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Old 02-13-2016, 03:12 PM   #15
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No, Bill... sorry I don't have anything more than what you can find here. I just remember a number of discussions ten years ago about the 17.5 water tank when the 17.5 was new. Perhaps Bigfoot can still supply that as they're making the 17.5 again now, although it looks like they added a couple of feet to the tongue?
I chatted with a dealer and he said that the fresh water tank was in front of the axle, but I wanted some verification. I'll keep looking.
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Old 02-13-2016, 03:46 PM   #16
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The problem in both trailers was that the axles weren't located far enough back on the trailer for the weight distribution... the necessary 15% tongue weight. So in the 21' the solution was to add tongue weight... the 300 lb slug. IIRC, the fresh water tank on the 17.5 was located in the rear and as it was filled, it unloaded the tongue weight causing instability. The fix was just not to carry more than about 10 gals of fresh water when on the road.

The extended tongue of the new 17.5 would, in fact, alleviate that issue as it would inherently place more of the trailer's weight on the tongue. The only issue with it that I can see is that you now have a 14' trailer on a 20' frame...

Both the 17.5 and 21' are fine trailers, but the 21' is only about 400lbs lighter than the 25' and the 25' has significantly more room with a full-sized queen walk-around bed. The 25 is no more difficult to maneuver than the 21... I just never understood the market appeal of the 21.
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Old 02-13-2016, 06:08 PM   #17
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The problem in both trailers was that the axles weren't located far enough back on the trailer for the weight distribution... the necessary 15% tongue weight. So in the 21' the solution was to add tongue weight... the 300 lb slug. IIRC, the fresh water tank on the 17.5 was located in the rear and as it was filled, it unloaded the tongue weight causing instability. The fix was just not to carry more than about 10 gals of fresh water when on the road.

The extended tongue of the new 17.5 would, in fact, alleviate that issue as it would inherently place more of the trailer's weight on the tongue. The only issue with it that I can see is that you now have a 14' trailer on a 20' frame...

Both the 17.5 and 21' are fine trailers, but the 21' is only about 400lbs lighter than the 25' and the 25' has significantly more room with a full-sized queen walk-around bed. The 25 is no more difficult to maneuver than the 21... I just never understood the market appeal of the 21.
One of my problems is the space available for parking in my driveway. I'll have to consider these options, though! Please feel free to add any other info that you have.
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