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Old 01-22-2011, 07:00 PM   #29
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Smile 5th Wheel vs Bumper Pull Advantages

Hi Lizbeth!

Wow the Bigfoot description is really neat. I live in OKlahoma and don't see any close though. I have considered going to Canada for the Escape, but have set that idea aside.

The Scamps I see are generally for a mid-size and I really need a regular size set up.

Thanks for the info, I am still looking and reading all the info. This will help make a better decision, thanks to everyone's information. Thanks to all!

Paula _ Oklahoma

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What we love about our Bigfoot 5th;
-It tows much better and smoother than any bumper pull we have ever towed including the 13 ft Boler.
-Easy to hitch, easy to back up.
-We love the twin bed set up we went to. No more crawling over each other to go to the bathroom. I can have my soft bed he can have his firm bed.
-Lots of storage.
-Big bath with separate shower.
- We can comfortably seat 6 for dinner (eight in a pinch) and we can still have floor space and elbow room.
- Eric can walk upright. I can do jumping jacks.
-The big windows are fabulous.

The disadvantages as we see it;
- We would like to have dual axles but could not find a Bigfoot dual axle that we could afford and was in striking distance. We would still buy one if we find one.
- We miss having the full truck bed.

We have a 2001 short bed 4x4 Dodge truck, with a Superglide automatic sliding hitch so we never have to worry about hitting the cab, even in very sharp turn. We can u turn any where we can u turn the truck. It still amazes and amuses us. The trailer we bought was already lifed to fit a taller truck. We have a storage box in front of the hitch that is bed height so we don't have to worry about hitting it when we turn. We have to figure out how to carry our new bikes. We don't think they will fit safely as in the picture Donna posted. I think the trailer would hit them, will have to do some measuring and see. The dogs ride in the truck.

Escapes and Bigfoots are 5th wheels, Scamps are goosenecks unless the have been converted to 5th hitches.

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Old 01-23-2011, 12:15 AM   #30
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We have a Scamp 5er that's been substantially remodeled inside, weighs about 3200lbs fully loaded (clothes, food, propane, water, etc), and we've hauled it all over the western US and some of Canada (Vancouver Island, BC, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Utah, and all over Washington and Oregon) using a heavily-used former fleet vehicle 3.0L V6 Ford Ranger we bought after it was repossessed . . . about 15,000 miles all told.

Fair is fair: we did have to rebuild the transmission after hauling our trailer around for about 15,000 miles, but I'd been worrying about the tranny since we bought the thing, so I wasn't overly surprised. I added a transmission cooler (which I should have done before the tranny failed) when I had the rebuild done.

The point is you don't need a lot of truck to pull a Scamp 5er, you get good gas mileage, and its very easy and comfortable to drive.

If you're small of stature, the Scamp factory floorplans work well for families of up to six. If you're a couple out on your own, a remodeled Scamp that has a Front-Back Queen-size bed in the loft is a wonderful thing, but you cut the sleeping capacity to the couple in the loft and two kids in the dinette.

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Old 01-24-2011, 09:55 AM   #31
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Peter, if we were shorter we would have gone with a Scamp and done your bed mod. Now after having the Bigfoot, the Scamps feels so tiny and we really enjoy the floor space of the BF especially when we have two 50lb dogs along.

Paula, the closest BF 5th to you that I know of is/was in Southern Missouri. He doesn't post here anymore.

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