The popularity of larger Class C’s built on medium-duty truck chassis has been increasing significantly in recent years. They offer much of the floor space and many of the amenities found in their Class A counterparts. Likewise, medium-duty C’s are considered quite
user-friendly in the sense that they are generally a bit more campground-accessible than larger rigs, and provide drivers an optimum sense of control and confidence, even under the most adverse of driving conditions.
We recently were able to road-test a 32-foot model (40MH32 ST) medium-duty Class C, built by a recognized builder of quality coaches: Bigfoot RV of Armstrong, British Columbia, Canada. The C model we tested included a forward-slideout living-room galley arrangement, a midcoach split bathroom and a rear-slideout bedroom. Two floorplan offerings (32 and 35 feet) are built on Chevrolet Kodiak 5500 Series truck chassis.
Considering the Bigfoot’s total wet weight of 18,620 pounds, we were pleased that the Duramax diesel chassis provided smooth, reassuring power. As a highway cruiser, the Bigfoot is a pure pleasure to drive, and fuel mileage was better than we expected. Even with mountain driving, long hauls up several demanding grades and bucking severe crosswinds, it still averaged 9.8 mpg.
Bigfoot provides a plush interior, replete with a contemporary “Landscape” decor package. Cabinetry and wood accents are crafted of reddish-hued oak that imparts a warm, homey ambiance to the interior.
Besides convenient bedroom storage spaces, the coach is outfitted with overhead cabinets in the living room and above the dinette. There are adequate galley cupboards and drawers, plus a handy slideout pantry for storing a good amount of canned goods and boxed items.
Exterior-storage bays are abundant, and all benefit from their gelcoat fiberglass, solid-surface construction. Primary storage bays are located curbside, with a large forward compartment and several smaller units.
If you’ve hankered for the power, economy and reliability of a diesel rig, but haven’t been able to come to terms with the prices of Class A coaches, you may want to take a hard look at Bigfoot’s medium-duty layout. Whether your interests lie in full-timing, spot-camping or long-distance cruising, this all-weather Class C is sure to please even the most discerning RVers.
For more details about 32′ Bigfoot, pick up the June 2008 issue of MotorHome on the newsstand — then subscribe to MotorHome so you can stay informed on the latest motorhome tests, previews, technical information, products, travel destinations and more.
Bigfoot Industries, (250) 546-2177, www.bigfootrv.com