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Old 12-23-2015, 01:48 AM   #211
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Been away for a while

Been off line for some time, but checking out Fiberglass RV site good to see some things don't change. Lots of cool projects on the go.

Just thought I'd show a picture or two of the latest mods on the trailer
I replaced my axles, went from drop axles to straight ones. That gave me about
5.5 inches more clearance and because of the extra room I installed 4 tubes
that are 6 inches round. This gives me lots of storage for my tarps, tent poles, rope and my carpet.

Already looking forward to next camping season

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Old 01-18-2016, 06:22 AM   #212
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18 months ago, I bought a 1984 Bigfoot 17 ft trailer in Calgary as temporary accomodation while we transitioned to a new job for my hubby in Tulsa ok. She was perfect for what I needed but showing her age, and we have had so much fun trailering that we have decided to reno rather than sell and buy something else.
Your project is inspirational. We will start on a much smaller scale- removing the bunk beds and bench seat to assess some kind of moisture leaks below the side window, and some faulty wiring in the ceiling. I will start a new thread when we begin our project and I'm sure we will have lots of questions for you and the group Can't wai to get started!
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Old 01-19-2016, 12:30 AM   #213
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Bigfoot Reno

Hey Virginia,
good to hear you're enjoying your Bigfoot trailer. One thing I found out from doing the renovation on my trailer is that everything is attached to something else, I am sure that you will come to realize this also if you haven't already.

I spent quite a bit of time going through different threads and getting ideas and I incorporated a few into my trailer, so it Was a joint effort (so to speak) in getting it done. This website is very helpful for sure.

Will be waiting to see your reno pics, enjoy, keep it fun.
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Old 01-19-2016, 01:18 AM   #214
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Hi Ken, glad to see you back. Read thru your posts last year and again today. What a great job. Question, now that you've had it done and using it, how did it turn out for TW and tracking? There were a number of comments made of possibly overloading the frame and hitch.
I'm waiting for someone to a width and length mod. You up for that ?
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Old 01-19-2016, 03:17 PM   #215
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weight issues

Hi Dave, no I'm done with the big reno's twice is enough. But it seems every time I go out and use it there's always a little something I want to add, but only tweaks here and there now. The finished trailer weighs fully loaded (With food and beer) 4600 pounds, it's a little heavier than I wanted but it does have 4 6 volt batteries onboard. When I put the new axles on I stepped up to 15 inch tires and I've been on several long trips and the tire wear is even on all 4 tires and it follows the truck nice and straight.

I had the mounts for the axles installed at a professional trailer shop because I didn't want to leave that to chance and burn my tires off constantly. They had a look at the trailer and the frame at that time, they assured me that it was going to be strong enough, but I still look under the trailer once in a while and check the frame for problems , but everything still looks fine
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Old 08-16-2016, 10:39 PM   #216
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Adding storage

Funny how we are always looking for more space. I made storage under the bed
but I guess I am just to lazy to lift it up. ( showing my age) So the decision was made to make some small drawers in the face of the bed cabinet. They will hold
socks and other smaller items. They are 17 inches long, but will come out only 12 inches before they hit the wall. So once they are in and finished, at least they can't fall out.

Here are some pics of the work so far

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer!

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Old 08-17-2016, 06:26 PM   #217
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Wow
That's a gutsy mod. Love it.
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Old 08-19-2016, 12:34 PM   #218
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Thanks Jeanne
It's been a lot of fun, we're hoping to use it this coming long weekend.
Will be able to try out our new drawers I'll post some pictures when I have the finished product

Take care
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Old 08-19-2016, 01:17 PM   #219
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Panel sheets

For your construction where did you find the thin panel sheets?
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Old 08-19-2016, 01:18 PM   #220
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Really nice workmanship
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Old 08-19-2016, 06:32 PM   #221
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Thanks Borden,
I got all my paneling from Windsor plywood, we have several stores near where I live but one is very close to several movie studios and they cater to them changing their scenery all the time so they have a very good selection The other stores not so much. There make movies out in Ontario too don't they, lol maybe check around and see where they get their supplies from

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Old 08-19-2016, 09:00 PM   #222
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just some pictures of the completed drawers, screwed down some plastic runners to help them slide better. Installed some oak faces on them they are small, but more than what was here before
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Old 07-01-2017, 12:40 AM   #223
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starting new mod

I have some time in the shop so going to install a good used entrance door
that was at one of the local RV shops for cheap. So I'm trying to put a round door in a square hole. Will need to do some glass work again, the new door is a little smaller as well fill in the corners. Shooting to get it done this long weekend.
We'll see how that goes LOL

I will update pics as I go

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I hope you get finished soon, I have to go back and reread everything from the start because I forget. Great work...
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