Halloween night someone tossed gasoline on the entry door of our beloved Patience, a 1986 Bigfoot
, and set her afire. Surprisingly, the trailer did not burn to the ground. Only the door and the area immediately around the door are directly damaged by flame. Soot and stench have reached every possible corner of the cabin. I need to use a respirator to work anywhere near.
After 2 1/2 years of repairs and upfitting, we consider the trailer a total loss. We do not have the expertise and do not want to take the time to attempt a restoration. We have already acquired a replacement, a 1991 version of the same trailer we are calling Hope.
The appliances still work including AC, water heater, water pump, fridge
, stove and oven, and Maxxfan. However, with the exception of the fridge
interior, all have been exposed to the gases and are covered with soot from the fire.
I have removed our solar
panels and related electronics, which were still working just fine after the fire.
The frame is in great shape, having been primed and painted everywhere we could reach. I will have the 5200# axle
from the burned 1986 trailer swapped over to the 1991 replacement, so the burned trailer will have the standard 3500# axle
. The tires
are in good shape.
We plan to find a salvage yard for the 1986 trailer unless anyone on the forum would like it. We would let it go for what the salvage yard would give us. You can see pre-fire images of the trailer in the registry.