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Old 01-03-2014, 08:32 AM   #1
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Sally and I are in our first glimmers of retirement and looking into purchasing a camping trailer. We like the Scamp 16' vs a Tab teardrop. Any comparisons you veterans out there?

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Old 01-03-2014, 08:37 AM   #2
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Scamp or Casita would be my choice because they are molded fiberglass.

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Old 01-03-2014, 08:46 AM   #3
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Dan and Sally,

We have had a Scamp and a Casita 16 and have been in a TAB. Ginny and I love our Scamp 16 and have been all over North America. Our's is no 22 years old and most people think it's much younger. The molded fiberglass trailers can last forever with just a little care. To me that's the biggest difference between these similarly sized trailers is long term trailer integrity.

As well I believe the Scamp provides more usable space due to it's lack of a tear drop. We average over 200 days a year in our Scamp.
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Old 01-03-2014, 11:38 AM   #4
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Since you're still glimmering, it sounds like time is on your side.

I would highly recommend that you see all your prospects in person before making a decision. We walked through Tabs, Scamps and Casitas before ordering and I'm glad we did so. For me, molded fiberglass was clearly superior to stick built construction so that ruled Tabs out. After seeing a Scamp and Casita we decided the Casita was the better option for us even though Scamp is in our back yard (MN).

Scamp, Casita and Escape all make a good product and it's more a matter of personal preference, budget and availability on which is best for you.

Search the forums and do your research. It's time well spent.

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Old 01-03-2014, 01:17 PM   #5
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My father in law had a TaB. The perfect trailer for a single person who wants to go out for a few days. Easy to tow, light, well thought out. It's an oversized teardrop. A 13 ft or 16 ft egg will have room to stand up. With a 16ft you can have a permanent bed, table, and bathroom. A 13 ft with bath means the bed must be taken down to have a table. We have a 13 ft with permanent bed, front dinette. We use the showers at the campground. Works for us. Choices, choices. Have fun shopping and let us know what you get. Raz
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Old 01-03-2014, 02:09 PM   #6
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You might check out the rally map

There are three rallies in the Wis. area coming up in the spring. A rally is a great chance to check out the different brands and models of molded FG campers. Ranging from the latest models to campers that have been in use for decades. Provides good perspective on what purchasing newer model vs. used will get you for your money.

Seeing them in real world use gives a much better perspective on how much space there really is and how the floor plan is really used. Camper at sales lot looks bigger inside because it's empty, same as the bedrooms or closets in an apartment or a house look bigger until you put furniture in the room and clothes in the closet.
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Old 01-03-2014, 03:04 PM   #7
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Sally and I are in our first glimmers of retirement and looking into purchasing a camping trailer. We like the Scamp 16' vs a Tab teardrop. Any comparisons you veterans out there?
You guys sound like you're in the same boat as us, except we have been blessed with owning a couple of 13' Scamps over the last 25 years (a standard and now a deluxe). We have taken the last two summers off and spent 60 days & nights at a time in our travels. We are looking to purchase a Lil Snoozy for the permanent queen bed, comfortable couch, shower & bath. We will order it propane ready to better match our "off grid camping" life style.
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