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Old 11-30-2018, 12:47 PM   #15
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The one you will be looking at is new enough to avoid the window seal problems before and up to 2005 or 06'. Other than that, regardless of year, they are well built and have few problems if taken care of. Obviously 2008 is the newest of the older trailers before plant closure.

As the owner of a 1994 Bigfoot 17 Gaucho trailer and being unaware of the window problems you mention, I wonder if you would mind providing me some info about those problems or referring me to some posts about them.

I's also be interested to hear more about the plant closures and changes that happened with the Bigfoot company over time. I have been impressed with the features and design of my 24-year old trailer when compared with some newer trailers I have seen. Thanks in advance.


If I recall the window seal problems were present in trailers just a few years after 2000. I think the problem was resolved in 05' or 06'. Had to do with vendor I believe. You can search on the Bigfoot forum site for window seal problems or even google that online and perhaps you'll find some information on it. Your 1994 model is as far as I know did not have those issues.
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Old 11-30-2018, 12:59 PM   #16
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Here is a post I clipped off the Bigfoot archive site referencing the window seal issue.


"I was told by the rep at Sunview Industries, the manufacture of the Bigfoot windows, that the bad windows were part of 2003, 2004, and 2005. 2006 and after is OK. If there is a way to place an atmospheric vent (small hole) any along the bottom seal between the glass, then this is the fix."
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Old 11-30-2018, 01:24 PM   #17
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This is a CB (center bath) model. There is also a Gaucho model. In the 2500 series, the Gaucho appears to be slightly more desirable. Not knowing the overall condition, it's hard to make a solid evaluation of the price, and this time of year is not peak selling season. The NADA book is not accurate on any molded fiberglass units. Molded fiberglass trailers are not sold thru a vast network of dealers. Bigfoot has a few (maybe 5) factory stores in the entire US. Other molded fiberglass trailers are sold factory direct, and the demand is so great that used trailers are not traded in and resold.

All in all, depending on condition and seller motivation, 19K is not ridiculously high. Price a new one from a factory store and I'll bet the asking price is in the high 30's.
Hank, noticed your comment on the Gaucho model. For what it's worth our very first trailer years and years ago was a late 60's, early 70's Shasta 18' trailer with the center bath floorplan like the trailer you may look at. Can tell you with any reservation that a center bath is an awesome floorplan. Lots of seating for day use and adequate sleeping area for a small trailer. Very similar in room to the Gaucho. JMO.
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Old 11-30-2018, 03:12 PM   #18
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Hank, noticed your comment on the Gaucho model. For what it's worth our very first trailer years and years ago was a late 60's, early 70's Shasta 18' trailer with the center bath floorplan like the trailer you may look at. Can tell you with any reservation that a center bath is an awesome floorplan. Lots of seating for day use and adequate sleeping area for a small trailer. Very similar in room to the Gaucho. JMO.
It's not really the location of the bath. Its the length of the bed. I have a 94 17-CB ,1500 series and both beds are shorter than I would like. The 1500 series Gaucho has a longer bed, but much a smaller refrigerator. The 2500 series Gaucho would b my preference because of its longer bed and it has a much larger refrigerator. I love my CB model, but would be happier with beds that were a few inches longer.
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Old 12-01-2018, 10:37 AM   #19
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I've never been in a CB model but from the photos it looks less open than a Gaucho. Still more open than any other fiberglass trailer, but less floor space than the Gaucho. Depends on what you're looking for but I like the more open feel. Biggest drawback is the small fridge, but like Jack mentioned they took care of that in later models.
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Old 12-01-2018, 01:33 PM   #20
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Actually not a lot of difference in floorspace between the CB and Gaucho. However as mentioned previously, Gaucho bed is longer. Appears to be slightly more actual floor space in the Gaucho as well, but more usable countertop kitchen area in the CB. CB also has a much larger wardrobe as well as a little larger storage area, which is nice.

One thing about camping is we are generally outside the majority of time. Usually we are inside due to weather. Slight tradeoffs between the two floorplans in my opinion. I would rather have a fully optioned 08' Anniversary model CB like the one in the ad vs a 08' or older Gaucho without the storage box and paint trim. I can tell you from extensive looking that the price difference isn't going to be that great on many 17.5 unless older than say 2000.

Hank for what it's worth, the bottom paint trim option is right at $1200. I looked it up on my build sheet. Couple that with the front box option and that trailer sells for $4000 plus or minus other 17.5's without those options (2004-2008). I also noticed that the 08' also had the generator ready package in case you ever decide to add one.

Keep us posted if you look at it. Good luck.
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Old 12-05-2018, 02:06 PM   #21
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2004 17CB

We bought our 2004 17CB in 2014 for 15K; didn't blink, paid asking price, and 2 other couples were waiting right there to buy if we didn't; this trailer was in like new condition, however; the fiberglass underneath was as clean as the sides and roof; don't think it had been used much, and was probably stored indoors. We love this trailer and would do it again in a heartbeat!
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Old 12-05-2018, 05:55 PM   #22
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Single axle

You may to want research single vs. double axle trailers 1st. Bouncy vs. smooth towing. The 20 ft Bigfoot has a standalone shower, larger bed that does not double as your table and not that much heavier & dual axles for easier towing. You may also want to look into laminated Fiberglas vs. molded Fiberglas units. Laminated glass units are just as good in my opinion and easier to resell because they cost less to begin with. The Jayco Ultra Lights are an example of light easy towing units that are glas and rigid last lasting trailers.
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Old 12-06-2018, 01:13 PM   #23
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Pricing used ones

Personally I think 19000 for a 17 foot Bigfoot is a little high in that age of trailer. 14 to 16 would be a better deal I feel. One has to check the prices on comprable ones for sale to get a gist for what they are fetching. A cup a couple of years ago I had the Good Fortune of finding a 21fb for sale in Florida only 4 hours from my house. It's a 2007 21 foot front bed and we purchased it with a Honda 3000 generator for $17,500. N a d a value was around 8,500. Which I think does not reflect the actual market for fiberglass molded trailers. At around 10 years of age the in Ada value on most 10 over stick and fiberglass panel trailers dropped precipitously. The molded fiberglass trailers like Casita big foot scamp are just clumped in with these other depreciation rates. But as anyone reading this forum knows the reason we like and buy these trailers is because a they're better trailers and be they hold their value better. Good luck finding one east of the Mississippi though. I almost drove to Montana to buy one before I found this one in North Port Florida
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Old 12-06-2018, 06:57 PM   #24
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The molded trailers do hold their value very well, but they do not necessarily sell fast. There are 5 for sale here in Western Canada and have been for months. Two have been steadily discounting their asking price. One 17 sold for $5,500 (soft floor). There is a 20 ft for $16k, another for $18.5 and yet another for $17.5. There is a 17 ft for $9,500 in excellent condition.....etc..(so with foreign exchange you would be getting a good deal) See the ad for a 2001 17 ft that sold last month for $11,900.
When I say laminated fiberglass I do not refer to the method of some builders that hang a fiberglass sheet in front of a wood frame. Laminated fiberglass has wood embedded in the glass and it is all fiberglassed together. It is a very good method of building a very strong product. Multi-million $ yachts are made using the laminated fiberglass method so do not confuse the two methods as they are quite different. Molded fiberglass does have some draw backs. They are like a pail, when water gets it it does not get out again. When I was looking for a bigfoot, two of the units I passed on had soft floors. Once water gets in it rots the wood supports and sub flooring. Once it rots underneath the only way to fix it is rip out the floor and that is not a minor job especially if the cabinets need to be removed. So shop around and buyer beware.
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I think one of the reasons they might not sell as quickly is because many people do not realize why they are price considerably higher than comprable trailers of different Construction. It was my experience when trying to buy a casita that they sold rather quickly. Not so sure about Bigfoot. H
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Old 12-07-2018, 09:39 AM   #26
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Older bigfoots say in the 80's and 90's will sell for less. Although still great trailers in many cases, they are older and don't command the higher prices of newer Bigfoots from say 2000 to 2008, with the 06' through 09's being the highest priced ones. Needless to say high priced options not found on all Bigfoots add to that used price, such as a generator package, paint trim and front storage box.

As far as Bigfoot trailers being priced lower and sitting awhile for sale usually is because they have a problem, as mentioned like a soft floor. Usually the problems are associated with a general lack of care from previous owners. Those that are in excellent shape for the most part, sell quickly.


If someone finds a nice used Bigfoot that suits there needs and is in excellent shape a few thousand dollars of a premium is relative if one has to spend time looking and traveling halfway across the county to find one. "A bird in hand is worth two in the bush" has some meaning here.
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