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Old 05-27-2024, 06:51 PM   #1
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Hello - I am in the process of restoring a '82 Lil bigfoot. I need as much advice as I can get. We have gutted it, my husband is a carpenter, so we will be restoring everything ourselves.
#1- windows are in good condition, but leaking. What do we need to fix this? Remove the windows and get new locking strips?
#2 - skylight is leaking - we did replace this a few years ago. But that one has deteriorated. Tips on the best ones to buy?
#3- the ensolite foam is still intact... We need to recover with something. I'm thinking Hull liner? Does anyone know the sq'ftge needed to recover the walls and ceilings.
#4- when reinstalling the canine, what Is the best glue to use?Is it necessary to bolt these through the ceiling?

If anyone has restored one of these.. helpppp please lol
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Old 05-28-2024, 08:52 AM   #2
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#1... Since you mentioned locking strip, I assume you mean front and rear fixed plexiglass windows, and the answer is probably yes. If it's just a small leak in the seam where the ends meet, you can probably seal it, but otherwise you need to R&R with a fresh gasket.

#4... "canine"...?? I know it's an auto-correct, but I'm racking my brain trying to figure out what was intended...
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Old 05-28-2024, 01:46 PM   #3
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Hello - I am in the process of restoring a '82 Lil bigfoot. I need as much advice as I can get. We have gutted it, my husband is a carpenter, so we will be restoring everything ourselves.
#1- windows are in good condition, but leaking. What do we need to fix this? Remove the windows and get new locking strips?
If anyone has restored one of these.. helpppp please lol
Hello JoJo, mine is a 1988, so possibly our front and back window assembly is different. When I was first looking at replacing mine, I was finding details about windows in a Boler and was semi-suicidal.

In the 1988 (and probably going forward), the windows are placed in clamp rings and screwed in from the inside. I wrote to Sun View industries and received excellent details on how to redo these, and have placed step by step details on this forum... https://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/...ot-100907.html with some photos included. I hope this helps!
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Old 05-28-2024, 01:47 PM   #4
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#4... "canine"...?? I know it's an auto-correct, but I'm racking my brain trying to figure out what was intended...
Maybe she means cabinets?
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Old 06-01-2024, 11:01 AM   #5
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Hi Jo Jo, well.....not sure I can be much help but I am in the midst or nearer to completion on my 1981 LittleFoot 17. This info is just to offer moral support on your journey. New panelling under the cabinets a little thicker than original with supportive 1"x2'' strips to hold in place after jacking them up to original position (saggers). Remove entire ceiling up to the cabinets, replace with new foam board plywood both sandwiched with epoxy resin and fibreglass matt.with strapping at the joints. Fibreglass roof 3 coats of marine enamel, as I found a few pin holes in the very thin roof, a few fixed from the inside with resin. Purchased all new sliders from Sunview (beautiful new windows). Keeping front and back windows and installing new rubber sealing strips found line. Made frames for all the cabinet fronts to improve the finished look of the simple slab doors. Rearranged the wiring to add more lights, Installing fan over stove (just a vent before) also a ceiling fan (also just vent before) Stove fan has wiring to show grey black and fresh water levels....not hooked up yet. More wiring, new flooring, decals, removing oxidation and polishing all exterior of trailer yet to go. Have done a fair bit of carpentry, built my own house, garage and toy barn and major refits on my west coast commercial troller but.......The Little foot has left me with a little head scratching but am enjoying the ride.
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