We own a Casita
17 foot Liberty Deluxe. It has a true King Sized bed - you might consider that option. The headroom will be tight; it is 6'3" BEFORE the insulating carpet on the ceiling, so your head may brush the ceiling. You can sleep heat at rear of trailer-feet toward the bathroom on the Liberty King sized bed and it is over 80 inches long - basically a California King which is about 78" wide and 84" long.
Charles Watts, who is also on this board, is 6'4" and has no problem in his trailer, but we'll let him speak for himself about heights of people vs. ceiling heights.
Checking the Bigfoot website (http://www.bigfootrv.com
), the max vehicle weight
for a Bigfoot is 3500 pounds. This is AT your towing limit. Further, the hitch weight
is 350 DRY WEIGHT
- that is no propane
tanks increasing the weight of the tongue, no water, nothing.
You would probably do best to purchase a tow vehcile that has a better towing capacity. The "rule of thumb" for towing that we follow is: Find out what the max tow capacity of your vehcile. Tow a trailer that weighs no more than 80% of this number. Tow ratings are calculated for ideal conditions while travelling on a level surface. You need extra room for safety - and don't want to stress the engine in your car. A blown engine in the Canadian Rockies could really spoil your trip.
For more tips of trailering and RVing in general, an excellent source of knowledge is Phred Tinseth's "Poop Sheets." Phred has lived full time in a RV for many years. You can find his information at http://www.phrannie.org
. Follow the links for 'poop sheets.'
You might also wnat to consider joining an organization such as Escapees (http://www.escapees.com
) or Good Sam Club (http://www.goodsamclub.com
) as they have many services for RVers.
For a fascinating sociological study of folks who are retired and live in RVs for extended trips or even full time, you might consider the book "Over the Next Hill : An Ethnography of Rving Seniors in North America" by Dorothy Ayers Counts, David Reese Counts, ISBN 1551114232. We got it on interlibrary loan.
You will not see FIberglass Eggs of the Casita or Scamp
variety at an RV show as they are sold directly from the factory. Casita may be found at http://www.casitatraveltrailers.com
is at http://www.scamptrailers.com
. Both manufacturers have "referral programs" where they will give you someone to contact to go and see their trailer.
We are about 4-5 hours north of you - but if you come to the Berkshire Mountains in western Mass, let us know; you can see ours. We have the Liberty!
Nathan and Daisy