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Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 01-24-2020, 07:25 AM
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Posted By Carl V
Thanks MJ! Yes we've been using the trailer...

Thanks MJ!
Yes we've been using the trailer since and enjoy it very much!!
I've since made a few improvements that are documented on my blog but not here:
Fiamma F65 awning
150W solar panel...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 09-17-2017, 07:35 PM
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Posted By Carl V
Thanks Wenda! We are just back from an 11 day...

Thanks Wenda!
We are just back from an 11 day trip along the St-Lawrence north shore, we had a great time, and our trailer was flawless!
We really enjoyed it!
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 09-10-2017, 05:13 AM
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Posted By Carl V
As I write this, we are on our first camping trip...

As I write this, we are on our first camping trip with our 5500, at the 2017 Quebec Bolerama in Roberval QC, parked among about 140 FG trailers, and we're having a great time!
Lot of very nice...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 09-10-2017, 05:07 AM
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Posted By Carl V
Hi Wenda The orange stripes was just vinyl...

Hi Wenda

The orange stripes was just vinyl tape, we just pulled on it and it came off. Some glue residue was left at some places that we had to clean off afterwards, but nothing too hard.

The...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 07-23-2017, 08:42 PM
Replies: 177
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Posted By Carl V
Interior shots: ...

Interior shots:

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4scBCjFP9EQ/WXVWdqdT4FI/AAAAAAAALEk/2b2IifYxMUgx4XSL_ucnk4S1P5JCS3mRgCLcBGAs/s1600/P7230067.jpg
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Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 07-23-2017, 08:42 PM
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Posted By Carl V
It's ready!

It's been 2 years since we bought our Trillium. I figure I spent well over 500 hours working on this trailer, spread over 100 days. Now almost everything is done, and our 5500 is finally ready to hit...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 07-12-2017, 06:38 AM
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Posted By Carl V
If I was to do it again, I would maybe try to go...

If I was to do it again, I would maybe try to go with larger chains. The curtains stick all right with the small ball chain I have, but I think if they can be lifted off the window frame if it's...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 07-11-2017, 11:56 PM
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Posted By Carl V
Now we had everything we needed, I called the...

Now we had everything we needed, I called the shop and booked an appointment. Here's the trailer backed in the shop:
...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 07-11-2017, 11:56 PM
Replies: 177
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Posted By Carl V
New decals Even before we bought this...

New decals

Even before we bought this trailer I knew the decals on it were not originals, and I knew one of the first thing I was going to do is pull these horrible decals off:
...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 07-11-2017, 08:01 AM
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Posted By Carl V
I was relieved to see that my magnet system...

I was relieved to see that my magnet system worked beautifully! The curtain can be totally or partially closed, and then pushed towards the window at the bottom, and it sticks to the frame and stays...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 07-11-2017, 08:00 AM
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Posted By Carl V
As for the fabric, we wanted curtains that...

As for the fabric, we wanted curtains that blocked the light. We found it at a local fabric shop. It is actually a fabric that's normally used to line curtains to make them light tight. In our case,...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 07-11-2017, 07:59 AM
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Posted By Carl V
Sanding the aluminium to give it a nice uniform...

Sanding the aluminium to give it a nice uniform finish:

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vrGBlWzNIV0/WVxW4d3_oHI/AAAAAAAAK_s/B0VhLtneE5sM8pspFW25gbntTkAK4KlUwCLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_2922.JPG

Another issue...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 07-11-2017, 07:59 AM
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Posted By Carl V
Another big project was completed last weekend in...

Another big project was completed last weekend in our trailer: the curtains!

When we bought our 5500, it came with old plastic blinds. This is how it looked:
...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 07-05-2017, 01:25 PM
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Posted By Carl V
Hey, I just thought about that, I can check that...

Hey, I just thought about that, I can check that off my list, I KNOW my Highlander's jack can lift the trailer as I've done it last spring when checking the brakes and bearings!! :duh
Too much stuff...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 07-05-2017, 06:23 AM
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Posted By Carl V
LOL no yet! They are built stronger than my...

LOL no yet!
They are built stronger than my Highlander's scissor jack, which I planned to use in case of a flat (haven't tried it either).
Or I'm just going to get a small bottle jack, they are...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 07-04-2017, 11:02 PM
Replies: 177
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Posted By Carl V
New stabilizers My trailer came with 2...

New stabilizers

My trailer came with 2 automotive-type scissor jacks bolted under the front frame, and at the rear it had two old flip-down jacks, that had been repaired or "improved" by a...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 07-04-2017, 10:35 PM
Replies: 177
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Posted By Carl V
Got a new (new to me) weight distribution hitch. ...

Got a new (new to me) weight distribution hitch.

When I got the trailer, it came with an old weight distributing hitch (chain type) and a standard friction blade anti-sway.

This kit looked...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 06-29-2017, 09:17 PM
Replies: 177
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Posted By Carl V
Around 300 lbs empty.

Around 300 lbs empty.
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 06-29-2017, 05:55 AM
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Posted By Carl V
Here are the big galvanized steel bolts. A few...

Here are the big galvanized steel bolts. A few turns of the crank (or 2 seconds with my cordless drill!) and I can slide the bottle up, off the rack.
...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 06-29-2017, 05:54 AM
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Posted By Carl V
Finally made my new LP tanks brackets. When...

Finally made my new LP tanks brackets.

When I bought this trailer 2 years ago, the A-frame was loaded with 2 LP tanks, 2 large 6V batteries, the spare tire, and a huge and heavy home-made steel...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 06-19-2017, 05:40 AM
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Posted By Carl V
Now it was time to install the new flooring. ...

Now it was time to install the new flooring.

When we bought the trailer 2 years ago, the flooring was made of old stick-on tiles. Many tiles had started to lift, they were not very good looking,...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 06-18-2017, 08:24 PM
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Posted By Carl V
Good idea! Thanks!

Good idea! Thanks!
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 06-18-2017, 08:13 PM
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Posted By Carl V
When I bought the trailer, it came with 2 new...

When I bought the trailer, it came with 2 new tires, but the spare was the original F78-14 tire from 1981! The rubber was dry and hard as concrete!
Got a new spare now, I just needed to mount it...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 06-18-2017, 07:26 AM
Replies: 177
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Posted By Carl V
Ah Ah! I limit the number of interior pictures...

Ah Ah! I limit the number of interior pictures and what is seen on them on purpose! ;-)
As I said, still a few things to do inside and out, and once everything is done, I'll have a full set of...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 06-18-2017, 06:57 AM
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Posted By Carl V
Ok the door is back in place now. When I first...

Ok the door is back in place now.
When I first put the door back in position, I noticed that there was a gap between the bottom frame and the floor. Since we step on this all the time, the door...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 05-14-2017, 07:04 PM
Replies: 177
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Posted By Carl V
I also got ready to fix the torn off FG near the...

I also got ready to fix the torn off FG near the door edge. I used a couple wood pieces (wrapped in plastic bags to prevent the FG filler from sticking to them), held in position with clamps, to...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 05-14-2017, 07:03 PM
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Posted By Carl V
Then I spread a layer of short strand fiberglass...

Then I spread a layer of short strand fiberglass filler all over the entrance area.
...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 05-14-2017, 07:03 PM
Replies: 177
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Posted By Carl V
Once the door was off, I was able to cut the old...

Once the door was off, I was able to cut the old rotten wood off using my oscillating multi-tool (love that tool!).
...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 05-14-2017, 07:02 PM
Replies: 177
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Posted By Carl V
Had to take the door off my 5500 to fix the floor...

Had to take the door off my 5500 to fix the floor under the door frame. The step is bolted through the floor at that location, and I also had water damage to the wood structure holding the step.
...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 05-11-2017, 07:52 PM
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Posted By Carl V
I took the door (including the frame) off my...

I took the door (including the frame) off my trailer. I have wood rot where the step is attached.
I'm in the process of fixing this, I expect to be done tomorrow or saturday. I'll have pictures.
...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 05-08-2017, 06:53 AM
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Posted By Carl V
Anybody ever removed the door off a 5500 (or...

Anybody ever removed the door off a 5500 (or Jubilee, probably built similar) ?
Looks like there's an issue with the plywood floor near the door. :mad:
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 05-02-2017, 09:00 AM
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Posted By Carl V
It's all aluminium, made from various part I had...

It's all aluminium, made from various part I had on hand. Bolted using stainless steel bolts.

I put it a new seal, then cut some 5/8 plywood pieces for the mounting screws to thread in on the...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 05-02-2017, 08:59 AM
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Posted By Carl V
I thought about it all winter, and I finally had...

I thought about it all winter, and I finally had the time - and the guts - to do it last weekend: install an access door on the back on my Trillium.

Why at the rear? This door gives me access to...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 05-02-2017, 08:03 AM
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Posted By Carl V
Our reno project should be mostly complete this...

Our reno project should be mostly complete this year, and one thing I never checked was the condition of the wheel bearings and brakes.

So I pulled off the plastic hubcaps, and had a bit of a...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 04-28-2017, 06:42 PM
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Posted By Carl V
What's wrong here?? (click to enlarge) ...

What's wrong here?? (click to enlarge)

https://www.fiberglassrv.com/attachments/photobucket/img_637452_0_2ea33954ee7d03f8bd4f4954f9b963f8.jpg
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 01-06-2017, 11:17 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 34,629
Posted By Carl V
I've owned this trailer for a year and a half,...

I've owned this trailer for a year and a half, yet due to the renovations I hadn't spent one single night in it.

It never crossed my mind that my first night in it would be on the 5th of January,...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 11-20-2016, 07:24 AM
Replies: 177
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Posted By Carl V
Now some pictures of my LED light fixtures: ...

Now some pictures of my LED light fixtures:

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Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 11-20-2016, 07:24 AM
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Posted By Carl V
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/giy4dmWwvlalvJux...

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Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 11-20-2016, 07:23 AM
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Posted By Carl V
Here I'm testing how the rear panel will look,...

Here I'm testing how the rear panel will look, with the switch guards and USB socket:
...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 11-20-2016, 07:22 AM
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Posted By Carl V
My new Progressive Dynamics converter didn't fit...

My new Progressive Dynamics converter didn't fit the opening left by the old unit.
But, just below where the old unit was, is an empty space in that cabinet.
Also, I wanted to have the connections...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 11-19-2016, 08:27 AM
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Posted By Carl V
Reading lights We wanted bedside reading...

Reading lights

We wanted bedside reading lights. I found these 12V LED lights on the web, they have a flexible neck and narrow light beam, so one of us can read in bed without disturbing the...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 11-19-2016, 08:26 AM
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Posted By Carl V
The whole thing took a couple evenings of my time...

The whole thing took a couple evenings of my time to do, but it was well worth it.
...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 11-19-2016, 08:25 AM
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Posted By Carl V
My plans were for a more simple and efficient...

My plans were for a more simple and efficient system, understandable by anyone:
-We opted for a single 12V, GR27 deep-cycle battery. In our old popup, we could run over a week on such a battery, I...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 11-19-2016, 08:25 AM
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Posted By Carl V
The installation of the new electrical system in...

The installation of the new electrical system in my 5500 is almost completed.
A previous owner of my trailer had messed so much with the electric stuff that I decided to rip everything out and start...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 08-31-2016, 01:33 PM
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Posted By Carl V
So here's the rear cabinet, rebuilt with the new...

So here's the rear cabinet, rebuilt with the new material. The interior metallic adhesive what is visible.
...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 08-31-2016, 01:29 PM
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Posted By Carl V
As previously mentioned, we are currently...

As previously mentioned, we are currently renovating our house, and working on the Trillium isn't our first priority right now. But I did work on it a bit, just to get out of the house for a change....
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 06-27-2016, 08:14 PM
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Posted By Carl V
Of course I had to drill the rivets off to remove...

Of course I had to drill the rivets off to remove the brackets and the cabinet. I'm not a big fan of pop-rivets, especially in a spot like this, and I decided to replaced them with small SS bolts. To...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 06-27-2016, 07:56 PM
Replies: 177
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Posted By Carl V
I also screwed an aluminium edge band to replace...

I also screwed an aluminium edge band to replace the old plastic trim and the edges of the vertical supports. It is visible in the previous picture, as well as in the next:
...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 06-27-2016, 07:39 PM
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Posted By Carl V
I've redone the cabinet above the kitchen...

I've redone the cabinet above the kitchen counter. I took A LOT of pictures, but due to the 8-pictures-per-post limit on this board, I will not post them all. I have over 40 pictures, it would take...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 06-25-2016, 08:14 PM
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Views: 34,629
Posted By Carl V
I'm almost done rebuilding and installing the...

I'm almost done rebuilding and installing the cabinet above the kitchen counter. Looks super nice so far. I'll have pictures and update this post tomorrow night or monday.
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