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Old 03-19-2003, 12:50 AM   #15
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Bigfoot's Canadian sales policy

My understanding is that Bigfoot Industries does not permit Canadian dealers to sell new product to the US market. In the days of a poor Canadian dollar, many dealers were catering to the US market, indicating prices in both Canadian and US currency.

Until recently, Japanese car manufacturers were permitting Canadian car dealers to sell to the US market. In the case of Nissan, the identical vehicle was about $5000 cheaper in Canada, and had more standard equipment that the US market unit. Obviously this was detrimental to US dealers.


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Old 03-19-2003, 06:45 AM   #16
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Congratulations on your new baby Bill!

A "brand new" used one ... only pulled off the dealers lot and then returned! Wow! What a find.

I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

At this point, don't look back!

Only look forward to all your camping trips in the future!
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Old 03-19-2003, 09:59 PM   #17
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Thanks for the kind words, Charles.

Well, the new is definitely being worn off, what with all the fondling it's received today.

Got hold of Gib's RV in Coos Bay that Irv mentioned a couple of days ago and they are very nice. Going to haul the Bigfoot up there (They're closer to us than the other guys were. Arrrgggghh) for an install of awning and A/C. Their prices were good enough that it makes no sense to tackle it myself.

BTW, do Egg owners wave when they pass on the road?

Would they wave to a Bigfoot?

If I waved first, would they know why? :-)
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Old 03-20-2003, 07:24 AM   #18
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>>wave

I always roll down the window and wave at any molded fiberglass trailer trailer, I see coming down the road.

>> it happened that the factory was willing to start the warranty from the second purchase. As it turned out, however, the dealer would not back the factory warrantee

You know, I've heard of a "waranty transfer fee" but I'm surprized that Bigfoot would go along with the dealer charging you a Pre-delivery inspection fee as part of the deal.

If I were you, I'd contact Bigfoot directly for some guidance.

As I'm sure you know, however, warranty on the awning, appliances, toilet and alot of the parts of the awning is covered by the respective manufacturers ... not the dealer, not Bigfoot.

And I think you are going to find out that some of those respective manufacturers will bend over backwards to help you ... others will probably say "only the original purchaser" is covered.

But, if I were you, I'd contact Bigfoot directly and explain the circumstances.
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Old 03-20-2003, 10:41 AM   #19
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Charles,

Your Waving Standard sounds do-able. Casitas, Scamps, Burros, and all the other ones resident here very recognizable from a distance. Bigfoots need keener eyes for long-range sensing so might require a wave-through-windshield. :-)

With the possible exception of something unlikely, like a wheel bearing disintegrating, I can't see any warranty issues arising. Everything works just fine and general construction is excellent. All the equipment is first rate, from my previous experience, and so shouldn't suffer any unusual problems.

I intent to write a letter to Bigfoot inquiring about their policy and whether it meshes with the dealer's in Sacramento.
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Old 07-07-2003, 04:14 PM   #20
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NEWBIE HERE

I HAVE JUST RECENTLY RETIRED, MOVED TO TEXAS AND NOW LOOKING TO PURCHASE A NEW TT. AFTER MUCH CONSIDERATION, I HAVE IT BOILED DOWN TO THREE BRANDS. #1. AIRSTREAM 25' SAFARI
#2. BIGFOOT 25'
#3. SUNLINE 26'

THESE THREE SEEM TO BE WITHIN MY 7000 LBS GVW TO PULL WITH TRUCK AND ALL THREE SEEM TO BE GREAT FOR FULL TIMING IT. I WANT QUALITY!! THESE SEEM TO BE THE ONES??
I HAVE AS YET GOTTEN INFO FROM MFG OR DEALER ON THIS MODEL, BUT HOPEFULLY WILL GET BETTER INSITE FROM PRIVATE PARTIES THAT KNOW BIGFOOT. ANY SUGGESTIONS AT THIS POINT WOULD BE GREAT APPRECIATED AS I NEED TO PICK UP THE NEW UNIT, WHICH EVER ONE IT MIGHT BE, THIS COMING OCTOBER 2003.
THANKS VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HELP
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Old 07-07-2003, 06:05 PM   #21
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Which one?

Jan,

I'm afraid I can only speak to the Bigfoot. Though I have lusted after the Airstream in the past, a hailstorm we encountered in Eastern Nevada last fall changed my mind. The generic stickbuilt trailer we had at the time, suffered several dozen small dents from the dime sized hail that fell for only a few minutes. I have heard indirectly of Airstreamers suffering similarly so you may wish to check this out.

We've had our 21' Bigfoot for a few months and 4000 miles now. There is no question that it would be very hard to damage this trailer by hail as the exterior shell is very stout.

The Bigfoot has an extremely well engineered and built shell with more or less standard everything else. The rest of the exterior, door, vents, storage hatch, and furnace/refer/water heater, etc. access panels are generic travel trailer. This mostly doesn't make them worse, just not better. Fortunately, this stuff has matured over the years and seems to be of decent quality no matter what it's installed in.

Inside, the Bigfoot is fairly basic but the cabinetry is a cut above the crowd. I am guessing that fit/finish issues would likely favor the Airstream (but I *am* guessing).

Depending on where and how you like to "stay" (as ex-tent campers, I can't really say that staying in our trailer is really "camping" any longer), you may be especially interested in comparing tank and propane capacities and what options are available for increasing them. There's also the question of additional batteries, solar recharging, generators, etc.

Finally, as one who has been deeply into repairing water and rot damage on the two wooden framed trailers we've owned I would adamantly recommend staying away from all wood framed units, no matter how luxurious other aspects are. Without conscientious periodic recaulking and care, water *will* infiltrate into walls and under floors. This is sometimes due to poor workmanship, but more often is because of fundamental design deficiencies. In addition, look under the trailer. If the underside of the trailer is protected by a subtantial barrier (in the case of the Bigfoot, a solid one piece molded fiberglass panel that completely encloses the lower half), that's good. If it's the black or brown plastic tarp material that is common among the stick-builts, I'd pass.

A local dealer once told me that he offered his customers a $2000 weatherizing upgrade. This included going over the entire trailer exterior and caulking each and every corner screw, checking and fixing every missed staple puncture, and being sure that everywhere water could get in, there was a weep path for it to get back out. He was very proud of this service. He didn't seem to realize that he was presenting the very best reasons for not buying what he was selling.

Another dealer called when he saw the ad for our trailer in the paper. He was interested in buying it but wasn't curious at all in the quality job I had done in repairing the water damage. He was only interested if you could *see* any discoloration on the inside paneling.

Sincerest best wishes on your search.

Bill
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