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Old 07-28-2013, 09:00 AM   #29
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We purchased our Scamp from a one owner. I've only ordered replacement parts to update or repair. Always had great service and quick shipping. Sorry your having problems.
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:07 AM   #30
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Hmmmm.....

It's 2013, not 1972, today you can almost fax a fingerprint.

But WOW, getting a 2014 vs a 2013, I'll bet that they introduce more changes at this model years changeover than they have in the past 10 years (current count = none) But you can bet that it's built with the same frame, tires, axles, appliances and interior parts that they used on 2013 production versions......
I won't try to put a number to it, but there have been several changes over the last 10 years. Without being comprehensive,here are a few of them...

Mold change on the 5er to eliminate the front window.

Additional interior height in the 13.

The addition of the shower option in the 13 standard.

The recent new interior option on the 13 standard, adding the 54" bed to the front bath option.

Different window offerings.

Change to 14" wheels on the 5er.

What I perceive to be your point is ,however, well taken. Even if you get a newer model year title, you will still receive the same great quality and reliability in the components offered in the 2013 Scamp.
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:11 AM   #31
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Good comments by all and very helpful. New vs used....we have been looking for months and finding something anywhere near us in the South, with some of the options we want, is impossible. I buy all my cars in the 2-3 year old range and we are pretty conservative with our purchases but this time we want something that is 'ours'. With that said...we got our price sheet and video in the mail yesterday and it was so helpful to actually see the Scamp in high def and in detail. Guess what? We BOTH actually liked the look of the fiberglass walls combined with the wood. Combine this with less tow weight and a considerable cost savings...it was a no brainier. I am calling Allen in the morning and changing our order from a 13 deluxe w/ toilet&shower to the same model non deluxe...with all the same options.
Norm...I didn't think about using an electric blanket. Good one there. With our new cost savings, I was thinking about getting the AC " heat strip" for heat. It is just $80 but I haven't heard much about its function and reliability...anyone? We were planning on the small ceramic heater but if this does a good job I won't need to carry one.
We have a Camping World about 40 min from our house so I do have a place to go if I need to get some things fixed after our initial shake down voyage.
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:19 AM   #32
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One more thing. We live in a community where you can't park campers, boats in your driveway so I will be storing it. Living in a tourist area, there are many places available within 10 min from us with good security. I was thinking about paying less money and leaving it in an uncovered space, usually on a stone bed, and getting my own custom cover off of eBay. I read, I think by Donna D, that excessive wind can rub off the gel coat. Now I'm not sure if I need to pay more monthly rent and put it in a covered rv space ( carport style). Any thoughts??
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:26 AM   #33
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Floyd...you made my dat...and Momma's too!! We thought you only got the 54 inch bed in the deluxe model. I didn't realize we can get the 54 in the standard...whoo whoo. Funny visual...last night Stephanie got a tape measure out and measured what we thought was out new bed width of 48 inches, and put it on the living room rug. We both got down and spooned to see how tight it is. The dog looked at us like why aren't we all in the big bed. ( chihauahua mut). We can use the extra 6 inches and it makes it easier to get a memory foam mattress top as well.
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:43 AM   #34
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One more thing. We live in a community where you can't park campers, boats in your driveway so I will be storing it. Living in a tourist area, there are many places available within 10 min from us with good security. I was thinking about paying less money and leaving it in an uncovered space, usually on a stone bed, and getting my own custom cover off of eBay. I read, I think by Donna D, that excessive wind can rub off the gel coat. Now I'm not sure if I need to pay more monthly rent and put it in a covered rv space ( carport style). Any thoughts??
The other big issue with storing your RV with a cover (at least here in the wet northwest) is the potential for mold and other damage from the trapped moisture and humidity. Remember to leave a way for moisture to escape and things to dry naturally. I think that Donna D and others too have discussed proper storage in their posts.
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:52 AM   #35
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Floyd...you made my dat...and Momma's too!! We thought you only got the 54 inch bed in the deluxe model. I didn't realize we can get the 54 in the standard...whoo whoo. Funny visual...last night Stephanie got a tape measure out and measured what we thought was out new bed width of 48 inches, and put it on the living room rug. We both got down and spooned to see how tight it is. The dog looked at us like why aren't we all in the big bed. ( chihauahua mut). We can use the extra 6 inches and it makes it easier to get a memory foam mattress top as well.
The standard bed is still 44" not 48", so your joy is further enhanced!
The deluxe would have had a 54" anyway.
BTW...The doors on the standard are MDF, not wood, they are much heavier and have a plastic veneer on the surface. If weight and material are concerns you could easily change them to a high grade oak plywood, and still use the Scamp supplied hardware.
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Old 07-28-2013, 01:22 PM   #36
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Our 2002 Scamp 5er has the AC with heat strip. The heat strip will run you out. Ours works great. As far a cover for the unit. I have had two popups, one tagalong(standard), two (standard) fifth wheels, a Class C, a FG Scamp 16 and finally our FG Scamp 5er. The only problems with keeping a unit under a cloth type cover is the pain of taking it off and on and it will still let the unit mold depending where your located. The good points and bad about keeping one under a shed type roof cover is this. One it's better than leaving it out completely exposed; the bad is all the bugs and insects will more likely take up a home under a shed type cover and find themselves a home in your unit. When we purchased our unit it had set for a year under a metal roof top cover. The mud daubters and bugs had taken up residence in the window tracks by way of the window drain holes. Thought I had cleared them out until the first rainy camping trip. Long story short I ordered new window seals. Removed seals and cleaned all window tracts completely and resealed with new rubber seals. We built a enclosed metal building in 2001 for our Class C Motor Home. If you can afford it that's the best for any unit. If not just keep a good check on the windows for bugs. Good luck
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Old 07-28-2013, 05:28 PM   #37
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Hearing about your problems communicating with Scamp (Evelands) makes me sad.

Scamp is a great trailer with good price points.

But, anyone that uses "they're old school," makes me mad. I'M old skool. I love the older look of stuff, but that doesn't mean I don't know how to communicate TODAY. I've moved beyond the "golden years," and am now in the "brass years."

Backus, Minnesota is still an economically depressed area. They still suffer high unemployment. Eveland's needs to hire a Millenial at minimum wage to do NOTHING but answer emails. That person doesn't need to be 100% knowledgable about the product, but just to say "Thanks for contacting us, we value your business." And then offer to drop items in the postal mail or send stuff by email. THIS IS NOT HARD TO DO.

Technology is NEVER going to move backwards, unless an electro-magnetic storm hits. Snail-mail (with six day a week delivery) MAY be reduced. Nearly anyone that wants to buy a trailer has email.

In the meantime, Parkliner, Lil Snoozy, Escape, Casita and Oliver are all moving forward. If Eveland's doesn't step up, they are going to see orders drop. While I don't see them going out of business, every trailer they don't build because another manufacturer picks it up because customers felt ignored... means fewer people will work at Scamp.

And all because they choose to stay "old school." (which is different than Old Skool.)

With the small marketplace ... all I can think is "wow, really? In today's economy"?
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Old 07-28-2013, 06:40 PM   #38
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Minnesota is like a second home for me. Heck I think Minnesotans think we are still "Dakota Territory" lol! I really like Scamp and what they have to offer. It seems like the more egg brands I see the more I like all of them! They are all unique in what they offer and it's especially fun to see how their owners have personalized them and be inspired after reading their egg adventures.

I sold new and used vehicles for a number of years besides being an Internet Sales Manager when Internet sales were just developing at dealerships. Service and communication were so vital besides trying to differentiate yourself against the competition. Otherwise why purchase from me? I keep thinking of "Kaizen" A Japanese philosophy of continuous improvement.

It was a little surprising when I contacted Scamp a year ago to inquire about a 16 foot deluxe with side dinette. I just felt the salesperson who although nice was more interested in closing the sale over the phone and adding a sense of urgency then provide me the info to help me make a decision. The brief process reminded me of what it was like trying to buy a car years ago and how I despised that ordeal. It just felt like an old school way of sales.

The other thing that is a little annoying is that I'm more of a humanities(people) type of person and not technically oriented so I'd have to travel and then pay someone to modify my Scamp they way I'd like it. I appreciate the changes Scamp has made over the years to improve their product as posted before in this thread but how about slight improvements that customers have routinely inquired about yet would not cost too much in additional production costs. Granted they have a great, reliable, durable, economical and proven product at a good price point but there are other egg competitors and stagnation can be very costly.

Donna good point regarding an online CSR! Even though I was an Internet Manager then I am just a basic user of computers and the Internet and am not tech savvy by todays standards but I still value basic and prompt online communication that could actually act in support of their sales staff who may not be up to speed or feel comfortable with online communication. Newsletters can be sent out, follow up communication or whatever in answering questions.

I remember living in Minneapolis when their old factory burned down and felt bad for them knowing someday I'd hope to maybe have a Scamp and that they were a small operation in a rural area. I want them to succeed!

Well anyways! I should stop. lol! I'll just be so excited when I can have my cute lil egg and be out there exploring!
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:49 PM   #39
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Scamp is definitely easier to deal with in person.. we are fortunate to live only 5 hours from the factory so it was easy to do the deal in person.
When we did have problems they were taken care of without hassle or question.
This past winter we had a convertor problem and Kent helped us solve it over the phone.
Having said all that.. we bought a new Casita this year and dealing with them over email, telephone and in person was much better
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Hearing about your problems communicating with Scamp (Evelands) makes me sad.

Eveland's needs to hire a Millenial at minimum wage to do NOTHING but answer emails. That person doesn't need to be 100% knowledgable about the product, but just to say "Thanks for contacting us, we value your business." And then offer to drop items in the postal mail or send stuff by email. THIS IS NOT HARD TO DO.
No, not difficult, but it still very expensive overhead even at minimum wage, hiring people is not done readily anymore, and every employee is expected to multitask nowadays. Did insurance cover all of the losses from the 2006 fire? Computer hardware, software, and I.T. expertise aren't cheap to someone who has done well without them for so long and needs to start from scratch in that area.

At Scamp's price point I wonder just how thin their profit margin is? Aren't they building the least expensive trailer overall in today's fiberglass niche market? In their position they may not be competing with just fiberglass but wood-framed aluminum, and all-aluminum trailer manufacturers as well. Many of those customers feel molded fiberglass is horrendously expensive.
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Old 07-29-2013, 12:12 AM   #41
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Donna and Dakota, I agree with everything you've said. But, if as Mr. Simon says, the cost of adding one employee is too expensive, even tho it may contribute to sales and satisfied customers in the long run, perhaps implementing a policy that ALL communication from customers be answered in a timely manner. If it means learning email... so be it!

Floyd, in response to your response to my post: I can't, or even would attempt to compare Scamp to GM, however many of GM's customer service techniques can be successfully applied to any small business with very little or no cost. Customer service is VITAL to the on going success of any company in this very competitive business environment. BTW, I LOVE my Scamp and like the people I've dealt with there. I wish them nothing but the best. I truly hope you didn't find my post offensive.

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We have used the heat strip in our Coleman AC for 7 years now and it has provided plenty of heat in almost all of our camping situations. We also carry a ceramic heater for those really cold (under 25 degree) nights in South Dakota in the early spring.
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