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Old 02-14-2015, 10:11 AM   #29
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Which is more prevalent, Scamp or Casita

Curious why you leave out a Casita 16'? Is it the height? I agree with Cathy and Roger: when shopping used, the more options you leave on the table, the more likely you are to score.
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Old 02-25-2015, 04:10 PM   #30
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I have been somewhat surprised that even here in Scamp's home state I've seen more Casita's on the road (and campgrounds) then Scamps.
Makes me wonder if we even live in the same state. In total I may have seen four Casita's in my lifetime and never have seen one in a campground. OTOH, we see Scamps literally every time we travel. Our Casita is only the second one I've ever been in. I do like our 17' Casita SD better than our 16' Scamp SB, but everyone has their own likes and dislikes. Of course, now that I've written this I'll see Casita's all over MN.

We will try to make the FG ralley at Mille Lacs Kathio SP on May 1-2 this year and the one by Lanesboro at the end of May.

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Perry, Part of the issue relates to their distribution methods, only available from the factory. In Texas you see more Casitas.
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Old 02-25-2015, 04:45 PM   #32
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Perry, Part of the issue relates to their distribution methods, only available from the factory. In Texas you see more Casitas.
Yes, I understand that, but Randy and I were talking about Minnesota.

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Old 02-25-2015, 04:59 PM   #33
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I can tell you this for sure, a Casita will command a substantially higher price than a comparable year, size and condition Scamp.
Can't say for where you live, but that's simply not so here in the U.S.
In fact even the Casita factory only wants to sell the 17 footer.
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Old 02-25-2015, 08:30 PM   #34
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I know Perry, I'm sure there are way more Scamps in the state but this was my observation over the last year . We saw 3 Casitas on our last trip in October alone. Two at Bear Head Lake State Park and one at Fall Lake Campground near Ely. Including ours, there were at least four in the area that weekend.

I only saw one Scamp, a 5th wheel, on our way out of town.

I realize this means very little but it was surprising to us.

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Old 02-25-2015, 08:41 PM   #35
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I think the only way to make a decision is to go and sit in each one of them and imagine how you wold camp in them. Pictures can never give you the big picture.

At the large fiberglass trailer meet held in Bandon Oregon each year, as well as ones held further north the number of Escape's in attendants has in recent years quickly outpacing the number of Casita's in regards to numbers. Scamp is taking a distant 3rd in numbers - which is a big change from just 7 years ago.

While on an 8 week trip a couple of winters ago into S. Arizona and Calf. I saw out camping or passed on the road more Escapes than the total of other brands of fiberglass trailers combined.
We have camped in Florida ,Georgia, Mississipp ,Arkansas ,Missouri , South Carolina ,Illinois ,Ontario , New York ,Michigan ,Wisconsin ,Minnesota ,Iowa ,Alabama ,Manitoba ,Tennessee and Texas over the last 3 years.We have seen exactly "ONE " Escape . We see more Scamps in the North and more Casitas in the South. From where we live the Scamp factory is 180 miles away Casita is 1100 miles and Escape is over 1800 miles . It appears to me that regional loyalties and location have some influence on what people purchase
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It appears to me that regional loyalties and location have some influence on what people purchase
I think you're right Steve. I live six hours from the Escape factory. It was an easy choice. I'd rather put the $$ into the trailer rather than the trip (motel/fuel) in picking up a trailer many, many miles away. YMMV
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"I think that you see more high end trailers is because the owners are retired, spending their savings and traveling more. The rest of us are still working buying cheaper used equipment and they are just sitting around in back yards and storage lots waiting for us to schedule a precious few days a year to escape the rat race. We are also into the avalanche of baby boomers retiring."

Over our 14 years of extensive traveling we are seeing fewer people traveling for long periods.

I don't see many people traveling in for extended periods. Definitely the most popular RVs for extended travel are Motor homes and large 5th wheels. Escapees with over 100,000 members, a group of mostly full timers, is composed of mostly 5th wheels and motor homes.

We have been to a number of rallies and the number of high end fiberglass trailers are percentage wise, extremely small.

"I can tell you this for sure, a Casita will command a substantially higher price than a comparable year, size and condition Scamp."

In general all fiberglass trailers hold their value. We paid $6,000 for a 20 year old Scamp 16. We were offered a Casita 16 for a similar price. Both rigs in good condition.

Scamps and Casitas are so much alike you would think both factories were started by brothers and were located literally next door to each other at one time.
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[QUOTE=Cathy P.;504385]Anyone have a number on how many Escapes are produced each year? With the bigger units and higher price tags, they are pretty much competing with Oliver at this point.

Scamp has a lot of appeal to those with limited towing capability yet another thing people consider.

For those looking for used, I wouldn't rule out any of the units that meet your budget and your ability to get there and look it over in a timely fashion.

Isn't this trailer debate so much like the "Ford, Chevy, Dodge, etc." debate

i like dodge my boy ford my dauther chev
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Anyone have a number on how many Escapes are produced each year? With the bigger units and higher price tags, they are pretty much competing with Oliver at this point.

Escape produced its 1000th trailer in the latter part of 2014 - a 5.0TA that went to California. Mine is number 1056 I believe. Just an estimate but based on how busy they were when I visited, they're running at full capacity and probably produce around 160-170 trailers per year.

I don't think of Escape as a competitor for Oliver. I think an Oliver is the Fiberglass alternative to an Airstream if you want to compare. With the recent drop of the CAD to the USD, I consider the price we paid for our loaded 19 a bargain.



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In late April the Bluebonnet Rally will be held in Bandera, Texas. There will be 120 trailers in attendance. 100 of those will be Casitas. There may be more Escapes than Scamps. That seems to support the regional theory.
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Could be, Tom. There are 10 or 11 Escapes registered out of 143 trailers total.


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Scamp has a lot of appeal to those with limited towing capability yet another thing people consider.

I must say that it is not primarily limited towing capacity which generates the appeal, it more the appeal of a fully featured travel trailer in a size more conducive to travel while still offering all the comforts of home.
I held a CDL since they invented it, yet I still do not enjoy driving an oversized TV... or parking it, even without a trailer.
I enjoy being able to use the drive-up window at the bank or fast food, or parking anywhere there are two spaces in line.
I guess it is just a matter of travel style and a desire to have a fun-to-drive TV upon arrival.
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