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Old 12-11-2009, 04:23 PM   #1
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I have been a lurker here for a number of years. We have waffled back and forth between buying an egg or building a small travel trailer. We think that now we are going for a Scamp. Since we live in Eastern Ontario we are a long way from Scamp and would like to see either a 16 or a 13 before ordering one. Our needs are simple and we do not want bathroom. There is 2 of us and at least 2 dogs (about 40 lb each). We are planing on some long journeys (Yukon and Alaska) as well as going south for the winter. We like to get out and about when we camp. What would members advise 13 or a 16? I tried to search for this information but 79 pages of answers was not what I hoped for.


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Old 12-11-2009, 05:20 PM   #2
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I have been a lurker here for a number of years. We have waffled back and forth between buying an egg or building a small travel trailer. We think that now we are going for a Scamp. Since we live in Eastern Ontario we are a long way from Scamp and would like to see either a 16 or a 13 before ordering one. Our needs are simple and we do not want bathroom. There is 2 of us and at least 2 dogs (about 40 lb each). We are planing on some long journeys (Yukon and Alaska) as well as going south for the winter. We like to get out and about when we camp. What would members advise 13 or a 16? I tried to search for this information but 79 pages of answers was not what I hoped for.


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We absolutely had a blast with our 13' Scamp. It was so easy to live with, the systems are all simple, and it's very easy to tow. It fit in our garage, which was a big plus. We recently bought a 16' Casita with more amenities, such as a shower and real toilet, hot water, etc. We were a little surprised that actual storage space between the two models isn't all that different by the time all the different systems are installed. Still, I think it was the right move for us. Having said all that, if we had even one 40# dog, I think it would have gotten pretty crowded in the Scamp; maybe less so in the Casita. I think the best solution is your idea of getting a 16' Scamp without the toilet/shower. That will give you more useable space and probably won't increase the weight all that much over a 13'. It's easier to make an apple-to-apples comparison between the 13 and 16 without the toilet and shower, and I think the added space would be very much appreciated. Let us know what you decide!

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Old 12-11-2009, 05:31 PM   #3
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Since we live in Eastern Ontario we are a long way from Scamp and would like to see either a 16 or a 13 before ordering one.
You might try contacting the Scamp factory and asking if they have satisfied owner(s) near you that would be willing to show you their trailer(s). I think all of the "factory direct" manufacturers maintain a list of persons willing to do this. Most programs pay a "finder's fee" to the person who shows a trailer if that showing results in a sale.
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Old 12-11-2009, 06:00 PM   #4
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Welcome, Sandy!

I have a Boler 13, of which the Scamp is a clone. I love my 13, and of course everyone is different, but I'm thinking that ff your dogs are going to be sleeping/hanging out on the floor, then that could get pretty crowded (you would have no place to step with two dog beds on the floor).

On the other hand, if your dogs will be lounging on the rear bed, or on the cushion of the front sofa (which, if you ether remove the back cushion or flip it up into bunk position, the cushion is about 28" deep at the center), then the 13 might be more doable for the four of you.

Also, many people get to the campsite and then set up a screen tent or EZ-up, and then cook/live/sit around outside; so if you are that sort, then again a 13 might be very workable.

However, if your two dogs are going to be living/bedding on the floor, and you tend to hang around/cook/walk inside the trailer, then I think 13 would seem very small. Of course a 16 can also be a bit narrow in the middle depending on your layout, but the 16 has a variety of layouts so you could keep open floor space for dog beds in mind when you ordered.

To sum up, I think a 16 without a bathroom will definitely be roomy enough; but I also think a 13 could work if your dogs share some of the furniture with you, or if you are "hang around/cook outside" people.

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Old 12-11-2009, 06:27 PM   #5
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We have a 16' with side dinette and enjoy the extra room. We looked at a few 13' Scamps at the factory and they are nice for sure. The 13 would be an easier tow, 16 more room, even more without the shower. We like the side dinette for we leave the back as a bed which is great and we can add as many foam mattress layers as we want and feel a need for. The bed is not comfortable without some for sure.

However, it all boils down to what your guys want and can live with.....not what we like.

We ordered ours sight unseen other than photos. Then went by the factory the summer it was to be made to see them. They seem to be made very well. It was the summer before the fire. The new 13' trailer are as tall as the 16s. A nice feature.

Can you get as large a frig in the 13s as you can the 16s, I can not remember.

Only complain, the bed is kind of narrow, but you can get one wider in a Custom Delux (wood interior).

Good luck. Hope you enjoy your choice.

Edit add: Looks like there are two options with side dinette:
http://www.scamptrailers.com/Portals...rplans16-2.jpg
Looks like I am correct about the frigs sizes:
http://www.scamptrailers.com/Showroom/13Tr.../13Options.aspx
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Old 12-11-2009, 06:29 PM   #6
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I have always had two dogs in my trailers.. at one time..3!

Tripping over them never seems an issue. In my 13, as in my 17, they lounge on the front bench, sometimes with me too. When inside, they go into a "small space" mode and have not been over active for the space available.

That said, the biggest problem you will have is ... stink. I fulltime, have no carpet in my rig and limit the textiles as much as I can.. I clean daily.. it still smells a little like dogs in here.

Keep them as clean as you can, get a little doggie perfume and it shouldn't be that big a deal.

For two folks and the dogs.. I would probably go with the bigger trailer, just because of the times you ALL may be stuck inside at once.. rain etc.

You can always use the bathroom for storage. Every little bit helps.
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Old 12-11-2009, 07:32 PM   #7
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When I was looking to buy, I wanted a 13 footer... just about any egg-shaped trailer (they're so DANG cute), and it had to be used based on my budget. WELL, I couldn't find anything within a days drive that didn't need a total rebuild or was sold out from under me. Then I found a 16 foot Scamp Deluxe.... and it's ALL mine. Now that I know what I know, and what my needs have become, I realize things happen for a reason and my future required that particular 16 footer. I don't think now I would be happy stepping back three feet. I didn't think I wanted or needed a bathroom... oh but having it is NIRVANA in the middle of the night when it's raining and there's no porta potty to trip over or drag out of a cupboard. I use the bathroom as a storage area too. There's a tension rod close to the ceiling and I hang my coat in there, plus I can hang my wet towel and wash cloth to drip and there's no damage anywhere because everything drips in the shower pan. I've yet to use the shower tho... prefer the campground showers with all the hot water I need.

Just like a 5th wheel, that only people with trucks are looking to buy... only some people want a 16 foot trailer (and larger) without a bathroom. IF resale is a consideration, just be aware that you'll have fewer people looking to buy a trailer larger than a 13 footer without a bathroom. Doesn't mean it won't sell... just wanted you to know this.

The entire outdoors is your living room, but that requires reasonable weather or at least some way to get out of the wet and wind (screen room?). Start a pro and con list and figure in your budget... that will determine the best fit for you.

Let us know what you end up buying and be sure to share pictures with big grins!
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Old 12-11-2009, 10:19 PM   #8
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Thanks for the food for thought. An easy up or a cooking tent is something that I had not thought of. We would only plan to cook inside when it is too bad to be outside. I think we have more stuff to look at. I will have to talk with the other half about this.


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Old 12-12-2009, 02:42 AM   #9
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I live in Toledo Ohio and have a 16' side dinette Scamp with bath that you can look at if ever this way.
It is under a carport so is easy to get into in the winter.

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Old 12-12-2009, 05:17 AM   #10
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You also don't mention what your towing capability is?
This may determine your rig more than anything else.

I went from a 13' Trillium to a 15' Trillium that were both fitted the same way.
I can not explain exactly why the 2 foot difference felt like 6 feet once inside?

Unless you need the 13' for towing reasons,I would go for the 16' especially with the dogs.
My girlfriend has 2 Newfoundlands which are like 5 40lb hairballs each and they loved the 13' but were a lot more managable in the 15' or the 16' or 17' I went to.
I do not let them inside the 16 or 17 and now I am happier but the extra space is valuable when the weather turns for sure.

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Old 12-12-2009, 07:20 AM   #11
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We have a 13' Deluxe which is great for 2 people . the only "issue" is setting up the dinette during the day IF you want to sit at it. I don't think I'd want a 13' if we had 2 dogs. A 16' seems to be a better fit for 2 people and 2 dogs--IMHO!
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We went from a 13' Burro to a 16' UHaul. That additional space is great. Yes, it made me lazy - I do not take the bed down now, but it is great not to have to trip over the portapotty now. And while I love my hubby, it is great to have a few more feet between us when stuck inside when it is rainy or chilly.

We don't notice much of a difference in the pulling between the two trailers.

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Old 12-12-2009, 11:21 AM   #13
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I guess a good question would be is if you have tow capacity issues. If not I would probably go with the larger option, but frankly thats my opinion and may not fit your needs, another would be the bathroom ( I would not camp without my own! I don't do public, johnny gumps, etc) so again it's how I like to camp not how you like to camp. Only thing I can suggest for you is, if your dog's are active, not lazy daisies ( just hang in a dog bed and watch the world go by kinda dog) then the 16 might fit you needs alittle better. I have/had 2 Doxie's both under 20 pounds and 2 dogs and Dh and I made for a crowded trailer. One Doxie, was a lazy daisy, I could lay him down somewhere and he would stick there. The other is a busy girl so even her little 13 pounds moving around makes for a small trailer sometimes. Maybe mesuring out a 13 ft trailer area, and a 16 ft trailer area and spend 10 min in those areas and see which seems more comfortable. I like visuals, so for me laying it out to see what it feels like would help. Don't forget you will have less than the total sq ft-age due to cabinets, appliances etc. Good Luck
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Old 12-12-2009, 08:20 PM   #14
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My thanks to all who replied. The information and ideas are just what we needed. After a discussion with "She who must be obeyed" I think we will be going with a 16 ft as there will probably be another dog joining our family (a Golden) in a couple of years. I got a pm from Alf about a 13 ft Escape but a 16 ft is what we will need. We currently do wilderness camping with access only by boat or canoe. Retirement is coming up and we want explore more with a bit more comfort.

Thanks again and Merry Christmas

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