RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Class C Motorhomes: buying an rv

RV Blog

  |  

RV Sales

  |  

Campgrounds

  |  

RV Parks

  |  

RV Club

  |  

RV Buyers Guide

  |  

Roadside Assistance

  |  

Extended Service Plan

  |  

RV Travel Assistance

  |  

RV Credit Card

  |  

RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Class C Motorhomes

Open Roads Forum  >  Class C Motorhomes

 > buying an rv

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 2  
Prev
Sponsored By:
Rick Jay

Greater Springfield area, MA

Senior Member

Joined: 02/02/2003

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 07/15/21 11:17am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi josianna,

Welcome to the forums!

I read your other post so I'll limit my comments here to the rig.

I'd like to start off by saying that this IS a Class C motorhome you mentioned, but the post is in the Class A forums. You might wish to ask the moderators if they could move it to the Class C Forums. There's nice people over there, too! [emoticon] There are some that are VERY knowledgable about Class C's of all brands.

The good news: Back in the day that motorhome was built, Bigfoot was one of the top quality Class C brands made. They came with a price. They probably had some of the best insulation of any Class C made, then or now. (We were still researching for our first (and still only) RV during that time period and gave the Class C's a lot of scrutiny for our intended purposes. I will add that the input we got from the folks on these forums was invaluable to us making the right decision and buying the right rig the first time.) The mileage on the rig you mentioned is low, but not too low. I'd like to know how many hours are on the generator, because if they're not properly exercised, they tend to need a carburetor cleaning/rebuild.

In this market, as others have said, I don't know whether that's a good price or not. I guess my suggestion is if you can delay the process for buying by a year or so, the prices will hopefully fall back into reason as all of the people who have instantly wanted to become RV'ers realize that this is NOT an inexpensive way to vacation or live.

The bad news: The unit you are looking at has two slides. Slides add weight. They can also serve as opportunities for water to seep in if the seals aren't kept intact. That rig, like most, is built upon the Ford E-450 chassis. A good chassis, for sure. But a 28' long motorhome loaded with options (which the Bigfoots generally were) and two slides pushed the chassis axle weight limits toward their maximums, especially the rear axle.
The brochure I found for you model says the "base dry weight" is 11,390 pounds. The maximum weight capacity of the chassis is 14,050 lbs. BUT, that has to be properly distributed between the front and rear axles. You can't really add much weight to the front axle, so most of the "cargo carrying capacity" is limited to the rear axle limits. So, even though there might be large storage bins, IF you want to stay within the chassis limits, you will have to pack lightly. Also, realize that is a "base dry weight". I don't know how Bigfoot defined that, I'm assuming it means no fuels, water, propane and "base" might mean the weight BEFORE the put on the air conditioner, generator, etc.

It has a very nice 63 gallon fresh water tank, but when you fill that, you're going to add 500 lbs. of weight right there. 55 gallons of gas is a bit over 300 lbs., and about 90 lbs. of propane. So you can see how the numbers may add up.

Now, I did read that you're single with two dogs, so if you are able to pack lightly, you could probably make this work. (With our research, I knew for our growing family of 6 at the time, we needed a lot more weight capacity and space than the E-450 chassis could offer us.)

One other thing to consider is that rig is large enough that you probably want to have another mode of transportation to use once you're parked. So that means towing a car behind you. That's a topic all by itself, but it's something you should think about. Being a "solo" person, you can't have someone else drive your car for you, not that that is very convenient anyway. Most of us tow another vehicle.

Again, the Bigfoot is a "jewel" in the Class C market IF it's been properly maintained. It is 18 or 19 years old. If it was stored inside a building, GREAT! If not, there could be some real issues. If there is ANY SIGNS of water intrusion, it could be VERY EXPENSIVE to repair, and I'd probably suggest you look at other options. Without fairly frequent use, critters sometimes find their way inside and gnaw on wiring harnesses which can cause all sorts of issues, especially if it's the chassis wiring harnesses.

Feel free to ask us any questions. We're here to help!

Good Luck in your search,

~Rick

P.S. When we bought our rig, I had spent a bit over 2 years doing the research, most of it right here on these forums. We were pretty much complete newbies to camping and RV'ing at the time. We went from looking at small hybrids to pull behind our minivan to the Class A in our signature which we use to tow our minivan behind us. And every solution available at the time in between. Fortunately, I had a flexible budget! LOL But my point being is that this is not something you want to rush into without knowing all of the details, unless you have A LOT of "disposable income" you don't mind disposing of to RV dealers & repair people.

* This post was edited 07/15/21 11:24am by Rick Jay *


2005 Georgie Boy Cruise Master 3625 DS on a Workhorse W-22
Rick, Gail, 1 girl (24-Angel since 2008), 1 girl (20), 2 boys (21 & 18).
2001 Honda Odyssey, Demco Aluminator tow bar & tow plate, SMI Silent Partner brake controller.


pianotuna

Regina, SK, Canada

Senior Member

Joined: 12/18/2004

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 07/15/21 02:49pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

josianna wrote:

thank you. good idea on learning to evaluate the price of an rv.


Welcome to a great place to get reliable information.

My opinion is that is far too high a price. I feel it is too old as well.

Three things matter when looking at a used Rv.

1. look for water leaks.

2. look HARDER for water leaks.

3. LOOK EVEN HARDER for water leaks.

Pretty much everything else can be fixed.


Regards, Don
My ride is a 28 foot Class C, 256 watts solar, soon to have SiO2 batteries, 3000 watt Magnum hybrid inverter, Sola Basic Autoformer, Microair Easy Start.

josianna

British Columbia

New Member

Joined: 07/14/2021

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 07/15/21 03:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I just contacted a rv inspector and the earliest that they can do an inspection is getting on to September so perhaps it is better to wait until next year when the prices go down. Cannot afford to waste money on what could be a bad investment

Thank you all for the help.

josianna

British Columbia

New Member

Joined: 07/14/2021

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 07/15/21 03:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thank you for the help. I would have to buy another vehicle to tow a trailer and that can be expensive too. I have checked with a rv inspector and they are booked until September so it may have to wait until next year when the prices go down and there is more to choose from. This has been a learning experience for me to be sure. Thanks again for all your help and willingness to help.

WinMinnie02

NJ

Full Member

Joined: 11/26/2012

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 07/16/21 10:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

josiana,

We have a class C RV with 2 slides, for the last 15 years. Ford E450 chassis is a great chassis, strong engine, need basic maintenance. Not sure about Big Foot but water leaks are common for all RVs, just need to inspect and maintain annually. All of them will require annual maintenance and some repairs same as your home and vehicles. Being handy is helpful, the engine and drivetrain would be the most fun to repair, the living area is much easier.

Bordercollie

Garden Grove, CA, USA

Senior Member

Joined: 03/07/2002

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 07/17/21 09:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I wouldn't pass up an aging but desirable RV merely because it has unusually low mileage. Our 2004 Tioga 26Q has faded graphics from Socal sun. It has new tires and house batteries, newish roof AC and fridge, newish converter/charger, recently serviced RV generator, newish awning fabric, has very low mileage due to our intervening health problems. It runs fine and everything works. No, we're not planning to sell it. We often get people stopping and asking if we want to sell.

Bordercollie

Garden Grove, CA, USA

Senior Member

Joined: 03/07/2002

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 07/20/21 01:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Instead of hiring an "RV inspector", consider hiring a mobile RV repair man. Get references, call and explain your situation, i.e. you're looking at used RV's and need someone who is well experienced with RV chassis ( engine, transmission, brakes, heater, dash AC, windshield wipers, suspension, and exterior lights) as well as the "housebox" (i.e., exterior paint and graphics, roof sealing, RV generator, house battery and converter charger, roof AC, awning, fresh water pump, toilet and holding tanks, water heater, fridge, microwave, propane system and detecting water damage.) Explain that you will want him to check operation of all items, and give a detailed estimate, parts and labor, of what repairs, replacements and upgrades will be needed. I would expect that type of testing/inspection to take up to two hours and cost you some $200 or more, but it could help you avoid buying a "money pit" that could ultimately cost you much more than it's market value.

If you have have read all these recommendations, you are already better prepared than we were when we bought or first used Class C "moneypit"

* This post was edited 07/20/21 01:58pm by Bordercollie *

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 2  
Prev

Open Roads Forum  >  Class C Motorhomes

 > buying an rv
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Class C Motorhomes


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2021 CWI, Inc. © 2021 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.