I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the inhabitants of this FiberglassRV.com community for all of their help and wonderful advice offered through your registries and forums. The wealth of information available here is phenominal!
And a special thank you to Donna D for your passion and involvement in the community. I truly believe that it is infectious! But I have to ask - if you spend as much time as you seem to on the computer, when do you ever have time to use your RV?
Next I would like to offer the remains of the Duo-Heat 65512-002 propane
heater from my 1978 Trillium
4500 to anyone who wants them. They are here in Edmonton, Alberta. If you want to pay the freight or come and get'em, they're yours. I never tried to use it, so I don't know if it works or not. I broke a couple of screws/bolts trying to take it out, but other than that, it seems to be in OK shape. Of course there is some corrosion. Buyer beware - no double your money back on this deal!
In 1964 my parents purchased a Hinsberger soft-top tent trailer. Our family of 4 kids (and usually 2 dogs) used it until us kids moved out of the house and started having families of our own. When Mom & Dad decided to upgrade, my sister and I inherited the Hinsberger, and it has been my families mode of camping since the '80's. Now that my kids are too old (?) to go camping with us, the tent trailer has become too unstable for the bride and I, unless we sleep on opposite sides of the trailer. Of course, this is not very conducive to marital bliss.
After not doing much (any?) camping for the last few years, SWMBO (She Who Must Be Obeyed, or "the Admiral" in sailor's parlance) and I decided to seek another alternative. I considered dismantling the old tent trailer and building a tear-drop unit on the old frame. Too much like work.
I looked at some of the ready-made tear-drop units, and thought that maybe one of these would work for us, but then considering that we're in the latter half of our fifties, I decided that the 2 - 3 ft headroom in any of the units that we could easily afford would make getting dressed in the morning just too dang difficult. And the newer bigger units were just more than we wanted to spend.
But after finding Fiberglass RV.com, and perusing what others had done with their trailers, and looking through some of the classifieds, I found a 1978 Trillium
4500 that seemed to be in decent shape, and the price was reasonable, so we decided to give it a try for a year. We spent last fall
and part of this spring cleaning & fixing, and we finally got it out to a campground this last weekend.
What an enjoyable time! Although my significant other only stayed for one night (pressing family matters), we enjoyed a campfire, walking in the woods, and just generally relaxing around the campsite. The trailer was easy to pull, and very stable when set up on its' jacks.
So far I have:
- scrubbed all the black crap off the exterior roof,
- washed down the rest of the exterior,
- replaced two layers of rubber matting (rock-chip protection) with spray-on truck bed liner,
- removed the old, cracked original Trillium
stripe and logos,
- repainted the Trillium logo on the forward window cover,
- installed new black racing stripes,
- name and identification lettering (TROAL - or TRill' Of A Lifetime)
- replaced the top vent,
- rebuilt one of the rear turn-signal lights
- replaced the exterior light
- replaced the safety chain,
- two new tires
- new brakes
(I didn't know that it even HAD brakes
when I bought it - I don't think the PO even knew they were there),
- moved the spare from the rear bumper to the front A-frame,
- added a bike rack to the rear bumper,
- cleaned the aluminum belly band, replaced some screws, and replaced the black plastic insert,
- removed the old tea towels that the PO had been using for curtains,
- removed the overhead shelf above the forward berth,
- scrubbed the Ensolite with bleach and cleanser,
- vacuumed and scrubbed out most of the storage compartments (1 left to go),
- replaced the plywood floor in the dinette/bed area with left-over 1/2" PVC from a project on my sailboat (OK, I PLANNED for the leftovers, all right?),
- boiled to soften and re-installed the trim between the Ensolite panels,
- washed and did some minor repairs on the original upholstery,
- tore up the old carpet,
- moved a light
fixture, replaced a lens and some bulbs,
- fixed up an old tool kit that my daughter made, to keep in the trailer,
- went camping for a weekend,
- removed the heater (we want to CAMP - heaters and camping do't go together in our books).
Still to come:
- more camping (Garner Lake in a couple of weeks, Pembina Provincial Park, maybe the Oregon coast come fall),
- black & white checkered linoleum on the floor (SWMBO is thinking a 1950's theme),
- new cupboard doors (white, with a black racing stripe accent, chrome latches and hinges?),
- curtains/blinds ( I just noticed a thread on curtains vs blinds tonight - I will have to check that out :-) )
- new floor liners in some of the storage areas,
- build shelving in the closet,
- build a new storage unit where the heater came out, with exterior access,
- add some other exterior access hatches for the rear seat areas, if I can find hatches that will fit and aren't too expensive,
- clean/repair/replace the fridge
- re-finish the stove-top,
- re-upholstering (DIY or contract it out?),
- remove and re-seal all of the windows
(and clean them),
- maybe a 12 volt battery
- maybe some solar
- and of course, more camping.
Looking at the list now, I'm wondering why I didn't do a full, off-frame restoration of this unit - I guess it's 'cuz I still want to go camping while the work is in progress...
I have a few photos on the registry - I'll add more as I get opportunities to update.
Thanks again to all of you, and Happy Campin'!