1979 Bigfoot 17.5 foot TT - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 08-17-2007, 07:06 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Trailer: none as yet!
Posts: 1
Hello to all,
My guy and I have been looking at the above model trailer for purchase. The trailer is in ok condition but has some glitches, not uncommon for its advanced age! We will most likely have to replace the stove and fridge. Is it possible to do that with an ancient trailer like this? Everything else appears to be in working order but we think the price is high for the age and condition. Do any of you own an older Bigfoot and can you give us a ballpark figure? We are concerned that bringing it up to snuff would cost more than it is worth. It still has origional upholstry, curtains and rug!...all would need replacement. The owner has braced the floor to correct the problem there by the door, otherwise, there have been no upgrades.
Would appreciate hearing any comments.
Thanks,
Gloria
__________________

__________________
Gloria Makey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2007, 02:08 AM   #2
Moderator
 
Gina D.'s Avatar
 
Name: Gina D.
Trailer: '77 Leocraft 17 & Former Burro owner and fan!
West Coast USA
Posts: 9,016
Registry
Hi Gloria

It is extremely hard to place a value on any used trailer without seeing it.

Appliances are not difficult to replace, but can be costly. Refers come to mind when looking at $$$$$

Most of the stuff in our rigs, no matter what the age, are off the shelf items that can be retrofitted into just about any trailer. Unique items, such as a Duett stove/oven/heater combo may be almost impossible to find, but there are many other models that can go where it went.

I would be more concerned about structural issues than appliances. Fixing things like floors and frames can not only be costly, but even after repair can be unsafe. The good news is, with eggs, an absolutely unfixable unit is very rare. They live forever, it seems.

Cushions, curtains etc are easily replaced, and if you are a good and creative shopper, there is no reason such items need to be expensive.

It's up to you what you are willing to spend to refurb a trailer. I know many who picked up a hovel on the cheap and transformed them into palaces.. for a price. Such finds can easily cost 3-4 times the purchase price in refurb costs.
__________________

__________________
Gina D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2007, 07:11 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
BobB's Avatar
 
Trailer: 2004 Bigfoot 17 ft ('Beastie')
Posts: 564
Registry
Gloria,

There is something that says Bigfeet are always overpriced. You often have to pay a premium for one! I would stay away from anything with structural damage unless the repair was well done. Keep looking for a trailer maybe only 5-10 years old and well cared for. Remember that it will cost more than you might think to fix one up.
__________________
BobB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-18-2007, 08:37 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
V'sGlassSleeper's Avatar
 
Name: Val
Trailer: 1988 Bigfoot Deluxe B19 19 ft / 2007 Nissan Frontier V6 NISMO 4x4
Arizona
Posts: 327
Registry
Gloria,

I second that last bit of advice, because the 17 footers are fairly common. You didn't mention the price, but unless this one is reasonably priced, I would probably keep looking, mainly because it sounds as though there may be a structural issue. It's important to have some idea of how much money, time and effort you are willing and can afford to put in to any given unit to bring it up to par and (speaking from personal experience), plan for some unexpected issues, because the older models in particular may need some extra TLC.

If you are patient, you will find the perfect 17 footer for you!

Best of Luck in your Search!
__________________
V'sGlassSleeper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2007, 06:36 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Brian B-P's Avatar
 
Name: Brian
Trailer: Boler (B1700RGH) 1979
Alberta
Posts: 5,000
I can't offer any guidance about the price, except to watch for ads and assume that those sellers don't get as much as they are asking.

The idea that the refrigerator and stove both need replacing seems strange to me. Of course appliances to eventually die, and lots of refrigerators don't make the quarter century mark, but both of those are original in my 1979 Boler and work fine (or at least as well as such a primitive design allows...). The stove, in particular, has almost no parts and should keep working almost indefinitely; is replacement just for cosmetic reasons?
__________________
1979 Boler B1700RGH, pulled by 2004 Toyota Sienna LE 2WD
Information is good. Lack of information is not so good, but misinformation is much worse. Check facts, and apply common sense liberally.
STATUS: No longer active in forum.
Brian B-P is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
bigfoot


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Wanted BigFoot 17.5 foot Nicole Richard Wanted: Molded Fiberglass Travel Trailers 3 05-19-2008 12:45 PM
SOLD - 17'foot Bigfoot-Arlington, WA-- Greg A Classified Archives 6 05-03-2008 11:26 PM
1994 21 foot Bigfoot for sale Dick Smith Classified Archives 2 05-25-2007 11:16 AM
Is there such a thing as a 15 foot Bigfoot? Cam A Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 14 04-08-2007 01:18 PM
SOLD: 13 foot 1979 boler kacey Classified Archives 7 02-13-2006 04:00 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:32 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.