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Trailer Name Patience
Year 1986
Make Bigfoot
Model 25B175G
Length 16.5'
Packages Rear Bath - Gaucho model with oven
Patience
History We bought her in June 2008. She was previously in Eugene, Oregon and somewhere in Washington State before that.

October 2010 someone doused her entry door with gasoline and set her afire. December 2010 another forum member, Mike S., bought her to restore. I hope to have her replacement, Hope [another Bigfoot 17], on the registry soon.
Interior
wide aisle Heater Hookup
Added propane quick-release connection and safety valve at base of the galley for supplying propane to Mr. Heater Buddy. Mr. Heater Buddy regulator bypassed. Original forced-air furnace works fine, but we wanted something that uses no electricity and we have no wall space for a wall-mounted unit

Added electronics to support solar panels: charge controller, solar input disconnect, manual transfer switch, battery charger [eliminated converter], inverter with remote power switch [inverter wired to 120v outlets in cabin and to outlet for refrigerator behind refrigerator access panel], remote meter

Added 120v outlets to dinette bulkhead and base of port side dinette seat

Added 12v outlets to dinette bulkhead [2], dinette base [2], and galley

Added partition beside drawers in storage area beneath rear of sofa, to isolate the drawers from shifting items in general storage

Added addtional hinged access panel beneath aft corner sofa cushions for better access to fresh water tank plumbing and a bit of storage between the tank and the aft bulkhead

Added Maxxfan ceiling fan. Use O2Cool fans to blow air on us. They run straight from the 12v outlet with a standard 12v plug and right-sized barrel connector

Air conditioner added in 1987. While the working parts under the shroud are not pretty, it still works!

Exterior
Reinforced bumper-mounted spare tire rack with gussets forward and to port and starboard to accommodate the extra weight and torque of bicycles

Added four 80w solar panels, tiltable to port or starboard but not fore and aft

Flipped the axle and beefed up the springs

Replaced 3,500 pound axle with 5,000 pound axle, including new electric brakes

Replaced 14" 5-lug wheels with 15" 6-lug wheels to match 5,000 pound axle

Installed load range D tires

Customization
The Elegant Solution bed extension TV tray Coat hooks
INTERIOR

Made removable no-see-um mesh covers for the four sliding side windows and the two ceiling vents. Velcro holds them in place on the interior-facing window frame perimeters

Attached coat rack to closet exterior

Attached TV tray [temporary counter space] to entryway panel via bungees and D-rings

Acquired from the previous owner "The Elegant Solution", a foldable extension that transforms the dinette bed into a queen [minus a chunk at the refrigerator]. The Elegant Solution's hinged frame folds flat for daytime storage beneath the sofa cushions. The two Elegant Solution cushions come from the sofa. These two cushions are not needed [and must be stored somewhere] when the sofa is made into a bed. The refrigerator is not accessible when The Elegant Solution is used, but maybe that is not such a bad thing.

Added LED puck lights in most cabinets and in the bathroom

Attached a sticky-back Velcro strip over entry door to hold curtain of choice: sheer or dark. Note that the sticky-back velcro adhesive is acrylic-based rather than rubber-based, so it has less of a tendency to melt in the heat. We learned about that the hard way

EXTERIOR

Made two fabric covers for exterior of range vent, held on by velcro around vent perimeter: 1 cover of no-see-um mesh and 1 of vinyl-coated nylon [with high wind from the right direction, rain can blow in the fixed vent louvers]

Replaced frosted entry door glass with clear [we love the view!]

Installed outdoor 12v outlet behind refrigerator access panel

Renovations
EXTERIOR

Installed new marker lights, soldering connections before installing

Removed rust, primed, then painted all of the frame we could reach without separating box from frame

Removed the four sliding windows and replace all soft parts.

Re-riveted fiberglass panels of rock guard.

Re-seated rock guard hinge with epoxy and screws

Replaced bathroom ceiling vent

Replaced air conditioner gasket

Replaced mudflaps

Other Information
Patience behind Moby
A few of the changes/additions we have done ourselves, but most have been done by people we hired or were in place when we bought Patience

We have lived on the road out of Patience for months at a time, most recently for almost 10 months. We carry a lot more stuff than I guess most people do so she is a bit on the heavy side. She weighs about 4,000 pounds with gear, food, and water.

Tow Vehicle
Moby, a 2006 Dodge Sprinter 5-cylinder diesel
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