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Old 02-14-2015, 12:28 AM   #1
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Importing an older Bigfoot (94') to the US

I have found a lovely 1994 Bigfoot trailer in BC. It seems like I'll have to move mountains to import this trailer to the US. From what I understand the trailer needs a US DOT sticker OR paperwork from the manufacturer stating the trailer meets US safety specs. The latter is not possible given the new owners of Bigfoot will not supply the necessary paperwork. Does anyone have an image of the DOT sticker/paperwork that I could show the current owner to see if he has that in his file or on the trailer? Any other sage advice would be much appreciated!
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Old 02-14-2015, 12:37 AM   #2
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I think this sticker may be the equivalent to US DOT and acceptable.
You'll have to do more research to confirm this.
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Old 02-14-2015, 01:08 AM   #3
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Thanks Glenn! That is very helpful. Has anyone had success using a CSA sticker in lieu of a DOT sticker when importing from Canada to US?
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I have found a lovely 1994 Bigfoot trailer in BC. It seems like I'll have to move mountains to import this trailer to the US. From what I understand the trailer needs a US DOT sticker OR paperwork from the manufacturer stating the trailer meets US safety specs. The latter is not possible given the new owners of Bigfoot will not supply the necessary paperwork. Does anyone have an image of the DOT sticker/paperwork that I could show the current owner to see if he has that in his file or on the trailer? Any other sage advice would be much appreciated!
If they don't want to supply the paperwork or work with you I would not purchase unless you already have. Don't understand why they not helping. Have you actually seen this unit in person. Could be a scam if not. Be very careful!!!!
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A Canadian made trailer sold in Canada will not have a US DOT sticker. And expecting a Canadian owner to supply one will never happen. Bigfoot is still being produced in Armstrong BC. If you are serious and it is a legitimate trailer for sale then a Email or phone call should be placed to Bigfoot to see what documents they may be able to supply.

Bigfoot Industries (2010) Inc.
4114 Crozier Road
Armstrong, BC
Canada V0E 1B6
Phone: (250) 546-2155
Fax: (250) 546-2166


I also found this link with all the hoops you will have to jump through to satisfy the US Government


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I have found a lovely 1994 Bigfoot trailer in BC. It seems like I'll have to move mountains to import this trailer to the US. From what I understand the trailer needs a US DOT sticker OR paperwork from the manufacturer stating the trailer meets US safety specs. The latter is not possible given the new owners of Bigfoot will not supply the necessary paperwork. Does anyone have an image of the DOT sticker/paperwork that I could show the current owner to see if he has that in his file or on the trailer? Any other sage advice would be much appreciated!
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Old 02-14-2015, 09:16 AM   #6
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If they don't want to supply the paperwork or work with you I would not purchase unless you already have. Don't understand why they not helping. Have you actually seen this unit in person. Could be a scam if not. Be very careful!!!!
I think what the OP is saying is that Bigfoot Industries 2010 (the current company that manufactures Bigfoot trailers) won't provide the necessary paperwork. They probably want nothing to do with anything produced by the previous corporation as the current company didn't even exist at the time.
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Oh ok.
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Old 02-14-2015, 10:40 AM   #8
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Yes as you have found the Bigfoot company will not supply paperwork for trailers made by the previous company which makes sense. I think you will have to look for one over 25 years old to import it. Or a newer one built by the company.
This has come up before and I can't recall a way around it unless maybe you hire an importer to verify the standards on it which is more hassle and will cost you.
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To Summarize (I think)
1. The current BigFoot company, nice peeps that they are, doesn't provide certification for earlier trailers.
2. There was a US DOT sticker placed on many earlier Bigfoot trailers because they were being sold through a few dealers in the North West. Our Lil Bigfoot still had a dealer sticker from Portland, OR on it. Unfortunately, I didn't know at the time that pics of the DOT sticker was so hard to find. They may not have put them on any that were first sold in Canada, why would they?
3. The CSA sticker is not the equivalent, it may mean the same, but isn't excepted for importing.
4. The seller has to have a lot of incentive ($$$) to do almost anything to promote the sale to a U.S. buyer as these sell well in BC as.
5. DO NOT even consider having the seller bring it into the U.S. and sell it to you here. That creates an even bigger legal issue/mess than the DOT sticker will ever become.


Also take a look here under importing from Canada: Molded Fiberglass Travel Trailers For Sale | Fiberglass RV's For Sale and there was a very comprehensive post on this site less than a month ago about this issue.


And last....Canada is currently offering a 20% discount on CDN prices when bought with USD..... LOL
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It is similar for me who look a caravan Bigfoot to be sold which comes from the United States.

- Via internet I have to find a " certificate of import " and a " certificate of customs duty ".

- Verify if a temporary registration is necessary to move me before the border. ($$??)

- If more of 15-year-old, it is not necessary to obtain from certificate of eligibility. I would have thought of the opposit

- As it is a Canadian manufacturing of origin, I would not have to pay of tax for the air conditioner, which would be of $100 . (To verify)

- For passage in customs, it is possible to have a $195 contribution.
As the caravan was made in Canada, it is possible that I not ais not to pay this amount? (To verify)

That seems to complicate, I wonder if I am going to continue the process and in more I have to move to verify well that the caravan is good in the controversial state...
The caravan which I desire is in California and I in Quebec. It could be a beautiful journey but...
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Gilles....
WOW... I see that the rules for importing into Canada are a lot different than importing into the U.S.
What caravan are you wanting to import from California to Quebec.
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Thank you for all the feedback! This has been incredibly helpful. Alas, I think this beauty of a trailer will have to stay in its homeland. I will wait patiently for a newer one to surface.
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Gilles....
WOW... I see that the rules for importing into Canada are a lot different than importing into the U.S.
What caravan are you wanting to import from California to Quebec.
It is Bigfoot 17 feet 1989 in California.

It is on the site FiberglassRV.
At the moment there is also an exchange rate which is important.
I too believe that I am going to wait for one in Canada.
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Thank you for all the feedback! This has been incredibly helpful. Alas, I think this beauty of a trailer will have to stay in its homeland. I will wait patiently for a newer one to surface.
If you find, as me, that the transfer of country is not obvious, you can identify me Bigfoot that you found in Canada?
I could maybe complete mine.
Have a good day.
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