Anyone familiar with Armadillo trailers? - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 02-21-2020, 09:57 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Name: Richard
Trailer: 2009 Scamp 13'
Alberta
Posts: 143
Anyone familiar with Armadillo trailers?

We recently learned about Armadillo trailers, made in Enderby, British Columbia, as a possible replacement for our 13-foot Scamp that was rear-ended and destroyed last fall. They market themselves as a modern Boler, and their business operation looks a lot like Scamp's, except much smaller. I'd be pleased to hear anything good, bad, or indifferent about the company and their products. Fingers crossed to get back in the slow lane
__________________

Richard Davis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2020, 11:34 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Jack Walter's Avatar
 
Name: Jack
Trailer: Eriba - Ex Escape, Eriba, U-Haul, Boler owner
Georgia
Posts: 179
I really like their new Backpack model and haven't heard anything but good reviews on them. If I was buying a new trailer that would probably be #1 on my list.
__________________

Jack Walter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2020, 10:59 AM   #3
Junior Member
 
Name: Martin
Trailer: Triiiium 13'
British Columbia
Posts: 29
Quote:
Originally Posted by Richard Davis View Post
We recently learned about Armadillo trailers, made in Enderby, British Columbia, as a possible replacement for our 13-foot Scamp that was rear-ended and destroyed last fall. They market themselves as a modern Boler, and their business operation looks a lot like Scamp's, except much smaller. I'd be pleased to hear anything good, bad, or indifferent about the company and their products. Fingers crossed to get back in the slow lane
Really, very little bad to say about them. Except for maybe the price. Very well built, beautiful looking. Lots of options.
Martin.P is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2020, 11:13 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Name: Claire
Trailer: 1978 Trillium 4500
British Columbia
Posts: 292
Registry
I have seen them and been in one. The are well built but pricey. I found them very dark inside as they do not have a lot of windows. I loved some of the creative ideas for storage including the under trailer storage.



They were at the Boler 50th in Winnipeg, and they one of the first ones came and camped at out Boler gathering on Vancouver Island. Have not met an unhappy owner.
__________________
Island Bolers and Friends on Facebook
Island Claire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2020, 11:36 AM   #5
Junior Member
 
Name: George
Trailer: '73 Trillium
British Columbia
Posts: 7
Armadillo

I have visited their facility a few times and am very impressed with the their quality control and options.

One of my neighbours has a "full meal deal" version that always looks better the closer I get. Going back to my old Trillium is anticlimactic... Then I remember that I paid less than a 10th of its price and smile!
George in BC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2020, 12:07 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Glenn Baglo's Avatar
 
Name: Glenn ( second 'n' is silent )
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B '08 RAV4 SPORT V6
British Columbia
Posts: 6,715
Quote:
Originally Posted by Island Claire View Post
I loved some of the creative ideas for storage including the under trailer storage.
The under trailer storage worries me. Seems to me it would fill with dust / dirt and is vulnerable to damage from road sharks and general bumps in the road would take a toll on the tracks.

I guess if you never leave pavement...
Thinking about cleaning it of cattle splat ...
__________________
What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
Glenn Baglo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2020, 12:46 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Name: David
Trailer: Scamp 13 ft
California
Posts: 320
.

I guess if you never leave pavement...
Thinking about cleaning it of cattle splat ...[/QUOTE]




" Cattle splat ? ? LOL Road apples ? Cow pies ?
DavidG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2020, 12:56 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Glenn Baglo's Avatar
 
Name: Glenn ( second 'n' is silent )
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B '08 RAV4 SPORT V6
British Columbia
Posts: 6,715
" Cattle splat ? ? LOL Road apples ? Cow pies ?[/QUOTE]


Yup. Turns to concrete in no time. That's why it was used with straw and mud to build houses. Bad enough cleaning it out of the wheel wells.
Attached Thumbnails
Cattle road.jpg  
__________________
What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
Glenn Baglo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2020, 01:40 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Jon in AZ's Avatar
 
Name: Jon
Trailer: 2008 Scamp 13 S1
Arizona
Posts: 8,668
Registry
Isnít the under-cabin storage drawer an option? Skip it if you think it might cause problems for you.

I have always agreed about the lack of windows. The new Backpack model addresses that.
Jon in AZ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2020, 02:09 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Glenn Baglo's Avatar
 
Name: Glenn ( second 'n' is silent )
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B '08 RAV4 SPORT V6
British Columbia
Posts: 6,715
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jon in AZ View Post
Isnít the under-cabin storage drawer an option? Skip it if you think it might cause problems for you.

Not going to cause me problems. I have a 17B Escape.
__________________
What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
Glenn Baglo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2020, 02:14 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Name: Richard
Trailer: 2009 Scamp 13'
Alberta
Posts: 143
Thanks for this feedback -- please keep it coming! Yes, the porthole windows didn't impress us, given how much we appreciated light in the Scamp when we were holed up on a rainy day. But the new Backpack seems to fix that issue with larger, more-Scamp like windows. Personally, I'd skip the under-carriage storage for reasons pointed out here AND because in my years of Scamping, I never had a real need for that sort of space. Still, though, it is an innovative option for those who could use it, and I appreciate that in a company. I was always amazed that of the thousands of trailers Scamp must have made, they couldn't have created a water reservoir that was shaped like the rounded corner it had to sit in. But we sure loved the life that little fiberglass egg allowed us!
Richard Davis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2020, 06:38 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Name: Daniel A.
Trailer: Bigfoot 17.0 1991 dlx
British Columbia
Posts: 679
Registry
I talked to the makers yesterday at an RV show the Backpack unit was there and looks great, the rails for that storage under there seem to be heavy duty and the bumper locks it into place. I don't think the price is out of line at 27000,00 CAN. after looking at everything else at the show.
Daniel A. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2020, 07:35 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
Radar1's Avatar
 
Name: Dave (and/or John)
Trailer: Scamp 16 SD std layout 6
Georgia
Posts: 974
Registry
Saw a few on display at the Boler 50th anniversary rally and was quite impressed. Seemed to be well built and I like that storage drawer underneath.
__________________
John-Dave and Marilyn
Sharpsburg, GA
04 Dodge Dakota V-8, 17 Dodge Durango V-6, 19 Ford Ranger 2.3 Ecoboost
radar1-scamping.blogspot.com
Radar1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-2020, 11:47 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
Trailer: 2011 KZ Sportsmen 242SB / 2004 Ram-Cummins 2500 2wd
British Columbia
Posts: 131
Lets try this again (4th time)
I've heard rumours that they are part of the old 'Bigfoot' crew. Please correct me if I'm wrong.


Yippee! 4th time lucky!
Lloyd (aka Santa) Coltman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-2020, 12:02 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
Name: Daniel A.
Trailer: Bigfoot 17.0 1991 dlx
British Columbia
Posts: 679
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lloyd (aka Santa) Coltman View Post
Lets try this again (4th time)
I've heard rumours that they are part of the old 'Bigfoot' crew. Please correct me if I'm wrong.


Yippee! 4th time lucky!



That is true from talking with them.
Daniel A. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-2020, 12:16 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
Name: Richard
Trailer: 2009 Scamp 13'
Alberta
Posts: 143
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lloyd (aka Santa) Coltman View Post
Lets try this again (4th time)
I've heard rumours that they are part of the old 'Bigfoot' crew. Please correct me if I'm wrong.


Yippee! 4th time lucky!
Could well be true. I don't know much (if anything) about Big Foots (Big Feet?). Armadillo's promo video makes numerous specific references to Bolers and the new company's effort to improve/upgrade that model. I DO wish they offered an onboard grey water tank, but thanks to the many helpful posts on this site, I don't think Armadillo's failure to offer that will be a deal breaker for me.
Richard Davis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-2020, 12:21 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
Name: Richard
Trailer: 2009 Scamp 13'
Alberta
Posts: 143
Just found this re: Big Foot: https://suncruisermedia.com/Home/rv-...mproved-boler/
Richard Davis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-2020, 07:59 PM   #18
Member
 
Name: dust in
Trailer: Boler Trailer
British Columbia
Posts: 65
Quote:
Originally Posted by Richard Davis View Post
We recently learned about Armadillo trailers, made in Enderby, British Columbia, as a possible replacement for our 13-foot Scamp that was rear-ended and destroyed last fall. They market themselves as a modern Boler, and their business operation looks a lot like Scamp's, except much smaller. I'd be pleased to hear anything good, bad, or indifferent about the company and their products. Fingers crossed to get back in the slow lane
Perfect little Egg.....well made and sophisticated
dust-in is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-2020, 08:04 PM   #19
Member
 
Name: dust in
Trailer: Boler Trailer
British Columbia
Posts: 65
oops made a mistake ......the Armadillo is a beautiful little egg, well made, lots of great ideas and are approachable when it comes to customizing for the client if its doable. Great bunch of guys. I would buy one if my 72 Boler was not so enjoyable and vintage .
dust-in is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-29-2020, 11:15 PM   #20
Junior Member
 
Name: Ervin
Trailer: Moby 1 Teardrop
Oregon
Posts: 13
Had the pleasure of doing a roadie up to Enderby last October. Saw both the 14 ft Backpack and the original 13.5 Armadillo. Owners, who are brothers, are past employees of Bigfoot, and their father worked in the industry for over 45 years, they grew up in RV manufacturing. Super creative, an earlier post stated there was no grey water tank, yet there was an earlier thread (search Armadillo on this site) where a poster had ordered the 13.5 footer with a grey. Owners stated they could do basically anything you would want and I believe them.

I plan on ordering the Backpack. I saw the storage drawer and it is pretty far off the ground and it seems to have plenty of clearance, especially compared to the Scamp, heck it seems to me the Scamp rides on the ground. Yet my current off road teardrop has 23 inches of clearance
I like that the axle is rated at 3500 lbs vs 2200 for the Scamp. The interiors are superb with lots of choices. A little spendy, but so what. And they ask for 75% down. Hopes this helps.
__________________

Ervin in Portland is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
armadillo


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Anyone familiar with the "CanCooker" msu1966 Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 17 11-01-2016 05:29 AM
This looks vaguely familiar Camilla General Chat 71 02-17-2013 03:25 PM
New "Caravan" Familiar Shape; Not Molded FG Adrian W General Chat 6 04-22-2011 05:05 PM
Is anyone familiar with this model Boler? amandarussell Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 13 07-24-2009 04:48 PM
Look familiar? VickiC General Chat 2 01-27-2006 07:16 AM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:24 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
×