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Old 01-28-2020, 12:46 AM   #1
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Cutting Door in Rear of Bigfoot

Hi there

I recently purchased a 2003 Bigfoot 27 RV. It is on an E450 chassis.
Im all done with the chassis (6 lift, sway bars, Trac bar, front clip etc)
I am now moving on to the coach. Before I get into painting, new countertops etc. I was going to cut a rear window in the very back of the coach, but got thinking a door would be a lot handier. I emailed Bigfoot a couple times but never heard back, I am wondering if this will affect any structural integrity of the unit? The door would be from inside floor to inside ceiling so approximately 72, and then 36 wide. I can order the door which is 1.5 insulated from Challenger Door.
If I do need some integrity, I can always build a heavy duty steel C channel frame in the opening that the door would sit in. But not sure if this is necessary, I dont know much how this fibrecore system operates.

Thanks for any suggestions and advice, looking for sound advice and not just I wouldnt without any background.

Ill post some pictures of the entire RV when complete,
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Old 01-28-2020, 04:51 AM   #2
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You might want to post this question on the Facebook Bigfoot groups and also BOCI (http://www.bigfootowners.com), if you have not already done so. While you might get some responses here, this forum is for molded fiberglass campers, not Bigfoot fibercore RVs. I know that there are some members in both places who own this kind of RV.

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Old 01-28-2020, 08:25 AM   #3
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" I emailed Bigfoot a couple times but never heard back,"

It is common for manufacturers to NOT answer emails. I had an email from Casita answered FOUR years later.

Get on the phone and call them. The ones I have called (including Casita) were pretty responsive.
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Old 01-28-2020, 10:01 AM   #4
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In Grants defense, he will respond to emails within hours. Ever been to the factory? I would suggest that he needs an assistant to deal with communication only, but as such he IS the person of contact...if he s not in the office, he's managing builds.
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" I emailed Bigfoot a couple times but never heard back,"

It is common for manufacturers to NOT answer emails. I had an email from Casita answered FOUR years later.
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Sad but true.. I fail to understand why companies have web pages, contact forms and publish their email address, only to ignore it all.

Last week I used web contact forms or email to reach out to an accounting firm and four home remodeling companies... a week later the response rate is 3 out of 5. To bad for them since I have options. In you case, yes... call.
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Sad but true.. I fail to understand why companies have web pages, contact forms and publish their email address, only to ignore it all.

Last week I used web contact forms or email to reach out to an accounting firm and four home remodeling companies... a week later the response rate is 3 out of 5. To bad for them since I have options. In you case, yes... call.
But it doesn't have to be that way. Our new TC Teardrop will be done this week and I have to say that the owners are super responsive. They answer the phone. They post and respond on Facebook. They respond to email including weekends sometimes.

(We are keeping the Snoozy, The TC is for off-road trips. And don't even think about the former Lil Snoozy responsiveness.)
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I fail to understand why companies have web pages, contact forms and publish their email address, only to ignore it all.
Company owners hire web designers. Web designers give company owners what they believe they should have, not always what they will actually use. In every place I've ever worked the IT department often seemed to operate in a parallel universe...

In this case, contacting Bigfoot is probably a waste of time, since the new, post-bankruptcy (2009) Bigfoot only builds all-molded trailers. This unit is a different RV type manufactured using a different build process under different ownership.

The groups Cindy linked are probably your best bet.

Random thought...I've always thought the B25RQ should have a second side door in the bedroom.
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