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Old 03-24-2015, 07:17 AM   #1
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Wide Body Burros? and other travel trailers?

Hi, all.
I've been reading everything in the forum, and ran across a remark about the Bigfoot having an extra foot in the width, which made a big difference since the poster traveled with 2 Golden Retrievers. (I am thinking the BF is too heavy for my Toyota Siena ...)

I plan to travel with a big dog... (Don't have a TT yet.) And I've been wondering which TT had the widest body? I see there is a "Wide Body" Burro, but can't find the width mentioned. Looks like the Scamps and Casitas are about 6 1/2 ft wide, and the BF about 8' wide....

Anyone help with info regarding this?

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Tonie

PS: I met a lady at GE&H who traveled with a Great Dane, so I know that's possible!
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Old 03-24-2015, 07:43 AM   #3
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Jim, thanks.
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Old 03-24-2015, 08:42 AM   #4
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I had wondered this same thing and had asked about it on the Scamp forum since we have 2 dogs, one that is 65 lbs and one that is 85 lbs. Someone with a 16' said that they managed with one dog larger and one slightly smaller than ours. She had commented that since the bathroom door sits up far enough from the floor that the dogs didn't have to be disturbed in order to use the door.

We now have a pop-up that is 7' wide and we do the step-over and/or trip-over with the dogs. They love camping enough to go with the flow.

We have considered the EggCamper since it appears from my research that it has the largest aisle and maybe easier to or not to clean up hair - one dog is part chow!
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Cathy, thanks! It is the aisle space that I am really curious about. I'll have a 110-lb Shiloh Shepherd (if anyone is interested, you can see Shilohs at www.shilohs.org ). He is a great dog, but sheds, and is just big. . . I'd thought about vacuuming the walls if I ended up with a TT that has the carpet on the walls... I'd love to have one with just the fiberglass, or at least a smooth surface...It seemed that the 16' Scamp with the Great Dane had a little more aisle room than some of the others that I visited, which had pretty straight aisles. . . But my memory can be deceiving. Great to hear facts from everyone!
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Hi, we have a 17' wide body Burro and I belive it is 85"wide. My husband is 6'6" and he can sleep comfortably in the bed that is crosswise. The space under our bed would be large enough for a very large dog. We have 3 large storage tubs under there but because the way the shower wall and right across from that is a closet it prevented us from fitting 4 tubs. We could almost fit the 4! I would also say that in front of the door behind the bathroom wall would be big enough too.
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This is the link to the question I had asked and what makes it even more valuable is the photo that a wonderful poster provided: Two Big Dogs And Scamp Floor Space? | Scamp Owners International
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Hi, all.
I've been reading everything in the forum, and ran across a remark about the Bigfoot having an extra foot in the width, which made a big difference since the poster traveled with 2 Golden Retrievers. (I am thinking the BF is too heavy for my Toyota Siena ...)

I plan to travel with a big dog... (Don't have a TT yet.) And I've been wondering which TT had the widest body? I see there is a "Wide Body" Burro, but can't find the width mentioned. Looks like the Scamps and Casitas are about 6 1/2 ft wide, and the BF about 8' wide....

Anyone help with info regarding this?

Thanks,
Tonie

PS: I met a lady at GE&H who traveled with a Great Dane, so I know that's possible!
We have a 1978 boler 17' unit and it is 8' wide; actually a bit more
7' 11 1/2" inside width midway, curved walls. There are not many available as to my best understanding only about 400 ever made. Other vintage trailers may also have the width wanted.
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The 1500 series 17' Bigfoot is 8 feet wide. The first models (1978) were very light for their size. Our 1980 weighs 2300 lbs. with nothing in it. Later models became heavier as more equipment was added. We have towed our Bigfoot from Dallas to Ohio, Disney World, western Colorado, & all over the state of Texas with a 2006 Toyota Sienna. No problems. The arrangement of the interior yields a very large feel and is helped by 8 windows.

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Cathy (Avey), thanks so much for the info about your wide body Burro and the tip about space under the bed for a big dog to sleep! I would never have known that otherwise!


Cathy P., thanks for the link to the Scamp thread. I read it with great interest. The lady with the Great Dane at GE&H had a 16' (I think, maybe 17') Scamp. Knowing what others have done helps so much.


Borden, thanks so much for the info on the Boler. I know so little about the older trailers. I have so much to learn! What a shame there weren't more of them made!


Tom, thank you so very much for the info about the earlier Bigfoot trailers - and your trips all over with a Toyota Sienna 2006. It is soooo good to hear good news about the Sienna! I want a FG TT because I don't want to get a new van. I love my 2006 Sienna. I plan to use it (God willing) for many, many years to come. I will watch for the older Bigfoot units that are lighter. I love the photo. My van is a dark red. There are a lot of dark red (crimson) cars here in Alabama, but my van is not crimson. It's Texas A&M maroon! :-)


It is so good to hear about all the different TT. I am sure what we get will come down to what is available that fits our needs. It's good to hear that quite a few out there would do just fine. . .


Thanks for the help, everyone. I appreciate it very much.
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Hi I have a Scamp 16 SD, when I bought it I had a 40# Irish Terrier But he passed over the bridge and now I have an 80# lab/shep and we are two large adults 5"10 & 5"6. Our last trip and the first with this new guy we put down the side table and made a dog bed out of it. It worked out fine; kept the floor open for night time bathroom visits and he was secure in his space. In the morning we just put the dog bed back out in the truck and put the table back up. Now there is a bit of extra cleaning up involved but everyone was happy and we use a table outdoors for all most all of the food prep and eating.
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Mary, that sounds like an excellent idea! Do you have Layout A or B? Also, I've wondered if the wood in the Deluxe model adds weight?
Thanks for the info. I appreciate it.
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Mary, that sounds like an excellent idea! Do you have Layout A or B? Also, I've wondered if the wood in the Deluxe model adds weight?
Thanks for the info. I appreciate it.
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There is no significant difference in weight when comparably equipped.
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Floyd, sorry if I offended you. It was an honest question. I take the weight limitations seriously until I have enough experience to know where I can "fudge" it. I was thinking fiberglass weighed less than wood. Silly me. . .
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