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Old 03-18-2012, 07:44 AM   #1
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What to do - Moving up?

Well like many, we are at a crossroads on making a decision. We love our little 13 ft Scamp, but want to move on to extended camping 3 months in the south each year. We have hit the RV shows and have found many smaller trailers 21, 23 ft etc that have great floor plans, but are of the conventional built trailers ( having a slide really opens them up), but for some reason we keep thinking of our fiberglass trailer. Have others crossed this bridge? I sure wish the fiberglass manufacturers went to RV shows so we would be able to see them and walk trough them to make a more informed decision. We think we might be able to make the Scamp fiver work for us, but the wife really wants to see one in person to see if its doable. Anyone in Michigan with some bigger molded fiberglass trailers that might be willing to show them please let me know as this might help with our plans for our future, or just some thoughts as what others have done. Oh by the way, it will myself my wife and our older black lab making the trips.

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Well like many, we are at a crossroads on making a decision. We love our little 13 ft Scamp, but want to move on to extended camping 3 months in the south each year. We have hit the RV shows and have found many smaller trailers 21, 23 ft etc that have great floor plans, but are of the conventional built trailers ( having a slide really opens them up), but for some reason we keep thinking of our fiberglass trailer. Have others crossed this bridge? I sure wish the fiberglass manufacturers went to RV shows so we would be able to see them and walk trough them to make a more informed decision. We think we might be able to make the Scamp fiver work for us, but the wife really wants to see one in person to see if its doable. Anyone in Michigan with some bigger molded fiberglass trailers that might be willing to show them please let me know as this might help with our plans for our future, or just some thoughts as what others have done. Oh by the way, it will myself my wife and our older black lab making the trips.

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As I told you Steve that's what pretty much sold me was actually setting eyes on one. If there's anything near you Scamp will know. Give them a call.

Good luck on the quest. It was frustrating and fun for me. Now I'm filled with excitement.

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Old 03-18-2012, 08:12 AM   #3
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Steve...I think I've read that most of the fiberglass dealers keep a list of folks who will show their trailers to prospective clients.

I've been in one of the Bigfoots at the Four Paws Rally in NC...they are very roomy and very nicely appointed on the inside. The couple who owns it post here sometimes, I think. (and I'm embarassed that I can't remember their names...nice folks) I also can't remember if they full time, but I know they do extended trips in it.

If no one offers up here, contact the dealers for the rigs you are interested in seeing. If you can get to the plants they also let you view the ready mades and ones in progress.

We met some folks who do extended travel with their rottweiler in a 13. They seems to be quite satisfied. The only consession that is made is that the dog prefers to sleep in the back of the tow vehicle at night. She is an older dog so they devised a ramp for her to get into the back of the Nissan Xterra they use as a tug

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Old 03-18-2012, 08:37 AM   #4
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The need, or perceived need to move to larger sounds like you are also thinking of moving from campers to RVers. Only you know the answer to that. Right now, Byron and Anne (link to their blog)are in New Orleans... they've traveled every year for the past several years for several months. Leaving Oregon in January and return sometime late March or early April... they're in a 13 foot Scamp and no bathroom. L&D fulltimed, yes.. fulltimed for five years in a 13 foot Scamp and posted wonderful experiences. We know Norm and Ginny are out for 11 months in a 16' Scamp.

So, we know small is doable. Whether it's doable for you... depends on your particular needs/wants. I'm cheap... since I already own a molded trailer, I'd try it for one fairly long trip and if I THEN didn't think it would work for future long trips, I'd trade up. But, I wouldn't know that until I tried. YMMV
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Old 03-18-2012, 10:58 AM   #5
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Decisions....

We are starting month 5 of this trip in our Scamp 16. There has been no point where the Scamp has felt too small and we are a couple that formerly traveled in a 32' motorhome.

The amount of 'stuff' we carry is less but it turns out that stuff is no factor in fun. We went to a St. Patrick's Dinner/Dance with other RVers, all with bigger rigs, it meant that many of them had special green outfits for the holiday... our lack of green head to to did not diminish our fun.

This week we went int to the Chiricahua National Monument, one of the best places I've ever been. The campground had all small rigs, that's all that fits, next year we'll be there with them.

Our Scamp is not perfect, unfortunately neither Scamp nor Casita seem to make their trailer for people who travel for long periods. In both cases they require shaping to meet long term travel needs. However it is possible to make them comfortable for the purpose.

As to a Scamp 19, I always suggest visiting a rally, a real chance to see a rig and talk to actual users and not sales people.

The other factor is operational cost. It is getting higher virtually every day. Another reason small is good, size does cost. For us, we're planning our RV strategy to deal with the next wave of increased fuel prices, the biggest concern of RVers and campground owners.

For us what we need to be happy is each other, a warm place to sleep, good food to eat, and the stimulation of places like the Chiricahua National Monument, the rock formations are unbelievable. We find a 16' trailer to easily be adequate.

Chiricahua National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)

Hope this helps. I know everyone is different in their needs but it's been enough for us. I admit that the first time we inspected a Scamp 19 that was for sale, we would have bought it if we owned a truck. It's a very nice solution. In retrospect, I would probably now be concerned about it's operating costs, i.e. mpg towing. Operating costs are a big deal for us because we drive a lot of miles in a year.
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Norm & Ginny - good post as always. Good food for thought. Especially the cost of fuel. Makes me think what my increased cost will be pulling that 5er as opposed to the 16 fter. Plus I lose my truck bed space for extra storage. Hmmm...
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Norm & Ginny - good post as always. Good food for thought. Especially the cost of fuel. Makes me think what my increased cost will be pulling that 5er as opposed to the 16 fter. Plus I lose my truck bed space for extra storage. Hmmm...
Lest you think I might be rethinking my plan. I'm not. I've just never really given MPG much thought. Mostly I'm lamenting the loss of the truck bed for storage space. I'll just have to figure out some low profile storage solution. It's nice that Scamp now has a new hitch that is easily removable for those times your not towing.
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Nick,

I really do like the Scamp 5th wheel. As well I have no idea what people get for mileage towing a Scamp 5th wheel, nor do I know your travel plans.

Sometimes I feel we're the extreme fiberglass owner in terms of the amount of travel we do. I know there are others on the site that travel a lot but they do represent the minority.

We will drive about 25 - 30,000 miles this year, about half towing. It seems our overall mileage not towing is not as good as we had hoped, probably because we've driven tons of dirt roads thru the mountains of late. So far we've spent about $1500 and assuming no letup in gas prices rise, and that we'll be soon hitting the west coast and their higher gas prices, I'm projecting $5000 for gas for our 11 months on the road.
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Steve, give Escape trailers a call and see if they have someone near you who will let you see their 5th wheel or one of their 19's.
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Steve,

Click on the Forums button above and then go to the right and click on Rallies & meets. Then go down the page and you'll find a rally in Indiana. It's the closest one to you that I saw. I read each page and you'll find Jim & Autumn are planning on attending. They have a Scamp 5th wheel.

This gathering is May 18-20 in Mitchell, Indiana.
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Old 03-18-2012, 07:21 PM   #11
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Wow, thank you all for the great responses, it seems that what I want to do is not that unheard of. Maybe I was trying to make this decision too quickly and I should get my Scamp 13 out and attend some rallies and see what others are doing. We did find a Casita 17 in our area that we are going to look at, so now just to find some of the others. Thanks again for all the help with this decision.
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Steve a google map showing all the rallys & dates can be found here as well.
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Old 03-18-2012, 11:50 PM   #13
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I too hope you can see an Escape 19; the wider body mold and greater length both make it feel more spacious than most eggs.

The question to ask yourself is, what do you think you need more of for a longer trip? Storage, I suppose, is the most obvious thing. Probably a full-time bed, too, right? Besides that, will one sitting area do or will you need two? If the latter, that probably eliminates all the eggs; otherwise you still have several options.

About slideouts, I had one in my first hardside trailer, a 2005 Rockwood 2304s. Queen bed in front, jackknife sofa (more a love seat, really) on the slide. It felt so open and roomy! But once I got over it, I realized that it didn't truly add anything to the trailer... no extra storage or anything, merely an open feel due to an enlarged vacant space between sofa and kitchen side. I no longer feel any desire for a slide. Sort of like having had a moonroof once, and never needing one again (especially after dealing with leaks)!

I'm friends with our old retired mailman and his wife, and they have a 30-some foot Cedar Creek 5th wheel... with entire rooms in it! It's a beautiful trailer, tons of space. But it nearly overloads their F250 diesel pickup. I don't envy them. But I suppose if I felt the need for (pretty much) a second house and I wanted to haul around a whole bunch of my stuff for 3 months, I would need a trailer that big too.
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Steve --

As you are located in Michigan, it might be worth your while to look at the EggCamper, manufactured in Grand Rapids. It is a 17', but is much roomier and more open-feeling than the 1-foot-shorter Scamp 16. It can be used as a full-time bed with a small dinette. For myself, if I were looking for a long-term-travel camper, I'd be looking hard at the Lil Snoozy.
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