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Old 02-14-2016, 07:35 PM   #1
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Securing the tongue/propane/battery cover on Bigfoot

I've seen some photos of Bigfoot trailers that I could tell had some way of holding this thing down, but I couldn't make out what they used.

I can come up with some ideas, but if anyone has photos or descriptions of what they've done, that would help me.

Mine just has a little metal post in the front with a hole for a cotter pin. But the fiberglass is kind of broken at that point, and I'm not sure I would trust that little thing to hold it in place anyways, even though wind resistance would be on my side.
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Here is a photo of one cover that was for sale of Fiberglassrv-4-sale.com complete with the latches. The 4 outside latches is what I have commonly seen on many of them.

Here is a photo of Bigfoot trailer with the 4 latches installed
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Carol, are those the common rubber latches that stretch a little to hook them? I can't make the picture big enough to tell. Years ago they were used on tilt type truck hoods, maybe Jeep hoods too. May be available at auto parts stores, Tractor Supply, J C Whitney. Our Casita had nothing holding the propane tank cover on so I used the "universal fix", bungees.
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Carol, are those the common rubber latches that stretch a little to hook them? I can't make the picture big enough to tell. Years ago they were used on tilt type truck hoods, maybe Jeep hoods too. May be available at auto parts stores, Tractor Supply, J C Whitney. Our Casita had nothing holding the propane tank cover on so I used the "universal fix", bungees.
Bob I think some of the ones I have seen are and the ones in the photo of the new unmounted unit that was for sale are but I also seem to think I have seen some that had metal latches as well.

Hopefully someone with a Bigfoot of the same age group will pipe up on it.
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Mine is a 1986 Bigfoot and it's metal hooks with springs than I have to lubicate at time.
Rubber hooks look good too.
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Alright, thanks. I'll see where I can find some of those.
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Seems Bigfoot changed those around a lot. On mine those are just bolts directly into the frame, and a spring latch on the top closure.

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I found some rubber ones on Amazon for under $10. I'll order those.

It'll have to wait until I paint my frame, but at least I'll have everything I need. I don't like the bungee cord set up I've got going right now...
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Another question: how are other people's propane tanks attached? Mine are attached with bungee cords...Not sure how comfortable I am with that.
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Another question: how are other people's propane tanks attached? Mine are attached with bungee cords...Not sure how comfortable I am with that.
Here is the model I use for two tanks:

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Yep, that's pretty universal on most travel trailers.

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Great, thanks.
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I am in need of a tank cover for my Lil Bigfoot. Mine would be the more "swoopy, rounded" design. Are there any after-market replacements?

We currently have the two-piece plastic-type upright cover that is a pain to get on and off. I've considered a flexible, vinyl cover in the Big Sam catalog, but would really prefer something more secure and less annoying than what we have now. Any suggestions?

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No after market replacements, the Bigfoot population is just too small for that. I recommend calling Bigfoot and talking to Grant about a possible replacement.

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