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Old 02-05-2014, 04:18 PM   #43
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I had read about the light front end on my 21 fb which I pulled with a Silverado 1500. The only time I ever noticed a problem was when I took it dry (ie no propane bottles and no battery) to have a battery pan installed below and behind the propane containers and also no water in it. After installing a dual battery set up and putting the propane containers and getting it ready for travel with water and other needs I never noticed a problem with swaying.

Adding 500 # weight was in my mind not necessary. The batteries I installed added some weight and the 32 gallon fresh water made this unnecessary. It was effected by a strong side wind which prompted me to put a sway bar and load distributing hitch. Never been a problem in my view.
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Old 05-20-2014, 05:42 PM   #44
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Hi all, can the 21 ft Bigfoot be pulled with my 06 Tacoma V6 4.0??? I am currently towing a 17 ft SD Casita with no troubles.
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Hi all, can the 21 ft Bigfoot be pulled with my 06 Tacoma V6 4.0??? I am currently towing a 17 ft SD Casita with no troubles.
I think you will find that the Bigfoot 21 is a *lot* heavier than your 17' Casita - actually maybe close to double the weight so your little Tacoma would probable seriously struggle under the Bigfoots weight.
See the weights listed on the thread Trailer Weighs in the Real World to get an idea as to how much heavier.
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Thanks for the info, your right, I took the time to check the weights, wow, I would be more comfortable with a diesel tow rig for a bifgoot, maybe I will have to look at the 19 ft Escape instead, they are much lighter.
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Tacoma and 21 ft Bigfoot

I also had a 17 ft Casita which we pulled to Alaska and back it was a snap with our Silverado 1500. Later we sold the Casita and purchased a 21 foot Bigfoot which was about 5500 lbs or heaver loaded. After pulling it for a couple years with the 1500 we traded for a 2500 diesel. There was a world of difference. With the 1500 we got about 10 MPG which went to about 14 MPG with the diesel and there was never a problem with power after that. Since the 2500 was a lot heaver the wind was never a problem after that. The sway control and equilization hitch was not necessary either. Just hook up and go. I am afraid that the Tacoma would really be straining. There were times when the 1500 worked pretty hard on some of the hills in Wyoming.
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Thanks for the info, your right, I took the time to check the weights, wow, I would be more comfortable with a diesel tow rig for a bifgoot, maybe I will have to look at the 19 ft Escape instead, they are much lighter.
Even with the 19' Escape your going to have to watch what you load in the trailer as well as the truck its self as a friend of mine discovered. Depending on the tow spec and GVWR of your Tacoma & the options you get on the trailer, it can easily struggle with the 19' as well.
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Even with the 19' Escape your going to have to watch what you load in the trailer as well as the truck its self as a friend of mine discovered. Depending on the tow spec and GVWR of your Tacoma & the options you get on the trailer, it can easily struggle with the 19' as well.
With the Tacoma V6 4.0L, your tow rating should be about 6500 lb and you should have very few issues towing an Escape 19'. Just leave the load of bricks at home.
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