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Old 08-01-2015, 10:44 AM   #15
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can anybody elaborate on the rock guard comment from before? thanks!
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Old 08-01-2015, 10:44 AM   #16
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The roof isn't likely an issue, my 1991 roof is not perfect but fine.
5K is not a bad price, I paid 8500.00 four years ago for my trailer but everything was like new inside it just needed a good polishing outside.

Anytime I park people that don't know much about fiberglass trailers think it's new.

The real cost comes with upgrading things or replacing things.
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Old 08-01-2015, 10:47 AM   #17
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can anybody elaborate on the rock guard comment from before? thanks!

The front cover that closes over the window is called a rock guard, early units had the supports on the outside later units have the supports inside the cover.
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Old 08-01-2015, 11:37 AM   #18
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Pictures would help. Just click on the second item from the right on top of the Quick Reply screen.
That said, from your description I think you got a great deal.

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Old 08-01-2015, 02:35 PM   #19
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Rock guard brackets are on the outside I believe. But what does that mean?
PS> i dont have an account to upload pics from.
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Old 08-01-2015, 02:43 PM   #20
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Rock guard brackets are on the outside I believe. But what does that mean?
PS> i dont have an account to upload pics from.
You can upload pics directly from your computer to a post. See post #7 here: Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
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Old 08-01-2015, 05:46 PM   #21
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pics were found!
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Old 08-01-2015, 08:46 PM   #22
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How about pictures of the roof?
Looks like the original 4" drop ale has been replaced with a straight axle.
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Old 08-01-2015, 10:30 PM   #23
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just got it home. Also during all the paperwork signing and the such found out its a 1983, still like the unit and feels awesome! we are super excited. I will take pictures of the roof for your suggestions.

Thanks guys!
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Old 08-01-2015, 10:35 PM   #24
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roof pics,
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Old 08-01-2015, 11:58 PM   #25
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Hmm, that's more sag than ours has, but I'm not sure what it means. How does it feel up there when you press on it? Does it move up and down or does it feel solid? Bigfoots are constructed a bit differently than other FG trailers in that they have a sort of laminated construction - fiberglass, then a kind of Styrofoam insulation, then the inner walls - a sandwich if you will. You can see what it looks like in Franswa's picture of his skylight in an above post. I think that in some of the older units delamination can happen because the glues they used back then to hold it all together weren't as good as what's available now. The sandwich construction is very strong as long as all the layers stay glued together. Maybe that section of your roof has started to delaminate. The solution would be to pull off the inner ceiling and the foam and get everything glued back together. Not fun, but doable. Other than the roof, it looks to be in good shape for a trailer of that vintage.
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Old 08-02-2015, 12:42 AM   #26
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roof and rockguard....

the roof has more of a sag than most....but there's no opening in that section so it just might be that the section of roof was maybe a little thin and in the curing process developed a concave shape.....as long as it keeps the rain out who cares (you said the ceiling on the inside looked fine)...........leads to my next point

from what anecdotal information I've been able to gather there was a definite change in direction/build practices when BFs went from being "17s" to "1500 series 17s"...that happened some time in the mid 1980s looks like....and coincided with the appearance of rockguards with gas shocks INSIDE the rockguard (as opposed to a flattish rockguard with springshocks mounted on the outside of the rockguard....visible when closed up)

the all fiberglass two piece bathroom also seems to have made its first appearance at the same time but not sure.....

one thing is for sure in 1983 you could buy a 17 with or without a hot water heater (with a shower or not)... some seem to have come out of the factory with toilets and some with porta pottys ...it was all over the map options wise I think....they never seem to have the full awning gear either...just that track at the top curbside....

after that "break point" in the mid 80s...things seem to have gone in a different direction....all trailers built with the same options...except maybe AC....all of them had the full awning and hardware (from AE)

might be just me but I suspect that the FG schedule for the molds was upsized as well.....because I've seen some straight "17s" listing dry weight as below 2000 lbs....later models (1500 series 17s) tend to list 2200 to 2400 dry weight

but who cares about all that....looks like you got a real good deal....whatever money you decide to put into this thing you will get it back...at the price you paid

when I was shopping a BF owner told me: you can buy these things for "X"...spend one or two grand to get it to just what you want to be and in 4-5 years sell it for "X" again......I tend to agree with him and I would think you would do better than most in that department given your initial outlay

congratulations....you just bought yourself a great hobby...lotsa fun

where in BC are you located anyways????
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Old 08-02-2015, 01:13 AM   #27
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i will stringline and measure the biggest dip for reference. the pictures look worse i think!
im in victoria!
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Old 08-02-2015, 01:58 AM   #28
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I do not think you will have any further sagging of the roof. An 83 0r 85 build date is also not something to worry over Enjoy tour new trailer. It looks like a good one.
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