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Old 06-19-2012, 05:18 PM   #15
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A trailer that is small enough to hook up and tow easily and one that is spacious enough if you stay in one place for a month PR more.
Some people just require more space than others. It's a very subjective thing. We've had no trouble living in our 13' Scamp for 3 months at a time, with close to a month in one place. Others couldn't stand living in anything less than a 40' MH. Everybody has an ideal size for them. For Anne and I it's our little 13'.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:44 PM   #16
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Some people just require more space than others. It's a very subjective thing. We've had no trouble living in our 13' Scamp for 3 months at a time, with close to a month in one place. Others couldn't stand living in anything less than a 40' MH. Everybody has an ideal size for them. For Anne and I it's our little 13'.
I'm not sure how well we would do in our 13 ft for 3 months, suppose we would work out a routine and system over time. We might possibly consider it, on the other hand I could park the 13 in the living room of my sisters 5th wheel (with the expandos) and she has been known to say it gets crowded with a grand kid along.
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:03 PM   #17
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I'm not sure how well we would do in our 13 ft for 3 months, suppose we would work out a routine and system over time. We might possibly consider it, on the other hand I could park the 13 in the living room of my sisters 5th wheel (with the expandos) and she has been known to say it gets crowded with a grand kid along.
You definitely have to like the person you're traveling with and I often say to people that look at us like we're crazy, "it's not for everyone".
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:46 PM   #18
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The Big Foot was a marginal sitting camper. Would like something bigger for extended stays but didn't like pulling even the 21' Big Foot. We have decided to rent a park model for three months this coming winter in Mesa, AZ and anticipate doing that for the forseeable future. Still have much to see around the country but will do that in a small camper for a week or two at a time.
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:28 AM   #19
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We have the Lil Snoozy it has the cassette toilet (4 1/2 gallons) Usually needs to be emptied every other day (2 people) But for traveling it's great to be able to empty in a truck stop toilet and not have to go to a dump station saving $ and time . For us it was a plus . if you are staying for a week or month or longer it could get to be a pain then again I hate that toilet snake what a mess . we bought our snoozy used so we didnt get the factory tour but I hear Alan is very accomodating
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Old 11-14-2013, 08:56 AM   #20
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David I just returned from Backous MN yesterday. I had this impression that north of Brainerd it would be sparsely populated with not much being up there and I was definitely wrong. Baxter which is fairly close and south of Backous has a Costco, various hotels and restaurants you would find in the Twin Cities metro area. When you go north of Baxter is seems obvious that many people from the metro area go here in the summer with all the resorts, very nice houses, condo, specialty shops and other businesses on your way up to Backous. You should have no problems for places to eat and stay.
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Old 11-14-2013, 10:37 AM   #21
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My wife and I are thinking of taking a trip to the Scamp factory in Backus. Worth a 900 mile round trip? Doesn't look like much in Backus. Where do others stay and eat? David
We live 600 miles from Backus(1200 round trip).
When we were contemplating the purchase of our 13 Scamp, we made three trips total in the process.
1] To see the product, and get aquainted with the builders and the possibilities.
2] To place our order,and work out most of the details.
3] To take delivery at the factory.
The result was Eggy-Sue (the pull-it surprize). It's been 10 years since we placed our order and we are still satisfied, knowing that we got exactly what we ordered from people with whom we had developed a personal relationship,one which persists to this day.
We made numerous changes to our order, and even picked our trailer up on an off day.I think meeting them made the the whole process even smoother than it would have otherwise been.
It's a bit of a personality thing,but it worked for us and we would do it again.
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:38 PM   #23
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It was definitely worth the round trip from San Francisco, California to Backus, Minnesota to pick up our new 2011 Scamp 13'. We enjoyed seeing our "baby" among the other youngins and to peek in on the factory. We camped nearby for a day or two while checking out everything on the trailer at Minnesota Resorts, Ruttger's Pine Mountain Resort, RV, Pine Mountain Lake, Backus, MN, seasonal campsites, swimming pool- full hookup. Everything was perfect on the trailer and with camping. We enjoyed kayaking with borrowed kayaks right at the shore at the campground.

On the way back we took a leisurely, once in a lifetime, trip through South Dakota (Mount Rushmore & Custer State Park), Wyoming (Yellowstone and Grand Tetons), Nevada and California. See photos: 1. Scamp factory, 2. Ruttger's Campground, 3. Custer State Park (famous for bison) 4. Grand Tetons.
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:30 AM   #24
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We will be in Backus in the middle of October to pick up our new 16' DLX. Yeeha! We'd like to camp near Eveland's for the first night (at least) in order to shake things out a bit before heading off to the SouthWest for a month or so. Rutger's at Pine Lake is closed (something about new electric system going in).

So, does anybody have a particular recommendation for a campground? There's a few to choose from, I know. Besides the usual desires (quiet, safe, clean, etc) access to hardware (RV stuff) and groceries would be nice. We'll be hauling along our full kit from the 13 footer, but one never knows what we'll want to do before we leave the vicinity of the factory and we will have been on the road for four days from the Seattle area.
Thanks for any suggestions!

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Old 08-27-2014, 11:11 AM   #25
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It's been about six years since we went to the factory. We went the last week of September and most campgrounds in the area seemed to be shutting down the first of October for winter. Just make sure you get reservations first. We stayed in a state park south of Backus.
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It's been about six years since we went to the factory. We went the last week of September and most campgrounds in the area seemed to be shutting down the first of October for winter. Just make sure you get reservations first. We stayed in a state park south of Backus.
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I would follow Eddie's advice . Many of the campgrounds in northern Minnesota do not open until May ,many on Memorial Day and close shortly after Labor Day .Ask about availability of water and showers . Many campgrounds drain their water systems before frost hits usually in late September or early October. We went to the Scamp factory in late April to get a new axle and it was difficult to find an open campgrounds
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Old 08-27-2014, 01:23 PM   #27
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This is funny because I TOO wanted to stay closer to the factory. But I was planning on staying in Rogers, MN. south of Backus...quite a long way from there. BUT IF there was a major problem, well better than the 1200 miles I was going to be when I got home (TN). It turns out that we went through MAJOR traffic in the twin cities on the way up. I knew if I stayed in Rogers, that I would be leaving EARLY and right into the Twin cities morning traffic again!!

Ok...back at Backus, we took the tour and loved it. (didnt like the lil old grumpy man that BARELY showed us our Scamp...AVOID him like the plaque!) Afterwards, we left heading south. It was pulling well and everything was just lovely, so we went around the twins on down into Wisconsin. We wound up traveling all the way to Wisconsin Dells and spent the first night. (Nearly 400 miles!) We didnt realize we didnt have a water hose, so we forgot that idea until we got home and stuck with the basics.

My decision was based on the fact that the cosmetics, frame, axle, tires, cool-running hubs etc were immaculate and running perfect. I knew anything electrical, plumbing, defective appliances etc, I could either fix myself or take it in (appliances) for warranty repair and they would pick it up.

I was sure glad the next morning to be that much closer to home. So, I cant help on staying around Backus, but alot of people do. But I can tell you the wife and I felt it a GREAT adventure going to Backus and pick up our Scamp and we'd gladly do it again.

Darral (Nothing was wrong on the Scamp except ONE little drip out of the "trap" under the cabinet. 1/2 twist of the screw and it was fixed. )
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Leech Lake Corps of Engineers Park open until October 31. Electric and some water sites and a dumping station. Clean washrooms and showers about half hour from Backus.

Cross Lake COE also open until October 31 but have never been there



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