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Old 08-11-2014, 05:02 PM   #29
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We've weighed our Scamp and Casita. We traveled extensively in both, virtually carrying the same load, both had baths, we always carried a 1/2 tank of water and empty waste tanks.

Casita 16 Hitch 230, Trailer 2790, year 2010
Scamp 16 Hitch 200, Trailer 2440, year 2013

We have replaced the Scamp's original table with pine, all cabinet doors and removed the plywood couch backing.

We were careful to keep the Casita's hitch weight down and as many of you know the Casita carries the battery inside, not on the tongue.

We had the opportunity to buy a Casita 17 but it was too heavy for our tow vehicle.
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Old 08-11-2014, 05:22 PM   #30
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I think in the 13's the difference is less striking, there is just not a lot of different things one can do with 60 sq. ft. for a camper built for a mass market (you mod fans are a different story).

In the 17 and 16 ft. models I think available floor plans might be more of a factor, the two do have different offerings for floor plan so as a matter of personal preference this might matter. I won't swear to this but I think Scamp might have more floor plans but that is based on their web sites not conversations with the companies or owners who have done more extensive research.
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Old 08-11-2014, 09:51 PM   #31
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I have had three Casitas. Liked them all but when I went new this spring it was Scamp hands down. Scamp had a few things that I liked that Casita didn't unless I went with a bigger unit. I got a 16' Scamp now. With Scamp I got a higher ceiling & a larger fridge. Would have had to get a 17' Casita for those options which is much heavier. Lastly Scamp is made in Minnesota just a 5 hour drive away. I also liked their insulation and felt they are more in tune with the Northern climate I am in here in ND.
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Old 08-12-2014, 07:20 AM   #32
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For me, if a casita would have come up in my area I would have definitely gone and looked at it, but even Scamps are hard to find in NY! I wanted a 13, so the big seller for me was the interior height as my son is 6 foot and probably still growing. If I'm correct, Casitas don't have the front window, right? I like that feature too for more light.

In the end, I think what you can grab up in two seconds before anybody else does is the ticket. Can't tell you how many trailers I inquired about that were a lengthy drive and sold by my 2nd email!


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Old 08-12-2014, 12:28 PM   #33
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If I'm correct, Casitas don't have the front window, right? I like that feature too for more light.
Casita Deluxe models (Bathroom in front) do not have a front window, but Casita Standard models (front bunks, no bathroom) do have a front window.
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Oh thank you! I did not know that. I've only ever seen one Casita before here in NY, and it didn't have the window.


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Old 08-13-2014, 02:22 PM   #35
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About 2 years ago when my wife and I started to get more serious about getting a travel trailer, we searched websites for what was available. Either too big and heavy for our Frontier or too small and cramped. Who wants to clear the table so that you can have room to make the bed and I didnt feel like cooking all my meals outside. We also wanted the seperate bed space so it narrowed down to a 5th wheel. At that time I found only Scamp and Escape made a "small" 5th wheel trailer, I am sure I missed some, and we just didnt see that many Escape 5er for sale. The Scamp 5er was more plentiful, in our price range and easily pulled by the Frontier. We looked at several for sale and finally made a 700 mile trip in June to get our Scamp. Already had the hitch and 7 prong plug and I didn't have to add extra wide mirrors as the stock mirrors see down the sides of the trailer. It is a little narrow inside but 2 big butts will get by each other. We are heading out this monday again for another shake down trip.
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Old 08-13-2014, 04:20 PM   #36
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John and Linda,

Wishing you well on your shakedown. We'd own a Scamp 19 if we had owned a truck.

We generally cook inside though we also carry a grill for outside cooking. As to clearing the table our table is only 24 x 30 " so there's never much to clear. We tavel frequently, one year 310 days and making up the bed has been a daily event, about the time it takes to brush your teeth.

One thing we discovered RVing is that our 'butts' have gotten smaller... Have fun and watch for the disappearing butts.
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Old 08-13-2014, 05:02 PM   #37
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Enjoyed the comparison there Fred. A couple of things I would like to add. I own a 13' Scamp but looked at the Patriot as well. Patriot does not offer a roof-top mounted air. So you're stuck with a closet mount A/C on the Patriot. They would do VERY little "options" for you outside of their listed ones. Also, the lady at Casita (Jean) was VERY discouraging about us wanting a 13'. I finally said, "Fine, I'll get a Scamp" and did. I like the 15" tires but feel they're overkill for a 13'er. 14" would be preferable on both. Mine are 13".

Again, thanks for the comparison and just wanted to add that $.02 worth.

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In my opinion neither Scamp or Casita,are open to making changes or adding options that are not on their standard list of options . Their attitude seems to be we build what we build so take it or leave it . I was actually told by one of the above ,that if I wanted to buy a trailer that was tailored to my personal needs and desires " BUY AN ESCAPE "
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And if I buy another smaller FG camper (16-19'), that's what I plan on purchasing...an Escape. I love the Big Foot and Oliver trailers. Just too doggoned expensive. And what's worse, I live 30 miles from the Oliver plant!

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I was actually told by one of the above ,that if I wanted to buy a trailer that was tailored to my personal needs and desires " BUY AN ESCAPE "
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In my opinion neither Scamp or Casita,are open to making changes or adding options that are not on their standard list of options . Their attitude seems to be we build what we build so take it or leave it . I was actually told by one of the above ,that if I wanted to buy a trailer that was tailored to my personal needs and desires " BUY AN ESCAPE "
I definitely 2nd this response from Casita. NONE of the US-based FG makers were cooperative for some of the changes I wanted. The good news is at least Escape sources many of their components in the USA to assemble in Canada.

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Old 08-14-2014, 09:36 AM   #41
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Envious of ya Charlie with the new upcoming E- 21'er!! Wish you lived near Dover, TN where ya might could bring it over to the Piney Fiberglass meet in October! I'd love to see it. Then again...maybe I wouldnt...as I'm afraid of coming home and ordering one! Well...now I wouldnt have anything to pull it with...yeah...bring it over!

Also, checked out your "Widget works"....NEAT! Would it be feasible to make a shower tub cover for the Scamp/Casita showers? Some use carpet-covered ply etc. But a plastic one would gather no moisture and mold. I know it would have to be reinforced...... Just wondering...

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Darral,

Send me an email thru the website and we can kick around your tub cover idea. If you can design it, I can most likely build it - most everything I make is custom built.

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In my Casita I used this as I'm tall and it was a lot more comfy than Dri-Deck tiles: Anti-Fatigue Foam Mat Set Pc

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