1988 13' Lil' Bigfoot interior Reno - Fiberglass RV



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Old 03-28-2019, 11:08 AM   #1
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1988 13' Lil' Bigfoot interior Reno

I am going to add some pictures to this post. I peeled all the old fabric off the interior closed cell foam. Sealed all the cracks with an automotive sealer that stays very flexible and is paintable. I used a spray on bed liner to coat everything. Reinforced the roof with plywood and extra fiberglass. New flooring and rebuilt my permanent bed area with storage under it.
Hopefully the pictures work out. I am pretty happy with the change. Next I will be installing LED tail lights and redoing the wiring for the lights.

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Old 03-29-2019, 11:57 AM   #2
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Obviously my pictures did not work. Here is trying another link
https://photos.app.goo.gl/BfeJwshLUGfwq2U8A
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Old 03-29-2019, 12:31 PM   #3
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Old 04-01-2019, 02:50 PM   #4
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Old 04-01-2019, 03:13 PM   #5
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Old 04-01-2019, 03:34 PM   #6
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Old 04-01-2019, 03:45 PM   #7
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Old 04-01-2019, 04:18 PM   #8
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Old 04-01-2019, 04:24 PM   #9
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Old 04-01-2019, 04:43 PM   #10
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Old 04-01-2019, 05:00 PM   #11
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Old 04-03-2019, 02:32 PM   #12
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A bit more of a breakdown of what was done

I had stripped out the wall original material because it was turning to dust. This left me with raw closed cell foam on the walls. When this was all stripped out I found a water issue with my fantastic fan.

So I stripped it all down to raw foam beyond my present state. This allowed me to see the fantastic fan had definitely been leaking 'again'. The screws were rotted completely off due to water. So I pulled it out as well and realized that the previous owner had not repaired the fiberglass well when he installed the fantastic fan. (more about this mount later).

I realized the entire roof had become more soft than it should be and would bow in around the fan and create a water pool. So This was a time for me to change that. I placed a piece of plywood with 2x4 supports to recreate the proper flow of the rounded roof. I also chose to move the spacer of the fantastic fan to the outside of the trailer to give a nicer interior look and feel. This is when I realized the previous owner mounted a flat 15" fan onto a rounded roof and just forced the trailer to be flat. I created a new spacer that followed the curve of the roof. I also installed a 3/8" plywood support along the center of the roof outside, I mounted this with rivets. I then used fiberglas to cover and support the entire structure. Thus ensuring it would be waterproof. This roof repair went amazingly well once I knew the problems.

I used a urethane automotive product to seal all the lines in the foam. This product seen in the pictures was amazing to work with and went on easy and worked better than I had thought it would. Time consuming but easy. I used a caulking gun to put it on then a plastic putty knife 4" to spread it smooth.

The next was using Raptor Liner to spray over the foam inside to give a good wall material. I on suggestion, from the place I got the spray, roughed up the foam with sand paper. Hindsight being 20/20 DO NOT do this step. Keep it smooth and sealed. It would have worked faster and better that way. I ended up using more kits and actually priming the foam to seal it better. Then respray over the primer. I would suggest just leaving the foam clean it, prime it, then spray over the primer.

I used the Raptor liner to also do the below the closet, below the front table, front of the now permanent bed, and fridge door.

The Raptor liner worked out very well in the end.

I also pained the cupboards and backsplash white, re-painted the window frames.

Re-varathaned the table and side storage. Made the tops like glass.

I bought the trailer with a permanent bed and front table set up. The bed frame was starting to be quite unstable, so upon investigation found the 1x1's that it was built from were rotting and cracking from age. I chose to rebuild the bed area with a larger access to storage under the bed. I also decided to build in a porta potty hide away hole for travel. It goes in the little space and fits nicely out of the way. When camping I remove the panel that secures it for travel. It is a nice way to keep it handy but keep it secure for travel.

The last thing I did for the year was put rivnuts for the front window cover. It always would sag every few seasons and I would struggle to get it sitting right. Upon investigation I found that the wood that heald it was stripped out. The rivnuts solved this and makes it much more secure.

Minor things found were wiring from previous owner not grounded. Simple ground wire installation fixed this.

This summer I plan to change the tail lights over to LED, hook up the installed center brake light (I installed it so the wires were behind the foam). I need to replace the center band outside which looks like an easy job. Then if time permits I plan to Raptor guard the lower section of the trailer.

If you see anything in the photos you want to know about ask me. It was a time consuming but worth while project.
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Old 04-27-2019, 11:30 AM   #13
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Wow, awesome work here. I'm in Alberta as well (Edmonton), and picked up an '89 yesterday. I need to redo the walls as the fabric is deteriorating. Your photos help a lot. Let me know if you're game for a visitor, I'd love to see the spray liner before I go that route.
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Old 04-29-2019, 11:08 AM   #14
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Great Build, lots of great photos and information.
I just picked up a 81, 17'er on the weekend as well and will be using your photos as reference for some of the renovations im going to do.

ALSO FROM EDMONTON

Any chance youve had luck finding people that sell parts for the Bigfoots? Ive been looking high and low and have not had much luck. Everything is in pretty good shape right now, but I want to go through the trailer top to bottom to make sure its gonna be tip top!

Also, thinking of doing some roof rack/support set up for a solar installation as well as a canoe rack... any thoughts on that? Really trying to avoid putting holes in the fibreglass so im open to creative concepts.


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