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Old 08-22-2018, 10:33 AM   #29
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Real-life ownership of a Bigfoot

My wife and I have owned a 2500 series 22 foot Bigfoot trailer for the last 5-6 years. It has been through tens of thousands of kilometers, coastal and mountainous. We have camped through the worse rainstorms, snowstorms, and driest heats. To this day, it has never failed us.
Our Bigfoot is solidly built on an oversize trailer frame, with a thick fiberglass shell to guarantee insulation from inclement weather. 18 years after its manufacture, every single service and item in the Bigfoot is perfectly functional. We have added a large, 500 W solar panel and an extra battery to provide us with autonomy when boondocking. Aside from a few gelcoat repairs and yearly waxing, the Bigfoot has been a dream to own.
We have always towed it with a V6 Toyota Tacoma, currently a 2016 model year, and have never found the Bigfoot too heavy. It is a heavy trailer and the streamlining is about equivalent to a mountain face, but given time, the V6 Tacoma will pull that trailer up any hill. Going down, the electrical breaks do a fantastic job of keeping that mass under control.
We have never owned an Escape; this aims at reassuring potential Bigfoot owners that a three-quarter ton pickup truck will definitely tow a 22 foot Bigfoot trailer anywhere across North America. Higher revs, greater gas consumption, slower speed? Sure. But given that less than 20% of our truck usage is spent towing a trailer, the fuel savings over the rest of the year make up for the greater consumption when we are camping.
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The mpg difference may matter, but I don't think so. I guess I should pull a Scamp or Casita 16' or 17' to compare to my Bigfoot before having an opinion...

I tow with a V6 Tacoma, the older small version, 3.4L. It tows great, except in a headwind. Except in headwinds or a lot of town driving, I get 14mpg towing. That's really not bad. Especially considering my truck only gets 19mpg unloaded.

The spaciousness is the reason I got a Bigfoot. Nothing else compares in the fiberglass world. I live in mine in the summers, so the extra space is key, for me.

I've never preferred the center bath models for that reason. I mean you're still getting way more space than with the egg-shaped trailers, but all the floor space in the center of a Gaucho model is what I love. The center bath feels more cramped, but again, only compared to the Gaucho. Compared to an egg, the center bath is still really spacious.

But the Gaucho is really open feeling.
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