"Selling the Trillium" has been a bone of contention between my wife and me. She loves it, but we don't have time to use it, so it sits unused. I'm trying to move things we aren't using, and I ask her about "selling the Trillium" every year. We've used the Trillium exactly once
since buying it from the original owner in Oct. 1999 - we made a 2-week loop to northern California from Seattle. During the cleanup this year, I noticed it hasn't had a new registration
sticker on the plate since 2001. This is ridiculous, especially when it seems there are lot of folks looking for Trilliums they will actually put to use. After this year's exchange, she said, "fine, if you can get $5,000 for it, you can sell it." She doesn't think it'll sell for that, so she's safe. Let's see if she's right (I'm sure she's wrong).
This is a preliminary post to gauge interest, answer questions, show pictures, etc., as I'm still going through it to make sure everything's clean, everything works, etc. I've attached a couple of sample pics, but am happy to send any pic you need, video, etc. Also, you're free to come see it at our house on Bainbridge Island, WA. (just a hop/skip from the Canadian border . . . .).
This is an unusual trailer in that it's been used for only two trips (both child-free) in its 33 years. The original owner (if he's alive and still at the address we have for him, he's contactable) purchased the trailer new in California when he and his wife retired from the military and relocated to Rhode Island. They used the trailer for that trip, only, and parked it inside their garage on the tireless wheels (included). We bought it, had it trucked back out to Washington, and used it on the one trip to California, otherwise it's been under a custom CalMark Sunbrella cover (lots of tree stuff up here).
This 4500 has the Gaucho couch/bunks arrangement up front, top vent, jalousie windows
, elec/propane fridge
, converter, sink, and 3 burner stove top. We didn't use the sink, but the original owners may have during their trip. Interior styling is vintage '70s, and all upholstery/foam headliner stuff is in excellent condition. Trailer has no water leaks
of any kind that I can tell. All sealing on windows/vent looks intact. Tires
are new this year. Trailer came with its original awning
that somehow attaches to the trailer via little brackets on the trailer, but the transporter who brought the trailer to us in Washington lost the poles on the way, so we have a perfectly good awning
with no poles, except a bulky pvc set we had made up (work fine, but looks?).
I have kept the exterior clean, but waxed it only the first year we had it. It looks fine to me (no stains, etc., but one minor area of apparent sun fading where trailer faced window in original owner's garage), but I pulled the awning
off the rail to clean behind it and see that the under-awning area is fairly shiny, while the rest of the trailer is not. This trailer has no mistakes made on the exterior from inexpertly applied products, etc. - it could be your blank canvas.
As I said, this not the final ad, just gauging interest and offering to respond to questions, requests for pics, etc. My plan is to finish the minor cleanup, confirm everything's working (and correct it if it's not), and probably clean/paint the hitch and rear bumper. Package will include a porta-potty, porta-shower (we never used them), and a bunch of other minor camping stuff. Hubcaps are original, but may need some finish work if that shading's not intentional. Includes all manuals and original purchase paperwork. One thing we added that was a real asset for our one trip was the set of 4 drop-down jackstands to stabilize the trailer at night(!) - very nice). BUT, stainless stove top has some rust/corrosion from sitting for 33 years. I'll try to clean it up, but I'm no expert and don't want to ruin it when someone who knows what he's doing could do it right.
Also includes the original Trillium
tank and spare tire covers, though the tire cover has a 1/4" tear at the top. They're otherwise in very good, new appearance.
Let me know of questions, etc.