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Old 01-06-2022, 03:01 PM   #1
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Headed to see Bigfoot in March

Heading to White Pigeon Michigan from Buffalo area to get Bigfoot Levelers installed on our 2019 Compass in mid March. Any advice or concerns regarding the trip and the installation I need to look for? We are planning to stay the night with them. Not sure what is around there to visit. Most of what I have read has been positive. The trip home will include a stop in Toledo to visit Bass Pro and look over their latest walleye lure selection among other things. If you're into fishing they have a glass floor that the fish swim through, pretty cool. Might be a pricey trip....

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Old 01-06-2022, 03:44 PM   #2
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They are "BigFoot Approved"
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Old 01-06-2022, 04:23 PM   #3
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Old 01-07-2022, 04:58 AM   #4
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We have a 24TF as well but the 2018 model Any concerns about the added weight these will add to the rig?
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Old 01-07-2022, 11:41 AM   #5
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I have an appointment for the end of April , just hope the Covid restrictioins have ended by then as its a two day trek for me from home in Canada. Plans are to take in the RV museum in Elkhart and a Thor factory tour before striking west to do some of Route 66. Please let us Compass owners know how your install went.
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Old 01-07-2022, 12:41 PM   #6
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We have a 24TF as well but the 2018 model Any concerns about the added weight these will add to the rig?
First question is how much do you weigh now?
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Old 01-07-2022, 12:43 PM   #7
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We have a 24TF as well but the 2018 model Any concerns about the added weight these will add to the rig?
Found this. adds roughly 180 pounds. (roughly one person's weight)

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Old 01-07-2022, 12:47 PM   #8
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I understand the whole system is around 150 pounds. May have to go on a diet to keep within my GVW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-07-2022, 12:47 PM   #9
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Going to be happy with the system. Friends of ours sold there Tiffin Class A for a Thor Class C (no leveling system) first time they camped it began to pour and between me and them, we spent 30 minutes (min.) trying to get it level with blocks. Site was way off. As soon as we finished and soaked to the bone, his wife looked at her husband and said. WE ARE GETTING A BIGFOOT LEVELING SYSTEM. ONe month later it was installed. Happy wife, happy life.
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Old 01-07-2022, 12:51 PM   #10
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I would suggest to video your instructional time with them so you do not forget anything. Also make sure you have the correct manual for your system. Mine at the time (May of 2019) was new and the manual they gave me was not. Did not have the correct instructions. Eventually the sent me the correct manual (once it was printed that is)
Was not happy that they took the time to design a new (and better) system, but did not take the time to make the manual for it before it was being installed.
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Old 01-07-2022, 02:57 PM   #11
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What to do in White Pigeon Michigan? Not much, it's a very small town.
If you want to visit the RV museum in Elkhart it's maybe 30–45-minute drive. We drive through White Pigeon on our way to visit our g-daughter in Kalamazoo.
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Old 01-07-2022, 03:28 PM   #12
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I did this trip "solo" last year from central Ohio. You basically park out back behind the installation building. They will come knocking on your door - likely well before your scheduled appointment time... don't ask how I know .

Look at their facility on Google Maps. The north most building is the install "garage" with 3 or 4 (?) electric hookups (no water/sewer) in the rear of the building.

The south building is their offices... waiting room/reception on the north side of that building.

I didn't pull the toad.. as I really didn't go to sightsee - this was a "mission" trip, then back home. The installation only took about two hours. I just hung out in the rather small waiting room in the side of the (separate) main office building.

When they were done they pulled my motorhome up front of the office. A fellow came and got me - then spent about 15 minutes instructing me how to use the system, and answered any questions I had. EASY PEASY!

I was back home to Ohio in time for dinner.
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Old 01-07-2022, 05:16 PM   #13
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When I'm fully loaded for a trip, with water, fuel and two people I am right at the GVW according the my local Cat certified scale. So I know I can lighten my load easily by only carrying 1/2 tank of water and a few unnecessary items from the coach. As I near my 70's the crawling around under a coach gets tougher so we all try to make life easier.
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Old 01-08-2022, 01:27 AM   #14
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I did this trip "solo" last year from central Ohio. You basically park out back behind the installation building. They will come knocking on your door - likely well before your scheduled appointment time... don't ask how I know .

Look at their facility on Google Maps. The north most building is the install "garage" with 3 or 4 (?) electric hookups (no water/sewer) in the rear of the building.

The south building is their offices... waiting room/reception on the north side of that building.

I didn't pull the toad.. as I really didn't go to sightsee - this was a "mission" trip, then back home. The installation only took about two hours. I just hung out in the rather small waiting room in the side of the (separate) main office building.

When they were done they pulled my motorhome up front of the office. A fellow came and got me - then spent about 15 minutes instructing me how to use the system, and answered any questions I had. EASY PEASY!

I was back home to Ohio in time for dinner.
I had the exact same experience last April. After they took the RV I walked to McDonald's and got some coffee (by knocking on the window to get their attention and then walking through the drive-through because the inside seating was closed - heh) and went back to the little waiting room. There were three other people there, and we all chatted. One from NC, one from IN, and myself. When they brought my RV around, they took their time answering my questions, showing me the system, etc.

The one thing I forgot to ask at the time: Where's the fluid reservoir mounted. I found it on my own (mounted on the driver's inside frame rail just aft of the GM Aux battery) by tracing the hydraulic lines. It would have saved me that effort though. It's only been one summer, but so far I'm very happy with the system.
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Old 01-08-2022, 01:46 AM   #15
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I had the exact same experience last April. After they took the RV I walked to McDonald's and got some coffee (by knocking on the window to get their attention and then walking through the drive-through because the inside seating was closed - heh) and went back to the little waiting room. There were three other people there, and we all chatted. One from NC, one from IN, and myself. When they brought my RV around, they took their time answering my questions, showing me the system, etc.

The one thing I forgot to ask at the time: Where's the fluid reservoir mounted. I found it on my own (mounted on the driver's inside frame rail just aft of the GM Aux battery) by tracing the hydraulic lines. It would have saved me that effort though. It's only been one summer, but so far I'm very happy with the system.
If I were to nitpick anything, it's the jolting/jerkiness when making adjustments after the feet are in firm contact with the ground. It seems pretty harsh... not sure if it actually hurts anything?? Stress on frame?

Otherwise I can get perfectly level - much easier and precise than I ever could using blocks, etc.
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Old 01-08-2022, 10:30 AM   #16
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If I were to nitpick anything, it's the jolting/jerkiness when making adjustments after the feet are in firm contact with the ground. It seems pretty harsh... not sure if it actually hurts anything?? Stress on frame?

Otherwise I can get perfectly level - much easier and precise than I ever could using blocks, etc.
I have owned three coaches with auto leveling and the jerkiness seems to be a standard feature.
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Old 01-08-2022, 01:33 PM   #17
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When I'm fully loaded for a trip, with water, fuel and two people I am right at the GVW according the my local Cat certified scale. So I know I can lighten my load easily by only carrying 1/2 tank of water and a few unnecessary items from the coach. As I near my 70's the crawling around under a coach gets tougher so we all try to make life easier.
180 lbs even if over GVWR won’t be a problem. Don’t chime in and tell me if you’re in an accident they’ll throw you in jail. Mine is 16,000 GVWR. Without my wife , loaded, filled up, I’m at 15,980. I’ve got same frame rails, springs and axles as a 18000 GVWR chassis.
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Old 01-12-2022, 09:18 PM   #18
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We had a set installed last winter on our 2014 Thor Chateau 28Z and stayed the night at their lot.

Covid at the time had most restaurants in the area closed down, or at the least just carry out.

We had towed my wife's Toyota Camry so we were able to drive around a bit. Went to Kalamazoo the next morning just for Something to do while they installed our levelers. About time we got up there they called and said they had our MH ready.

Bob Slack was the gentleman helping us and spent extra time showing us how to use the system and making sure we were comfortable with it before we left.

We have loved the levelers and don't regret it, They are just the manual ones

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Old 01-12-2022, 09:59 PM   #19
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I have an appointment for the end of April , just hope the Covid restrictioins have ended by then as its a two day trek for me from home in Canada. Plans are to take in the RV museum in Elkhart and a Thor factory tour before striking west to do some of Route 66. Please let us Compass owners know how your install went.
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I had the Auto system installed on my Thor MB Sprinter-based Class C last fall. It took about 3 hours and I just drank their coffee and read the magazines in their waiting area. They did come for the RV about 10 minutes before 7:00 am. All was EZ!

The Sprinter Class Cs do not have a lot of room for weight gain. I did remove the stock electric stabilizers from the rear to gain some back and then put the RV on a diet and removed those things that I "Hope" I can do without. I even removed the bed insert over the cab as it is not used for sleeping. I tow a Chevy Sprinter (2200lbs.) and use that to save weight in the RV chassis by stowing gear there (mostly tools and a small air compressor with a tank).

Also, read the instruction manual online prior to arrival and make a list of any questions. They can be answered after the install.

One note: Bring a blank check as there is a surcharge for using a credit card.
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Old 01-12-2022, 10:01 PM   #20
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Are you getting the weld on or bolt on version?
I am planning to add Bigfoot to my 2021 Quantum RC25. Contacted Bigfoot for an authorized dealer near me in New Mexico (a trip to MI is a bit far!).
The dealer suggested bolt on for ease of future maintenance if needed.
Do you all agree or disagree?
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