BigFoot 25B25RT - Fiberglass RV


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Old 03-24-2020, 03:53 AM   #1
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I'm starting a modification thread for my BigFoot.

The first thing is the battery. I don't know if it comes with one or if the one I have was put in by trailer world but it has to go.

It is a Crown 24SDC-XD. Crown makes good batteries but this one is a Marine battery and won't even run the furnace overnight. It has to go. I am planning on a solar setup with LiFePo4 batteries. I'm still reading about the batteries so we will have to see.

I drove 2000 miles with a straight hitch "no weight distribution". I have seen what I hope is the worst of towing the 25RT. I got into some pretty good "bad" crosswinds in Missouri. I wouldn't call it white knuckle driving but it was concerning. You always have the ever present Semi-truck suck you over phenom which I also had with my Styrofoam Box. I haven't been able to figure this one out because some trucks are worse than others.

A few weeks ago I ordered a Pro-Pride hitch and I got a shipping email yesterday. That will be the first project as weather permits. The hitch is supposed to show up tomorrow.

I'm thinking of taking out one of the twin beds and putting in a chaise lounge and opening it up to the storage underneath.

Well that is all for now. If it is warm enough today I may wash it.
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Old 03-24-2020, 07:00 AM   #2
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Old 03-24-2020, 07:24 AM   #3
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Installed correctly, the ProPride will take care of your towing stability issues. We've had one on our Bigfoot Silver Cloud since 2016 and wouldn't leave home without it.
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Echoing Kevin on supporting ProPride.

We would not own our Bigfoot Silver Cloud today without the ProPride hitch. You know the adage, "Happy wife, happy life." I (we) were terrified driving the Silver Cloud home from Oregon, even with a weight distribution hitch. I spent the first night searching the Internet for how do drive with sway issues and shared results with Kevin. So, he spent the next few months man-handling the steering wheel every time we met a semi or bus. After the ProPride was put in place, he was driving to FL with one hand on the steering wheel when I pointed out that we were being passed by a bus (They are worse than semis.).

You may need to cut a bit to install it. It is heavy, and the thing sticks out a bit from the hitch (A young kid backed into ours last year and broke his bumper, but the parking lot was not set up well either.). I included pix of our installation.

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Old 03-24-2020, 05:23 PM   #5
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What’s it like hitching/unhitching with the ProPride hitch? It looks like a lot more parts than my standard spring bar WDH. We haven’t experienced adverse sway with our 25 (no separate sway control) but did with the 17.5 without a friction sway control. Actually since upgrading the axles, springs, and shocks it tows like magic.
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Just back into the receiver. Kevin has a backup camera and supplements with the yellow balls on a stem. You need to be straight. He is dynamite at it now which makes us both happy. No more screaming on my part.

The only down side is that the mechanism that attaches to the tow vehicle is really large and heavy.

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Old 03-25-2020, 09:32 PM   #7
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I ordered my hitch with a different bracket setup going to the weight distribution bars. I won't have to cut into fiberglass as much. I wanted to get the hitch and use Blu-Ox chain plates but he wouldn't send the unit without his plates.

https://store.propridehitch.com/lipp...echnology-kit/

I may still use the Blu-Ox ones though.

https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...x/BXW4010.html
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Old 03-26-2020, 01:21 PM   #8
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I got it washed the other day. The hitch came in via Fed X in 4 boxes. The driver was coughing "good grief". She had backed into my driveway and I told her to just push the packages off of her tailgate and that I would take care of them. She wasn't getting it. I told her to stay in the truck and I put the packages on the ground. I wheeled them into my shed where they and my gloves are self quarantining for a few days.
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