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Old 05-07-2003, 07:17 PM   #15
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why can't grandma sleep in the pup tent

Oh never mind what was i thinking lol
Let the snoreing begin hehe
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Old 05-07-2003, 07:23 PM   #16
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size does matter

I know, I know ... I do not expect the kids to always sleep in
the trailer with us but in a pinch (to hot or to cold or to rainy)
or when we are making tracks (using the camper as a traveling hotel
room), I do not want them in the tent.

Also my wife (and daughters) are not the outdoor type. We need a
clean, quiet place to spend some of the time.

I loved everything about the Casita, except the size. I am sure that
I am not the first to want a 18' or 19' model, or one that is a foot
wider and a little higher. The Scamp 19' is not an option. My tow
vehicle is an Avalanche, so no way to do a 5th wheel. My problem
is that I am sold on the look and durability and quality of the
Casitas and Scamps that I have seen.

I would think one of the "egg" makers would address the family market
a little more (I hope the bigger Bigfoot) is that.

As I said in an earlier post. The 19' Bambi looked just about right
but I really, really want a fiberglass!
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Old 05-07-2003, 07:31 PM   #17
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I had originally looked at the Bambi before I found my Fiberglass TT. The price in CDN dollars was 45 to 55 k.

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Old 05-07-2003, 07:41 PM   #18
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to Rick

Rick Rosemans is or was listing a 21.5 on their web site. My reasoning behind Bigfoot is I want a 4 seasons rolling hotel and intend to make an Alaska trip withing the next two years.

Now don't get me wrong that Lance 1161 is very nice as well and very well made. They are stick built but use an Alum. roof. When it comes to slide in's you have Bigfoot, Lance and Northern Lite as the 3 top in my opinion.

That 21.5 is also a very late model and probally is around $ 22,000 CAD. However you are also correct that finding a 17' would be easier on buysell or canadatrader.
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Old 05-07-2003, 10:17 PM   #19
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you could alway get a used 17 ft Burro. wider and taller. hard to find though. then there is the 17 ft Boler. nice looking trailer. also hard to find.

"I loved everything about the Casita, except the size" Yep, I know what you mean, those 17s are just too big for me. Couldn't pull them with my little Escape. so I got a 14 - perfect.
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Old 05-07-2003, 10:49 PM   #20
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I think I want something new

Thanks for all the good ideas!

Actually, as much as I love those older Burro's and Bolers, I
would rather get something new. I want something that will
fit me for a long time and I really don't want to take the time or
make the effort to do a restore job.

After getting my wife to look at a Bambi, anything else seems
inexpensive!
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Old 05-07-2003, 11:39 PM   #21
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I could not find the unit on Rosmans. I was so curious because the 21's used are very rare IMHO.


Lance and Northern Lite are beauty's too.

P.S. If I had kids (especially in their late teens), they'd be in the tent. Nothing wrong with that - that's the way I grew up!

A 17 should do you just fine. :)
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Old 05-08-2003, 06:52 AM   #22
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Bambi

I would agree the Airstreams are nice but as mentioned expensive. They are also heavy but are designed to tow well.

One word of caution on the Airstream. If you get Hail damage on an Airstream it is very expensive to repair and if not fixed the trailer will lose alot of value.

The older Airstreams will need polished and the newer have a clear coat. That clear coat will start pealing then will need re done and that will be pricy as well.

With either the larger Bigfoot or the Airstream you will want a heavy tow vehicle. If you have a diesel truck that would work the best.
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Old 05-08-2003, 07:39 AM   #23
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Airstreams

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Orginally posted by Stephen

I would agree the Airstreams are nice but as mentioned expensive. They are also heavy but are designed to tow well.

One word of caution on the Airstream. If you get Hail damage on an Airstream it is very expensive to repair and if not fixed the trailer will lose alot of value.

The older Airstreams will need polished and the newer have a clear coat. That clear coat will start pealing then will need re done and that will be pricy as well.

With either the larger Bigfoot or the Airstream you will want a heavy tow vehicle. If you have a diesel truck that would work the best.
Stephen, you just hit on some very, very real concerns of mine about the Airstream.

I, too, looked at them, but the minute I stood in front of one, they seemed lumbering and top heavy.

Hail: Something I am way too familiar with and something I didn't think about when I was looking at them. First time we had a hail storm after I got my fiberglass unit, I was so thankful that I didn't plop down all that money on a new Airstream. Whew..... Yes, we've had several hailstorms since then. And, yes, I have seen aluminum trailers that have been through hailstorms. It's not a pretty sight.

The other thing that I think many of us don't think about is that the Airstreams of today are not the same as the Airstreams of yesterday. Even Airstream owners will tell you that. Of course, these are just opinions, but they seem to have some basis.

Don't get me wrong. I love the look of the Airstream, but IMHO you are paying for a name and a look. If I were to ever get one, I think I would look for a good older one, rather than get a new one.

But, that's just my opinion.
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Old 05-08-2003, 07:51 PM   #24
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hail

Ditto on the hail, Stephen. I had the good fortune to meet an Airstream enthusiast in the KOA Crescent City Ca. He explained all too well the cost of replacing panels and doors.

Mike
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Old 05-08-2003, 10:06 PM   #25
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more bigfoot

Some more info available at http://www.bigfootrv.com/

From Calgary bargain finder (online):
79 Bigfoot 17', slps 5, fully loaded, like new, many interior
improvements, $7000 obo, Tel: 403-239-4044
84 Bigfoot 19.5', tandem axle, lightweight & easy pull, air, awning,
bike hitch, lots of extras, mint cond, $8800
85 BIGFOOT 19 FT
Deluxe, awning, new tires, antenae, stereo, exc cond, 2475 lbs empty, $9999 obo
Tel: 403-254-0639
86 Bigfoot, 17', exc cond, stove, fridge, heater, toilet, awning, all
fiberglass, CD/am/fm cass, new tires, $8500
87 Bigfoot 13.5' trailer, 3 way fridge, stove, porta-potti, furnace,
am/fm, brakes, awning, under 1100 lbs, $4595,
90 Bigfoot trailer, 17', sleeps 4, toilet/shwr, sink, 3 way fridge, stove,
furnace, hot water, $10,500obo, Andrew lve msg Tel: 403-254-5630

One thing about buying a trailer in this country, with the climate here it is
less likely the wood components are returning to their native elements under
the skin. It sounds like Rick is in the market for a second Bigfoot :o
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A second Bigfoot? :o No way - just trying to help others as needed.;)

Lotsa good deals out there right now.
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Old 05-09-2003, 08:11 AM   #27
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Caution

Joe,

There has been some discussion about sleeping on the floor in a confined trailer. If you decide to do this, be sure to have both LP gas and CO2 detectors mounted near the floor. It can be a very dangerous silent killer. There may be enough near the floor to be dangerous and not even effect someone above on the bed.

Enjoy a trailer but be safe!
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Old 05-09-2003, 02:56 PM   #28
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Thanks!

Rock - Thanks for the pricing info. It is really nice to see what is
available used and what the prices are. A lot less then the $22K for
a new 17'er. I just am not sure that it would be worth the hassle to
buy north of the border.

Ron - Thanks for the good safety advice. I really think this makes
a strong case about buying too small with the four of us.

The more I hear the mor I think the Bigfoot 17' will fit our needs.
I just got to see one now.
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