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Old 06-29-2011, 05:19 PM   #1
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Question Bigfoot 19 Tongue Cover Replacement

NEED: New Tongue Cover for Bigfoot 19.

Hey everyone, I got a big problem: the original tongue cover for my '92 Bigfoot 19 basically fell apart due to old age and flew off my trailer en route home.

I need to either find something that will fit the front part of the trailer frame, or have something built. I have a call into Bigfoot, but haven'e heard back from them. Somehow, I doubt they can help me.

Any suggestions regarding materials, development of design, etc. would be helpful. I want to cover the two propane tanks and my battery ASAP. Plus there is a cosmetic concern.

Looking forward to your suggestions.

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Old 06-30-2011, 10:10 AM   #2
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I read that Bigfoot was back in production again, call them again and keep calling until you get through.

Or you could just get the industry standard tank cover and a battery box.

Or you could make or modify a tongue box with an open bottom to cover all that.
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Old 06-30-2011, 12:47 PM   #3
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I read that Bigfoot was back in production again, call them again and keep calling until you get through.

Or you could just get the industry standard tank cover and a battery box.

Or you could make or modify a tongue box with an open bottom to cover all that.
I do have a call into Bigfoot, but no response as yet.

What is the battery box industry standard? Do you have any pics/links?

I have the replaceable type propane tanks, and will look into whether they they have covers for those style tanks.

What I'd prefer is to cover the whole area, like Bigfoot has done. But I'd need to use a different material (probably a light metal), and need to think about how I can do it economically and functionally (need to open the cover to take out the tanks or get to the battery).

I'm wondering what other folks who have designed covers for their tongue area have done, and what they'd do to improve upon their designs.
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Old 06-30-2011, 04:08 PM   #4
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Hi Jane,

I would buy a generic tank cover and a battery box. If the tongue is rusty, it could be painted after clean-up with a wire brush. You could probably get a custom cover made, but it would be expensive. Some Bigfoot motorhome owners have gone to Gilmay for restoration work. It's near the Bigfoot factory and owned by one of the Mayalls.

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Old 07-02-2011, 12:46 PM   #5
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Hi Jane,

I would buy a generic tank cover and a battery box. If the tongue is rusty, it could be painted after clean-up with a wire brush. You could probably get a custom cover made, but it would be expensive. Some Bigfoot motorhome owners have gone to Gilmay for restoration work. It's near the Bigfoot factory and owned by one of the Mayalls.

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Thanks for the link to Gilmay. I have a call into them, but they did not call me back. California is too far for a Canadian response.

As I research my options, I fear that this may become a real nightmare: Via other threads, the Camco tank covers have some kind of a bump in the rear, and need to be cut to fit against the trailer. The covers will probably require the tanks be moved forward 2-3 inches. So, I'll need to have a new tray welded to the tong, and I am not sure how that will affect the battery, situated in front of the tanks. These covers require some sort of bungee cord attachment to stay on the trailer while under way.

I will need to take the trailer to CW to see if the are short enough so that they do not interfere with the tongue light.

I do believe that other fiberglass owners have done custom work with Aluminum Sheets. That may turn out the be the least expensive/best solution to this problem. I need to locate some talented college student/retiree who does metal work.

Once again, if anyone has ideas, please submit!!
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Old 07-03-2011, 04:42 PM   #6
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It really doesn't have to have a cover. Throw the battery/ies in boxes and strap them down and call it good.

I understand the neat look of a cover is appealing, I wish there was a good solution for a replacement one, there have been several people looking for them over the years and occasionally some one selling one they don't want.
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Part of the problem too, other than just age and breakage, there are several different sizes of tongue boxes based on the size of the trailer. For instance, no way would the one on a 21 foot Bigfoot fit a 13 foot Lil Foot.

Have you checked with Mark? Holmes on Bigfoot
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As far as the Camco tank covers go ....

I believe the cover is tall enough for 30# tanks.

You most likely have 20# tanks. They are shorter then the 30# tanks so the cover will need to be cut down thus removing the "bump".

Once installed use a heavy rubber bungee cord under the tanks to secure the cover. You will need to make 2 holes in the lower lip of the tank cover to hook the bungee to.

Wal-Mart has battery boxes in the automotive section.
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Part of the problem too, other than just age and breakage, there are several different sizes of tongue boxes based on the size of the trailer. For instance, no way would the one on a 21 foot Bigfoot fit a 13 foot Lil Foot.

Have you checked with Mark? Holmes on Bigfoot
I emailed Mark yesterday.

I also have a call into Bigfoot. I do agree that the newer boxes probably won't fit. I'm just following through with my research.

Thanks for the info, Donna.
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As far as the Camco tank covers go ....

I believe the cover is tall enough for 30# tanks.

You most likely have 20# tanks. They are shorter then the 30# tanks so the cover will need to be cut down thus removing the "bump".

Once installed use a heavy rubber bungee cord under the tanks to secure the cover. You will need to make 2 holes in the lower lip of the tank cover to hook the bungee to.

Wal-Mart has battery boxes in the automotive section.

My battery is already in a box. I think that I have the 30 LB tanks. I'm planning to go by Home Depot to check on that.

I will need to bring the trailer to Campers World to see if the covers will fit. There are two size Camco propane covers: one for a 20 Lb tank, the other for a 30 Lb tank. Once I'm satisfied that the tanks will fit in one of them, the fun will begin with respect to fitting the covers/tanks on the trailer's tongue section.

I'm still thinking that building a tongue box from aluminum sheets may be the best solution. But need to find someone who could do the work reliably (and economically).

Liz has a valid point. But my question: Is it safe to allow the tanks to be exposed to direct (summer) sunlight?
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Jane, I'm guessing a large majority of the molded trailers don't have covers over the propane. Seems like most have the batteries in a battery box though. My 23 year old Scamp has always had an exposed propane tank....
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As far as the Camco tank covers go ....

I believe the cover is tall enough for 30# tanks.

You most likely have 20# tanks. They are shorter then the 30# tanks so the cover will need to be cut down thus removing the "bump".

Once installed use a heavy rubber bungee cord under the tanks to secure the cover.
Yes, the Camco Propane Tank Covers are tall enough for 30# tanks. I once called Casita about their shorter covers. "We just cut the regular covers shorter" they said. I also have a tall all-thread rod between the tanks that holds the regulator and clamp. I just drilled a 1/2" hole in the top of the cover so that my rod pokes through, and one washer and one nut later, the cover is securely fastened.
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Yes, the Camco Propane Tank Covers are tall enough for 30# tanks. I once called Casita about their shorter covers. "We just cut the regular covers shorter" they said. I also have a tall all-thread rod between the tanks that holds the regulator and clamp. I just drilled a 1/2" hole in the top of the cover so that my rod pokes through, and one washer and one nut later, the cover is securely fastened.
Thanks for the picture Frederick. Is that a Camco Cover? If yes, Old or new? If not, what make?
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Thanks Donna! I feel a lot better after reading your post. My trailer is exposed to direct sun as it sits on it's asphalt pad.

Next week, I'll take the trailer to Camping world and look into the tank covers. If I could add the cover without having to move the tanks, I would minimize the $$$ of this loss.

If the tank cover approach won't work, and I eventually decide to have something custom made ... there is a [possible] silver lining: with all my dry camping, I want to add a 2nd battery. But it is not possible with the old cover. I'm hoping that a newly designed cover and tongue section will allow room for a second battery. That would help increase the value of the trailer on resale, and make dry camping a lot easier.

So, I am still hoping someone on FGRV has experience with a custom made tongue cover.
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