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Old 12-17-2014, 08:46 AM   #41
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Re: Oakland/Bigfoot 20' Class C 4x4

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They tend to prefer one have a molded fiberglass RV though (vs. panelized construction). Bigfoot does (did? not sure whether or not they are in business now) make a number of molded units, but the Oakland looks mostly panelized to me. Which isn't to say it can't be a great resource, but just that they are fairly firm about the "molded" part.
I agree, been a member for many years. It's not required to list what you own and searches should turn up what others have done to restore the finish. Bigfoot is primarily molded, they did experiment with panels on class Cs and a travel trailer at one point. Their 25 foot trailers, more like 21ish sans tongue, were the longest they could mold consistently. Last I saw, they were still in business...company was purchased by the employees.

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Old 12-17-2014, 09:07 AM   #42
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Glad to hear that about Bigfoot/employees still being in business. I always liked the molded 13' Bigfoot trailer. I had a Scamp/clone (same basic shell design) and compared to its molded fiberglass interior cabinetry, the 13' Bigfoot was like a fine library inside - gorgeous woodwork!
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Old 12-17-2014, 09:14 AM   #43
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The Bigfoots are also wider than Scamps, we once owned a Scamp 13 and Jeep JK. A 4-door Jeep and a small Bigfoot would be a great set-up...perfect if a diesel Cummins was in it.

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Old 12-24-2014, 10:13 AM   #44
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Ya they are still doing the molded 1500 and 2500 truck campers and some bumper pull trailers. This "panel" construction was done on their 3000 series campers, Class C's and even some of their bumper pulls. This was what was known as their patented Fibrecore wall, roof and floor system and was their high end most insulated product, supposedly rated to -40. This Firbrecore panel is like 2.5" thick, aluminum framed, even the aluminum tubes were were foam injected to prevent sweating. Nicely finished double screwed oak cabinets.
John, i think you need to build that JK/Bigfoot rig, that would be cool to see
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Old 04-29-2015, 09:50 PM   #45
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A little update and sneak peak. I've put in some long hours, prob more than the 4x4 conversion but i think it's all been worth it. There were a few things that bothered me "cosmetically" that i wanted to take care of. The original decals were cracked and pealing, there were lots of hairline cosmetic gelcoat cracks, the blinds were loud flapping metal ones, and have always wanted to do a mirror conversion, rear springs/lift never matched up to the front lift and have been using air bags to cover the extra 2" to level the unit at max PSI, not the best by all means. etc.

So took an eraser wheel and removed all the original decals, gridded out every gelcoat crack, repaired and sanded the entire coach smooth. Even though the repair was smooth you could still see visually where the repair was made so i knew i either had to repaint the entire coach or wrap it. Wraps are very durable and cost effective compared to a repaint and then to paint a design on. Another reason I settled on a wrap is that this unit is stored in a heated shop everyday of its life except for the trips we go on, so the wrap will last very long time for me. I sent my brother some ideas to put together a design and i love what he came up with. A little new mixed in with some original "old".The old mirrors would flip around in the wind, so i replaced them with newer modern Velvac mirrors, painted to match. I also ordered new Day/Night shades, they look and work fantastic. Also had new rear springs built so now the air bags are just helpers if i'm ever towing. Handles amazing with the reduced top end sway back and forth.

Lots of other little details but i think its really changed it and modernized it.

I will get other pics as soon as i get out and put it to use.


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Very tempting rig with the extra comforts over the SMB! Nice job on the refinish too. Did you ever sell the second one? It is possible to import into the States easily?
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Very tempting rig with the extra comforts over the SMB! Nice job on the refinish too. Did you ever sell the second one? It is possible to import into the States easily?
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Thanks! Ya still have the other one tucked away, still haven't decide what to do with it. So just sits. I don't think there's any real hold ups to importing a unit from Canada. There's semi loads of vehicles headed to the states every day from here. Our dollar is taking a beating.
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Looks Great! I really like the transformation.
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Wasn't easy, but finally decided I need to let go of the other unit, ive posted it in the member classifieds area.
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