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Old 05-23-2016, 04:51 PM   #15
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A Scamp 16 is the perfect boondocking/dry camping trailer. Why? Because it is the one I have, so I choose boondock/dry camp sites to suit my rig, not vice versa.
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Old 05-23-2016, 07:03 PM   #16
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Its from a brochure but here's what it looks like...
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So Floyd, I'm supposed to look for a gooseneck trailer hauling 4 Scamps, towed by a mid 70 s Ford Pickup ? LOL
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Old 05-23-2016, 09:57 PM   #17
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So Floyd, I'm supposed to look for a gooseneck trailer hauling 4 Scamps, towed by a mid 70 s Ford Pickup ? LOL
The Scamp company truck has since been upgraded to a 1996! The picture is more than a month old.
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Old 05-24-2016, 12:11 AM   #18
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Carl, Your mention of R Pods reminds me that a few days ago on Hwy 99 near Meced, CA I saw not one, but two trucks delivering R Pods. Each truck had 3 of the larger size R Pods with side outs. They must be crankin' them out! I have never seen a truckload of Scamps, never expect to! David in Fresno and Sonora, Scamp 13' .
The west coast RPods are done in Dallas Oregon about 21 miles from my place, Yep they crank them out and you can get factory tours. The site cycles though 3 different Trailer brands that I am aware of. The Hood River editions have good ground clearance and off road stance and tires. But they are not eggs nor Fiberglass, pretty much big teardrops. They are delivered all over the place to where as Eggs you gotta go get them at the hatchery.
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Old 05-24-2016, 09:19 PM   #19
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My wife and I & 3 dogs (8, 30, & 70 pounds) have been boondocking full time for the last 7 months in our Scamp 16 & we love it! Tow is a Toyota Highlander, Scamp has a 4" lift. Been in BLM/Forest sites in AZ, NM, CO, UT. Use common sense, spend a little time researching, you can find great spots to camp with almost any rig. Have fun!
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Old 05-24-2016, 09:31 PM   #20
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Well I don't know what you consider "near by" to be, but you just missed one of the best opportunities you will ever get to see a bunch a FG trailers at a place I would consider to be near-by in the world of FG trailer shopping.. that was the "Eggs on the Hiawassee River" rally that I told you about before. The "Show your trailer off" day was yesterday and I understand there were about 40 FB campers there. If I were researching and shopping I would have gone to this rally.

There will not be a better opportunity for you in the near future but there are other individual trailers you can see. But you will have to be proactive, call the manufactures for contacts, and be willing to drive a ways.
Yes, well, I've found several Scamps and one Casita, and now I just need to look at pics, and choose.

The next time there is a rally, I'll go.

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Old 05-24-2016, 09:35 PM   #21
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Practice by walling off a space with cardboard boxes and cabinets bed and such representing a trailer interior and see how it feels with you and the dogs in it. Could you and the dogs live in a fairly narrow space that is 10' long or 13' long or do you need one that is 16', 17', etc. Having a van for a tow vehicle is a big help in reducing the trailer size needed to carry enough gear for longer stay boon docking. But can you manage to cook a meal with the dogs underfoot on the floor? In bad weather those dogs will be wet from being outside and you will not want them up on the bed or couch.
Yes, I did exactly that yesterday!! The actual floor space was pretty small, but when the bed is turned into a dinette, it would work. I have a hair dryer for the dogs, but I cover things with old bedspreads. The two dogs and I wouldn't fit in a 3 x 3 sq. foot space, so they would need to behave, and go to their allotted space.

Regardless, I need something with which I can boondock!!

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Old 05-24-2016, 09:36 PM   #22
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My wife and I & 3 dogs (8, 30, & 70 pounds) have been boondocking full time for the last 7 months in our Scamp 16 & we love it! Tow is a Toyota Highlander, Scamp has a 4" lift. Been in BLM/Forest sites in AZ, NM, CO, UT. Use common sense, spend a little time researching, you can find great spots to camp with almost any rig. Have fun!
Great info., thanks. The 16 footers are now hard to find, but I'll look around.

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Old 05-24-2016, 09:39 PM   #23
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I built a 13 to accommodate a couple and two small dogs. we built space under the permanent bed for the pups and everyone was comfy.
I think you would need something larger since your pets are medium sized and would require more space.If you did a Scamp16, you could find a way to make everyone happy.
If you don't share sleeping space with the dogs you could easily make up the side dinette or the front bottom bunk for them. I have a plan which would allow for the large dinette to be a permanent bunk sized bed and a two person dinette at the same time. you could even use the front bath or the closet space for your pets. I can think of a dozen variations to make you all comfortable and allow space for each.
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They sleep with me! They are family, even if they do give me a stuffy nose, LOL.

If I can find a 16', I'll look at it.

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Old 05-24-2016, 09:40 PM   #24
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A Scamp 16 is the perfect boondocking/dry camping trailer. Why? Because it is the one I have, so I choose boondock/dry camp sites to suit my rig, not vice versa.
Hi Timber, what kind of vehicle do you tow it with?

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Old 05-24-2016, 09:42 PM   #25
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My wife and I & 3 dogs (8, 30, & 70 pounds) have been boondocking full time for the last 7 months in our Scamp 16 & we love it! Tow is a Toyota Highlander, Scamp has a 4" lift. Been in BLM/Forest sites in AZ, NM, CO, UT. Use common sense, spend a little time researching, you can find great spots to camp with almost any rig. Have fun!
Toyota Highlander, ok . . . .
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Old 05-24-2016, 11:18 PM   #26
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Margaret, you've asked "What is the optimal size for boondocking?" and I would reply "There is no optimal size. It all depends on the person doing the boondocking." In our travels, we've seen people boondocking full time (or close to it) in everything from 40' motorhomes to Volkswagen camper vans. It's really all about where and how you want to boondock. Out west on BLM and Forest Service land, high clearance in both your trailer and tow vehicle is going to be important.

In my opinion a fifth wheel would definitely not be too big for boondocking. The size of your trailer is more about how many people (and pets) you want to accommodate than whether or not you want to boondock. Having good battery capacity, solar panels, adequate fresh water and gray/black water capacity and high clearance are the things I would be concerned about if I wanted to do a lot of boondocking.
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Old 05-25-2016, 06:36 AM   #27
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We have a 13'. Dinnete in front and permanent bed in the back. No bath but we have a porta potti. This works fine for two adults and one golden retriever. We use the bed as a couch during the day. Plastic sheets and a cover protect the bed clothes from people and wet dog. If we were full timing, I would want something bigger with a shower. A Parkliner (15') would be my first choice. It has a queen bed, a side dinnete, and a front bath and lots of windows that can be left open in the rain. They are made in Burlington, N.C. Unfortunately even used they are pricey. A 16' Scamp or 16' or 17' Casita can be found for less. Good luck, Raz

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Old 05-25-2016, 10:06 AM   #28
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It partially depends on how much stuff you want to lug around with you in your trailer. Some folks buy 30' trailers, I think maybe because they want to take half their household goods with them!

I camp alone (wife doesn't want to camp any more, but she says go ahead and enjoy) and I've spent up to 3 weeks at a time camping in a 16' trailer. There was enough storage for everything I needed... even enough clothes and towels for the whole 3 weeks without a stop at the laundromat.

I towed with a 2008 Toyota Highlander AWD V6 and it did well. But you know, if I were full-timing, I'd probably want to tow that 16'er with a van or something... so I could stuff the van full of all the other things I'd want to take along. Stuff I might not have needed for a 3 week trip, but might want for a longer journey. Like a photo printer and paper, and extra cameras, and more coats and blankets, more tools, etc, etc.
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