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Forum: NEW Fiberglass RV Classifieds | Buy, Sell, Trade 02-20-2021, 11:55 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,028
Posted By SnowballCamper
Check out...

Check out https://www.clcboats.com/shop/boats/recreational-vehicles/new-assembled-teardrop-camper.html

And there is a kit if you’re up to building it yourself. The wood is sheathed in...
Forum: General Chat 01-23-2021, 12:26 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,577
Posted By SnowballCamper
Use the USFS campgrounds

I recommend staying at a Forest Service campground in the Cowlitz River valley between Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Rainier where you could do day trips to both.

Mt.St. Helens gets very little traffic...
Forum: General Chat 12-12-2020, 12:30 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,211
Posted By SnowballCamper
You could build a kit (or just get the plans and...

You could build a kit (or just get the plans and try doubling the length & height)?

https://www.clcboats.com/shop/boats/recreational-vehicles/clc-teardrop-trailer.html

There is fiberglass over...
Forum: General Chat 12-05-2020, 01:46 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,065
Posted By SnowballCamper
I think it's pretty neat, but probably not a...

I think it's pretty neat, but probably not a large market. I suspect that someone interested in completing a shell would be just as comfortable renovating an old shell that could be had for much...
Forum: General Chat 11-14-2020, 12:34 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,560
Posted By SnowballCamper
I think it comes down to this: While...

I think it comes down to this:



While some RV parks might not like truck campers, it's just a pickup truck, so in a pinch you can stay anywhere you can park a big pickup truck.

We bought a...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 11-13-2020, 09:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 805
Posted By SnowballCamper
I'd say it is good enough. It's a definite...

I'd say it is good enough. It's a definite improvement, but not worth raving about. To be fair, we still have the oem mattress on top, and froli recommends a foam mattress. I'm satisfied enough...
Forum: General Chat 09-26-2020, 11:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,588
Posted By SnowballCamper
I have found it very useful for finding cheap...

I have found it very useful for finding cheap fuel. For diesel users, I don't think it differentiates biodiesel, so when you see that great deal, it might be biodiesel. In my experience the...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 07-15-2020, 10:24 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,882
Posted By SnowballCamper
Good luck! I got the Jensen (not smart) 12vdc tv...

Good luck! I got the Jensen (not smart) 12vdc tv a while back. Afterwards we upgraded the dvd/radio unit. Turns out the Furrion HDMI output is not compatible with Jensen tv. It sends video, but...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 07-05-2020, 04:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 868
Posted By SnowballCamper
I switched to Anderson power pole connectors. I...

I switched to Anderson power pole connectors. I soldered them on... which can be a pain, but they work great.
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 06-21-2020, 01:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,746
Posted By SnowballCamper
You do what you want

For us, the whole point of the camper is to be able to get out of the weather. So not having a cooktop and sink would be a non-starter. In practice we do a LOT of Dutch oven cooking with charcoal. ...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 06-14-2020, 12:47 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,468
Posted By SnowballCamper
Iíll be getting a Trojan AGM battery when the...

Iíll be getting a Trojan AGM battery when the current wet cell goes kaput. Lower maintenance without the cost of lithium.
Forum: Fulltiming in a Molded Fiberglass Trailer 05-29-2020, 01:07 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,576
Posted By SnowballCamper
Whatever axe you get, this little sharpener is...

Whatever axe you get, this little sharpener is great to stick somewhere in the camper/TV.

https://shop.coronatoolsusa.com/ac-8300-sharpening-tool.html
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 04-16-2020, 01:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,997
Posted By SnowballCamper
I have a Renogy suitcase (Edited to add: 100 watt...

I have a Renogy suitcase (Edited to add: 100 watt model).
Good:

It all fits in the nice case
Came with a waterproof charge controller
It fits in the Bigfoot's "basement"
Bad:

The cables...
Forum: Hi, I am.... 04-15-2020, 01:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,665
Posted By SnowballCamper
I bought our 17.5 off the lot. We had a snafu...

I bought our 17.5 off the lot. We had a snafu with the purchase of a Northern Lite truck camper (didn't fit), and I think we got a decent deal, but yes the purchase price was much less than MSRP...
Forum: COVID-19 Discussion Zone 04-12-2020, 10:12 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,683
Posted By SnowballCamper
I guess this is what you call a highjacked...

I guess this is what you call a highjacked thread... oh well
Forum: COVID-19 Discussion Zone 04-11-2020, 01:09 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,683
Posted By SnowballCamper
Thanks! There is a lot to consider there. I...

Thanks! There is a lot to consider there. I especially like the sewer hose mudflap and the leveling bubble on the trailer tongue.
Forum: COVID-19 Discussion Zone 04-11-2020, 12:27 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,683
Posted By SnowballCamper
What gadget should I spend stimulus check on?

What do I need that I don't know I need? (related to camper & camping) Since we're on lockdown in WA (even many of the federal lands are closed up) we didn't get to do our spring break trip to...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 03-24-2020, 10:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 900
Posted By SnowballCamper
Recently I was considering solar on the RV roof. ...

Recently I was considering solar on the RV roof. For now, I just upgraded the “extension cord” for the suitcase solar (Renogy). If I do a rooftop mount, I’ll use a flexible panel and vhb (very high...
Forum: General Chat 03-24-2020, 10:01 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,499
Posted By SnowballCamper
I had a section of white plastic fence post tied...

I had a section of white plastic fence post tied underneath for a while. Now I just have a tote in the pickup truck bed that holds dirty stuff and it goes in there.
Forum: Hi, I am.... 03-23-2020, 11:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 898
Posted By SnowballCamper
Look at the payload stickers (inside the driver...

Look at the payload stickers (inside the driver door jam) yourself when you shop. The big differences are due to options on the different vehicles. Some of the manufacturer websites have a decent...
Forum: COVID-19 Discussion Zone 03-21-2020, 12:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 543
Posted By SnowballCamper
I’m pleased that my home state hasn’t closed...

I’m pleased that my home state hasn’t closed campgrounds yet. I think it’s a great way to social distance ourselves, provided we have a stand alone camper (so we’re not using the public bathroom). ...
Forum: COVID-19 Discussion Zone 03-20-2020, 04:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 543
Posted By SnowballCamper
BC parks closed

Got this in the email a few minutes ago:

Dear valued BC Parks guest.



BC Parks has been monitoring the COVID-19 situation across British Columbia, Canada and the rest of the world.
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 03-17-2020, 10:05 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,280
Posted By SnowballCamper
That's Beautiful. It's the remedial drivers ed...

That's Beautiful. It's the remedial drivers ed course we all need to take.
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 03-10-2020, 05:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 805
Posted By SnowballCamper
Froli system in a Bigfoot 17.5 FB

I thought I'd share our attempt at bed improvement. We have a tempurpedic at home that is about twelve years old, so we definitely notice it when we're not sleeping at home (yes it was super pricey,...
Forum: General Chat 02-23-2020, 02:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 630
Posted By SnowballCamper
I’ve used the inline hose filter when filling the...

I’ve used the inline hose filter when filling the water tank, and glad I have. Last time I couldn’t find the filter, and definitely noticed the mineral/chlorine flavor. The filter with the flex...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 02-14-2020, 12:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,008
Posted By SnowballCamper
Yes, and just paint the primer. Growing...

Yes, and just paint the primer.

Growing up, my dad did all kinds of welding projects around the farm and used rust oleum paint on everything. Depending on the piece we used the standard primer,...
Forum: General Chat 02-11-2020, 10:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,265
Posted By SnowballCamper
Thanks! I might be ready for the loadit after...

Thanks! I might be ready for the loadit after our trip to Alaska this summer.
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 02-10-2020, 01:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,618
Posted By SnowballCamper
For our Bigfoot 17.5 I found just the right size...

For our Bigfoot 17.5 I found just the right size litter box that sits on the shower seat in the wet bath. With a cat door installed in the bathroom door it has worked out well. It does require some...
Forum: General Chat 02-10-2020, 01:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,265
Posted By SnowballCamper
Literal "built like a boat"

I stumbled into this
https://www.campanda.com/magazine/boat-roof-american-dream-trailer/

Interesting to me, especially since I'm about to add a rowboat to take along with us on trips (it will...
Forum: General Chat 01-13-2020, 10:15 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 5,793
Posted By SnowballCamper
Thanks Iowa Dave. It’s you’re perspective on...

Thanks Iowa Dave. It’s you’re perspective on this forum that keeps it a pleasant place.
Forum: General Chat 01-12-2020, 01:56 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 5,793
Posted By SnowballCamper
Just a couple cents here. I haven't sold a...

Just a couple cents here. I haven't sold a trailer yet.

Keep the newest one. It has the features that make camping nicer in the modern world.
Keep the oldest one for nostalgia, and maybe...
Forum: General Chat 01-09-2020, 01:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,933
Posted By SnowballCamper
I just got the wheel to wheel boards for my 3500....

I just got the wheel to wheel boards for my 3500. Makes it much easier to reach in the bed.
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 01-07-2020, 04:43 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,221
Posted By SnowballCamper
We just stopped in an airstream dealer for the...

We just stopped in an airstream dealer for the first time today. We saw it from the highway and circled back to check it out.

I make a distinction between being a camper vs. being an RV person....
Forum: Camping, Campout Reports 01-05-2020, 10:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,563
Posted By SnowballCamper
Posting so that I can get the email for the...

Posting so that I can get the email for the responses...

But I do really like the forest service campgrounds out here in the northwest USA. The sites are spaced farther apart than at state parks...
Forum: General Chat 01-04-2020, 11:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 918
Posted By SnowballCamper
I totally get your frustration. We looked for a...

I totally get your frustration. We looked for a long time, starting with Class B, then truck camper, then stumbling into a Bigfoot. In an earlier post I wrote, "The point I want to share, is to...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 01-02-2020, 06:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,545
Posted By SnowballCamper
Update on my thoughts.

My original assumption was that I can get more cycles from the flooded battery (vs AGM), and this turns out to be true.

The following chart shows that with 60% discharge we get about 1500 cycles...
Forum: Rallies, Get-togethers, Molded Meets (Archive) 01-02-2020, 11:51 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,873
Posted By SnowballCamper
We'll be in B03, arriving later Friday. This...

We'll be in B03, arriving later Friday. This will be our first rally. We'll show you how to fit two adults, a teenager, cat, and a doberman in a 17.5 Bigfoot ;-). And we should have lots of...
Forum: General Chat 01-02-2020, 10:10 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,098
Posted By SnowballCamper
I'm 6'3" and can completely stretch out in the...

I'm 6'3" and can completely stretch out in the front bed of my newer 17.5 FB Bigfoot. The bed ends, but the wardrobe closet floor is above the bed's elevation which makes foot room for someone...
Forum: Rallies, Get-togethers, Molded Meets (Archive) 12-31-2019, 11:32 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,873
Posted By SnowballCamper
online reservations full?

The online link says nothing is available...Maybe I'll try again later.
:confused:
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 12-19-2019, 07:51 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,388
Posted By SnowballCamper
For me, It's the torque the longer service...

For me, It's

the torque
the longer service intervals
generally better mpg
overall longevity

When I was young, my dad's one ton chevy dump truck had the gas engine. It had no torque, and we...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 12-14-2019, 08:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,545
Posted By SnowballCamper
Thank you all for the thoughtful replies. I'll...

Thank you all for the thoughtful replies. I'll continue to mull the tradeoffs over our next trip (around the olympic peninsula). I see how the lithium can be a great advantage, but the cost is...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 12-12-2019, 10:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,545
Posted By SnowballCamper
All out Flooded Battery Upgrade?

I'm considering a battery upgrade from the dealer installed 12v battery to dual 6v. It looks like the Trojan T-series in Group GC2 would be an easy project because the dual battery box is readily...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 12-11-2019, 07:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,444
Posted By SnowballCamper
My 2018 17.5 has the drop axle. I'm sure there...

My 2018 17.5 has the drop axle. I'm sure there are many campers out there that pretty much do pavement or gravel only. The lower ride is more stable, and less wind resistance.
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 12-04-2019, 12:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,444
Posted By SnowballCamper
I’m in WA with a 17.5 BF and no issues in...

I’m in WA with a 17.5 BF and no issues in campgrounds (state and USFS, and NP). My plan is to run the original axle till it is close to kaput and then replace with a straight axle for more...
Forum: Camping, Campout Reports 12-02-2019, 06:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,582
Posted By SnowballCamper
Thanks Sisu for the detailed information. ...

Thanks Sisu for the detailed information. Yesterday reservations opened for Denali, and we got ours made today (whew!). The kid finishes school about June 11, and the reservation starts July 1. So...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 10-26-2019, 11:13 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,833
Posted By SnowballCamper
My back gets sore after a few hours in the seat. ...

My back gets sore after a few hours in the seat. So we get up just after sunrise, and are on the road in a couple hours. Then drive for under five, usually stopping for lunch (often cooking and...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 09-24-2019, 01:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 759
Posted By SnowballCamper
An option we found was the Garmin wireless camera...

An option we found was the Garmin wireless camera that connects to some of
their stand alone gps devices. Don’t need a camera on the trailer yet, but that’s what we’ll do if we get one. Of course...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 09-18-2019, 11:30 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,438
Posted By SnowballCamper
If the mfr. instructions don’t work. Consider a...

If the mfr. instructions don’t work. Consider a brewing sanitizer which you could get from the local homebrew store or online. That’s what I would try. It’s specifically made for food use so no...
Forum: Camping, Campout Reports 09-02-2019, 12:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,582
Posted By SnowballCamper
Jann, Thanks for the input. I'll be sure...

Jann,
Thanks for the input. I'll be sure to take into account my milepost might be outdated.

For Alberta, they have a clear policy listed on the provincial website about camping on Crown...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 08-28-2019, 07:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,298
Posted By SnowballCamper
Complicated... but not really. The black tank is...

Complicated... but not really. The black tank is just a holding tank. It’s not a septic tank like the one in your yard where bacterial decomposition is designed to happen. It’s just a place for ��...
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