It seemed like we were never going to get to this point, but the trailer was finally dropped off to start the work. The list started out small, but quickly grew into a very long (and expensive sounding) one: Bumper Fresh water inlet Tail lights Propane pig tails Twist lock power outlet Relocate the batteries Outdoor Shower Solar Roof repair Wall replacement LED fixtures and switches Fantastic Fan On demand water Heater Appliance replacement, except the fridge New mattress Entry door Counter There’s probably more…Continue Reading “It has begun….”
Well, this was long overdue. Here’s the rest of the Oregon trip. After Fort Stevens, we planned on going down to Nehalem State Park for the rest of the trip. The cycling goal was still looming and we had our fingers crossed for more good weather. Of course we had to stop at Cannon Beach to see Haystack Rock like all the other tourists. While in Cannon Beach, we confirmed a theory we’ve had for a while when travelling in the US. Coffees should only…Continue Reading “Better late than never? Oregon pt2”
Aside from the convenience, one the reasons for buying a hard-sided trailer was extending the camping season into winter. With the crappy Vancouver weather, we decided it was time to test out the winter camping theory down on the Oregon Coast…But as we’ve come to learn, nothing’s quite as easy as it seems with the Bigfoot. We planned, we packed, we somehow lost the only set of trailer keys we own. Awesome. So we called in a locksmith to get into the trailer and $120 later we were rolling…Continue Reading “Christmas…and Other Misadventures on the Oregon Coast pt 1”
The renovations started yesterday! The person that sold us the trailer (forever known as Lying Sack of Shit) said there were no leaks and all of the appliances worked…Turns out he was being less than honest. Sure the furnace blows moderately warm air, but the bulk of the exhaust comes back into the trailer. The oven’s pilot light works but that’s as far as it goes; no cookies happening in there. He wasn’t lying about the leaks though…as long as it doesn’t rain. The dream of buying a vintage trailer and only having to…Continue Reading “New Appliances for Bigfoot”
We had a question from fellow Bigfoot owners, and Instagramers, 1981bigfootcamper about how to open up their vintage Norseman awning. This gave us a great opportunity to make a how to video with our Sony NEX, except I forgot the battery at home. So we propped an iPhone up, and well, took a crappy video… sorry we’ll do better next time…. But it does the trick… kinda. It only shows Jaclyn but I was also doing the same motions on the other side, saying things that really don’t…Continue Reading “Awning?”
Buying a 33 year old trailer is pretty nerve racking. The little guy shows his age, the appliances are hit or miss at the moment, but we can’t think of anywhere We’d rather be right now. We decided to leave the lower mainland in search of dry weather. Being that it’s November, open camp sites are a little hard to come since most close in October until the spring. After a bit of searching on the Allstays App link we found a place that looked promising….Continue Reading “This is the life”
We have our trailer, who is now named Michael, and reality is sinking in. We drove over 20 hours last weekend to pickup this little guy. We knew the roof would need repairs. We didn’t anticipate the window leaks. Now we’re pouring over project plans and timelines. The plan is to fix it all…we just need to figure out how. In the meantime, it’s time to fix the immediate window leaks and plan a trip to Oregon.
Today we head out to drive clear across British Columbia from Vancouver to Fernie to pick up our little Project. Other than a sagging roof it’s supposed to be is great shape for a 33 year trailer. It took us a long time to decide on what we wanted, in the end the vintage trailer won. This post kicks off our Reno project. We have lots of plans, a little know how and a professional or two to help out along the way.