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Old 01-17-2009, 11:33 PM   #29
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We have had 3 stick-builts. Our Casita 17SD is much better to tow, the 18 wheelers don't blow us around and the gas mileage was a major improvement. I wish we had gotten it years ago.

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Old 01-18-2009, 05:55 AM   #30
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Also looking at getting a first rv here. Lots of great info here.

I like the Escape, but living here in MN, only 80 miles from the Scamp factory, it is hard to ignore how close they are. I don't want to drive to BC to pick up an Escape from their factory. I wish they could deliver. But between the two, and Casita's I suppose they are quite similar. I'd love to buy used a newer model, but it is very hard to find any nearby. Just will have to keep looking. Plus buying new, I can get exactly what I want.
Hi: Dan Vang...80 miles...80 MILES!!! Why I'd be there in a flash... Nothing wrong with Scamps and a special order gets you exactly what you want!!!
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Old 01-27-2009, 05:50 PM   #31
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Obviously, this being a "fiberglass RV" forum none of us are biased in the direction of owning a fiberglass RV.

Ahem! Ahem!

In our case, we have a 1970 26 ft Avion and a 1984 16 ft Scamp. Now that the kids are on their own and we've retired we have found the Scamp goes and the Avion stays.

This may not always be the case, because we've really enjoyed traveling and touring and investigating and camping in new and distant places for several years. Now we have a nice listing of places we might like to stay for an extended time, perhaps a month or so. The larger trailer would be more comfortable and convenient for this, so we may start using the larger trailer again.

In my opinion, for a small trailer, the fiberglass semi-frameless interior construction is the way to go. When you get much longer than 20 feet, there are other considerations that make that construction less practical. At that point, I prefer aluminum interior framing. In either case an aerodynamic shape is desirable. Whether Scamp, Casita, Big Foot or any of the others, it is basically your call.

I like Scamp for its light weight. Casita seems a bit upper scale. Big Foot is less aerodynamic, but has superior insulation. I haven't looked closely at many others.

Since this is your first trailer, I'm sure after you get it you will have some second thoughts. My advice is to not let that develop into a series of selling and buying trailers. Just learn to be content with the trailer you have and deal with anything that disappoints by consulting the crowd on this forum. Someone will have a solution.

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