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Old 03-05-2014, 04:43 PM   #29
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The 21 footer. BUT, and I would love thoughts on this, I thought it was a rear bed, but it is in fact the front bed with the recall!!

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Adding tongue weight is simple. Just store a bunch of stuff under the storage space under the bed at the front. Toss your BQ and outside stove etc under there, along with camping chairs etc. Fill up the tongue box with all your hoses, levelling blocks, electrial cables, tire irons etc. It all adds up quickly.

The problem with a number of the larger trailers is they all have lots of space for storing stuff in the rear and a number of water tanks are back there as well. What some people new to towing don't realize is that for every item you store in the trailer behind the axle you are taking weight off the tongue. Need to make sure you have it well balanced. Best to take the trailer to weigh scale and get a good idea as to its actual weight when loaded up for camping and learn how to weigh the tongue weight seperatly to make sure you are running it with a tongue weight of between 10-15% of the axle weight - personally prefer it closer to 15% than 10% for a nice stable tow.

As was mentioned earlier it is also possible to be able to see if the recall issue has already been dealt with as well.
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Carol H is probably correct with the 10-15% range but I believe a tongue weight of over 500 lbs will require a Class IV hitch. Not all tow vehicles have this capacity and I believe special attention needs to be given to the hitch ball shank diameter. A weight distribution hitch changes this somewhat. Applying much beyond 10% will most likely but your tongue weight greater than 500 lbs. I recall the tongue weight of my 21RB was closer to 10% or a little less depending on the level of the propane tanks and holding tanks and it towed fine without even a hint of sway.
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Carol H is probably correct with the 10-15% range but I believe a tongue weight of over 500 lbs will require a Class IV hitch. .
Your very correct!! LOL wasn't really thinking about the weight of the tongue on the trailer specifically in question or the fact it most definitely will need a WDH...
was think more along the lines of putting some added weight on the hitch fast and easy.

Yup needing a Class IV Hitch does indeed narrow down what one can use to tow the beast as well.
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Old 03-05-2014, 07:10 PM   #32
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Hi all,

So I called Bigfoot and then looked under the trailer and it looks like a thick steel beam has been bolted to the frame about 18" behind the front of the trailer. It appears that this was the official fix for the recall (at least I hope so), so I am feeling much more comfortable with the purchase.

Yay!
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The 21 footer. BUT, and I would love thoughts on this, I thought it was a rear bed, but it is in fact the front bed with the recall!!

lp with tongue weight. Anyone actually get the official recall work done? HELP!
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So I called Bigfoot and then looked under the trailer and it looks like a thick steel beam has been bolted to the frame about 18" behind the front of the trailer.
LOL So let me get this straight you purchased it sight unseen? & I mean totally sight unseen? No photos to show you the lay out ahead of time? I only assuming this as you have the trailer in your possession now or seem to!

LOL Girl you go!
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LOL, no I'm not that brave Carol. I looked at the trailer (it was advertised as a rb but was in fact a fb), then went home and called Bigfoot, then went back and looked at it at the seller's house again to confirm the steel beam was there, THEN bought it! I see that my series of posts is totally confusing though! It has been a very up and down day for my brain. Hehe.
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LOL, no I'm not that brave Carol. I looked at the trailer, then went home ad called bigfoot, then went back and looked at it at the seller's house to confirm the steel beam was there, THEN bought it!
Darn I guess I will have to unwrap the trophy I was going to wrapping up to send you for having doing the most gutsy thing done here in a while by a girl!!
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oh, Carol, I dunno. Still feels brave/fool-hearty to me to be doing this at all! We don't even have a tow vehicle yet! My friend is towing it home for me. LOL!!

My husband thinks I'm nuts.
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oh, Carol, I dunno. Still feels brave/fool-hearty to me to be doing this at all! We don't even have a tow vehicle yet! My friend is towing it home for me. LOL!!

My husband thinks I'm nuts.
But a good kind of nuts, right? Regardless, congrats on the Bigfoot purchase. You're gonna love it.
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But a good kind of nuts, right? Regardless, congrats on the Bigfoot purchase. You're gonna love it.
Well, I think it is the good kind.

Thanks, I am very excited.
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I think you will like having the 21 foot.

I tow my 17.5 with an Astro Van V6 on long climbs it is working.

You won't find any real difference parking between them.

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Hi wise fiberglass forum!

I need to make a fast decision -- as in today if possible -- between a 17.5 foot bigfoot and the 21 foot.

Background: We are a family of four, kids are 5 and 7. We are mainly tent campers but want to get a trailer for both camping and rv'ing (not sure if I am making the right distinction, but I think of camping as going out in the woods for a couple of nights and building a fire etc. and RV'ing as traveling around from place to place sleeping in the trailer, whether on an off-road or in a campground).

I think know the basic upsides and downsides to each, so looking for someone who has BTDT with both or either size.

17.5 : smaller, lighter, easier to tow, easier to park. But smaller beds, less room, less storage.

21 foot: more room, bigger beds, less cramped for four of us. But bigger, heavier, harder to park and store and tow.
Are those pros and cons accurate? Is there is big difference in towing experience, parking ability, usability between the two?

I have been saving up for the trailer so the difference in price between the two isn't as important as their usefulness and how much we will enjoy using them.

Please, any advice appreciated!!

Cheers,

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Your answer buy a Bigfoot 21 Rear Bed. You will have more floor space. The 21 front bed does not have any floor space.
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Old 03-06-2014, 12:12 AM   #41
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Your answer buy a Bigfoot 21 Rear Bed. You will have more floor space. The 21 front bed does not have any floor space.
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Too late. I think the FB will work out swell for us. RB would have been preferred but FB was available and close and . . . done!
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Not planning on using the Sienna for towing unless I end up with a much smaller lighter trailer, any maybe not even then (just because I want to keep it nice as my everyday vehicle not my "camping truck").

If Tundras are gas hogs, I imagine most similarly sized vehicles are also bad in that regard. The long wheel base vehicles with a 6,000 or more tow rating seem to all be gas hogs, sadly.
A good point about being gas hogs.

On the other hand the Sienna's have proven to be great tow vehicles. If set up optimally and towing at the 3,500 recommendation it will have lots of reserve capacity for climbing mountain passes or traveling in the hot weather.

Also... we found that towing a heavier dual axle trailer towed and handled better than the smaller lightweights. It all depends on what TV you are using and how it is set up. Lots of details to consider.

Good luck with your TV search.
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