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Old 08-15-2013, 09:37 AM   #29
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We have owned a 2004, 13' Scamp and a 1994, 13' BigFoot. I did extensive updating and modifications to both and, hands down, the build quality vote goes to the Big Foot. From better fitting parts, to more accurate cutting of molded fiberglass inside components to methods of attachments to wiring quality, the Big Foot, while not M-B quality, was well above that of the Scamp.

BTW: Just tonight we sold the Lil'Bigfoot for a lot more than a comparable year Scamp would fetch. The buyer had looked at 3 Scamps and couldn't believe the difference in build quality.

But then again, price wise they were never in the same group when new either.

BTW: We sold it to get a bigger Big Foot.....
So you say.
The Li'l Bigfoot was a great trailer, about halfway between a Scamp standard and a Scamp deluxe in it's base form. Very desirable with great build quality.

To compare current trailers...
"Nearly" every one still being built seems to have the basic build quality to last the life of the buyer. Most of the poorer quality trailers and many of the great ones are history.
That being said, by their very nature, the fiberglass genre stands head and shoulders above it's competition with very rare exception.
All foibles considered, real or imagined, acknowledged or denied,in the event of some great vehicular catastrophe,I would still replace my Scamp with another like it.
It's not just Scamp.... Many of the SOBs have won hearts and earned loyalties, and each is perfect for someone.
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:55 AM   #30
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Hey Everyone,

This question is for those of you who purchased your Scamp new. When you went to the Scamp factory in Backous did your salesperson offer or take the time to go over things in your new Scamp? Maybe that salesperson asked if you needed a demonstration on how to deploy the awning or go over other things that may be intimidating to a new owner. Other things that could be shown were items that the customer could have issues with if not used properly or with care such as posted by the OP like the refrigerator latch and the spring loaded poles one could purchase for the fridge. The cranks for the windows or whatever. The point is it benefits the customer and the company.

I realize some of this may be overwhelming and with the excitement of picking up your new trailer it might be all too much too remember which is only natural but at least it was covered and hopefully with an open invitation to call for questions and directed to the owners manual or other resources. Then again there might be seasoned Scamp owners just looking for a newer or larger trailer and don't need the standard walk around.

I'm just curious about their delivery process or if they just do paperwork, give you the tour, take your picture, throw you the keys and wishing you happy trails!

Blake please let us know how it turned out for you. I hope everything gets resolved so you can put all these worries behind you and have fun!
Pinched for time, I insisted on picking my Scamp up on a Saturday,
My salesman nearly roiled at the prospect, saying that I could only get the service and orientation I deserved on a weekday.He did relent however (contrary to policy) and even arranged to have someone available for inspection and orientation on that Saturday.
The only thing missed was brake adjustment, which really only could be discovered with a road test.Since I could not return on the weekend, I stopped at Home Depot, bought a cheap screwdriver, fashioned a brakespoon, and adjusted the brakes in the parking lot.
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Reading all this makes me a little worried. My 2014 Scamp will be delivered late Oct to my home. Living on opposite ends of the country, job, ailing parents, etc. prohibit me from making the two full day trip to Backus...thus, no orientation. This, combined with the fact that I am inexperienced with all this has me somewhat concerned. It seems everyone had issues, some minor some would not be to me...like Floyd needing to adjust his brakes. I just hope my delivery person takes his time and goes through the trailer the same as in Backus. I also hope, now that they no longer deliver by flat bed trailer, as advertised, that my driver drives with care. I have read about delivery problems including gashes in the side and not turning around for a new one, but delivering a damaged trailer anyway...which is very expensive to begin with. Here's hoping for the best .
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I realize no matter what brand of fiberglass RV or even an Airstream there is a good chance that there may be a few items that may need to be fixed or adjusted during it's initial "shakedown" period. There is also a good chance I'll accidently break something not knowing how to properly use it or it may be a weak point in design just commonly equipped in many RV's. One thing for sure is the value of forums such as these to help share info such as the refrigerator latch being a prime example. Otherwise I'd never know.

Unfortunately I'm not very mechanically inclined like other egg owners in the forum. When you describe how you corrected or modified your trailers on your own I just think that is awesome! I'd need to take it to some repair shop or RV dealer to take care of it.
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Old 08-15-2013, 12:18 PM   #33
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Reading all this makes me a little worried. My 2014 Scamp will be delivered late Oct to my home. Living on opposite ends of the country, job, ailing parents, etc. prohibit me from making the two full day trip to Backus...thus, no orientation. This, combined with the fact that I am inexperienced with all this has me somewhat concerned. It seems everyone had issues, some minor some would not be to me...like Floyd needing to adjust his brakes. I just hope my delivery person takes his time and goes through the trailer the same as in Backus. I also hope, now that they no longer deliver by flat bed trailer, as advertised, that my driver drives with care. I have read about delivery problems including gashes in the side and not turning around for a new one, but delivering a damaged trailer anyway...which is very expensive to begin with. Here's hoping for the best .
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Might I suggest you start a new thread or topic concerning what to do with a new trailer. Ask questions about anything you're read here and look closely at the answers. Questions like fridge latch, how to keep it from breaking. How to level and set up in a camp site. Attaching to the tow vehicle and securing. How to open and close the main door. (you'd be surprised how many people want to "slam" it like a car door).

I think you'd get lots of ideas with some working better for you than others.
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Old 08-15-2013, 12:33 PM   #34
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Thanks Byron. I have actually received some great advice so far on some of these issues. Pictures of latch solutions, sewer hose mods, etc. I'm learning a good deal from this site. I'm just concerned my delivery will be a quick hand off and I will be left to deal with minor repairs. I will do as you suggest though, and will also ask for what NOT to do as well. Thx H
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There's one that does bother me a bit is the table swelling to double thickness. After do a small bit of calculations it would be pretty difficult to get enough water to do that unless the ceiling vent was left open during a heavy rain.
I agree Byron. I had this swelling happen in a rental property when a sink was left running overnight and clogged. The next day, the cabinet door (made of a similar material) had swelled to between 3 and 4 times its original thickness - but it took an awful lot of water to do that, not a "little moisture".
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Reading all this makes me a little worried. My 2014 Scamp will be delivered late Oct to my home. Living on opposite ends of the country, job, ailing parents, etc. prohibit me from making the two full day trip to Backus...thus, no orientation. This, combined with the fact that I am inexperienced with all this has me somewhat concerned. It seems everyone had issues, some minor some would not be to me...like Floyd needing to adjust his brakes. I just hope my delivery person takes his time and goes through the trailer the same as in Backus. I also hope, now that they no longer deliver by flat bed trailer, as advertised, that my driver drives with care. I have read about delivery problems including gashes in the side and not turning around for a new one, but delivering a damaged trailer anyway...which is very expensive to begin with. Here's hoping for the best .
From what I have read & from taking to our salesman in Backus (we visited the factory on a Saturday, but didn't pick the Scamp up ourselves; our son picked it up & was shown the trailer, etc.), Scamps are delivered on a flatbed trailer. Therefore, less likely to get hurt in transit. The driver should be able to go over the trailer with you.

From asking the salesman about Casita being a branch of Scamps. He said the first Casitas were created & made by not a brother or cousin of the Scamp owners, but by an employee. First ones were made next door to the Scamp factory.

He moved the operation to Texas, but went bankrupt there. He came back to MN and Texas Bankers took over the company. The original Casita maker is back working for Scamp. He is one of the Deliver Truck Drivers. According to the salesman.

If possible, take photos of the demonstration (video would be great) to refresh your memory later.

If anything seems to be broken or whatever. Take photos to document & keep a good log describing what was wrong, etc.

Then call Scamp. Your salesman should be able to help. Might ask the salesman now about what one should do if the Scamp arrives damaged.

Yep! One can only "Hope for the Best"!
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Good idea Adrian on the video. Yes, their materials say they deliver on a flatbed but they do not do that anymore. They hire drivers to tow them. . FYI.
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Just remember, you can always refuse delivery if it is damaged and have him deliver it back to the factory. This puts you in a better position legally to force them to provide you with an undamaged one, later. Once you accept delivery, the burden shifts from them to you.
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Just remember, you can always refuse delivery if it is damaged and have him deliver it back to the factory. This puts you in a better position legally to force them to provide you with an undamaged one, later. Once you accept delivery, the burden shifts from them to you.
A bit of a dilemma I've puzzled over for quite some time. At delivery you have a deposit +$ invested. You refuse delivery, away goes the trailer. A lawyer could quickly cost more than the cost of the trailer. Sight unseen long distance purchasing is a gamble for sure. I'm not sure I'd do it again. Raz
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..... Unfortunately I'm not very mechanically inclined like other egg owners in the forum. When you describe how you corrected or modified your trailers on your own I just think that is awesome! I'd need to take it to some repair shop or RV dealer to take care of it.
And that self serve ability does make a huge difference in how much of a problem a problem is.

Despite the fact that many older (and even new) FGRV's are purchased by DIY types does not remove the need for manufacture to step up to the plate for those who are not.

What this forum does a great job at is offering advice on what solution to ask for, or what the failed part is called. Or possibly what they did to fix it, and in many cases walk the person through the process if they are willing to try on their own or what to ask the local shop to do.

If not for the discussion here and the mention of brake adjustment spoon I would not have been reminded that I might want to throw that into my bag-o-tools when my axle gets replaced with one that has brakes.
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Oh Jim, I am no dummy. I will not hesitate to send it back across the country if it is not in perfect condition. Raz... My wife is an attorney, as are three other immediate family members...as I said, if its not perfect it's going back or the delivery person is going to take up residence in Gulf Shores until it is. It costs a fortune for delivery and, now that we have found out it is going to be towed vs coming on a flatbed, it better be perfect!!!! I hope Ken, David, Allen or whoever is paying attention to their customers read these threads and realize they have some tightening up to do...especially if they are going to deliver a two day drive away! Rodger, I think you got that from Floyd's comment. I'm not sure what you mean. I am going to get the brake controller and the 7 pin plug at Camping World prior to delivery.
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Perfect or send back???

I'm sure you'll want to rethink that a bit once the trailer arrives.
Scamp's Warranty is pretty good as far as I've seen. I had a couple issues when mine arrived. I called Kent Eveland, the owner. Then took it to a local RV repair place and they called and agreed on what would be done to make it right. Scamp paid on the spot with a credit card. I got my trailer fixed without the loss of use.

FYI Scamp doesn't follow internet conversations. They're still a few years back and prefer to do business over the phone.
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