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Old 09-09-2008, 06:56 PM   #1
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Does anyone know if the factories sell new gutted campers? I see you can order them loaded, but wonder if there is a way to just get a shell/axle with nothing else added??

I tried calling casita (closest factory to me) and they were already closed for the day so I thought I would ask here...

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Old 09-09-2008, 07:58 PM   #2
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Apparently Escape does. Casita doesn't seem to like to do custom work, and it is really custom to fool around with the standard closets and cabinets because in some cases they are part of the trailer's rigidity.
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Old 09-09-2008, 08:26 PM   #3
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Only way to really know is to contact them: Scamp 800.346.4962

Or you can contact Scamp on line as well with questions:

http://www.scamptrailers.com/ContactUs.aspx

Casita has an email address:

casita1-Do Not Post Email Addresses-airmail.net

after csita1 insert an "at" symbol between airmail.net

or find the email casita here: http://www.casitatraveltrailers.com/home.html
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Old 09-09-2008, 08:31 PM   #4
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I was thinking it would be fun to create my own lay out inside an empty shell (I like to be crafty like that ), but if the add in's are part of the structure to hold it together I could see that being a problem. I know you can order a "kit" Burro with only some of the parts installed, but it's only $1000 less than a fully built one. If they offered it for less money I would go that rout, but if I am going to spend $9000+ on a trailer, I don't see the point in having to build it myself when I can get a nice built one for close to the same price... I am sure there are others out there that enjoy doing the work and saving $1000 is def. a good thing, but I wouldn't go that rout myself in that situation.

anyway, I am still fishing around, since I have not found anything yet, or commited to anything, I want to explore all my options.

My boyfriend of 4 years (Kirk) who is sharing this experience with me kind of wants to build something
himself, but being new to the travel trailer world, I have worries about that not only taking a long time, but not being as solid and long lasting as we need. I don't doubt his skills, just our limited know how on road worthy campers. I see the fiberglass shell as a safe bet, it's not going to just fall apart, unless something major causes damage. At least for our first one, until we get the hang of it.
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I know you can order a "kit" Burro with only some of the parts installed, but it's only $1000 less than a fully built one.
You cannot order a new Burro of any kind any more. The company went [b]out of business in 2000 and it's phantom website is still in operation, confounding many newbies.

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Old 09-09-2008, 08:39 PM   #6
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Ah, yes, a newbie indeed...
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Old 09-09-2008, 08:46 PM   #7
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Scamp has sold a "blank slate." It had the closet across from the door and the "door pillars" however. Something has to hold the roof up! Dan Landt, owner of the Blank Slate Scamp bought his from a guy who had ordered it from Scamp. The fella was a construction worker that needed to sleep during the day. His 16' Scamp didn't even have any windows!
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Old 09-09-2008, 09:05 PM   #8
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Well, I definitely think it is worth a phone call... durring business hours this time.

I will report back with what I find out.
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L K at the Trillium site, they seem to sell frames, shells etc.
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Old 09-09-2008, 11:10 PM   #10
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I will definitely consider looking into that. Aren't they based out of Canada and soon California? I am starting with Casita because they are near Dallas, so it would only be a 5 hour drive for us to pick up. That is if they are willing to work with us, it seems to be a simple request to me, getting a bare bones unit with as little inside as structurally possible. Less work for them. But I don't have high expectations at this point. It would be awesome to have a new shell/axle and gaskets. I think we could come up with the rest. We know a guy who used to build rv's years ago that can help us find what we need locally.

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I will definitely consider looking into that. Aren't they based out of Canada and soon California? I am starting with Casita because they are near Dallas, so it would only be a 5 hour drive for us to pick up. That is if they are willing to work with us, it seems to be a simple request to me, getting a bare bones unit with as little inside as structurally possible. Less work for them. But I don't have high expectations at this point. It would be awesome to have a new shell/axle and gaskets. I think we could come up with the rest. We know a guy who used to build rv's years ago that can help us find what we need locally.
You'll probably find it will be a good bit less expensive to buy an older model and gut it, then put it back together the way you want it, which is what many of us here have done. There are normally quite a few trailers over your way and there have been a number of "good buys" in your area over the last year. They'll come along shortly if ya keep watchin. It is a very good time of year over the next few months to purchase.
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Old 09-10-2008, 12:13 AM   #12
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Yeah, I expect we will end up with a used one, I am just curious to see what the factories tell me. That way I can post about it in case other people are interested too. I would rather not have to do a lot of work aside from general fixing up and decorating, but if need be I will roll up my sleeves and get dirty too. I found a Scamp in San Antonio, but it is a little more expensive than we have set aside right now. I know in time the right one will find us, but I am still satisfying my curiosity. I feel like a kid in a candy store, I never knew I had such a passion for fiberglass eggs
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snip.... It would be awesome to have a new shell/axle and gaskets. I think we could come up with the rest. ...end snip
Surfing the net i have seen people make RV's out of cargo trailers. You know like those enclosed ones that are white at lowes and home depot. They are built strong. They usually only put one small window in it though. ALso, There is a tear drop trailer forum (i forget where) people build their own tear drops. Some are pretty good size too. Those might be two more options for you and kirk to ponder... might be a way to keep the price under ten grand.
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:51 AM   #14
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Ken,

My brother-in-law's brother (does that make sense?) has done just that - took a cargo trailer, added a bed in the front, made some screen doors that velcro in for the 2 exterior doors, put in a couple stock cabinets from the local big box store, some electric work for lights, and he's snug as a bug. He and his wife use this form of trailer all summer long in Northern Michigan to escape their waterfront home in the Florida heat.

It's fiberglass, so I don't give him a hard time about it...because the way the have it all set up, it is pretty cool...I wouldn't give up my 16ft VT for it, but they have it fixed up nice.
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