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Old 05-31-2017, 08:38 PM   #1
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Hi. I am researching Bigfoot RV's with the intention of purchasing a 17ft trailer (1850lb) - not too new. Looking forward to learning about Bigfoots on this site.
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Old 05-31-2017, 09:02 PM   #2
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Hello New Member

Welcome, Paul!

Around 2006 all Bigfoot travel trailers became 4 season units and gained a fair bit of weight in the process. I'm guessing you're looking for an older one than that.

1850# sounds like a dry weight. The sticky thread "Trailer Weights in the Real World" near the top of the General Chat section has some data on typical fully loaded weights. I think there are several B17s listed. Post #297 links to a spreadsheet of the data.

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Old 05-31-2017, 11:54 PM   #3
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Hi Paul and welcome. I have a 2002 17' Bigfoot. It's a nice, quality trailer. I tow it easily with a Ford F150 (5.0 engine, automatic transmission, tow package).

I think the real weight is going to be more like 2850+, not 1850 lbs. Maybe even more depending on how it's outfitted. Don't get caught in the listed weight game. I think ALL trailers are way heavier than expected, so buy with your eyes open and your big truck ready.

Good fiberglass trailers sometimes sell within hours of listing, so when you're ready, get the cash in hand and be ready to go the minute you see something you like.

Let us know what you find out there!
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Old 06-01-2017, 05:55 AM   #4
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Guys, thanks for the info. Using my son's SUV - 3500# limit but you make a good point "real world weights"? BigFoots certainly sell quickly. I am thinking I should start by getting a truck with a higher towing capacity to give myself some "room".
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Old 06-01-2017, 06:20 AM   #5
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I would agree. In addition to weight, a Bigfoot is a wide, tall, boxy trailer. It will push a lot of air at speed. That's something weight alone doesn't take into account.

I tow with a 3500# rated SUV, and a 16' Scamp is about as large as I would go. I do tow regularly in hot, windy conditions, mountain grades, and high elevations, so I prefer to leave plenty of reserve capacity. If you only plan to pull it back and forth to a nearby lake, low elevation, moderate terrain,... you'd probably be fine.
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