88' Lil Bigfoot Reno Complete - Fiberglass RV


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Old 02-14-2012, 10:58 AM   #1
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88' Lil Bigfoot Reno Complete

Hi all - thought I'd post some pics of our egg, finally complete. I spent the last 2.5 years re-building this trailer from the ground up after noticing the original floor had rotted out. I learned a ton and met some great people on this forum.

One small piece left in 'glue-up' right now - just a matching wooden cover for the water/electrical between the rear benches.

Thanks to many here for their inspiration, help, patience and advice.

With the family growing, we've decided to put her for sale while she's still 'pretty'.








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Old 02-14-2012, 11:18 AM   #2
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Nice job! As a cabinet maker I especially appreciate the attention to detail on the wood work. If you must let 'er go some one is going to get a handsome little rig.
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Old 02-14-2012, 11:59 AM   #3
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Nice job! As a cabinet maker I especially appreciate the attention to detail on the wood work. If you must let 'er go some one is going to get a handsome little rig.
Thanks Reid! This was my first kick at the cat with any cabinetry. I rebuilt all of the frames using 1x2 pine, glued and screwed. The original frames were just stapled and pretty rickety - I just wasn't happy with how they were built...I suppose that's what you get at from mass production. I now know the frames are solid! These were then skinned with mahogany door skin (1/8") and then I built the simple shaker doors using some maple I had (for the stile and rails) and 1/4" mahogany skins on the doors so they'd 'sound' and feel solid. A natural Watco oil on everything with 3 coats of water based clear. I rabbeted a slight recess in each door for a full length piano hinge (thanks to Robert Johans of Eggplant for this tip!).
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Old 02-14-2012, 01:18 PM   #4
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Very very nice!
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:21 PM   #5
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So how much are you going to list it for? It is a nice one!
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:40 PM   #6
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@rgrugg: Thank you, sir.

@cpaharley2008: I posted an ad in the sale section of this forum:
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:59 PM   #7
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Old Photos

If anyone's interested, I found this link of some 'progress shots' in my files:

Older Progress Shots
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Old 02-14-2012, 05:53 PM   #8
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Beautiful work. You should get top dollar with that interior. Are you going to re-do something bigger in the future for your growing family?
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great, great job, mike!!! wish i lived closer!
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Old 02-14-2012, 06:07 PM   #10
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Beautiful work. You should get top dollar with that interior. Are you going to re-do something bigger in the future for your growing family?
Thanks Dan - Funny, whenever I mention doing another trailer, I get that icy stare from my wife - you know the one....no words are uttered, but the surrounding air drops by 10 degrees.

I kid of course - she was a great sport, but didn't want me to buy the trailer in the first place (I've heard a few 'told you so's ' along the way).

I would actually love to quit my day job and just rebuild these little trailers. I picked up a lot of tricks, and could definitely save time and do things differently on round 2. I may just look for a larger model with a solid floor and frame so we can use it as a family and pick away at the cosmetics over the years. A complete overhaul would not be allowed, especially with the two little ones now...I have to focus on being a dad and quit hiding out in the 'man cave' as my wife calls it.

Thanks for your compliment!
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:30 PM   #11
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Absolutely beautiful. I'm sorry you're selling, but whomever buys this trailer is getting a fine specimen of molded. Mike, when that time comes... you will hang around here once in a while won't you?
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:39 PM   #12
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Fine job!

It looks great, Mike! You did a thorough floor-to-ceiling renovation. Really fine woodworking job, too! It's evident there were lots of hours working on this 'baby'!

I enjoyed looking at your 89 progress shots; brought back memories of my Compact II rip-out and redo.

Best of luck,
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:43 PM   #13
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Thanks Theresa, Donna and Francene - it's been a great hobby/project. I think I had more fun working on it than using it...a lot of fun taking her out though - it always becomes a bit of a conversation piece - kind of interesting with these little trailers - there's almost a cult following.
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Great job, Mike. Really looks nice. thanks for the shout out...
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