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Old 07-21-2007, 12:01 AM   #1
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Well, after 2 weeks of putting every spare minute I had into it, the interior is done! Well...done as in back together. Naturally I have a few ideas and um....I'll tell you later, my wife is coming!



Just kidding, she's been a real sport about all the time I've spent on this.

I've ground out the rotten patches of flooring which fortunately were pretty small and patched them, and the floor has been shimmed up and supported just as it was when it came out of the factory. Then I put in 1/4' subflooring plywood to make up for the lost height of the carpeting compared to the lino I was putting in and to provide a nice smooth new surface for the glue. Then I put in the new tiles, opting for a stripe pattern instead of the checkerboard I had origionally planned. The floor was then edged using a vinyl weatherstripping tape in dark brown that I glued to the floor and cabinets with contact cement. It is very thin stuff and will do for now but if it doesn't wear well I'll replace it with thin oak 1/4 round next year. The weatherstripping looks good though. I chose it over normal baseboard simply because I couldn't find a vinyl baseboard that wasn't way too big for such a small interior. Picky huh?

The electrics have all been checked and the fan over the furnace repaired along with a few lights that needed rewiring. I still need to find some new light lenses for the ceiling lights but haven't had any luck matching them. I expect I'll end up replacing them with new fixtures instead.

The carpet on the stairs was steam cleaned, which took an hour and a half before I was satisfied. The main floor carpet was torn out and tossed as being beyond recovery. The seat covers were steam cleaned and aired, all the curtains were washed by hand and aired and the venetian blinds were hand washed and rinsed. Also replaced was the origional mattress which was pretty musty smelling. Then the entire interior was washed down and polished before putting all the bits back in.

All this done in a plastic shell in 30 to 35 degrees celcius! So...I lost lots of weight and um..any crooked cuts are to be blamed on my frequent breaks for cold beer.....


Anyhow...to see the photos just click on my Flickr account link below...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/stillwtrs-pho...57600931270334/

I hope that works... there are too many photos to post here, and they are large. Feel free to browse my other photos while you're there.

The trailer is now usable again and I will be taking it for a week long vacation to Sylvan Lake by myself on the 27th to relax and try it out. Of course I still have much to do on the exterior but I will be doing that over an extended period of time. So far on the exterior I've cleaned the roof and replaced both caps on the stack vents and re-caulked everything up there. Also replaced all the front clearance lights, fixed the light over the hitch and will be replacing all the rear clearance lights this weekend. It will be ready to go on the road after that and I'm looking forward to taking it on a short trip to the lake where I'll have a long and much needed rest.
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Old 07-21-2007, 06:13 AM   #2
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Scott:

Congrats but I can't see the pix. I think you have to make them public.

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Old 07-21-2007, 09:18 AM   #3
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The electrics have all been checked and the fan over the furnace repaired along with a few lights that needed rewiring. I still need to find some new light lenses for the ceiling lights but haven't had any luck matching them. I expect I'll end up replacing them with new fixtures instead.
What kind of lights? I replaced all the lights in my 1979 1700 and still have all the old lights. You're welcome to them if they'll help you.. They're the rectangular flat fixtures with square white "lenses".

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The trailer is now usable again and I will be taking it for a week long vacation to Sylvan Lake by myself on the 27th to relax and try it out. Of course I still have much to do on the exterior but I will be doing that over an extended period of time. So far on the exterior I've cleaned the roof and replaced both caps on the stack vents and re-caulked everything up there. Also replaced all the front clearance lights, fixed the light over the hitch and will be replacing all the rear clearance lights this weekend. It will be ready to go on the road after that and I'm looking forward to taking it on a short trip to the lake where I'll have a long and much needed rest.
Congratulations. It feels great to use the trailer after putting all that work in. We just finished the second trip after practically gutting the interior of ours.
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Old 07-21-2007, 09:32 AM   #4
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Cindy, I'm not sure why they didn't show up. I made all the photos in my account public last night. - Edit... Just rechecked and my main setting of private was still on, Oooops!
Thanks Cindy!

Can anyone else see them?
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What kind of lights? I replaced all the lights in my 1979 1700 and still have all the old lights. You're welcome to them if they'll help you.. They're the rectangular flat fixtures with square white "lenses".
Congratulations. It feels great to use the trailer after putting all that work in. We just finished the second trip after practically gutting the interior of ours.

Herb, those sound like these ones and I'd love to have them. Mine all work but every lens is either cracked or missing. Can I ask why you replaced yours?
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Old 07-21-2007, 10:02 AM   #5
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Anyhow...to see the photos just click on my Flickr account link below...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stillwtrs-pho...57600931270334/

I hope that works... there are too many photos to post here, and they are large. Feel free to browse my other photos while you're there.
Hi Scott, lookin' good! I had no problem viewing your photos. Your other photography is amazing too by the way! Looks like you've got it all livable now!

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Naturally I have a few ideas and um....I'll tell you later
Tell us now, tell us now! We want to know!

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I will be taking it for a week long vacation to Sylvan Lake by myself on the 27th to relax and try it out. ..I'm looking forward to taking it on a short trip to the lake where I'll have a long and much needed rest.
I will keep my 's open for you on the hwy that day. Enjoy your week at the lake!
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Old 07-21-2007, 10:39 AM   #6
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pic's look great and you have done a wonderful job and earned a rest. Ruth & Jim
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Old 07-21-2007, 01:00 PM   #7
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Good job Scott! It looks wonderful!
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Herb, those sound like these ones and I'd love to have them. Mine all work but every lens is either cracked or missing. Can I ask why you replaced yours?
PM me with your address and I'll stick them on the grey dog or parcel post... I'll take some pictures first and you can confirm before I ship them.

I replaced them because they were all yellowed, and the switches on some of them were flakey and I didn't feel like putting the time into them... So I bought some $13 truck dome lights that I think look/work better...

You can see a sample in this picture:

http://www.beer.org/gallery/Boler17-refresh/IMG_5443

Under the storage compartment above the window is a double version of this light... Is that what yours are?

Edit: looking at your pictures, I think mine are different lights. Yours are more 'modern' I think and the lenses likely won't fit. But you're still welcome to them. btw, your trailer looks awesome.
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Old 07-21-2007, 06:39 PM   #9
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Herb, those sound like these ones and I'd love to have them. Mine all work but every lens is either cracked or missing. Can I ask why you replaced yours?
You can get new lenses at the RV store, if you don't get these. Penny, TX
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Naturally I have a few ideas and um....I'll tell you later, my wife is coming!

I know exactly what you mean.

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Old 07-22-2007, 12:22 AM   #11
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Herb, you are right those are definitely different from the ones in my trailer. But.. Thank you very much for your offer. It was kind of you.

I have seen some in RV stores that are very close to what I have, eventually I'll replace the three fixtures with new ones.

I painted the frame and wheels today. What a difference that makes! Tomorrow I'll be installing the new rear clearance lights and the wireless rear camera, then giving the trailer a good exterior wash.

Looking over the outside I see I need a new lens cover for the door/porch light. I may try my hand at making one sometime. Also when I put the spare tire cover back on I see it is dried out and badly cracked, I barely got it back on. I'll miss the Bigfoot logo but I think I'll try and pick up a nice dark brown one to replace it soon.

Thanks again for your kind offer!

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Old 07-22-2007, 11:27 AM   #12
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Scott, you did a great job! This is reading like a how-to for our new-to-us Bigfoot 5th-wheel, which probably needs a lot of the same repairs and more. This is just what we needed, for not only your how-to tips but also for inspiration to tackle our project, which is a bit intimidating at this point. Before we start tearing apart the floor, we have some questions.

What year is your Bigfoot? Ours is a 1984 and we are guessing yours is slightly newer because it looks very much the same except for the fabric and shower enclosure.

What did you use to grind out the damaged floor? What did you use to fill in the damaged floor area?

Is the shower enclosure a one-piece unit or are the shower walls separate from the floor pan?

When you installed the toilet, did you have to modify the toilet flange?

Did you have to make any repairs to the fiberglass on the roof or by the hitch light? We have a gaping hole where the light used to be!

Thanks for your help!

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Wow, Scott! Nice job!

Your family may come around. I never camped before we got our Burro last summer. Now we are on our second trailer, and I am sitting out here next to Rocky Mountain National Park again, thoroughly enjoying it. Our campground is spacious, surrounded by mountains, and visited by friendly muledeer and hummingbirds. Of course, the air conditioning is on; I am on my laptop; we just returned from antiquing; I am enjoying my glass of wine; and planning to watch the DVD tonight. We don't call it Howie (Hotel on Wheels) for nothing.

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Hi Scott,

Congrats on all your hard work. The BF looks great!

We attended Prairie Bolerama this weekend and there was a BF in attendance like yours. I was wishing that we would have taken ours, but maybe next year.

Enjoy!

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