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Old 05-08-2016, 06:48 AM   #1
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Bigfoot gaucho bed modification

I have a Bigfoot 1992 17 foot gaucho model and the bed was to small,
I decided to change to have a larger bed without really changing anything
I enlarged the moving surface while leaving access to the toilet, put a thicker mattress.
In large cushions are blankets and pillow
Now I have a 50-inch bed in place of 42Click image for larger version

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Old 05-08-2016, 07:44 AM   #2
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That is a really elegant solution to a problem many have raised! Beautifully executed, too. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-08-2016, 10:03 AM   #3
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Oh, nicely done. We've given much thought as to how to improve the sleeping arrangements on our Bigfoot. In the end we decided to order a new Escape 19! We'll continue to use our Bigfoot with its original layout until our new trailer is ready (not until Jan. 2017), but I'm going to bookmark this post. When we sell our trailer this would be a good post to share with prospective buyers. Thanks.
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Old 05-08-2016, 10:48 AM   #4
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A very good idea and quality workmanship/
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Old 05-08-2016, 11:48 AM   #5
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Excellent mod. Makes me wish I had a Gaucho instead of Center Bath.
How about sharing how you configured the support.
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Old 05-08-2016, 12:04 PM   #6
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For the new mobil part , i cut new plywood with the 8 inch extention with a cut for opening the bathroom door
In close position , i make a wood frame to support the part with 2 legs
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Old 05-08-2016, 12:09 PM   #7
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Old 05-08-2016, 12:13 PM   #8
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Thanks. Quite attractive as well as functional.

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Old 05-08-2016, 11:40 PM   #9
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Nice job on the bed modification, we have an 05 17.5 gaucho very similar to yours, my wife wanted to leave the bed out all the time.
My approach was to take down the bathroom door and replace it with a bi fold door made to match. Local cabinet door company made the same size door in 2 panels, I stained and used satin poly, added brass piano hinges on the back it folds out of the way while allowing full access, we have a maxx aire fan in the bathroom and needed a way to have the door open and out of the way when using the fan for ventilation. I am still thinking on a door latch as the original is too bulky and gets in the way. The photos were upright in my phone! I am not sure how to fix it.
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Old 05-09-2016, 12:16 AM   #10
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Fixed your photo.
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Old 05-09-2016, 02:33 AM   #11
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Bigfoot Gaucho Mod

We have a 2005 17.5G also and find the bed a bit narrow. To test a solution, I cut a piece of 1/2" plywood to 15"X 35" to fit the gaucho's end cushion. This goes next to the extended gaucho at the end away from the bathroom. I put a lip on the underside and use quick clamps to anchor it to the gaucho. It's supported by 2 "X's" made of square pieces of MDF notched in the middle to fit together. The thought was we would have a sturdy platform using an existing cushion and that could knock down flat for storage. Total cost is $0. In practice (1 night so far) it works well but does restrict bathroom access a bit. The bifold door idea has a huge appeal and would be a simple change. I'd even considered reworking the existing door.

I don't have photos but can take some if anyone wants to see.
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Old 05-16-2016, 11:22 PM   #12
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What a great way of doing it, and it also expands the (dog) seating area! Do you sleep with heads or feet at the narrow end? My husband and I just bought a 2008 17.5g, we don't even pick it up until next week, and this might make all the difference for us. We are moving to the Bigfoot from a 2005 Escape 17b, because we have five dogs and it was priced very well. Definitely something to think about after we've taken it out camping a few times!
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Old 05-17-2016, 02:47 AM   #13
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@Hillary, have you sold your escape yet?
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Old 05-17-2016, 05:09 AM   #14
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We sleep head in the wider, feet need less space than the shoulder
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