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RE: 2006 Bigfoot 25C9.4LB Camper Wet Weight Label - Even Close?

I couldn't get my head in the closet of my 9.4 where the sticker is and focus through my bifocals, so I took a pic. Here's what it says: Camper weight is 2450 lbs. when it contains standard equipment.32 gallons of water 40lbs. 40lbs of bottled gas.6.0 cubic ft refrigerator. Optional equipment: Box awning 44 lbs. Air conditioner 75 lbs. Dual propane tanks 20 lbs. Electric jacks 22.5 lbs. Generator ready 22 lbs. Jack brackets 22 lbs. Microwave oven 30 lbs. Oven 49 lb s. Thermal windows 45 lbs. Leaving out the gen prep the total is 2757.5. Thanks TxGearhead, I appreciate you actually looking. We saw a third 9.4 online with very similar numbers. Once I pick it up I'll head to the cat scales. So you are saying that the wet label shows 2757.5lbs and it really weights 4106lbs with zero changes and nothing added? The label was literally wrong by 1348.5 lbs? Off is one thing but that's wrong by a 1/3 or 50% heavier than the label. TK No I'm not saying that. The 4106 number was the payload of my 2016 RAM 3500 SRW. The camper weighed more than that when loaded heavy.
TxGearhead 07/31/22 07:04pm Truck Campers
RE: 2006 Bigfoot 25C9.4LB Camper Wet Weight Label - Even Close?

Boy howdy….I really need to have the type of concerns in life that allow me enough time to not only actually care what my truck camper weighs, but to try and dissect why it weighs what it does….. Almost like arguing about batteries…. It's either this or go back out in the garage and do the retiree chemical experiment. Turning alcohol into urine.
TxGearhead 07/31/22 06:57pm Truck Campers
RE: 2006 Bigfoot 25C9.4LB Camper Wet Weight Label - Even Close?

I couldn't get my head in the closet of my 9.4 where the sticker is and focus through my bifocals, so I took a pic. Here's what it says: Camper weight is 2450 lbs. when it contains standard equipment.32 gallons of water 40lbs. 40lbs of bottled gas.6.0 cubic ft refrigerator. Optional equipment: Box awning 44 lbs. Air conditioner 75 lbs. Dual propane tanks 20 lbs. Electric jacks 22.5 lbs. Generator ready 22 lbs. Jack brackets 22 lbs. Microwave oven 30 lbs. Oven 49 lb s. Thermal windows 45 lbs. Leaving out the gen prep the total is 2757.5. did it have a spot on the bottom of the sheet that had another weight and it was written by hand? I'm not sure when they started that, it might have been when they reopened which means yours is to old to have that. i'll see if i can get a picture of it and post it. Steve I don't recall seeing anything hand written.But I'll look again. I'm cleaning and packing for a trip.
TxGearhead 07/31/22 06:54pm Truck Campers
RE: 2006 Bigfoot 25C9.4LB Camper Wet Weight Label - Even Close?

I couldn't get my head in the closet of my 9.4 where the sticker is and focus through my bifocals, so I took a pic. Here's what it says: Camper weight is 2450 lbs. when it contains standard equipment.32 gallons of water 40lbs. 40lbs of bottled gas.6.0 cubic ft refrigerator. Optional equipment: Box awning 44 lbs. Air conditioner 75 lbs. Dual propane tanks 20 lbs. Electric jacks 22.5 lbs. Generator ready 22 lbs. Jack brackets 22 lbs. Microwave oven 30 lbs. Oven 49 lb s. Thermal windows 45 lbs. Leaving out the gen prep the total is 2757.5.
TxGearhead 07/27/22 03:42pm Truck Campers
RE: 2006 Bigfoot 25C9.4LB Camper Wet Weight Label - Even Close?

It's the old RV weight issue. We don't trust what the factory says it weighs. The dealer is not going to spend any money on scales and possibly scare away potential buyers with the true weight. I doubt any dealer will let you load up a TC and take it to a scale before you buy it. Same with any RV. So, the buyer is stuck with a weight he doesn't trust with no solution.
TxGearhead 07/24/22 07:04am Truck Campers
RE: 2006 Bigfoot 25C9.4LB Camper Wet Weight Label - Even Close?

When I bought my 2008 9.4 I had a relatively new 2016 RAM 3500 Cummins/Aisin SRW. Payload was 4106. Drove it home from Washington DC to Houston, no issues, loaded very light. Next trip was a winter time trip and was loaded very heavy. I scaled it at 4300+ IIRC. The tag on the outside says 2830. Got home and ordered a dually. You may be OK if you're not over your tire limits and the rear axle limit. Definitely consider a Hellwig BigWig sway bar. Yeah, that's a dramatic difference. But where was the label on the outside? Every BF I've seen had the weight label in the closet. I have airbags and was going to add the sway bar. The tag is to the right of the door, about shoulder high. I didn't look at the paper tag in the closet.
TxGearhead 07/22/22 02:26pm Truck Campers
RE: 2006 Bigfoot 25C9.4LB Camper Wet Weight Label - Even Close?

When I bought my 2008 9.4 I had a relatively new 2016 RAM 3500 Cummins/Aisin SRW. Payload was 4106. Drove it home from Washington DC to Houston, no issues, loaded very light. Next trip was a winter time trip and was loaded very heavy. I scaled it at 4300+ IIRC. The tag on the outside says 2830. Got home and ordered a dually. You may be OK if you're not over your tire limits and the rear axle limit. Definitely consider a Hellwig BigWig sway bar.
TxGearhead 07/22/22 12:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Portable Hitches

Lippert will not warranty any frame damage from any single point hitch other than the Reese Goosebox. Example: Andersen, PullRite, etc. I went from a PullRite 2600 to a Reese Goosebox and it is a great ride with zero bucking. Since you don't have a factory gooseneck ball you will need to get one installed. Your choice but, be sure it is rated high enough for any 5th you may get in the future. B&W Turnover ball is popular. EDIT ADD: Lippert will not warranty any single point (gooseneck ball) but the Reese Goosebox because they own Reese.
TxGearhead 07/17/22 02:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Host Everest

Great report! Thanks for posting this. Are you comfortable crawling in and out of the bed and is your age a factor? I'm asking because we are in our mid 60's and someday when we get to the point of not wanting to hook up our FW, we've thought of a Host, but will we be "too old" to climb up and down into the bed. I know health is a huge factor and right now we are relatively limber and healthy. Me and the wife are 72. She will not go anywhere in the cabover because of the outside steps. I'm OK with them and getting into bed. My biggest issue is loading the Bigfoot. I haven't used it in a while, so I asked my 35 yr old son to come over and help me load it. Both of us are just getting over covid. My son is a take the bull by the horns type and doesn't shy away from anything. With only 1/2" clearance between the dually swing outs and the fenders, it took awhile to load up. He asked me: "you been doing this by yourself"? Yes I have. We were both wore out. So, even if getting into the bed is no issue, there can be others. I can hookup to our 5th wheel in less than 10 minutes. A Class C sounds pretty good.
TxGearhead 07/15/22 10:40am Truck Campers
RE: Tank cleaning wand - how much water does it leave?

After you use it stick your finger down the toilet and measure how far up your finger the water is. Then ask another neighbor if you can rinse their tank. Then ask a neighbor if you can clean their tank and do the same thing. Average the 3 readings. Then lick your finger dry and go back to your camper and have a very strong drink.
TxGearhead 07/07/22 08:49pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Looking at class c questions on maintenance

I start think about oil changes maybe 6 weeks before a trip. If it's gonna be close I have the oil changed. So there I was in about 1975, sitting in the waiting area of Sam Montgomery Olds in Houston. Before long it was just me and a cute soccer mom. I asked her what she was having done. "An oil change". Your husband can't do that? No he went to college to tell others what to do and to be able to pay others to do things like oil changes. Uh uh, OK I see. I crawl under the rug. I always did as much maintenance as I felt comfortable doing. When we bought from a small country Jeep/Ram/Chevy/Ford dealer they asked about bringing the Jeep back for routine service. That was 12 years ago. They charge $10 labor for a oil change. I bring the oil and filter. They do the fuel system filters on the Ram for a good bit more. I stand outside the oil change house and watch. I would say find a shop that has a pit, not a lift. If you can get it in the bay doors, they can work on it. Don't go in the waiting room and watch TV. Hang around and watch them. Never had to wait more than 2 days for an appointment.
TxGearhead 07/07/22 08:34pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: New shocks?

^^ No load.
TxGearhead 07/07/22 06:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper question

If all you're hauling is a truck camper I would go with a gas dually.
TxGearhead 07/03/22 11:16am Truck Campers
RE: New shocks?

^Yeah I'm going to take the rears down to the mid 30's and see if that helps before I spend a [email protected]*load of money on shocks. Dang I didn't know shocks had gotten that expensive,
TxGearhead 06/30/22 06:31pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your truck today?

https://i.imgur.com/ligPOgJl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/TrSTD5El.jpg Technically, it's still a Chevy! :B Funny you should say that. I thought it WAS a Chevy when we bought it. Someone had changed all the badges and trim to Chevy. And I was so involved with looking at the truck itself, didn’t even give the title a second glance. First clue was when I removed the tailgate trim panel ,also replaced with a Chevy one, and the original appearing tailgate had GMC stamped in it. Further inspection showed the glove box tag with “Sierra” package. And the grill is the aftermarket one you see in the pic, so that was no clue either. I re-used it and just fitted a GMC logo to it. That's a good looking truck. I had a semi-rare 1982? Chevy K20 Suburban. Loaded with what appeared to be all available options, even quad shocks on the front axle. I drove to work and on hunting trips. Had a couple local boys put a cheap but decent paint job on it. My son was in the 11th grade and wanted it bad. I "sold" it to him. Of course, he put a lift kit and Buckshot Monster Mudders on it. Of course he took the 3rd row back seat out. And of course, the Turbo Hydramatic 400 had to be rebuilt. When he went off to college I traded him back a 1991? Chevy Sport Truck, which was a SS454 clone. Wish I had them both back.
TxGearhead 06/26/22 12:06pm Truck Campers
RE: New shocks?

Why do you assume you need new shocks? With any luck they will last for several more years. Are you having ride issues? Yeah the ride is beating me to death. I've got the rear tires down to 42psi.
TxGearhead 06/25/22 04:28pm Truck Campers
New shocks?

I've got 65,000 miles on my 2018 RAM. Cummins, 4X4, long bed, DRW. I carry the Bigfoot occasionally and the Landmark 5th occasionally more. Both 4,000# loads. Only mod is a Hellwig BigWig. I'm assuming I need new shocks. My priority is as smooth a ride as possible. 90% highway use. I realize this is a subjective issue. Your recommendations?
TxGearhead 06/24/22 04:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Fifth Wheel Hitch - tried searcing

If your truck doesn't have the factory puck system, I would get a B&W Turnover gooseneck ball installed. If your 5th wheel is under say 15,000# I would go with the Andersen Ultimate or a PullRite 2600 Single Point. But Lippert who makes 90% of 5th wheel frames will not warranty any frame damage with a Andersen or the PullRite 2600. The other choices are a GEN Y gooseneck hitch, Lippert won't warranty with that either. The one I have is the Reese Goosebox. It IS warrantied by Lippert, since Lippert owns Reese. I love it. Has an air bag and 2 shock absorbers. Best ride I've had with 3 different 5th's and 3 different hitches. Un-hook from the 5th and all that is in the truck bed is the ball. Mine removes in about 2 seconds.
TxGearhead 06/22/22 07:50pm Truck Campers
RE: First big trip - Newbie questions

I travel with a 12 pack of bottled water and 1.5 liter of Jim Beam. That said, I fill the water tank. I think the Bigfoot water tank is fully forward so that helps put some weight forward. I have 1,000# of freeboard so it doesn't make any difference. I always travel with about 5 gallons of water in the black tank with about a cup of blue Dawn. Drain it only when I have to. Refill with water and Dawn.
TxGearhead 06/21/22 06:34pm Truck Campers
RE: TC and MPG

Just returned from a 3,000 mile round trip from Houston area to Richmond Virginia. Averaged 9-10 MPG pulling 40ft 5th at 17,000+ pounds. IIRC I got around 12 MPG with the Bigfoot. 2018 RAM Cummins, Aisin, 3.73. Pin weight of the 5th and Bigfoot weight is very close...4,000+. edit add: Since you have already sold your trailer, I would wait a bit before I jumped back into any kind of RV. I'm thinking fuel prices are not going down anytime soon. Let's see what happens after November this year and 2024.
TxGearhead 06/12/22 07:37am Truck Campers
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