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Old 10-03-2013, 07:34 AM   #29
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Welcome, Tim! I have a 21ft. Bigfoot. What specifically draws you to fiberglass trailers?

To answer your question, a Bigfoot should be a great choice. I have owned many different types and brands of trailer and Bigfoot quality is excellent. You own an Aliner Sport so you know what it is like to be in a truly small camper (I owned a Chalet so I am famliar with the world of A-frame trailers too). A 21 or 25 foot Bigfoot is significantly bigger (including bigger holding tanks) and more spacious inside than a 19 ft. Scamp or a 17 ft. Casita. It has four season capabilities, so you can take it out pretty much whenever and wherever you feel comfortable. Those are also the reasons why it is significantly heavier than other fiberglass trailers.

I have looked online at 25 footers and I really like the size and open feeling of the 21 RB, so get inside both if you have a chance. Another thought: Bigfoot no longer makes motorhomes but there are used ones out there. I had one of those too (I know, I have a problem. We were just discussing picking up a used 13 ft Scamp as a "spare" trailer) and it was a great traveling RV. Same excellent build quality as the trailers and we frequently camped cozily and comfortably in sub-zero temperatures in it. They made a 24 ft. motorhome.

Whatever you choose, sounds like itwill be an adventure!
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Old 10-03-2013, 07:40 AM   #30
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Byron, I agree that no matter how big your rig or home is you can fill it, actually often more than fill it.

We had no slide outs in our motorhome but always felt we had adequate space, a walk around bed, the best pull out couch ever, three comfortable chairs and a walk around bed not to mention a full dinette. The storage in side a motorhome is enormous, even room for matched outfits should you choose. The underneath storage cabinets could actually sleep small children and any number of pets.

On top of this every kind of service and lots of it, 100 gallons of water, 100 gallons of black and grey tanks. Easily a week anywhere without thinking.

Ours was a 32 foot Bounder. We paid $35,000 for a 2 year old motorhome with 20,000 miles on it. Winter camping... this was a fully insulated rig with thermopane windows everywhere except the front window. Generally at 32' we could find a spot in most national parks, though it did not like dirt roads.

They are amazing big and expensive at 7-10 mpg. If you have claustrophobia they can't be beat.
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:16 AM   #31
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OP here, thanks for the welcome, the tips, and advice.

After owning many iterations of RVs we have learned a lot about what we like and don't like. On our list of necessities are things like a walk around bed, comfortable seating, and a reasonable size shower.

Our wants are things like larger tanks, floor space, headroom, storage, and quality in appearance and function.

Our toy hauler carries 100 gallons of fresh water, has a built in generator, spacious shower but there isn't a comfortable place to sit and you climb a ladder into bed and then climb over your mate. Unacceptable for long term use.

The Aliner has everything we need for vacations and weekends but lacks floor space, a real toilet/shower, a sitting area, and water/sewage tanks. Unacceptable for long term use.

I know many posters on this site consider a 25' trailer to be huge, but in the RV world it is not considered a large RV. I like the extra width of the Bigfoot and my research shows that most molded trailers are a foot or more narrower.

I agree that a dinette is not a comfortable place to sit. That is why our perfect retirement RV will have a gaucho/loveseat or chairs.

One consideration also is an RV that can be modded for extended drycamping/boondocking. I will be installing solar and an inverter. I will also mod the plumbing and other systems for off grid but comfortable camping. I intend on having a truck with added water and waste tanks for replenishing the RV without having to move it every week.

After replacing rotted wood in more than one conventional RV and a new rubber roof and wood decking on my toy hauler I like the molded fiberglass. I also like the more aerodynamic shape of the molded trailers. It takes x amount of fuel to initiate movement of x amount of weight but after getting underway the aerodynamics play a large role. Most conventional RVs are like dragging a barn door down the road, barn and all.

I am not new at this and have a good idea what we want/need. My research has shown that the Bigfoot is considered a high quality product both before and after the latest bankruptcy/ownership change. Is this true?

Thanks for all your help.
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If I was to bring along an "easy chair", I would want it in the "living room", and not in the trailer. It would get more use there, and be a more enjoyable place to be at ease.
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I am not new at this and have a good idea what we want/need. My research has shown that the Bigfoot is considered a high quality product both before and after the latest bankruptcy/ownership change. Is this true?
You do seem to have thought it all out well. Bigfoot is most definitely a quality RV. I had even considered going that way, but the main reason I didn't, was the tow vehicle I would have to have to pull it. I do have a F250 Powerstroke, but I really like the mid sized SUV for easy of running about when not towing, and that constitutes 80% of its mileage.

Who knows what retirement will bring for me though........
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:44 AM   #34
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Unfortunately the main-line RV business has plagued buyers with the belief that "Size Matters" and, as soon as Joe, down the street, buys a bigger one for his family, Mike has to one-up him with an even bigger RV. I know one one individual who bought three bigger RVs in three years just to not be embarrassed amoung his peers at "The River". BTW: That attitude was stopped dead with his BK filing and the loss of all of his unpaid for toys. That said, most of us hereabouts have maintained our sanity and resisted that need/trend and, as such, 25' is pretty darn big in this pond.

Can't say I have ever heard any bad words about Bigfoot Molded Fiberglass trailers or the very popular slide-in campers, either before or after the BK. There is a Bigfoot owners club on-line that might also be a good place to check in for more specifics on what you are looking for.

Unlike with the earlier BigFoots, that were almost all sold in Canada with a few in the NW and CA, the new Bigfoot owner(s) seem to be setting up more dealerships. There are several in Califrnia who, as the selling season winds down, are currently offering hefty discounts on in-stock rigs.

Goto Craigslist for SFbay area and enter Bigfoot, Ditto for Sacramento and Los Angeles.
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:39 AM   #35
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I have only been in one post reopening Bigfoot and the quality seemed similar. I would check in on the Bigfoot owners forum to confirm though. My biggest obstacle to a new one is price. There was a Bigfoot dealer in Colorado so there are used ones in these parts and we found ours (barely) used sitting on a different dealer lot just down the road from us at a heck of a price.
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I am not new at this and have a good idea what we want/need. My research has shown that the Bigfoot is considered a high quality product both before and after the latest bankruptcy/ownership change. Is this true?.
I have not seen a new trailer yet but I have seen a few of the campers built since the bankruptcy - there are/where a popular camper for fishermen and hunters in these parts and lots of folks where upset then they were out of biz for awhile. The price of a used Bigfoot camper took a jump when they stopped production.

The ones I have seen sure appear to be the same quality as prior. They are using the same facility and most of the mangers and employees worked for the original company - if I am not mistaken its now actually owned by a former employees/managers. Only big difference in their biz appears to be a slight name change and that they have gone back to the core roots of truck campers and smaller trailers - no more big motorhomes and trailers.
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Only big difference in their biz appears to be a slight name change and that they have gone back to the core roots of truck campers and smaller trailers - no more big motorhomes and trailers.
Yes, and that reduction in lineup also means building only the moulded fiberglass products (1500 series and 2500 series), not the panel-based body system (3000 series and 4000 series). It also means no motorhomes at all (big or small), so they don't have to deal with motor vehicle chassis.
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Yes Brain as I said back to their core biz roots.
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First post, I'm new to this forum but definitely not new to RVs. I have owned many and currently own two.

Now we are considering the Bigfoot 25B25FB.
Hey there beemerphile. I recall your many posts from another RV forum. You were one of the good guys!

This is a real friendly forum with some very knowledgeable members. Some with lots of experience and others with engineering backgrounds.

We too are fans of Bigfoots and looked at many before choosing an Airstream. Always keeping a look out for an interesting glass trailer.

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The Bigfoot is a nice trailer. To get a walk around bed model, you will need to look at a 25' RB model. (I think the RB 21' has the same layout as a 17' only four feet longer ??)

My folks full-timed in a 28' stick built. They tore out the front dinette and put in two RV recliners (they're built different than home recliners) and used a RV expandable sofa table for dining. Similar to this: Swing-up Coffee Table - Intersource D17-194 - Tables - Camping World
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