After jumping on a sale of a 1983 Bigfoot
17 in our area… we are learning about it and what kind of improvements and repairs we must do…
We know to reseal or replace our windows
. They seem dry but we noticed lots of silicon caulking around our whole exterior / hatches etc.
We want to pull our vents and replace with fans. Inspecting this has us noticing that the roof sags to the left of the vent. I guess this is a Bigfoot
design flaw but I do not know if we should live with it or pull down the ceiling and figure out how to support it? Anyone do this before? Or lived with it? How has it held up? What are the long term implications?
Next- when you push on the exterior wall to the right of the door, the wall pushes in and out? Is this normal “flexing” of the fibreglass or is this a sign of delamination? The shape appears normal but when the door stop pulls out from the stop the wall moves with it up and down a little? Is the fibreglass supposed to be pop in and out anywhere or be solid?
Lastly, I noticed our belly band is coming away from the fibreglass on the underside of the band? ( located on back corner of trailer.) Please see photos- is this repairable? Really worrisome? Why would this happen? It doesn’t look like the black vinyl but rather the metal of the band…
Lastly, the gaps of the brown vinyl in the exterior of the window are normal right? Can I purchase black vinyl lining and reline the windows
when I pull them ( when resealing the window ti the fibreglass with butyl ..) I hate brown