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Old 01-29-2015, 09:57 AM   #15
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I am 6ft tall and have a prefire (2004)Scamp13D. It has a 6ft interior height.
I have used it now for soon to be eleven years and would not trade it for anything else on the market.
Postfire (2006+)Scamp13s have a 6'3" interior height, which would give you more clearance than I have with mine.

Ours is a Deluxe front bath which actually provides more usable space and the obvious conveniences without excessive tongue weight. We often tow with a 4CYL Ford Escape and it does very well.
Of course there have been several mold changes over the last 45 years, but the fire precipitated the change in height.
The short length of the 13 will be a nice match for the short wheelbase of your TV.
Thank you Floyd for your input... 11 years is a good long time! A question... How does a front bathroom provide more "usable space"? At this time of decision making... now is the time to consider all opinions! I would think however, that it would be more limiting... taking up floor space, and overall the whole area for a room that may be used on and off maybe 30 minutes during the whole day?
I am looking forward to your thoughts on this!
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Old 01-29-2015, 10:11 AM   #16
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We went from a 13' Scamp to a 16-footer and back to a 13! The extra space in the 16' did not meet our needs and we were not crazy about the added tow weight. We spend as much time outdoors as possible, including cooking and eating, so the smaller tow works best for our family of 3 plus 1 large dog. We have the front couch, where the kid sleeps, but even when she is out on our own we probably won't change to the front bath -- it adds weight and takes up a good chunk of space in such a small camper. Campground showers are usually clean and that's just 15 minutes in a day. We love our good porta potty though!
Darnelle... thanks for your input!
Wow having a 16 footer and going back to a 13 footer! I would have never thought that would or might could happen! I understand tho about the extra weight. With the limitations of the JEEP of ours... I can only stay under the 2,000 and 200 pounds!
We rented a very large 32 ft. RV a year ago to treat our Daughter and her family of 5 to a nice long trip. We called it "7 in a box for 9 days and 3,000 miles!" We did have a wonderful time! But... thinking about it... we didn't use the shower much at all and opted to use the nice showers at each KOA we stayed at (most of the time). Peggy and I did use the shower one time while the kids and grand kids were touring a place that we just waited out for them.
We do intend to be outside the camper more than in! Probably not cook much inside either... but then again... we all have them... those long rainy days that you can't do much but wait it out! That is where the SCAMP will shine! We can sit and read and craft... or cook and or just plain sleep it off! (except for walking the dog!)
May I ask if you have the standard bed size or the larger bed size?
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Old 01-29-2015, 10:17 AM   #17
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Hi Ralph and Peggy.
I have a 1982 burro. Basically it is the same as the 13 ft scamp. I am also 5'14". I have no problem sleeping or standing. I have one with the sofa area that stores porta potty under it. I am considering converting the sofa space into a dinette. I got the idea from this forum. A man had done that on his Trillium. I love my little camper. Plenty of storage. I always take along much more than I ever use or wear. Good luck with your search. Happy camping. Joe
Joe... thanks for your idea! I "LIKE" the idea of a dinette in the couch area!!!! Sure does make it very versatile! I think I am favoring the couch rather than the bathroom... and that idea of a dinette just makes a whole lot of sense to me! If you find reference to it again... please send it my way!
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Old 01-29-2015, 10:21 AM   #18
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I will go along with that size issue. We have a Boler 13 and a Casita 17 .Somehow the Boler gives us more interior space. On the other hand it is convenient to have a screen door on the Casita .
We spent 2 months in the Boler last winter in Arizona and New Mexico and yes, the State parks all had great washroom and shower facilities . We did spend most of our time outdoors. We also liked being able to move the trailer around by hand to get the best position on the site. Our plan is to visit Florida this winter and we felt that the Casita would be better in that climate.
I will let you know how it works out.

Bobby... interesting to see that for you the 13 footer seems to have more interior space! Very surprising! Very encouraging too!
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Old 01-29-2015, 10:25 AM   #19
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True story - my father quit college and enlisted for military service within weeks after Pearl Harbor, and his official U.S. Army induction paperwork lists his height, by their measurement, as 5' 12". And yes, he was 6' tall at the time, or at least that's what he thought until the Army said different!
Long ago.... I started saying I was 5'14" when all the nieces and nephews and kids in general always said I was so tall!!!! So I answered that I was ONLY 5 foot 14 inches tall! It made them think!
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Old 01-29-2015, 01:02 PM   #20
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Just a suggestion and assuming that you have not already done so. With summer coming up consider searching this site for upcoming gatherings in you area and attend one ( staying in a nearby motel ). Visit the gathering and look at and sit in any and all units that you think might be suitable for your needs (don't worry fiber glass people are usually very excited to show you their rig and extol it's virtues ) before you make a decision as to what to purchase. There is a significant difference in looking at floor plans and pictures and visualizing their comfort level and seeing the actual unit. Lee
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Old 01-29-2015, 01:29 PM   #21
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Ralph and Peggy,
We have the smaller bed. We'd probably prefer the larger bed, but didn't have that choice when buying used. I made a bed extension so we sleep with our heads under the back window. That works pretty good, but takes up almost all the floor space causing a bit of a crunch when getting up to use the porta potty. The potty sits by the door at night which works well. We're going to try sleeping without the bed extension, with our heads opposite each other, once our 100-lb. dog is gone (he's almost 10).
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Old 01-29-2015, 01:33 PM   #22
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Joe... thanks for your idea! I "LIKE" the idea of a dinette in the couch area!!!! Sure does make it very versatile! I think I am favoring the couch rather than the bathroom... and that idea of a dinette just makes a whole lot of sense to me! If you find reference to it again... please send it my way!
Thanks again...
Ralph & Peggy
Saw this beautiful Boler for sale and noticed how they did the front dinette: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...obo-67910.html I assume the upper bunk/sofa backrest is removed and left at home when not needed. You could do the exact same thing with a Scamp.
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Old 01-29-2015, 01:35 PM   #23
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Oh, and we have front and back windows, which gives a much better view, and that really seems to make the inside feel bigger than our 16' with the front closet. Since we love being outdoors, I've toyed with the idea of pulling out the inside stovetop... and then it is cold and rainy and a hot cuppa while watching a movie makes for a great day!
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Old 01-29-2015, 01:57 PM   #24
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Just a suggestion and assuming that you have not already done so. With summer coming up consider searching this site for upcoming gatherings in you area and attend one ( staying in a nearby motel ). Visit the gathering and look at and sit in any and all units that you think might be suitable for your needs (don't worry fiber glass people are usually very excited to show you their rig and extol it's virtues ) before you make a decision as to what to purchase. There is a significant difference in looking at floor plans and pictures and visualizing their comfort level and seeing the actual unit. Lee
Lee... thanks... I totally agree with you! I will be checking on the closest ones and try to attend!
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Old 01-29-2015, 02:09 PM   #25
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Saw this beautiful Boler for sale and noticed how they did the front dinette: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...obo-67910.html I assume the upper bunk/sofa backrest is removed and left at home when not needed. You could do the exact same thing with a Scamp.
Thanks JON... looks just right!
Today I received the brochure from SCAMP in the mail. I was surprised to see that they offer this dinette for the 13 footer with the deluxe wood package!!!! I am not much interested in the wood because of cost and weight... but now that they do the dinette in the front... I might have to look that over a bit more closely!
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Old 01-29-2015, 02:15 PM   #26
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Ralph and Peggy,
We have the smaller bed. We'd probably prefer the larger bed, but didn't have that choice when buying used. I made a bed extension so we sleep with our heads under the back window. That works pretty good, but takes up almost all the floor space causing a bit of a crunch when getting up to use the porta potty. The potty sits by the door at night which works well. We're going to try sleeping without the bed extension, with our heads opposite each other, once our 100-lb. dog is gone (he's almost 10).
Thanks again... I saw that extension somewhere in a group of photos... and thought it was a wonderful idea!!! But now that you mention that it sticks out into the path so far... might not be such a great idea in practice! Yes our dog "Buddy Lee" is a 70 pound boxer and springer mix... a very lively combination. He thinks he is a lap dog!
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Old 01-29-2015, 02:19 PM   #27
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Oh, and we have front and back windows, which gives a much better view, and that really seems to make the inside feel bigger than our 16' with the front closet. Since we love being outdoors, I've toyed with the idea of pulling out the inside stovetop... and then it is cold and rainy and a hot cuppa while watching a movie makes for a great day!
Darnelle I totally agree with you about the windows... front and back windows would be the best! I am not sure about the little window over the cook stove area... how practical is that?
A question... Do the front and back windows open? I thought I read somewhere that the back and front windows do not open????
Enjoy your day...
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Old 01-29-2015, 02:43 PM   #28
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Here we go again.....trying to put a size 10 foot into a size 8 shoe.

STOP....first go out and find a Travel Trailer that fits you and your life style...look at all types...educate yourself....ask about weights...don't limit yourself...you will not be a happy camper if the unit you select is a giant compromise....
Second (after selecting what is right for you) go and trade in that jeep with such a low tow rating and poor Consumer's Report Rating for a vehicle that will do the job....something with a good rating and plenty of towing muscle.

You will then be an educated, safe and happy camper.
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