Bigfoot 25RQ 9 Month Update - Fiberglass RV


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Old 10-14-2021, 10:03 AM   #1
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Bigfoot 25RQ 9 Month Update

Hi All: This forums been very helpful to me so I thought it would be useful to others to hear about our experience with our new Bigfoot 25 RQ that was delivered in January.

--- Towing it !
We have an f150 350 Turbo with the max trailer towing package.
Absolutely now problems towing this up and down the I70 grade over the rockies through the eisenhower tunnel, up over vail pass etc.
Went down some bigger longer grades near delores Colorado (8% - 9%) downgrades) and still no problems but brakes got a bit hot so stopped for those to kool a bit.

-- Towing hitch
started with an equalizer: switched to a weight-safe weight distributing hitch - much much better and easier to adjust.

-- Solar !
We have a 2000 watt MPPT inverter / charger from GoPower, and two 250 amp / h LiFE phosphate batteries, and three 190 watt go power solar panels up top. Batteries and inverter are under the dinnette area on the side by the door.

-- other items:
We use a southwire surge gaurd for shore power hookups - very happy with this unit. I replaced the temperature control for the heater with a digital unit,
I added a valveahead of the blacktank to ensure no leakage when removing the cap.

Observations:
The weigh safe hitch makes it much easier to adjust the hitch - a big improvement over the equializer.

Solar setup is great for us - even with multiple days of clouds we still get enough charge to cover our furnace or general electricity usage.

Fridge: to get it to proper temperature use propane. Once there can hold with ac power. We can run our fridge all day on ac from natteries: if there is sun our solar panels keep up and there is no dischare to our batteries. When driving durign the day we can run the fridge on ac with no battery drain.

Warmth: our first trip was to jackson hole in winter: about 5 below zero.
We were toasty warm in the bigfoot - great heater and well insulated trailer.

Quality of Bigfoot;
Its not perfect and there are some places where I would have built it differently but all in all much better than other brands we looked at. It has held up well.


There you have it. I learned a lot from the forums. Feel free to ask questions if you have any about our setup. We are very happy thus far with the f150/bigfoot system.
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Old 10-15-2021, 12:09 PM   #2
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Question on your very useful advice

Towing hitch
started with an equalizer: switched to a weight-safe weight distributing hitch - much much better and easier to adjust.

## Picture, brand and model, what does “weight-safe” mean? ##

-- Solar !
We have a 2000 watt MPPT inverter / charger from GoPower, and two 250 amp / h LiFE phosphate batteries, and three 190 watt go power solar panels up top. Batteries and inverter are under the dinnette area on the side by the door.

## Are the “h LiFE phosphate batteries”
## Lithium iron phosphate batteries?
## Which brand?
## Do you have pictures of how and where they were installed in the Bigfoot?You mentioned “under the dinette area”

-- other items:
We use a southwire surge guard for shore power hookups - very happy with this unit. I replaced the temperature control for the heater with a digital unit,
I added a valve ahead of the black tank to ensure no leakage when removing the cap.

## Where did you install the SouthWire Surge protector?
## Pictures please ?
## Were you able to find an electrician to install it or did you do it yourself?
## Which v
## Brand valve did you install? Where did you install it?
## Pictutes please?


Observations:
The weigh safe hitch makes it much easier to adjust the hitch - a big improvement over the equializer.

Solar setup is great for us - even with multiple days of clouds we still get enough charge to cover our furnace or general electricity usage.

## Did BIGFOOT install the Solar Panels and batteries
## or did you have someone else do it?

Fridge: to get it to proper temperature use propane. Once there can hold with ac power. We can run our fridge all day on ac from natteries: if there is sun our solar panels keep up and there is no dischare to our batteries. When driving during the day we can run the fridge on ac with no battery drain.
## Thank you for the tip.

Warmth: our first trip was to jackson hole in winter: about 5 below zero.
We were toasty warm in the bigfoot - great heater and well insulated trailer.

## On insulation, We have read that Thinsulate adds greatly to the warmth of a trailer or va. Is there room on the Bigfoot to add an inch or two?

Quality of Bigfoot;
Its not perfect and there are some places where I would have built it differently but all in all much better than other brands we looked at. It has held up well.

## Thank you for the tip.
## Scribe With A Stylus
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Old 10-15-2021, 12:39 PM   #3
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Name: jack
Trailer: Bigfoot 25RQ
Colorado
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Followup questions

## Picture, brand and model, what does “weight-safe” mean? ##


Typo- its weigh-safe. They make great hitches. Just google them


## Are the “h LiFE phosphate batteries”
## Lithium iron phosphate batteries?
## Which brand?
## Do you have pictures of how and where they were installed in the Bigfoot?You mentioned “under the dinette area”


lithium iron phosphate batteries: the whole setup is goPower.


I dont have a photo but this all fits under the seat in the front dinette area near the front door - maybe a 3foot by 3 foot area. Contains the inverter/charger/controller, busbar, batteries.
In very hot weather this can get too hot and the inverter/charger will shut down but I have only had that happen under extreme use of the inverter and only one time. Normally not a problem, even at 100 degrees.



## Where did you install the SouthWire Surge protector?
## Pictures please ?
## Were you able to find an electrician to install it or did you do it yourself?
## Which v
## Brand valve did you install? Where did you install it?
## Pictutes please?


The southwire is a portable unit - google is your friend. The model we bought was about 250-300. pricey but well worth it as its saved us at a couple of bad shore power sites.


## Did BIGFOOT install the Solar Panels and batteries
## or did you have someone else do it?


I could have done this myself but it was easier to have the dealer do it as they do these all day long. I was aware of what they were doing - they kept me informed before they proceeded and I cleared the specifics of the work. No problems/issues thus far.


## On insulation, We have read that Thinsulate adds greatly to the warmth of a trailer or va. Is there room on the Bigfoot to add an inch or two?


I dont believe the bigfoot really needs more insulation except in a couple of spots. The bedroom can get a bit colder than the rest of the trailer but not enough to be a problem. If its comfortable at -10 F (the lowest temp that I have had it at so far) and nothing freezes then all is well.
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Old 10-15-2021, 06:03 PM   #4
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What sort of gas mileage do you get towing through the mountains on I-70?

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