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Old 08-13-2012, 11:11 PM   #15
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"I am truly sorry to hear this. I know you will find the egg of your wishes soon."
Not a problem.
This morning we picked up our 3rd fiberglass trailer, a 1994 Lil' BigFoot 13'. The work on our Hunter Compact-II is almost complete and we really need something to keep busy with. But I think that the search for an Amerigo FG-16 will stay active.
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:51 PM   #16
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Hahaha, THIRD trailer???!!! Looking for a FOURTH???!!!

Well there you are, this is my first.

Enjoy! I will keep an eye out for you. But you know I think I can count on one hand and have fingers left over the number of eggs I have ever seen including ours. I never even saw the inside of on until two days ago. But like my wife. it was love at first sight and we did not speak a common language. At least a spoken one.

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Old 08-14-2012, 09:24 AM   #17
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Great story Gary! Somehow a cheap bottle of wine in a Walmart parking couldn't be any more perfect ... especially when you have just taken ownership of the egg that was meant to be yours. My trip home started similarly ... we picked up my Play Pac after driving 2500 miles at midnight of all times and as luck would have it, we needed a few things (a 1 7/8" ball as I had goofed and showed up with a 2"). So the beginning of our trip home was spent in e parking lot of a Walmart all night store to. It was kind of a lifesaver. However I was with a buddy (my wife is way too smart to drive 5000 miles for an old trailer!) so it wasn't quite as romantic and we skipped the wine and loaded up on caffeinated beverages since we were on a mission to get home. Spent about an hour there total and were on our way but I do know if my wide had been with me, we would down the exact same thing you and many others here have.

Anyway, it was a fun read and I hope to see you out and about. You guys oughtta come on down, we have some suh-weeeet campgrounds in the Big Sur area. My wife and I go often just to get out for a night or two even though it's not even an hour drive for us. A mini rally!

Before moving to Florida, I grew up in San Jose. Was too young to drive at the time but some good memories of the birth of silicon valley. Today I am most happy for the small town life here in Monterey. Chime in if you guys are ever passing through, we'd love to see your Bigfoot and always have plenty of cheap wine on hand. Welcome aboard!
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:50 AM   #18
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Paul,

Thank you for the offer! Big Sur will be on the list, Sonja does massage and wants to take some classes at Esalen.

The most amazing times can be had most anywhere you go, has a lot to do with your perspective! Seems like a lot of folks here have it, somehow I think eggs fit right in nicely.

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Old 08-14-2012, 10:12 AM   #19
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We try to limit our fleet to no more than 4 RV's at a time. (LOL) For years it was Toyota Sunraders, now, to have later chassis, we have converted over to FG towables.

I see you are in S.J. I an a genuine S.F. native, did my B.A. and M.Ed at SJSU, and lived in San Carlos for many years.

BTW: what are you pulling the 17.5 Bigfoot with???
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:30 AM   #20
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I would also like to thank all those who post their thoughts, experiences,advice etc. After we decided to drive to see the trailer I began reading through the forum to get better educated. I ran across a thread on brake controllers and thought that would a good thing to get...later on. I casually mentioned this to Sonja and (knowing in the back of my mind this could happen) she said we need to get it right away, even if it meant staying there an extra day. Since we'd be going back down the grapevine (a steep passage north of LA). I've learned over the years to not fight her on these things, in my mind she is overly cautious but also incredibly perspective and intuitive. So once my meager protestations were aired we went turned to other matters. Later on I called the local camping world there and asked if they had the controller and harness I needed, having seen a video on it and saw it was simple to install. They did, so I placed it on hold for Sunday AM. Just in case. Also want to add that Mike provided us with an anti sway bar and ball receiver that would accept it along with some other goodies.

So we ended up picking it up when they opened and sure enough it all plugged in and was working. Did a little drive to dial it in, sorta, and off we went. It ended up Sonja was driving down the Grapevine and on the last part, the steepest downhill section we hit some rough road, semis are next to us, and the trailer starts swaying, noticeably! I'm looking in the mirror seeing what looked like a sway of about that is taking up almost the whole lane. Maybe that's not much but it was unnerving. Sonja remained calm slowed down and taped the brakes gently. After about five seconds the sway stopped. No other problems after that the rest of the trip.

Did the brake controller and sway bar help keep this situation in check? I'm glad they were there and I was very glad that I once again trusted her instincts. Guys take it for what it's worth. It took a lot of years of marriage but I've learned to trust her and now find her once of the wisest people I know.

She doesn't back down from a challenge either. With our MH she spent 10 minutes practicing in a parking lot and off we went from OK to CA sharing the driving.
It really helps.


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Old 08-14-2012, 10:50 AM   #21
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Paul,

Yes the beginning of silicon valley, we had prune orchards behind our house for short while in Saratoga. I remember riding my bike in Cupertino past some storefronts. I clearly recall seeing one with a sign hanging from the eave, Apple Computer.

Bob,

We tow with a 2002 F150 King Ranch. I loved that naked leather when I first saw it. Got 119k on the odo. I've admired those that kept their trucks forever and maybe I might do the same. Hope it can handle the extra load. Sonja calls it Hank.

I did my BA and MS at SJSU too. Good enough for dad, good enough for me. Studied accounting, got my CPA, switched to tax but got out after I realized I might die doing something that drove me crazy.

Life has provided many twists and turns, eventually all for the better.

Now I have a small home based insurance business that just might be able to go on the road with me. Sonja is an incredible massage therapist. I was so inspired by what she did and the results she got with her patients that I got my certification last year. Simply put, it changed my perspective on things. I also use it to give her much needed massages.

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Old 08-14-2012, 02:09 PM   #22
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Did the brake controller and sway bar help keep this situation in check?
I'd say Yes.

It seems funny that with the anti-sway bar you'd get sway other than going too fast. I'd say the culprit might have been because you were going downhill and possibly too fast.

The times I've noticed any sway in my trailer is when going downhill picking up speed. Also at the same time incurring a curve or even a slight bump. I keep my speed at or below 60mph. The Grapevine is a horrible road to drive and I never drive in the slow lane as it's the worst, being torn up my Semi's.
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:17 PM   #23
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Thanks Joy, we keep it lower than without hauling a trailer, Learning what is, is not too fast. At one point Sonja had it going around 35 up a hill, semis were passing us by. BTW we do split the time but she seems to have more interesting driving episodes than me.
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:20 PM   #24
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Okay PICS are loaded into an album. I am not sure how you can see this if you go into the community tab, seems like jsut individual pics show up, not albums. The album is my profile I guess. Exterior shots, will post interior later when I take her out of strorage again to practice you know what.
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Old 08-14-2012, 02:55 PM   #25
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Tips on Sway
Several things increase the chance of sway, the biggest is too little tongue weight. Ya gotta have at least 10% of total weight on the tongue. Buy a 350 lb range bathroom scale at the "Big Flea" for $5 or so and get your jack up on it. 15% is better, any more may stress your hitch, check the rating stamped near the receiver. Your 17.5 BigFoot will weigh at least 3000 lbs loaded, that wt. shown on the closet door sticker is "Empty weight"

To stop sway: a) Apply trailer brakes only and/or try to accelerate. This can get a bit scary going down a hill but sometimes it's the only way. Years ago we spun a Chevy Blazer and a 26' Airstream 180 degrees on the interstate in Utah when a triple truck came by at 80 MPH and everything got out of hand. No injuries, but my wife refused to ever drive with the Airstream attached again.

BTW: Towing speed limit in CA is 55, I have been given a reminder of that already...
Maximum safe speed on NEW trailer tires (Marked ST for special trailer) is 65 MPH when inflated to max pressure on the sidewall
Trailer brake are mandatory for anything over 1500 lbs in CA.

And Last: When my s.o. and I are in a campground there is at least one Asian.....
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Old 08-14-2012, 03:32 PM   #26
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Bob,

Thank you for those tips. We were in the 60-65 range normally. I will remember the trailer only brake thing, now I know what that manual level is onthe controller.

You may see one more soon...
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:50 AM   #27
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Congratulations on the trailer and the first of your adventures!
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You can upload pics directly from your computer- they are files like any other. Good luck!
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