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Old 09-19-2011, 05:17 PM   #1
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Quality trailer brands similar to Bigfoot?

Hi, I'm Mike from WA state. Five or six years I was on this site asking about Fiberglass vs Airstream. I received many thoughtful answers. Anyway, I didn't do anything because I got sick. Now my wife and I are back in the market. It appears that Bigfoot went through bankruptcy and are struggling. Are there any other trailers of comparable quality that we should be considering?

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Old 09-19-2011, 05:26 PM   #2
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Hi, I'm Mike from WA state. Five or six years I was on this site asking about Fiberglass vs Airstream. I received many thoughtful answers. Anyway, I didn't do anything because I got sick. Now my wife and I are back in the market. It appears that Bigfoot went through bankruptcy and are struggling. Are there any other trailers of comparable quality that we should be considering?

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Mike
Hi Mike,
Escape Trailers in Chilliwack, BC are the "Cadillac" of new trailers. We've ordered one and are very pleased with all the standard features of the trailer. Wonderful customer service as well. Tell Tammy I sent you. Very easy for you to take across the border as well. They give you all the documents you need to make it easy.
Good luck!
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ps, I owned a Bigfoot so I have high expectations for the Escape
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Old 09-19-2011, 05:29 PM   #3
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Only one answer from me as well ESCAPE!

By the ever increasing number of them showing up all over North America at the meets there are a lot of people here who would agree.
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Old 09-19-2011, 06:07 PM   #4
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When we were looking before we went up to the Escape factory. Very nice people. Our only concern was that the paneling seemed about 1/8" thick. I fully understand that one has to pay for quality. Have they upgraded?

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Old 09-19-2011, 06:15 PM   #5
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Thickness is weight, BigFoot's were heavy because of thickness, because of their weight they went out of business, Escape's are quality but light and towable, you make the choice!
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Old 09-19-2011, 06:55 PM   #6
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Another vote for the Escape!
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:04 PM   #7
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When we were looking before we went up to the Escape factory. Very nice people. Our only concern was that the paneling seemed about 1/8" thick. I fully understand that one has to pay for quality. Have they upgraded?

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Nothing to do with quality! its the weight. The fiberglass on my Scamp varies on the shell but I would be suprised if the Escapes fiberglass was any thiner than whats on it.

Keep in mind that newer (last 10 years or more) Bigfoots where/are not really total fiberglass shell trailers but more of a composite.
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Old 09-19-2011, 07:46 PM   #8
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Quality

I haven't done a comparative analysis of the trailers in terms of quality however I amazed by the current brands I've used and seen.

We've spent 6 months in both a 1995 Casita 16 and a 1991 Scamp 16. If you didn't know their ages, you'd have thought they were new. We've given dozens of tours in the last year or so and no one ever believes us when we tell their ages. In both cases everything worked and worked well.

Equally amazing to me is all the older rigs I've seen at Fiberglass Rallies that are in great shape after 40 years. The Fiberglass design approach simply provides a strong core.

At the last Fiberglass rally I had the opportunity to inspect a couple of Escapes and an Eggcamper, both well manufactured rigs. To me a good part of choosing a trailer comes down to individual desires and likes as much as anything not to mention the size of your wallet.

We were comfortable in the Casita and now in the Scamp and I'm sure we'd be comfortable in an Escapee or Egg. I will say I have yet to see a trailer that doesn't require modification to meet our personal needs but that's not a quality issue.

Once you've made the decision to go fiberglass, you have chosen quality.
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Old 09-19-2011, 11:21 PM   #9
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I believe Bigfoot has new ownership and is building trailers again... have no idea if they're "struggling" or if they are doing well.

At RVER V in Arkansas I was able to see 2 Escapes, a 5th wheel and a 19' trailer. I really liked the feel of the 19'. Hope to be able to buy one someday. It is now my absolute favorite egg.
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Keep in mind that newer (last 10 years or more) Bigfoots where/are not really total fiberglass shell trailers but more of a composite.
That's news to me. I know they did make "combo" trailers that were built of fiberglass panels in addition to the molded models. The combo trailer were "stick" built construction.
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Old 09-20-2011, 06:36 PM   #11
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Hi Mike, I too am a fan of the Escape and my forever dream trailer will be an Escape 5th wheel. A huge point in favor of an Escape for me is the rivetless construction and the double-pane windows which are an option on some models.

I take it you're only interested in buying new? There are have several Bigfoot come up for sale recently in fabulous shape and great prices.
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That's news to me. I know they did make "combo" trailers that were built of fiberglass panels in addition to the molded models. The combo trailer were "stick" built construction.
Your right about the bigger ones and I should rephrase it in regards to the smaller trailers in that they are not actually molded fiberglass but instead paneled fiberglass trailers.
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Old 09-22-2011, 12:42 AM   #13
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I believe Bigfoot has new ownership and is building trailers again... have no idea if they're "struggling" or if they are doing well.

At RVER V in Arkansas I was able to see 2 Escapes, a 5th wheel and a 19' trailer. I really liked the feel of the 19'. Hope to be able to buy one someday. It is now my absolute favorite egg.
Yes Bigfoot is building on an order by order basis.
I looked at Escape as well then settled on a used Bigfoot.
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:09 PM   #14
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That's news to me. I know they did make "combo" trailers that were built of fiberglass panels in addition to the molded models. The combo trailer were "stick" built construction.
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Yes Bigfoot is building on an order by order basis.
I looked at Escape as well then settled on a used Bigfoot.

Yes Bigfoot DID make "composite" trailers (for select sizes - for a few years.) I looked at a 24 foot "Millenium Edition" - which was made in the 2000 model year and it was a composite.

I understand that they made few other "Millenium edition" sizes as well.

Personally I did not/would not buy a "Millenium Edition" version as, to my mind, they are not "true' Bigfoots ("Bigfeet"?) However their trailers both before and after the 2000 model year are "true" eggs. I love my '99 21 footer, and it is identical to a 2006 21 footer that I saw for sale at a local RV dealer.
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