The new 13' boler is back in Canada! It's now called the"Armadillo" - Page 5 - Fiberglass RV


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Old 08-28-2015, 08:41 AM   #57
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I agree. Looks beautiful!




I puzzled why they were calling these "new Bolers" in the thread title... when they are being built using (I now presume) Lil Bigfoot molds. The history of molded fiberglass manufacturing seems to be filled with these odd twists and turns.

Perhaps if their custom line succeeds, Armadillo will some day make a standard model for the broader market. Probably won't have that cool rear storage drawer, though!
Hi: Jon in AZ... It was my understanding that Bigfoot took over Boler molds and modernized them to build the Lil Bigfoot in the 80-90 era. This seems a natural progression then... but always happens west of the Rockies!!!
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Old 08-28-2015, 09:37 AM   #58
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Ah... the plot thickens. Thanks for the clarification. The fecundity of the original Boler design is amazing! This one is definitely upwardly mobile...
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Old 08-28-2015, 09:47 AM   #59
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Aluminum inside custom frame
What keeps dirt and water out of the box? I can see the lid, but what seals it?
Can you take this trailer off paved roads with the reduced clearance?
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Old 08-28-2015, 10:01 AM   #60
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Love the under trailer storage drawer wonder how much that option costs? Very Cool!
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Old 08-28-2015, 11:50 AM   #61
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LOVE this camper! Costs?
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Old 08-28-2015, 11:57 AM   #62
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LOVE this camper! Costs?
Since they are only doing custom builds at this point, I'd say that's not public information, unless the buyer chooses to share it.

Pretty sure it's out of my league anyway… sigh!
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Old 08-29-2015, 07:12 PM   #63
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What a gorgeous little trailer. Dare I say, sexy! Love it love it. I'd be proud as a peacock towing that little gem down the road. Just perfect! And I love the colors as well as the under trailer storage. Very smart and it does look well made. Neato!


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Old 09-02-2016, 10:06 AM   #64
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Armadillo Trailers

I am astonisted at the desparging comments some of the members have made in respect to the Armadillo trailers.
I have not been on the this formum for some time so I was cusrious to see if the members were aware of them.
Having a great deal of hands on experience in all aspects of the Boler and Bigfoot trailers maintanence and modifications I can speaks with some authority about these trailers.

My wife and I live in Armstorng not far from the old Bigfoot plant and not far from Jason Jongs plant. As a matter of fact we live right next to his parents farm acreage.

Yesterday we went to the Interior Provincial Exhibition here and ran into Jason with his display of two trailers. We had a long chat with him and I must say I was very impressed with his knowledge and how meticulous he is in the construction, detailing and design of these trailers. His years of working for Bigfoot has given him a very grounded knowledge. Any of the design flaws I metioned to him on the old trailers, he has addressed and fixed, improved or eliminated.

The quality of the constuction and materails are about as modern and high tech as you can get. I crawled under the trailer, looked the inside of the cabinets carfuelly and came out impressed with the quailty of the work.

They modified the original. Boler/ Little Bigfoot molds quite a bit and when I looked at sample he had of the 3/4" styrfoam bonded to the fiberglass skin (same as Bigfoot does) the strength of that shell is increadiable compared to the orgininal Bolors & Bigfoots.
When I looked along the surface of the shell I could not detect any waves or ripples in the skin. The gecoat finish is superb. Having worked on custom cars, hot rods, race cars, snowmolbiles and trailers over the years I have good eye for any flaws.

In comparing these to the Escape trailers from Chilliwack or the Northern Light trailers for Pentiction (which are not made anymore) I would say the Armadillo beats them hands down.

I would say these trailers are 100 times better built and quality the the old ones.
And his logo and name is a heck of a good idea!

That's my opinion and I am sticking with it!

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PS: Hi Donna, glad to see you still in there keeps things going
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I am astonisted at the desparging comments some of the members have made in respect to the Armadillo trailers.

PS: Hi Donna, glad to see you still in there keeps things going
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Hi Con, still hanging out here. I agree with your comments. The Armadillo is a fantastic little trailer. Everyone has an opinion and it's easy to find fault on (anything) when never physically viewed.

You know what they say about "belly buttons."
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Old 09-02-2016, 10:56 AM   #66
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Hi Donna,
I get your point.

My only concern for Jason is the pricing on these trailers of $24,900 Can
may scare people off. However one thing he offers to do is customize to anything you want which, when I spoke to Bigfoot were not willing to do at all.

When we bought our 2003 17' Bigfoot trailer to do our cross Canada trip in 2011 we paid just under $20,000. It was the deluxe model and had all the options. When we went to sell it I phoned the Bigfoot dealer and they quoted me a price of $39,995 and that was bare without all the options we had on ours. I choked. So the price to replace our 2003 model with a 2011 model would have been in the vicinity of $45,000!

Ridiculous, for a 17' trailer. I have seen hardly any new Bigfoot trailers on the road. Only a few of their newer campers and I mean few! I believe they have priced themselves out of the market.
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I would be interested ...
If only it had a bathroom !
I know that's a lot to ask for in a 13'
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Old 09-02-2016, 12:06 PM   #68
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When we spoke to Jason he did mention that they were looking into how to design and provide a bathroom into the trailer. It would interesting to see if they could get the mould for the 17' Boler and what magic they could do with that.

When we were planning our trip across Canada (for 4 months) my wife stated she was not going to travel in a Boler without a bathroom. Hence we sold the Boler in 2 days and then bought the 17' Bigfoot.

Just a footnote on the Bigfoot; While Bigfoot long held a reputation for a good product I found a number of design faults and badly executed items on ours. During the trip I made a pucnh list of items to be fixed, changed or improved.

By the time we got home I had 50 items on the list. Some things I had to fix on fly as we travelled and on occasions borrow tools at the RV sites to fix some things.

Things like some screws were missing from the inside window flang and during a fierce storm one night in Newfoundland I woke up to find the counter and floor flooded. Leaked like a seive.

When I took the sink out to replace the cheap plastic faucet they had in there I found the "P" trap and drain were not connected so water was running down the wall for 4 months.

The sanitary sewer outlet was too low and we could not hoopup to the drain line in a number of RV sites (that brown stuff will not run uphill) One RV site I borrowed a saw from the owner and cut the their drain pipe shorter. I had to revamp the whole sewer systemwhen we got back.

One day the power on the battery system inside the trailer quit. I started using my tester (everyone should carry one) couldn't find the problem. Decided to check the battery terminals (battery was brand new) First one was OK the second when I removed it, the end terminal fell off. It had not been crimped on properly.

This is only a capsule of the things I found.

Since then my brother in law and his wife have our trailer and they use it to travel back and forth between Keromeos and Arizona every year.
Since I fixed everything they have not had a speck of troulble with it.
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I would say these trailers are 100 times better built and quality the the old ones.
And his logo and name is a heck of a good idea!

That's my opinion and I am sticking with it!

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Con I think your opinion is a good one! ;-)

We had an Armadillo attend the fibreglass meet here in BC this spring.

Rolled in complete with the underbelly wine storage system stocked with wine.

Lots of very creative and unique use of spaces not seen on any other Fiberglass trailers that I have seen.

Was indeed a well finished and thought out trailer.
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Yes and he has also added the ceiling cubby storage at the front and back which is good. I also ubderstand his reasoning for eliminating the front window as those that didn't have the rock gaurd would quite often get it punched out with a flying rock. Another thing I was impressed with is he beafed up the frame from the original 1 1/2" by 3" tubing with 1/16" wall to a 2" by 4" - 1/8 wall tubing. I have seen some Bolers with the frame broken where it meets the body and there was not enough clearence so mud and water would built up in there and eventually rust right through the frame.
Over the years I talked to a couple of people who were on the highway and the frame broek . Jason has definately addressed all the design faults that I known about

I see you are involved in the BC Glass Eggs group. Doug Mager whom I have known for some time now had invited us to come to the Ft. Langley meet for years and we were never seemd to be able to make it down there. As we are trailerless now it has become more even less likley.
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