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Old 09-08-2006, 11:28 PM   #1
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This is my second new topic; this is one of happiness, whereas the first, the posting on my being scammed was one of annoyance and frustration.

And now for my happy announcement:

I just purchased a 1992 Bigfoot 17 footer. This is my first trailer and I have tons to learn, with your help. I pick it up next week. It seems to be in really good shape. Although I had planned on spending more money on my trailer, I reasoned that the price I am paying plus the amount I was scammed is just about my limit...so had to find something that fit the bill and didn't hurt the pocketbook too much. Also, reasoned that if I discovered that I truely hated camping with it, then I would not be out too much and would be able to sell it fairly easily.

I have tons of pictures and conversations with the vendor have been enlightening and a delight.

Please feel free to give this newbie as much advice as you like...it will all be useful info, I am sure. There is nothing like learning from others' experiences.

Thanks for your time

Gary R
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Old 09-08-2006, 11:30 PM   #2
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Congrats!!!!

A BF 17! I am soo jealous!

Lets see the pics!
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Old 09-09-2006, 12:35 AM   #3
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We owned a Bigfoot 17' - you will be spoiled forever. They are a wonderful roomy rig.

You will thoroughly enjoy it we predict. If this doesn't do it for you trailering is not for you.

Enjoy!
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Old 09-09-2006, 12:44 AM   #4
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Congratulations on your new trailer.

You've found the right group to gleen information from. The more you hang around with this bunch of rowdies, ah..., nice folks, the more you'll learn about all aspects of your trailer and travel trailer camping.

One word of caution, it's been said that there's flying monkeys around here and like sending you to your room.
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Old 09-09-2006, 11:14 AM   #5
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I just purchased a 1992 Bigfoot 17 footer. [b]This is my first trailer and I have tons to learn, with your help.
WOW! There's nothing like starting at the TOP of the food chain!

Advise:
(1) Make sure your Tow Vehicle is up to the task.
(2) Have a good Electric Brake Controller.

Congratulations!
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Old 09-09-2006, 11:19 AM   #6
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Old 09-09-2006, 12:15 PM   #7
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Congratulations, Gary! Thanks for the update and the good news!

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Old 09-09-2006, 01:10 PM   #8
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Congratulations!!!!

(where are the pictures . . . . we need pictures!!!!)
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Old 09-09-2006, 02:50 PM   #9
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Congratulations!!!!

(where are the pictures . . . . we need pictures!!!!)
I don't want to jinx it, so I will not be posting photos until I get it home....next week some time. Also, want to include my ugly mug in the photos.

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Old 09-09-2006, 03:01 PM   #10
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WOW! There's nothing like starting at the TOP of the food chain!

Advise:
(1) Make sure your Tow Vehicle is up to the task.
(2) Have a good Electric Brake Controller.

Congratulations!
Thanks for that. I have a 2006 Nissan Frontier, 2 whl dr, 265 hp, v6...towing capacity in the 6300 lb range with a combined gross wt rating of 11,100 lbs. Dry weight on this trailer is 2600 lbs, I believe.

Trailer has electric brakes, but there is no separate brake controller with the Nissan system (7 part round)...so no separate brake box...kinda weird marrying two vehicles that are 14 years apart.

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Old 09-09-2006, 06:42 PM   #11
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Trailer has electric brakes, but there is [b]no separate brake controller with the Nissan system (7 part round)...so [b]no separate brake box...kinda weird marrying two vehicles that are 14 years apart.
That's gotta be something new.

My Honda Odyssey is 25 years newer than my Fiber Stream; 2003 & 1978. They actually look good together.
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Old 09-09-2006, 07:01 PM   #12
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Trailer has electric brakes, but there is no separate brake controller with the Nissan system (7 part round)...so no separate brake box...kinda weird marrying two vehicles that are 14 years apart...
The tow vehicle sounds quite suitable for the task, to me.

The Nissan factory-provided wiring does not (to my knowledge) include a brake controller, [b]but it is still required. There should be a connector under the dash where the four wires of the controller are to be connected. Without a controller, the no power will be provided to the brake wire of the 7-pin connnector. The controller determines the braking power, provides controls to adjust the system and to manually apply the brake, and normally includes a display as well.

Strangely, there has apparently been no change in trailer wiring standards in 14 years (or in the 27 since my Boler was built with that same connector); however, controllers are much better, and most trucks are better prepared from the factory to accommodate them. As far as I know, only Ford provides a controller from the factory, and then only as an option in the F-350 (and perhaps the F-250, but not at all in other models).
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I thought the 2006 Ford F-350 was the only truck that came with a factory-installed brake controller??? Gary is the brake controller installed in the Nissan, or is it only wired for a plug 'n play controller (which would be part of the tow package).
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Old 09-09-2006, 09:46 PM   #14
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Newer cars come prewired.. now, FINDING the right wire is another story.

Apearantly, my Jeep is prewired but reading some of the hide and seek stories from folks on the Jeep forums makes me wonder just how "Pre Wired" it is.
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