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charles_the_3rd

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Posted: 03/23/20 07:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm fulfilling a longtime dream and just bought an old Bigfoot Fiberglass camper (not sure the year, all the info has faded in the sun) and in light of what's going on, I figured I'd give it the love it deserves!
Here's my plan for it:
Ceiling sags alot and has signs of water damage in the panelling. Rip it out and see what exactly is going on up there and fix any fibreglass leaks.
The hydraulic jacks are pretty old but work, it took a lot of pumping for one of them to get working so if I can find some, replace them.
Fridge is no good. Fired it up and instant ammonia overload so gotta replace that.
Furnace and oven/stove both work, but not the biggest fan of propane heat so if I can find it, replace it with a wood stove.
The vent above the stove leaks a little. It has been raining and little drips of water come down from it so I'll have to re seal that.
Windows could use a re vamp. I can feel the cold air coming in from them. I will probably have to re seal them all.
In the next couple days I will rip out all the old lovable but ghetto panelling and eventually replace that.
Lights and everything work when a cord is run to it and also works on battery alone but they could use a re vamp.
I'm not the best electrician but camper to truck connection doesn't work so I'll have to figure that out.
Obviously truck tie downs are a priority, I just used the straps to get it home for the reno.

That's roughly the plan as of now! If anyone has tips or suggestions they'd be greatly appreciated. I'm very new to this, owning a camper dealio so this will be a fun (I hope) learning experience. I'm a university student off school cause of the current state of the world so trying to do things cheap(ish). I'll post some photos in a bit!

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I think your biggest challenge will be roof.
If it is roten, than most likely dryrot is in the walls as well.
Might be easier start from scratches and use appliances in new construction.





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Think I'd start with a newer longer bed pickup truck. You buggy is very marginal.


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"Furnace and oven/stove both work, but not the biggest fan of propane heat so if I can find it, replace it with a wood stove."

99.9% of RVers use propane for heat, cooking, fridges and water heating because it is the best way when camping.


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As a fellow Bigfoot Owner, I tip my hat to you for taking on such a project. Please be sure to document as much as you can as it will become an invalable resource to other owners of Fiberglass campers. Especially when it comes to the roof repair that looks like a challenge.

I like the layout that you have and I think one of the best parts about a Bigfoot is that many of them have more usable counterspace than other campers.

It is a great project you have to tackle and I look forward to seeing the results!


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Wow that camper looks pretty clean! Cant wait to see the project!


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SidecarFlip wrote:

Think I'd start with a newer longer bed pickup truck. You buggy is very marginal.


OMG, can we have just one thread please where someone doesn’t bitsch about truck payload, length, center of gravity ?

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Wow, that is a great project to do...

I would contact the BF mfg and find out what contact cement they are using first of all.

Getting foam and laminating 1/8" paneling on it then mounting it is the way to go. I would be using something like the 3m contact 90... Got to use something that will hold up to the heat.

The wood paneling is what create the strength for the fiberglas structure.
Many fellas have performed repairs to the BF and NL's in places where the foam debonded from the fiberglas.

As for the color of the BF for those early years they were not white. They were Colonial White which looks like a faded white. You may find that is true of yours.

Post pictures of your progress and good luck!

Jim


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Posted: 03/27/20 08:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Grit dog wrote:

SidecarFlip wrote:

Think I'd start with a newer longer bed pickup truck. You buggy is very marginal.


OMG, can we have just one thread please where someone doesn’t bitsch about truck payload, length, center of gravity ?


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Truck probably is more stout than a 1997 model

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