is just fine. However it's a...I think 12,000 BTU furnace in a 17ft trailer. My little tiny Toyota Chinook had a 16,000 BTU furnace. Which was total overkill. But coming from that, to this very spacious trailer with "only" a 12,000 BTU furnace took adjustment.
You don't get up to 70 degrees in 5-10 minutes. It's more like a house furnace, where it brings you up to temp nice and slow. It's completely adequate, but if I found a reason (and the cash!) to upgrade, I'd get a 16,000 BTU in there. I don't even think they make the 12,000 models anymore.
But a new furnace will cost $500 and is unnecessary, unless you do serious winter camping on a regular basis.
I too came here asking if there were any specific tips/tricks/issues with Bigfoots. Didn't find much. As a shell, they are solid, though it's already been brought up that the earlier ones can suffer from some roof sag. Everything else is typical RV components, made by various manufacturers. Dometic fridge
, Atwood furnace etc.
Probably you'll need to replace the power center, as it seems the battery
charger will fry your battery
. They're just old enough that they don't switch to float mode when sensing your battery
is full, and keep charging at full power.
I don't plug in much so I've put that project off for now. It's on my list though.
Sounds like there's a consensus that they tow nice, very stable. They aren't aerodynamic. But mine tows really solidly. No sway, stays nice and under control.
I love it. For it's very simple, boring shape, it actually draws more attention than I'd expect.
So..."Issues" you may find yourself spending money on after buying it, that you might not have expected:
-New power center/converter/battery charger
upgrade - stock axles have it very low to the ground and more clearance is a requirement for some
. But not all.
Every other "unexpected" expense you'll start feeling nickel and dimed by are shared by all older campers. New tires
, battery, front rock guard lifts, re-sealing roof vents - possibly adding powered fan to main vent, re-sealing windows
, switch out those incandescents for LEDs!
Otherwise, just make sure it all works. Appliances are expensive
. You'll quickly double the price of your trailer. Furnace = $500. Fridge
= $6-800. Etc.
is a tough one cause you have to get out and use it under high temps for a few days to know if it's really working well. I'm dealing with that right now...