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Old 08-10-2014, 09:24 PM   #15
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I'm with the Kootenai. I've loved every RV we've had but not nearly as much as our travels. As to small beds, neither of us are tiny, yet we have never had a bad nights sleep in any of our little trailer beds, bed size 44-48".

We are both gifted and can sleep through the TV, lights, typing in bed or sunlight. We wake refreshed every morning. We come home to our queen bed and feel nothing special, don't jump for joy with our wider bed. Sometimes I lie in our queen thinking about our next trip.

One of the all time lines is 'love the one you're with'.
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Old 08-10-2014, 09:31 PM   #16
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I am not in the new trailer market right now, but if I was neither the Scamp or Castia would be my choice. I am not going to spend 16-18k for a trailer with a little bitty bed.
Ditto this... they are probably worth it to the people who buy them new, but i couldn't bring myself to spend that much on a 13' trailer.

I'm absolutely fine with buying a 30 year old one and dealing with it's "issues" because I still feel like I come out WAY ahead in the end and I'll have a solid trailer that I can still enjoy for years and years.. plus I kind of enjoy the process of getting to know my trailer inside and out.
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Old 08-10-2014, 09:36 PM   #17
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With Sarah on buying used. There are advantages to a used trailer and getting to know it is definitely one of them. One of the strengths of fiberglass trailers is how well they stand up.
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Old 08-10-2014, 10:25 PM   #18
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Great points everyone! Thanks!
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Old 08-10-2014, 11:33 PM   #19
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Ditto this... they are probably worth it to the people who buy them new, but i couldn't bring myself to spend that much on a 13' trailer.

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I had the same problem when I bought my "right sized" Ranger.
Everyone complained that I could have bought a "too big" truck for about the same price.

A new "Shelby" Mustang costs twice as much as an Econoline.
If "volume/dollar" in travel trailers is the standard...POP-UPS WIN!
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Old 08-11-2014, 10:24 AM   #20
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I'm with the Kootenai. I've loved every RV we've had but not nearly as much as our travels. As to small beds, neither of us are tiny, yet we have never had a bad nights sleep in any of our little trailer beds, bed size 44-48".

We are both gifted and can sleep through the TV, lights, typing in bed or sunlight. We wake refreshed every morning. We come home to our queen bed and feel nothing special, don't jump for joy with our wider bed. Sometimes I lie in our queen thinking about our next trip.

One of the all time lines is 'love the one you're with'.
Dear Honda,

The part of your quote that starts with "We are both gifted..." Says it all for me. The "comforts of home" do not draw my heart and soul as much as a night on my Scamp bed. And when I bring family, I sleep on the lower bunk/sofa and still sleep like a happy baby.

Absolutely nothing like camping to me, and I love it!



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Old 08-11-2014, 10:48 AM   #21
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I think it depends on which unit finds you.
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Old 08-11-2014, 11:13 AM   #22
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My Scamp 13 has a 54" bed and now you don't even have to get the Deluxe to get the bigger bed.

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There you go, used trailer beggers can't always be choosers. Unless you want to stay home dreaming about camping. I am not in the new trailer market right now, but if I was neither the Scamp or Castia would be my choice. I am not going to spend 16-18k for a trailer with a little bitty bed.
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Old 08-11-2014, 11:30 AM   #23
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From just a general perspective after checking the Casita out at a rally or two the difference in trailer ride height is the most significant thing that jumps out at you.

The Casita appears to sit a good bit higher than a Scamp. Casita has a step, Scamp does not need one. I know it took a little shopping to find a drop hitch to match my 05 Escape to the lower Scamp tongue height. For back country (NFS comes to mind) the additional ride height might be useful on some of those access roads, especially with holding tanks. Going down the road I think the Scamp tucks into the air flow of our TV better. But YMMV - literally.
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Old 08-11-2014, 11:44 AM   #24
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Ginny, by her actions is perpetually whispering in my ear. One of her favorites is, "Happiness is being satisfied with what you have". A corollary to that is if you can't be happy with what you have, getting more will not necessarily make you happy, because there's always more beyond.

The gag of my life is that by the time Ginny was 27 she had all the material things she wanted in life, unfortunately she did not tell me until I was in my 50's. If I had known we might have hit the road earlier. Ginny, a woman with rather easy needs, a husband who loved her, a home and two children, boys in our case.

The width of the bed is way down the list for us. Could we be happier with a wider bed? Possibly. One aspect about humanity I find interesting is the flexibility of life, the ability to survive well in all kinds of environments.
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Old 08-11-2014, 01:09 PM   #25
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I don't own either a Scamp or Casita, but it seems I have read on this site several comments that Casita was heavier on the nose, so I checked.

Here is what I found from the manufacturers sites:

Scamp Specs:
Approximate weight: 1300-1600 lb
Axle Capacity: 2200 pound torsion axle
Hitch weight: 120-160 pounds

Casita Specs:
Dry Wt. DLX: 1880 lbs.
Hitch Wt. DLX: 245 lbs.
Axle Capacity: 3500 lbs

So, generally speaking the Casita does have a heavier hitch weight. However, it appears to have greater overall carrying capacity.

Worth looking into, in terms of tow vehicle, mileage and such. I'm sure Scamp or Casita owners will comment based on actual experience with these campers.
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Old 08-11-2014, 01:43 PM   #26
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Axle Weight

If you compare the Casita 16 and Scamp 16, they both have 3500 pound axles and the Scamp probably can carry more because I suspect the Scamp has a lower dry weight.

Casita 13s are relatively rare unlike Scamp 13's whichare relatively common.

I'm suspect if you wanted a 3500 pound axle on the Scamp 13 you could get one.

We towed with a small tow vehicle and kept the Scamp 16's tongue to no more than 200#s. Impossible with the Casita 16 though it towed well behind our CRV.
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Old 08-11-2014, 04:27 PM   #27
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I'm suspect if you wanted a 3500 pound axle on the Scamp 13 you could get one....
You are correct.

Dexter the #10 axle is for the range 2300 - 4000 lbs. so if your scamp 13 axle is rated to over 2200 lbs. it's the #10 which would have the rubber tuned to what you request. Which could be 3500 lbs.

I think it might be more common to order the #9 which tops out at 2200 lbs. because a 13 ft. Scamp real world weights listed they don't tend to go over 2000 lbs.

I ordered Al-Ko and they had slightly different ranges but I do recall the rubber was not installed to max capacity unless one asked for it specifically. Think 2000 was the default suspension. I wanted a little stiffer (and hopefully longer lasting without sag) so specified that higher rating with the order.
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Old 08-11-2014, 04:49 PM   #28
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Casita 17's are heavy on the tongue. But if you compare 16' casita's with 16' scamps, you will find the trailer and tongue weight close, assuming you compare units with bathrooms.
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