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Old 02-13-2017, 05:39 PM   #1
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new member i have 1980 bigfoot i have gutted looking to rebuild a need advice

hey im daryl alberta canada.
i have just gutted 1980 b16 bigfoot looking for some tips on rebuild from electrical to ceiling supports
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Old 02-13-2017, 05:54 PM   #2
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Ask first. Then gut.
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Old 02-14-2017, 07:08 AM   #3
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Oh my

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Old 02-14-2017, 08:20 AM   #4
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You'll want to start something of a "project thread", maybe in the modifications section of the forum.

As it is, your question would require a textbook. A restore from a gut is a huge job with volumes of information on all the different systems. If you have specific questions, ask those.

I haven't gutted and rebuilt my Bigfoot, but I did gut and rebuild a different camper. There are people on this forum who have or are currently restoring a trailer from a complete gut. With a more focused question, you'll get some good advice I'm sure.
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Old 02-14-2017, 11:30 AM   #5
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Advice to Owner of a Gut Job

We entirely gutted (and pulled from frame and replaced) a 1973 Amerigo.


Here is my total advice to you: everyone else is making good points. That's #1.


# 1A is, don't become discouraged. Take rests. List your work and work your list.


Never look back, never give up, never surrender!


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Old 02-14-2017, 11:51 PM   #6
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Yep Kai is right about taking rests but for sure take pictures,

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We entirely gutted (and pulled from frame and replaced) a 1973 Amerigo.


Here is my total advice to you: everyone else is making good points. That's #1.


# 1A is, don't become discouraged. Take rests. List your work and work your list.


Never look back, never give up, never surrender!


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: so u don't forget what was in the spot your looking at, pictures do wonders especially now that we have digital pictures that we load right into the computer and can always go back to that area u ripped out to look it over.
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Old 02-15-2017, 06:26 AM   #7
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Stude and Daryl,

Another good point...we ended up following the original manufacturer's general placement of ceiling supports (we call them "walls" and galley supports; the concept of not looking back was meant for "regrets," not for good ideas on how to put things back in. As Stude says, don't entirely forget what went where. Sounds like you've already gutted, but you know what you took out. Consider replacing it roughly at least. The builders originally gave these trailers a whole lot of thought and engineering; partly these trailers' long lives are due to all that.

Ours, in the gutting process (notice the old vinyl floor) -- and the walls we took out, saved for templates. Boy, that was useful--and we nearly didn't keep them!

Never surrender!

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