'76 Trillium front gaucho modification - Fiberglass RV


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Old 07-24-2020, 07:25 AM   #1
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'76 Trillium front gaucho modification

Happy Friday,

I'll try to keep this short. The interior of my '76 Trillium is basically one piece of molded fiberglass (like a tub). My intention was to build a mini dinette in the front of camper, but there's a bench that spans the width of the space (I've heard it called a gaucho bench/couch). In order to build a space to eat for two, I will need to remove this gaucho bench (or at least cut into it).

My concern with the modification is that the gaucho probably provides a good bit of rigidity. I've seen other layouts where there's a bench in the front but it doesn't span the entire width of the vehicle, so I'm thinking it may not be that big of an issue? Perhaps I'd have to install some bracing to account for the removed rigidity support of the bench?

I have attached some pictures of what it currently looks like (ignore the water damage and lack of window seals). My idea was to cut the middle of the bench out and make seats out of what's remaining in the corners.

Any info on the feasibility of making such a drastic modification would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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Old 07-24-2020, 07:56 AM   #2
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Happy Friday,



I'll try to keep this short. The interior of my '76 Trillium is basically one piece of molded fiberglass (like a tub). My intention was to build a mini dinette in the front of camper, but there's a bench that spans the width of the space (I've heard it called a gaucho bench/couch). In order to build a space to eat for two, I will need to remove this gaucho bench (or at least cut into it).



My concern with the modification is that the gaucho probably provides a good bit of rigidity. I've seen other layouts where there's a bench in the front but it doesn't span the entire width of the vehicle, so I'm thinking it may not be that big of an issue? Perhaps I'd have to install some bracing to account for the removed rigidity support of the bench?



I have attached some pictures of what it currently looks like (ignore the water damage and lack of window seals). My idea was to cut the middle of the bench out and make seats out of what's remaining in the corners.



Any info on the feasibility of making such a drastic modification would be greatly appreciated.



Thanks!


I did that on a 13 Perris pacer ( since sold so no pictures) it worked great... Im sure others will chime in with pictures.... trying googling it
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Old 07-24-2020, 08:25 AM   #3
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Alan,

Unfortunately there's not much info out there about this specific problem out on the interwebs.

I understand it might be sacrilegious to rip out the original bench, but as long as I'm not sacrificing the stability/rigidity of the fiberglass hull, I'm OK with it.

There's just not enough room to put seats on top of the bench, plus the table would be above the bottom of the window which would just look obnoxious.

Thanks again.
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Old 07-24-2020, 11:14 AM   #4
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Alan,

Unfortunately there's not much info out there about this specific problem out on the interwebs.

I understand it might be sacrilegious to rip out the original bench, but as long as I'm not sacrificing the stability/rigidity of the fiberglass hull, I'm OK with it.

There's just not enough room to put seats on top of the bench, plus the table would be above the bottom of the window which would just look obnoxious.

Thanks again.


I found this

https://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/...tte-42352.html
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Old 07-24-2020, 12:59 PM   #5
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I stand corrected. Thanks Alan. Most of these modifications are for trailers that are not Trilliums - I suspect they have very similar designs and if others have done it with success, I think I can, too.

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