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Old 11-20-2008, 09:42 PM   #29
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Just got off the Bigfoot Owners Forums and there is a small flurry of emails there on this topic - no surprise. One member made a good point that manufacturer warranty on the individual items in the newer/recently sold units is still legit (e.g. fridge, stove, A/C, hydraulic jacks, etc.) as lots of items often come with a 1 year warranty.

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Old 11-21-2008, 08:51 AM   #30
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You would think that the lender could be replaced if the business was cash-flowing. There may be more to the story than "the bank closed us down".

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Old 11-21-2008, 10:15 AM   #31
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My wife was shocked at the news. As y'all know we bought a 25' Bigfoot earlier this year.

My wife is a bank manager and she said the bank wouldn't have shut them down unless they have missed payments for several months. Obviously we have know idea what is going on.

I know at one point this year with the exchanged rate between Canada & the US, the cost of a 25'er was 0ver $45,000 US. That couldn't have helped sales. Now with the recession in full downward spiral and being winter, sales have got to be hurting even more. Several high end RV manufacturers have gone out of business - Automate, Alpenlite & others comes to mind.

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Old 11-21-2008, 02:24 PM   #32
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After an extended trip into the US this spring, my wife and I decided that the 2008 Bigfoot 25 was a great trailer but she liked more storage area and wanted a slide for extra room inside. We hope to retire in 2 years and do considerable travelling for great lengths of time. Our trailer cost about $50k Canadian, and we asked about a same year Bigfoot 2801, with the dealer wanting an additional $30k!

Bigfoot's market has largely been the US, and with the stronger Canadian dollar, I would see US built trailers sitting on lots here in Canada for a considerable price difference ( a $20k stick built trailer beside a $35k Bigfoot - same length). The strong dollar may have contributed to Adventurer RV's (lower mainland of BC), moving to the former Alpenlite plant in Yakima, Wa. I was advised that Travelaire out of Alberta, Canada has stopped production of travel trailers and were advised that they were manufacturing park model as well as work camp trailers for the oil patch. I also found out that Okanagan trailers out of Penticton had stopped manufacturing travel trailers, awaiting a more robust economy. What was left in Canada in terms of large manufacturers were Citation (Oliver, BC, with Thor being the parent company), Bigfoot, and Triple E out of Manitoba.

In August, while camping, I was visited by a worker from Bigfoot who advised that many staff were laid off, and that some workers were on wage subsidy from federal unemployment insurance, but it was to run out in late September. He was looking for another vocation

I had a small crack appear in the fibreglass of our 2008 Bigfoot and Mark Holmes advised me to get it back to the factory after camping season - noting 'we built it, we can fix it'.

I had faith that the repair would be completed, but nevertheless, we traded the Bigfoot in late August for a Triple E, aluminum framed, but front and rear moulded fibreglass caps!

I was happy with my two Bigfoot units and would not hesitate to buy another, but want to end my working career so I can enjoy my sought after travelling. I just hope that Triple E is well financed to absorb the current economic situation.

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Old 11-21-2008, 05:19 PM   #33
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The 21ft Bigfoot was my rig of choice for full timing *sigh*

I wonder if Escape or even Oliver will consider buying the molds and name?

I am a GM retiree too, this has been a very bad month
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Old 11-22-2008, 09:36 AM   #34
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Add me to the shocked group. Didn't see that one coming.

We just bought a new 25 footer like some others here.
Absolutely no buyer’s remorse on that decision; in fact we have confidence in the construction and feel comfortable that we made the right purchase and it’s camping as usual.
Feel bad for the employees and the area that will be impacted by the economics of the closure.
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Old 11-23-2008, 11:34 AM   #35
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What a sad thing. Bigfoot made a great product. Hopefully we haven't seen the last of them.
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Old 11-24-2008, 03:41 PM   #36
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Just read this in a Canadian Newspaper. See link below. One less fiberglass RV maker.
BC maker BigFoot down the tube.

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Old 11-24-2008, 03:46 PM   #37
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Old 11-24-2008, 03:59 PM   #38
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It's not isolated to just fiberglass... 4/5 "stickbuilt" models have suffered the same fate in the last month or so.

Alfa, Weekend Warrior, Travel Supreme, Western (Alpine) brands to name a few

Put your seatbelt on...I think the ride is going to get bumpier!
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Old 11-24-2008, 05:40 PM   #39
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Thanks for posting this article. I've done several searches and not come up with much info on the Bigfoot closing. I did discover there is a recall for 2003-2007 21 FB trailers. This is a little different slant than the news last week.


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Old 11-24-2008, 05:54 PM   #40
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I stopped by Big Sky RV and they stated that Bigfoot did shutdown. They currently have a 25' Bigfoot travel trailer that they will let go at cost plus $500 the only problem is if you had any mfg. warranty issue other than applicances etc. you are out of luck.

The BF they have is 2008 25RQ model and I believe they have had it since end of last winter. Any one in the market for new BF TT I bet you could get great deal on this one.

Just passing on the info and other than buying some parts from Big Sky RV I don't have anything to do with them.
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Old 11-25-2008, 06:52 AM   #41
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They currently have a 25' Bigfoot travel trailer that they will let go at cost plus $500 the only problem is if you had any mfg. warranty issue other than applicances etc. you are out of luck.
Kent, just wondering why that dealer wouldn't for the first year at least, warranty items on any trailer they sell? I can understand the bigger manufactured defects like a frame as example would be factory repairs not covered now, but other items that are easily fixed at the dealer?
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Old 11-25-2008, 07:42 AM   #42
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Bigfoot RVs definitely carried a high sticker price, and this was especially true as the Can$ increased against the US$ during 2007. The dealer in Sacramento had some trailers and motorhomes that were on the lot for a long time. Some lucky folks bought these at a substantial discount when they were eventually cleared out. However, I suspect that many new Bigfoot RVs were purchased by folks who were willing to pay the price, at least until the credit crisis came along. We bought ours used for substantially less than the $24K price it carried in 2004, but granted it was 3 years old ($17,500). I consider it a fair price.

Bigfoot Industries closed down last Tuesday, Nov 18, exactly one week ago. It is a private company and very little information has leaked out. Knowing that the closing was precipitated by their bank, it is likely that, were it not for the credit crisis, Bigfoot might still be chugging along. The credit crisis is a big deal, and unfortunately we haven't seen the end of it yet.

Whether someone should go out and buy a Bigfoot now is a personal choice. There is no factory warranty, as the sales rep Beau stated in the article. It is my understanding that this is bankruptcy. Some of the dealers might offer something of a warranty and it is certainly something to ask about, if you are going to make a purchase. Most extended warranties pick up where the factory warranty ends, which could be a problem if there is no factory warranty in the first place. Ask before buying! Get assurances in writing! Keep in mind that the level of quality has been good, but there also have been some defects. Don't expect perfection! Production numbers are not high, as is true of other fiberglass trailers. For example, the recall of 2003-2007 21 FB trailers was 80 units. Ballast weight of 275# was added to the tongue to increase tongue weight.

This advice is offered by someone who has shopped for about 3 years and owned since June 2007. We are replacing our stinky plastic toilet with one like our Casita had, a Sealand Traveller Lite, model 111. Otherwise, no problems with the Bigfoot. :-)

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