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Old 09-21-2015, 08:36 PM   #15
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I started with a 1988 16' Scamp Deluxe (still have it, LOVE IT). Because that's what my budget could afford. I made the purchase when the Scamp was 12 years old and I knew my tug could handle the weight.

Fast forward more than a dozen years... I want my life to be different. I want to camp in different conditions. I know how I've camped before and can embrace that and MORE.

I'm older now and figure that I not only want some options, but I've earned them and DESERVE them.

I still have that wonderful 1988 16' Scamp Deluxe and know I could still go out camping and have a ton of fun! But still... I'm not looking for a long weekend or a couple of weeks at a time... but now, months. As wonderful as my Scamp is (and it IS), it's the wrong layout (for me) for long-term happiness. YMMV
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Old 09-21-2015, 09:01 PM   #16
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We started with a 1996 13' Scamp eight years ago. Over time, the bed got too small, and I longed for a bathroom area, but we kept using it for weekend camping. This past spring, we found a 16' Scamp with a a much bigger bed, and dedicated porta-potty room (no running water or shower, but we installed a laveo toilet). So we sold the 13' and are now camping happy in our larger camper.

Whatever you decide to get, if it's not the right one, you'll be able to sell and find what you want. Sometimes, it takes 5-6 years of camping trips to figure out what you really prefer in the long run.
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Old 09-21-2015, 11:59 PM   #17
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DH and I both come from families that liked to go tent camping and after we got married we enjoyed car camping and backpacking. In our forties we got tired of sleeping on the ground and moved up to a Toyota mini-motorhome - what luxury! Then we got two-foot-itis and in rapid succession bought a 24' Class C and then a 32" Class A motorhome. The extra room was nice for extended traveling, especially after we retired, but they were expensive to own and operate. We'd always admired the quality and look of the small FG trailers and, after some searching, found our Bigfoot.

The one thing that I wish we'd been more knowledgeable about before we got our trailer was how to select a good tow vehicle. We went through two before we got it right. If I'd discovered this website sooner we might have saved ourselves some hassle and money. One thing I've come to realize though is that there is no perfect RV. It's all about trade-offs. Figure out what's most important to you, what are your must-haves, what are your would-be-nice-to-haves and what can you live without then have fun searching for your rig!
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Old 09-22-2015, 06:26 AM   #18
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As Kathy says there's no perfect RV. The important thing is to get out there and go camping. At least with fiberglass RVs it's pretty hard to lose money when you trade for a different model. Meanwhile you're out there in the woods or on the beach having a great time. Most of us older folks have gone through a series of different FGRVs and each was pretty great at the time.

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Old 09-22-2015, 06:41 AM   #19
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The perfect RV is the one you're in. It's sort of like marriage, make the best of what you have.

We've camped in 3 trailers for extended periods. We had fun in everyone, (love the one you're with). The only problem was the first leaked and eventually after a trip across Labrador, a couple of loop of the United States we switched to fiberglass trailer.

Each trailer was modified to fit our needs, each one was the 'vehicle' for great times. Personally the trailer is secondary, not to say I don't love my Scamp, or the Casita or Sunline, the real love is the travel.
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Old 09-22-2015, 06:58 AM   #20
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Thanks for all the stories and advice everyone! We certainly won't be in search of the "perfect camper", so it's good to hear about all the things you all learned along the way, especially when you first started out.

The goal is to be armed with as much information as possible to avoid as many surprises as we can - and so that we can more objectively compare camper to camper in the event we don't get to see all makes and models along the way. I love hearing things like "these campers have a tendency to leak" or "these campers have a stock refrigerator that is better than most upgrades"... It's the little things that make up the big picture!


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Old 09-22-2015, 10:10 AM   #21
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We started out with a 2006 Spirit Deluxe Casita 17 ft about six years ago, and its been perfect for our use, the fridge is a large one and works excellent, good for ten day trips no problem, furnace works great in cold weather, the air conditioner will cool one down fast if needed, bathroom is adequate, bed works for us as we are not tall, I have thought about a larger trailer such as the Escape 19 ft or 22.3 ft Oliver, but its a whole nother ball game towing and parking compared to our 17 ft, it fits in small spaces easily, granted its tight with two inside, we keep the main dinette in back as a permanent bed with memory foam mattress which is super comfortable, and use the side dinette for breakfasts, and evenings reading before bed, we don't think the tradeoffs are worth it to go bigger, loss of mpg with tow rig, less campsites we would fit in, we are very satisfied with our trailer.
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Old 09-22-2015, 10:41 AM   #22
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We are starting to think about our first small fiberglass camper purchase, and want to hear about your experiences! We have some camper experience, but would love to learn from all of you who have been in our shoes before we make the leap.

What camper did you start with and why? What did you learn? What would you do differently if you were to do it again? What should we be sure to consider before we buy? We are currently considering a "vintage" 13-footer in the realm of a Boler or Trillium.

Can't wait to hear your stories!


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Old 09-22-2015, 10:42 AM   #23
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We started out with a 2006 Spirit Deluxe C , we don't think the tradeoffs are worth it to go bigger, loss of mpg with tow rig, less campsites we would fit in, we are very satisfied with our trailer.
And we (being the proud owners of a SCamp13D) thought, you did go bigger!!
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Old 09-22-2015, 10:52 AM   #24
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I just purchased a ten foot 1965 cloud for three hundred dollars but have close relatives and friends that weld, fiberglass and carpentry so after three months, I will get it on the road by spring. I am now down to wiring and finishing. I can't wait to go camping in May, sold my pop up so I've been tenting it . So I've been cold and wet at times here in Minnesota . I wanted old as I will tow it with my classic car. Live close to Scamp factory so it has alittle Scamp in it too!
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Old 09-22-2015, 02:05 PM   #25
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My adult RV experience starts and ends with my current Scamp, which I lucked into by word of mouth. I have done a ton of work (and spent a lot of money) on it but it is just right for my daughter, our dog, and I. I do sometimes have a bout of two or three footits but the 16’ Scamp really is the best rig for us and the way we camp. The first I ever heard of an FGRV was a 13’ U-Haul for sale locally before I found my Scamp. I am glad we ended up in the 16.

As a youth I of course camped many nights with the Scout troop on the cold, hard ground in just a tent, and had a great time. Dad had a slide in camper for his ¾ ton 4X4 and we enjoyed that as well as a Class C motorhome that came later. Mom, after the divorce, had a pop-up trailer and experience with that thing was enough for me to know I was not going to be popping, tipping, or sliding anything when I went camping. My daughter and I camped out of my pickup truck with a camper shell for a while when she was smaller. I built a platform in the back over the wheel wells and put a mattress on top and it was pretty comfortable. I did bang the top of the camper shell with my elbow every time I rolled over though. And the late night potty trips were not fun.

I say I lucked into the Scamp and I did, but I looked at and passed on a lot of stickies before finding our FGRV. None of the stickies felt right, or the condition did not match the price, or something. I am glad I held out for the right rig to come along.
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Old 09-22-2015, 02:36 PM   #26
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Thumbs up 16 ft

I like a 16 footer. we keep the bed set up all time. with side dinette we can set at the table and eat and play cards . if you look at the long run the table makes in to a bed for the kids. we need a bath room for the toilet getting older
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Old 09-22-2015, 08:12 PM   #27
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This is a great site for information and opinions!


We used to tent camp but were starting to dislike the hard ground and the getting up in the night part of it. So we talked a bit about getting something like a Boler. Whatever we bought had to be small (no interest in a new vehicle). We wanted heat, light, some windows that opened and a three way fridge. Water wasn't necessary as we enjoy cooking outside and use the facilities of the campground we are at.


Someone mentioned that his friend a Boler like thing in his machine yard- hadn't been moved in years. He asked if it was for sale and the guy offered it to us for less than $1000. Turned out to be a Ventura - a bit scruffy but everything seemed to work. We bought it and took it to an RV repairman who checked the electrical and propane systems and upgraded as necessary. Used and enjoyed it a several years only adding a porta pottie.


When it became obvious that we liked using the camper but weren't terribly interested in fixng, upgrading etc we sold it (for a profit) and got a 13' Trillium.


On odd occasions we feel a bit tempted by a bathroom and more space, but not enough to spend the money on one and a new tow vehicle.


I'd advise thinking through what you REALLY want, what you would settle for and decide n a price range. From there on just keep looking and you'll find your new baby!


As someone said earlier - there isn't a perfect camper.
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Old 09-23-2015, 02:32 PM   #28
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I just purchased a ten foot 1965 cloud for three hundred dollars but have close relatives and friends that weld, fiberglass and carpentry so after three months, I will get it on the road by spring. I am now down to wiring and finishing. I can't wait to go camping in May, sold my pop up so I've been tenting it . So I've been cold and wet at times here in Minnesota . I wanted old as I will tow it with my classic car. Live close to Scamp factory so it has alittle Scamp in it too!
FYI...What you have is a 13foot Cloud, the tongue is included in the measurement
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