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Old 11-02-2009, 04:21 PM   #15
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Big Horn from Heartland RV are excellent units and the ones I have seen are very well built. Sundance is their lower priced line.

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Old 11-02-2009, 04:44 PM   #16
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Given that the Airstream Scout concept trailer was made of similar materials to the Earthbound, I'd expect Airstream is considering if they could do a wood-free composite/sandwich walled trailer and get away with it from a brand image standpoint. There are other Thor products (Eco, IIRC) with similar construction.

At the very least AS should be looking into a new floor material...

One thing bugs me a bit. My perception is that there doesn't seem to be many trailer manufacturers interested in building a high-quality "short" (25' or less) trailer. Even that shortest Earthbound floorplan is meh.

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Old 11-02-2009, 04:58 PM   #17
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I really like our Bigfoot 25' molded fiberglass trailer. Even though they're no longer in production, your friend can't go wrong with one. They have the added bonus of being the only true four-season trailer out there in molded fiberglass. Arctic Fox is the other true four-seasons unit, but they have sandwich composite walls and seams.

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Old 11-02-2009, 05:14 PM   #18
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I really like our Bigfoot 25' molded fiberglass trailer. Even though they're no longer in production, your friend can't go wrong with one. They have the added bonus of being the only true four-season trailer out there in molded fiberglass. Arctic Fox is the other true four-seasons unit, but they have sandwich composite walls and seams.

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From Big Foot Web site.
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Big Foot Industries was sold at a Bankruptcy Auction Sale on January 25, 2009. The new owners whom are active in other businesses have decided to put this company back on the market. Here is an excellent opportunity to purchase a great company with a history of having very good products and service. We will be offering for sale the Big Foot name, the trademarks, the web site, build books, the molds, and drawings. There are some of the key employees from the original company living in the area who may be interested in rejoining this company.

Buy all this stuff and you can build your own and some for your friends too.

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Old 11-02-2009, 05:17 PM   #19
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Arctic Fox has a good reputation and they are supposed to be a real 4 season, but they are real heavy compared to some others.

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Old 11-02-2009, 05:45 PM   #20
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There is another new kid on the block for lightweight composite so-called "green" camper construction Evergreen Recreational Vehicles, LLC. - Manufacturer of Green eco-friendly Everlite RVs

I delivered a 27RB model today to a dealer in Cincinnati. Very lightweight and balanced, pulled very well for a tt. Dealer was very pleased with them and they have been selling. Quality seemed above par. The mattress is made from recycled pop bottles and I can say it was very comfortable. One of the things I like best is the non-white color scheme in earth tones and the tinted windows, looks really sharp in person.

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Old 11-02-2009, 10:16 PM   #21
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The thing I see is that Airstream is using a construction method that is falling behind modern techniques like those used by Everlite and Earthbound. I don't know whether these new companies will survive, but others will be using these techniques and Airstream has to start experimenting and learning how to do something better even if it means abandoning what they've done for more than 75 years.

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Old 11-03-2009, 06:26 AM   #22
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Unfortunately, all of the rest of the factory was sold at auction, so you'd be essentially starting from scratch again. It'd be a huge undertaking... which is why it's not likely Bigfoot will ever be resurrected.

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Big Foot Industries was sold at a Bankruptcy Auction Sale on January 25, 2009. The new owners whom are active in other businesses have decided to put this company back on the market. Here is an excellent opportunity to purchase a great company with a history of having very good products and service. We will be offering for sale the Big Foot name, the trademarks, the web site, build books, the molds, and drawings. There are some of the key employees from the original company living in the area who may be interested in rejoining this company.

Buy all this stuff and you can build your own and some for your friends too.

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Old 11-03-2009, 10:38 AM   #23
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I, Agree with Mutch. Why are the Manuf. ignoring the less than 25 ' market. With the downsizing of TV's and Gas price's a 20-23 Ft. for two would be nice. ( A Quality Unit )
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Old 11-03-2009, 11:07 AM   #24
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There's nothing aerodynamic about squared corners. The wind piles up against such as if it were a dam. And a huge, squared off rear is an enormous drag producer (vacuum).

Whatever the trailer, I want it to be roadworthy, no wind-related problems. Those trailers linked above wouldn't fit the bill. I would also want independent suspension or close to it.

The man looking ought to see if he can't find an '86-'88 AVION 25-H (rear bedroom/side bath) if that appeals. It's a far better trailer than anything above. I've seen several sold the past few months.

http://www.gradeless.com/avion/1986/1986ed1.pdf

http://www.rvoutlet.com/travel-trail...n-avion/108465
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Old 11-03-2009, 11:53 AM   #25
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The thing is, his friend wants a new trailer not a 20+ year old trailer (I'm not flaming you Rednax). Lots of folks on here like older/vintage trailers others, like me prefer newer ones. Although I think a lot of the older ones are really cool, I just don't need another project (taking care of a late model trailer is enough), plus I actually like the interior and exterior design of the newer ones (Safari Classic is my style vs. say the CCD). Now if I could afford one of those Ralph Lauren Airstreams, well that might be different.

The OP might want to try RV.net as this type of topic gets bantered around a good bit over there. Generally is seem that MOST people like the SOB trailer that they purchased, that's why they purchased it. As I stated earlier in this thread if I didn't want an AS, I would likely look into one of the newer trailers with composite materials. In my opinion FWIW the main problem with trailers holding up is LEAKS and the damage caused by the same. If the manufactures would use materials that don't rot (along with better assembly) it would go a long way to helping with this problem (I speak from experience). Like others have said AS could also improve on it's construction, especially the floors. There is no reason for a the owner of a trailer as expensive a an AS to have to worry about the floor rotting out (or leaks in general). But that is another thread.
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