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Old 05-07-2003, 10:39 PM   #21
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I could not find the unit on Rosmans. I was so curious because the 21's used are very rare IMHO.


Lance and Northern Lite are beauty's too.

P.S. If I had kids (especially in their late teens), they'd be in the tent. Nothing wrong with that - that's the way I grew up!

A 17 should do you just fine. :)



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Old 05-08-2003, 05:52 AM   #22
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I would agree the Airstreams are nice but as mentioned expensive. They are also heavy but are designed to tow well.

One word of caution on the Airstream. If you get Hail damage on an Airstream it is very expensive to repair and if not fixed the trailer will lose alot of value.

The older Airstreams will need polished and the newer have a clear coat. That clear coat will start pealing then will need re done and that will be pricy as well.

With either the larger Bigfoot or the Airstream you will want a heavy tow vehicle. If you have a diesel truck that would work the best.



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Old 05-08-2003, 06:39 AM   #23
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I would agree the Airstreams are nice but as mentioned expensive. They are also heavy but are designed to tow well.

One word of caution on the Airstream. If you get Hail damage on an Airstream it is very expensive to repair and if not fixed the trailer will lose alot of value.

The older Airstreams will need polished and the newer have a clear coat. That clear coat will start pealing then will need re done and that will be pricy as well.

With either the larger Bigfoot or the Airstream you will want a heavy tow vehicle. If you have a diesel truck that would work the best.
Stephen, you just hit on some very, very real concerns of mine about the Airstream.

I, too, looked at them, but the minute I stood in front of one, they seemed lumbering and top heavy.

Hail: Something I am way too familiar with and something I didn't think about when I was looking at them. First time we had a hail storm after I got my fiberglass unit, I was so thankful that I didn't plop down all that money on a new Airstream. Whew..... Yes, we've had several hailstorms since then. And, yes, I have seen aluminum trailers that have been through hailstorms. It's not a pretty sight.

The other thing that I think many of us don't think about is that the Airstreams of today are not the same as the Airstreams of yesterday. Even Airstream owners will tell you that. Of course, these are just opinions, but they seem to have some basis.

Don't get me wrong. I love the look of the Airstream, but IMHO you are paying for a name and a look. If I were to ever get one, I think I would look for a good older one, rather than get a new one.

But, that's just my opinion.



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Old 05-08-2003, 06:51 PM   #24
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hail

Ditto on the hail, Stephen. I had the good fortune to meet an Airstream enthusiast in the KOA Crescent City Ca. He explained all too well the cost of replacing panels and doors.

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Old 05-08-2003, 09:06 PM   #25
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more bigfoot

Some more info available at http://www.bigfootrv.com/

From Calgary bargain finder (online):
79 Bigfoot 17', slps 5, fully loaded, like new, many interior
improvements, $7000 obo, Tel: 403-239-4044
84 Bigfoot 19.5', tandem axle, lightweight & easy pull, air, awning,
bike hitch, lots of extras, mint cond, $8800
85 BIGFOOT 19 FT
Deluxe, awning, new tires, antenae, stereo, exc cond, 2475 lbs empty, $9999 obo
Tel: 403-254-0639
86 Bigfoot, 17', exc cond, stove, fridge, heater, toilet, awning, all
fiberglass, CD/am/fm cass, new tires, $8500
87 Bigfoot 13.5' trailer, 3 way fridge, stove, porta-potti, furnace,
am/fm, brakes, awning, under 1100 lbs, $4595,
90 Bigfoot trailer, 17', sleeps 4, toilet/shwr, sink, 3 way fridge, stove,
furnace, hot water, $10,500obo, Andrew lve msg Tel: 403-254-5630

One thing about buying a trailer in this country, with the climate here it is
less likely the wood components are returning to their native elements under
the skin. It sounds like Rick is in the market for a second Bigfoot :o



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A second Bigfoot? :o No way - just trying to help others as needed.;)

Lotsa good deals out there right now.



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Old 05-09-2003, 07:11 AM   #27
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Caution

Joe,

There has been some discussion about sleeping on the floor in a confined trailer. If you decide to do this, be sure to have both LP gas and CO2 detectors mounted near the floor. It can be a very dangerous silent killer. There may be enough near the floor to be dangerous and not even effect someone above on the bed.

Enjoy a trailer but be safe!



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Old 05-09-2003, 01:56 PM   #28
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Thanks!

Rock - Thanks for the pricing info. It is really nice to see what is
available used and what the prices are. A lot less then the $22K for
a new 17'er. I just am not sure that it would be worth the hassle to
buy north of the border.

Ron - Thanks for the good safety advice. I really think this makes
a strong case about buying too small with the four of us.

The more I hear the mor I think the Bigfoot 17' will fit our needs.
I just got to see one now.



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Old 05-09-2003, 05:20 PM   #29
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Size of Bigfoot Beds

Joe, our '84 17' Bigfoot (15B17G) bed sizes are 45" x 75". Hope this helps!



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Old 05-09-2003, 05:40 PM   #30
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Bed size thanks!

DanP,

Thanks! This is exactly what I needed!

This size sounds like it will work for us.
How do you like this model? Have you ever slept 4 in it?

I really like the floor plan and the pictures but there are
no dealers with one in my area so I haven't seen one.

- Joe



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Bigfoot Beds

Joe: My wife and I are around 5'5 and find either bed fine. We have two boys, (small in size ages 14 and 11) who have slept on the beds together, no problem (at least until they get older!). With our particular floor model, the only little thing we have found is that when the gaucho bed is pulled all the way out, its a bit of a tight squeeze to get the door open wide enough to get in the bathroom without turning sideways a bit! Other than that we really like the Bigfoot, especially the large windows.



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Old 05-10-2003, 01:28 AM   #32
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Joe, our '84 17' Bigfoot (15B17G) bed sizes are 45" x 75". Hope this helps!
And on our 21.5 the measurements are 54 x 75. I think....trailer at the moment is on Vancouver Island waiting for our return on Wednesday.... I'll try and measure to confirm.

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