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Old 03-22-2013, 11:22 AM   #1
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Looking for little advice

Hi, I am a soon to be new Scamp owner. We bought a 16' with the side dinette and a bath and will pick it up on April 8th (if the snow ever melts). We are totally clueless. I've been lurking and reading here for about a year but have some questions for you experienced and helpful folks.

Looking on the internet, there about a million gadgets and things for these trailers. What, if any of them will I need to purchase before wandering forth with my new toy? Example: Hose extensions, both black water and gray water? do I need some? How about converters for different hose sizes? Electrical extension cords? If so, how Long? Other plumbing or electrical? I'd like to buy a solar panel and converter to keep the battery charged, what size will do the job? And mattresses, Lots of folks like memory foam but I've heard it's hot (We don't like hot), I've read latex solves that but how thick if laid over the dinette cushions....and on and on....

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Old 03-22-2013, 11:42 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum and the Scamp family,

Advice I've seen posted before which probably also applies to your situation is; take the trailer home, sleep in it in the driveway. That alone might start to answer some of your questions. Then maybe a nearby spot for the weekend. By then you'll probably have a much better idea of your needs. Everyone's needs and circumstances are different.

Specific questions about items such as solar cells can be answered by searching the site. There has been extensive posts about them.

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Old 03-22-2013, 12:10 PM   #3
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As Ron said, it depends on your style of camping. I rarely stay in one place for more than a couple of days; if you camp for a long time in one place hookups long enough to reach may be more important.

As to extensions, I don't carry a sewer extension - if I can't reach, I just wait till I'm ready to leave & use the dump station. I've stayed at well over 100 campgrounds, and only wished for a 30 amp power cord extension twice. In both cases I just ran less stuff & used an adapter with a #12 50' extension cord I carry in the tow vehicle. For water hoses I carry a 25' & a 10'. On rare occasions, I've needed both, usually the 10' is long enough.
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:11 PM   #4
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Solar go with 50 to 80 watt panel.
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Old 03-22-2013, 01:16 PM   #5
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You can buy 100 watt Solar systems for around $120. It would be prudent to have one at least that size or larger. It is far better to have too much than not enough, that way you will still get a good charge if the weather is cloudy.
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Hope your grey water valve is a tee on the main or black water lline. Should only need 5 or 10' of slinky with a 2 or 4 hook bayonet fitting on one end. What you have on the dump end depends on what's required by law where you're going and how concerned you are with spills and surface contamination. There are donuts and multi diameter funnels. I've always relied on hose in the hole handy rock or chunk of wood on the tank flapper. I like an extra long 30amp extension (25-30') but it's a lot of wgt. to carry if the "pad " situation is so tight where you're going that you're always right on top of the utility post. I've run into some state park situations where a bit more flexibility in location paid in terms of leveling and at least one drive-thru site in southern DE with trees between post and trailer which made 10' of cord a stretch.

I agree that buying stuff in reaction to what you find out there is better than loadig up on every possible combination and variant and finding you don't need it or don't like using it or don't feel it's worthy of hauling around.

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I have the combination of a 95 watt panel combined with a pair of 225 amp/hr 6V batteries. Works great & when averaging a 20 - 25 amp/hr draw, the system is usually back to 100% by noon.
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Congratulations on the new Scamp and welcome to the forum. To go camping there are a few things you will need and some things you may want, but there are a couple things you must have to bring your trailer home. Wheel chocks is the first. And a level and leveling boards (lumber scraps are what I use) is the second. You can't unhitch without chocks and you will want to level from side to side. Take care, Raz
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What, if any of them will I need to purchase before wandering forth with my new toy? Example: Hose extensions, both black water and gray water? do I need some? How about converters for different hose sizes? Electrical extension cords? If so, how Long? Other plumbing or electrical?
These are the accessories that I carry, collected over time. I may have forgotten one or 2...
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The good news is that most stuff that you might need is sold at Walmart in their RV section.
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Do yourself a favor and order factory air and awning.
You won't regret it. Find some chairs with side tables.
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If you've been "lurking" on this site for a few years, you've probably already seen my posts regarding bedding. On our maiden trip with our new 13' Scamp (2011) we found the bed to be incredibly hard. As soon as we got home I customized a thermafoam mattress topper for the Scamp and have found it incredibly comfortable. There is no need to get expensive (and heavy) latex. See my photos. If you have any questions, just send me a private message.
Happy Camping!
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