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Old 12-31-2014, 10:12 AM   #15
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When I was looking for my Scamp I placed an ad on websites such as this one with what I was looking for and how much I was willing to pay and how far I was willing to travel. These trailers go so fast it was unproductive for me to search and call after work to purchase one. Too many buyers and flippers in the mix to compete with if your still working and not retired. The want ad was much more productive and the seller is much more motivated when they know how much your willing to spend. It cuts out the tire kickers, flippers and low-ballers. What ever you do have your finances all figured out. Cash in hand always works.
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Old 12-31-2014, 10:37 AM   #16
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When I was looking for my Scamp I placed an ad on websites such as this one with what I was looking for and how much I was willing to pay and how far I was willing to travel. These trailers go so fast it was unproductive for me to search and call after work to purchase one. Too many buyers and flippers in the mix to compete with if your still working and not retired. The want ad was much more productive and the seller is much more motivated when they know how much your willing to spend. It cuts out the tire kickers, flippers and low-ballers. What ever you do have your finances all figured out. Cash in hand always works.
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This is a good idea, but I really don't know what I want aside for simplicity and sleeping four. I saw the 1980 Bigfoot and loved the bunkbeds for the kids, general layout and look. But the more I read the more "at loss" I find myself, since there are sooooo many things that I have not considered, such as...doubled pane windows, axle size/construction, wheel size, springs, ETC ETC ETC ETC. All this is foreign to me.

I do know that FGRV will be our choice. Although my kids are young now, we do foresee ourselves always using the unit w/ or w/o kids. Scamp, Escape, Trillion, Oliver, ParkLiner are a few I'm reading about. As far as size, we would like to keep it small but try to get the most "room" from the layout. Shower is not important and would be happy w/ just a porta potty unit. Again, trying to stay as close to tent camping as possible as the reason to go out there is to be out there. Hmm, I think that's gonna be my signature.....

Thanks again Stevebaz.
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Old 12-31-2014, 03:26 PM   #17
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If you are looking only for used trailers, you might not have the opportunity to be really choosey. Scamp and Casita are the most plentiful brands, so you'll see more of them for sale than any others. Other brands might require a long wait followed by a long drive to go get it.

Now, if you can buy new, you can order it just the way you want it.

Casitas are built in Rice, TX. The 17' is 6'3" interior height, if I'm not mistaken.
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Old 12-31-2014, 07:50 PM   #18
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My wife and I have a Porta-Potti in our 13' Trillium. I don't know how one would handle the privacy issue with children.

I think that minimalism is the basis for FG trailers. Once one gets over 15-16' it seems to me to be counter productive. There is a "disease" called "Two-Footitis" where one always wants an RV just a little bit bigger.
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Old 12-31-2014, 10:54 PM   #19
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My wife and I have a Porta-Potti in our 13' Trillium. I don't know how one would handle the privacy issue with children.

I think that minimalism is the basis for FG trailers. Once one gets over 15-16' it seems to me to be counter productive. There is a "disease" called "Two-Footitis" where one always wants an RV just a little bit bigger.
Roger CH -
Jajajajajajajajajajajajajaja, "two-footitis" jajajajajajaja, that's a good one and just today my wife and I were discussing the same thing, "well baby maybe we should go w/ the 19' since it is only two more feet and we get blah, blah, blah."
Thanks again Roger! I'm onward w/ the reading of this community forums. Just the place I needed.

Happy new year!
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Old 01-01-2015, 12:01 AM   #20
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Well, I would go for the 19 Escape instead of the 17 I have, if I were starting afresh.
But, that would involve a new tow as well, and I'm not willing to go that far.
That two feet gives you a permanent bed and a four person dinette, and four inches more width in the kitchen aisle.
When we camp with friends who have a 19 and the weather is inclement, we end up having dinner or playing cards in their trailer. That's not in the cards in a 17.
Not sure why we have to divide into camps, those who choose to camp in a 13 foot trailer and those who prefer to stretch out in a 19.
Read the forums and then do what you want and need to enjoy the experience.
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Old 01-01-2015, 09:32 AM   #21
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Hi, Luis. Welcome to the forum!

Sleeping four in a fiberglass trailer is certainly possible. We are four (my daughters are 9 and 11) and we all fit in a 13' Scamp. But it's starting to feel crowded, and they sometimes opt to sleep in a tent of their own. Here are some things I've learned:
(1) Beds are typically smaller than the ones at home, and smaller than the air mattress you may have been using in a tent. For example, the "double" bed in many Scamps and Casitas is only 45" wide.
(2) Bunks are often weight-limited. I've heard different figures, but 100-125# is common. (Parkliner is one exception.)

All things to consider as you look at various trailers, especially as your kids, like mine, are at an age when they are growing fast! Going to the rally is a great place to start.

On the whole, I'd say the Bigfoot 17' you are thinking about is a great choice. It won't be easy to snag, but I've seen several on the market recently (mostly in the NW).
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Old 01-01-2015, 11:57 AM   #22
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Hi Luis,

I'm another new member. Happy New Year!

I can tell you that you can find what you're looking for if you're willing to drive along ways to get it.

I just bought an 87 Bigfoot from a lovely couple in Oregon and will pick up my trailer in February.

I plan to be at the Bluebonnet Rally too, come by and check it out.

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Old 01-01-2015, 12:11 PM   #23
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Glenn -
I agree and don't feel limited by size/length. Although I would prefer the "smallest comfortable" unit, all things must be considered. Thanks for your observations.

Jon -
Thank you for sharing your setup and your family experiences. These are important to me as you and I are in a similar family stage. Knowing that you're managing on a 13' has given me another perspective, although I understand how the tightness of space will become more apparent as they continue to grow - like weeeeeds, as well as the grocery bill

Rich Ess -
Oh, I look forward to checking the Bandera Bluebonnet rally indeed. Since you purchased your unit from afar, would you mind sharing some tips on what to ask from the vendors? Did you go to check the unit before hand or purchased completely "blind" just by pictures, etc? The unit I was thinking of is located outside the USA so I also need to check the expenses associated with importing a unit if I go that route. Thanks.
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Old 01-01-2015, 01:41 PM   #24
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Luis, it can be very straightforward or impossible to import from Canada. It depends on the age and, in some cases, the manufacturer. Bigfoots can be problematic. If it's not a late model with US DOT certification but less than 25 years old, I understand it's a no-go. The forum section on "Money Matters" has many threads on the subject. A search on "import from Canada" should give several useful hits. Make sure to use the Google search option.
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Old 01-01-2015, 01:47 PM   #25
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Jon,

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction. Still concern w/ the distance and the fact that if I move forward with this unit it will be a "blind" purchase. That concerns me.

Again, thanks.
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Old 01-01-2015, 01:58 PM   #26
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My TV will either be a Toyota Highlander or a 4Runner, both with a towing capacity of up to 5,000 lbs.
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The Highlanders work well but the older 4Runners are lousy tow vehicles. If it is a later model 4Runner not so bad.
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Old 01-01-2015, 02:03 PM   #27
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Luis,

You can read the details of how I came to purchase my BF in "Proud Owners of the 1987 Bigfoot fifth wheel" in this same forum.

The Cliff Notes version is that I exchanged emails, got more pictures, and then discovered that my nephew and his wife, who live three hours away, were going to be in that same town the very next day. (Visiting her family for the holidays.) He checked it out and gave a thumbs up.

The unusual way things came together told me this was the one. Everything that's happened since has reinforced that.

I was extremely lucky! So I can't tell you to do it the way I did. Caution is certainly advised. You may be able to find a forum member near the trailer who's willing to check it out for you.

For info on importing from Canada, you might try a Google website search. Something like "import bigfoot on fiberglass rv.com" also try "import escape on fiberglass rv.com". I find that Google is better for something specific.

I know I'll love my BF, but I suggest that you also consider an Escape. They are great trailers and they are available in both Canada and the U.S. They won't be as old as the as the early Bigfoots so maybe the DOT thing won't be an issue.

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Old 01-01-2015, 02:22 PM   #28
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MC1,

The Highlander is a 2010 and the 4Runner a 2001 4x4. I guess by your post going with the Highlander will be the right TV for us.

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