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Old 04-22-2014, 12:59 PM   #15
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good eye, badger...LOL

yep the cover hinges alright....I agree the counter space is lacking...for my use...then again if somebody was traveling and ate out most of the time it would not be an issue...plenty of room to make coffee.

if somebody wanted to have it "all" it would be a 25 foot trailer...but that would not be for me....$$$ is one reason...size/weight would be another...let alone the fact that I'd have to get another TV...LOL

as an anecdote...an acquaintance of mine quit tent camping and decided to get a trailer...his better half insisted on a permanent bed...dealers in his area told him if he was going to be doing a lot of off-roading (he was) he should stay away from "lightweight" trailers.....end of story a month after buying the trailer he was at the truck dealership trading up from his previously perfectly good truck.....LOL

one thing that can be said about ALL fiberglass trailers is they can be modified if/when you decide you really want something different....can't say that about regular trailers...the structure is just not strong enough...I went to see a "lightweight" trailer that had been towed over a lot of rough roads....and it was ugly...close inspection revealed small wall delaminations starting and a collapsed bulkhead inside....this was only going to get worse with time.
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Old 04-22-2014, 03:42 PM   #16
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one thing that can be said about ALL fiberglass trailers is they can be modified if/when you decide you really want something different....
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Yes and that is why so many people are flocking to Escapes as they will do a lot of those changes and modifications right at the factor on their new builds. Helps out those of us who may not be big do it yourselfers.
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Old 04-23-2014, 05:44 PM   #17
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heck, you got nuttin' to complain about, Carol.....;)

I went looking at your registry....I'd say you have this small trailer camping down pat...flat screen TV and all...LOL..seriously one thing your trailer has that I find spot on is the cooktop on one side and the sink on the other....that and the half fridge creates ample counter space at BOTH locations....don't see that very often if at all

I sort of chuckle when I look at my big fridge....space could have been used better with a smaller unit I'm thinking......BF must have thought that big fridge would wow the reluctant "better halves".......most of mine will probably end up as a pantry...even if the stuff doesn't need refrigeration...

funny how this discussion started with a B17CB question and TWO CBs get posted for sale a couple of days later...
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:43 PM   #18
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I sort of chuckle when I look at my big fridge....space could have been used better with a smaller unit I'm thinking......BF must have thought that big fridge would wow the reluctant "better halves".......most of mine will probably end up as a pantry...even if the stuff doesn't need refrigeration...
I would guess in the case of an insulated trailer like the Bigfoot that deer hunters dreaming of a fridge full of beer was as much the target audience as reluctant better halves.

It also explains the two small beds neither of which is big enough for a couple.
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.seriously one thing your trailer has that I find spot on is the cooktop on one side and the sink on the other....that and the half fridge creates ample counter space at BOTH locations....don't see that very often if at all
Yes the counter space is my dilemma! I like it! LOL not willing to give it up! People who have never seen that layout before are always surprised by it. But I do very much want a trailer with a full time bed and separate dinette. Have looked at a lot of trailers and it looks like I can't just move up a couple of feet to get that but need to jump up 5' to a 21' if I want to keep anywhere close to the counter space.... but not willing to upgrade the tug any further than I have to go that heavy....
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I would guess in the case of an insulated trailer like the Bigfoot that deer hunters dreaming of a fridge full of beer was as much the target audience as reluctant better halves.
Rick in these part the Bigfoot camper which also has a fairly large fridge is most poplar with the fishermen and the hunters - that way they can pull their boat in the summer and the separate trailer for hanging and hauling the deer home during hunting season.
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:01 PM   #21
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hey Carol....by the way....

I noticed you have a solar panel...a TV/DVD...yada yada.....

It just so happens that I bought a 40W Coleman solar panel a while back (50% off at "Crappy Tire)...couldn't pass it up even though I have no idea what this will actually do for me....

I just reworked my electrical system....and the next step is to buy the battery bank....(DPO "upgraded" to two six volts and promptly turned them into "boat anchors" because the charging circuit of his PC was dead)

So here's my dilemma....Do I go and buy two six volts again...or do I buy a single group 27 (like I had as a house battery on my sailboat)

I would greatly appreciate your comments on your use/set-up given that you have been at it for 6-7 years

two six volts are more money...but more importantly more weight....I'd hate to "overdo" the battery thing.....I am probably not going to spend a lot of time in one place in my travels (unplugged)....two nights would be max I would think....(and I don't even have a flat screen TV....LOL)

I would really like to hear how you power your "extras"...what you have for batteries....how the solar panel factors into you use/consumption etc.......since you are in the "neighbourhood" sort of... (anecdotal information from CAL or ARZ campers would have to be taken with a grain of salt...different climate)

TIA..... looking forward to any and all of your thoughts on the subject, Cheers, F
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I noticed you have a solar panel...a TV/DVD...yada yada.....

It just so happens that I bought a 40W Coleman solar panel a while back (50% off at "Crappy Tire)...couldn't pass it up even though I have no idea what this will actually do for me....

I just reworked my electrical system....and the next step is to buy the battery bank....(DPO "upgraded" to two six volts and promptly turned them into "boat anchors" because the charging circuit of his PC was dead)

So here's my dilemma....Do I go and buy two six volts again...or do I buy a single group 27 (like I had as a house battery on my sailboat)

I would greatly appreciate your comments on your use/set-up given that you have been at it for 6-7 years

two six volts are more money...but more importantly more weight....I'd hate to "overdo" the battery thing.....I am probably not going to spend a lot of time in one place in my travels (unplugged)....two nights would be max I would think....(and I don't even have a flat screen TV....LOL)

I would really like to hear how you power your "extras"...what you have for batteries....how the solar panel factors into you use/consumption etc.......since you are in the "neighbourhood" sort of... (anecdotal information from CAL or ARZ campers would have to be taken with a grain of salt...different climate)

TIA..... looking forward to any and all of your thoughts on the subject, Cheers, F
I have only a group 27 battery but those in the know will tell you to 6's are better. The solar panel was purchased a number of years ago and is only a 35W but it has gotten me by on many dry camping trips for a week or more without any power worries - that is if its sunny. If its BC wet coast then I have to be very careful with my power usage. I keep the panel on a stand so I can more it out from under tree cover when need be. When down in AZ and Calf I just stuck it on the roof and leave it there. In BC its a whole different ball game as they say! All lights are LED and the fridge runs on propane when dry camping. I purchased the panel when solar wasn't cheap and could buy a 200w system today easily for what I paid for my little old one. LOL I am probable going to upgrading to a 80w or 100W this summer while on the Island as there is a company over there selling solar for $1 a watt & the panels are smaller in size than what I have now. I don't use the electric coffee maker, TV or the DVD when dry camping so no idea as to what one could expect. I do have an inverter though so I could use the system just never wanted to waste the power on the TV just in case the weather turned really poor and I needed to run my heater more, its a big power hog. I use power mainly for water pump, lights, heat, charging phones, cameras, IPad and occasionally the lap top for processing photos or watching a DVD on it. If your wanting to use your TV and DVD in BC while dry camping under all conditions then I would suggest the bigger the panel you get the better!
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Thanks, you sort of confirmed what I was thinking...

on the panel issue...you're quite right about living this far north of the equator makes a big difference....a buddy of mine checked the output of his panel with a meter on a sunny day flat as opposed to tilted and it was HUGE....so mine will not be permanently mounted (I guess you could but would have to incorporate a rather complicated tilt system in all directions...too much work for me).....I kinda got lucky with mine, it found itself a handy "home" right behind the right dinette seat back...the seatback "traps" it there, just by the door

yep, 40W is not much but my needs will be pretty minimal...I am installing a four digit meter on the forward bulkhead just above the table....so I'll be able to monitor use/available power easily....a one plug inverter to power the laptop (with TV software) and sometimes charge the cell phone...a smallish multi-band portable radio... and that will be it as far as "add-ons" are concerned. Thanks again, F
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