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Old 03-19-2013, 08:14 AM   #15
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The other bigger models that come to mind are the Trillium 5500 and the Biggar... both obscure products of long-gone companies.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:08 AM   #16
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:14 AM   #17
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Thanks guys, I'll check those out! Jim, we may just wait around until fall when you upgrade to the 21ft Escape and talk to you about your 19 footer ;-)
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:57 AM   #18
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No longer in the tooth nor more out of business than most Bolers and Biggars and even Bigfeet is Burro with a "wide body" 17 footer. 92" wide OA. 84" inside. Expect MPG penalty due to larger than average frontal area similar to that of Bigfoot but weight comparable to Casita.

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Old 03-19-2013, 10:50 AM   #19
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We are such newbies at this! We kind of rushed into purchasing our Casita only to realize a few months later that we need a little more space. I'm hoping we don't make another costly mistake on our next purchase

We hadn't considered an older model trailer but just came across a 1990 Bigfoot posted earlier this year on this website that has been updated, looks very nice in the pics AND is still available. We are taking a look at it this weekend as it is within 10 miles of us!!! In your opinions, which I truly appreciate, what should we be concerned with the most in an older trailer such as this?
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:16 AM   #20
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What are you using to tow? The Bigfoot is very well constructed and very heavy compared to others. Do you plan to upgrade the tow as well?
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:44 PM   #21
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I'd like to "weigh in" on this discussion. There are some definite advantages to a sturdier trailer. We are in the process of acquiring a 21 foot Bigfoot now. We walked through our unit last Saturday and I was really amazed at how stable it was without the stabilizing jacks down. I wonder if I will ever find the need to use the stabilizers.... Also, if you are planning any interstate driving, a heavier unit will trail better behind you when the 18 wheelers wiz by. MPG is a definite trade off...you have to decide what is important to you :-)
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Weight and sturdiness are two different animals, Just because something is heavier does not make it sturdier nor vice versa. Sturdiness is a function of build components. Bigfoot, like other manufacturers use torsion axles which require stabilizers due to the nature of their construction, not the weight of the trailer. Torsion axles have rubber bands, which flex while being towed or with people moving about inside. Perhaps a brand new axle may have less give than a 10 year old axle, but old or new, both will give and flex, thus the need for stabilizers.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:42 PM   #23
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Glenn, we were wondering about that. We tow our Casita with our Toyota Tundra, small V8, with no problem at all. Wasn't sure whether we would also have to upgrade the tow vehicle with the Bigfoot or not.

Rob, I don't see us making lots of "long" trips, mostly weekends at the Lake in Branson, just 40 miles south ... hopefully, a few rallies in nearby states, and definitely a few longer trips to see the rest of the country. I really think that, for us, comfort is even more important than the gas mileage ;-)
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:10 PM   #25
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Jim, that is a good description. I am familiar with the torsion concept. Do you literally mean to use the term "rubber band"? My previous understanding of a torsion axle was that the axle twisted to absorb shocks.
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the rubber tubes/bands inside are static at rest and it will stretch/twist and return to it's static state,So I guess figuratively, but also literally if you call the tubes a band of rubber. You say potato, I say potata !!
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:18 PM   #27
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OK, thanks. It is fun to learn new things!
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:27 PM   #28
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I just googled this and learned quite a bit about "rubber" torsion axles. Has it pro's and con's. It is what it is relative to my purchase so I will be interested to see how I like this suspension over time. Thanks again Jim, for this learning opportunity.
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