I've recently purchased a 1985 Bigfoot
17' TT. I decided to go with a BF due to their lightweight, quality construction, and the size and space suits our small family quite well.
And the price was reasonable too.
I was hoping to add an awning
to my new old trailer, so, I called Bigfoot
and they reccommended a Dometic awning
with bent arms, which should work ideally! Unfortunately when the tech at Bigfoot
sent me the pdf. file for the mounting locations of the brackets, I realized the previous owner cut out a storage compartment, where there should not be one
In the picture you can see that the outside compartment door conflicts with the front bottom bracket location. Problem being is the blocking has been removed and there is nothing to anchor the bolts to. I suggested mounting the bracket lower than the compartment door and drilling straight through the bottom channel and securing the bolts with nuts on the other side of the channel. This method was seriously discouraged by the manufacturer and no RV mech/tech at any shop will do it this B/C the manufacturer discourages this method.
I guess the obvious solution would be to remove the compartment door, fill in the fibreglass, add the blocking where it was removed to return the trailer to original. Of course that would require substantial work and an unsightly fibreglass patch until I get the trailer painted. There must be an easier and more economical way!
An RV tech. suggested an awning
box (crank open type) but the only one he found that would would work can only be used on straight cornered roofs, not rounded ones like the BF.
If anyones knows of a product or solution that would work, please share! I'd be most grateful.