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Old 11-17-2015, 10:44 AM   #1
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Not for Sale!

I decided to park my Bigfoot trailer for the winter at a local RV business. The parking spot at my house creates issues with my snow plowing, so wanted it out of the way.

The lady at the RV store waved her hand in a general direction and told me to park it "out there" someplace. I stopped by yesterday to check on it and couldn't find it. After cruising around the 40+ acre lot, I found my Bigfoot way, way in the back. The store employees informed me that I had mistakenly parked my trailer in a row of used trailers that were for sale. They said every time a customer went to look at used trailers, they were immediately drawn to the Bigfoot. So many people were asking about it they decided it had to be moved out of sight.

In the meantime, the other used trailers on the lot didn't seem to be selling very fast.
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Old 11-18-2015, 10:39 AM   #2
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bigfoot b17m5cb 2007 model year

I have a similar experience. I posted on our blog here that we were 'thinking' of selling our bigfoot bit wanted to test the timing. Should we sell it now or in the spring? So we received 5 replies with one fellow wanting to pay us full asking price sight unseen. We're in no hurry to sell it but it shows you how highly esteemed is a well kept Bigfoot trailer.
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Old 11-18-2015, 10:41 AM   #3
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That bigfoot should read B17.5CB model year 2007
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Old 11-18-2015, 11:12 AM   #4
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That bigfoot should read B17.5CB model year 2007
: towed it behind V8 w/700r4 not a good combination, trailer is 8' wide and in the wind not fun slows one down to a drag.
but climbing hills was the problem as it is a heavy trailer so make sure you have the right transmission and power to pull it.
Other problem as it was first time towing this type of trailer on should have all the bells and whistles to stop the sway problem. Next we purchased all that, the new buyer did not want to pay me for it but I said if you want it you pay.
I had to pay for it after the fact.
He broke down and paid as it was cheaper than new. They are quite common up here and are a hard sell in British Columbia, but now they are out of business from the 2008 Crash. But are not building campers again and possibly some other stuff. They cannot keep the Campers on the lot.
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Old 11-18-2015, 12:03 PM   #5
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We had our 13' Scamp down at our local mechanics (and used car dealer) to have the brakes and bearings checked and it was there for a few days. He had so many people coming in asking for a price that he has been trying to figure out a way to get a few for resale in the new dealership he is building up the road. He figures that if nothing else, it will get customers onto the lot.
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Old 11-18-2015, 05:24 PM   #6
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The hour we bought our 1973 amerigo, we had an offer of what we'd paid for it when we stopped at a rest area...they hadn't even looked inside.


Now, with it gutted and under repairs, frame at the shop, sitting belly on boards on the driveway, today we just got another offer, once it's redone. Kind of made our moment, and reinforces our initial reaction that it is, indeed, of interest and cute. These eggs are intriguing! People are very interested. Yesterday Paul had two people come over and talk about it...one thought it was some kind of gondola for taking out on Lake Washington. And that was in the pouring rain!
And, no, not for sale at this point. We can only win by going forward.
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Old 11-22-2015, 04:32 PM   #7
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When we had a yard sale I had to put a sign in BIG letters on the trailer to stop people from trying to buy it

NO
IT'S
NOT

It left me shaking my head because they still asked.
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Old 11-22-2015, 11:38 PM   #8
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We keep a tally

So far 19 folks have knocked on our door asking if "that little trailer is for sale" .

We are thinking of putting a permanent " not for sale" sign on it!


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Old 11-23-2015, 08:42 AM   #9
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Every time we have ours in front of the house preparing for a trip or working on it, we have people stop and offer to buy it. One guy even came back twice in one day!
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Old 05-17-2016, 09:58 AM   #10
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Well it has started again. With one trailer in storage for the winter and the other in the garage - there have been no trailers out front until this weekend. I picked up the boler and brought it home so I can get some more work done on it.

The same guy on a scooter has come buy twice since. The first time he said he really wanted to buy my trailer. I told him - sorry it is not for sale. This morning he came by again, seriously thinking an offer would help change my mind.

Forum rules won't allow me to post my full response to his incredible offer of $200. But I did indicate that amount would not even pay for the tires on it.
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Old 05-17-2016, 11:22 AM   #11
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Well it has started again. With one trailer in storage for the winter and the other in the garage - there have been no trailers out front until this weekend. I picked up the boler and brought it home so I can get some more work done on it.

The same guy on a scooter has come buy twice since. The first time he said he really wanted to buy my trailer. I told him - sorry it is not for sale. This morning he came by again, seriously thinking an offer would help change my mind.

Forum rules won't allow me to post my full response to his incredible offer of $200. But I did indicate that amount would not even pay for the tires on it.
That's a great story, Roy. People are funny.

Years ago, I had a beat-up pickup for sale and I priced it accordingly. I advertised it as a beat-up pickup for $600 or something... the very first guy who came called and asked a lot of questions first. I patiently explained that it was a rust bucket, and could use a LOT of work, but that it ran and was a great truck for hauling branches to the dump... which was all I used it for. He came a couple of hours later, and then actually swore at me because he thought it was going to be in better shape. The next guy who came looked at it for two minutes and handed me cash.

You just never know about people.
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Old 05-17-2016, 12:24 PM   #12
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LOL When I first got my Scamp I had number of people stop in or leave a post-it note on it asking if it was for sale... over the years that died off. When I recently had the house for sale a couple of people coming to look at the house left notes on it asking if it came with the house.

BUT since the Scamp disappeared last week and people see that I am home & not out camping I have had several stop in and ask where the Scamp is. All upset I did not tell them I was going to sell it. Apparently they had been watching it for years just waiting for me to put a for sale sign on it - which I never did.

I once stopped in with the Scamp at a Subaru dealer in downtown Seattle to pick up a roof rack. While I was parked out front and had been in the parts department for about half an hour (they where having troubles finding it) one the salesmen came in and said if I was going be much longer I should move the trailer and car to the back of the building as customers were more interested in the trailer than the cars they were trying to sell. But then the sales manager came in and suggest I take my time as he wanted it to stay out there as he felt it was helping to sell a new Subaru or two. Asked if I could leave it for a week or two. LOL
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Old 05-17-2016, 02:23 PM   #13
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Strange post Stude...

sorry Stude but what you reference is quite contrary to my experience....so I have to reply....

towed it behind V8 w/700r4 not a good combination, trailer is 8' wide and in the wind not fun slows one down to a drag. It's no secret that BFs are big and square....that's why they are big inside, comparatively speaking...but a V8 wasn't enough ? Really? What's in your class C, I wonder ?

Other problem as it was first time towing this type of trailer on should have all the bells and whistles to stop the sway problem.
I have a 97 and never experienced any hint of sway. Pre 90 models were built a little differntly (ownership changed in 1990)....but, regardless, sway is a product of not enough tounge weight...caused by where weight is located in the trailer and/or towing with the hitch too high off the ground (not level). The bells and whistles can stay on the shelf.

They are quite common up here and are a hard sell in British Columbia, but now they are out of business from the 2008 Crash. But are not building campers again and possibly some other stuff. They cannot keep the Campers on the lot. A hard sell ? Really ?...on Kijiji right now, in ALL of BC, there are two 17s offered for sale....an eighties model with no awning or shower (hot water) for 7500 and a 2001 model for 16000 dollars !!!! IME fair priced ones go real fast.....meanwhile on the same site are dozens of BF truck campers....so I don`t get it

in 2005...a new model began production, the 17.5....it is a 4 season trailer, heavier and quite expensive...it is still in production...along with a whole line-up of products. I was under the impression that 2005 is when BF went into receivership (following a not so successful production facility start up in the states in the late nineties)....but I could be wrong on that last one...details are hard to confirm.

cheers, F
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They are quite common up here and are a hard sell in British Columbia, but now they are out of business from the 2008 Crash. But are not building campers again and possibly some other stuff. They cannot keep the Campers on the lot.
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Here in Vancouver they tend to sell fast....

Also you may want to check out Bigfootrv.com. They only stopped production for a few years and have been back at it under new ownership again for a number of years now.

They are building what was their base biz for years truck campers and trailers in the 17.5', 21' and 25' in various layouts. The only thing they are not building that they were building for a few years prior to closing up is the BIG Motorhomes ... which was what basically what took them down when the US economy crashed in about 05 but back in biz since early 2010.
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