2016 17' Bigfoot Travel Trailer Fishtailing With Tundra Tow Vehicle - Page 3 - Fiberglass RV

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Old 09-01-2017, 10:58 PM   #29
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You may not need a WDH with anti-sway setup. When I first bought my Bigfoot 17', I called Bigfoot headquarters to ask about recommended hitches. They convinced me that I didn't need one with proper setup and tow vehicle; thus no need to cut the fiberglass tongue cover. I tow with a Ford F150 so plenty of beast for the burden.

Before you cut the 'glass, give it a tow with the correct ball size and height. Thanks for the picture!

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Old 09-02-2017, 06:04 AM   #30
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Did I somehow miss the part where you describe towing it yourself with your truck and the correct size ball?

This is the first thing that I would want to do and see if you even have an issue at all for yourself.

If so then "Nevermind"!

But if not,why not?

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Here's my update after trying to make good use of all the information I was passed:

-Took the rig to a commercial scale. The trailer weighed 4420 LBS. This is much heaver than I expected since the spec on Bigfoot's website shows 3275 as a base dry weight. My freshwater tank was 3/4 full, but this should only account for 200 additional pounds. The only thing I can think is that the spec page doesn't account for things like the air conditioner and awning, although I can't imagine that stuff would add up to the additional 900 lb difference! Surprisingly though, the tongue weight was 540 lbs, so around 12%, and probably not the "smoking gun" I was hoping for. Any reason to push this percentage closer to 15% by adding some ballast to the front storage compartment?

-Spent a lot of time at the local RV shop. They don't deal Bigfoot, but they are a Lance dealership, and seemed very congenial. The maintenance guys recommended using an Anderson hitch, although he stated that he would need to cut into the fiberglass shrouding at the trailer tongue in order to mount the hitch brackets on the trailer frame. I really don't want to do this if I can avoid it. I called several Bigfoot dealers however, and they stated the same thing. Does anyone know of a weight distribution hitch I can install without having to cut into the fiberglass of the trailer? The guy at the trailer shop mentioned I could possibly have the bracket of the Anderson hitch welded to the inner part of the frame on the Bigfoot in order to avoid cutting the fiberglass, although he said I would need to verify the safety of this plan with Anderson before going forward. Any experience with this?

-Found out (this is embarrassing) that when my dad towed it out he was using a 2" ball rather than a 2 5/16"! I replaced the ball today, and also changed the hitch so the truck and trailer are level. Anyone else willing to fess up to this mistake, and could using the smaller ball in itself account for the fishtailing on its own?

-For those asking for a picture, I haven't taken many yet, but here's one I have on my phone for a quick "proof of life".


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Old 09-02-2017, 09:13 AM   #31
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Yeah try it with the right ball size, then see where you need to go. Get it all "right" first, then see if you need anything more.

And if you do, just cut it. No big deal. Cut it nicely so it looks professional, and anyone, including yourself, who looks at it will think it came that way from the factory.
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Old 09-02-2017, 01:45 PM   #32
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I've owned a 25' FB Bigfoot for two years, pulling it over 30,000 miles with a 2014 4x4 Tundra, 5.7l engine. When I picked up the trailer new at the Canadian border in June 2015, I was unable to install and connect my Equal-I-Zer weight distribution/anti-sway bar system. I had to drive 350 miles, and the trailer swayed enough to initiate the truck's anti-sway system at least FIVE times, each instance seriously scaring me.

After installing the Equal-I-Zer, the trailer has NEVER swayed, not even at 75mph on Arizona highways. I never owned or pulled a trailer before buying the Bigfoot. I am a confirmed believer in the quality and effectiveness of the Equal-I-Zer. It is worth the money. Once setup correctly, I have found it easy to deal with.
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Old 09-02-2017, 11:39 PM   #33
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There's a huge difference in towing a 17' trailer vs towing a 25' trailer. I still agree with Bigfoot - a WDH is probably not needed for towing a 17' trailer with an appropriate tow vehicle.
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Old 09-03-2017, 02:23 AM   #34
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Set your TT up without the WDH, following the guidelines you find in this website. Put a thousand miles on it. Buy the Andersen Hitch. Try it. Will you NEED it? Probably not. Will you be able to feel the difference? I felt the difference.
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Old 09-22-2017, 10:58 AM   #35
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I tow with a 2007 big Tundra I have towed Bigfoot 17's, Escape 19 and 17 without any WDH. If the trailer is loaded properly it will not fish tail. Pulled a Bigfoot 17 in Nevada in high winds it did just fine.

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