Vintage Bigfoot Parts Guide - Fiberglass RV


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Old 08-08-2014, 12:16 AM   #1
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Vintage Bigfoot Parts Guide

After completing quite a few upgrades on my 1989 Bigfoot B17G Deluxe trailer over the past couple of years, I thought I'd share some of the information I've collected from various sources on a few of the miscellaneous parts I've sourced. Hopefully this information will save others facing similar tasks from the hassle and time expenditure of searching for some of these items. BTW, you can read all about the trailer here if you want:

trainjunkie's Trailer :: Boomer Caboose - Bigfoot B17G Deluxe

While my trailer was nearly all original when I bought it a couple years ago, I make no guarantees that the parts on mine are the exact same ones on other early Bigfoot trailers. It's clear that Bigfoot changed sometimes vendors on components from time to time, and from year to year. But I've tried to include a number of photos to simplify the identification of parts. Some of these parts might work on other fiberglass travel trailer brands as well

Many of these old trailer parts are long obsolete, but I've tried to include manufacturer names, the proper part name, and original part numbers to make searching easier using search engines or eBay.

Entry Door Assist Handle

The one on my trailer is a Bargman number 74-32-001. The official part description is: Assist Bar Lighted with Switch Chrome

As far as I know, these are obsolete and no longer available from the manufacturer. However, they can be found in RV stores and on eBay. I recently found a couple NOS handles at a trailer supply retail store in Southern California.

BTW, if you just need the lens for the light, I've been told these are also obsolete but can still be found out there. The part number for the lens is 74-32-030. Pop that into Google and you'll see them come up on numerous sites.
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Old 08-08-2014, 12:17 AM   #2
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Clearance Light Lenses

I didn't want to go LED and just wanted new lenses but I soon discovered that the original 2-1/4 inch clearance lights on my trailer were made by Stratolite (No. 104) and lenses for those are almost impossible to find in quantity. I could occasionally find a red lens, or a light assembly, but never a complete set of replacement red and amber lenses.

A little side note here. Stratolite used to make a lot of lighting equipment for the transportation industry, including railroads. As someone who has been a railroader off and on for over 20 years, I am familiar with the brand and thought it would be really cool to keep the Stratolite lenses on the trailer. But the original ones were so faded that some of them had turned clear, and all of them were dull and ugly. Unfortunately, Stratolite seems to be no more, and the company that took over their line, Clartec, doesn't have clearance lights that small, so my efforts to keep the Stratolite lenses were for naught. Fortunately, I found a great replacement.

Peterson Safety Systems makes lenses that fit the Stratolite surface-mount light bases perfectly.

Vehicle Safety Light| LED Lights - Peterson Manufacturing Company

For the amber lenses, I ordered B100-15A lenses, and for red B100-15R lenses. They fit the Stratolite bases perfectly and I haven't lost one yet.

A note on these. I've seen them referred to as "2 inch" and "2-1/2 inch" lights but for the record, the outside diameter of the base, where the lens mounts, is 2-1/4 inch, as is the inside diameter of the lens.

BTW, I ordered mine from Fox Tail Lights: FoxTail Lights.com
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Old 08-08-2014, 12:18 AM   #3
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Tail Lights

The original tail lights on my Bigfoot are Miro-Flex lights, which is also a line that Clartec now owns.

Welcome to Clartec Corporation

Remarkably, these are still available new through a number of RV retailers. Mine are the ones with back-up lights, and the left one has the license plate mounting bracket and light. So the left one is part number MFTL340

MFTL340

And the right one is MFTL341

MFTL341

I ordered mine, with an extra set of replacement lenses, from Makarios RV at:

RV Parts | RV Accessories | Motorhome Parts | RV Supplies | MakariosRV
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Old 08-08-2014, 12:19 AM   #4
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Other stuff

Door trim screw cover

The extruded aluminum door trim has a U-shaped plastic screw cover. I wanted to change mine out from black to colonial white and I traced down the original source to AP Products. The colonial white "Elixer" screw cover is part number 011-354-5 and is on their site here. It's available in a lot of RV retail stores.

8'SCREWCOVER CW (E) 5PC [011-354-5] - $12.35 : AP Products, RV/Mobile Home Hardware

Although I haven't purchased anything from them, I tracked down the original supplier to Bigfoot for entry and baggage doors which is Vision Manufacturing.

RV Doors - Vision Manufacturing

Vision's sister company, Sun-View Industries, supplies Bigfoot with single and thermopane windows. I inquired with them about upgrading from single to thermopanes, and it's possible. But I'm still undecided on that as it's just shy of $2,000.00 to change them out.

RV Windows by Sun-View Industries

You can read about the replacement Atwood water heater (and all-new plumbing) here:

New fresh-water plumbing - Bigfoot 17

The replacement furnace here:

Big props to fiberglasstraveltrailersrv.com

And the Dexter replacement for the original Standens axle/hubs/brakes is here:

Bigfoot 17 drop to straight axle

Hope this info helps others down the road. Cheers!
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:08 PM   #5
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Just a follow up. I discovered an aftermarket company that is making a replacement lens for the Bargman 74-32-001 Lighted Assist Bar.

Porch Light Lens | specrec.com
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Old 09-17-2014, 07:25 PM   #6
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Fantastic, absolutely NICE of you to share this information. I've captured the link. In the future if someone ask, I can point them to YOUR thread
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Yes, Mike, very good of you and, Donna, you are a professional pointer by now.
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After completing quite a few upgrades on my 1989 Bigfoot B17G Deluxe trailer over the past couple of years, I thought I'd share some of the information I've collected from various sources on a few of the miscellaneous parts I've sourced. Hopefully this information will save others facing similar tasks from the hassle and time expenditure of searching for some of these items. BTW, you can read all about the trailer here if you want:

trainjunkie's Trailer :: Boomer Caboose - Bigfoot B17G Deluxe

While my trailer was nearly all original when I bought it a couple years ago, I make no guarantees that the parts on mine are the exact same ones on other early Bigfoot trailers. It's clear that Bigfoot changed sometimes vendors on components from time to time, and from year to year. But I've tried to include a number of photos to simplify the identification of parts. Some of these parts might work on other fiberglass travel trailer brands as well

Many of these old trailer parts are long obsolete, but I've tried to include manufacturer names, the proper part name, and original part numbers to make searching easier using search engines or eBay.

Entry Door Assist Handle

The one on my trailer is a Bargman number 74-32-001. The official part description is: Assist Bar Lighted with Switch Chrome

As far as I know, these are obsolete and no longer available from the manufacturer. However, they can be found in RV stores and on eBay. I recently found a couple NOS handles at a trailer supply retail store in Southern California.

BTW, if you just need the lens for the light, I've been told these are also obsolete but can still be found out there. The part number for the lens is 74-32-030. Pop that into Google and you'll see them come up on numerous sites.
I stock the lens as pictured.
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Old 09-17-2014, 11:29 PM   #9
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Hi Chuck,

I wasn't trying to suggest where to buy these items, only what they are for identification purposes. I'm glad to hear you have some of this stuff though. I figured you would.

Be well.

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To add to this excellent list of parts for early 1500 series Bigfoot models, I thought I would mention that my 1980 has different lights. The tail lights are Reflect-O-Lites 650. These are easy to spot because they have 6 external screws that are at the edges of the lens. The clearance lights are also Reflect- O-Lites and are oval, not round. If one looks at 1979, 1980, and 1981 models these can all be spotted. I don't know when Bigfoot switched to other models. These are very rare. I searched eBay for 5 years to find a replacement for a cracked lens on the tail light.
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Old 04-05-2015, 12:27 AM   #11
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Tickled pink to find this. Just got us a Bigfoot 1985 so will be needing some of this stuff. Trying to clean it up now. But I did notice some of those round lights needed replacing.
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