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Old 09-22-2019, 04:05 PM   #1
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Searching For Bigfoot-Any clues?

Hello Everyone,
It has been a bit since I last posted.I have decided that I am going to try to purchase a Bigfoot 21Ft.To save some money rather than buying new I am considering a used trailer.I have been shopping 2006 and newer.There is not a lot of used available but when I find the one I want to be ready.I know lots of members here offer opinions and quality answers.So could you give me some advice to help me find bigfoot?I am looking for ideas of what I should pay,what pitfalls to be aware of,any advice that would help that someone could offer?

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Old 09-22-2019, 07:25 PM   #2
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When you are looking on Craigslist or similar sites, look for Bigfoot and Big Foot. Sometimes people spell it incorrectly.
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Old 09-23-2019, 07:34 PM   #3
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Hi I see you are in the US. If you go to Fiberglass-rv-4sale.com you will find Bigfoots for sale in the US and Canada. There is a nice one for sale it is a 30th Anniversary Edition. in Colorado. Looks very nice. As for pitfalls remember you are buying a Bigfoot unless it has some pretty big holes in it not much else to say, good luck. Oh yes I have owned a Bigfoot for the last 12 years. Three different models. Good luck. Also if you find one in Canada you get to use that very strong American dollar. Rick..
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Old 10-01-2019, 02:42 AM   #4
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The real pitfalls are the appliances and fittings. The shell is fine/repairable and the frame's probably OK (but worth a check), but things like the refrigerator, water heater, pump, and converter are the same quality as in any other RV. Decent, but once they're a few years old (especially going back to 2006), you'll want to budget a bit for potential replacements. Not saying you'll need it per se - they could be fine another decade - but those are probably the biggest risk on a used Bigfoot.
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Old 11-01-2019, 08:31 AM   #5
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Take the time to have the seller demonstrate all appliances (fridge in 12v and 120v mode, furnace, oven, stove, fans, lights, water pump). I don't know how many times I've heard "it was working the last time I checked" .

Be sure to bring a flash light and look in all nooks and crannies to see if there are any signs of water intrusion or leaks. Turn on the water pump to pressurize the water system. Once it's pressurized it shouldn't kick back on. If it does there is a leak somewhere.

Batteries and tires condition? Do the trailer brakes work? Unroll the awning to check condition. Get under the trailer and check to make sure there is no damage (especially in the back by the tanks).

This all just helps establish what a fair price is for the make/model/years condition. I watched craigslist for about a year and a half to know what a good price is. Search tempest https://www.searchtempest.com is a good way to search/monitor multiple states. Be ready to go with cash in hand when you see the right one. When I got my 2003 I left at midnight and drove 9 hours to get there in the morning. There were other people there already trying to bid-up the price
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Old 11-01-2019, 10:10 AM   #6
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On a late model unit, don't plan on saving very much. The savings may be in free upgrades/options (if you want them).

FG don't go down much in value. Thats one benefit of owning one.

And now we are in the off season, you may find a discounted new one priced very close to used. A dealer with a new 2019 is likely to be very motivated to move his remaining inventory.
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Old 11-01-2019, 11:19 AM   #7
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Great information added by all.Thank you for taking the time to do so.Very helpful.
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Old 11-01-2019, 11:44 AM   #8
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Join the Bigfoot forums on Facebook. Sometimes they are for sale there, especially when people upgrade to a 25' Bigfoot.

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Old 11-01-2019, 12:37 PM   #9
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Here's a 2006 in Yakima for $25k https://yakima.craigslist.org/rvs/d/...001813718.html Nice upgrades but seems a little over priced to me.

Here's a 2005 in Denver for $15.5k https://denver.craigslist.org/rvs/d/...987943346.html It will go fast at that price
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Old 11-11-2019, 07:15 PM   #10
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Bigfoot Travel Trailer for sale Facebook page

You may want to add this to your list of places to check!

Bigfoot Travel Trailers for sale Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/groups/5458...738/?ref=br_rs

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Old 12-05-2019, 06:29 AM   #11
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I was in the same boat> I was looking for several years. BTW I like the older bigfoots better than the new ones anyway. So I found some nice used units that were priced between 15-25K. My wife and I wanted to have the option to finance because we did not want to deplete savings. Lo and behold the banks use the NADA book to determine the loan value for RV's. Unbelievable how low they were....not even in the ballpark. They were pricing a 2008 21 Ft RB in pristine condition at 5K!! I contacted NADA and worked with them to bring their prices in line with reality and LO and Behold we now have a more realistic pricing on the NADA for future buyers. I ended up paying cash anyway LOL.
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Old 12-06-2019, 08:35 PM   #12
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Thank you for adding your experience to the discussion.
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Old 12-07-2019, 04:44 PM   #13
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Hi, I can text pictures if you are interested and answer any questions. 843-602-0912. I am asking 20k.
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Old 12-07-2019, 06:50 PM   #14
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i am selling 17.5 Big Foot for 20k, text me if you want pics or have questions 843 602 0912 im in SC USA
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Old 12-09-2019, 10:55 AM   #15
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Have you found your Bigfoot?

Don't talk yourself into purchasing one in poor condition due to scarcity. Pictures are not worth a thousand words and often misrepresent true condition.

After extensive traveling to see trailers that look really nice in pictures, we have found those same ones to be in neglected condition with owners minimizing major flaws such as water intrusion. Comments such as "all trailers leak a little don't they", 'we don't think it is a big deal because it is a good quality trailer" and you have to expect some issues when they re used, right?". One of my faves is "yeah, I didn't see that the linoleum was peeling back, must have been where the dog bowls were" (this at the entry of a Bigfoot that also had exposed wood across from that area that I could stick a fingernail into).

Everything we have looked at is advertised as very good condition yet we have found water stains on the ceiling, twelve year old tires, leaking windows? Caulking not checked in ten years.

While true that anything used will have issues, water intrusion means damage and if the RV owner did not semi annually inspect and maintain caulk joints, water more than likely has intruded.

it seems you cannot ask enough questions to ascertain if you should travel a thousand miles to see a used RV. Not because owners are liars but because they honestly do not view their RVs like an outsider would and what is maintenance to one person is not the same to another. Most RV owners do not maintain caulk lines.

We now ask when was the last time the caulk lines were redone. If the trailer is more than two- three years old and no one has inspected the caulk joints, we have found water intrusion so we are not traveling. We ask for close up pictures of caulk lines. At that point several owner have discovered, during the photo shot that they have missing caulking. The caulking one is now is our first question.

We checked out one stored in a magnificent garage. However what the owner did not mention before we drove extensively was that they were snowbirds and the trailer was not under cover for 8 months out of the year. Its condition reflected that. So now we ask about that as well..

When you start to ask about routine maintenance you get a pretty good idea of how well maintained something is. Trailer tires generally need to be changed out every five - seven years whether you use them or not. Caulking inspections every six months whether the trailer is used or not. Recaulking usually every year due to all the variable that affect all caulked areas, including windows and tail lights.

We have seen failure after failure in RVs including floor damage in molded fiberglass due to lack of routine caulking maintenance. Adding questions about that to your arsenal of questions and hopefully save yourself a lot of time and expense. Don't want a trailer so badly that you overlook water intrusion unless you can afford to have the work done or are able to tackle it yourself.. That's all I can add. We are also actively searching and have turned down several now due to water intrusion from windows and roof mounted items leaking. Also, if there have been professional repairs, ask for receipts so you can see what was done. Many owners who don't do routine maintenance may not know how to properly refit a window or repair a dry rot issue properly.
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Old 12-09-2019, 11:07 AM   #16
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We too started looking

A bit of advice. If you want people to read your posts, break them into paragraphs. I took one look at this solid block of text and was overcome. 😁
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Old 12-09-2019, 03:06 PM   #17
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Thank You Glenn

Thanks for pointing that out to me. Revised the post.
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Thanks for pointing that out to me. Revised the post.

And, I read it.

Good post. 👍
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