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Old 09-29-2015, 01:11 AM   #1
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Bath vs NO Bath?

Am I crazy to considering looking for a Scamp 13 without bath. I would be traveling alone, and have a port-a-potty I can bring. I was hoping to shower at campgrounds and use the Good Sam Travel Guide to plan stops with decent bathrooms. I just don't want to mess with the grey and black tanks. I'm used to camping in a tent for many years, so this will be new to me.
Thanks for your thoughts....

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Old 09-29-2015, 01:49 AM   #2
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Hi, a lot of folks here don't have a bathroom and find it works well for them. I've always had one and really don't mind emptying the tanks, just goes with an RV. YMMV

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Old 09-29-2015, 04:30 AM   #3
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A bathroom is not necessary but rather a convenience.

We have one but do not use the shower in our Scamp preferring campground showers. Sometimes the showers are as clean as a five star hotel, NL Provincial Parks as an example, though we've been to some not too pretty campgrounds where they had wonderful fully tiled ceramic showers. Universally the water is clean though not as hot as I like it sometimes.

As to emptying the black and grey tanks, it's really an easy job, not as onerous as people make it out to be. Each of us empty tanks every day and actually get closer to the dumping product than we do when we're dumping the Scamp.

Dumping my Scamp is about a 5-10 minute process, usually once or twice a week. It's just a bigger porti-potti.

My main reason for not having a bathroom in a Scamp !3 would be space, though many 13s have them.
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Old 09-29-2015, 05:28 AM   #4
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You're not crazy Diane. Lots of folks camp the way you want. I'm also a solo camper, but I wouldn't be without a flushy. As Norm said, it's not hard to dump tanks. I actually do it less than you will with a port-a-potty. But, both my trailers are larger than the 13' you desire. I think space/storage is a premium in a trailer of that size.

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Old 09-29-2015, 06:54 AM   #5
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Diane, you didn't mention what you will be towing with. The Scamp 13' with bath is a lot heavier, both in total weight and hitch load than one without, and that can also be a consideration.

We had had both a 13' Scamp with a bath and a 13' Bigfoot without. We found that the space that the bathroom took up in the Scamp was a deal breaker for us and sold it to buy the Bigfoot.
BTW: Having a bathroom in a 13' Scamp does not automatically mean that you will have a shower. That was a separate option, and most of the ones I have seen didn't have both.

And, not to disagree with anyone, but I found the inconvenience of always having to find a dump station, wait in line and then have to clean up afterwards not worth the effort and we pulled the loo out of our Hunter, went to the Dometic SeaLand porta potty, and tripled our storage space all at the same time. In the smaller FGRV's storage is the #1 shortfall.
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Old 09-29-2015, 07:31 AM   #6
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I agree with all that's been said. It is possible to travel without a full bath. We do. Having one allows more flexibility and spontaneity, but adds weight and takes up precious space in a 13'er.
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Old 09-29-2015, 07:35 AM   #7
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We also have a 13' without bath. Coming from a tent background like you, we don't mind not having the bath at all. In fact, without the bath, the camper feels incredibly spacious and we are totally fine using campground facilities!
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Old 09-29-2015, 07:37 AM   #8
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If you are planning stops in places that have bathrooms you may not be using the potty in the trailer much anyway and a potable pot might work well for you. I would have one that contained all the odors well so you could go extended periods without messing with dumping it if it was not near full.

You might want to dump it more often though if weight is an issue. I have never used one of the portable units much less dumped one. I wonder though if for some the black tank and stinky slinky might be a much better option if you don't want to or can't wrestle the tank of the portable pot out of the trailer to the dump.
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Old 09-29-2015, 07:39 AM   #9
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To save space and weight in a 13' model there is also the option of an outdoor shower head unit with a hatch door for when boon docking or when a shower is not available. Combined with a shower tent this works well for some. It is also good for when you need to rinse off muddy shoes, etc. You can always have one of these added relatively easy, but if you go this route I would consider whether the unit already has a hot water heater. Then there is the solar shower bag too for about $10 at Walmart and it holds 5 gallons.
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Old 09-29-2015, 07:44 AM   #10
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One side note about a porta pottie vs a rv toilet, the rv toilet is typically vented through the roof where the porta pottie is not. The venting keeps odors down and doesn't allow pressure to build up like a porta pottie does especially in the hotter summer months. There is a thread on here somewhere where someone added a vent to their porta pottie, not sure how that worked out for them...
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Old 09-29-2015, 08:06 AM   #11
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I mostly use my Trillium 4500 as a means of getting six people from Calgary to Ontario. Bathroom breaks are never done in the trailer. We carry a porta potty, but have never used it. Showers are done when we get a camp site.
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Old 09-29-2015, 08:34 AM   #12
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the only thing you are missing is a shower . a pot is a pot . We use the campground shower more room
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Old 09-29-2015, 08:36 AM   #13
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We love our Scamp 13 without a bathroom. Would not now consider a 13 foot with a bathroom. Want a bathroom move up to a larger size trailer where your not loosing 30% of your available space.

At night if it is just too onerous to go out to the rest room we use a porta potty. When we camp we like the open feeling of our Scamp 13 when all the drapes are open. We took the bunk bed out and the front bench is cut for a drop down table. We drop this table down and sleep on it when we want to. The rear bed stays down. We just don't need a big table inside for the 2 of us. I hate raising and lowering the back table. This could be made lighter and easier but we just don't need it.

We couldn't have any of this with a front bathroom.
The joy of these little trailers is you can set them up any way you want. There is no right and wrong.

We got very lucky in finding this trailer as we were looking for any 13 foot trailer at the time when we found this one. Luckily we got one without a bathroom.

Draining a porta potty or using the dump station are one and the same its a nasty job and someone has to do it. My gal says its far easier than dealing with stinky baby diapers so whats the big deal.
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Old 09-29-2015, 08:54 AM   #14
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Emptying a porta-pottys tank varies widely between brands. Some are poorly designed and just separating the units can result in a mess. The mentioned Dometic is exceptionally easy to empty with far less "Yuk" factor than dealing with the stinky slinky.

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