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Old 08-04-2008, 10:04 PM   #1
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The Reader's Digest Condensed version of my dilemma: we're a foster family and our family recently and somewhat unexpectedly grew by one, meaning we've outgrown the almost new 5 seater truck we bought to tow our Scamp 19. After driving the truck and an additional car camping all summer because all 6 of us didn't fit into the truck, we recently had the chance to purchase a used Bigfoot motorhome (at least staying in the fiberglass family) and used it to all ride together on an extended, cross-country type of camping trip. It was awesome. (Some of you might at this point wonder why I didn't just trade in the practically brand new 5 seat truck for a 6 seat truck. The reasons are many and varied and include such important questions as, would you want to sit with a 6, 4, 2 or 1 year old at your elbow for 3,500 miles?).

Now, the practical thing to do would be to sell the Scamp. Who needs a motorhome and a trailer? Ridiculous! Maintaining two trailers? Not cost effective. But then I walk into my Scamp and think "I don't want to sell it." I fear that I will regret selling it. I've now talked myself into a scenario where we'll use the Scamp (1) when we go to some more remote campgrounds where the roads aren't as good and I'd hesitate to take a motorhome; and (2) as a "guest house" when we have friends and family who don't have a trailer go camping with us (which we're doing this weekend).

My questions for all of you are: how many of you have more than one trailer, maybe even different kinds like me? Did you use the two trailers as you thought you would or does one mostly sit unused? I've sold other trailers before without a second thought, so why do I have this irrational attachment to my Scamp?


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Old 08-04-2008, 10:59 PM   #2
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(Some of you might at this point wonder why I didn't just trade in the practically brand new 5 seat truck for a 6 seat truck. The reasons are many and varied and include such important questions as, would you want to sit with a 6, 4, 2 or 1 year old at your elbow for 3,500 miles?).
I would be the wrong person to ask that. In 1961 My Mother and Father loaded my 5 brothers and 2 sisters (and me) in a 1955 Oldsmobile 4 door Sedan and drove from Syracuse to Oklahoma City. I have fond memories of our togetherness.
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Old 08-05-2008, 01:54 AM   #3
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There may be times when you want to load up your family AND their friends for a good weekend's camping (We found that if we took along a friend for each kid, we had a lot less trouble; they would all be on better manners and were busy amusing each other) and the trailer would be handy for that.

A lot would depend on whether you have any ongoing costs (payment, insurance, etc.).
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Old 08-05-2008, 10:23 AM   #4
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When we bought the project Compact, it was with the idea of (1) "rescuing it from neglect" & (2) fixing it up to sell to my friend Mike (who is instrumental in its rebuild). Now, however, Carrie & I are of the mind to keep it and use it also, depending on where we are going.... Also, my friend Mike will be able to "rent" it when he needs it for his hunting trips, etc. (Carrie & I can't envision his wife going camping...... ) I think it is sort of an affliction---- like my cars.......... Larry
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Old 08-05-2008, 10:41 AM   #5
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I think it is sort of an affliction---- like my cars.......... Larry
Like potato chips.....

I am pondering the next FG project purchase.... something bigger with a potty and shower. No way I will get rid of my Boler.

So I guess you should keep it if you can afford to.
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Old 08-05-2008, 11:38 AM   #6
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In 1961 My Mother and Father loaded my 5 brothers and 2 sisters (and me) in a 1955 Oldsmobile 4 door Sedan and drove from Syracuse to Oklahoma City.
Ah, the days of no car seats or seat belts required. We would all be put in the backseat and some of us ended up piled in the way-back of the station wagon. The front seat of the station wagon was a very spacious bench seat, all one piece. Times have certainly changed!
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Old 08-05-2008, 12:33 PM   #7
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The Reader's Digest Condensed version of my dilemma: we're a foster family and our family recently and somewhat unexpectedly grew by one, meaning we've outgrown the almost new 5 seater truck we bought to tow our Scamp 19.
We used to be foster parents. I would never sell a vehicle because of a new addition. If most of your trips are local, you have to ask yourself, how often do you seat 6? If they are local trips, use two cars, unless you are in a foster adopt situation, where you know reasonably well that this child is a permanent addition. My youngest son, 11, his opinion is that he would rather sleep on the floor and go camping, then to not go, or to go in a manner that would require a change. (Ex. we are renovating a 13', and he would rather sleep on the floor if a 5th person comes than change the plans.)
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Old 08-05-2008, 02:35 PM   #8
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You should have traded your truck for one like the one I saw in Reno last summer. It was pulling a fifth wheel about 35 feet long with three slide outs. When they stopped a total of 10 people got out. It was a Chevrolet truck that had 6 doors.
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When it comes to the sleeping part, remember that kids like to sleep in tents, so a couple of cheap ones will go a long way!
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Old 08-06-2008, 04:48 PM   #10
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In a lot of ways besides sentimental ones, I regret not keeping my 13. There are a LOT of places closer to home (Like the Sierras) that I can not take the 17 in due to roads and windy stuff and extreme elevation gain. The Jeep and 13 would do just fine, but the bigger and heavier rig may have issues. I am not a chance taker along those lines.

With gas prices the way they are, I can not take off and go to my normal haunts that are less daunting to tug to, but MUCH farther away.

I am thinking of a cabin tent or a small rig like a pop top Chinook.

hmnn... maybe a nice Eriba Puck
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Old 08-06-2008, 05:50 PM   #11
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I'm like Gina, I also regret letting my 13' go when I got the 17'. The 13 foot would be nice to take on long trips where gas mileage becomes an issue with the 17, like to the Oregon Gathering for instance. So now, I am currently keeping an active eye open to add another 13' trailer to my entourage.

The upside for you keeping the old trailer is that unless you aren't maintaining things on it, they don't really depreciate much more once they reach a certain age.
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Old 08-07-2008, 02:09 PM   #12
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Well, I don't see anything wrong with having a few trailers. I have a big 06 white box with a slide to winter in in FL, an Ultravan for vintage car shows and camping and I have the Playpac that I want but may never have to to fix up. I may sell the Playpac and get an egg already ready to go.

Keep them all I say!
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Lynne and I have two trailers, too. One is our "big" 19' Scamp fifth wheel, which we bought when it was one year old and barely used and have since made so many mods to that it's kinda turned into a project trailer. We also recently bought a 14' Surfside trailer that's 30+ years old, so it really is a project trailer.

The nice thing about the Scamp 5er is it's turned into a very well appointed and even stylish trailer. I'd hate to sell it. The nice thing about the Surfside is it's lighter and easier to tow and fast and easy to set up, so Lynne is not intimidated by the thought of pulling it and setting it up on her own, and it'll make trips where we spend a night or two here and there on a longer adventure trip easier to navigate. That, and it gives us the opportunity to do a trailer that has a more wistful, playful style than the elegance inside the Scamp. (We'll start working on that trailer in a year or so.)
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[b]Like potato chips.....

I am pondering the next FG project purchase...
I am going to look at a bigger trailer...

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... and a neighbor has promised to sell me his 13' UHaul when he is done with it...

That would make 3. I wouldn't give up the Fiber Stream.
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