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Old 05-10-2010, 09:39 AM   #1
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We will be leaving in a week to go get our new Scamp. Yes we are excited! Got the truck wiring for the trailer complete. We are bringing our sleeping bags and some cooking equipment. This will be our first time using a trailer, (we have wilderness camped for years), so any hints, tips or other info that could be passed on to us would be appreciated.


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Old 05-10-2010, 10:28 AM   #2
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All I can say is good luck and enjoy. If you need something you can always pick up a few items as you travel home.
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:28 PM   #3
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Enjoy every minute of it! Don't forget a CAMERA and a journal... during those cold, dreary months you'll want to relive those memories.

Hint: Shiny side up, greasy side down.

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Old 05-10-2010, 02:49 PM   #4
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Stop in Duluth,MN VERY COOL city.
Duluth http://visitduluth.com/home.php
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Good camp ground http://www.spiritmt.com/campground.aspx
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This camp ground is on top of the hill just before you get into Duluth.
Live web cam http://www.lsmma.com/webcam_large.htm
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Go across the lift bridge driving south. You will come upon a very nice park at the end of the road.
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Old 05-10-2010, 07:10 PM   #5
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Congrats! I am sure you will really enjoy your Scamp, we have ours.

As for some tips:
Auxiliary Fresh Water Tank, Transferring Water & Solar---Neat to Have Boon-docking.

A way to have access to more fresh water and a way to transfer it to the holding tank in the trailer is a must for us, one of the very first things we got for ours. A 26 gal water tank which we keep in the back of the pick-up. We have one of these: 26 gal Tank

I'd hate to live without my set-up. We use one of these to transfer water: 12v Pump

I order the one I have, due to the limited size of the Ranger's bed. My son has gotten tanks, but a different kind, more shape of barrels from Farm & Ranch Supply Companies.

But in a Ford F-150, we do not need to use a pump to transfer the water, normally it is higher than the Scamp's tank.

Link to post on transferring water:
http://www.casitaclub.com/forums/ind...howtopic=13434

Link to keep battery charged:
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseacti.../1.cfm#23691061

Link to overnighting along the way:
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseacti...07.cfm#23227407

We found the bed too hard for us, we use egg crate foam pads to make it softer. We also bought a step to make the step into the Scamp less of a leap. Can get most at a Wal-mart after picking up the Scamp. You will need a RV white water hose to fill the tank. Take you camp cooking pots and pans, etc.

We found the bed to be a little narrow in the Scamp, last summer we started sleeping head to feet, similar to the way sardines are packed. It may sound weird, but it gives each more elbow room, just have to be careful not to step on the other face. Ha!

Link on stabilizer jacks:
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseacti...10.cfm#22937010
Link to pics of our from stabilizer jacks:
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseacti...69.cfm#22847969
Link to pics of our Scamp:
http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseacti...35.cfm#22848635

We went up to Thunder Bay from MN along the shore of Lake Superior. We only spent one night there, we stayed the night at a visitor center/welcome center outside of town. Off or on a major Hwy or interstate-like Hwy. Can't remember the number, etc. We were in a C-class MH. 2001.

I believe I found it: The City of Thunder Bay's official travel and visitor information center, located at the Terry Fox Scenic Lookout.
1000 Highway 11/17
Thunder Bay, ON P7A 0A1, Canada

Thunder Bay Expy, as you can see on this photo, it has large parking areas & I remember it was at a Scenic Lookout. Photo

Things to do. We went to Fort William Historical Park very neat place. We had stopped at Grand Portage National Monument which was equally good if not better.

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Old 05-10-2010, 07:19 PM   #6
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Are you planning to camp your way home over the top of the lakes or the south of the lakes, mostly through the U.S.?

Scamp is built in one of the most beautiful parts of Minnesota... the Lakes District, and there's much to see and do around there (although it snowed a few days ago in nearby Walker).

I guess we should ask if you have time to camp on the way home, or just a few days in the Lakes to shake out the new Scamp, before heading home the quickest way.

If you go home via the top of the lakes, you'll definitely want to spend a little time around Brainerd, then see Duluth, Two Harbors, Split Rock Lighthouse, camp at nearby Gooseberry Falls State Park, and spend a day or two in lovely little Grand Marais before you go thru customs south of Thunder Bay. (Best walleye in the area is the fish basket at the fish house next to the Folk School, near the municipal campground. Just ask for the walleye upgrade.. it's a dollar or two. Great!) The Folk School runs classes in many things, like Norwegian flat plane carving and birch tine box making, canoe refurbishing, and timber frame building. It's a fascinating place.

Congratulations on your new Scamp! My aunt and uncle thoroughly enjoyed theirs, towing it behind (effortlessly) through most of Minnesota and surrounding states for fifteen years or so.

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Oh, and, since you're used to camping, I think you're wise to bring only what you'd take on a short tent trip to pick up your trailer. There are a number of stores in Brainerd where you can pick up pretty much anything you need that you didn't bring with you. Duluth is a major city for that part of the country. (Almost) everyone in this part of the country is an outdoors person... hiking, fishing, kayaking, hunting, camping, etc.
And, if you do stop in Grand Marais, the Ben Franklin has an amazing ... and odd... variety of camping gear. I got great buys on Wigwam hiking socks, Clark's mudding shoes, and a beercan chicken cooker there last summer. Wonder what I'll find there this summer, as the variety always changes???

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Old 05-10-2010, 09:23 PM   #8
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Be sure to take the mandatory photo beside the Scamp sign! Take a tour of the factory, your salesman will offer this. If you have time, take the Paul Bunyan Scenic Drive. Watch for bald eagles & osprey. ENJOY!!
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Old 05-10-2010, 11:51 PM   #9
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Sandy,

There will be major construction on I-35 going into Duluth. We will be there in a few days and I'll post an update. Maybe I'll be able to post or private message you before you leave. Perhaps you will go through Duluth on the way to Backus and see for yourself what the situation is.


Our condo in Duluth (Proctor) is 1 mile from the Spirit Mtn campground. We may very well be there when you are in the area and we are excellent tour guides for the area.

I suggest an electric cube heater (if that works for your power in Canada/USA)?

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Old 05-11-2010, 12:13 AM   #10
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We are only just getting leaves on our trees. Some of the tourist things mentioned may not be up and running when you go by. After posting wondered when Spirit Mtn opens for business. Not sure when they have shower rooms open.

If I-35 is a nightmare to go through we can show you a different little way to get to Superior, WI that will avoid Duluth. Oliver bridge, 12 foot clearance I think. Old low bridge.

We don't have a heater in our camper. If we can't use our elec cube heater we just turn on the gas burner and heat some water for coffee. That generally takes the chill off.

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Old 05-11-2010, 08:27 AM   #11
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We will be leaving in a week to go get our new Scamp. Yes we are excited! Got the truck wiring for the trailer complete. We are bringing our sleeping bags and some cooking equipment. This will be our first time using a trailer, (we have wilderness camped for years), so any hints, tips or other info that could be passed on to us would be appreciated.


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Hi Sandy,

My how time does fly -- it seems like only yesterday that you were just checking out the concept. Brand-new mattress should be comfy enough but we love our wilderness thermarests on top. We went that way last year and found our new Garmin GPS invaluable in breezing through Duluth/Superior (and other big cities).

If you return is near our street, how about a quick stop and personal tour of your new baby?

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Old 05-11-2010, 10:48 AM   #12
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Thank you all for the information We have relatively short time on this trip (1 week). We are planning our first overnight in the trailer somewhere near Scamp in case we find some problems which need to be fixed. Our trip back is flexible, and we will play it by ear. I will be sending a PM to a few later today. Again thanks for the information, People on this board are the greatest.

Sandy and Kim (soon to be new scamp owners)
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What are you getting??? 13', 16' or 19'

DETAILS!!!!!

Enjoy.
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What are you getting??? 13', 16' or 19'

DETAILS!!!!!

Enjoy.
Looking under Sandy's name at the profile is says Scamp 13' ordered, but it would be interesting to read about the features ordered etc.
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