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Old 12-30-2014, 09:55 PM   #1
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just started thinking about an RV - so call me green

Hello all,

Wife and kids (10 and 8) just started thinking of moving from tenting to RV. Pop up's are out of the question and don't want anything too big that will take away the camping feel.

Currently LOVING the 1980 bigfoot 17' layout and weight, but these units are impossible to find.

Thus, asking help from the community with:

Any other options with same layout?
Where can i find one near texas?
Anyone know interior height of bigfoot 17', i'm 6'1".

We're a vintage vw family and love the retro, classic looks and simplicity.

Thx in advance,
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Old 12-30-2014, 10:57 PM   #2
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Welcome Luis to FGRV. Keep checking the for sale ads a few times a day cuz good ones go fast. Craigs list is another place to look. Probably the biggest thing to watch for is a CLEAN title in the sellers name no matter where you find it listed. It may not be a good idea to narrow your search to just one model and size as you may go a long time in finding it. Try to go to a ralley to see a lot of different makers and layouts. Egg owners are pretty willing to show off their eggs. Don't know what your TV is but you may want to check our thread on "real world weights" for an idea of what moulded trailers really weigh for camping use. Others will chime in soon with other comments for you. We all started off green too. Good luck in your search.
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Old 12-30-2014, 11:14 PM   #3
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Welcome, Luis.
We have an 89 Bigfoot 17' Gaucho (rear bath). My husband is 6'2" and has plenty of headroom except where the handle to open/close the Fantastic Fan hangs down.
There are two floor plans, which are you looking at?
Check out Fiberglass-rv-4sale.com and you can get an idea of prices and locations.
Some of the various current builders can point you toward folks near you that are willing to show off their trailers. We were able to see a couple of different trailers and it really helped.
Good luck in your search!
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Old 12-30-2014, 11:26 PM   #4
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good ideas

Dave,
Thank you for the great ideas. I will need to research the "rally" idea as I don't know whene one may take place near the San Antonio area.

My TV will either be a Toyota Highlander or a 4Runner, both with a towing capacity of up to 5,000 lbs.

Lora,
Thanks for the website and head room info. The height is important to me, so it looks like the bigfoot would work. I like the bunk bed floor plan the most. I will keep an eye open for the bigfoot but will start researching other options too. Reviewed the Casitas, but still like the older look of the bigfoot ones.

Thank you both!
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Old 12-30-2014, 11:37 PM   #5
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Well Luis you tug will handle anything moulded except a 5th wheel . You're good to go once you find the right layout and length that works for you. The rallys will really help you out and there is a list of rallys listed on this site.
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Old 12-30-2014, 11:57 PM   #6
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Rally Info

Dave,
OK just found the rally information in here. Thanks again.
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Old 12-31-2014, 12:06 AM   #7
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Dave,
Thank you for the great ideas. I will need to research the "rally" idea as I don't know whene one may take place near the San Antonio area.

Z
If you look at the tabs at the top of the screen on this website and click on the one marked "more" you will see that there are a rally calendar and a rally map. If you go to the map, you can zoom in on Texas and see that there are 4 relatively near you, the one in Banderas is in April.

BTW, when you see the ads CB means center bath and G means gaucho, if they happen to mention those.
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If you look at the tabs at the top of the screen on this website and click on the one marked "more" you will see that there are a rally calendar and a rally map. If you go to the map, you can zoom in on Texas and see that there are 4 relatively near you, the one in Banderas is in April.

BTW, when you see the ads CB means center bath and G means gaucho, if they happen to mention those.

Lora,
Oh yes, I already updated my calendar to go to the Bandera one. Thanks for the info on the CB and G, but what exactly is a "gaucho"?

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The gaucho model has a rear bath and a couch on the left similar to the '81 that is currently listed for sale.
Be careful that you verify that it has the upper bunk if that is what you want because some did not come with that.
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Old 12-31-2014, 12:59 AM   #10
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good point!

Hmm, excellent note about the bunk bed feature. Didn't occurred to me to check on that. And yes, I want the bath in the back w/ the sofa on the left and the bunk option.

Again, thanks Lora. Point well taken.

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Old 12-31-2014, 02:19 AM   #11
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Old 12-31-2014, 05:18 AM   #12
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The ceiling of the 1500 series Bigfoot has a slight slope. Its high point is in front of the door and measures 77". Under the air conditioner it's 73". At the rear it's 75". Our 1980 15B17G Standard weighs 2500 lbs. empty. Loaded for camping, the hitch weight is 340 lbs. We drove from home (DFW) to Dayton, Ohio to buy ours. We will be at the Bluebonnet Rally in Bandera, TX April 22-26 with our trailer. Please come over and visit.

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In addition to the trailers for sale on this site and on http://www.fiberglass-rv-4sale.com ,
you might try www.searchtempest.com. It will search every craigslist and E-bay listing within a specified search radius of a specific city or zip code. 😊

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Old 12-31-2014, 08:47 AM   #14
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Many, many thanks!

Roger C H -
Wow those are niiice! Looked through their site but can't see how we can get four to sleep in. With that said, what a great idea & look. Thanks for sharing.

Tom Trostel -
Exactly the info I was looking for. BTW, you are the reason my attention became focused on FGRV after finding some pictures of your bigfoot in some Texas landscapes. Will plan on going to the Bandera rally. Hope to see you there and hope you don't mind if I pick your brain a bit. Thanks.

Rdickens -
I was not aware of the "searchtempest" tool. Will definitely give it a try. Thanks.

Again thank you all for the info and guidance. I'm going to do a search on this site to learn more about trailer weight vs. tongue hitch weight and how weight distribution affects your ride. As I was reading other threads noticed this topic may be important to fully understand.

Happy new year FGRV folks!

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