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Old 06-21-2007, 10:20 AM   #29
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I was in a new Escape 5th wheel a few weeks ago. I did not feel constricted at all in the galley area. In fact I was impressed with how much room their appeared to be even with two of us in the galley at the same time. Was also amazed at the amount of storage space there was for food and clothing. The layout is well thought out. Left wishing I had a truck to pull one with.

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Oh, this is good to hear. I so wish we'd seen the Escape fifth when it was in AZ--I am hoping we will learn of some within reasonable driving distance that we can see. My partner is leaning toward the Scamp fifth wheel because there are many of them around, so we can see and buy one more easily, but I still have some questions about how well it will hold up if taken on rough roads and how much maintenance it will need compared to the Escape or Bigfoot. I want to avoid having to repair something every time we drive down a rutted, bumpy road.
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Old 06-21-2007, 11:30 AM   #30
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Excellent to know that, thank you. Very smart way to get around needing to access the bathroom. Would love to see photos of Keith and Dee's modification.

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Here are a couple of pictures Paul was talking about. This mod was done by the prevous owners.

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Dee and I have since unmodded it to suit our style. We left the folding door on the bath and that in turn made us put the wardrobe door on the side not wide enough to put on front. We'll mount a mirror on that wall.

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Hope this helps. Good luck. Keith
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Old 06-21-2007, 12:05 PM   #31
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Here are a couple of pictures Paul was talking about. This mod was done by the prevous owners.

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Dee and I have since unmodded it to suit our style. We left the folding door on the bath and that in turn made us put the wardrobe door on the side not wide enough to put on front. We'll mount a mirror on that wall.

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Hope this helps. Good luck. Keith
Thank you, Keith, it does. BTW, how wide was the modified sleeping surface and do you know how the former owners did it? Extended with plywood?
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Old 06-21-2007, 12:57 PM   #32
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I'm now on my third Bigfoot 17.5...two CB's and now a G model. My advice to you is to call the Bigfoot factory up in Armstrong, B.C. Ask for Mark Holmes, the warranty manager, and ask him your specific questions about what you can and can not do with a Bigfoot TT.

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Old 06-21-2007, 01:11 PM   #33
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I'm now on my third Bigfoot 17.5...two CB's and now a G model. My advice to you is to call the Bigfoot factory up in Armstrong, B.C. Ask for Mark Holmes, the warranty manager, and ask him your specific questions about what you can and can not do with a Bigfoot TT.

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Calling right now, thank you!
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Old 06-21-2007, 01:36 PM   #34
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Called and asked for Mark Holmes, but they referred me to Doug Sloan, who is more closely linked with their manufacturing processes, and he did confirm that they can't make much in terms of modification to the unit. I don't understand why a company that has such high quality products doesn't offer a double bed option when smaller trailers like Casita, Escape and Scamp all do. There are many couples who travel together and need a small footprint with a double bed and dinette. I think it's a huge oversight on their part.
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Old 06-21-2007, 05:54 PM   #35
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If you are able....come to Bandon Oregon on July 19-22 and look at all the trailer mods you'd ever want to see. I sincerly hope you'll put our rally on your schedule as soon as you buy your Bigfoot. Be it an old 5er like mine or a gaucho like Keith's.

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BTW did you check out the Bigfoot 5er I sent you the link to in BC
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Old 06-21-2007, 06:09 PM   #36
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If you are able....come to Bandon Oregon on July 19-22 and look at all the trailer mods you'd ever want to see. I sincerly hope you'll put our rally on your schedule as soon as you buy your Bigfoot. Be it an old 5er like mine or a gaucho like Keith's.

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BTW did you check out the Bigfoot 5er I sent you the link to in BC

Hi Paul,

Still up in the air about which one. Yes, I did check out that link, thank you--it was a 25 footer, which is too big for us. Not sure how we would ever be able to inspect a used unit on sale in BC from AZ.

Have been in contact with the Escape Company too and they are terrific--they create their fiver from one piece of fiberglass, no rivets anywhere to come loose. The only downside is that there are none here to preview and they only make 4-5 per month, so we'd not get one until October if we ordered today. We don't wanna wait that long...but on the other hand, we do want something that will last us at least a decade!

That round up in Oregon sounds great--We will have to see if we can arrange to get up there (with or without a camper).
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Old 06-22-2007, 02:44 PM   #37
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Here is that link again.....


http://www.buysell.com/search/resultsvr2.a...&qu=bigfoot



When I bring it up, I find a 20' and a 26FWS.....I don't think the 26FWS is a 26 foot 5er. I think they only made the one size 5er and then they stopped making them after the fire in 94. But I've been proven wrong more times than I can count

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Here is that link again.....
http://www.buysell.com/search/resultsvr2.a...&qu=bigfoot
When I bring it up, I find a 20' and a 26FWS.....I don't think the 26FWS is a 26 foot 5er. I think they only made the one size 5er and then they stopped making them after the fire in 94. But I've been proven wrong more times than I can count

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The link has both a 1987 20' and a 1994 26FWS. My partner is adamant that a 20 year-old fiver is too old and won't consider that one, and when I investigated the 1994 26FWS, it was supposedly 27' in length with a slide-out and there was another the 26FW without a slide-out and an FW30 without a slideout that was 30.' But that information may not be accurate.

I just got off the phone with Reace, President of Escape, who personally answered my questions about hitches and shortbeds and told me about the Rally in Oregon that I believe you mentioned, Paul. Reace and apparently 3-4 other Escape fifth wheel owners will be there! We really want to come up there, but the airfare is really pricey, so it will depend on whether my partner can take time off of work--it's a 2 day drive one way. That would just be the best way to see all the fiberglass rigs in one spot.
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I am also considering the 17.5 Bigfoot, and I know what you mean about not being able to figure it out exactly from the brochures Ed. It had me doing a bit of .

Does anyone who owns one of the newer 17.5's have any interior shots with the gaucho bunk set up? That would be very helpful, as there is no dealer close to me. I was hoping I could take the lower and my son could take the upper bunk, then we could leave the dinette set up all the time. It's nice to have a place to sit at night after my son goes to sleep and not to have to convert the table to a bed all the time.
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I was really puzzled by all of these references to long Bigfoot trailers - with slide-outs - which were much older than the current 3000 series, since I thought that the earlier units had neither lengths beyond 25' nor slideouts of any kind. Now I see the photo in the BuySell listing of a fifth-wheel trailer which clearly has a Bigfoot label and is not moulded fiberglass, although it looks like it might have a moulded fiberglass roof.

Hmm... another whole range of Bigfoot products to confuse us.
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Old 06-24-2007, 11:28 PM   #41
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I am also considering the 17.5 Bigfoot, and I know what you mean about not being able to figure it out exactly from the brochures Ed. It had me doing a bit of .

Does anyone who owns one of the newer 17.5's have any interior shots with the gaucho bunk set up? That would be very helpful, as there is no dealer close to me. I was hoping I could take the lower and my son could take the upper bunk, then we could leave the dinette set up all the time. It's nice to have a place to sit at night after my son goes to sleep and not to have to convert the table to a bed all the time.
Hey Lainey ! I have a 1991 BF and I'll take some photos for you tomorrow. It's pretty snug up there ! I know my 13 year old won't fit comfortably....

I have the original brochure from back then with all of the dimensions for B13.5, the STD B17, the DLX B17 and the B19. It has everything listed including the head room !!! So if anyone needs that info just drop me a line and I'll pass it on !

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The link has both a 1987 20' and a 1994 26FWS. My partner is adamant that a 20 year-old fiver is too old and won't consider that one, and when I investigated the 1994 26FWS, it was supposedly 27' in length with a slide-out and there was another the 26FW without a slide-out and an FW30 without a slideout that was 30.' But that information may not be accurate.
Ah... the FW series of Bigfoot (didn't know they ever made anything but molded fiberglass!) are clearly conventional stick construction with aluminum siding... interesting!

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