Where to start? Fastest learning opportunity? Read every thread you can in the Trillium
section. Trilliums are great, but have their share of issues that must be addressed: belly band, window seals, body to frame bolts, door hinges, just to name four. Make sure floor is solid, no soft spots, and no rot in the dinette benches either. Make sure you have drain holes in the pontoons.
I followed this method before buying my 1977 Trillium
1300. I was able to avoid some major problems, passed on a couple of trailers even though they were so hard to find. Both were sold
to others, hope they are happy.... Finally found a good one, that needed work, but no insurmountable issues. I didn't know what to watch out for, but there are several very knowledgeable people out there, so by reading their threads, I became an "expert". Sort of, kind of, OK, not an expert but knowledgeable.
Google is your friend, as many knowledgeable people have been there before. Trailer is 46 years old, so stuff wears out, like the axle
. While molded FG trailers are the most durable in the RV business, its the body that is durable (and the cabinets in the case of Trilliums). The rest of the stuff: frames, windows
, wiring, appliances, are no more durable than other RVs. Its not like FG trailers used unique wiring, plumbing, or appliances.
I would not use any of the systems: propane
, water, or electrical
, until you have verified them. Old power centers on these trailers are also a common fail point. There should be a small flip up door (hatch) where the power cord enters. It will be marked. Check the 12V fuse on the power center, mine was fused into place (bad).