My parents have an old Trillium
1300 that has been sitting in the place for about 30 years. It's in decent condition - no obvious body problems - and my wife and I are considering refurbishing it now that we have twins and our backpacking life has slowed down... considerably.
A few questions for wise trailer owners:
We will need to redo the electrical
lines. Getting them done by someone who is qualified is expensive, so we're wondering if we really need both. Propane
seems easy to get rid of; we could just use a portable propane stove or induction burner when we're connected to the grid. There isn't currently a propane furnace
, but we don't really know that it's necessary.
: it'd be nice to have an outlet or two to charge phones & computers, and a few LED lights
through the trailer for nighttime.
The thing I can't wrap my mind around is the fridge
. We'd like to install a small fridge
, but for the life of me I can't figure out if there's a boon docking solution for electrical that will allow it to run for extended period of times on solar
, or if that's just an unrealistic use of solar
on a relatively small trailer. A 3-way solution seems best, but then we have to have both propane & electrical re-installed... Apparently you can run the fridge
off the electrical connection to the car? Can someone help de-mystify this for me?
2. Sink vs No Sink & Carrying water vs Not Carrying Water
How do folks feel about the utility of carrying water/having a sink, etc? In campsites, there's usually potable water within easy walking distance, so carrying a jug around isn't too hard. There is such limited counter space that I was thinking the sink might not be too useful. Plus, I think the gray water just drains out onto the ground under the trailer, and I'm fairly certain that's not allowed? I don't think the sink is large enough to actually do dishes, so I wonder what the utility of the sink actually is. Advice on this?
3. Lastly, a puzzle! Twin Infants in a Trillium
We have 4mo twin infants. They'd be roughly 6mo when we head out for a few weeks of camping, theoretically. Has anyone figured out a double crib situation? I'm thinking something custom in the bottom bunk is the best idea, but I'm curious if anyone has done something like this. Surely we can't be the only parents of twins also interested in vintage, fibreglass trailers, right?
Many thanks for your wisdom!