Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-22-2008, 05:49 PM   #1
Rivet Master
 
Road Ruler's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
St. Catharines , South Western Ontario
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 2,364
Images: 39
Bigfoot RV closes doors

We have always said that if we didn't own an Airstream our 2nd choice would be a Bigfoot.
It's hard to believe that after 31 years in business the highly respected Canadian built Bigfoot RV line has shut down. The reports are saying that the credit flow to the company was stopped. Sad new to say the least.

bigfoot owners club.... Welcome to Bigfoot Owners Club International, the website dedicated to Bigfoot RV products (campers, trailers and motorhomes) and the people who own them.

news report.... CHBC News - Job Losses

web site... Bigfoot RV - Motorhome, Truck Camper, Travel Trailer - Recreational Vehicle Manufacturer
__________________

__________________
Airstreams..... The best towing trailers on the planet!
Road Ruler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2008, 05:57 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
wheel interested's Avatar
 
2007 23' International CCD
Lapeer , Michigan
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 7,039
We too looked into getting a Bigfoot, or an Arctic Fox for their superior insulation and quality, before we purchased the Airstream. I was talking with a dealer all the way in Colorado, there were none to be seen around here. What a shame and all because of credit closing down. It's a terrible thing.
__________________

__________________
Caroljb



photography
wheel interested is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2008, 06:45 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
willyd's Avatar
 
1993 34' Limited
Melbourne Florida , Springfield Ohio
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 757
Images: 5
I also considered a Bigfoot, also due to quality and reputation. Sorry to see this happen. I wonder who is next?
__________________
willyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2008, 07:02 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
2007 25' Classic
Hydes
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 705
Sorry to see them close. Our second choice also.
__________________
craftsman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2008, 07:07 PM   #5
Rivet Master
 
2011 25' FB Flying Cloud
Anywhere & , Everywhere
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 1,090
I also considered the 21' Bigfoot when I went fulltime. But I made a mistake and chose the Airstream which has had many problems including filiform corrosion. While its very unfortunate that Bigfoot went belly up I suspect there is more to the story. Even with things the way they are at the moment I don't think the bank would have pulled the financing if they had really been in good shape. They laid off a bunch of people earlier this year so things apparently haven't been going well for some time. They won't be the last.
__________________
Al - K4GLU is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2008, 09:16 PM   #6
4 Rivet Member
 
1963 24' Tradewind
San Diego , California
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 360
Al-k4GUL It's never to late, you can always pick-up a used Bigfoot.
__________________
Sixty3TW4US is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2008, 11:20 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
Bob Thompson's Avatar
 
Corpus Christi , Texas
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 936
Images: 67
The weak dollar about a year ago had to contribute to the problem. The price of Bigfoots was especially high when purchased with US dollars, and this may have persuaded some buyers to buy cheaper brands. Now, the US dollar is nearly 20% stronger against the Canadian dollar. I'm a Bigfoot fan so I hope they can ride it out and get back on their feet. It's hard enough to find top quality products and it would be a shame to see one of the best fall by the wayside.
__________________
So Long!
Bob Thompson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2008, 12:19 AM   #8
Rivet Master
 
SilverGate's Avatar

 
2007 23' Safari SE
San Diego , California
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 1,490
We also considered Bigfoot RV and looked inside one before deciding on Airstream...

Another sign... and sigh of the times.
__________________
SilverGate is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2008, 01:05 AM   #9
Well Preserved

 
1993 21' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 20,190
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Thompson View Post
The weak dollar about a year ago had to contribute to the problem. The price of Bigfoots was especially high when purchased with US dollars, and this may have persuaded some buyers to buy cheaper brands. Now, the US dollar is nearly 20% stronger against the Canadian dollar. I'm a Bigfoot fan so I hope they can ride it out and get back on their feet. It's hard enough to find top quality products and it would be a shame to see one of the best fall by the wayside.
Bob, I read the President of Bigfoot's message on their website, and in that message, he spcified Bigfoot is done as a company. If they manage to start another company with the remains of the old one, it will be a different company. His words, not mine, and I wish it wasn't so. I think they had a good quality product.
__________________
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.
Terry
overlander63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-24-2008, 07:18 PM   #10
Incorrigible
 
Ike T's Avatar
 
1976 Argosy 24
-- , Georgia
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 559
Not Bigfoot news, but this was reported in our only major metro newspaper site:

RV maker Fleetwood to shut 2 South Georgia plants

Associated Press
Monday, November 24, 2008

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Recreational vehicle maker Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. said Monday it will shut several plants, including two in South Georgia, and cut jobs in response to reduced demand for manufactured housing. The RV manufacturer is taking the actions to “match current production to market demand and improve capacity utilization,” it said in a news release.

Fleetwood notified workers of shutdowns at its manufactured housing plants in Woodland, Calif.; Auburndale, Fla.; Willacoochee, Ga.; Benton, Ky.; and Pembroke, N.C.

All the plants will complete orders and will begin moving production to some of the remaining 13 Fleetwood Housing Group facilities. The plants are expected to close in about 60 days.

In addition, Fleetwood’s Trendsetter Homes plant in Douglas, Ga. — one of two producing modular housing — will be closed immediately. Impending shutdown announcements also were made at Fleetwood’s travel trailer manufacturing centers in Crawfordsville, Ind., and Mexicali, Mexico. All Fleetwood travel trailers and fifth wheels will be produced at the company’s three plants in Ohio and Oregon.

Fleetwood said it will try to place a limited number of employees within the company, but that most of the jobs will be permanently lost. A message was left with a company spokeswoman Monday seeking details on how many workers will be affected by the plant closures.

Tim
__________________
Tim

1976 24' Argosy
1973 International Harvester Travelette 1210 4x4 'Bernard' 164" WB
1997 Georgie Boy 30' SuperDuty v10
Ike T is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-2009, 10:05 PM   #11
New Member
 
2008 19' Bambi
Richland , Washington
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 1
End for Bigfoot

I was very sad to see the demise of Bigfoot. I owed a Bigfoot truck camper for over ten years and was very pleased with it, just could not get up and down the stairs any more so I bought an Airstream because it looked to be about the same quality of product. Love the Airstream but will always miss the Bigfoot.
__________________
KKbambi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2009, 12:10 AM   #12
4 Rivet Member
 
ronstory's Avatar
 
1975 23' Safari
Portland , Oregon
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 305
Images: 2
KKbambi--

Welcome to the forums and yes, it's a sorry thing to see another quality RV company go by the wayside.
__________________
Thanks,
Ron
ronstory is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2009, 08:06 AM   #13
2 Rivet Member
 
1968 17' Caravel
wapakoneta , Ohio
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 44
NuWa and Country Coach also are out of Business
__________________
Clipper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2009, 08:55 AM   #14
Aluminut
 
Silvertwinkie's Avatar
 
2004 25' Safari
. , Illinois
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 10,334
I had never seen or heard of Bigfoot until a forms member here who sold his Airstream for one came to a forums rally with it. Sure it really wasn't retro and cool like the Airstream, but it was very well built. It had features that Airstreams should have and of course, it was better assembled than my Airstream.

As we all know this won't be the last RV builder to disappear and from rumors I've heard, even Jackson Center has cut back on shifts and extended the holiday downtime. It is one thing to hear about hard times in the RV industry, but for those of you who have visited Jackson Center and met a number of the folks out there, it starts to hit a bit closer to home, as I am sure Bigfoot owner's now are exp.

I do hope the economy does pick back up soon because there are some really great folks who could get in a heap of hurt, and as much as I may come down on Jackson Center for their shortcomings with the product lines, that's an issue I take with mgmt, not the overall Airstream employee(s).

As many of the jobs out there dry up, particularly in the RV manufac sector, there aren't a whole lot of options for some of these folks, so my thoughts and prayers are with all of them.
__________________

__________________
Computers manufactured by companies such as IBM, Compaq and millions of others are by far the most popular with about 70 million machines in use worldwide. Macintosh fans note that cockroaches are far more numerous than humans and that numbers alone do not denote a higher life form. -NY Times 11/91
Silvertwinkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


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
what's up with the cabinet doors? mother ship 2006 Safari 26 11-20-2012 05:18 AM
need new doors bullydogsmom Cabinets, Counter Tops & Furnishings 4 07-20-2008 06:45 PM
Tambour Doors InsideOut Cabinets, Counter Tops & Furnishings 2 11-10-2007 09:09 PM
1972 Sovereign door closes hard pbrown1963 Doors & Locks 17 06-10-2007 10:24 AM
Magnafold doors RichardT Upholstery, Blinds, Walls & Interior Finishes 3 05-19-2006 07:37 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:02 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.