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Old 07-17-2016, 09:52 AM   #43
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Kingdom: Land vehicle
Phylum: Highway vehicle
Class: Recreational vehicle
Order: Towable recreational vehicle
Family: Travel trailer
Genus: Molded fiberglass travel trailer
Species: Scamp 13
Sub-species: Standard Layout 1
Common name: Camper

A rare bird indeed!
I started to warn you that taxonomists can be confused with taxmen. While checking my spelling I found https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/t...RCH_KO0,10.htm
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Old 07-17-2016, 09:57 AM   #44
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I started to warn you that taxonomists can be confused with taxmen. While checking my spelling I found https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/t...RCH_KO0,10.htm
Clearly I am underpaid…

On the other hand if I get the raise I deserve, the tax man will take most of it.
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Old 07-17-2016, 10:12 AM   #45
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More choice is always welcome of course, but consider in recent years
Escape
Oliver
Parkliner
Li'l Snoozy
Happier Camper
Eggcamper
Pretty good record I'd say, and quite a bit of variety and quality there.

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Old 07-19-2016, 08:54 PM   #46
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Thanks!

Walt, I didn't know that! I will add those to my list to look at. Thanks for the tip!

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Glenn and Raz have pegged it, but Bigfoot and Trillium do have a small number of dealers.

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Old 07-19-2016, 09:00 PM   #47
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Great detail!

All the things I'm learning from this thread! I didn't know you could take it back to the manufacturer and have the specs brought up to current standards. That's fantastic!

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Glenn and Raz have pegged it, but Bigfoot and Trillium do have a small number of dealers.

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Actually that's one of the cool things I've seen happen with direct sales model. If you want you can take your, say, ten year old Scamp back to the factory for an overhaul and upgrades to factory standards. From the reports I've read, the cost (travel aside) compares very favorably with having work done at a shop.

Ten years... that's about the time most conventional RVs are falling apart and a dealer will be happy to take it on trade for a new one... for pennies on the dollar. The conventional RV industry is essentially selling a throw-away product.
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Old 07-19-2016, 09:03 PM   #48
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This cracked me up.

Ha. I've always meant to travel to Japan.

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Actually Casita does have a dealer. They just happens to be in Japan. They also do RV shows over there.
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Old 07-19-2016, 09:12 PM   #49
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Thank you all!

I'm still learning how to use these boards. I would have "liked" all your posts if I could. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your insights and opinions. It's been fantastic reading through everything.

I'm going camping (tent) this weekend and am excited to see if there are any FG campers/trailers/eggs at the campground I could perhaps approach.
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Old 07-20-2016, 07:29 AM   #50
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Scamp actually does one show each year. Its the Minnesota state fair in St. Paul. Thousands of folks get to see the trailers up close.

Still, doing shows is horribly expensive and your employees hate them (long, hot, days on your feet).

I used to sell my toys at Art Fairs which were much more fun than RV shows, but I was happy with the creation of the internet. Each fair cost me about $2000. So much easier to stay home out of the rain and sun and let the customer call me. I used the savings to help send my kids to college. Perhaps FGRV manufacturers feel the same.

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Hi All,

I am supposed to be working from home today, but I am behind due to slowly drinking my coffee and reading this particularly informative and sometime humorous thread! Jon, love your Scamp classifcation system!

This is our first year to own/travel/camp/RV with our new to us Casita. I am a huge fan of FG trailers. It will be interesting to see if Laura and I keep our Casita until retirement (or beyond). I can't imagine owning any towable other than a FG trailer. At some point grandkids and/or retirement may have us looking at an Escape 19 or 21 or a Bigfoot 21 or 25. If grand kids are not an issue, we only live 2.5 hours from the Oliver plant. I might spell retirement: O-L-I-V-E-R.

Until then, lovin' the Casita, this forum, and this thread. Hmm, maybe one more cup of coffee, a little more forum reading, then I will work from home!

Good day to all!

Dean

P.S. - Gonna take a 4 day weekend to Casita camp. Going to be brutally hot. This will be our first trip in truly HOT weather. Everything is an experiment this first year!
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Simple answer is it's a small family owned business comprised of older people that have been there for years and the people who run it have been doing it for years and are stuck in their ways.

Sure they could build a bigger facility, automate alot of production, put out 5x the amount of trailers at a lower cost but that's the new age business model. And the fact that it would take alot of money they don't have to do something like that.
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Simple answer is it's a small family owned business comprised of older people that have been there for years and the people who run it have been doing it for years and are stuck in their ways...
Wonder who "it" is... sounds like my kind of business!

I will say this though... please don't make it about age. Innovative or time-tested, large corporation or small family business, it's about design philosophy and business values, not how many candles are on your cake!
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I think Rob was talking about Scamp, but it's a good description of Casita as well.
And let's face it: both have a record of success for well over 30 years.

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I kind of like the way things are with FBRV with respect to it being a very small percentage of the rv market, keeps our rv in the unusual and unique category and also helps resale values, maybe not so good for the buyers looking for a deal though...most of them also probably share the philosophy if it aint broke don't fix it...
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More choice is always welcome of course, but consider in recent years
Escape
Oliver
Parkliner
Li'l Snoozy
Happier Camper
Eggcamper
Pretty good record I'd say, and quite a bit of variety and quality there.

Walt
I think you can add Armadillo Trailer Manufacturing in BC to that list.

And, please don't tell our Casita that I've been looking at other trailers. (Someone once said that men don't really ever stop looking until they die.)
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