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1989 Bigfoot B17G Deluxe
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Trailer Name 1989 Bigfoot B17G Deluxe
Year 1989
Make Bigfoot
Model B17G Deluxe
Length 17
Current appearance of trailer.
This is what ot looked like when I bought it. Pretty much all original. My first shake-down run in a full hook-up camp site in Anchorage where I discovered what worked and By the fall of 2013 nearly all the repairs and updates had been made. Only the furnace and some othe
History This Bigfoot trailer was purchased from the original owner in 2012 in original condition. It was in very good shape overall but I began a series of upgrades/updates immediately after buying it to make it more functional and reliable for my bi-annual "commute" between California and Alaska. The restored trailer was sold in 2015 to another party.
Interior
The interior is pretty much original and in very good condition. Since these photos were taken I've updated the plumbing, including a new Atwood water heater and a new kitchen faucet and shower head (Oxygenics Body Spa), and I replaced the mini blind on the galley window. I also installed a 18K BTU Atwood 7920-II furnace which keeps the interior comfortable even in sub-zero outside temps. You can read about the plumbing upgrade here: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f56/new-fresh-water-plumbing-bigfoot-17-a-58944.html

Exterior
In the fall of 2013, after arriving in California, I was able to clean the exterior and remove all t Deck plate mod to propane tank cover.
Once all the plumbing and mechanical issues were sorted out I focused on the exterior. In the fall of 2013, after arriving in California, I set out to finish the process of stripping the cracked and faded exterior vinyl graphics and get the exterior thoroughly cleaned and reconditioned. I also replaced the black belly band and door moldings with colonial white pieces for a more uniform appearance. Other little improvements included a new spare tire mount and tire cover, repainting the bumper satin black, new safety chains, deck plates for easy access to the propane bottles. More on this here: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f56/bigfoot-propane-tank-cover-mod-58034.html. I also installed new clearance light lenses, new entry door stay, new tongue jack and a Fastway® Flip™ automatic jack foot, and other small details.

The entire fiberglass shell was cleaned using Bar Keeper's Friend cleanser and Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. I then applied several coats of Red Max Pro acrylic floor finish to seal the gelcoat and give it a shiny, easy-to-clean finish. In 2014, the Red Max was showing a lot of wear and chipping so I stripped it and applied several coats 3M marine wax for fiberglass.

I also applied opaque truck bed liner paint to the inside of the front gravel guard to keep the interior dark and cool when I have to sleep during the day. More on that here: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f56/opaque-rock-gravel-guard-on-bigfoot-62347.html

Customization
New axle, hubs, brakes, leaf springs, and wet shackles.
New Dexter 3,500 lb. straight axle (4-inch lift) with new EZ Lube hubs, new brakes, and new EMCO leaf springs. Details on this upgrade are in this post: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f72/bigfoot-17-drop-to-straight-axle-60915.html

Also, Dexter greasable (wet) leaf spring shackles. More on that upgrade here: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f72/greasable-wet-shackle-kit-installed-on-bigfoot-62285.html

Finally, new steel wheels and Maxxis M8008 load range C ST205/75R14 tires. More on the wheel/tire package is here: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f72/new-tread-for-my-bigfoot-17-a-57340.html

Renovations
Camping at 10 below in Prince George, BC in January 2014.
Xtreme Deep Cycle Battery from BatteriesPlus. New 7-way umbilical cable.

In 2014 I installed a new AP Products 24 x 68 inch entry door.

I'm pretty OCD about little details so miscellaneous hatches, vents, light covers, latches, and other minor pieces have been replaced or renovated/color matched.

Other Information
On the way home from Alaska in the fall of 2013 at the Mountain Shadow RV Park in Iskut, BC. The day I revelaed the Bigfoot to my kids. They loved it and immediately wanted to take their nap in Camping in Pine Grove, California with the whole family.

Tow Vehicle
Mile zero of the Alaska Highway in Dawson Creek, BC in January of 2014 on my way to Alaska.
2012 Toyota Tundra Double Cab 4X4 5.7L V8 with a Transfer Flow 46-gallon replacement fuel tank, a SnugTop XV (Xtra Vision) color matched truck cap (shell), block heater, Husky Liner floor liners, and Kool Vue towing mirrors.
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