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Trailer Name Alice
Year 1991
Make Bigfoot
Model 17 foot rear bath
Length 17'
Moby and Alice British Columbia
roof view Panels tilted [on our previous Bigfoot]
History We purchased Alice as a replacement for Patience, a 1986 Bigfoot 17 foot that was damaged in an arson fire. Mike S., a poster on this forum, owns Patience now and has restored her.

We bought Alice in November 2010 from a gent in Sainte Anne des Monts, Quebec. He had purchased her about a year earlier in Ontario. She was originally sold by Sun Parlour Trailers of Windsor, Ontario--still in business as of March 2011.

We had no trouble whatsoever bringing her into the US without using a customs broker. [At the port of entry I had to nag US Customs to get them to provide import documentation I would need for registration. Ultimately they did so without even looking at the trailer!] and registering her.

Originally we named her Hope. That did not stick. We tried on several other names for size but none fit. Finally we decided upon Alice, a perfect name because we take her to Wonderlands.

She needed a whole lot of work, as you will see. We needed to be able to live in her about 8 months per year, without shore power or generator.
Interior
Reading Lights and Circular Fluorescent
--120v receptacles added to forward bulkhead, gaucho pass-through, and aft at closet
--12v receptacles added to forward bulkhead [X2], gaucho pass-through, galley, aft by closet, and in exterior refrigerator compartment
--Coax outlets added to forward bulkhead and aft by closet
--Vinyl mini-blinds

Exterior
--Reinforced spare tire mount to take the torque of two bicycles
--Reinforced bumper/frame interface where metal had fatigued and torn from weight of larger spare tire and two bicycles
--Axle flip for greater ground clearance
--5200# drop axle, as Alice now weighs more than the 3500# stock axle
--2 extra spring leaves
--ST225/75R15 Goodyear Marathon Load Range D tires on 6-lug rims. Alice follows much more calmly with the larger, wider tires.

Customization
Panels and mounts Propane Access Hatches Additional Rock Guard Props
--4 X 80 watt Sharp solar panels, tiltable to port and starboard
--2 X Trojan T145 6 volt deep cycle battery
--Morningstar T-45 charge controller
--Samlex 1250-watt modified sine wave inverter
--Iota 30-amp battery charger
--Eliminated converter
--Bogart Engineering TriMetric 2025 meter
--Custom welded battery box to accommodate the taller T145 batteries while allowing for space for fiberglass tongue cover
--Added two marine hatch covers to fiberglass tongue cover, one over each propane bottle
--Thermostatically controlled computer fan inside upper exterior refrigerator vent. Manual shutoff switch in cabin since it can be noisy at night.
--Installed a bank of four 80mmx80mmx15mm computer fans and chrome grills (from coolerguys.com) on angle aluminum, then attached the assembly inside the refrigerator immediately in front of the fins and blowing on them. Switch installed on galley beside oven. Single BEST thing for improving fridge performance.
--T'd into furnace propane supply to provide propane to a female quick disconnect mounted lower left galley. Stopcock inline before quick disconnect. Modified Mr. Heater Buddy, bypassing its regulator, and added hose and male end of quick disconnect
--Salvaged from Patience, our previous Bigfoot, an extension for dinette bed. This extension makes that bed 56" wide, except for a chunk at the refrigerator
--Added telescoping aluminum props for rock guard to steady it in high winds
--Constructed wood fiddles for forward ledges to hold plastic tool boxes in place while under way.
--Constructed wood fiddles above aft and forward starboard windows to hold books and binoculars
--Constructed wood fiddle to fit over countertop "butte" to hold water jugs, etc.
--Constructed shelf and fiddle inside access door between furnace vent and oven
--Added vertical wood slat at stove/head interface to support sagging port-side overhead cabinet
--Glued velcro hook to interior window frame perimeters. Glued velcro loop to match to pieces of no-see-um mesh. Did the same to Maxx Fan garnish, bathroom vent garnish, both exterior fridge vents, and exterior furnace vent. Gotta keep the bugs out!
--Replaced clear entry door glass with tinted safety glass to match the rest of the windows [Peninsula Glass, Vancouver WA--great folks!]
--Installed battery-powered LED puck lights inside most cabinets, bathroom, and closet. Use rechargeable Eneloop batteries.
--Replaced standard RV light over dinette with circular fluorescent
--Mounted Thin-Lite Model 173 fluorescent fixture under port-side overhead cabinet, directly above refrigerator
--Replaced range hood light with LEDs
--Added reading lights, 2 each above dinette and gaucho
--Stored teak TV tray table vertically below gaucho pass-through, using d-rings and small bungees
--Tacked home-made fabric multi-pouch strips to vertical sections of gaucho pass-through

Renovations
--Painted what frame could be reached
--New marker lights
--New tongue light
--New city water inlet
--New gravity feed water inlet
--New furnace
--Newer 3-burner stove/oven. Orignal 4-burner had crimp in oven supply line; unable to find replacement.
--New electric cable hatch
--New 7-way cable and plug
--New bathroom vent
--Removed and sealed fender skirt mounting flange
--Weatherstrip lower exterior refrigerator vent opening
--Rebuilt gaucho frame
--Installed 4 1/2"x3/8" plank to support port side ceiling cabinet, which had been sagging a bit on the aft side. Plank runs from top of galley, left of stove and against bathroom wall, up to bottom of cabinet
--Repeatedly reinforced galley drawer hardware anchor points
--Replaced worn aluminum rock guard hinge with stainless steel
--Replaced MaxxFan circuit board ($80-ouch!) after 5 years. Old board had corroded connectors. Looking to waterproof this board.
--Waxed exterior with 5 coats ZEP Wet Look Acrylic Floor Polish to combat chalking roof gelcoat. So far so good after a couple of months.

Other Information
Everglades National Park Deadhorse, Alaska Alaska Haul Road
--Dometic Penguin roof air conditioning [Previous owner added about a year before we purchased]
--Reflective tinted Windows [Really! We hated them at first but we have grown to love the added privacy.]
--Moby and Alice have been to the the Everglades in Florida, Deadhorse in Alaska, San Diego, and Rockport, Maine.

Tow Vehicle
Moby, a big white 2006 Dodge Sprinter High Top
5-cylinder diesel. Quirky but excellent fuel economy and a strong puller. No sway bars needed. 2007 and later models are different animals.
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