Converting Trillium bunk beds into dinette - Fiberglass RV


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Old 05-07-2020, 07:41 AM   #1
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Converting Trillium bunk beds into dinette

Has anyone converted their trillium (1980 ish) bunk bed into a dinette for two? How did it go? Any photos or plans you can share?

Someone told me that if I mess with the fiberglass on the inside, it may impact the structure integrity. Is this true?
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Old 05-10-2020, 10:02 AM   #2
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Hi Laurie, just remember that you are working with a trailer built and designed in the late 60's early 70's that has no structural integrity without the interior that it came with. Also due to financial pressures the outer skin kept getting thinner over the years. I have a late 70's T4500 that was the same as the T1500 but the T1500 is a little shorter and therefore more sturdy without extra framing. I my case, the trailer was built with a lot of the interior integrity removed due to extra interior comfort features a result of large holes cut into the sides of the bunks for access doors. I have also had to strengthen the driver's side upper kitchen cupboard to support the roof. I suggest that you think of a way to strengthen that area once you make the modification since the front end gets the most wind pressure/damage when travelling. Think carefully how you plan on using your RV, if you spend most of your time eating outside under the tent or inside?
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Old 05-10-2020, 03:04 PM   #3
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Trillium offered a front dinette version, so it would seem they thought the structure sufficient without the full-width front bench.

It’s a cumulative thing. One small change here or there has minimal impact, but if you start cutting and hacking indiscriminately, you can end up with problems.
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Old 05-12-2020, 01:35 AM   #4
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Has anyone converted their trillium (1980 ish) bunk bed into a dinette for two? How did it go? Any photos or plans you can share?

Someone told me that if I mess with the fiberglass on the inside, it may impact the structure integrity. Is this true?

Hello Laurie,

There are many threads which touch on what your asking about. A recent one, started 4-25-2020 was titled “Trillium Gaucho mystery??” You should be able to look it up. I'd share a link, but I’ve not quite figured that out yet.

In that thread, I enjoyed sharing my “not fancy” changeover from front bunk/goucho to small dinette, in a ‘79 Trillium 4500. There are many variations and customizations possible, but as you mentioned, the less ”structural” change, the better. My model year trailer allowed me to do it without requiring fiberglass work, or having to add any holes to the trailer interior, and still maintain flexibility to change the layout back. There are a few pics of the unfinished project.

Others also shared some ideas, and some quotes and references to interior layouts were shared.

Definitely check out what others have posted on FGRV about conversions and structural changes. There are many varied approaches and opinions on the forums, and being informed will allow you to weigh the viability of what’s offered.

Best of luck with your trailer!

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Old 05-15-2020, 07:52 AM   #5
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Thanks to all of you for your words of advise. I will definitely check out the references you suggested before I start to mess with my wee trailer.

Hoping all of you are doing well in these tough times. Can't wait to get on the road...August?

Again thanks a bunch!

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