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Old 07-31-2020, 04:08 PM   #1
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Hello, can anyone point me to the best how tos to restoring a 74 trillium. I really want to focus on pulling out most of the fixtures in the resealling the windows.

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Old 07-31-2020, 04:20 PM   #2
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Chris, Where to begin? I have a list of things that you should look at:
1. The bolts holding the cab to the frame. There are only six and they are rusted through.
2. The door. Poorly engineered hinge mounts to the cab need to be repaired.
3. The belly band. It will start to fall off.
4. Windows. Remove and install new butyl tape, inspect the interior wood frame.
5. Re-wire everything.
6. This one hurts. Replace the axle with one that has brakes.
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Old 07-31-2020, 04:24 PM   #3
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Thanks for that, and these are all things I’m looking to do. My priority is to get this watertight, it has a few minor leaks.

Do you have any good links to how to do all those jobs?
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Old 07-31-2020, 06:05 PM   #4
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David, so glad you are back!

To the question on how-to for Trilliums, go to the upper right of the page, click on Manufacturers and select Trillium.

There you will find hundreds of threads on repairs others have done, including David. I found David and Randy Bishop postings key to my learning. There are others as well, but those two have both owned many Trilliums and done thorough repairs.


The Trillium is a great trailer!!! But, it has some well documented shortcomings. Windows, belly band, body to frame bolts, door hinge mounting, frame issues. But realize your trailer has already lasted over 45 years, which is a testament to the good design.

If you use the search function, be sure to search via Google.
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Thanks for that, and these are all things I’m looking to do. My priority is to get this watertight, it has a few minor leaks.

Do you have any good links to how to do all those jobs?
I just had some fun going through my old threads, see below. Some of the threads are unrelated to your question and several of the jobs are not covered.
As thrifty_bill said, there are so many threads on the subject of restoring a Trillium. In the search pull down select, "Search Site / Google". It is a bit of a rabit hole though.
https://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/...7-a-49103.html
https://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/...ium-49133.html
https://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/...ank-49385.html
https://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/...ead-58763.html
https://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/...ead-59580.html
https://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/...ead-65342.html
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Old 08-01-2020, 09:52 AM   #6
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Hello, can anyone point me to the best how tos to restoring a 74 trillium. I really want to focus on pulling out most of the fixtures in the resealling the windows.

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First of all, I would Check to see if the frame is cracked. If it is, you may have to remove the frame to have it welded.
Next. Remove all windows and see what you have left for wood. (Mine was rotten). Replace it!
Remove Belly band. Almost guaranteed the metal tabs are rusted out. Decide if you want to do a belly Band removal!
That should keep you busy for a while!.
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Old 08-01-2020, 11:02 AM   #7
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Welcome back David.. I for one have missed your sound advice, insight and common sense..
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