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Old 09-14-2007, 07:30 PM   #15
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This is the second time I've heard of the attention given to the small fiberglass trailers in campgrounds. Are they really that unique? Does the attention become bothersome?
I've never found it bothersome, but I've never been in a campground where someone didn't want to ask about the trailer. Kind of fun, so far.
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Old 09-14-2007, 08:26 PM   #16
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Zeb,

They do attract the lookie-loos and you become a part-time tour operator. (fortunately the tours don't last long)
However, the most enjoyable thing has been that 9 out of 10 times as they step out of the Scamp they say the exact same thing: "Well, It's all you need." This does not seem to be state specific either.
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Old 09-14-2007, 08:35 PM   #17
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Zeb, my Scamp 16 attracted tourists like moths to a flame. It was amazing. I came back one afternoon to find three women circling the trailer and eyeing it like a loose diamond. They spent 45 minutes looking over every nook and cranny after I arrived! It is fun though.

You asked the time and I told you how to build a watch; my apologies. Please tell your wife that Campland by the Bay is outrageously priced, and frankly I'd have a tough time staying there if it was $10 a nite. Our county parks here charge $7/nite for sites with water and electric. I think the State parks in Iowa are $20/nite. The Linn County parks charge $15/nite for water and electric sites. I don't think I've ever paid more than $35/nite for a full hookup site with sewer.

I hope that helps!

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Old 09-14-2007, 08:38 PM   #18
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In the end I still believe it is cheaper than the hotel route. If you take care of your trailer it should get a good price on resale. heck my old, not in good shape, Boler is worth more now than when they were manufactured!

You save on meals, get to take dogs and not have to stay in the grottiest hotel room..... no bed bugs! Often a very nice view from the rear window.... for $25 to $30/night it's a great way to travel.

Besides if all the hotels are sold out can you even imagine spending the night in a walmart parking lot without one.....;-)

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Old 09-14-2007, 08:45 PM   #19
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Maybe it is not the cost but something else about The Whole Idea that makes her wary.

If she is asking about showers and blow-dryers, perhaps she is concerned about your response to her I-am- camping-grimy-gritty-charcoal look.

For example, I know my hair looks very very weird when my husband says, "And may I say, how radiant you look this morning!"

(That means -- my hair is sticking up all weird and I likely have last night's fire-pit charcoal on my face.)

Are you OK with dirty/broken fingernails? Smears and smudges? "Radiant" hair?

If either of you are expecting photo-shoot-ready looks, then you will need Full Service.
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Old 09-14-2007, 09:02 PM   #20
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Zeb:

I did not camp before we got our trailer. And now that we have it, we camp full hookups. And I am not happy without the screen house being set up besides, as it keeps down the bugs and gives us more room. That being said, we go more places.

We don't hesitate to plan trips now, since the camper has cut the cost. Before, with hotel/motel costs and meals, we thought long and hard before we took a trip. Now, we can justify more trips, because it costs less, because the campgrounds are less and we can cook some of our own meals. And sleep in our own bed.

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Old 09-14-2007, 09:02 PM   #21
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I more or less just came off of vacation.For 18 days on road we paid from $0 to $42.00.The $42 was at a resort area.If we had of hoteled it we would have probably paid $1800.00 for accmodations.On top of that hotel cost would have been fuel and whatever.While camping/vacation costs were about $1200.
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Old 09-14-2007, 09:03 PM   #22
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...the most enjoyable thing has been that 9 out of 10 times as they step out of the Scamp they say the exact same thing: "Well, It's all you need."
...followed with "It's alot bigger inside than out!"
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Old 09-14-2007, 11:31 PM   #23
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If you are looking to cut costs and still camp at full hookup campsites. There are alternatives such as www.passportamerica.com and www.campclubusa.com. These are membership clubs that an annual fee of between $40 and $50 is paid and certain campgrounds your daily fee is usually cut in half. We've stayed in campgrounds for $10 a night full hookup. This works great for us.
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Old 09-15-2007, 01:26 AM   #24
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...followed with "It's alot bigger inside than out!"
Bob, you and I have run across the same folks...
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Old 09-15-2007, 02:37 AM   #25
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Here's the rub: We didn't buy a trailer to save money in the short run. (Perhaps the long, two-decades long, run.) We bought it so that we could explore places we'd be less likely to see if we restricted ourselves to hotel-based vacationing. Last month, for example, we went on a 9-day-long trip, stopping at four different campgrounds (only one of which did not have a shower) without ever having to pack and unpack. While walking around one of the places we camped (Salt Creek Park, near Point Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula) we saw one or two gray whales. Across the Straight of Juan de Fuca in British Columbia at Weir Beach Resort I saw a pod of orca (killer whales) while I was walking back from the shower. We likely would have missed these things if we restricted ourselves to a hotel/motel vacation.

We also got a trailer so we could be more spontaneous. Having fun somewhere? Trailering makes it easy to extend your stay. See something you'd like to explore? Pull over and look! Bored? Weather bad? Move on! When you're trailering the whole continent is your play space, so wander until you see something that catches your fancy.

Now, since your wife is doing the dollars and cents, here's something else to consider: Food. Stay in a hotel and you'll almost have to eat out. Stay in a trailer and you can cook a meal "at home" or microwave something from Budget Gourmet for a fraction of the cost. (And my cooking is a lot healthier than much of the stuff we'd likely get from the combination of restaurants and fast-food places we would ordinarily stop at if we didn't have a kitchen.)

Lynne and I spent slightly over $100 a day on our last vacation (not including two ferry trips, which cost about $105 each). That's less than most hotel room after taxes, yet it includes everything we spent money on: gas, food, a few meals out, trailer park fees, odds-n-ends, a kilo (2.2lbs) of Smarties (my favorite candy), a few knick-knacks and one inexpensive (but nice) piece of artwork. So, if we're not counting the cost of the trailer, we likely spent less than half of what we would have spent if we stayed at hotels and ate out. Probably much less than half, actually.

Now, thinking of the up-front costs, there is a sizable expense involved in buying and possibly upgrading/refurbishing a trailer, but don't forget you can get a lot of that back if you decide trailering isn't for you and you decide to sell it. The option to sell your trailer if things don't work out substantially reduces the amount of money you're placing "at risk."

Just some things to think about.

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Old 11-22-2007, 06:34 PM   #26
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Besides if all the hotels are sold out can you even imagine spending the night in a walmart parking lot without one.....;-)
Jen, That is one of the funnier things I have read on this forum. Thanks for the laugh
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We usually stay at state parks or Corps of Engineers campgrounds (highly recommended.) They usually fall in the $18 - $22 range for full hook up sites, sometimes a couple of dollars more for "premium" sites right on the water.

It is great to just pack your things into the camper, sleep on your own sheets & pillows and breathe fresh air. It only takes a few minutes to get our Scamp set up. We always take along a screen room so we can sit outside all we want.

Happy camping!

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Old 11-28-2007, 03:40 PM   #28
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Zeb, my Scamp 16 attracted tourists like moths to a flame. It was amazing. I came back one afternoon to find three women circling the trailer and eyeing it like a loose diamond. They spent 45 minutes looking over every nook and cranny after I arrived! It is fun though.

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I had a long-haul trucker follow me into a rest area just to get a tour last summer. I traded a tour of his cab. Too cool!

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