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Old 12-30-2008, 12:47 PM   #15
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I think the older models are lighter, my 17' Bigfoot weighs in just a hair short of 3000# fully packed but mostly empty tanks if that helps.

I'm 5'8" and I do find both beds a bit on the short side, but manageable.... mind you I'm single so haven't had to share. I could see for a couple the bed size could become more of an issue.

You'll love having the luxuries of the larger trailer, I know I do
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Old 12-30-2008, 07:30 PM   #16
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It's funny reading about people complaining about bed size. We moved from a tent sleeping on thermarests so our Trillium bed (30 year foamies and all) seems luxurious - even with me at 6'2". It's all what you are use to I guess =)
Booker, I'm 53 years old, and 6'5" tall. At 190 lbs I'm not overweight. I have other concerns. Lest you think I'm a softie, over the past forty years, I've slept on the ground under the stars on a blanket while backpacking, done motorcycle camping with a two person tent with and without a cot. I've slept in just about every kind of RV bed made in a wide variety of trailers, vans and motorhomes. In the past five years or so, I find that my hips and back don't appreciate sleeping on a 40" wide bed that's only 6' long any more. That's one of the main reasons we went from the 17CB to the 25RQ, and replaced the 74" RV queen in the 25RQ with a full 80" queen.

Yep, I'm a complainer, but not without cause. It was very different twenty-five years ago, but today, I don't want to live without the creature comforts I can now have.

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Old 12-30-2008, 08:01 PM   #17
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It's funny reading about people complaining about bed size. We moved from a tent sleeping on thermarests so our Trillium bed (30 year foamies and all) seems luxurious - even with me at 6'2". It's all what you are use to I guess =)
My wife and I have been down that road, the canvas and thermarest one...now, in our 60's, we feel entitled to the best night's rest we can find !! I'm only 5'7", but all elbows in the sack, I'm told, and Wifey has back problems, so we place a lot of emphasis on a good night's rest.On checking some data on bed sizes in F/G eggs, offered by Donna, I'm amazed that some mfr's call 44 or 48 inch beds DOUBLES !!!
Impressed with some of the amenities offered by Bigfoot in their 17 footer, the issue of narrow beds may have to take a back seat in priority. That head-to-toe/sleeping bag solution ...I don't know...!Ignoring the bed-width issue for a moment, and concentrating on comfort,has anyone tried one of those memory-foam toppers OVER the foam slabs? Or how about actually removing the original foam slabs in the fold-down dinette or gaucho cushions, and replacing them with memory foam, then zipping them back up in the upholstered covers ???Now there's a thought...otherwise, the toppers would have to be stored somewhere out of the way during the day, unless the bed(s)stayed made up all day; an awkward arrangement with some floor plans that can't accomodate a table-for-two arrangement;of course, you could plan on having all your meals outside at the picnic table !
Lots of possibles here...any takers?
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Old 12-30-2008, 08:49 PM   #18
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Joe, I left the dinette down and made into a bed with a 2" visco-foam pad over the dinette pads. It was comfy... and just wide enough that I could almost stretch out.

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Old 12-30-2008, 09:16 PM   #19
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Don't get me wrong, I can appreciate a nice bed! We are replacing all the foamies in the trailer this year - though it was way more comfortable then thermarest there is always room for improvements.
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Old 12-31-2008, 12:22 AM   #20
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Hi: Joe...The second season we had our Boler we used a 2" waffle foam pad from Zellers. I bought a queen size and cut it to fit the rounded corners of the trailer. It was a vast improvement over the 4" dinette cushions.
One of the reasons for going to the Escape 5th. wheel was having a full time bed set up and ours has a 60x80 full queen size 8" memory foam mattress. Better than at home
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Old 01-03-2009, 01:38 AM   #21
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Joseph,
As a fellow Ranger owner, I'd suggest you double check your manual for tow limits based on your actual vehicle specs. The Ranger has a wide range of capacities.
If the weights are OK, 2 things come to mind, Ford states a maximum frontal area for trailers in the manual, my guess is that your BF is coming close to the limit. Secondly, the brakes in the Ranger are light at best, e-brakes on the trailer and a good brake controller really make a difference. Even on my little boler American.

OH yeah, you will learn to take it out of OD in town and on the hills.
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:26 AM   #22
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As a fellow Ranger owner, I'd suggest you double check your manual for tow limits based on your actual vehicle specs. The Ranger has a wide range of capacities.
If the weights are OK, 2 things come to mind, Ford states a maximum frontal area for trailers in the manual, my guess is that your BF is coming close to the limit. Secondly, the brakes in the Ranger are light at best, e-brakes on the trailer and a good brake controller really make a difference. Even on my little boler American.

OH yeah, you will learn to take it out of OD in town and on the hills.
Roy
Thanx for the heads-up on towing a Bigfoot with my Ranger....too late...just closed the deal on a nice '89 17 footer yesterday, and towed it home...all of 5 miles from where I live !!!About 4 miles of that was highway at about 80 kph;no problems apparent, and towed it without the equilizer hitch that came with the trailer.The Ebrakes were functional, and the BF brakes did not grab, or squeal.The trailer had sat since last summer.
I will re-check my '04 Ranger manual. regarding the frontal area issue, must have totally missed that;how is F/A measured ?
BTW, my Ranger is 4WD,4.0 L V6,Ext Cab, with factory tow-package, incl. trans cooler, Class lll hitch, and Ebrake controller.
Yes, I have always disabled O/D when towing; (even the Trillium, for instance)...but in town?Never do.What's the scoop on taking it out of O/D in city driving? I would think speeds reached would not call for O/D to be engaged by the transmission.
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