Yesterday I was finally able to tour the Scamp
factory up in Backous, MN. It was a long drive. I have never seen a Scamp
up close or been inside one and it was great but I do have a few questions for Scamp
Jim is the salesman I've been working with and I recently found out unpacking a few boxes I talked to him over the phone not long after their fire a few years back.
I had driven to Backous with a few questions with what I've read on the forum.
: One concern I had was from the recent thread about very noisy Suburban furnaces and was going to ask to see if Scamp stocked or had as an option a quieter version or if I could even switch to that Atwood furnace
that was mentioned. Unfortunately as soon I shared about reading that the Suburban furnaces were noisy I was cut off and he said " Suburban is the best furnaces made and they are very quiet!" "That furnace
is so powerful and with the trailer being so well insulated it rarely comes on." Did they switch to a quieter Suburban or do the furnaces rarely come on due to their insulation?
I also shared with Jim that I had narrowed my choice down to a Scamp 16 foot Deluxe side dinette front bathroom that would be loaded with options or an Escape
. The Escape
would be more expensive but I would not have to make modifications to it and let him know how I plan to use the camper meaning extended trips and boondocking
: Regarding LED lights
Jim said specifically all I'd need to do is switch the bulbs over to LED bulbs and that would be it. Is that true?
Insulation: While we were taking the factory tour one worker was installing the reflectix insulation and Jim pointed out that Scamp had the best insulation of all and told me I'd be nice and warm at -30F. I replied yeah but no water in the tanks and he said water also. I read that the reflectix was pretty good insulation and figuring the size and shape of an egg trailer with ratfur would be good against hot or cold weather but being warm at -30F? Does anyone have any experience camping in a Scamp at anything close to those temperatures dry camping
? Wouldn't your tanks and lines freeze at those temperatures with a stock unit? Is a stock Scamp better insulated than a stock Escape
? Escape owners would you know? I don't know on that one.
: I asked if there was now an option to increase the height of the axle
or trailer(ground clearance) and he said that they didn't want to do it for fear it would be too high and he stopped right there so I was left a little bewildered on that.
Rivets: I asked if I traveled on gravel roads a lot if that would mean I would need to worry about replacing rivets sooner. He mentioned that the sun did more damage in exposure to the caps leading to rivets needing to be replaced. I replied that when not in use the trailer would be stored in a garage and he said the rivets should last a lifetime then.
A few changes I noticed and asked Jim about. I noticed these new really tall rooftop air conditioners and he said they switched to Dometic since they are 30 pounds lighter and have good output. (Personally I'd rather have a low profile A/C unit that does not detract from the aero shape of the egg that does not draw juice from a generator
and is highly efficient if that is even possible) I don't know.
Scamp also switch the cabinet and door handle hardware for their Deluxe package. They are narrower so you can get your fingers behind and get a better grasp. I was very impressed with the Deluxe units. The woodwork is solid and seems very well made. I checked out the beds and everything else in the campers and was really impressed. I like the shape of the Scamps too.
So, aside from being asked for a deposit 5 times and just go ahead and do paperwork, not being able to ask questions and left with a few more questions unanswered all within 45 minutes it was nice to finally see various new Scamps in person. If I decide Scamp I have an idea how I'd slightly modify the exterior to make it a little different but I need to check Escape next.