THE BIGFOOT: 30T2401
I only had a few minutes to look it over this trailer first time I saw it (dealer was closing and I wanted to drive on to check out the pickup I later bought).
Today when I went up to pay the dealer I got a better look at it and felt--looking at the quality and the options included--that it was a very good deal for 40K. When I made the down payment, I got the dealer to come down $1 more--a symbolic thing because I wante to pay uner that figure.
In terms of trailer length that seems expensive if you failed to consider quality and options. Except for the substantially more expensive and custom made New Horizons, he closest 4-season comparale for that, Artic Fox 25 R or similar (rated sunbird not full timer however) would run about 25 K after discount. According to the sheet I got from the dealer, the manufacturer's listed base price was $1 K more than I paid, but this trailer had every option listed ($11,564) plus freight, so total discount was $14 K.
I have no buyers' remorse and don't feel I overpaid. This trailer was worth it (especially since it turns on my wife!). About the only major things I need to add are electric tongue jacks, a generator
and the brake controller.
I believe the dealer is right about this trailer--two people could fulltime in this (24 1/2 feet or not) in widely varied climates. I is well insulalted with thermopane windows
& roof skyline with blind that goes across. Everything looks top quality and it has a great sense of space with lots of nice little touches, such as the covered propane
tanks on front and fiberglass roof (no rubber). I like the U-shape dining tables and well constructed cupboards.
In terms of living space it has more room inside than a Class C I looked at (very nice and also a Bigfoot) though the latter has a huge storage area underneath. However, I've got that big covered bed in the pickup where I can put generator
, bikes, suitcases and maybe a few other things (suitcases are for if get across the country, need to return home and prefer to fly round trip rather than drive back.
The RV dealer (Indian Valley RV near Souderton outside Philly) is apparently one of the few on the east coast that handles Bigfoots since they come all the way from British Columbia. I haven't noticed any for sale
MPG, THE TRUCK & THE SALESMAN
REgaring the mileage question, I believe the big monster actually gets around 20 mpg highway not towing. Folks say it won't drop a great deal when I tow (the Bigfoot GVWR is 8800 pounds by the way) Someone said the engine probably weights the same as the 2006 Mazda Miata I traded in on it. Yet with diesel prices where they are and the Mazda getting 27 mpg highway aveage but PREMIUM, my fuel prices when going long distance should be that different than it I had the Miata. That's hard to imagine, isn't it?
When we were done, Paul, the RV salesman, glanced out at my pickup and aske to check it out--(burgundy/maroon? with matching cap over longbed--huge, high-up 4WD with aluminum wheels, leather seats and chrome steps the previous owner added Paul asked to try it out and went on a short drive while I went back to sit in the trailer and fantasize. He couldn't believe I got it for $31.5 K.
I had trouble finding used Dodges with Cummins engine locally so I found this place via an online search (Kressley's near Allentown Pa.). Love that truck when I saw it in online and live. The dealer had a hord of trucks, 250's right through 750s--all used.
LATER POSTS: RECIPES & FILM RECOMMENDATIONS
When I geta chance (I'm "homeworked" out for now) I'd like to post more recipes in the appropriate forum here. Also, I put together a catalogue for online film rentals via outfits like Blockbuster and Netflix which includes a two favorties lists that contain many sleepers most folks never heard of. I'll make that available to if anyone here is interested.