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Old 10-17-2013, 11:55 PM   #1
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16ft scamp deluxe or 5th wheel?? Please help!

Hello everyone!

We recently received a new 16 foot Scamp deluxe, that is BEAUTIFUL. But there is a serious problem with the fit of the door so the company has decided to replace our trailer with a new one. I am just wondering if we should order the 5th wheel now . We are a family of 4 ( one is only 2) but I am thinking the extra room would be great.

If anyone with a fifth wheel or a fifth wheel deluxe would let me know how they like theirs I would be very grateful! I really prefer the look of the 16 foot, but wondering if the convenience of the extra room would outweigh my preference on how it looks.

Could anyone with the 5th wheel post pics of the inside of theirs I would be super appreciative too!!

Thank you so much,

Amy
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:09 AM   #2
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Hi Amy, you can go to the Scamp web site and view the layout of the 5er. Also do a search on this site for 5er's. Good luck in your quest.
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:32 AM   #3
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I love mine, but it's an '84, I'm sure the inside changed (as has mine, anyway).



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Old 10-18-2013, 07:48 AM   #4
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Amy, with 2 kids if this is something your gonna want to have for years to come I would say get the 5th wheel. More beds and you and your husband could have the illusion of more privacy. Then down the road when the kids dont want to come with you have your own bedroom and a large dinette! I think way down the road when I retire I want an Escape 5th wheel to fulltime in.
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Old 10-19-2013, 03:41 PM   #5
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Call Scamp about folks in California that are willing to show you their Scamp 5er, or post your area location here(?). If there is someone near you, it may be worth the drive to see it in person.
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Old 10-19-2013, 05:32 PM   #6
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Remember that you need a pickup truck to tow the 5th wheel so if you don't have one now that could be a factor.

We have had both a Scamp 16 standard and a 5th wheel deluxe and really liked the 5th wheel better. Liked the way it towed and the extra space....but we already had a pickup truck so that was not an issue. We have an Escape 5th wheel now and got it for the interior height and the front to back bed. Also remember that the Deluxe 5th wheel Scamp has the main bed side to side which could be an issue if you are tall. The standard can have the bed front to back which is like the photo posted earlier.
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Old 10-19-2013, 06:44 PM   #7
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we have a standard 5er

I'm glad we got the standard Scamp 5er rather than the deluxe. I'm 5' 11 and was not comfortable sleeping crossways as my feet were against the window, so we installed a full size mattress running front to back. We are much more comfortable with this modification and there are some added benefits such as added storage beside the mattress and no one has to climb over the other to get out of bed. We could not have done this with the deluxe. This modification eliminates the use of the bunks beds as the mattress rests on the top bunk and we have an access ladder on the bottom.
The size difference between the 5er and a the 16' is a bit deceptive as the loft area has no floor space. I believe the 5er is built on the 13' base with the loft extended forward.
I have never pulled a conventional camping trailer, but am led to believe that 5th wheels are more stable than conventional trailers. I find our 5er very smooth to tow with a Nissan Frontier, 6-cylinder. We've been in some moderate wind conditions without problems and being passed by semis hasn't caused any trouble.
The 5th wheel configuration eliminates a lot of the carrying capacity of our 6' pickup bed. We have a large tool box in the front of the bed and can carry quite bit in the back seat of the crew cab.
We are generally happy with our 5er, but realize whatever RV one chooses there will always be some compromises. Good luck with your decision.
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:15 PM   #8
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I think the 19 base is the 16 footer. Remember the 16 is about 3 ft of tongue. The 19 uses that 3 feet plus another 3 ft. I have the 16 and will move to the 19 standard in the spring.
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:08 PM   #9
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Id go with the 5th wheel - I just got one 1 week ago and I LOVE IT!!!.

I have the 13ft Scamp as well as a 13ft Casita w/ full shower in front. I really have never camped in the 16 but I do know having that huge bed up front is wonderful.

Mine did not come with the hitch itself, so I had to find one and have it mounted $100.00 with slides and braces was the best deal I could fine and my friend mounted for free.

I vote 5th!

Good Luck

Happy Scamping!
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Old 10-20-2013, 12:12 PM   #10
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Our previous fiberglass trailer was a standard Scamp 5er and we really enjoyed it. We had 2 adults and 4 kids in it. Basically, the kids had the front of the trailer and we used the back end, which gave us the table area when we sat up late or got up early in the morning and wanted to have our coffee inside. When the weather was bad, there was more room for them to be up in the loft reading or playing games together than if we just had a 16 footer. And to this day it was the easiest towing trailer we've owned. If I already had the truck and knew it would have enough seating in case my family grew in the future (that became our problem), I would choose the 5th wheel. Good luck with whatever you decide!
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Old 10-20-2013, 12:31 PM   #11
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You are right, the base is a 16'. I didn't realize the tongue was included in the measurement. When looking at the window configurations of the three sizes, it's obvious that the 19' is the same as the 16'. Thanks for straightening out my thinking.
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:19 PM   #12
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Thank you for all the replies, so so helpful! Looks like we are going with the 19foot. Now just have to decide on standard or deluxe! lol I really like the little stairs and parition from the kids, and the birch wood is just so pretty but then we lose 2 beds, if my girls ever want to bring a friend! Ugh. Such quality problems

Also wondering if anyone uses a toyota tacoma to pull it? Seems like it is a difficult install for the hitch in the bed.

Thanks again for taking the time to reply!

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Old 10-25-2013, 06:43 AM   #13
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Ask Scamp about the Tacoma. There used to be a problem mounting their hitch in a Tacoma bed, but their new hitch may have solved the problem. We pull a 5er easily with a Nissan Frontier, which is pretty comparable to a Tacoma.

Be sure you are comfortable sleeping crossways in the loft bed, it was too short for me at 5' 11". I also think I would find the small entrance claustrophobic and think air circulation would be poor. You can always replace the particle board cabinet doors with wood.
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Old 10-25-2013, 10:28 AM   #14
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We had the deluxe Scamp 19. Yes, height is an issue for sleeping sideways in the loft but if you aren't tall then the loft should be fine. We didn't find it claustrophobic at all. There is good height in the loft area so you don't feel like the ceiling is closing in on you. We didn't have upper cabinets in the loft which made it feel roomy. There is a spacious cabinet accessed from the loft above the bathroom which seemed bottomless! Also, with the big windows on each side and the roof emergency hatch there is lots of air and light in the loft.
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