Bigfoot Propane Bottle Cover Access - Fiberglass RV


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Old 04-17-2011, 12:24 PM   #1
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Bigfoot Propane Bottle Cover Access

Our 1991 Bigfoot 17 came with a fiberglass propane bottle/battery cover. The cover, really a pain to remove and install, had no access to propane bottle valves. On eBay we found some 6" round deck plates. These Rabud brand covers twist lock in 1/4 turn, rather than screw in after several turns or pop out like other deck plates. This is most convenient. The eBay seller listed them as off-white. When they arrived we were delighted to discover they were actually almond, a perfect match for the trailer. When checking the manufacturer's website I did not see that color listed so perhaps it has been discontinued.

Installation was not difficult. After marking the 6 1/2" cutout circles on the cover, a friend with a steadier hand cut the holes with a jigsaw. I cleaned up the holes with a rattail file so that the plate flanges sat on the cover without any pushing required. I drilled pilot holes for the stainless steel screws I used, ran a bead of silicone on the underside of the flange, then screwed the flanges to the cover.
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Old 04-17-2011, 02:32 PM   #2
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Terrific Idea!
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Looks like a factory option, well done. Nice and clean.
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