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Bigfoot Sighting

Originally Published in Trailer Life Magazine

There’s an old expression that goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” If uttered by a
plumber inspecting old pipes, the meaning is clear — but when applied to the RV industry,
it takes on greater significance. “Fix” what people like about your product line, and you
might just change the very thing that they’ve come to admire about your products. For
Bigfoot Industries, the recipe for success is simple: quality construction and materials,
and the features its customers want. “The uniqueness of our product line is the fiberglass
monocoque construction, similar to the way a boat is made,” explains Doug Sloan, western
region marketing manager for the British Columbia, Canada-based company. “The top and
bottom are separate molds, bonded together in the middle. Because we use gelcoat
fiberglass, not Filon, and a mold instead of a sheet, we get superior structural integrity.
No framework is required, which means lighter weight.” Sloan concedes that travel trailers
like the 25B21RB (21RB for short) are not as light or inexpensive as some other products in
this size range, but he says that’s not the goal. “It’s definitely not an entry-level
trailer,” says Sloan. “We’re not trying to appeal to the same market as most other
21-footers. We consider our product an upgrade from those trailers.” Apart from its
construction, Sloan says details like a focus on four-season capability make Bigfoot’s
products popular. Enclosed heated holding tanks, a 30,000-BTU furnace and R8-rated
polystyrene and closed-cell insulation are some of the standard features that make
cold-weather camping possible. “We’ve used the 21RB in temperatures all the way down to
minus 15 degrees F, and it performed beautifully,” Sloan reports. There are also numerous
standard and available comfort and convenience items that make this trailer enjoyable for
all members of the family. A four-place dinette up front converts into a bed for two, while
the galley features a three-burner cooktop, an oven, a double-bowl acrylic sink and a
six-cubic foot two-way refrigerator. In the back, there’s a 54-inch bed with overhead
storage, and an enclosed bathroom featuring a large, one-piece fiberglass shower, lavy and
toilet. Other standard features include solid-oak cabinet doors and drawers, day/night
shades, satellite prep and what Bigfoot calls its “hidden TV antenna,” which is built into
the roof. Options include solar-reflective dual-pane windows, an 11,000-BTU roof air
conditioner, a residential-style skylight with a pleated shade, a 17-inch LCD television,
an AM/FM CD/DVD player, exterior stereo speakers and an exterior shower. If this particular
floorplan doesn’t suit you, Bigfoot also offers a version called the 21FB, with the
sleeping quarters up front. In all, Bigfoot offers five travel-trailer models. “People who
buy our products are typically long-term owners,” explains Sloan. “That’s because [our
units] are built for long-time ownership.” Bigfoot Industries Inc., (250) 546 2177,

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