Well, I've been looking and studying the fiberglass market for a number of months now, couldn't act because I was waiting for a house sale to be completed. I was really thinking seriously about ordering an Escape
, but with their 18 month backlog, I was now looking closer at a Scamp
Several weeks ago I decided against spending the money for a trailer. I've never camped with any type of RV or TT, my background is extensive, long distance backpacking. I'm still not sure I will fall
in love with the RV style of travel - but think I will.
I decided, to just get a nice, new cap for my F-150 and fix it up for camping. I ordered an ARE cap: Carpet lining, Bed Rug (covers floor and truck box interior with carpet-like material backed with closed cell foam). I ordered the taller model of cap for extra head room. I was researching solar
systems for electricity, checking out the tail gate tents to allow extra ventilation and making entering exiting easier. Studied multiple ideas for making a sleeping platform to make organizing/living within the truck bed more convenient. Figured all my backpacking gear could take care of water and cooking needs. We recently closed on the house sale, so money was available to fix up the truck bed camping shell nicely.
Then this weekend happened. The 1999 Scamp
13 posting here on the forum caught my eye. HMMMMM... Only a three hour drive from my house. I went to see the Scamp
yesterday, by last night it was sitting in my driveway. I'm a bit poorer, but still got off cheaper than ordering a new trailer, and If I decide this style of travel isn't for me, I will be able to sell the used trailer in a year or two without taking as big of financial hit as I would have with a new trailer. If I decide this is something I want to continue to do, I can always order a new one and get EXACTLY what I want down the line, when I know more.
An added bonus for me now, I'm hoping to take a trip to Alaska this coming summer, or possibly the next. A friend of mine will probably join me. Having both the Scamp and Truck bed available for sleeping will make things much more comfortable. We're close friends, but not close enough to want to share a small Scamp 13 bed!
Now the process of finding out how everything works and getting a few small things fixed like two of the 12 volt lights
that aren't working. It's a pretty simple trailer, Hand pump sink water, no water heater, no furnace
, no shower, Sani Pottie in a seperate room - what would have been the bathroom if it had been ordered. It does have a 12 volt fan in the bathroom, and a home designed 12 volt exhaust fan attached to the roof vent. The original two burner stove looks new and works fine. The refrigerator
works well on 120 volt and 12 volt, not positive about propane
, the seller had never attempted to use it on propane
in the 8 years that he's owned it.
I do need to replace the sink drain trap. The nipple that the drain line attaches to is broken off. I already priced this and it's about 6 bucks from Scamp - can probably just get it locally. Water supply is untested, but so simple it will be a quick fix if I find out there is a problem.
No obvious leaks
, previous owner states they have never even suspected any leaks
. He recently replaced most of the rivet caps, also says the wheel bearings were serviced this fall
, new tires
is about a year old and working well. It does have an owner installed small inverter and battery
charger/maintainer that operates when plugged in to shore power. I only have a flat four trailer connector which works fine for the lights
. Previous owner states that is all he used on it. The trailer itself has a six pin connector with an adaptor. With the bare-bones equipment on this trailer, the battery
lasts about 4 days running just the 12 volt lights
if you start with a full charge.
Previous owner states all windows
are water tight - they seem to be to my eye. The trailer does have a factory installed closet air conditioner. Works well and, according to the previous owner, has never had an issue with condensation causing a problem. He states he had the unit out to clean the coils earlier this year and that it's a very simple set-up with a drain pan to collect the condensate. Said it would be no problem to replace it if this unit ever quits.
After the deal was made, and the money transferred, the gentleman came out with a Coleman screen house with closable sides that they had bought for extra space when camping. Said they really liked it and it was very easy to set up, but they had ended up only using it once, so it is virtually new. It still has the Meijer price tag on it - $199.00. He also through in the plastic tarp that they had bought to use a a floor in the screen room. They also left (intentionally) a nice little charcoal grill in the trailer - kettle style.
All-in-all, a very pleasant exchange with some very nice folks who could not stress enough how much they had enjoyed the Scamp. When I asked if he would have any qualms about taking the trailer to Alaska, he said absolutely not.
I hope I get half as much pleasure out of it as they seem to have. Longer post than I intended, but I'm kinda excited - can you tell?