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Old 08-17-2016, 08:10 PM   #1
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Trillium 4500 Renovation

Here's my latest Trillium 4500 Renovation.. I'm getting slower in my old age took it apart 2 years ago and it set in the back yard till this spring.. I bought a piece of land with a 30' x30' metal bldg. on it so now I have a place I can work on it when the mood hits me.. So I started working on it early spring and I'm far enough along now to post some pictures of my progress... Some how I've either lost or deleted pictures showing how it looked before I started...Here's what I've done so far......
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Old 08-17-2016, 08:12 PM   #2
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After getting rid of the belly band the inside needed cleaning bad.....
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Old 08-17-2016, 08:23 PM   #3
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After cleaning it with the most powerful cleaner there is "Elbow Grease" it looked pretty good... Really used Scrubbing Bubbles with bleach in a spray bottle...took 6 bottles...
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Old 08-17-2016, 08:29 PM   #4
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Took it off the frame.. Going to have the frame extended so I can install a aluminum tool box on the front and replace the axle, the axle it has had shocks... never seen that on one before.. Thinking about having them installed on the renovated frame....
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Old 08-17-2016, 08:35 PM   #5
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Rebuilt the partitions that are enclosing the front bathroom, the existing ones were made with wood paneling and was coming apart.. Never understand why they used wood paneling... I used Fiberglass Reinforced Panels (FRP Panels) shouldn't ever rot.....
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Old 08-17-2016, 09:35 PM   #6
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Sanded the camper down then rolled on 2 coats of Rustoleum Almond paint sanding between coats, then sprayed on two more coats sanding between coats.. Was going to put two coats of clear on next but after talking to the people at Rustoleum they said if I put a coat of clear auto paint on it the paint would peel... So I sanded it one more time with 800 grit sandpaper then shot one more coat of Almond on it... I think it turned out good enough...
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Old 08-17-2016, 09:39 PM   #7
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Cleaned all the windows.. Then re-built the front gravel guard...... And added the stripe
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Old 08-17-2016, 09:42 PM   #8
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Added the decals.....
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Old 08-18-2016, 08:05 AM   #9
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It looks amazing Randy!!
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Red face stunning!!

Love the hunter graphic, and I'm not a hunter!!
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Wow!Beautiful!
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Old 08-18-2016, 09:23 AM   #12
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Thanks for sharing your experience and pictures. It looks like it is really coming along nicely. I should really start the belly band on mine, I just hate ripping off the wall covering to get at it. Maybe I can figure out a way to do it all from outside...
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Thanks for sharing your experience and pictures. It looks like it is really coming along nicely. I should really start the belly band on mine, I just hate ripping off the wall covering to get at it. Maybe I can figure out a way to do it all from outside...
From the outside is the "ONLY" way to do it... No need to do anything from the inside... This is my 5th Trillium that I removed the belly band on and all were done from the outside. Usually I do it on the area where the band is located only that way I don't have to paint the camper when done, I just add rubber car trim that is nearly 2" wide over the repairs..
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Old 08-18-2016, 10:08 AM   #14
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JOKRA...
Here's a link showing how I repaired the belly band on another 4500 I renovated, it also shows how I rebuilt the overhead cabinet with FRP panels doing away with the wood paneling sliding doors... I don't think it shows the rubber trim I put on it but you should be able to order that at a auto parts store............

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Old 08-18-2016, 11:17 AM   #15
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Super nice job!

Can you post a close up picture of the Trillium logo on the rock guard? It looks really nice.
I need to have mine redone eventually.
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Randy,

Your belly band looks great! What did you do to get it so smooth? I have sanded the glass work that I have done. It is now flush with where the edges of the gel coat, on the sides of the belly band. My neighbor, who I have learned so much from, says that I should use Bondo as a replacement for the gel coat over the belly band. I was planning to use Bondo as a filler for the imperfections and pits in the fibreglass, but not as a continuous layer. What did you do?
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Old 08-18-2016, 05:25 PM   #17
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Randy,

Your belly band looks great! What did you do to get it so smooth? I have sanded the glass work that I have done. It is now flush with where the edges of the gel coat, on the sides of the belly band. My neighbor, who I have learned so much from, says that I should use Bondo as a replacement for the gel coat over the belly band. I was planning to use Bondo as a filler for the imperfections and pits in the fibreglass, but not as a continuous layer. What did you do?

I used Short Strand Fiberglass by Bondo to fill the gap, I rough sanded with 40 grit sand paper down level with the fiber glass wall then came back over that with Bondo Filler and sanded that smooth then sprayed two coats of a thick grey primer I got at the Auto Parts store (you can see that in the pictures) then sanded that down smooth as glass.. Worked really well....
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Old 08-18-2016, 05:35 PM   #18
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Super nice job!

Can you post a close up picture of the Trillium logo on the rock guard? It looks really nice.
I need to have mine redone eventually.

Carl,
Here you go, I've had several done in different colors...Not that expensive...
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Old 08-18-2016, 05:40 PM   #19
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Started putting the interior together today got the cabinet doors installed and selves re-installed..
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Old 08-18-2016, 05:49 PM   #20
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The closet is in terrible shape, someone glued some sort of carpet in it and it was terrible.. Ripped everything out... going to install luan paneling then cover that with FRP panels.. Need the luan so I can pop rivet some shelves in there without them going all the way through the wall...... Got the sides in, got them braced off till the glue dries and will install the FRP panels tomorrow...Pictures of the luan inside the closet and the FRP panels cut waiting to go in...
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