Why did you buy the trailer you have? - Fiberglass RV

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Old 06-16-2011, 07:49 AM   #1
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Why did you buy the trailer you have?

In our case, the Egg Camper factory is less than 50 miles from home so more than one visit was easy. The whole operation impressed us as did the owner, Jim Palmer, and his obvious love and enthusiasm for his "baby." And then, there are no rivets through the shell as on some other trailers. We thought the price was right and the pre-delivery session took about an hour and a half and the checklist and owners' manual were extensive. Also liked the spacious feeling inside. Opted for the all electric option.

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Old 06-16-2011, 08:17 AM   #2
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We bought our 1975 Trillium 1300 because I have fond memories of my parents renting one when I was a kid and all the fun we had that summer. When I had the opportunity to buy our own trailer a few years back, I checked out the 13' Bolers but thought that my husband wouldn't be able to stand up in them which was a problem. The Trillium we ended up buying was a case of being in the right place at the right time....That seems to happen alot with these rare gems! We've enjoyed the trailer alot and are looking forward to many more fun camping trips with our boys.

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Old 06-16-2011, 08:43 AM   #3
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Storage. We went from a 13' to a 16' after the birth of our daughter. Like keeping all gear permanently stored in camper and out of the way yet easily accessible while camping. We wanted a side dinette since we keep the rear dinette in bed mode. Debated what we wanted in accessories and are happy with no bathroom and like the small port-a-potty.
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Old 06-16-2011, 09:37 AM   #4
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Had a tent trailer, saw a 13' scamp for sale, super cheap, could not pass it up, so I bought it. Did not know much about scamps at the time.
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:00 AM   #5
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We originally bought a 1982 Sunline 15.5 foot with side bath planning to use for 2 months for a trip to Labrador. We believed our Motorhome would not survive the Trans Labrador Highway. We choose it because it was light, could easily be towed by our Honda CRV and cost only $900. Our only concern was the width of the bed, thinking we'd have to learn synchronized rolling over.

We loved it and after returning from Labrador made a loop of the USA for the next 8 months. We actually lived in it for 10 months that year. We loved the ability to just pop into a Dunkin Donuts.

We used it for another couple years.

This winter we took our son's Casita 16 with front bath. Our major concern was the inside height, only 5'10". We did make a bunch of mods to it for our 7 month trip, creating more organized storage space. It turned out to be fine, however the height issue never went away.

As a result this winter we bought a 1991 Scamp 16 with side bath built for taller people that we've extensively modified. As well, the Scamp is lighter than the Casita, though I haven't figured out why it's lighter.

An interesting thing about no one appeared to ever cook on any of the stoves. I will say that though the Casita and Scamp were heavier than the Sunline, our Honda got better mpgs towing them.
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:22 AM   #6
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I needed a trailer I could store in my garage and tow behind a Subaru. Garage door is seven feet so that ruled out most trailers including almost all newer ones except tent trailers and teardrops.
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:26 AM   #7
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Trailer: 2006 Scamp 13' towed with a 2005 Dodge Dakota 4.7l Magnum W/full tow package (over kill)
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After 30+ years of camping out a backpack we decided that we wanted something we could stand up in to get dressed. First thought was a small used motor home. After looking at adds that idea was tossed. Maybe a pop-up, then along came molded fiberglass trailers into our thoughts. A pros and cons list was started and all types were put on the list.
Deciding factors on a new Scamp 13' vs others were price, could pull into a rest stop and sleep in the bed, easy to tow, height inside.
Once it arrived and we used it a bit we discovered other things that made us happy with our choice. Insulation, easy to clean wall surfaces, lots of windows and ventilation.
Options were another thing. We could get the options that we wanted and not those we wouldn't use. Our trailer is set up to use mostly off the grid, so things that require 120VAC are a waste of cost, space, and weight.
Byron & Anne enjoying the everyday Saturday thing.
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Old 06-16-2011, 01:42 PM   #8
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First reason, the budget I had to work with. The second reason, the budget I had to work with. I'm a visual person and knew it needed to be roundish. I originally was looking at Eriba Pucks and Bolers. Remember, I was looking to buy before eBay, Craigslist and (even) FiberglassRV! I saw a 13' Scamp in a motel parking lot not to far from my home. I called the 800 number I had written down from the spare tire cover and called. Scamp sent me literature. Unfortunately, not within my budget... but it allowed me to think beyond my first two choices. I actually drove from Portland to Seattle TWICE to look at 13' Bolers that were for sale... and both sold just BEFORE I got there. One, I actually got to see the tail lights as it pulled away from the curb.

I had nearly given up hope (the looking had been going on for several years), when a 16' side-bath Scamp Deluxe came up only 20 minutes from my home. NIRVANA! and as they say... the rest is history...
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Old 06-16-2011, 01:52 PM   #9
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We loved our '73 LoveBug and had it fixed up very nicely....
Still we longed for a head with a shower... One good look at the custom cabinetry and the larger bed of the 13 Scamp dlxe, made it somewhat easier to part with the beloved LoveBug.
"Eggy-Sue" (the pull-it surprize) was the result, with no regrets, seven years and two days after accepting delivery at the factory.
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Old 06-16-2011, 01:53 PM   #10
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Years of tent camping on the wet coast made we want a dry place to sleep & I did not want to be wandering around looking for a bathroom at night. Needed to be something my Subaru could pull safely and it had to fit in the carport - it does with 2" to spare.
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Old 06-16-2011, 03:43 PM   #11
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I choose Scamp for the price and the location of the factory to my home.

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Old 06-16-2011, 03:48 PM   #12
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too many wet days and nights one season had me looking around at scamps and such...found this site and all the different ones.....orig tried to find a 16ft uhaul but ended up with the 13...we are happy and use it alot.
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Old 06-16-2011, 05:20 PM   #13
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My main reasons for getting my Scamp
1. Got tired of rain and tenting
2. Got tired of cots and tenting
3. Got tired of making food in the rain when tenting.

Why I go my particicular trailer
1. I looked for a year and it was the first one that was within a 2 hour drive with a decent price.
2. It was an older model that would fit in my 7 foot garage door
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Old 06-16-2011, 07:05 PM   #14
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Hi: All...I caught "Fiberglass Fever" from my brother whos had 4 Bolers over the years. My niece said "Does aunty M like camping" and I replied "No"...but willing to try it.
We bought a 13' Boler within an hour of home...went,looked, bought.
After lurking this forum and watching the hatching of the all new Escape 5.0, I was hooked. We found the owners of the latest one in '07 close to Niagara Falls so made a date to go ogle. The next spring we had the good fortune to buy that same trailer& truck combo!!! What a buy!!!
The Fiberglass Gods shone bright for US!!!
Alf S. North shore of Lake Erie
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