Originally Posted by Road Ruler
Yes Brian they have shut down the plant but the ones on the lots could be a deal right now. Down side is there would be no factory warranty. Having a Bigfoot now could be a cool thing as there are no more to be built.
Re Awards... The manufacturer had a couple Awards at the Hamilton RV show last year. They were still alive and kickin at that point. The factory was/is ? down near Lake Erie. Dunnville maybe?
Side note... I think we may have met??? I was riding my bike through Aldershot last year and stopped to talk with a guy that had a 27' Award. He was kind enough to show me through the trailer. Maybe this was you??
I don't believe it was me that you met - although I would gladly have shown mine to you if we had met, I was always quite proud of it!
You are correct, the factory is in Dunnville. The last time I had work done there on our Award, maybe 3 or 4 years ago, they had a decent sized factory and were building a limited number of new units. The factory was big enough to accomodate maybe 15-20 units, either being built, or being repaired.
The last time I visited was last spring. At that time, my Award was in need of fairly extensive floor/sidewall repairs and there was a gathering of Award owners at a Provincial park near Dunnville - the factory "sort of' sponsored the get together. people were giving talks on work they had done on their trailers & my wife & I rode down for the day on the bike to attend.
By that time, the Award factory had moved into much smaller quarters - in fact it was an old Canadian Tire Store. I don't think they could fit more than two trailers in there for work and they were not building any more new ones- I had a chat with the owners.
I'm surprised that they were at the Hamilton RV show - perhaps they were just touting for repair work.
When I talked with them about possibly repairing my trailer they seemed to have a reasonable backlog of work from all over Canada/US so i imagine thay may just keep their head above water. Only seemed to be three or four people working there though and it was a real hands on operation - even for the "boss!"
There were a lot of things I really liked about the trailer, but in the end I decided enough was enough - in reality it probably would have been cheaper to keep it going than to switch to the AS, but then, you only get one kick at the cat!
The guy I sold it to in Oklahoma city has space where he can work on it at his home and is pretty handy. He has done major work on it, floor/walls, complete interior decor upgrade, new appliances etc. and it pleased with it - I think he is in Mexico with it right now!
I guess time will time if i made the right choice. I'm not kidding myself that we won't have some problems with the AS - just not as many I hope! The Award was getting to the point that we had problems with it every time we used it and it was screwing up our trip plans!
I don't mind tinkering with small jobs but don't have the facilities to undertake major work - we store the trailer out in Freelton.