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Old 12-24-2016, 01:05 AM   #1
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Trillium rock guard latch project

The latches holding down the rock guard on my Trillium weren't in the best shape so I made up new ones. I understand there were different styles of latches, so here's what was on my trailer. I don't think these were original to this trailer.
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Old 12-24-2016, 01:10 AM   #2
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I started with stainless steel retractable plungers from McMaster Carr, p/n 8690A15. These were pricey at US$16 each, plus shipping, but they worked beautifully. From metalsupermarkets.com I purchased 1.0"x1.0" aluminum U-channel, cut to 1.5" long. I drilled a 1/2" hole through each side of the U-channel for the plunger and secured it with a 1/2"-13 stainless steel nut. I also drilled two countersunk holes in the base of the U-channel and screwed this down to the trailer with #10 countersunk oval head screws (stainless steel). Before screwing it down I applied Proflex sealant to prevent water from seeping past the screws.
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Old 12-24-2016, 01:11 AM   #3
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Here's the end result. They work perfectly and look pretty decent I think, so I'm happy.
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Old 12-24-2016, 05:03 AM   #4
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Great Job ! This solution would work well on many other brands of trailer. I managed to replace the springs on the latches of my Bigfoot because I still had the plungers, but if I was missing the plungers, which is a common issue, this would be a perfect solution.
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Old 12-24-2016, 06:57 AM   #5
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I like that!
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Old 12-24-2016, 03:15 PM   #6
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Nice job, I like that one.
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Old 12-24-2016, 07:22 PM   #7
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Vince..

That is a very creative solution - Thanks for sharing.. I will be building a couple for my "cabinette" in the near future as one of my originals ceased up to the point that it broke ;-)
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Old 12-24-2016, 07:34 PM   #8
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Vince..

Question - Did you order the plungers "with" or "with out" the Thread Locker??
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Old 12-24-2016, 11:59 PM   #9
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Thanks guys! I hope this helps a few of you. Chris - I didn't use the thread locking spring plungers. Either style should work fine though. I just torqued the nut down tight so it won't vibrate loose.

By the way, if you're ordering from McMaster Carr from Canada, you will need to order through a business. They rejected my order initially, even with a US shipping address. I found that annoying, but I couldn't find the spring plungers anywhere else.

Slightly unrelated - I purchased new Kason door hinges for my Trillium from McMaster Carr earlier this year. I found the info in an old thread on this forum. They don't show the hinges on their website but when I entered the part number it allowed me to order them.
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Old 12-25-2016, 05:50 AM   #10
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By the way, if you're ordering from McMaster Carr from Canada, you will need to order through a business.
Just like Fastenal. They have a lot of stuff that I wasn't able to source anywhere else, they have it on hand at the store, yet they won't sell anything to the regular guy. Frustrating. Strange business policy. You have a customer on site, ready to give you money for something that you're the only one to sell, and you refuse.
Worst: when they realize you're not a business, they sneer at you like you're an idiot or a lower life form.
I'm thinking of registering my own business "Carl's Trailer Restoration Inc." !!
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I'm thinking of registering my own business "Carl's Trailer Restoration Inc." !!
No idea of what that would cost to do but it "just" may be the way to go. Not like you really have to have a working business....other than on paper
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