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Old 07-13-2017, 10:56 AM   #1
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Three Foot-itis and an Upcoming Visit To Scamp

We *think* that we have decided to sell our little 13 foot Scamp sometime after camping season ends, maybe next June. Our kids just will not stop growing so we are looking at getting a Scamp 16 layout 7 with the front bunks and side dinette. Next week we will be near Backus, MN, so we have an appointment to tour the factory and it's quite possible we will put a down payment on a new, built to order Scamp.

I can't decide whether I'm terribly sad to move out of our sweet little egg, or incredibly excited to purchase one exactly to our specs. I guess once we've been inside a larger egg, we'll know for sure if that's direction we want to go.

We ARE really excited to go visit the factory, though. They sent us the brochure and so we've been looking at all the options and trying to make decisions based on what will fit our camping style, not just now, but down the line, because if we buy new, we are buying for longevity. We would definitely consider a used one if we could find a layout 7, but those seem hard to find. (rear dinette, side dinette, front bunks)

Any can't live withouts? We camp very simply- our current Scamp doesn't have air, furnace or fridge (just an icebox, which I actually love), and we haven't missed those items.

Also, brakes are standard on a 16...we don't currently have brakes. Does one need a brake controller or they just work once hooked to the tow?

Sway bars/stablizers? Are those necessary for a 16 foot Scamp (we tow with a Toyota Highlander, 5000# tow capacity.)

Thank you! I'll keep you all posted on what we decide once we've been to the factory! Can't wait to look at all those little eggs!
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Also, brakes are standard on a 16...we don't currently have brakes. Does one need a brake controller or they just work once hooked to the tow?
Does your Highlander have a tow package? If so, the brake controller might be part of that. (It is on our F-150. I actually have no idea about what the Highlander's pkg includes.)
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Does your Highlander have a tow package? If so, the brake controller might be part of that. (It is on our F-150. I actually have no idea about what the Highlander's pkg includes.)
Oh it does!! Thank you! I'll check into that!
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Oh it does!! Thank you! I'll check into that!
You may not have the brake controller, but there will definitely be a connector meant to plug one in, somewhere under the dash. It should be pretty easy. I assume that your TV has the 7 pin connector. The brake controller's function is adjusting the braking action so that the trailer brakes take care of the trailer and don't allow it to push or pull the TV.
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You may not have the brake controller, but there will definitely be a connector meant to plug one in, somewhere under the dash. It should be pretty easy. I assume that your TV has the 7 pin connector. The brake controller's function is adjusting the braking action so that the trailer brakes take care of the trailer and don't allow it to push or pull the TV.
I just finished looking it up. Toyota Highlander 2011 with tow package comes ready to be wired for a 4-pin connector, which is what we currently have. To use trailer brakes, you have to buy a Universal Installation Kit for brake controller that adapts the 4-pin to a 7-pin then ALSO get the Brake Controller. I think my dad can install it for us (Yay for handy dads!!) All the wiring is supposedly available under the dash, as you suggested! Thank you
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I just finished looking it up. Toyota Highlander 2011 with tow package comes ready to be wired for a 4-pin connector, which is what we currently have. To use trailer brakes, you have to buy a Universal Installation Kit for brake controller that adapts the 4-pin to a 7-pin then ALSO get the Brake Controller. I think my dad can install it for us (Yay for handy dads!!) All the wiring is supposedly available under the dash, as you suggested! Thank you
Don't believe an adapter will work for the brakes. Etrailer has many great videos of installations and may have your exact year tug too.
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We *think* that we have decided to sell our little 13 foot Scamp sometime after camping season ends, maybe next June. Our kids just will not stop growing so we are looking at getting a Scamp 16 layout 7 with the front bunks and side dinette. Next week we will be near Backus, MN, so we have an appointment to tour the factory and it's quite possible we will put a down payment on a new, built to order Scamp.

I can't decide whether I'm terribly sad to move out of our sweet little egg, or incredibly excited to purchase one exactly to our specs. I guess once we've been inside a larger egg, we'll know for sure if that's direction we want to go.

We ARE really excited to go visit the factory, though. They sent us the brochure and so we've been looking at all the options and trying to make decisions based on what will fit our camping style, not just now, but down the line, because if we buy new, we are buying for longevity. We would definitely consider a used one if we could find a layout 7, but those seem hard to find. (rear dinette, side dinette, front bunks)

Any can't live withouts? We camp very simply- our current Scamp doesn't have air, furnace or fridge (just an icebox, which I actually love), and we haven't missed those items.

Also, brakes are standard on a 16...we don't currently have brakes. Does one need a brake controller or they just work once hooked to the tow?

Sway bars/stablizers? Are those necessary for a 16 foot Scamp (we tow with a Toyota Highlander, 5000# tow capacity.)

Thank you! I'll keep you all posted on what we decide once we've been to the factory! Can't wait to look at all those little eggs!
Hi Emily,
Congratulations! We got our 16 layout 4 in June. Where are you in CO? We are in Denver and happy to show you ours if you are anywhere close. We did not get the AC, the fan seems to do just fine in the Rockies and was great crossing Nebraska on the way home. It is cozy for the 2 of us plus 2 60# dogs, but quite doable.
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Don't believe an adapter will work for the brakes. Etrailer has many great videos of installations and may have your exact year tug too.
On my 2008 RAV4 the trailer wiring is under the rear of the vehicle with a 4-pin to 4-pin connection. It continues up into the area behind the left tail/turn signal. There is a small box in that space, sitting loose, wires in and out heading to the 7-pin connection at the rear of the vehicle.
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My can't live withouts are all on your list of easy to live without. Just shows how everyone is different!

We like to travel out west, and a lot of the west can be HOT. It was 102F in St George, UT when we were there in the middle of May this year. Even if it is not that hot, AC makes a camper so much more comfortable. Without AC, trips need to be planned around avoiding hotter areas for sure. Much of Colorado is plenty hot this time of year. And of course, traveling across the plains states can be really hot: NE, KS, etc., really depends on the time of year and a little luck.

Yes, you are going to need a brake controller and wiring for a seven pin plug (not an adapter). Should not be a big deal.
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Hi Emily,
Congratulations! We got our 16 layout 4 in June. Where are you in CO? We are in Denver and happy to show you ours if you are anywhere close. We did not get the AC, the fan seems to do just fine in the Rockies and was great crossing Nebraska on the way home. It is cozy for the 2 of us plus 2 60# dogs, but quite doable.
Hi! We are in SE Aurora, almost Parker. Thank you so much for the offer! We've been in a layout 4 - met someone in a campground once with one! I love hearing that you think the fan is enough - that is what we are thinking, too!
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Dave - thanks for the info on etrailers. Watched some of their videos and you are correct! They list a part number for the seven pin and the brake controller specifically for a 2011 Highlander. I printed off the info!

Glenn - Thank you for that description of where to look. I'm going to have my dad take a look at it. He's a "car guy" and can figure it out, but this will get him started!

Bill - You are absolutely right! Can't live withouts tend to be personal Having grown up in Nebraska, we have sweltered it out many, many times...which is one reason we keep going back on forth regarding A/C Thank you for making it sound like switching to the seven pin should be easy! That's what we were hoping!
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Glad you were able to get the info you need. I've dealt with Etrailer a few times and they have been great. I've never found another company like them that have so many videos on a lot of items that make it easy for folks to get a hands on "eyeball" instruction guide.....sure beats the printed ones. When I installed my controller, their video was exactly my truck other than the color and tranny.
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Emily, I sure appreciate the furnace on ours. Haven't used it much, but it's saved a couple of trips.

I hear you about AC. On a cross country trip in the summer it would sure be nice, but since we plan local trips around mild weather, most of the time it would be dead weight and ugly all the time. No advice there.

Fantastic fan, screen door, silverware drawer, and 12V charging outlet would be on my short list. City water, maybe.

I might delete all the curtain rods. There are ways to hang them without all those rivets. I've also thought I'd see if they would delete finish flooring, and I'd install my own. I don't care for either the vinyl or carpet Scamp uses.

Tell us how the factory tour goes. Always wanted to, but the odds are unlikely I'll ever get to Backus.
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Emily, I sure appreciate the furnace on ours. Haven't used it much, but it's saved a couple of trips.

I hear you about AC. On a cross country trip in the summer it would sure be nice, but since we plan local trips around mild weather, most of the time it would be dead weight and ugly all the time. No advice there.

Fantastic fan, screen door, silverware drawer, and 12V charging outlet would be on my short list. City water, maybe.

I might delete all the curtain rods. There are ways to hang them without all those rivets. I've also thought I'd see if they would delete finish flooring, and I'd install my own. I don't care for either the vinyl or carpet Scamp uses.

Tell us how the factory tour goes. Always wanted to, but the odds are unlikely I'll ever get to Backus.
Your short list items are on our list. We couldn't live without the screen door! I think a fantastic fan could give us the air flow we need without the AC cost, weight and install.

We haven't decided on city water hook ups yet. I'm so weird about water, that I don't see us using that, either, but we are trying to think long term, so the day might come when it makes sense.

I hadn't even thought about asking them to leave out the flooring option! We want to do the Allure Laminate regardless, so thank you for making me think about that. And I hadn't thought about leaving out the curtain rods, but I do like the idea of less rivets. Hmmm....

Will definitely report back after our tour. We are pretty excited to visit!
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