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Old 06-02-2020, 10:31 AM   #1
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Fibreglass repair bigfoot door

I am hunting again. The deal for the Casita fell through . I am looking at a few (mostly window shopping, but if the right one showed up, I am in a position to buy). There is a 90's Bigfoot B17 that is in very good nick but has some damage to the door - appears to have swung open hard, and damaged the fibreglass against that sharp 'corner' on the body. I haven't gone to see the unit yet (not exactly in my neighbourhood), but what would be involved in trying to repair this? I haven't approached the seller about it yet. Thought I might check in here first. Cheers.
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Old 06-02-2020, 11:40 AM   #2
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easy repair, ( for Me ) door can be taken apart just screwed together. Repaired on the inside face leaving the out side with existing finish, and slight crack showing, or just sand down door, being left in place and std. fiberglass repair. then outside face would need to be refinished. making it look perfect with gel coat would need experienced help.
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Old 06-02-2020, 12:00 PM   #3
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Agree with Kenny. This is an easy repair. I recently dis-assembled the flat door on my 40 year old Boler 17 and patched dents and holes in the outside skin as well as completely rebuilt/replaced the wood structure in the door core.
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good point John the wooden core parts of my door were totally rotten across the bottom and up a foot on the side styles I replaced the wooden parts. I drilled holes in the bottom aluminum rail to allow water to exit in the future.
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Thank you very much. I thought the repair job might not be too daunting, but the information on the potential rot in the core is a good point. Anyway to check that when and if I view the trailer? Will there be any sponginess to the door?
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Old 06-02-2020, 01:34 PM   #6
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Deb Mac, in my case the clue that the door core contained rot was that the aluminum frame wrapped around the core had expanded to the point that there were gaps between the mitered corners of the door. This in turn caused the door to chafe against the jamb making it difficult to open/close the door.

You probably won't notice any sponginess in the door.
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Old 06-02-2020, 02:49 PM   #7
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Thanks John. I am making a list to check twice when I get a chance to begin checking some of these in person.
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It's good to be picky and make sure any trailer you're going to buy is in good condition. But that crack is no big deal. I posted a photo of my door with the exact same crack a few days ago. Bigfoot doors, I'm pretty sure, are not a "vintage", original, one-of-a-kind part. Because of the Bigfoot shape, they're industry-standard and easily replaceable with a brand new unit.

Not that you want to replace the door...but it's a very minor "issue" in this case.

Mine's been like that for 4 years...I haven't even put it on my list of repairs yet...
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Old 06-03-2020, 09:02 AM   #9
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Thanks Zach. There are a couple of other things that the owner mentioned - bearing are due, tires are "in good shape" but at least 7 years old (I would replace them), there is a tear in the screen door. Those are things that I can do (and that I CAN do) but wasn't sure about the crack. The unit looks in good shape, a little wear in the interior finish, but otherwise, pretty decent. Before I went to see it, I would probably have an RV/Trailer inspection done - save myself 2 days of driving - in case there was anything untoward that no one is aware of.
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And smells. A unit of this vintage can have odors. My wife says mine does. Oh well.
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Old 06-03-2020, 12:40 PM   #11
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I also rebuilt my Boler 17 flat panel door and while I was at it updated the door latch with a new modern RV door latch. I had to replace the entire bottom half of the door frame. I may go back and re-skin the exterior with new material once I paint the camper.

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Nice to see under the skin. Good reference in case I have to make some repairs.
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Re: Door

I just put a nice piece of stainless plat over the crack.. Looks fine and as an added bonus protects the door from this reoccurring.
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Old 06-18-2020, 01:58 PM   #14
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Thanks David. Nice idea! I may just give that a go.
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I'll post a pic when I get a chance!
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Door rebuild 1988 B-19

I had my door blow open so I had to rebuild it. Good thing I did because all the bottom wood was rotton.
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