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Old 10-01-2006, 08:25 PM   #15
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Remember Happy Campers? They sold their lovely Argosy for a SOB 5th wheel and 5-6 months later..... the Airstream Fairy found them another bigger Argosy.

Now I know you can't go up in size from a 34... but we're gonna get you!

Ciao until the bug bites you again!

Paula

AND.... dish baby! What did you buy?
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Old 10-01-2006, 08:39 PM   #16
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Wow... you guys are too kind! I really just wanted everyone to know why I was stepping aside as a mod...

We "moved in" to the new trailer today. I wasn't going to talk about the new trailer, but since there's so much interest in what we got to replace the Behemoth, I'll fill you all in.

We bought a new '06 Bigfoot 25RQ. We paid roughly half of what a new 25' Classic Airstream runs. The cabinetry in the Bigfoot is a mix of the quality of the Safari and Classics. Everything else is top quality.

It is a front couch model with a removeable pedestal table with a sliding table top. It's a two-piece fiberglass shell with the only seam being the belly band. It's got R8 foam insulation between the inner and outer shells; dual thermopane windows; and the tanks are heated and insulated. The belly is full fiberglass. It's dry weight as equipped is 5300 lbs. It's a rear island queen. It's essentially hail-proof, and it's rounded just enough that it tows very similarly to Airstream.

Here are some photos of it for your perusal! Please excuse the junk lying about... we were still finding homes for all of the stuff when I took the photos.

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Old 10-01-2006, 08:47 PM   #17
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Remember Happy Campers? They sold their lovely Argosy for a SOB 5th wheel and 5-6 months later..... the Airstream Fairy found them another bigger Argosy.

Now I know you can't go up in size from a 34... but we're gonna get you!

Ciao until the bug bites you again!

Paula

AND.... dish baby! What did you buy?
I know what we can get him to buy a Square Stream I have actually looked at a couple of the big Airstream built 5'vers(Integrity). Very nice high quality units, but not the silver tube. But you can still go WBCCI with them (under protest I am sure )

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Old 10-01-2006, 09:01 PM   #18
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Actually, Aaron, I looked at the Squarestreams and Argosys when they were new. They were REALLY nice trailers.

Paula, I know it really seems alien to buy anything BUT an Airstream. I'm not going to 'dis' Airstream, but I didn't want another used one, and frankly, new ones are just way overpriced to suit my taste. We put a lot of thought and a couple of years of research into this purchase. I expect we'll have the Bigfoot for a long, long time!

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Old 10-01-2006, 09:04 PM   #19
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Nice trailer. I looked at those myself.

So you'll stay on an an associate member?
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Roger. Thanks again for your help and advice along the way. Glad you are staying in camping. Nice looking trailer (both the old and new). Stay in touch with the group.
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Old 10-01-2006, 10:06 PM   #21
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Wow... you guys are too kind! I really just wanted everyone to know why I was stepping aside as a mod...

We "moved in" to the new trailer today. I wasn't going to talk about the new trailer, but since there's so much interest in what we got to replace the Behemoth, I'll fill you all in.

We bought a new '06 Bigfoot 25RQ. We paid roughly half of what a new 25' Classic Airstream runs. The cabinetry in the Bigfoot is a mix of the quality of the Safari and Classics. Everything else is top quality.

Bigfoot makes a great product. One doesn't see many of them in the Midwest!
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Very nice and I like the layout. The 2007 25' Classic is Very expensive. A couple of years ago you could buy a new 34" for what they cost. It makes me wonder just how high Airstream can raise prices before it affects sales.
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Bigfoots are very nice. We looked at many before getting our Airstream.
If we ever decide to go square, for whatever reason, we too would go for a Bigfoot.
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Bigfoot makes a great product. One doesn't see many of them in the Midwest!
They're built in Armstrong, BC. They're actually way more rare in the US than Airstreams, which is kind of cool. Of course they don't have the immediate brand identification on the road like the Airstream has... unless, of course, you know what you're looking at...

I actually have two; an '04 15B17CB, a 17' center bath single axle (shown being towed by my Kubota tractor in my new avatar) and this one. I found the 17' used and it's features and quality are what sold me on the bigger ones. Both came from Kramer's Kampers in Zion IL, the only dealer (to my knowledge) east of the Missouri River. The next closest is Country Campers in Fountain Co.

For comparison purposes, and for anyone who wants to know... the repair punch list for this unit totalled six items; the most serious that the pantry doors need to be replaced for black stains on the wood, and the stereo was mounted slightly crooked in the panel. There were no leaks, metal shavings, wood shavings, electrical failures, plumbing, or appliance issues.

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Both came from Kramer's Kampers in Zion IL, the only dealer (to my knowledge) east of the Missouri River. The next closest is Country Campers in Fountain Co.

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And so I stand corrected!

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Hi, Roger,

This is not the WBCCI. If you have something to contribute about Airstreams, who cares what you camp in now? This conflict is yours, not the folks on the forum on who read you and who have been helped by you.

Do what your nature and your conscience demands, and be comfortable with it. An Airstream or an interest in Airstreams are the terms of entry here. The absence of the Airstream without the absence of the interest or the experience hardly seems to be the exit.

I read your comments in a thread two years old earlier today, and I thought it worthwhile and a useful part of the flow.

Your mind can chase you off, but who here is going to?

Gee, if you're tired and want to quit, just say so.

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Thanks for the kind thoughts, Lamar... no, I'll stick around. I just honestly think that ownership is signficant, and particularly so for the Forums staff. I freely admit it's "my thing" and not something represented by Andy or the other Admins or Mods. I'm changing directions a little, but I'll still be around!

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