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Old 03-10-2014, 07:43 PM   #1
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Scamp 19' 5th Wheel near Niagara Falls

hi, my name is Jared and I would love to see a Standard or Deluxe Scamp 19' fifth wheel. I live in the Niagara Falls, ON area, but I am willing to travel over the border. Hope someone can give me some help; my wife and are both interested in this trailer, but are concerned it might be too small for our family of 4.

thanks for your help,

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Old 03-25-2014, 04:17 AM   #2
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Hello, not sure how far you would like to go but my wife and I are on the East end of Lake Ontario, and have a 96 scamp delux fifth wheel. You would be more than welcome to come look.
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Old 03-25-2014, 07:42 AM   #3
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... but are concerned it might be too small for our family of 4.
Jared, obviously the determination of "too small" is an individual decision, but I can share our experience. We have a family of 4 and everyone is over 5'7". We camp 4-5 weeks per year over several thousand miles in a scamp 13'. We used to have a much bigger pop-up and everyone prefers the scamp.

If you have questions on how to make it work, let me know. Good luck with your decision. I hope you make as many good memories as we have.
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Old 03-25-2014, 07:50 AM   #4
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Yes. We are also a family of 4 and usually camp for about 3 to 4 trips a year, and I stay in the camper in the lawn lots in the summer. My family are all about 5'8 and we are just about right for the sideways beds. We have logged about 7,000 miles on our scamp since getting it in the fall of '07. It has some nice options and plenty of storage. Our longest family trip was just over 2 weeks in 2008 to Yellowstone. And we had a great time, never really too concerned the camper was too small. Hope this helps.
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Old 03-25-2014, 10:38 AM   #5
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Yea it just depends on how much room you want for comfort. If your stuck in the unit for days due to rain it can get cramped. It's camping though.
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Old 03-25-2014, 06:54 PM   #6
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Jared, obviously the determination of "too small" is an individual decision, but I can share our experience. We have a family of 4 and everyone is over 5'7". We camp 4-5 weeks per year over several thousand miles in a scamp 13'. We used to have a much bigger pop-up and everyone prefers the scamp.

If you have questions on how to make it work, let me know. Good luck with your decision. I hope you make as many good memories as we have.

Eric, you've brought up another big question that my wife and I have. How DO you make it work. I figure if you can do it with a 13', my wife, two little girls and 25 lbs dog can do it too, however I could use some pointers.
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Old 03-25-2014, 06:57 PM   #7
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PeterK, where abouts in NY are you?
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Old 03-25-2014, 07:13 PM   #8
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We are in Henderson/ henderson harbor area in NY. Near Watertown. On a map of the lake look on the east end about half way up the lake. You should see Henderson.
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Old 03-25-2014, 07:36 PM   #9
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PeterK what do you use to tow your Scamp? I've been trying to figure out if I could use either a f150 or Toyota Tacoma with a composite box?
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We use a gmc sierra crew cab with a little v8 When we got the scamp In 07 we had a Tacoma with 4 cyl. Metal box. It worked but we got the gmc preparing for the 5000 mile round trip to Yellowstone in 08. Average gmc mpg was 14.5 for that trip. The 5 hour trip home with the scamp unloaded with Tacoma got 19 mpg. Either would work. There is a thread on here for building a hitch for the composit box.
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For four people the crew cab was much more comfy as compared to the jump seats in the extended cab Tacoma
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Eric, you've brought up another big question that my wife and I have. How DO you make it work. I figure if you can do it with a 13', my wife, two little girls and 25 lbs dog can do it too, however I could use some pointers.
First, you have to adjust your expectations. If you want "home on wheels" this whole thing is probably not for you. However, we like the family time and don't mind being in close proximity for a few weeks.

Second, most people here customize their trailer. We added AC and more storage (shelves, cupboards...) to make the limited trailer space more usable and comfortable for what we wanted.

Third, have some options. Obviously we can hang out in the trailer and we all sleep in the trailer, but in reality we didn't go camping to spend time inside. We want to be outside and the camper is where we store stuff and sleep. Some people intentionally turn the beds into couches and tables every day so they have more living space. We on the other hand like being outside and leave all the beds as beds. If we go inside we just lounge around on the beds. We also bring a 11' gazebo that has optional screens and wall for situations where we need shade or wind/rain/bug protection. Ours is a Walmart special. We also make sure we have our favorite card and board games for when the weather is limiting our activities. We bring full rain gear and sometimes just choose to do activities in the rain. We are willing to just jump in the van and go exploring when we have a full day of rain and we just need to get away to a movie/mall/restaurant/Walmart/grocery store/local attraction.

I hope that helps. If you have specific questions, let me know.
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Old 03-28-2014, 09:16 PM   #13
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Hey Eric, Peter and anyone else reading:

So I have two daughters (both under 3yrs) and I'm unsure what to do about sleeping arrangements and whether I want a deluxe or a standard model scamp 5th wheel. The deluxe seems to have more storage, but the standard has the bunk bed/couch set-up. Does your kids sharing a bed guarantee that you will have a war every night you're camping? Or am I better off to lose a bit of storage and get the standard with the couch/bunks?

Hope someone out there can offer some advice.

j-rod

ps: eric-thanks for the great info and perspective
peter- I'd love to come and see your trailer sometime this summer (june maybe) if you're going to be around.
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Our kids were a little older when we got the scamp (about 7 and 11) but usually when we went to bed at night there was maybe 15 minutes or so of goofing but camping has a way of tiring everyone out. At least with us. Also could make it special like maybe personal sleeping bags so they are next to each other but not together under same blanket. ( just thinking. Could work. ). As far as delux v standard. We love our delux. Love the wood. Also the bathroom separates the upper bunk from the rest some so can put kids down there for afternoon naps and still use the main area without bothering them too bad.
June sounds fine. Just let us know. I know I wish there were some closer when we decided. Would have loved to see one up close. I travelled to Meadville PA. 5 hours away to buy ours.
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