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RE: Fixing the skylight on BF10.4 - picture heavy

Fiberglass sheet like this is very strong, but can be cleaved between layers easily. To limit the grinding, I plowed slots at the appropriate depth every 3" or so, then chiseled out the waste and cleaned it up by grinding. It doesn't need to be perfect as it will be set in a bed of thickened epoxy which will fill in the gaps. https://i.imgur.com/3dWqAog.jpg width=640
HMS Beagle 10/16/20 02:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Fixing the skylight on BF10.4 - picture heavy

My fix involved cutting a frame from some 1/2" G10 fiberglass sheet, then cutting and grinding the curve of the roof into the bottom of it, leaving the top flat. Grinding fiberglass is an unpleasant chore, obviously they could have molded this shape into the fiberglass shell with no effort at all at the factory. https://i.imgur.com/rC7Wqmx.jpg width=640
HMS Beagle 10/16/20 02:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Fixing the skylight on BF10.4 - picture heavy

I removed the skylight and cleaned up the mess. The gelcoat was sanded back in preparation for the fix. Note that they somewhat missed the hole required of the shower. https://i.imgur.com/KXvRb3y.jpg width=640
HMS Beagle 10/16/20 02:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Fixing the skylight on BF10.4 - picture heavy

Of course the cheap RV caulking that was used on top of the skylight flange had long since failed. While this is secondary to the butyl, it does no good at all at sealing, and only makes cleaning it off a messy chore. https://i.imgur.com/aWVQU9B.jpg width=640
HMS Beagle 10/16/20 02:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Fixing the skylight on BF10.4 - picture heavy

First step was to fix the plumbing vent. I cut a short piece of G10 fiberglass tube, slightly enlarged the hole in the roof to fit, and sanded the gel coat back for a good bond. Then bonded the tube into the hole with a fillet of thickened epoxy. Even with no caulking at all, this creates a 1.5" wall that water will have to climb to get into the roof. https://i.imgur.com/S9gCmn5.jpg width=640 https://i.imgur.com/KJdYrHV.jpg width=640
HMS Beagle 10/16/20 02:02pm Truck Campers
Fixing the skylight on BF10.4 - picture heavy

Bigfoot builds a very nice camper shell, then severely compromises it by how they install the roof penetrations. The skylight in the shower on mine leaked just once (wind? tilted the right direction?), I wanted to fix it permanently. There were two basic design issues: the skylight flange is flat and the roof curved, and they attempted to overlap the flanges of the skylight and plumbing vent cover. This resulted in gaps of more than half an inch, which were expected to stay sealed (at least until the warrantee expired) with a huge pile of butyl caulking tape. It did not last long. https://i.imgur.com/oixT5Ox.jpg width=640
HMS Beagle 10/16/20 02:00pm Truck Campers
RE: I remodeled my BF10.4 living room - picture heavy

Typical good seating has about 3-5 deg slope to the seat, and 20 degrees slope to the back. Typical camper dinette is 0 and 90. They are forced to do it so that the cushions can double as a mattress on the occasion when the dinette is converted to a bed. An occasion that never happens in our (and I suspect, many) campers. The aforementioned BF 5th wheel had a huge U shaped dinette across the back, with picture windows on 3 sides. We never used the back of the U, and ended up taking the cushion off of it leaving it at home, used the seat for storage.
HMS Beagle 10/12/20 06:32pm Truck Campers
RE: I remodeled my BF10.4 living room - picture heavy

Before this I had the BF 9.6 with the aft wet bath. I was Ok with it, the wife was not. The dinette was larger, but not much more comfortable - still flat seat bottoms and upright backs. The 10.4 also has a lot more storage. I've gotten used to the nice stall shower and the extra storage.
HMS Beagle 10/11/20 10:45pm Truck Campers
RE: I remodeled my BF10.4 living room - picture heavy

That's the swing away table yet to be fabricated. As is, it is inconvenient even to set your teacup down. I'm going to build a broken arm swinging table that will stow in the space between the seats, and be able to swing into position for either seat including the chase lounge position. Something like the Lagun, but with a longer swinging arm. When stowed in the middle, it'll be like a side table for both seats.
HMS Beagle 10/11/20 09:28am Truck Campers
RE: I remodeled my BF10.4 living room - picture heavy

Thanks for the encouraging words! The rear dinette would be spectacular if there were a way to have a side entrance. You could then mimic the Bigfoot 5th wheel floor plan, the best ever in a small RV. But a true slide in camper is stuck with the pullman arrangement. I've drawn up the plans for a flatbed camper (actually a Texas welder bed) that would do this, won't happen in my lifetime unless there's another pandemic, then maybe I'll have the time.
HMS Beagle 10/10/20 11:13pm Truck Campers
RE: I remodeled my BF10.4 living room - picture heavy

I've used it on a couple of trips now and like the change. Seating is very comfortable, like a nice cushy chair at home. The downside is that you are looking at the galley, not so much out the windows. I understood that compromise when I started, but a lot of time is only spent inside with bad weather or after dark, so it seemed the right trade off. A surprise was the gain in floor space, the tiny bit between the two seats. This was buried under the plinth before. It turns out to be quite valuable as it lets one person pass another much more easily in the pullman style plans that all campers have.
HMS Beagle 10/09/20 06:38pm Truck Campers
RE: I remodeled my BF10.4 living room - picture heavy

I am often alone in the camper when I take it to the glider port (wife thinks sailplanes are boring!) and like to sit on one seat with my legs up on the other. This ability is retained by turning the seat cushion around. Now it's 2 deg taper cancels the 2 deg taper in the seat bottom, and the surface is level. The back cushion can be moved to the wall and I have a nice chase lounge. All that remains now is to build a swinging table mount similar to the Lagun. It won't work as the arm isn't long enough to let it swing to serve the three different seating positions, so I will have to fabricate one. https://i.imgur.com/AVxK8UN.jpg
HMS Beagle 10/09/20 06:29pm Truck Campers
RE: I remodeled my BF10.4 living room - picture heavy

Final touch was to sew the cushions. Tried to find a shop to do this but they are all on Covid vacation of very busy so I ended up doing it myself. The seat bottoms are sloped about 2 deg, the cushions are tapered to an additional 2 degrees. Backs have about a 20 degree slope. All that is missing in most dinettes as they keep them flat and upright so it will turn into a bed. The furnace ducting was relocated and simplified. https://i.imgur.com/8459smD.jpg
HMS Beagle 10/09/20 06:25pm Truck Campers
RE: I remodeled my BF10.4 living room - picture heavy

Nearly finished, extra space behind the forward seat forced by the furnace was used as a storage compartment, shelf above was created out of the original table as the Formica matched the galley counter opposite. Edging of counter and seats were done with a teak boat molding as I could buy it with the round corner pieces (to save the shins...). https://i.imgur.com/TYQTzQn.jpg
HMS Beagle 10/09/20 06:21pm Truck Campers
RE: I remodeled my BF10.4 living room - picture heavy

Actual construction was cut from ApplePly, an American made version of baltic birch, considerably better quality (with a price to match!). It took two sheets with only a little left over. I cut the pieces corrected by the mockup, prefinished them outside the camper. The corner joinery uses yacht style oak corner posts, everything is pocket screwed together. It took a bit of experimentation to get the stain somewhat matching the original BF "photo finish" plastic wood. https://i.imgur.com/ubU02OM.jpg
HMS Beagle 10/09/20 06:18pm Truck Campers
RE: I remodeled my BF10.4 living room - picture heavy

Next was to mock up the design out of scrap plywood to see where I had made bad assumptions. I had to get right down on the heat ducting, and step the back of both seats up so that the back cushion starts at the top of the seat cushion - only way to leave room for the stuff I couldn't easily change. https://i.imgur.com/uJJvc6C.jpg
HMS Beagle 10/09/20 06:14pm Truck Campers
RE: I remodeled my BF10.4 living room - picture heavy

So I demo'd the living room and started in on it. I discovered some 'interesting' construction methods used by Bigfoot, but eventually cleared it all away to the floors and walls. This is still has the original base or plinth for the dinette, that was cleared away down to the linoleum and walls. https://i.imgur.com/dzZM4R8.jpg https://i.imgur.com/CVRySwu.jpg
HMS Beagle 10/09/20 06:12pm Truck Campers
RE: I remodeled my BF10.4 living room - picture heavy

So for years I have noodled on changing it, probably something I would never do. Then along came Covid 19, eliminating all other plans for this year. I had 3D modeled it over the years, and had settled on this design, turning the seating sideways, with proper slopes to the seat bottom and back rests. There are many constraints, mainly the black water tank and furnace under the forward seat, and the window and exterior access compartment aft. https://i.imgur.com/MMm4yNt.jpg
HMS Beagle 10/09/20 06:07pm Truck Campers
I remodeled my BF10.4 living room - picture heavy

I really like the forward bath, aft dinette of the Bigfoot 10.4, looked for one for several years and found one (new old stock) in 2013. While I like the general arrangement, the dinette is quite small, especially for two tall people. This is the compromise of this floor plan. We lived with it this long, but the seats are uncomfortable for more than a few minutes (like most camper dinettes) and they are too close together, so your legs and feet interfere with the person facing you. It is only about 30 inches in width and 66 inches in length, useless as a bed except for small children. https://i.imgur.com/IgzfSLd.jpg
HMS Beagle 10/09/20 06:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Overland Build Idea

My take on this was to buy a CC, and do what you suggest but using a small fiberglass 5th wheel. Bigfoot used to make one and they can still be found used. Escape makes one currently. These are 20' trailers, but the box is only about 13', the rest is cabover. Remove the frame, mount it on a subframe that slides off of channels, just like loading a 40 yd dumpster. You could get by with the 178" wheelbase chassis, and have a pretty small overall package, demountable. A new Earthroamer, even the small one, is around $500K. The bigger one $1M+. And they have a long order book. Now the build quality of the box is very high, but not that high. Problem with a small Isuzu cabover or their competition, is they are very uncomfortable to drive for more than a half an hour.
HMS Beagle 09/21/20 10:21am Truck Campers
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