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Old 11-21-2018, 09:27 AM   #29
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The patch Don described is similar to one in our scamp except located in rear left corner. When we purchased this 02 16ft scamp 5 yrs ago I noticed a small soft spot under rear seat area. I removed all the damp and soft material, applied a wood hardener and filled about a 2 in hole with epoxy putty. Under neath trailer put on a wood patch to reinforce repair. Have not had any other problems with floor, not bad for a 16 yr old trailer. Advantage of scamp in this situation is that you have easy access for inspection underneath trailer.
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Old 11-21-2018, 02:00 PM   #30
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Thank you, everyone, for all these good reflections. I do think buying used I'll focus on the condition of the trailer. Glad there doesn't seem to be a huge difference between the two brands.
Lisle, I think if I were you, I would look for a used Scamp, since you live so close to the factory, and they will do work on used ones.....even upgrades if you desire.
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Old 11-22-2018, 10:00 PM   #31
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Wink well..

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You mean the one with the fridge made in Sweden, the tires made in China, electronics made in China, plumbing made in China..?
OK, maybe I shudda said assembled in USA. Sheesh.
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Old 11-29-2018, 08:21 AM   #32
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Thank you, everyone, for all these good reflections. I do think buying used I'll focus on the condition of the trailer. Glad there doesn't seem to be a huge difference between the two brands.
The difference is so minor you are correct to focus on the bigger issues like condition and options.

Find the trailer that fits your camping style best and then you can spend the next ten years finding out how wrong you were and changing every little thing about it, one item at a time!

As a Scamp owner there are things I prefer about my chosen brand, but I often meet Casitas while out camping and love to see their trailers and what they have done. The wall coverings are the biggest difference, but I imagine that fades to the background once you own one or the other. And the bath for our layout of Scamp is tiny, but you are comparing similar layouts, so not as big a deal.

Finally, if you buy one in decent condition with decent options and find you just can't get over something that can't be changed, these things sell very well. But a different one and try that.
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Old 11-29-2018, 08:39 AM   #33
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Find the trailer that fits your camping style best and then you can spend the next ten years finding out how wrong you were and changing every little thing about it, one item at a time!
LOL... so true!

There are three basic approaches. (1) Adapt and live with it. (2) As suggested, modify the camper to fit your needs. (3) Keep buying and selling until you get it "just right."

Perhaps there is a fourth, which combines a little of all three!
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Old 11-29-2018, 10:15 AM   #34
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Yup. And I'm now on my fifth, liked them all, done all kinds of mods/upgrades, and still having fun.

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Old 11-29-2018, 12:16 PM   #35
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LOL... so true!

There are three basic approaches. (1) Adapt and live with it. (2) As suggested, modify the camper to fit your needs. (3) Keep buying and selling until you get it "just right."

Perhaps there is a fourth, which combines a little of all three!
And I'm not complaining. I really like finding new solutions to problems that hadn't occurred before. I have some mods I like and some I wish I had done differently and some that I know could be good if I could just find a decent way to make them work.

And really, the "robustness" of the fiberglass shell on a steel frame, and the resultant robustness fo the used market, is what makes all this possible. If you have a used stickie and spend time fixing it up you still have a used stickie.

For me, I was either buying a used airstream or a used fiberglass trailer solely on the basis of still having something of value later. The risk was much lower because I knew I could bail out at any time and at least recoup my initial investment.

Hence my belief that the general advice to just buy something and go camping, is the best advice.
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Old 11-29-2018, 01:24 PM   #36
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Remember "Bigger is Better" Both Scamp 16' and a Casita are way too small you need at least a 40'
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Old 12-02-2018, 10:45 PM   #37
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Remember "Bigger is Better" Both Scamp 16' and a Casita are way too small you need at least a 40'
HaHa, I'm amazed at how many people think that way
When I see one of those going down the road I go through my packing list for camping (tent) and think.....
Would I pack a ceiling fan ? NO !
Would I pack a fake fireplace ? NO !
Would I pack a chandelier ? NO !
Would I pack a big screen TV ? NO !
Would I pack a full size leather couch, love seat and rocker recliner, The kitchen island, full size bath tub..........NO !! Why would I want to haul all of that in a camper ???
I get a chuckle out of people sitting in their lazy boy in front of a large TV and fireplace in their 50-80K camper 40 minutes from home at a campground.
Goes to show we all have a different idea about camping
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When I setup camp with my wife in our Escape 21, my checklist is more like...

comfortable full sized bed we can both share ? YES!
fridge/freezer that can hold a weeks worth of food? YES!
dinette seating we can both lounge in on a cold rainy night? YES!
big awning for those sunny days? YES!
adequate water/grey/black capacity for 2 for a week? YES!


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Remember "Bigger is Better" Both Scamp 16' and a Casita are way too small you need at least a 40'

Is there a reason for pitting people who prefer one thing over another?
Does it make you feel better?
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Is there a reason for pitting people who prefer one thing over another?
Does it make you feel better?
say huh?

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Old 12-03-2018, 08:17 AM   #41
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With a Scamp, the entire floor is exposed underneath the trailer and is quite easy to inspect periodically so you can catch any problem areas early. In the Casita, all damage is hidden until the floor is virtually destroyed. Also, because it is exposed, replacing all or part of the floor is a comparatively easy project in a Scamp, not so much in a Casita.

this is good to know. Has anyone had issues with the Casita floor? I know some Casitas are under 8' .. are there any Scamps that can get under an 8' garage door? Thanks.
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Casita vs Scamp 16'

Casita floors have not always been fully encased. Older units only had fiberglass underneath, making rot just as likely as in Scamps, since most rot is caused by leaks from above.

I have also read accounts of water getting inside the encased floors (screw holes and through-floor fittings) and causing rot. It's probably not as common, but harder to detect and more complex to repair.

A Scamp 16 without roof air and OEM suspension should fit through an 8' door- it's listed as 7'10". If the header is a bit below 8' you might have to do a little see-saw with the tongue to ease it in. With roof air it's a no-go.

A Casita 16 with the standard suspension will be no problem, and A/C is mounted low. It specs at 7'8". With the optional high-lift suspension it's iffy. I believe the lift adds 3", and there may be a wheel/tire upgrade too.
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