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Old 11-30-2008, 10:14 PM   #1
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Hey,

I received some great feedback and advice on trying to purchase a Canadian trailer and bring it over. Would like to have the current owner at least check for the US DOT sticker, that shows it was made according to US safety standards, but I have no idea where to tell the owner to look. If it should happen to have one, it would surely make things easier, and a lot less scary to proceed with the deal.

This is a long distance deal, and if it was possible to have her check it out, it would certainly help out.

Anyone have a clue about where to look for such a sticker on a Bigfoot trailer?? It is an old 5th wheel, 1987 model.

Thanks in advance,
Betty L.
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Old 12-01-2008, 06:29 AM   #2
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Hi Betty,

The outside sticker is on the street side (left or port side), front, lower corner. There is also a sticker on the inside in the wardrobe closet. Fivers were made by the old Bigfoot company before it was resurrected by a new owner in the 1990s. I've seen quite a few older Bigfoot trailers here in the US and have not heard that any upgrading was necessary.
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Old 12-01-2008, 06:51 AM   #3
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A bit of Bigfoot history was posted by Mark (employee) on the BOCI website recently:

"Correction, in 1995 they had a fire in their glass shop but it really didn't slow them down. They had two big fires, the first was approx 1979 or 80, then another in 1985 I believe. They rebuilt and were running again in no time. The end of Bigfoot came in approx 1986, it laid dorment untill Terry Mayall purchased the molds back from a fellow named Irwin Kreig, and Bigfoot was reserected by Terry. Terry had agreed not to build campers and trailers for 5 years and had a company called Leisure Coach Works, who built class C motor homes. Once Terry bought the Bigfoot name and molds back, he slowly brought Bigfoot back into existence. Sadly we lost Terry in a plane crash in 1998."

Bigfoot Industries was a private company and information about it is not easy to find. Obviously, the old company went a little beyond the 1986 model year. As you know, the company abruptly ceased operations a couple weeks ago (Nov 18).
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Old 12-10-2008, 12:26 AM   #4
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Hey,

I received some great feedback and advice on trying to purchase a Canadian trailer and bring it over. Would like to have the current owner at least check for the US DOT sticker, that shows it was made according to US safety standards, but I have no idea where to tell the owner to look. If it should happen to have one, it would surely make things easier, and a lot less scary to proceed with the deal.

This is a long distance deal, and if it was possible to have her check it out, it would certainly help out.

Anyone have a clue about where to look for such a sticker on a Bigfoot trailer?? It is an old 5th wheel, 1987 model.

Thanks in advance,
Betty L.
Dear Bettty L.
Here is what you do about importing an old Bigfoot Trailer into the USA. If it is 25 years or older you can just bring it in no problem. If it is less than 25 years old and does not have the US DOT sticker you will have to enter at a 24 hour Port. You will need to find a broker at the Port, who will certify your trailer for a fee. Then you can enter the trailer into the USA. You will need a trip permit for the trailer in the US. You will also need to buy one for Canada.
Good luck
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Old 12-10-2008, 08:10 AM   #5
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Betty,

Chuck has apparently had some experience bringing a trailer from Canada to the US; I haven't. (Hi Chuck, I met you at the OG.) There was a previous thread about bringing a 1988 Bigfoot 19 TT into the US. Perhaps it will answer some of your questions. Sorry, I didn't think of this before.

http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/index.ph...gfoot&st=15

Another thought: There have been numerous ads for Bigfoot trailers on this forum. Perhaps it would be more convenient to buy one already in the US. Good luck in your search.
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