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Old 01-10-2013, 01:57 PM   #1
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Hello, I have been looking into buying a travel trailer for some time now and after researching everything out there, I am most interested in a Bigfoot (17ft). I was hoping someone could answer a few questions for me regarding their product. 1) Is the bigfoot totally enclosed in fiberglass under the unit and in the wheel wells like a Casita? 2) I cannot afford a new one at $30,000.00 so I would like to know how well the older ones (90's) are insulated compared to the current? Are these older units considered 4 season? Thanks for any info anyone can provide.
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Old 01-10-2013, 04:02 PM   #2
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Bigfoot had a winterized option. They are not all that way.
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:35 PM   #3
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Thanks Dave, I obviously have more to learn
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Old 01-10-2013, 06:40 PM   #4
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Hi Kurt, welcome to FiberglassRV... we're glad you're here!

Bigfoot made nice trailers, I think once you find the new-to-you-rollin' home... you'll really enjoy it.

Good luck on the egg hunt!
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Hello, I have been looking into buying a travel trailer for some time now and after researching everything out there, I am most interested in a Bigfoot (17ft). I was hoping someone could answer a few questions for me regarding their product. 1) Is the bigfoot totally enclosed in fiberglass under the unit and in the wheel wells like a Casita? 2) I cannot afford a new one at $30,000.00 so I would like to know how well the older ones (90's) are insulated compared to the current? Are these older units considered 4 season? Thanks for any info anyone can provide.
Bigfoot made 2 floor plans from the 1980's to 2009. One was a Gaucho, rear corner bath and a Center Bath unit. Center Bath came with a large fridge/freezer. The complete exterior of the trailer is fiberglass. Just like Casita and Escape. Bigfoot used a foam core insulation. Not all trailer were 4 season with heated tanks. Search tis forum you will find out more about them.
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Old 01-11-2013, 04:42 AM   #6
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Thank you for your replies and your welcoming. Can any of the Bigfoot owners tell me if the undercarriage of a Bigfoot is totally enclosed fiberglass? My next treat in my venture is going to be finding a Bigfoot on the east coast or as it does not appear too many get out here.
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:34 AM   #7
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Kurt, You're right that there aren't many Bigfoot east of the Mississippi. You might try the Bigfoot Owners Club International site. You can access the classified without joining. As others have said the winter package was optional most years, so the features vary with the unit you may find. We happened upon ours while looking for a garage sale, older couple looking to get out of camping.The undercarriage is not enclosed by the glass. Welcome to FGRV! Tony
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Old 01-11-2013, 09:45 AM   #8
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Yes the undercarriage is totally enclosed fiberglass.
One thing about the Bigfoot is that it is more than a foot wider than the others, I find this extra space inside to very pleasing.

Keep in mind though it also is harder on gas pulling due to the extra width.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:33 AM   #9
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Kurt,

Not sure exactly what you are asking with the question, "Is the bigfoot totally enclosed in fiberglass under the unit and in the wheel wells like a Casita?"

The body is basically a two piece shell, upper and lower halves. The bottom shell is one-piece and totally enclosed like a "tub" and sits in a steel frame (chassis). The chassis is not molded into the "tub" but attached to it. There are various holes in the "tub" for drains, mounts, etc. But yes, the wheel wells are molded into the one-piece tub. Hope this helps.
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Thanks for the replies and yes my questions are answered. I was not sure if the bottom was tub like so that helped. I also appreciate the website suggestion. I am hoping I can find one by late spring.
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Keep in mind that the older units are lighter than newer not sure what year that started.
My unit on the scale comes in at under 3000 pounds newer ones ie 2000 plus come in in the range of 4000 plus.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:44 PM   #12
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Thanks Daniel. Can you tell me about your trailer. Does yours have the winter package and double pane windows? I'm am not sure what year or years the winter option was available. If yours is not, do you camp in cold weather with yours and how do you make out? I do plan on using mine in cold temps so I am not sure if I can get away with both or should only consider one with the winter option? Thanks for any insight you can provide.
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:05 PM   #13
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No my trailer does not have the winter package.

In the winter when it sits at home I leave a 1500 watt heater running all the time. In Vancouver, BC we don't see the cold most area's have.
Our day time temp is usually close to 40 and at night dips to just below freezing I have the electric heater set at less than half power and it holds the temp at between 55- 62 .

I could use the furnace which works fine but because I have electric hookup available its easier and quieter.

My trailer never saw much use till I bought it other than having to spend three day's polishing the outside to bring back the finish as it looked chalky from not being looked after.

Inside my trailer it is in great condition I had air conditioning installed last Aug. because the area I camp is desert and temps go over 100 I needed this. I put in a 9200 btu unit and it works fine at less than half power.
My unit only had 15 amp service so I had to upgrade my electrical service as air conditioning requires 20 amp service.

I also changed the brakes last summer and put Dexter never adjust on the best thing anyone can do.
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Old 01-12-2013, 10:02 PM   #14
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If you find a Bigfoot with the all season package you won't have a problem
with camping in the cold. I spent a week in my 2006 21FB with daytime highs of
10F and nighttime lows -15F. I ran a generator for 3 hours each night to keep the battery charged and to cover the electrical load during the evening hours. I have two 30lb propane tanks and didn't even use one tank during the week. I also didn't have any problem keeping the fresh and the waste water moving. My only concern was keeping the battery charged each day. Thankfully, a few hours with the generator brought the battery to full charge each day and that was enough to keep the furnace cycling. Good luck with your search!
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