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Old 12-10-2018, 03:11 PM   #15
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Ditto on the front storage box option. I have that on my 08' Bigfoot 25B25FB. After downsizing from an 09' Bigfoot Touring Edition motor home, I found the storage on Bigfoot trailers without the front box pretty lacking. That front box makes all the difference for bigger items and any additional items as mentioned before.


I also have the built in Onan generator package. Personally I like it as I don't have to lug around another item (generator) when I'm camping or carry extra gas to run it.


As far as the awning collecting water it is an easy fix. just have one side of the manual awning set a little lower. Water runs off. Our previous motor home didn't have that option as the awning was electric and water would build up.. Wind is another thing. If you are not going to be around to attend to the awning for any length of time, put it down to avoid possible wind damage. Just common sense.
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Old 12-10-2018, 08:35 PM   #16
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If I was to ever give up my Escape 5.0TA it would be for a Bigfoot 25'

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Great input from experience, Bruce. Like any trailer and owner I am sure there are different thoughts, but I love hearing from experience

Were I ordering a new one I would definitely get the front storage compartment. The two foot. longer wheel base will make it tow better plus it gives you a place to store longer items such as fishing rods and/or a light weight step ladder and additional batteries. Also I would see if I could get them to put a broom and mop closet somewhere in the interior. There is no storage space inside long enough for a broom.
I love the idea of more storage, but adding the 2 feet to (for me) an already big trailer concerns me. Bigfoot did a great job of incorporating this into the trailer, something that Escape did not do. I like the pass through storage on the FB. I was wondering if they would/could do something similar in the rear of the RT. With the RT there is more cabinetry I like to keep fishing gear and anything not related to the campsite setup on the tow vehicle so I have that stuff with me when I drive away from camp. You can get an extendable handle broom that fits in smaller spaces.

I don't use the outside shower, to take a shower anyway (I can't imagine anyone that does) so I would probably leave that off. Also I would leave off the rear ladder and roof top luggage rack. I have never seen anyone ever carry luggage or anything else up there. It would skin up the gloss fiberglass for one thing. For safety reasons you really don't want to be climbing up on the roof of your camper at camp anyway. They use a lot of through the fiberglass shell screws to attach the ladder and luggage rack and they are subject to developing leaks at the screw holes.
I too have never used an outdoor shower as a shower, but love having in on the curb side at a height that works well as an outdoor tap with a table in front of it. Handy for cooking and cleaning outside. Interesting on the ladder and rack, I had thought it was a good idea, but you are right, I have to wonder how much I would really use it. All the screws used could be bothersome to maintain. ]Something to consider, for shure.

The awning is another thing I am lukewarm about. When I do use mine I enjoy it but It is a costly option and it does require a lot of attention. If you are going to sleep all night long or if you are going to leave camp for any length of time you must retract the awning to avoid potential damage from an unexpected wind or storm. Also if rain water pools in an awning the weight can tear it off. If I had $5.00 for every time I have been out of bed at 2:00am retracting my awning because a storm came up I could take us all to Worlds of Fun. An awning also requires numerous screws through the fiberglass to attach it. Myself, I would probably leave it off.
Personally, an awning is a must have for our style camping, deployed almost all the time. but I do know of others who rarely use it. I do like the electric one on my Escape.

A generator is absolutely necessary for air conditioning in hot weather when you don't have shore power. But I would not want the built in generator under the body. I don't like the location under the body where it gets the road salt and grime and is difficult to inspect or service. And I don't like the chance it could develop an exhaust leak that would filter into the trailer. I prefer to carry a separate portable.
I have never used a gen set with a trailer, opting to camp in as cool of a climate as possible. I definitely would not get that option. If I ever felt I needed it, I would just plug it in to the power cord.

I would want the trailer wired for solar and I would want more than one battery. On a cool night one battery can not run the furnace blower all night long. You wake up at 3:00 am and the battery is just about dead. Not good for the battery or you.
Does Bigfoot prewire for solar as an option? I would want to do my own solar system. And yes, at least two batteries are a must for me.

Bigfoot 25's are heavy. A lot of people have a strong mental block about going to a heavier 3/4 or one ton tow vehicle (yes you can pull one with a 1/2 ton). That being said a more capable tow vehicle is a safer tow vehicle. My latest is a Ford F-350 single rear wheel truck. It handles and feels much better whether towing or not. No one who uses a heavier tow vehicle ever complains about it or wants to go back to a smaller one.
I regularly tow a trailer heavier than a 25' Bigfoot with my F150 and have never felt it lacking. I also know of a few folks towing with one with an F150 and are more than happy with the performance. I guess one could start with that and consider an F250 down the road when upgrading the truck. I had 3/4 and 1 ton diesel pickups for near 30 years up to just over a year ago, and was very happy to downsize to the F150, which is much for comfortable and fun to drive.

One last thing: We are talking about a trailer that costs upwards of $50,000. If at all possible build or have a place to store it inside when not in use. And wax it with a good quality paste wax at least twice a year. If you do those two things the gel coat will remain glossy and attractive for decades. If you don't it WILL oxidize and detract from the appearance. The depreciation costs from that will more than pay for a building in a few years.
At my final house which will happen in a couple years, I plan to build a shelter for my trailer.
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Regarding cold weather: You are good for comfort down to below zero Fahrenheit but the water system requires intensive management if you have water in the system. You have to keep the trailer warm and you must use the furnace to do that. An electric space heater in conjunction with the furnace will help but by itself in the living area does not heat the tanks below the floor. The furnace blower does that.
Good to know info.

Also don't forget the hot water heater. It is NOT heated by the furnace blower. Even though it is well insulated it is exposed through its door grate to the outside. It must be turned on, at least periodically, to keep it warm.
I assume by turned on you mean it needs to have water flow through it, or do you mean if it is turned off to turn it on. When hooked to the grid I always have in on electric, but when boondocking I put it on as needed, so would have to watch this.
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Old 12-10-2018, 08:51 PM   #17
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Picked up a new 21 foot Bigfoot this fall after serious consideration of the increased cost and weight over the competition. Toured the factory and had an opportunity to see some Bigfoot trailers and campers during production and observe the difference in insulation and details behind the walls. No comparison. Only spent one sub freezing night so far in the trailer (snowed on the way home) but were impressed with the warmth and quiet (ducted furnace). Did not special order the trailer so it has more features than we will likely use boondocking or at non-serviced sites in the national, state and provincial parks that we frequent. Outside speakers, tv antenna/mounting bracket and the outside shower wouldn't have been on the list. Large fridge and tanks, double pane solar reflective windows, solar panel and of course the insulation are the features that provide the function while boondocking and comfort in the shoulder seasons. The 21 foot came with twin 30# propane bottles, room for four 24 series batteries and "E" rated trailer tires.
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Old 12-11-2018, 08:46 AM   #18
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If I was to ever give up my Escape 5.0TA it would be for a Bigfoot 25'
That says it all for me , Gives us something to contemplate over the long winter

Thanks Steve D.
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Old 12-11-2018, 08:49 AM   #19
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That says it all for me , Gives us something to contemplate over the long winter

Thanks Steve D.
Winter won't be too long, as we are headed south for a couple months after Christmas.
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Old 12-11-2018, 08:51 AM   #20
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Winter won't be too long, as we are headed south for a couple months after Christmas.
Hope you have a great trip , we plan on staying home and defending our state from invaders .
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Old 12-11-2018, 09:20 AM   #21
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Hope you have a great trip , we plan on staying home and defending our state from invaders .
No worries from us Steve, we are taking a more westerly route down.
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Old 12-15-2018, 11:26 AM   #22
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I would caution against the front box on a 25ft trailer. The front storage box adds 2.5 ft to the length of the trailer, making it almost 30ft. If you mainly stay in RV parks that's no problem, but if you like to camp in national parks or national forest campgrounds, even many state campgrounds, 25 ft is the maximum trailer length that can be accommodated. We even found it a tight fit to get into 25ft sites.
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Old 12-16-2018, 08:13 AM   #23
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I definitely have condensation but I only see it being an issue if you camped for long periods and it's always wet. Doing a week or so at a time in cold weather then giving it a chance to dry out for a few days would be fine, I'd think.







The Bigfoot manual strongly warns against allowing moisture buildup in our campers. Being quite airtight, the vapor from just breathing can cause problems as the water condenses inside the walls where it cannot easily dry out. The owners manual (which as a man it is amazing that I read it!) instructs owners to leave a vent or window open in cold weather.
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Old 12-16-2018, 10:26 AM   #24
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I am considering purchasing a new Bigfoot 25B25RT-rear twin travel trailer. Do any late model Bigfoot owners out there have any comments about the quality of their trailers? Are you happy with your purchase? Any issues to consider?

Thank you!
We are considering a new one....and have confirmed that:
...we can get a bigger skylight (like the size in the 21 ft), eliminate the extended bench seat and have cupboard installed with countertop, eliminate ladder and storage rack as well as generator and solar option( we do not camp off grid); replace bathroom fan with Fantastic fan; no outside speakers...and....order the awning with the Sunbrella fabric that rolls into a solid cover. As many know, the first foot of fabric is ALWAYS exposed to the weather and generally shows the first sign of wear.

One thing I have not confirmed is if a Maaxair Vent cover for the Fant. Fan will "fit" bearing in mind the fresh air vents ( for black and grey water) are nearby. If not, I'll see if the trailer can be built so I can do this. Vent covers are a must in rainy weather....fans can exhaust and no fear of rain entering the cabin.
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Old 12-16-2018, 12:27 PM   #25
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MaxxAir vents fit fine on ours. I like having the rear ladder, saves having to carry one if I ever need to check out or clean the roof, which BTW, is easy to walk on for my weight. The rear bedroom model has a lot of great windows, skylight sometimes seems overkill. Although we enjoy the shower skylight immensely. I find the front storage bin very useful, but we take long multi-season trips. To me, our 25RQ doesn’t tow any bigger than the Oliver we used to have (in terms of hauling and maneuvering), but I am sure there are places I took the Ollie that could prove a challenge for our Bigfoot (Chisos in Big Bend, for example). Enjoy. I hope you end up as pleased as we have been.
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Old 12-16-2018, 01:25 PM   #26
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I would caution against the front box on a 25ft trailer. The front storage box adds 2.5 ft to the length of the trailer, making it almost 30ft. If you mainly stay in RV parks that's no problem, but if you like to camp in national parks or national forest campgrounds, even many state campgrounds, 25 ft is the maximum trailer length that can be accommodated. We even found it a tight fit to get into 25ft sites.

Actually 27' long from ball receiver to end of rear bumper.
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Old 12-17-2018, 12:46 PM   #27
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We ordered ours the way we wanted. I would get the outdoor shower, as we use it a lot for rinsing off after hikes, washing hair outside, it is really handy for us. Keep the ladders and racks. need the ladder to get up there for various reasons.


The awning, well, if you will use it a lot, especially in hot or desert climes , get it. If not, it is a pain. We have experienced panic roll ups and it does restrict width and access in tight quarters. But that is probably not any different than any trailer or RV.


We have had ours for 3 years, 20,000 miles of traveling. We have two external Honda generators, so can hook up one for light use or both for AC or heavy useage.


Extra Storage, we tow with a pickup (F150-more than adequate) so have plenty of storage in the pickup bed. If you are towing with a limited cargo vehicle , than the storage might be useful to you. Or if you are full timing and really long out in the boondock trips, and need the storage, of course, get it. We have gone out for 5-6 weeks at a time and are not lacking in storage, for us. However,our 6.5 foot pickup bed is full.


Definitely get two batteries. One will not cut it unless you are on offshore power all the time. We have camped in winter type conditions, but not below 20 degrees. No problems.


Quality, excellent. Small things happen, but overall we bought it for the quality and you get what you pay for. Have had issues with appliances but not Bigfoot fault. Same appliances are used in most RVs.
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Old 12-18-2018, 04:15 PM   #28
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What is the F150 like on hills?
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