We are back from our journey and we did not come back empty handed.
It was a most excellent adventure today. The gentleman who sold
us our new Lil Bigfoot was very kind and patient. He knocked off 100$ from the price because the right tail light
was being not working 100% and one of the wooden beam/edges/boards for supporting the table bed is cracking. Otherwise it was pretty much as the photos showed. The spots where the photos showed possible water damage were just lighting
tricks because upon inspection all looked fine. it definitely needs a cleaning and the wall furry stuff is kind of sagging in spots and it seems the previous owners did a hack job at trying to fix it in one spot under the cushions. The awning
was found and included although we didn't bother opening to see if it was torn or anything. the inside is really just some cosmetic fixes and upkeep. yay!!
AS for the outside, where the previous owners painted the bottom half, it is a really bad job. you can use your fingernail to scratch off the paint and the original paint underneath that shows looks wonderful. so you can guarantee i will eventually be hunting down ideas on how to get that crappy white job off without wrecking the original paint job underneath. The outside also needs some cosmetic fixes and all that but as far as we can tell all is sealed well enough to prevent leaks
. (actually driving home we hit a severe thunder shower that poured buckets so we could barely see road for about 1/2 hr. result of trailer when we checked it as soon as it stopped...dry as a bone!)
my mom, who drove, said it pulled like a dream, she often forgot it was there it was a smooth ride and made the what turns out to be 3 hour trip just fine.
my mom is the one who checked out the underside because #1 she is more knowledgeable on that kind of stuff and #2 im such a girly girl... ewwww bugs and yuk. hahaha, no way i was getting down there on my back (feel free to poke fun at me, my mom sure did). Anyways, she said it looked good floor wise. her and the owner were chatting up a storm about a bunch of stuff i am sure all of you would care to know and totally understand but went over my head. (seriously i will learn to be an rv girl, just give me time.)
i do not like how low the trailer sits to the ground. i am unsure if it is normal as a quick forum search showed many posts about low bigfoot ground clearance and solution being flipping axle, or something is up with this trailer/axle but i bought it being ok with the possibility of that added expense.
Also, we did not have the opportunity to test the electrical
and water and such as there was no where to do it. risky business buying without testing but sometimes you just gotta go with your gut. The owner was a wonderful man, so very helpful. our hitch ended up still being too tall and so he took my mom around to the neighbours to see if anyone had one that would fit, borrowed one and lent us the ball as well trusting that we will mail it back to him and his neighbour. He also returned an extra 100$ when i ended up overpaying him, actually stopped us as we were driving away because he was recounting and realized two 100$ new bills were stuck together. i missed it and he missed it when we counted it out the first time.
So now that we are home, with our new little baby all snug in our driveway i am going to read through all the documents and stuff he gave me that came with the trailer originally. i think i even saw the original brochure for it in the pile too.
Thanks everyone for making it through my very long post