Comparing 17ft Bigfoot to 17ft Casita LD - Fiberglass RV


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Old 03-18-2013, 12:28 PM   #1
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Comparing 17ft Bigfoot to 17ft Casita LD

I wasn't sure just where this would fit in so just made it a new thread, hope that's okay. We currently own a 17FT 2011 Liberty Deluxe Casita which we are selling to upgrade to a Bigfoot 2500 17ftG.

My question is, would we be benefitting ourselves in space? We find that the Casita is just not enough space for us to "live" in and, though we love how easy it is to pull, we really need just a bit more elbow room ;-) I've been told the Bigfoot offers more space and hoping that the 17.5G would give us that extra room and still be easy to pull...

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I'll be interested to hear what Bigfoot/Casita owners have to say about your question!

Here are my "non-owner" impressions, for what they're worth:

In terms of pure "space", the Bigfoot is 16" wider and has a couple more inches of headroom.
It may be that the way space is used makes a difference in the "feel" of the space, too. For example, my casual look at the Liberty floorplan and that of one Bigfoot 17 ( 17.5G) model leaves me with an impression of more openness in the Bigfoot due to its having windows at both ends.

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I believe the BigFoot is 8' wide vs the narrower Casita. It is also taller inside. It is also a lot heavier due to better construction and components. It can be 4 season and is double hulled. Space size it maybe 20% based upon the width and height, floor space it will appear larger because of side bath gives your longer unobstructed floor area than the Casita.
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I personally dont own either, but have been in both. I find the Bolar to have more ELBOW room. I also think it is built better for all season camping. Also think the Boler has more character than the Casita.
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Sure ya mean Boler, Rosemary?

O.P. Sharon's asking about Bigfoot...

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Old 03-18-2013, 02:30 PM   #6
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I've owned both also a u-haul VT and a Scamp 5-er.
We like the Bigfoot best. The galley area gives you plenty on space to move round in while cooking. The 30 plus gallon water tank, nice bath, oven and large windows are hard to beat.
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I've owned both also a u-haul VT and a Scamp 5-er.
We like the Bigfoot best.
If I may ask a slightly off-topic but perhaps still relevant question of you, Mike and Sara:

Were the Bigfoot/Casita towed by the same vehicle, and if so what if anything can you tell us about differences in fuel economy between them?

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Old 03-18-2013, 03:05 PM   #8
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Great responses

Thank you all! I'm definitely thinking the BigFoot is the way to go (but might just check out the Boler too ;-) !!! Appreciate all your opinions, that helps when you know NOTHING of a particular make and model. Keep 'em coming!
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FYI, Sharon:

Bolers have been out of production since the '80's and are a lot smaller than both Bigfoot and Casita....

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I towed both with the wife's Mariner. The Casita got better mileage than the Bigfoot, hands down. (14.5 vs 10 )
The Bigfoot loaded maximizes the Mariners GTW of 3500 lbs.
I use our Dodge Ram 5.7, you don't know it's behind you until you need gas.
12.5 mpg on a good day
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If space is your main concern, have you looked at the Escape 19?
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Old 03-18-2013, 06:54 PM   #12
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19ft Escape

We haven't had the opportunity to see the Escape; do you know of a 19ft Escape for sale? Would love to take a look. Thank you! Sharon
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Escape RVs for Sale and Wanted - Escape Trailer Owners Community

This lists three new 19s that Escape has for sale and other models for sale and wanted.
A used 19 is more difficult to find although you could pester Jim ( CPAHarley2008 ) since he seems to be tempted by the 21 that's coming in the fall.
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Bolers have been out of production since the '80's and are a lot smaller than both Bigfoot and Casita....
The Boler model which is comparable to a Casita 17' or a Bigfoot 17.5' is the B1700; it is roughly the same length, wider than the Casita but narrower than the Bigfoot, and much closer to the Casita than the Bigfoot in body construction and weight.

Yes, all Boler models are long out of production. The 13' B1300 is by far the most common, the 17' B1700 second (can usually be found in my area), and the others are very obscure.

Another model of possible interest to someone looking for more elbow room in a 17' egg would be a widebody 17' Burro... even less common than a Boler B1700.
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