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Old 06-19-2018, 04:58 PM   #1
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Casita vs. Scamp

So today I've called both companies and requested a brochure. Until they get here I thought i'd seek out opinions.
The two i'm interested in are Casita Freedom 17 Deluxe & Scamp 16 Deluxe.
Is there any difference in quality of the two? Is one better construct or finished any better than the other?
Thank you for any input
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Old 06-19-2018, 05:08 PM   #2
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We’ve owned a Scamp 16 and a Casita 17 SD
To me it’s 6 of one and a half dozen of the other
Both served us well and are a worthwhile investment .
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Old 06-19-2018, 05:21 PM   #3
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Old 06-19-2018, 05:29 PM   #4
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The main reason we switched from a Scamp to a Casita was that our Scamp had the 44” bed. Scamp has now addressed the issue
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Old 06-19-2018, 05:37 PM   #5
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Tongue weight will be more on the Casita
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Old 06-20-2018, 06:23 AM   #6
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We own a 17 Casita Independence and are truly happy with it, probably wouldn't consider a change to a Scamp because it's too close in size and quality of the Casita, ie., not enough difference, plus Casita is only 91 miles from our home in Ft. Worth, Texas. I thought I read on this forum and from my personal experience that Casita takes around 4 months to get one (from order date) and Scamps around one year, correct me if I'm wrong.

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Old 06-20-2018, 06:32 AM   #7
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So today I've called both companies and requested a brochure. Until they get here I thought i'd seek out opinions.
The two i'm interested in are Casita Freedom 17 Deluxe & Scamp 16 Deluxe.
Is there any difference in quality of the two? Is one better construct or finished any better than the other?
Thank you for any input
Just call Carla at Casita and she can give you all the answers you need, she was our sales person and was on top of everything. Do expect when talking to Casita to not be very pushy, Casita is very laid back, like most Texans. I see you live in Tennessee, home of OLiver, we will drive there to see the Oliver, why not drive to Texas to see the Casita.

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Old 06-20-2018, 08:05 AM   #8
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The main reason we switched from a Scamp to a Casita was that our Scamp had the 44” bed. Scamp has now addressed the issue
The only recent change involves the 13' models. Scamp 16's still have a 45" dinette/bed in the standard (fiberglass interior) models and a larger 54" bed in the deluxe (wood interior) models.

As a note, to get a 16' Scamp deluxe side dinette/front bath with a 54" bed and the larger fridge- most similar to a Casita 17D functionally- you have to live with the stove cantilevered over the dinette/bed. That's a non-starter for me, and they don't show it in any of the promotional photos I've seen. This one is from the sale archives.

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A Casita 17 is quite a bit heavier than a Scamp 16, especially on the tongue. That may tip the scale (pun intended), depending on your preferred tow vehicle. See the thread "Trailer Weights in the Real World" in the General Chat section.

If I were looking for a 54" bed, wet bath, and separate dinette in a 16-17' trailer, I'd personally give serious consideration to an Escape 17B. Price is not that much higher once you factor in the exchange rate, and its layout involves the fewest compromises for me (bed is 52", so a little compromise there). Weight-wise it falls in between a Scamp 16D and Casita 17D, and the tongue weight is a lot more manageable than the Casita.
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Old 06-20-2018, 09:22 AM   #9
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While there are many differences, I suggest you see them both in person before you order. Both are solid , quality trailers.


Subjectively I would choose the Scamp16D for several good reasons.
( Over the Escape17 as well)


Objectively, if you are going to tow it... The Scamp wins hands down,and by a wide margin.
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Old 06-20-2018, 09:27 AM   #10
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The Scamp 13 I looked at had exposed wood (wafer board) under the trailer. The whole bottom surface was wafer board. The Casita has a fiberglass skin covering the bottom surface of the trailer. Knowing how hard it can be to deal with dry rot in a floor, I decided to pass on Scamps. I am sure that they used exterior glue in the wood, but still...
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Old 06-20-2018, 09:32 AM   #11
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RE: Scamp or Casita

I chose a Casita because it had 15 inch wheels. Scamp didn't offer that in 2014.
Not sure if the do now.
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Old 06-20-2018, 09:39 AM   #12
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The Scamp 13 I looked at had exposed wood (wafer board) under the trailer. The whole bottom surface was wafer board. ...
OSB soaked in resin.
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Old 06-20-2018, 09:48 AM   #13
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OSB is good. I should point out that I was looking as a Scamp that was perhaps 20 years old. The OSB was showing advanced signs of weathering. The frame was rusty, to the point that I would have used navle jelly and Rust-Oleum. The OSB was gray and weathered. I did not see any signs of encapsulation. Gray wood.

Still, the current Scamp may be better, I have not seen one of those.
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Old 06-20-2018, 10:22 AM   #14
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I wrote a long response but not wishing to offend I deleted it.

Casita by a mile, not even close.

I really recommend you look at both and make your own determination.
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