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Old 11-03-2013, 12:19 PM   #15
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Ya But..... Bigfoot has an established dealer network (small, but a lot bigger than Scamp, Parkliner and Oliver combined~~~ LOL ) in the U.S. and might not be so keen or cooperative on arranging a direct sale for much less than MSRP. Most dealers are advertising 20-25% off MSRP.
Your right Bob, there probable is a better change of negotiating a better price with a dealer vs the factory... But I suspect if you are wanting a trailer with various options (custom for your needs) that the dealer doesnt have in stock and they need to order it then it may be a push.... never know though. Depending on interest rates at the time it may be cheaper for someone in the US to purchase directly from Canada. Although currently that may not be the case as not a big margin either way.

As with all things best to do a little homework before pulling the trigger.
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Old 11-03-2013, 12:20 PM   #16
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oooops, you're right Bob...I forgot about the dealer network for BF.....Escape hasn't gone there...(yet) so they have set up a system to sell directly to US buyers...I was walked through it on their site....sounds simple enough
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Old 11-03-2013, 12:26 PM   #17
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FWIW, I dropped BF a note last week asking about seeing a trailer and how the new post reopening compared to the pre closing BF's, here's the response.

"Hi Bob

Sorry do not know of anyone in your specific area as we have really just started trailer distribution in the East.

We do have a new dealer in Milwaukee Wisconsin, Prosser RV.

They will be getting another trailer in early Dec as their first trailer sold right away. It is a B25 RQ.

Our trailers are built with the same structural integrity and design. We are using the same tooling, with 300 plus years of Bigfoot experience. We are always making enhancements with updated decors. We have also moved many of the past popular options into our standard built trailer."
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Old 11-03-2013, 01:22 PM   #18
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FWIW, I dropped BF a note last week asking about seeing a trailer and how the new post reopening compared to the pre closing BF's, here's the response.
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Bob the new owners of the brand name worked as managers of the original Bigfoot as did many of the current employees. At the same place as well.... only real difference between the two companies is the slight name change (required to protect the new owners from old company financial issues) and the fact they have stopped the production of various motorhomes & Class A's etc that they were making in the years prior to their closer and what many would say is what put them into financial trouble when the economy started to suffer. The new Bigfoot has pretty well gone back to producing what was the original companies core biz for years - truck campers and smaller trailers.
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Old 11-03-2013, 01:37 PM   #19
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Soft market caused Bigfoot to go out of business, but it probably started with:

"Bigfoot Industries suffered a serious setback in the spring of 1998 when Terry Mayall, who founded the company, and two directors died in a plane crash near Moses Lake in Washington."
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Old 11-03-2013, 01:50 PM   #20
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Yup Glenn, I am pretty sure you would find a lot of locals who would agree with you on that. The new board took the the company in a direction that those who know the men who died in that crash would probable never have taken it. If that crash had not happened it is very doubtful Bigfoot would have gotten into producing Class A motorhomes for example.
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Old 11-03-2013, 02:30 PM   #21
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Maybe there were trying to follow the Wal-Mart business model "after" Sam died.....
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Old 11-03-2013, 07:10 PM   #22
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I was just checking the GVWR/UBW and NCC of a 25 foot Airstream Flying Cloud and a 25 foot Bigfoot with the front bed. I thought that the Airstream would be very light compared to the Bigfoot, but here are the numbers...Airstream GVWR 7300, UBW 5540 and NCC 1760. Bigfoot 25 foot front bed GVWR 7500, UBW 5450 and NCC 2050 pounds. I checked the specs on my 1993 Suburban with a 5.7 liter engine and it's rated to pull 10,000 pounds. Is it possible that I just don't know how to pull a trailer? Maybe I need to gear down more. I do put it into the gear above D for the hills, but mostly I have pulled the trailer on the flats in D. How does everyone else use the gears for pulling a trailer? I was quite surprised to see the weights come in very comparable to an Airstream for the Bigfoot. Maybe I just need to learn how to drive the Suburban. What can I say? I never took driver's ed since I got my license in Alaska and they didn't offer it there.
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Old 11-03-2013, 07:23 PM   #23
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John,
The first place I would start is your owner's manual. It has a wealth of information about your vehicle and how to tow with it and what gear to tow with.
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Old 11-03-2013, 07:28 PM   #24
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I don 't know about towing 10,000 with a 350/210 hp engine, all the weight of a suburban+ 10,000 lbs. A 454 would do the trick, but a 350 will be straining at that weight. And 7500 lbs isn't going to be a picnic.

We have a Denali w/454 and it pulls the 3500 lb Coleman hybrid without problem, but you feel it a bit on grades and a lot at the gas pump.
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Old 11-03-2013, 09:00 PM   #25
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I believe the later model 25 ft. Bigfoot rear queen with the small love seat and the optional outside front storage box. is the best possible layout. The rear bed model has more windows. When I am camped in a scenic spot I like to open the shades enjoy the outdoors. I looked at the front bed models but I did not like the lack of windows. There is no front window and the bath (while nice and big) goes across the entire rear of the trailer. So when you are in the living area the only views are out the sides. I would not care for the optional generator mounted under the trailer. I carry a 70 lb Yamaha 2800 watt portable. I found an older 25 RQ without the front tool box and I really like it. I do very long cross country trips with the water tank full and lots of stuff. It tows really well with an F-150 with the heavy tow package. Oh, and my Trailer weighs 6,500 lbs fully loaded.
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Old 11-04-2013, 05:22 AM   #26
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Good day John.

We were in the same boat as you 10 years ago. We were always a big fan of Bigfoots and looked at many on the used markets. In the end we followed our hearts/life long dream and bought a 30 year old 23' Airstream.

It is an easy tow with our mid size sport sedan and because of the aerodynamic shape we get great fuel mileage towing and solo. With trailer in tow the car's 3.5L V6 has power to spare.

The Airstream has served us well over the last 10 years it's value has increased well over the $6,000. we paid for the trailer.

Wish you luck with your trailer search. You are considering two of the most desirable trailers on the market today.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:27 AM   #27
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Our 17 foot BF weighs about 3500 lb loaded and we tow with an older F-150 (2005). Since it only has a 4 speed auto I have found that it's a lot easier to just lock out 4th and pay the penalty at the pump. The truck has a tow rating north of 9000 lbs, but I was told we would need a 1/2 ton truck to pull this trailer and that has proven to be true. We get about 12 MPG.
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Old 11-04-2013, 03:56 PM   #28
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I'm running 350hp, and 10k makes it grunt. I'm sure you can tow it, but you'll be taking your time. I wouldn't tow in overdrive at all.
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