Bigfoot Interior Reno Completed - Fiberglass RV


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Old 01-31-2013, 10:05 PM   #1
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Bigfoot Interior Reno Completed

After working on my Bigfoot Interior for the past few months, here are the results.

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Old 01-31-2013, 10:10 PM   #2
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I LOVE the LED swivel lights.... oooooh an oven!

Nice job
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Old 01-31-2013, 11:01 PM   #3
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I LOVE the LED swivel lights.... oooooh an oven!

Nice job
Donna, you were so helpful in your posts, and very thankful for your input. Being the first to post to the pictures, I am very grateful. Thanks for all your hard work in keeping this board such a great forum to post questions & answers. I have learned so much from it and log on daily. It has been 4 months since I started the interior renos, and I did not think it would take so long. We usually spend the winters in the warm south climates, but this year decided to stay home on Vancouver Island so wanted to do something to keep me occupied. I travelled over onto the mainland of BC to pick up the Bigfoot in Peachland in Sept., and have had a great time restoring it. When I first purchased it, the first thing I wanted to do, was replace the wood panelling, as it was so dark and this has now been done. The exterior should be a breeze, and I am planning to attend the West Coast Whale Festival in March as well as a Country Music Festival in Duncan in August. In the meantime, I will travel up Island to Port Hardy and explore the entire island in my new, to me, restored Bigfoot. I plan to sell it in the fall, so anyone interested, please contact me. Thanks to all for the great input into this wonderful forum.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:23 AM   #4
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Great job on the remodel. I like the color, it made the interior much brighter. I also liked the movable clock with storage behind it.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:41 AM   #5
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Great job, looks like a new trailer.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:50 AM   #6
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Love the remodel , and like Danny really like the color it makes it look much bigger inside. Of coarse the LED's are going to be a big hit too. Makes me miss my old Bigfoot especially the front dinette.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:56 AM   #7
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Love the remodel so light and bright.
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:04 PM   #8
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I'd almost kill for talent like that.
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Old 02-01-2013, 04:06 PM   #9
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Jim,

Great job! You've done a number of things to your interior I've contemplated doing to my all-original 1989 17' Gaucho model but the one I'm most interested in learning more about is the white interior paneling. I'd like to leave the wood face cabinets as they are but the walls and ceiling would really brighten up the interior if they were white, like the later model Bigfoots are. Did you cover how you did this an a previous post that I missed? If not, can you share your technique and insight on this? Thanks! Mike
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Awesome job Jim! looks so clean and fresh!!
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I plan to sell it in the fall.....
Oh my. Well, folks gotta do what folks gotta do... and someone is going to get a great trailer.

Does it mean you're going to get another all molded and rehab it?
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Thanks for the compliments, everyone, and it was a much longer project then I thought, but I am happy with the results.
There was dry rot in several places, so I removed the damaged panels, and put in 1/8 inch birch plywood. It was easy to cut the panels with a utility knife. The panels were applied to the Styrofoam with the proper adhesive. The corners and trim on the ceiling took quite some time to do and I used adhesive to keep them in place but used small pieces of wood screwed to the wall to keep everything in place while the adhesive set up. To cover the wood panelling, I used Bullseye 123 primer, and used 3 coats. I only wiped the surface prior to priming as they did not recommend using TSP, which I normally would use. The primer went on great, and I used a 4 inch foam roller to apply it as well as the 2 finishing coats of General Paint High Performance Interior/Exterior paint.
I just purchased paint for the exterior and took in the stone guard to see if they could match it. I do not know if I will paint all the exterior, or just the parts where I am doing the body work. I will use Bar Keepers Friend to remove all the oxidation and old wax prior to priming and painting. I will post the results, later.
Please ask any questions and I will be happy to answer. Jim
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You did a beautiful job. I really appreciate the specific info.
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Old 02-02-2013, 09:52 AM   #14
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I will try to explain in detail what I did on my Bigfoot:
I still have a few thing left to do on the interior, mainly the floor where I will put in vinyl flooring. As you can see from the pics, I replaced all the cupboard fronts as well as the cupboard bottoms and of course painted them as well. I put in a new converter (PD 4045) and ran lots of wire to run the 7 LED lights which I put on a separate circuit. The bed at the rear has been widened as well and I put in a piece of aluminum angle iron on the bed bottom, so that the cushions do not slide while I am using the bed. (If you want to see pics on this let me know) and I will also put in Velcro adhesive on the bottom cushions there as well at the front dinette to prevent them from sliding.) The bathroom ceiling vent as well as the plumbing vent were replaced and the ceiling vent in the kitchen area was removed, recaulked and moved slightly so that it does not hit the vent cover on the roof. I removed 4 dry rot panels and replaced them with 1/4 inch birch plywood. I put on 3 coats of Bullseye 123 primer and 2 coats of General High Performance interior/exterior paint in the interior. The paint was Cloud White and the cupboards were Museum. Door knobs and closures were also installed. I still have to put in supports to keep the cupboard doors open, which I purchased recently from Home Depot. All the windows were removed and cleaned and butyl tape put on before reinstalling. New screening was also installed. The cracked window was also replaced at the front right side thanks to Speedy Auto Glass which they installed in record time and even had a tinted piece in stock. I then caulked all the windows as well to make sure that I do not have any leaks using ProFlexRV Sealant: Note: Once the tube is opened, it must be used at once and cannot be stored. This is a very high grade sealant and highly recommended, about $13, Canadian, not cheap but an excellent product. I actually used this product to seal the new panelling at the interior corners as it is very flexible. The door entrance lock was also replaced.

I am starting to work on the exterior, and will sand down the roof and apply a epoxy bed liner, Gator Guard 11. A previous owner put on a bed liner paint on the roof, reason unknown, so much easier just to apply another coat, rather than remove the old coating. Body work will come next and I took in the stone guard to General Paint to get a colour match. I have not decided if I will repaint or just touch up all the exterior. The stone guard will have to be painted as there are spider cracks and I will fill the cracks with epoxy prior to painting.

I still have to put in new wheel bearings, grease them and get new tires. The rims will also need painting as well as the bumper and front hitch. The battery seems to be in fine order, so will keep it and I have another spare one which I will also use while dry camping. I plan on removing all the oxidation from the exterior body using a product called Bar Keepers Friend, which does a great job in removing any residue prior to waxing. The decals will be repainted, again using a colour match from General Paint, and will use an artists brush to work on that project as they are faded.
After all the body work is completed then I will apply 5 coats of Jeb High Gloss floor wax from Home Depot. The same product is called Red Max at Lowes, but I believe they discontinued that product from Lowes, so Home Depot should still carry it. I have put this wax on previous RVs and others have used it with great success, but it is necessary to remove all the old wax and oxidation using Bar Keepers Friend, which I can give more directions if needed.
Hope this helps, and feel free to ask questions. Jim
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