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Le Corbeau
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Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Courtenay
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Trailer Name Le Corbeau
Year 2004
Make Trillium
Model Outback
Length 13 ft.
Packages Deluxe Front Bunks
History Third owner. All within 5 miles of each other. Young couple purchased new and used it until they had 3 children. Sold to an older (age 74) couple who used it for 8 years. Stored in their barn for last 2 years. Decided to sell. Very reasonable price for the condition: $8,000 CDN in 2013.
Interior
Lots of oak storage bins everywhere. Very thoughtfully done. Hanging curtain over space under couch area to cover up the porta-pottie. Probably lots of other things too but as a new owner I'm not that familiar with what's supposed to be there initially and what's been added. I'm learning.
Oh, I've been discovering! The inverter only had the cover plate on it and there was actually nothing behind it! So 30 A World Famous installed for about $275 in 2015.
Removed the porta-pottie before the trip North and didn't miss it. It's never been used!
The one drawer that holds cutlery makes an awful screeching noise on opening & closing. Neither wax or soap helped, so need to figure out a slider mechanism.

Exterior
Has been waxed recently. Cleaned with Barkeepers Friend, rinsed, waxed with Meguiars liquid wax.

The Fantastic Fan exterior rain cover shook itself loose so those rivets need to be redone along with the front window gravel guard.

Becoming very familiar with ProFlex sealant in both black and white.

Customization
All the nicely done wood fittings for extra storage and convenient access.
Lift 3" and 14" tires are next after these tires are done - new in 2015.

Renovations
None yet. I need to use it to figure out what, if anything, else needs to be done.
Noticed some parts of the white gasket on the entrance door is loose.
Would like to add enough solar power so I wouldn't need to be concerned about the fridge operation over a longer time period.

Update April 2105: 120 V portable solar panel

Convert all lights to LED. Exterior lights are LED's except for the porch light.

Update April 2015: All interior lights now LED's

Would also like to create a dinette at the front but still be able to use the bunk beds if needed. Looked at a couple at a F.G. Trailer meet and it is possible so it's on the list too.

Other Information
Need to repack the wheel bearings. A friend is going to teach me how to do this.

Update March 2015: Had wheel bearings checked when new tires installed, realigned only, no need for repacking,yet.

After reading so many stories on this site about the work people have done to their units, I'm feeling a little left out! I guess I'll just have to create some trouble so I'll have something to fix and document.
I had to sleep in it the first night at home! Better than new shoes.

Update April 2016: Oh yes, I created trouble! After an 8,000 mile journey over 3 months to the Arctic ocean (Inuvik) in 2015 I have some damages to repair. Fiberglass holes in front from rocks on gravel roads; flattened propane lines from same?; loose rivets and missing spare tire and carrier from rear after too many miles of washboard gravel logging roads. 2 windows weeping from loss of seal as a result of same roads. Blinds on windows - cords broken from old age; 1 replaced during trip, 1 more to do. Outside marker light broken off from rocks. Awning arm lock broken.

Then there are the tow vehicle repairs: just the removable extension mirrors that I had to zip strap on to the main mirrors part way through the trip.

I'm sure there are other repairs to do but those are top of mind at the moment! Lots of fun and things to do now.....

Update:April 2017 - New extended mirrors that don't fall off on gravel roads; stainless steel bolts, washers, rubber roofing washers, acorn nuts to replace rusty ones at awning arm attachments to shell; new A-frame hitch jack w/sidewinder handle (gears broke on old one) hard to find one small enough - 1500 lbs; new hard plastic cover for propane regulator; new orange side marker light; new propane tank cover; new spare tire cover; new spare tire attachment to rear bumper for 5 lug spare; new mattress for lower single bed from IKEA - size mod. needed with an electric carving knife; Up next: mini-split 8000w A/C with the noisy part mounted on the the A-frame; 2 - 6V Trojan golf cart batteries and locking box for same; and of course much much more on the on-going list to get it ready for the Cross Canada trip in 2018. Up to $12,000 so far!

Tow Vehicle
2006 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab
4 WD 4 Cyl. 2.7L pickup truck

My 3rd small Toyota pickup since 1981, although they're not so small anymore.

Always hauling something!

Before leaving on Arctic Journey in May 2015: new Nokian Activa AT Plus tires; all belts, hoses, plugs, filters, etc. replaced as a preventive measure. As a result, no problems over 8,000 miles with probably half being gravel roads. Just a front windshield replacement.

Update April 2017 - 106,000 miles on the odometer (It's an American truck I purchased online in 2007).
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