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Old 12-30-2018, 11:00 PM   #15
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The stronger economy may be playing a role. After all, the best selling cars these days are pickup trucks. 13' trailers may come back in fashion later in the cycle.
The Bigfoots are very nice, but far more than we wanted to spend, especially since we'd need a new TV as well. No four-season campers in the family, either.
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Old 12-30-2018, 11:53 PM   #16
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Or why do they seem to be, based on recent posts? I've been around this site since 2016, which isn't very long, but my experience was that Bigfoot owners and posts about the trailers were pretty rare. In the last few months there seems to be a large uptick in people asking about buying them, especially the big ones (25'). What's up with that?

Are they doing more marketing and so people who normally buy stick built are realizing there's a fiberglass option in the size they want? Or are fiberglass trailers getting more popular in general and people who don't want an "egg" but want fiberglass are looking at them?

Or what? It seems like every week there's a new post about wanting to buy a Bigfoot.

If any of you folks who are asking those questions read this, let us know! What got you interested?

They've just always seemed to be in background. There, but not on the tip of anyone's tongue when fiberglass trailers are brought up. More like "oh yeah, and there's also Bigfoot". Maybe I just joined during a lull in popularity?



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Old 12-31-2018, 12:23 AM   #17
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Baby boomer bulge is moving through the economy. They have the money and not a lot of time to spend it.
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Old 12-31-2018, 07:11 AM   #18
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We're just entering peak snowbird season. That could also have something to do with it.

I wouldn't make too much of a small bubble of posts, though. The overall pace of new postings is slow in winter and especially around the holidays, so a few posts can seem like a trend. This bubble included a burst of posts by a single person with a BF for sale responding to a string of old wanted ads.

The human tendency to crave just a little more space is real, though. In this case all streams flow to one ocean...
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Old 12-31-2018, 08:15 AM   #19
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I donít see the problem with the Oliver or Bigfoot ! GM , Ford and Ram all make trucks which when properly equipped can safely and adequately tow either trailer
I would assume that people who can afford and purchase an Oliver or Bigfoot have the financial resources to purchase a proper tow vehicle and have taken that into account .
We are looking at purchasing a Bigfoot / Oliver and we are fully aware that we will need to upgrade our tow vehicle . No reason to complain and moan , you canít change the laws of physics .
We just upgraded our 2017 Honda Ridgeline that we pull our Casita with to a new 2019 Ram 1500, 4x4, Crew Cab. We wanted to be in position if the right trailer comes along to be able to handle an Oliver, Bigfoot, or Escape. Were in no hurry to get rid of the Casita, but we will keep our eyes open for what's out there. We could also go new, but for the time being were just coasting along and see what happens.

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Old 12-31-2018, 08:20 AM   #20
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Besides the reasons Steve mentioned in post #2, I think the larger Escape trailers have become a stepping stone in the fiberglass market. Years ago the price and size gap between Scamps and Casitas Vs. the Bigfoots were so great very few wanted to make the next step. Now that people have used and paid off their larger Escapes they are ready to make the move to the Bigfoot. But still the big issue on the East Coast is a new a Bigfoot 25 lists for almost twice the price of a new 21 Escape. There are several new Bigfoots 25 in stock at dealers if you want to pay the new price. But now a 10 YO Bigfoot 21/25 are in the same price range as a new Escape. (If you can find one.)
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Old 12-31-2018, 08:24 AM   #21
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Weíve owned three FG trailers , a 1999 Scamp , a 2013 Casita SD and a 2018 SOB and we are looking at a Bigfoot

The reasons
1) More Room
2) Walk around bed
3) Better insulated for cold weather
4) Layout
5) Quality
6) Standard features
7) Construction methods employed

At 70 years old I no longer wish to spend my time continually fixing stuff due to poor construction or shoddy parts . Money is not the issue for us as long as Bigfoot gives us what we paid for , thatís acceptable
Steve is that SOB trailer made in Chilliwack.

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Old 12-31-2018, 08:58 AM   #22
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We just upgraded our 2017 Honda Ridgeline that we pull our Casita with to a new 2019 Ram 1500, 4x4, Crew Cab. We wanted to be in position if the right trailer comes along to be able to handle an Oliver, Bigfoot, or Escape. Were in no hurry to get rid of the Casita, but we will keep our eyes open for what's out there. We could also go new, but for the time being were just coasting along and see what happens.

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We currently own 2 FG trailers ,a 2013 Casita SD & a 2018 SOB
If we sold both FG trailers it would not be that big of leap to a Bigfoot .
Our 17 ft Casita is too small for our needs and our 2018 has other issues.
Weíre at the age where we just want to travel and enjoy life .
Spending hours making constant trailer repairs has lost itís appeal .
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Old 12-31-2018, 08:58 AM   #23
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Lower prices for gas/diesel may have made the necessary 3/4 ton trucks more attractive to potential Bigfoot/Oliver owners.
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Old 12-31-2018, 09:50 AM   #24
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One of the most attractive advantages that Bigfoot has is the width, open the door step inside on paper it does not seem like much till you walk in.
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Old 12-31-2018, 11:02 AM   #25
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I bought a 2007 17' Casita recently but never even used it because I discovered the Bigfoot 17G. I bought a 1994 which is 1' wider and 2" taller than the Casita, has windows on all four walls so it has more and longer lines of sight, quite a bit more storage and counter space, and weighs just 100 # more dry. I'd rather have a 2007 or newer Bigfoot 17 but the 1994 seems to have held up pretty well overall.
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Old 12-31-2018, 11:43 AM   #26
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Bigfoot is heavier than our Oliver, about a thousand pounds. Tongue weight on our Ollie was 680#. On our Bigfoot is around 1,200#. We towed our Ollie with a 2015 Chevy 2500 Duramax. Tow the Bigfoot with a 2018 Chevy Duramax. Don’t really notice any difference, both tow like on rails.
Hi there. I'm curious about the hitch weights you quote. We're still a year or two out from a purchase but we've been paying a lot of attention to the Airstream 23D/CB, the Oliver, and the Bigfoot 25. We're leaning away from the AS cuz of quality control and lack of insulation. We love a lot of things about the Oliver but lack of a queen bed is a problem. We love a lot of things about the Bigfoot, especially the room, but wish it looked like the AS or Ollie on the inside.

But back to the hitch weights... factory spec on the Ollie unloaded is 460 lbs, and 610 on the BF (both less than the AS btw).

So I assume your 1200 lbs is well loaded. We have a 2018 F150 with all the tow goodies and a max payload of 1650 lbs. 1200 lbs hitch weight would be pushing the limit, I think. My wife keeps insisting on coming and consuming valuable payload :-)
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Old 12-31-2018, 11:57 AM   #27
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A Bigfoot 17 may not be heavier than a Casita 17 (newer 2500-series units excepted), but it will tow harder due to aerodynamic drag from the added width, height, and boxy shape. An 8' wide trailer also requires towing mirrors and greater care negotiating turns and back roads.

All that has to be weighed (pun intended) against the advantages of the extra space.

The same could be said of Oliver vs. Bigfoot. The Oliver has the towability advantage, while Bigfoot has the liveability advantage. Depends to some extent on how you plan to use the trailer.
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Old 12-31-2018, 12:05 PM   #28
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Ah these are all good points that I think add up to what I'm seeing. Along with the fact that a few more posts doesn't necessarily mean anything at all.

Bob, the Bigfoot is only 1" wider and 2" taller than the Casita? I really question the width number. How wide is a Casita? I think my Bigfoot is 8' wide, measured from the outside. I guess even if it's only 1" wider, that doesn't really give the sense of how much more space there really is. A Casita is a certain width at the center, then tapers above and below. Having the boxy shape of the Bigfoot means that whatever extra width it has, it has that width from floor to ceiling. So the width difference would be more like 1" at the mid-point, growing to probably over 4" at the ceiling and floor. The space difference, once you're inside, between a Bigfoot and an egg shaped trailer, is really night and day.

Looking at the trailer weights thread, it's true that especially the older Bigfoot trailers aren't heavier than Casita. They're often lighter, with quite a bit less tongue weight. But like Jon points out, they aren't very aerodynamic, and that makes a very noticeable difference, especially in a headwind.
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