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Old 08-11-2021, 06:14 PM   #1
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Not so new Trillium owners

Good day.

Iíve been lurking this site for years and I love the site and the immensely valuable info here.

Iím a not so new Trillium 1300 owner.

Not so new, because the trailer has been in my family since initial purchase in 1975 or 76.

Our trailer was originally purchased by my grandfather and then later owned by my mother. Now after all have passed the trailer has come to me.

Itís in need of a fair bit of the common fixes, but is it good shape.

I grew up camping in this trailer from early toddler years all the way to late teensÖ and happy to have it now to return to its former glory.

Pleased to meet everyone!
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Old 08-11-2021, 06:27 PM   #2
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The story so far;

Mom brought the trailer to an RV storage yard nearly 20 years ago, trailer outlasted 2 businesses and was moved several times before it landed in a field with shot tires.

Threw some new tires on, slapped some magnetic lights on and dragged her home for some serious love.

Firstly I scrubbed it right down, inside and then outside. Next I checked all the window trims and identified one major window leak. Butyl tape is now on order for a reseal job this weekend.

Yesterday I ripped the failing belly band off and that job will be tackled next.

That should cover the leaks.
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Old 08-11-2021, 06:41 PM   #3
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Off to a great start, doing the right stuff!

One quick job I would add to your list is replacing the body to frame bolts. They tend to rot out. When I picked up my 1977 Trillium, there was almost NOTHING holding the body to the frame. I got very lucky!

There was also a recall on the frame around 1976. Before then, the front body to frame bolts were drilled through the frame rails, right at the point the frame was bent inward. This lead to the frame breaking/cracking at this point.

The lower square "washer" in my top picture is not a washer at all. It was all that remained of the angle clip that was welded to the side of the frame rails. So there was nothing holding the front bolts to the frame. The other bolts all looked like the bottom picture. I call these "easy to remove" bolts. I put a wrench on the nut, and within about 1/8 of a turn, the bolts all snapped.Pried the top section up from the top, and reused the original square plates.
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Old 08-11-2021, 06:47 PM   #4
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Off to a great start, doing the right stuff!

One quick job I would add to your list is replacing the body to frame bolts. They tend to rot out. When I picked up my 1977 Trillium, there was almost NOTHING holding the body to the frame. I got very lucky!

There was also a recall on the frame around 1976. Before then, the front body to frame bolts were drilled through the frame rails, right at the point the frame was bent inward. This lead to the frame breaking/cracking at this point.
Pleased to meet you, Iíve read so many of your posts I feel like I already know you! Thank you for your project documentation!

There seems to have been a frame patch/reinforcement done - probably by my grandfather.

MOST of the body bolts look great except where the water leak was, but that is definitely on my list of things to go over after the leaks are sorted.
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Old 08-11-2021, 08:31 PM   #5
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Ryan, that's a beautiful trailer. Love the color. Trilliums are very durable. Good to see you fixing it up to use it.
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Old 08-12-2021, 08:30 AM   #6
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What a cool story

Congrats on ending up owning the maker of memories. And welcome to the forum.
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Old 08-13-2021, 05:41 AM   #7
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Hi I think it's great you will re-new the Trillium and use it.
I would follow Thrifty Bill's advice and replace " ALL 6 " of the frame bolts . The bolts on my 1976 1300 were really bad . Hard to tell until you take one out. They're easy to replace and cheap insurance for a safe trip. I used stainless hex bolts and washers ,it was a two person job, one inside and second person under the body wrenchs in hand. 15 minute job ! When you are in doubt ask those on here for help, we act like family ! No mouchers on here though ! lol
Enjoy your Trillium again , Duane
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