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Old 02-04-2013, 03:36 PM   #29
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.and if any water gets into that gap, it would just flow out through the pigtail aperture in the belly of the beast.

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You mean thru it's navel?
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:49 PM   #30
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i want shania twain in a camper,,,,but my wife says no uhuh!
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:23 PM   #31
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i want shania twain in a camper,,,,but my wife says no uhuh!
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:51 AM   #32
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Hi Lora,

Kathy here. You PM'd me with some questions about a 17' Bigfoot you were interested in and after finding this thread I have some other thoughts for you. You say your TV has a towing capacity of 3500 lbs. That's pretty close to what a 17' Bigfoot weighs. When we bought our Bigfoot we originally hoped to tow it with our Ford Aerostar van which had a towing capacity of 4000 lbs, but we found that while it could do it, it sure didn't like it very much! And neither did we. Your tow vehicle has to have enough towing capacity as far as weight goes but also a big enough engine to get you up steep grades without too much of a hassle. We now tow with a Ford E-150 van that has both a larger towing capacity and heftier engine. Given what you plan to tow with a Bigfoot might not be so good for you.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:09 AM   #33
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Can't say that I totally agree with Evergreengirl about needed TV/engine size.

First though, I offer my sympathy for having had to use a Ford Aerostar for a TV.

But, yes, if you have a need to go up steep grades at the same speed as on the flats a larger, and more thirsty, engine is one answer. But that said, when you are towing or not, you will be getting the same miserable mileage that comes with larger engines.

After living with 4 cylinder motorhomes and TV's for a number of years, our answer is simply to put it in a lower gear and go up those hills at 45, in company with the 18 wheelers. The few lost minutes is quickly compensated for at the gas pumps.

And remember, these are the "Good Old Daze" when gas is only $4 a gallon.
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Old 02-08-2013, 12:23 PM   #34
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After living with 4 cylinder motorhomes and TV's for a number of years, our answer is simply to put it in a lower gear and go up those hills at 45, in company with the 18 wheelers. The few lost minutes is quickly compensated for at the gas pumps.
I'm with you, Bob!

I've been over every mountain pass in the Washington/Oregon Cascades so many times with my Trillium/4-cyl Kia that I know exactly where it will be "me and the bigrigs" in the far right lane...

But the most fun is when it's "me and the bigrigs" at the pumps!

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Old 02-08-2013, 12:59 PM   #35
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Francesca, I notice that your KIA squats a bit. Not too bad though. Have you considered air bags?
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:20 PM   #37
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Francesca, I notice that your KIA squats a bit. Not too bad though. Have you considered air bags?
Take a look at her on level ground- think that inch or so needs correction?

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Thank you for that input Kathy. Good to hear about others' experiences.
My Sienna has the following: "3.0-liter 1MZ-FE V6 engine . . . with a variable valve timing feature VVT-i boosting output to 210 hp (157 kW) and 220 lbft (298 Nm) torque" Not sure what this will mean for power to pull up hills. And not sure how this compares to the engine in your Aerostar. But, it is something to consider.
Along with Bob & Francesca, I don't think I'll have a problem gearing down and taking things slower up or even down hills. I do slow down & shift down even around here when there is ice or snow on the roads or when I'm stuck in bumper to bumper on I-95. Saves wear and tear on the brakes as well.
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Francesca, Love your set-up. That Trillium looks huge next to your Kia.
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Anyone notice that the big rig next to hers has it's leveling leg down?
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Francesca, you need to put some poliglow or Red Maxx Pro on that thing to make it shine.
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If I make her too purty somebody will steal her...

Anyway, I won't travel with a rig that's better lookin' than I am!

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