EllPea gets a Bigfoot 17.5! - Fiberglass RV
Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 05-19-2024, 11:00 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
EllPea in CA's Avatar
 
Name: Ellpea
Trailer: 1988 Lil Bigfoot and 2006 Bigfoot 17.5 Gaucho
CA
Posts: 1,402
EllPea gets a Bigfoot 17.5!

I have wanted a gaucho model for the last 10 years, but havenít been able to find one nearby, and also lacked a beefy tow vehicle. Fortunately a lovely BFF (have known him since I was 7) recently moved back to our hometown, who also loves to camp and do projects. AND he was happy to take HIS beefy diesel up to get this🥰, and partner with me in the towing and camping departmentÖ what a guy!

So, this is a 2006 that showed up for sale in the classifieds here. It lived in Bandon, Oregon, which is pretty much a 6 hour trip from us in NorCal. Observing the rule of three, kind of, we realized we couldnít go up and back in one day. Fortunately (again), the seller also had a lovely AirB&B cabin in the woods, which she was happy to comp us while we considered the trailer (https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/50853870).

Our choices were to come back across 42 to I5, or to go south on 101 and east on 299 (with its four summits). 42 is a smaller road and very curvy, but we opted to take that route and then head straight down I5.

The trailer has an equalizer thing, and the truck towed it like a dream. No issues on the hills or tight curves. We wound up staying one night in Gazelle to to visit another friend who has that view of Mt. Shasta out her front window every day, poor thing!
Attached Thumbnails
IMG_3117.jpg  
__________________
Best,
EllPea in CA
EllPea in CA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2024, 11:07 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
EllPea in CA's Avatar
 
Name: Ellpea
Trailer: 1988 Lil Bigfoot and 2006 Bigfoot 17.5 Gaucho
CA
Posts: 1,402
A plethora of Bigfoots

I was determined to keep my 13.5 nearby, and with some careful measuring and trailer dolly maneuvering, we moved her back and sideways to make room for what apparently is the big brother behind my locked gate.

This is kind of a tight fit for moving trash cans and lawn mowers around, but whatís a driveway for, anyway? Plus, I can still open the door to the LilB, so, VICTORY!
Attached Thumbnails
IMG_3133.jpg   IMG_3132.jpg  

__________________
Best,
EllPea in CA
EllPea in CA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2024, 11:11 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
EllPea in CA's Avatar
 
Name: Ellpea
Trailer: 1988 Lil Bigfoot and 2006 Bigfoot 17.5 Gaucho
CA
Posts: 1,402
That ďOh $#!t momentÖ

The next morningÖ
Attached Thumbnails
IMG_3135.jpg  
__________________
Best,
EllPea in CA
EllPea in CA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2024, 11:17 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
EllPea in CA's Avatar
 
Name: Ellpea
Trailer: 1988 Lil Bigfoot and 2006 Bigfoot 17.5 Gaucho
CA
Posts: 1,402
We made it work

I did not think the tiny trailer dolly would handle this, but we only needed to cheat the nose over a little. And temporarily remove the awning roller.

Success!

(DangÖ IDK why those two photos flipped, but I consider the problem small potatoes after the big time maneuvering we just did!)
Attached Thumbnails
IMG_3138.jpg   IMG_3139.jpg  

IMG_3140.jpg  
__________________
Best,
EllPea in CA
EllPea in CA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2024, 06:56 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Jon in AZ's Avatar
 
Name: Jon
Trailer: 2008 Scamp 13 S1
Arizona
Posts: 12,017
Registry
What a surprise! Congratulations! It looks beautiful. I hope you will be able to take some longer trips in comfort.
Jon in AZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2024, 10:04 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Name: John
Trailer: Bigfoot 25 RQ
Ohio
Posts: 340
Nice we love our Bigfoot. When itís time to downsize a bit Iíd proably go for a 17 to go to music festivals I like to play at. For now itís luxury city.
oldwave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2024, 10:53 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
EllPea in CA's Avatar
 
Name: Ellpea
Trailer: 1988 Lil Bigfoot and 2006 Bigfoot 17.5 Gaucho
CA
Posts: 1,402
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jon in AZ View Post
What a surprise! Congratulations! It looks beautiful. I hope you will be able to take some longer trips in comfort.
Thank you Jon! I love my little 13.5, and we just spent weeks in there glamming it up. But I truly ROAST in that in the summer time. I have bought one of those 13x13 shelters some people place over their Bolers, but havenít been able to test that out because the driveway is too tight. So yes, this has really good AC plus all the other amenities, so Iím so happy!
__________________
Best,
EllPea in CA
EllPea in CA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2024, 10:59 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
EllPea in CA's Avatar
 
Name: Ellpea
Trailer: 1988 Lil Bigfoot and 2006 Bigfoot 17.5 Gaucho
CA
Posts: 1,402
Quote:
Originally Posted by oldwave View Post
Nice we love our Bigfoot. When itís time to downsize a bit Iíd proably go for a 17 to go to music festivals I like to play at. For now itís luxury city.
John, I used to have a larger 25í vintage trailer that I still miss. It was a 1958 Kencraft with solid fiberglass on roof, front, and rear. I actually lived in it several days a week while attending university 70 miles from homeÖ and loved it so much. They were well built back then and this one was so cosy, but also luxury.

But thatís a lot of stuff to drag down the roadÖ I think this 17.5 will check all the boxes
__________________
Best,
EllPea in CA
EllPea in CA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-21-2024, 12:26 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Jon in AZ's Avatar
 
Name: Jon
Trailer: 2008 Scamp 13 S1
Arizona
Posts: 12,017
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by EllPea in CA View Post
John, I used to have a larger 25’ vintage trailer that I still miss. It was a 1958 Kencraft with solid fiberglass on roof, front, and rear. I actually lived in it several days a week while attending university 70 miles from home… and loved it so much. They were well built back then and this one was so cosy, but also luxury.

But that’s a lot of stuff to drag down the road… I think this 17.5 will check all the boxes
I lived full-time in a 1968 27’ Holiday Rambler during my first few years of teaching in a rural community. Despite being 20 years old at the time, it was so solid and comfortable. Aluminum frame and skin, composite honeycomb cabinets throughout, porcelain commode and dry bath, large L-galley, 2-door fridge, 3-burner range/oven, sealed underbelly with ducted heat, everything worked. I never towed it and wouldn’t want to, but it was the perfect tiny house before there were tiny houses!
Jon in AZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
bigfoot


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
EllPea back, just saying hello! EllPea in CA Hi, I am.... 18 05-09-2019 01:48 PM
Ellpea's Terra Cotta "heater" experiment EllPea in CA General Chat 36 11-16-2015 01:05 PM
Meet Ellpea's LilBea! EllPea in CA General Chat 14 07-27-2015 09:13 PM
The MKP gets a new floor... Denise K Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 4 06-30-2006 09:08 AM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:27 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions Inc.