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Old 10-01-2013, 11:57 AM   #1
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Thinking about fiberglass RV for retirement

First post, I'm new to this forum but definitely not new to RVs. I have owned many and currently own two.

We are considering getting a fiberglass RV for our retirement. It won't be for fulltime living but for long trips and snowbirding.

We started considering the Casita 17 Deluxe but too small.

I like the interior of the Scamp but again, too small.

Now we are considering the Bigfoot 25B25FB.

Whatever we buy, I will be equipping it up for extended drycamping/boondocking with extra water capacity and solar panels.

Would the Bigfoot do well? What is its general reputation? Any other brands to look at for extended use?

We need something big enough that two of us can move around and have comfortable seating.
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Old 10-01-2013, 12:05 PM   #2
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We had a Casita 17 for retirement. It was big enough at first and we took several trips of a month or two but we did out grow it. Bigfoot is is well made but much heavier than the Casita. Not good or bad, just a consideration.

Be sure to check out Escape. They have some larger models, are light weight, well made, and very customer oriented.
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:24 PM   #3
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robn and Karen T are Bigfoot 25 owners with some good info in their posts. Just click on their name then view posts. Welcome to the forum

Thinking of a 2013 Bigfoot 25B21FB


17 foot Boler vs Bigfoot
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:27 PM   #4
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Bigfoots are very nice but slightly heavy. If you havent discovered Escape trailers yet you may want to contact them to see if one is near you to look at. Quickly becoming the most popular fiberglass trailer here on the west coast on both sides of the border. They have a 17' that although only a foot longer than the Scamp feels a lot bigger inside due to the difference in body design & layout. They also offer a 19' & 21' as well as a 19.5' fifth wheel all nice trailers.
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Old 10-01-2013, 02:28 PM   #5
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I think you only have two other choices in that over 20 foot size range for buying new. Escape and Oliver. There may be other brands on the used market if you were shopping used.
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Old 10-01-2013, 03:15 PM   #6
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Some thoughts on fulltiming

Tim,

The answer to selecting a full timers trailer very much depends on personal makeup, living style, the type of travel and very often the number of traveling pets.

Virtually every non-RVer we know has a reason why they can't fulltime, "my makeup kit won't fit".. "Where do you store matching outfits?"... "no room for my 3 dogs"..."what do you do when it rains?"... It goes on and on. You just can't explain the fun of full timing, the being out 'there' not carrying the burdens of everyone you know. We're entering our 13 year and it's only in the last year where close friends and relatives are coming to recognize the fun we're having. Miraculously we've had almost 100 months of shared vacation seeing North America in the last 13 years.

Fiberglass trailers extend from 13' to 25'. Each size has people that travel happily and extensively. The bigger trailer you get the more you move to virtually a small home on wheels and that's definitely OK. You have to get what fits your style, body type and probably most important your partner's needs.

To full time, more important than the trailer, takes a 'mind reset'.

The names of the big fiberglass trailers have been listed. My suggestion would be to attend a fiberglass rally or two. Most of the people will not be fulltimers but will provide the opportunity to feel out the various rigs.

In my opinion truly comfortable sitting doesn't happen until you get to a small fifth wheel or small motorhome. I don't consider dinette seating to be comfortable. Truly comfortable seating is a small easy chair. Without a small easy chair I resort to laying on the Scamp's front couch, comfortable enough.

For some of us size and economics, of the trailer and tow vehicle, are a consideration.

Sometimes I think trailer volume is not enough. People keep going for '2 more feet' Escape makes very nice trailers. Many with 17 foot Escapes went to 19 footers and now to 21 footers and I suspect in a year or two to 23 footers. This may be an opportunity for you because it has made the smaller Escapes available on the used market.

In closing, the Escapee club (nothing to do with Escape trailers) contains the largest number of fulltimers, present and former members approaching 150,000 couples and individuals. Most of these people choose larger rigs like small motorhomes and 5th wheels. We are Escapees and used to have a motorome but have down sized to a small fiberglass trailer for lots of reasons.

Good luck in your choice and wishing you many road years
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Old 10-01-2013, 07:54 PM   #7
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Hi Tim, to FiberglassRV, we're glad you're here

You've received some excellent advice and opinions. I too find the best advice is to actually view with your own two eyes as many different brands of all molded towables you can. Nothing comes close to the "sit test." If you can't get to a rally, contact the manufacturers. All have a referral program where owners willingly (proudly!) show their trailers. Compare layouts, quality, etc. that you find works best for you.

Best of luck!
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Donna, Alf has your 5 th wheel and truck waiting for you.
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I think Alf wouldn't give up what he has.. he loves them both and he should... nice setup.
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He is retiring in Dec. when I seen him at Niagara he said he would. He wants the new one. Just think he can drop it off when he picks up the new one? Hmmmm!
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IMHO: To answer your question, I don't think that anyone will question the statement that the Bigfoot trailers are top of the line. Yes, they are heavier, but they are built for the north and most have dual pane windows and extra heavy insulation packages.

We had the smallest, a 13' Lil Bigfoot and ranked the build quality as head and shoulders above the 13' Scamp we previously owned. Our next move up is to a 17' Bigfoot.

The drawback is that new ones are crazy expensive, and most of the used ones are in Canada and importing isn't always that easy unless it is 25+ years old.

Check the weight, even that f150 may not be to happy pulling a 25' Bigfoot and the economy won't improve that much.

Good place to look is at <<<fiberglass-rv-4sale.com>>> Follow both the U.S. & Canadian ads.
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He is retiring in Dec. when I seen him at Niagara he said he would. He wants the new one. Just think he can drop it off when he picks up the new one? Hmmmm!
Well Donna wants the new one as well and beside his will not be the 10th one out of the mould! If you know Donna you would realize thats an item of importance.
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We are considering getting a fiberglass RV for our retirement. It won't be for fulltime living but for long trips and snowbirding.

We need something big enough that two of us can move around and have comfortable seating.
We agree completely; after five or six days in our EggCamper, (the roomiest 17 footer, by the way), we are just plain tired of the cramped quarters - aggravated, no doubt, by my wife's mild tendency toward claustrophobia. In preparation for a cross-country camping trip next summer we're selling the EggCamper and moving up to a 21' Escape. We'll be driving up to the factory in British Columbia to pick up the trailer, and then taking about a month to return - largely by way of national parks.
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We agree completely; after five or six days in our EggCamper, (the roomiest 17 footer, by the way), we are just plain tired of the cramped quarters - aggravated, no doubt, by my wife's mild tendency toward claustrophobia. In preparation for a cross-country camping trip next summer we're selling the EggCamper and moving up to a 21' Escape. We'll be driving up to the factory in British Columbia to pick up the trailer, and then taking about a month to return - largely by way of national parks.
Interesting thought. Do you think a 20% larger trailer will solve claustriphobia? Nice of you to try.

Previously we had a short used motorhome, 32 foot, that we used for 7 years and 100,000 miles costing about the same as an Escape 21. The motorhome definitely did not evoke any form of claustrophobia, real walk around bed, real bathroom, windows every where and storage galore. Nice ones are available on the used market and you don't need a large tow vehicle.

Hoping the Escape 21 works, if not a small motorhome can definitely solve the problem.
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