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Old 02-14-2018, 09:26 PM   #1
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Walk Thru New Bigfoot

Hi

We are about to pickup our new Bigfoot 25 from the dealer. Does anyone have a checklist of what to ask or look for?

Thanking you in advance

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Old 02-15-2018, 06:39 AM   #2
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Be sure to ask where the manuals are kept, how to run the systems on-board (elec. , propane, water, etc.), how to hook up correctly to your tow, and how to adjust your brake controller for best stopping.
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Old 02-15-2018, 07:23 AM   #3
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Old 02-15-2018, 07:46 AM   #4
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Wow, a brand-new BF25! Is it the FB or RQ layout? Congratulations!

In addition to a walk-through of all systems on delivery, I would recommend some local camping as a shake-down before embarking on a longer trip. A few glitches requiring possible dealer attention are not uncommon in new RV's, and the BF dealer network is pretty limited.

Enjoy!
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Old 02-15-2018, 07:58 AM   #5
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It is a new 2017 25RQ. We are planning a small trip down to the area below Mt Whitney in a few weeks.
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Old 02-15-2018, 08:30 AM   #6
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congratulations

all I can say is congratulations on your fine purchase the guy we got our 13f scamper bought a new 5th wheel from them because it had 2 axles.

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Old 02-15-2018, 08:32 AM   #7
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It is a new 2017 25RQ. We are planning a small trip down to the area below Mt Whitney in a few weeks.
Congrats! Had to look up Mt. Whitney, looks beautiful. Safe travels and good weather throughout.
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Old 02-15-2018, 09:57 AM   #8
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Congratulations on your Bigfoot purchase and welcome to the Bigfoot family. If you have not already, you may want to join the Bigfoot forum site.

Oh and you might want to have them to show you the procedure as well as the bypass valve location for when it comes time to winterize your trailer. Manual is pretty self explanatory, but I previously had a Bigfoot motor home and the valve was hidden in a different location from the manual. It was in the correct location, but on the back side of the pipe where I could not see it and thus out of site. Took awhile to figured it out. Just saying.
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Old 02-15-2018, 10:04 AM   #9
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Congratulations! Welcome to the forum! I have been an RV technician for close to 40 years and I own a Bigfoot 25FB. Enough said? You wonít have any problems with the coach at all. Extremely well built!
Ensure your tow vehicle and trailer are properly hitched and enjoy!
What is your tow vehicle BTW?
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Old 02-15-2018, 10:07 AM   #10
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Congratulations! Welcome to the forum! I have been an RV technician for close to 40 years and I own a Bigfoot 25FB. Enough said? You wonít have any problems with the coach at all. Extremely well built!
Ensure your tow vehicle and trailer are properly hitched and enjoy!
What is your tow vehicle BTW?
Also, donít overpressure your tires. A lot of BF25 owners do. 35 psi cold. Means no sun hitting the tires and no driving when checking.
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Old 02-15-2018, 10:13 AM   #11
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tire pressure

toney is this your suggestions on trailer tire pressure I have mine at 50 and I think this is waaaaay to high? I know what the suggestions are but I am going to lower mine!

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Old 02-15-2018, 10:19 AM   #12
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Seems to be a different opinions out there on tire pressure. Most of what I have seen says just the opposite. I think 35 is way too low based on trailer weight and cargo. Needless to say I run mine much higher. JMO
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Old 02-15-2018, 10:24 AM   #13
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tire pressure

our 13f scamper runs awfully rough at 50lbs no shocks you know. I know the recommdations but sometimes they can be wrong.

our scamper only weighs 1k next tire replacement going with d rated tires instead of the c rated ones scamper put on!

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Old 02-15-2018, 10:27 AM   #14
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Bob. I donít know if your coach has a tire placard at the front left corner. Hopefully it has one. The new BF 25s are 35 psi as recommended by the manufacturer. It may seem low as the Goodyear Marathon is rated for 65 psi at maximum load. Thatís the key. The load weight. In the case of the 25s they have four tires. Distributes the weight over four tires, not two.
If you donít have a manufacturerís placard with tire specs and pressures, then do this.
Find your tire manufacturer, size, and load rating. Then go to their website and locate that tireís specs. Then load your trailer as the way you do for travel and go to an accurate weighscale. Get the weights per axle, one or two axles. Then go to the tire manufacturers website and locate your model tire. You should find an inflation table. On the inflation table you will see your weight per tire. Cross reference this on the table to your pressure. Most people waaaay over inflate. Example: when we had a Tiffin Diesel Pusher the Michelin tires used had a max load carrying weight of xxxx pounds at 110psi. This means at the maximum load the pressure was to be 110psi.
I scaled our coach and proper front pressure for our axle weight was 90psi. I tried to tell lots of owners how to properly weigh and pressure but most were stubborn saying it was waaay underpressured at 90 psi. Not my method but Michelinís. If you donít pressure correctly you wonít get proper tire life, and improper carrying characteristics.
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Old 02-15-2018, 10:46 AM   #15
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Agree.....quite simply divide that your trailer weight with cargo (hopefully verified on a scale) by the number of trailer tires. Refer a load inflation chart from the manufacturer of the tires that are on your trailer. It will give you weights and what tire pressure to run in that specific tire.

I run the new Goodyear Endurance tires and at 35 psi cold and according to the Goodyear chart they each handle 1760 lbs. at that pressure with a trailer total of 7,040 lbs. My trailer with cargo is right at 6700 lbs if I recall. I would have to look at my scale ticket.

Will that tire pressure be adequate....yes. However it is close to my total weight. Thus I choose to run higher than that. Ride is also important. Mine tows like a dream at my inflation rate. I also run tire monitors on the trailer as well as my tow vehicle.
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Old 02-15-2018, 11:32 AM   #16
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tire pressure

I wish I could get ahold of the previous owner of our 13f he worked for a large tractor implelent manufacture in Iowa. he extended the tongue on the 13f by 2ft I didn't like it at first but it makes trailering and moving so much easier.

I am going to drop my pressure down to 40 and see how it reacts let me tell you with 50 it rattles a lot no shocks you know.

we will see if jon or Floyd comes in here!!


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Old 02-15-2018, 02:03 PM   #17
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Welcome to the Bigfoot family! Your model was what I was looking at when I found someone discussing a Bigfoot Silver Cloud on this forum, and we ended up buying it. I like a separate bedroom. I really would have liked a combination of the two 25' models, with the kitchen far away from the bedroom and a separate bedroom, but they do not make that model. Our Bigfoot Silver Cloud seems to work though. I can get up and make coffee without awakening Kevin, and use the computer in the livingroom. When we want to watch TV, we each have our own area if we don't want to watch the same thing. Yes, we like to have it nice when camping. Less camping than pulling our own hotel room

You might want to join the Bigfoot owners club. If you have questions, they will often have answers on their forum. You are close enough to attend their rallies too. We have to wait until I retire.


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Old 02-15-2018, 05:06 PM   #18
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2018 Tundra limited with 5.7 and tow package
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Old 02-15-2018, 08:26 PM   #19
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2018 Tundra limited with 5.7 and tow package
whats your payload on this truck?
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Nvboatman. I will be interested to hear your impressions of the Tundra towing the BF25. Please let us all know. A lot are interested in the Tundra but a lot have gone to 3/4 ton trucks. Thanks in advance! Tony
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