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Old 04-05-2010, 09:39 PM   #1
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I had a beautiful Casita and sold it to go back to college, but now I'm looking at getting a 17 foot Bigfoot to live in in the summers. I've found a couple that aren't too expensive. The only trailer I've ever had is the Casita, and I'm wondering how the two compare. I know the BF is wider and also more of a four-season trailer. Anybody know anything about these, how they compare? Thanks!
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Old 04-05-2010, 11:34 PM   #2
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I had a beautiful Casita and sold it to go back to college, but now I'm looking at getting a 17 foot Bigfoot to live in in the summers. I've found a couple that aren't too expensive. The only trailer I've ever had is the Casita, and I'm wondering how the two compare. I know the BF is wider and also more of a four-season trailer. Anybody know anything about these, how they compare? Thanks!
You have identified two differences. The Bigfoot doesn't use rivets for shelves etc.. I prefer the Casita floor plan.( I like the bed arrangement) The Casita is lighter.
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Old 04-05-2010, 11:45 PM   #3
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Your trying to compare oranges to apples in my opinion. I have only ever owned a Casita but did look at a 18 ft Big Foot. Beautiful quality, beautiful trailer. Just too big for my tow capabilites. Not that my truck couldn't have handeled it, just to much for me to handle. Both Newer units so comparing across the board I would say I would have a Bigfoot if I wasn't such a chicken $hit to pull it and if I were to be living in it for any length of time there would certainly be more storage options in the bigfoot. Now all that being said I love our Casita, but lets be honest it's small and not as open as a bigfoot would be. Again they are two different types of trailers so comparing them side by side doesn't really work.


If you want to compare Scamp/Casita

Or Casita/Burro those are certainly more comparible in my opinion.
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:48 AM   #4
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Robin, I'm looking for exactly the kind of input you gave, such as the Casita not being as open or having as much storage. I realize they're quite different, but I've not been able to actually see a Bigfoot (ha, nor do I ever want to, not the animal, anyway), so your kinds of observations are very helpful.
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Old 04-06-2010, 10:16 AM   #5
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Oh good I wasn't sure if I would offend anyone by saying they are two totally different trailers. But in my opinion they are.


The Bigfoot is far more open and roomier. And I am sure it's due to the fact that it's more square, taller, wider, etc. You might want to add the Eggcamper to your list of possiblities as well. It's more like the Casita but wider and taller. The only thing I don't care for in an Eggcamper is the bathroom set up. Other than that it has tons of walk around room and storage as well. But less beastly pulling cause it's shaped like a Casita. Again, I love our Casita it works for us, but it's tiny and compact for a reason. It's just a different option. Good luck in your search. Enjoy whatever you find.
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Old 04-06-2010, 10:33 AM   #6
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Thanks, I know there are tradeoffs. I actually didn't mind pulling a Casita, but I'm not real crazy about having a camper at all, I like being carefree, yet I need a place to sleep, the tent I went back to isn't cutting it. I'm not a kid anymore.

I'm currently bidding on a Casita on eBay, so we'll see, but I really do like that open floorplan of the Bigfoot.
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Old 04-06-2010, 03:15 PM   #7
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I had a beautiful Casita and sold it to go back to college, but now I'm looking at getting a 17 foot Bigfoot to live in in the summers. I've found a couple that aren't too expensive. The only trailer I've ever had is the Casita, and I'm wondering how the two compare. I know the BF is wider and also more of a four-season trailer. Anybody know anything about these, how they compare? Thanks!
Time will tell if I made the correct decision, but after researching the Casitas (for many years), I purchased a '92 Bigfoot 19' pull-trailer at the beginning of the year.

My reasoning is that:
  • I realized that I could get a used Bigfoot for about the same price of a used Casita.
  • I preferred the Bigfoot's floor plan: I liked the idea of the dinnette set in the front of the coach.
  • I like the idea of a 4 seasons trailer: I plan to use this trailer in the winter, and will probably be traveling over western mountain ranges in sub freezing temperatures.
  • I like the more spacious feeling from the wider coach - my husband really disliked the Casita's narrow interior.
  • The Bigfoot has a bigger galley - 4 burner stove, oven and bigger refrigerator and freezer.
  • There is much more storage in the Bigfoot. I was particularly attracted to the idea of a basement area for my towing equipment.

I did have a discussion with a forum member who moved up from a Casita 17 to a Bigfoot 17CB.

He agreed with my list of list of Pros for going with a Bigfoot.

But, he also added the following Cons regarding the Bigfoot vs Casita:
  • Things needing repair - like wiring and plumbing - are harder to access in the Bigfoot.
  • The Bigfoot's bed is not as comfortable as the Casitas. That wall in the back of the Casita is extremely comfortable to lean against when reading or watching TV in bed.
  • You really cannot sleep 2 adults comfortable in either of the Bigfoot's 2 "beds".

His recommendation, interestingly, was to try a Casita first to get use to trailering, then move on to a Bigfoot.

I pretty much decided that I was going with a Bigfoot 17. However, as I read descriptions of the new Escape 19, I started thinking that the best of both worlds would be a Bigfoot 19 footer. Then, out of the blue, an ad in Craigs' list appeared for a Bigfoot 19, and I jumped at the opportunity.

The extra 2 feet length really added a feeling of spaciousness in the cabin. And I have a full refrigerator and freezer.

Regarding the tow. I have not owned a travel trailer, and wanted something that I could set up easily and tow with piece of mind. I find the Bigfoot very easy to tow. And I really am comfortable when sharing the cabin with my husband. Plus I love! Love! LOVE! the basement storage areas.

As I said, I originally wanted a Casita, and researched it for several years. I went to a Casita rally to decide on the best floor plan for me, and saw the Bigfoots for the first time. It was a Casita-turned-Bigfoot owner who encouraged me to think about my trailer needs, and I spent the rest of the day talking to the Bigfoot owners at the Rally. That's all she wrote.

Hope this helps.



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Old 04-06-2010, 03:50 PM   #8
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Helps tons! Exactly the kind of info I need.

I did some winter camping in my Casita and stayed warm, even at what the weather radio said was 16 below. But I did get a bit of cabin fever, felt kind of cooped up. It was too dang cold to go outside. That was one of the reasons the Bigfoot appealed to me, it looks like it has a more spacious feel to it, but I know you sacrifice with that wider body, I loved towing the Casita cause it was narrower than my TV and I didn't have to watch out for it much.

I also like the fact that the Bigfoot has insulated tanks. I ended up dry camping because of that, I didn't want to freeze anything, even though Casita told me it would be fine if I left the cupboard doors open, I didn't want to chance it. If I were to spend more wintertime in my trailer, I think having the enclosed heated tanks would be nice.

I have a bid on a Casita on eBay coming up in two hours, if I get it, it's a good deal, but if not, I think I'll look at more Bigfoots (Bigfeet?). I have found they're a little pricier than the Casita, though, even the used ones.

Thanks for the comments, keep 'em coming.
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Please be aware that not all 17' Bigfoot are insulated for winter. I think they only started doing that early in the 1990's. Perhaps someone can confirm this. My 85/17' Bigfoot is not set up for winter camping but will do nicely down to about -5 Centigrate nightime temp although I have to be careful with condensation and ensure daytime temp is above freezing.
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Old 04-06-2010, 05:10 PM   #10
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Didn't get the Casita, decided not to snipe it. LOL

Thanks Tamid for the valuable info.

Now the hunt begins for BIGFOOT <cue eerie music>
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Please be aware that not all 17' Bigfoot are insulated for winter. I think they only started doing that early in the 1990's. Perhaps someone can confirm this. My 85/17' Bigfoot is not set up for winter camping but will do nicely down to about -5 Centigrate nightime temp although I have to be careful with condensation and ensure daytime temp is above freezing.
Tamid, you're referring to the winter kit that was "optional" on 17 footers...insulated and heated holding tanks and Solar Reflective Thermal Pane Windows....lo and behold the "new" Big Foot Industries still lists those as an option on 17 footers..good luck on you quest Marjorie.

http://www.bigfootrv.com/bigfootrv_travel_...0_features.html
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Old 04-06-2010, 09:59 PM   #12
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More good info, thanks, Mike.
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Old 04-06-2010, 10:24 PM   #13
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Please be aware that not all 17' Bigfoot are insulated for winter. I think they only started doing that early in the 1990's. Perhaps someone can confirm this. My 85/17' Bigfoot is not set up for winter camping but will do nicely down to about -5 Centigrate nightime temp although I have to be careful with condensation and ensure daytime temp is above freezing.

That is correct. I do believe that the Bigfoots have insulated cabins, including double paned windows. As a result, the Bigfoot cabins don't suffer from condensation problems and are "comparatively" warmer than a Casita. However, to verify that the Bigfoot is a true "4-seasons" trailer (has the winter package) you need to look under the frame to confirm that the pipes are encased in fiberglass.
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That is correct. I do believe that the Bigfoots have insulated cabins, including double paned windows.
I can't think of a trailer (other than owner modified) that doesn't have some sort of insulation.. even if only dead airspace in a double-hull. But I have been in plenty of Bigfoot trailers that DON'T have double-pane windows.
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