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Old 09-13-2014, 11:32 AM   #1
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Help us make a decision Aliner or Scamp

Hi everyone! We're looking to buy a compact trailer/camper and have narrowed it down to the Scamp and the Aliner. Would like to hear what seasoned campers like you have to say. This is our first camper of any sorts.

Scamp Pros:
1. We like the look of it -- solid, fiberglass, round.
2. It has more headroom (when standing).
3. It's fully sealed, which means rain, bugs, etc., won't come in.
4. No assembly is required - it's ready to drive!

Scamp Cons:
1. It won't fit in our garage, so we'd need to pay to park it in an RV lot. Time spent to get to to house and pack it, and do the same when we return. Can't park in our community due to HOA
2. Used ones aren't typically available in our state (VA), so we'd need to either pick it up or have it delivered.

Aliner Pros:
1. It has more room in general - longer, more spacious.
2. It has a microwave (classic) - good for morning tea, etc.
3. It will fit in our garage, which makes it easier to just get up and go. We tend to be spontaneous, so it's more likely we'd use the camper if we had it readily available.
4. It's easy to tow since it's more compact.

Aliner Cons:
1. We don't like the look of it as much when it's up.
2. It's not fully sealed, which means bugs and water might come in.
3. It requires a simple assembly.
4. Reading that the floor starts leaking

Thanks in advance.
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Old 09-13-2014, 11:44 AM   #2
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Here's another thought, have you checked out www.escapetrailer.com yet? You didn't mention trailer length yet. Escape has 15' 17' 19' 21' and a 5th wheel.
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Old 09-13-2014, 11:47 AM   #3
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Aliner isn't molded fiberglass, Scamp is


I think our opinions will be greatly biased due to the mission of this website.
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Old 09-13-2014, 12:05 PM   #4
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Gaurav,

It is possible to park a Scamp in a garage. David B(rown) parked his in his garage by changing the tires before storing it.
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Old 09-13-2014, 12:21 PM   #5
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Gaurav,

It is possible to park a Scamp in a garage. David B(rown) parked his in his garage by changing the tires before storing it.
That kind of kills the spontaneity factor, though it does save the expense of storage fees.

I have friends with Aliners and Chalets who like them a lot, but they are pretty new so long-term issues are just popping up. (No pun intended.) Friends with Scamps, too. Have you looked at where you'd have to store it and how much $$? Storage fees for ten years might pay the difference between a Scamp still being usable and an Aliner needed to be replaced or repaired. And storing in the garage probably helps the lifespan of an Aliner.

I bought my Campster (very old) due to being able to store it in a garage and i think that is a big plus. Best of both worlds. But not as spacious inside as a Scamp, and harder to find (though used is a given..)
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Old 09-13-2014, 12:23 PM   #6
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Help us make a decision Aliner or Scamp

Seem to recall there's one forum member who previously had a FGRV and now owns an Aliner. If you did a search for "Aliner" you should turn up his post about it. You could send him a PM asking for his thoughts. Unless you've used both, it's mostly speculation. FWIW, I'd choose the egg for wind stability, leak resistance, and (most of all) resale value. The latter could offset the cost of storage, though not the inconvenience. I did look at an Aliner. BTW- Norm's suggestion might work, but only on the 13' models and not with roof AC.
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Old 09-13-2014, 12:28 PM   #7
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I'll second Bobbie's suggestion of a Campster or a Hunter Compact. But only for two people.
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Old 09-13-2014, 12:37 PM   #8
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We had a Chalet. Loved it. Much roomier than our Trillium. It towed well and like an egg you are always giving tours. But....

1) every time you stop and want to go into your trailer you have to open it up. A quick bathroom break is not as quick.

2) Until you lock it, the only thing holding the roof halves together is a bungie cord. Wind is an issue.

3) Lots of moving parts to wear out.

4) what keeps the water out at the joints is foam. It always needs attention.

5) there are very few 20 year old A frames on the road.

We had ours for 4 years. We replaced it with a molded fiberglass trailer because it addresses all these issuses. Good luck, Raz
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Old 09-13-2014, 12:57 PM   #9
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Using an inexpensive electric impact wrench and a floor jack, changing two tires is a 15 minute operation with a Scamp. Then it can often be fitted into a garage.

With the "A" liner, to get ready you will usually have to pull it out, set it up, stock everything you need and then put it down to tow, then repeat when you get home.

With the Scamp it is always ready to stock and go, even including having the refrigerator cold and stocked and, in a pinch it can double as a spare bedroom for unexpected company.

As mentioned, Campsters and Hunters are another choice and they garage as-is. For two of us I find ours perfect.
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Old 09-13-2014, 01:04 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the replies. We need room for 3 and looking at scamp 13 and Aliner 12/10. Hope this helps.

Rv parking here is around $1100 a year closer and about $600 a little farther out.


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Old 09-13-2014, 01:54 PM   #11
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As you will find out, spontaneity doesn't happen all that often. If nothing else, depending on where you want to camp, you will find that reservations, sometimes months in advance, are often necessary. And, to save $100 a month, I can change a pair of tires several times and keep the Scamp in the garage and not out in an RV storage yard, exposed to that lovely VA weather. (I lived in Springfield for 10 years)

And Ya, three peeps is a deal breaker for the Campster and the Hunter FGRV's
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Old 09-13-2014, 02:10 PM   #12
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Not being able to park my trailer at home can be a PITA, but I've learned to manage. I live in northern VA and park the trailer about 30 minutes away for about $600/year. I am not limited to a particular size as the storage lot will take any size trailer or RV. Another plus is that the storage area is on the way to the vast majority of the places I like to camp so it really is not out-of-the-way.

I second the notion of checking out the Escapes. They are wonderful trailers. I've had mine for over a year and have had zero issues with it. Escape offers a 15 foot trailer and will build it with or without a bath.
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Old 09-13-2014, 03:29 PM   #13
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I can't fathom not being able to park my trailer at home nor paying big bucks to store it (somewhere else). Personally that would kill the whole deal and I would just do without. But more to the topic, my Mother had a pop-up, a brand new clean one. She used it and enjoyed it but the experience was still enough to convince me that I did not want to pop, slide, or tip any dadgum thing, ever. I stopped at a second hand store today (Saturday) I had driven by a million times but had never stopped at before. Out back they had a real classic, a Scotty "Sportsman". It was clapped out (rotten) and not worth saving, a real shame. They also had an Avion that was a Cadillac camper in the day, but was now just a mess. I see stuff like that and think about how good a shape my 26 year old Scamp is in, and will still be in years from now, and feel pretty good about the old egg (sitting in the backyard). Anyway, you pays your money and makes your choices, just be aware with the Aliner you may be buying a depreciating asset.
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Gaurav,

It is possible to park a Scamp in a garage. David B(rown) parked his in his garage by changing the tires before storing it.
Here is how I did it.
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