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Old 04-30-2012, 08:29 PM   #15
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Donna,
Is that 17' end to end? that would eliminate the 5th wheels and 19' model? I thought the limit was 24' in federal cg's?
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:35 PM   #16
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Jim, we were all in an Oregon State Park (Nehalem Bay State Park). There were sites for longer than 17 feet, sure. But those in smaller sites with smaller trailers often had to park their tugs at an angle. I just wanted the poster to know, the longer the trailer the fewer the choices.
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:10 PM   #17
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One thing with the comparison is the Bigfoot is wider than the Scamp.
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:00 PM   #18
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Jim, we were all in an Oregon State Park (Nehalem Bay State Park). There were sites for longer than 17 feet, sure. But those in smaller sites with smaller trailers often had to park their tugs at an angle. I just wanted the poster to know, the longer the trailer the fewer the choices.
Conversely, there are some private campgrounds out there that won't allow our dinky little trailers; they're only interested in larger rigs. I don't know if the 19 ft. fivers would qualify....
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:41 PM   #19
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Conversely, there are some private campgrounds out there that won't allow our dinky little trailers; they're only interested in larger rigs. I don't know if the 19 ft. fivers would qualify....
And in looking at some of those places I'm not sure I'd want to stay there. I'm almost certain a FG fiver wouldn't qualify even brand spanking new.
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:54 PM   #20
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Conversely, there are some private campgrounds out there that won't allow our dinky little trailers; they're only interested in larger rigs. I don't know if the 19 ft. fivers would qualify....
They can keep those places.

It is camping after all. Half of the fun is meeting new and different people from every walk of life......
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:19 PM   #21
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Ive owned many trailers both bumper pull as well as 5th and I like the 5th better. I think the 5th pull better & have no problem with the loss of room
in my truck, I still pack way to much stuff. Not sure about the diff between the BF & Scamp other than width I like the lay out of my big foot and im looking forward to camping in it when its done. As far as your dogs mine
ride's in the back seat of my dodge and if a camp ground wont let my dog in then its not where I want to be. No pets,No small FG trailers, No kids = no Ken & Judi
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Old 05-04-2012, 11:28 AM   #22
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And in looking at some of those places I'm not sure I'd want to stay there. I'm almost certain a FG fiver wouldn't qualify even brand spanking new.

I once got turned away from a campground on the Oregon coast as the brand new motorhome I was driving was only 23' - they had a requirement of only 25' or longer trailers & they had to be less than 10 years old.
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:33 PM   #23
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All,
Thanks for the responses. I'm still in the market for a 5th wheel. I just realized that the 5th wheel that I was looking at is what you would term a "stickie" even though it's a BIGFOOT.(Oakland)

I've got a line on another 20 ft Bigfoot. With the height of my GMC 2500 I suspect that I would have to do a spring over in order to have enough clearance between the bottom of the overhang on the trailer and the top of the box (56 ").
Could someone tell me what the height to the bottom of the overhang would be if I do this? How does it handle? Would you do it differently> Different size tires? More lift? New springs ???

Thanks in advance

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Our dogs ride just fine in the back seat of our crew cabr - when it's folded flat. 2 dog beds, makes life comfortable for them as they can stretch right out. They pretty well travel everywhere with us - most times you wouldn't even know they are there.
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Old 12-11-2015, 09:45 AM   #24
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If you don't mind my asking - what did you end up buying in the end? (Just curious.)
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Old 12-11-2015, 10:46 AM   #25
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Still no trailer but getting closer

To date nothing.

I was close to buying a 19 foot 1985 Bigfoot 5th wheel but apparently my truck is too high to clear it without modifications to the trailer. My truck bed is 53" from the ground to the top of the sides. The seller indicated to me that I would not be able to tow it as it is too high. He could only pull it with certain truck of his.

It is a spring suspension type of trailer and it appears (from the pictures) as though the springs are tired. Maybe fresh springs with extensions? will help the height issue.

It is a fair distance away from us and I have not had the opportunity to actually look at it to see if there is any way that I can somehow prop it up higher or change the springs out right there. This would be just to get it home without wrecking something. Or maybe I can get him to tow it to a trailer dealer and have them fix it up, after I look at it of course. So it is still on the very short list.

I've also looked at a couple of other of these trailers and all of them have had numerous issues and were not, in my opinion, worth the effort or $ to rehab them.

The best apparent deals are always 1/2 way across the country! AND pictures don't always do the trailers the injustice that they deserve

I've had a wanted add in Kijiji for months now with no responses for the type of trailer that I think that I want.. Lots of responses just nothing in the molded fiberglass type.

I've also looked at several other types of trailers with rubber roofs but have decided that I am not interested in that type of trailer.
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Almost three years ago I replied to an ad for a ten year old Scamp 19D. It almost went to somebody else, but his truck was too high, so I was the lucky one. Happy shopping!
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Old 12-12-2015, 07:45 AM   #27
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Good morning,
The thing is, my truck is not modified, not lifted, has factory sized tires on it, etc, so pretty well stock. I would have thought that it would easily fit under most 5th wheels, apparently I was wrong. The seller won't give me an estimate of the actual clearance height that I would need to pull it home, so I don't know if maybe jacking it up, sliding a few 2x4s in the suspension to lift it would work or not. (It won't be as jury rigged as it sounds)

Could someone on here that has a Bigfoot 5th wheel trailer let me know if they pull a 5th wheel what their box height is? Or what their actual pulling height is? Or if you pull a Bigfoot what you had to do to modify it to fit over the truck.

I know that it can be modified to fit. I just have to figure out how to get it home

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Good morning,
The thing is, my truck is not modified, not lifted, has factory sized tires on it, etc, so pretty well stock. I would have thought that it would easily fit under most 5th wheels, apparently I was wrong. The seller won't give me an estimate of the actual clearance height that I would need to pull it home, so I don't know if maybe jacking it up, sliding a few 2x4s in the suspension to lift it would work or not. (It won't be as jury rigged as it sounds)

Could someone on here that has a Bigfoot 5th wheel trailer let me know if they pull a 5th wheel what their box height is? Or what their actual pulling height is? Or if you pull a Bigfoot what you had to do to modify it to fit over the truck.

I know that it can be modified to fit. I just have to figure out how to get it home

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Hi: Wayne Hill... Sorry I don't have a Bigfoot or a full size truck...but I do pull a fifth wheel. The max height for an Escape 5.0TA is 54" to the top of the box sides. Our truck comes up to 49". For the larger trucks Escape has to place the axles under the springs and in severe cases add a frame lift. Our hitch plate is aprox. 46" from the ground. We have lots of clearance for turns etc.
Regards Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie
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