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RE: Bigfoot dirty water streaks down sides from roof, solutions?

Last night I waited until the sun got low behind the trees and attacked the Bigfoot. Started with the lightest acting thing I had...Meguairs Cleaner and Wax, old reliable in the dark red bottle. Less than $10 at WalMart. Used a 4" microfiber on an old random orbit. It worked pretty good. The old no name buffer is a whole lot lighter weight than my Porter Cable. I got the front overhead done and half of one side. Hopefully finish the one side tonight. It did remove the black streaks. I put some chemical Guys Butter Wax on the front of the overhead for a little more shine. I'll be ready for The Knoxville Nationals sprint car races in beautiful Iowa.
TxGearhead 05/21/22 10:44am Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot dirty water streaks down sides from roof, solutions?

^ Thanks Jim. Good info.
TxGearhead 05/16/22 07:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot dirty water streaks down sides from roof, solutions?

I'll probably start with light polish and see what happens. I've got a collection of miracle cures that don't work. There's no miracle cure, other than keeping water from running down the surface in the first place, IMO. Our new camper last year, takes up too much of the shop, so it is outside. Just from being parked on a cross slope, the one front gutter would drain onto the side of the camper. It would only take a few weeks and it would have a streak that required some elbow grease to remove. Started blocking up the low side wheels, no more water, no more streaks. I'm familiar. All my junk sits outside except the bay boat. In the winter it gets a lot of rain and in the summer a lot of sun. Our 2 previous 5th wheels were a Cougar and a Montana HC. The Montana about killed me. Compounding and waxing the filon spring and fall. Went with the Landmark that is full body paint. It will get some light streaks but so far they have washed off easy. Son asks me "when are you going to get a cover?" Never. I'm 72 years old. I might not be doing this RV thing in 6 months.
TxGearhead 05/16/22 02:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot dirty water streaks down sides from roof, solutions?

I cannot help with the window streaks, but for the siding you might try Zep finish. This has worked on my Northstar for the past several years. All of the dirt, including streaks, just rinses off with the blast of a hose. Before then I had a lot of black streaks, worse than ever because my home parking spot is under some large trees. Are you referring to ZEP floor polish? Yes. It does not stain, rinses clean and lasts a long time. The only downside is the sheen is not initially as good as a hand rubbed paste wax. I have heard that it yellows and peels off in pieces. Difficult to completely remove. Your experience?
TxGearhead 05/16/22 02:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot dirty water streaks down sides from roof, solutions?

My Bigfoot has been sitting in my backyard "storage spot" unused for about 2 years. I had a fabric type cover on it, but it developed a light mildew. I hired a woman to polish and wax it a couple months ago. She didn't know what she was doing. I got on top of it yesterday with a pressure washer to get the black crud off it. It had a lot. I used Mr. Pink soap in a foam cannon. Anyway, yes I had black streaks that my 2800# pressure washer couldn't remove. Hopefully compounding it will work. edit add: seems I heard someone somewhere say that RAIN-X will clean the Bigfoot windows. Be careful on the roof with a power sprayer. Use a light setting like 1500 PSI to remove the crud. I had one so bad once that I used a 3000 PSI setting and literally blew the white off the rubber roof. I had to reapply the white top coat after. Lots of work but wow what a job. Also OP, A Random orbital will do wonders with a light pad and some soft grit and won't take off your wax. Like I said more work but way better finish. The gutters completely remove the problem and invest in some extension gutter ends to drain the water away from the camper. Bigfoots don't have rubber roofs, except older 3000 models. The top is gel coat fiberglass just like the sides. There is no roof to side joint, it just rolls from roof to wall. I've had pretty good luck with a Porter Cable random orbit with 3M Marine Fiberglass Restorer and Wax, Chemical Guys pads or a twisted wool pad. Live and learn, Thanks! I've been recon-ing RV's for a while now and it gets easier. Most people go rite in with the heavy pad and cream and it's rarely needed. Thanks for the info... I think my favorite is McGuire's 67 one step compound. It's a good cleaner deoxidizer and a great polish in one. Use with a orange pad or heavier if needed. I rarely stray from that combo. I top off with Chemical guys extreme top coat sealant. If you like Chemical guys creams try the pro polish. It's pretty much the same thing as the 67 but a bit milder. All my pads are from china. Joe I'm sorta OK with Chem Guys. I think they way exaggerate how good their products are. After I use up their Mr Pink I'm looking for something else. I'll probably start with light polish and see what happens. I've got a collection of miracle cures that don't work.
TxGearhead 05/15/22 03:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Road tripping for used TCs

I drove from Houston to Washington DC for the Bigfoot. Grit Dog is right...you have to judge the seller as well as the camper. If his car is up on blocks in the front yard and the paint is peeling off the house, I wouldn't even stop.
TxGearhead 05/15/22 03:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot dirty water streaks down sides from roof, solutions?

My Bigfoot has been sitting in my backyard "storage spot" unused for about 2 years. I had a fabric type cover on it, but it developed a light mildew. I hired a woman to polish and wax it a couple months ago. She didn't know what she was doing. I got on top of it yesterday with a pressure washer to get the black crud off it. It had a lot. I used Mr. Pink soap in a foam cannon. Anyway, yes I had black streaks that my 2800# pressure washer couldn't remove. Hopefully compounding it will work. edit add: seems I heard someone somewhere say that RAIN-X will clean the Bigfoot windows. Be careful on the roof with a power sprayer. Use a light setting like 1500 PSI to remove the crud. I had one so bad once that I used a 3000 PSI setting and literally blew the white off the rubber roof. I had to reapply the white top coat after. Lots of work but wow what a job. Also OP, A Random orbital will do wonders with a light pad and some soft grit and won't take off your wax. Like I said more work but way better finish. The gutters completely remove the problem and invest in some extension gutter ends to drain the water away from the camper. Bigfoots don't have rubber roofs, except older 3000 models. The top is gel coat fiberglass just like the sides. There is no roof to side joint, it just rolls from roof to wall. I've had pretty good luck with a Porter Cable random orbit with 3M Marine Fiberglass Restorer and Wax, Chemical Guys pads or a twisted wool pad.
TxGearhead 05/15/22 03:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Right truck and camper setup for a northern Alaskan winter

I know nothing about Alaska except I want to go there. The OP: If you do Facebook look at sites for Northern Lite and Bigfoot. I'm obviously biased to Bigfoot but look at the issues the new Northern Lite's are having.
TxGearhead 05/15/22 02:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot dirty water streaks down sides from roof, solutions?

My Bigfoot has been sitting in my backyard "storage spot" unused for about 2 years. I had a fabric type cover on it, but it developed a light mildew. I hired a woman to polish and wax it a couple months ago. She didn't know what she was doing. I got on top of it yesterday with a pressure washer to get the black crud off it. It had a lot. I used Mr. Pink soap in a foam cannon. Anyway, yes I had black streaks that my 2800# pressure washer couldn't remove. Hopefully compounding it will work. edit add: seems I heard someone somewhere say that RAIN-X will clean the Bigfoot windows.
TxGearhead 05/15/22 01:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot dirty water streaks down sides from roof, solutions?

I cannot help with the window streaks, but for the siding you might try Zep finish. This has worked on my Northstar for the past several years. All of the dirt, including streaks, just rinses off with the blast of a hose. Before then I had a lot of black streaks, worse than ever because my home parking spot is under some large trees. Are you referring to ZEP floor polish?
TxGearhead 05/15/22 01:21pm Truck Campers
RE: should I be using a stand when not in use

Bigfoot wants a 4X4 across the front, right at the skirt, and at the rear.
TxGearhead 05/01/22 02:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Do you always have to pay inside at Truck stops?

Never pass up a Buc-ees. Cheapest fuel and best shopping. Good food. No tramps in the parking lot. Never had an issue getting a spot. The Good Sam card works pretty good though at Pilot/Flying J. No need to go inside. Automatic debit.
TxGearhead 03/18/22 08:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wind Deflector

Assuming you are looking for better fuel mileage? I don't know of a way to calculate the stress you will put on the camper. Just my opinion but the small gain would not be worth the possibility of doing expensive damage to the camper. edit add...I'm not understanding the oversized predrilled holes. Will you be pulling off the interior wall covering to put washers & nuts on the interior sides of the bolts? If so, making the holes oversized would reduce the holding power of the bolts. Or, are you thinking of just screws with no nuts? If I was going to do something, I would think about a spoiler mounted on the rear of the roof to reduce the negative pressure behind the camper. Maybe bolted to a luggage rack, not screwed in the roof.
TxGearhead 01/21/22 09:46am Truck Campers
RE: Replace OEM fuel tank?

I hadn't heard of them either. Mr. Google found them for me. I'll probably pull the trigger on them when I see what our income tax situation is, or after the Richmond trip.
TxGearhead 01/18/22 09:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Anyone happen to know what DL means?

Well: DW=Darling wife DH=Darling Husband DL=Darling uh Lover??
TxGearhead 01/18/22 07:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Am I over the Max 5fer length?

We haven't had issues in any commercial RV park. State Parks can be an issue, reserve early. So far no issues with COE parks, my favorite. 40ft Landmark.
TxGearhead 01/18/22 07:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Replace OEM fuel tank?

"Quote"...Transfer Flow is the most expensive tank vendor. I'll pass. Think there might be a reason for that? Check out what material the replacement tank you are looking at is made of before you decide. Transfer Flow is steel. That's the last thing I want. I'll take plastic, thank you. Titan- $1,459.00 50 Gallon*, extra heavy duty cross-linked polyethylene fuel tank. For model years 2013-2022. For 2500 & 3500 Models with Cummins Engines. Tank fits standard and dual rear wheel models. Learn More S&B: 10-1007 60 GALLON REPLACEMENT FUEL TANK FOR 2013-2021 DODGE RAM CUMMINS 6.7L CREW CAB LONG BED $1,349.00 USD
TxGearhead 01/18/22 05:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Replace OEM fuel tank?

"Quote"...Transfer Flow is the most expensive tank vendor. I'll pass. Think there might be a reason for that? Check out what material the replacement tank you are looking at is made of before you decide. Transfer Flow is steel. That's the last thing I want. I'll take plastic, thank you.
TxGearhead 01/17/22 05:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Replace OEM fuel tank?

^^Yeah that don't help me if I keep the Bigfoot. I'd probably go with a RDS in bed aux tank if I didn't have the cabover.
TxGearhead 01/17/22 05:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Replace OEM fuel tank?

"Quote"...Transfer Flow is the most expensive tank vendor. I'll pass. Think there might be a reason for that? Check out what material the replacement tank you are looking at is made of before you decide. Their website says they don't have one for my truck.
TxGearhead 01/17/22 05:39pm Truck Campers
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