 10-08-2013 05:19 PM

Cool thanks David looks like a 78 as the window in the door opens. It has a small fold out table at the end of the stovetop and looks to have had bunk beds at some point.
I think i want to bring them back need to check around for som pictures of them.

Donna D. 10-08-2013 06:19 PM

Hi James, looks like you've been around for a while, because I see you have a number of posts. That doesn't matter... just wanted to say... YOU SCORED! :thumb

David Tilston 10-08-2013 07:06 PM

James, take a look at the whole serial number thread. It is sort of a history of the brand. There are tons of pictures of the front bunk, (very handy for kids). On a 4500 the bunk is about 6" wider then on a 1300 This means that the front edge of the bunk actually has a piano hinge that allows it to fold behind the rest of the bunk, (back of the couch), when the gaucho, (a couch that turns into a bunk) is a couch. Difficult to describe. I will post pictures later. It looks like you just need the poles that support the bunk from below.

Also note that most serial numbers on the list link to pictures of that trailer. Also the owners, if known, are linked to as well. This would allow you to contact that person to ask questions. Lots of reference info. My own personal research project.

cheenyc 10-09-2013 04:18 AM

Very cool thanks . Yes the piano hing has been removed so what I was thinking was to build my own out of ply wood and a new hing some and some poles...... Yes made a few posted about tires when we got the trailer but never got the chance to to say hi and post some photos till now. Will keep you all posted on the updates and we do hoping to Dow a lot of work the up coming 3 day weekend.

cheenyc 10-09-2013 06:21 PM

Hey let me ask you i found a box of 15amp fuses (the kind you use for cars) in the draw of the camper are these use for the Trillium ? If so where do the go ? Thanks.

David Tilston 10-10-2013 05:40 PM

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Originally Posted by cheenyc (Post 423985)
Hey let me ask you i found a box of 15amp fuses (the kind you use for cars) in the draw of the camper are these use for the Trillium ? If so where do the go ? Thanks.

In the gaucho, on the road side, the wires come into the trailer. There are two inline fuse holders there.

Also, as promised, pictures of the transition from couch to bunk. The upper bunk is so wide, it would not get past the kitchen without the hinged part.

cheenyc 10-10-2013 07:54 PM

Cool thanks... I think i will bulid it myself it will be nice to have the bunk back. I will get some better photos of the specks sheet for you this weekend.

cheenyc 10-14-2013 08:50 AM

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Here are some more photos.

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