hi there. my name is david and i'm on vancouver island. my wife and i bought out 17 ft 1979 bigfoot
about a year ago from a nice couple on a gulf island. it was in mostly working order but needed some obvious TLC. not being one to shy away from projects, we took it. i replaced a bad drum/bearing hub, regreased the bearings, adjusted the brakes
, fixed some leaks
in the plumbing, and we were off for our first test camping trip up island. soon after that, we spent 3 weeks camping throughout the kootenays, the rockies, the badlands of alberta, montana, wyoming, and yellowstone. besides duct taping some mouse entry points, we had zero issues with the camper. we enjoyed it, and after some maintenance and repairs over the last several weeks, we are ready to head to alaska for 3 weeks next month.
however, while working on the bigfoot
these last weeks and getting more familiar with it, i have found a number of bigger issues i want to deal with. these are the issues:
- water damage from virtually every potential leak point. previous owners obviously did not worry about replacing any seals, ever. so much wood and all the seals need to be done.
- sagging fiberglass roof at points where it is not directly supported internally.
- main bed is too narrow.
- someone installed a toilet, which we don't like. we think it's gross in such a small space, and we would rather use the space for something else.
- we want a propane water heater and outdoor shower. i'm thinking of taking the water heating system from another old camper (lots of free old campers around here), installing it, and then installing a removable sink faucet with a long hose that we could route through a window when we want to shower.
- move fridge up off of floor.
i think that's everything. it's going to be a really big project but i have no other projects going on right now, and we really like the size of this trailer so it would be nice to do the maintenance to make it both last and suit us even better while i'm at it. we will use the bigfoot
as it is for the rest of the summer but come this fall
, i will be gutting it, reusing what i can, replacing what i must, and making the modifications we want along the way. i have found some similar threads here with tons of great pics and info to give me an idea on how to go about some aspects of the job.
the bigfoot is not in mint condition, and i'm not concerned about making it so. we like our stuff to be in clean, good working order but things that are perfect are too nerve-wracking for us to actually use so i will be focusing more on function over form on this project.
here are some pics of the old thing. you can sort of see the sagging roof in a few of the pics. you can also see the ugly, crappy (haha) toilet installation someone did. i don't like the door design on this thing either as the recessed door frame makes it easy for the door to swing open and bash itself on the seam of the upper and lower fiberglass shells, and bend the door -- which has obviously happened a few times over the years. there used to be some kind of stop at the top of the door but it's long gone so i will find something similar to protect it better.
from what i've seen so far, this looks like a great forum so i look forward to getting people's ideas and input on this project.