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Old 03-22-2006, 02:19 PM   #1
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Yesterday we drove about 50 miles out to Mira Loma to the new Redneck Trailer Supply to order the new axle for the Boler. I'm recovering nicely from surgery I had on 3-6 and am excited about finally getting back to working on the poor thing. I'm still on "light duty" but there are loads of light duty things that need to be finished!

While driving home we decided to take the scenic route than the freeway. We drove through Norco which is a more "rural" area of So Cal where there is horse property. My dad used to live there and I was able to find his ex house. I'd love to live out there so I could have my RVs and junk without worrying about what the city or my neighbors think. We picked up some property ads to dream about.

We were driving along the main street back to the freeway and out of the corner of my eye I spotted a RV dealer, swiveled my head and started chanting Bigfoot, Bigfoot, Bigfoot! My husband turned around without my having to ask him.

There were 8 on the lot, 6 17.5fters in both floor plans and 2 21fters in the rear bed floorplan. Wow they are nice, dual pane windows, wood cabinets, tasteful fabrics and window coverings, very good fit and finish.....we looked at the price sheets and gasped! The 17.5 are $27,000 and the 21 are $31,500! That's a chunk of change. Then my husband who is 6'2" started trying beds, all were to short, we'd have to cut off his feet or head. He thought that was pretty funny considering the price!

So now I have to research brake controllers and order one. I'm rally excited about the new axle with brakes and seeing the Bigfeets was fun too.
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Old 03-22-2006, 03:52 PM   #2
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Hi Lizbeth:

Your comment about the bed length troubled me because I've never had a problem with it @ 6 feet tall. I wondered if the newer trailers are different than mine although I seriously doubt it. Anywho......... I just went outside and measured the bed myself: 78 long x 54 wide. (That's 6'6")

On another note: Just before I saw your post I was sidetracked by an Airstream Bambi 19, the bed in that is only 75 x 48. Some dealer here wants $56,000.00 CDN wow!
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Old 03-22-2006, 05:58 PM   #3
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Rick do you have the 21.5 with the fulltime bed back next to the bathroom? He didn't try that bed because there were people in the trailer. Neither of the 17s beds/dinettes allowed him to actually lie flat. They were also way to narrow to conside for two people.... so both the bed and dinette would have to be converted at night.

I love the way Airstreams look on the outside. I'm not too fond of the insides, the floor plans I've seen don't suit my tastes.
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Old 03-22-2006, 08:02 PM   #4
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Then my husband who is 6'2" started trying beds, all were to short, we'd have to cut off his feet or head. He thought that was pretty funny considering the price!


I was out at Fred's RV world a while back and I took my tape measure. All of the beds in the 17.5 models looked to be long enough for my 6'2'ness. Did your husband remove the cushions before he lay down?

They're pretty smart up in Canada, I'm having a hard time believing they think everyone who RV's is only 5' tall.
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Well I probably could have jumped up and down on him and tamped him in. Really, his feet were flat on the wall and his head was hitting the wardrobe or the storage at one side of the dinette. Of course the full time beds in the bigger models would work but we were looking at the smaller ones.

He was impressed that he could stand up in them and not hit his head. He could sleep standing up!
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Lizbeth, Lizbeth, Lizbeth..

I drive by that place everyday on my way to work, and I still crank my head over to have a peek.

Ya shoulda called.. you were a couple miles from my work!

Oh, and I stopped going in there and drooling when I checked the prices too
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Old 03-22-2006, 10:48 PM   #7
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Lizbeth:

Yes I have the 21RB (rear bed) which has a fulltime bed. There is one corner cut off to allow decent access to the bathroom, so a taller person (me) has to sleep with their feet hanging over. Bigfoot also makes the 21 in a FB (frontbed) and of course the 25 foot 25RBQ (rear queenbed - walkaround!)

I can also atest to the headroom. My little brother is at least 6'4" and he was amazed that he didn't bang into anything above.

I merely mentioned the Airstream cause I happened to be looking in the local buy&sell and noticed the bed is quite a bit smaller.
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Oh, and I stopped going in there and drooling when I checked the prices too
Gina....So it was your slobber we saw all over, I feel better now. It was an unplanned trip, Eric had the urge to order the axle after a "discussion" about it over the weekend. Never deny a man's urges. As we were getting back on the freeway I told him you were somewhere close by.

Rick, I'm really hung up on the Bigfoots. The first fiberglass trailer I found for sale here in So Cal was a 17.5 for $4500.00. We didn't have the cash at the time to buy it. I should have borrowed the money. *sigh*
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I have drooled over the Bigfoot 17.5 for some time, however when my wife and I looked closely at the bed we found it to be short (compared to both our 2003 Trillium Outback and the Escape). Strange, because everything else is beautifully done.
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Old 03-23-2006, 07:12 PM   #10
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I'm curious whether the short-bed Bigfoot is the current 2500-series design (25B17.5) or older 1500-series (presumably 15B17.5, still found new on some dealer's lots). Also, is it the CB or G version (25B17.5CB or 25B17.5G) - they both have a dinette with a big storage compartment at one end limiting length, but the G has a lengthwise sofa while the CB has an across-the-rear sofa. In all of the across-the-trailer beds, the bed doesn't go the full trailer width (like the Trillium-type designs), but these Bigfoot units are much wider than the classic 6.5'-wide egg, so that should be okay.

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Old 03-23-2006, 09:44 PM   #11
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I'm curious whether the short-bed Bigfoot is the current 2500-series design (25B17.5) or older 1500-series (presumably 15B17.5, still found new on some dealer's lots). Also, is it the CB or G version (25B17.5CB or 25B17.5G)
There seems to be some confusion surrounding the designation of the smaller Bigfoot trailers. The older 1500 series were listed as 17' (actual mfg. listed length 16'7") - hence the 15B17CB or 15B17G. To the best of my knowledge, there never was a 15B17.5CB or G . The new 2500 series are listed as 17'5" long and are indeed significantly longer than the older units and are advertised as 25B17.5CB or G
I believe CB means "Center Bath" while G denotes "Gaucho" an alternative layout that results in the bathroom located in the rear of these +/- 17' trailers.

The rear bunk in my 15B17CB measures aprox. 5'10" long while the front bunk(dinette) is over 6'6" in length. Neither bunk is particularly wide, a snug fit for two large adults, so my wife and I opt for space and comfort and use both.

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Old 03-24-2006, 12:37 PM   #12
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My initial post was only to clarify that the 21 footer's bed was not short (unless you are 6'6" and over, in which case you should be on the basketball court anyway). In response to Lizbeth saying she saw both 17's and 21's. I have no real world experience as to how long the bed is in a 17.

Thanks for writing up that clarification on the model numbers Steve. Bigfoot has always been decent (at least since the late 80's) about making sure that there is some meaning between them.
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Old 03-24-2006, 02:12 PM   #13
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"I merely mentioned the Airstream cause I happened to be looking in the local buy&sell and noticed the bed is quite a bit smaller."
We looked at the airstreams at the Sarasota Airstream rally and I also wasn't impressed with the layout inside nor the craftsmanship, the Bambi we looked at was about $37000.00 and it made me very satisfied with my 1999 Casita . The mattress was about 2" short on each end and the back corner radius' weren't the same radius as the trailer. A long time Airstreamer was there and he said not to buy one that was made after I think he said 1994 as that was when Airsteam sold out to Thor industries and since then the craftsmanship has suffered. He had owned a 98, sold it and bought an 89 and was much more satisfied
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Steve, you bring up an important point. When we looked at the (2005 models) 17.5, the beds we checked were indeed the "bunk" beds on the side and at the back (both models in other words). They were abit narrow and abit short. I never understood why. Now it seems that I didn't realize that the main bed may be the one up front, which could well be nice and big and probably is, as there are no items adjacent (like a bathroom) to limit space.

I assumed the main bed was at the side or rear as for my purposes, I would want the dinette to stay set up to use as sitting/eating area.

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