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Old 11-27-2016, 06:31 PM   #1
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Hi, I am....AnotherCanadian

New member here in Vancouver area of BC. Wife and I just bought a 1983 Bigfoot 17.

We previously owned a similar vintage 8ft Okanagan slide in truck camper, but wanted more room, fewer leaks, and a bathroom as we have a 3 month old baby boy. My wife also didn't like the idea of climbing a ladder into the camper with the baby.

Our Bigfoot already has a 5200lb straight axle, and I'm just about to convert to spring-over for more clearance. Will prbably add some shocks as well to help with rougher roads.

LED bulb conversion will help with battery life but I am contemplating a dual battery setup as we camp almost entirely off grid, and our trailer has a newer electronic ignition furnace with a fan that will draw the battery down during fall/winter trips.

Hello from Mike and Alexis, and our son Coleman
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Old 11-27-2016, 09:36 PM   #2
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Welcome!

Nice looking truck and trailer! I'm sure it handles well on the road. The Bigfoot looks great. Nice to have another Bigfoot owner.
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Old 11-28-2016, 10:39 AM   #3
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Hi from Kamloops, Nice rig. We added air bags to a raised straight axle ,raised 4 inches.LED lights and 150 watt solar with 2 6 volt AGM's. All good.
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New member here in Vancouver area of BC. Wife and I just bought a 1983 Bigfoot 17.

We previously owned a similar vintage 8ft Okanagan slide in truck camper, but wanted more room, fewer leaks, and a bathroom as we have a 3 month old baby boy. My wife also didn't like the idea of climbing a ladder into the camper with the baby.

Our Bigfoot already has a 5200lb straight axle, and I'm just about to convert to spring-over for more clearance. Will prbably add some shocks as well to help with rougher roads.

LED bulb conversion will help with battery life but I am contemplating a dual battery setup as we camp almost entirely off grid, and our trailer has a newer electronic ignition furnace with a fan that will draw the battery down during fall/winter trips.

Hello from Mike and Alexis, and our son Coleman
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Old 11-28-2016, 11:02 AM   #4
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Hi and welcome to the molded fiberglass community. Seems like a lot of Bigfoots here lately.
A word of caution when you convert to a spring under, just in case you aren't already familiar with it. Make sure the brakes are flipped as well so that you don't reverse the direction of torque on the springs. That could ruin them.

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Old 11-28-2016, 01:17 PM   #5
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Hi and welcome to the forum. We have a 1981 Bigfoot 17 and have enjoyed every minute we have been able to spend in it. If if fits your schedule we would love to see you at one of the gatherings, we meet, greet and have a wonderful time sharing travel tall tales and it is a great place to see and discuss modifications. One coming up at Beverly Beach Oregon is not too far from you. Lee and Norma
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Old 11-28-2016, 08:52 PM   #6
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Hi and welcome to the molded fiberglass community. Seems like a lot of Bigfoots here lately.
A word of caution when you convert to a spring under, just in case you aren't already familiar with it. Make sure the brakes are flipped as well so that you don't reverse the direction of torque on the springs. That could ruin them.

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Thanks Walt,

I'm not flipping the axle, just welding new spring perches on top and converting to spring over axle. The crown of the axle remains correctly on top to retain proper brake function and wheel camber.
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