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Old 07-05-2015, 09:46 PM   #15
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Hi Janet, What year is your Scamp?
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Old 07-06-2015, 07:27 AM   #16
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Our Scamp is an '84. We picked Mae West up this summer in Kentucky, knowing nothing about Fiberglass RV's. We loved the idea of pulling her with our 4cyl '88 toyota. Alas, my husband only wanted to use the truck in SW Missouri, and I have dreams of traveling a LOT farther!.
So, as in the book series, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, we got a larger truck (much larger, 2006 Toyota Tundra), and this has created a snowball-effect of adjustments, repairs, and improvements!
The truck it much higher, and wider, so we needed a different hitch set-up, and Mae West had to be raised, as well. We called this her face lift and tummy tuck!
Our first real outing, on pretty bad OK roads, she bounced all over, so we got with our tire guy and got real trailer tires with a good sidewall. In changing the tires and checking the brakes, it was discovered that whoever packed the wheel bearings had used a hammer on the bearings for some reason, and had also just globbed grease in places. Oh, my!
Mae West now rides down the road with smooth dignity. Well, except for her need for exfoliation and polish. So, using a magic eraser product, as well as a marine abrasion/wax product from 3M, we are in process of cleaning her exterior. BUT, I had a double mastectomy 5 years ago, and do not have enough strength in my arms & chest wall to polish the product, SO, we had to purchase a polshing tool. No big, since the gelcoat is pretty much gone at her age, and this will be an ongoing process.
On our way home from KY with her, my husband was completely unhappy with the sleeping arrangements, hence the previous post about altering the bed situation. I will post remodel pictures, but most everything is ON the bed right now as our young techie-friend, Shawn, is replumbing with PEX, and rewiring for appropriate guage for the a/c (aftermarket, and really too much cool for our rig), and running more 12 volt for LED in all the cabinets, entry light. Oh, we also had to replace the 'inverter'. Shawn wanted some very expensive piece that would allow us to stop and make coffee along the road (!). We opted for the under $200 option, as opposed to the $8-900 luxury!
We will be removing the original carpet as soon as he is finished inside (it is in excellent shape, but I abhor carpet in a home, never-the-less living so closely to the outdoors and dirt, especially other people's), and we are incorporating shelving & storage where the original heater was (and other places), as it was defunct; we will use alternate heating, for now, probably one of those small oil radiators, and a shelf-model small electric ceramic heater, until we decide how much cooler/cold weather we will be facing in Mae West. Shawn has suggested a heat-strip in the a/c, but in searching on this forum, it does not really seem to be worth the expense of purchase, and installation, for the benefit received.

The next big test is of the tanks. The fresh water (into which he installed a large clean-out port so the slimey stuff can be easily wiped away), is solid, and holding water. The faucets need new seats, but since the fixtures are original, and brass, well worth the repairs!

And my dear husband has agreed to replace the cabinet doors, which all feel swollen and greasy along the edges after 31 years of humidity and use. He also rebuilt the dining table, as in our increased years (and some increase of girth), it was difficult to get into the seating area! I am so pleased with what our consultation created! It is still easily incorporated into a bed (for when I do fiber/craft shows with my friends, or travel around SW MO, facilitation study circles, as was the impetus for this whole venture, taking co-facilitators along as Carl, my husband is not always available).
Soooo, if you purchase an older unit, be prepared for, if not a remodel, at least ongoing surprise repairs (which we are trying to avoid with our major overhaul).
And her name; well, she is very curvy, and a Scamp, and so was Mae West! Our Toyota is named Lennie. Short story longer, in Mae's early career, she was chauffeured by Jerry Orbach, who played Lennie in Law & Order. Jerry just did not fit the Toyota for a name, but Lennie was perfect!
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Old 07-06-2015, 07:32 AM   #17
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Parkliner has very high ceilings for a small trailer (maybe 6'2", maybe more) with a queen size bed, and advertised dry weight of 2100#s.

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Old 07-06-2015, 08:37 AM   #18
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The Scamp 19 Janet described is a small fifth wheel, so it requires a pick-up truck. If that might work for you, it would give you everything you asked for. You'd have to use the loft longways, as she describes, so it'd have to be the Standard version, not a Deluxe. Escape also makes a small fifth wheel with a large, longways loft bed for a tall person and a convertible dinette/double bed for the kids. Older Bigfoot fifth wheels come up every now and then with a similar layout.

Honestly, I can't come up with too many choices in bumper pull styles. The Bigfoot 17s Bob mentioned came first to my mind as well. Their limitation is that both the beds are fairly narrow (44" and 48" IIRC). A Parkliner with the bunk option would work but be hard to find. A Casita 17 Liberty Standard has bunks in front (no bath) and a huge longways bed in back. Very rare (I've never seen one in that configuration) and likely far from you. I can't think of anything in the 13' category that can sleep four with one unusually tall.

I did run across this: 1985 15' Beachcomber Trailer | MacKenzie, BC, Canada | Fiberglass RV's For Sale. The corner dinette bed looks fairly narrow for two, but since it is longways, you could build a flip out extension for the tall person if needed.

Which all leads to... What kind of a tow vehicle are you planning to use? That could narrow things down quite a bit. What age/condition/price range are we talking about?
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Old 07-06-2015, 09:14 AM   #19
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There is also a single axle BigFoot 5th wheel built in the 80's and early 90's that has a huge master bed area and a super floorplan. There was one for sale in OR earlier this year.
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Old 07-06-2015, 10:14 AM   #20
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Parkliner has very high ceilings for a small trailer (maybe 6'2", maybe more) with a queen size bed, and advertised dry weight of 2100#s.

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Frank, it's 6'5" at least as evidenced by my wife and nephew
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Old 07-06-2015, 02:29 PM   #21
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Janet, sounds like an adventure you've had with your trailer. It sounds like you've enjoyed it, though too
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Old 07-06-2015, 02:29 PM   #22
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Oh I just love those Parkliners <3 Cost is an issue right now, though. Maybe in the future.
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There is also a single axle BigFoot 5th wheel built in the 80's and early 90's that has a huge master bed area and a super floorplan. There was one for sale in OR earlier this year.
Ah we have a Mazda CX9. SUV
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Old 07-06-2015, 03:29 PM   #24
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The Bigfoot 17s might be close to the towing capacity of your CX-9. They appear to be rated for up to 3500 pounds, properly equipped. A loaded BF 17 from the late 80's era will weigh about 3200 pounds loaded with a tongue weight around 360 pounds. I got those numbers from the spreadsheet in post #197 of the Trailer Weights thread. You'll have to check your owner's manual to see what it says about towing capacities and required equipment on your vehicle and trailer.
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Old 07-06-2015, 03:31 PM   #25
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Greetings from a Sask kid, now in IA

If you want to stay with Canadian made, check out the ESCAPE trailers made in Chilliwack, BC. They include as standard a lot of items that are optional on other brands.
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Old 07-06-2015, 03:35 PM   #26
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Frank, it's 6'5" at least as evidenced by my wife and nephew
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I heard that Parkliner may not be good in the business/product support area.
Made in North Caroilna? too far to go for a Western Canadian.
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I heard that Parkliner may not be good in the business/product support area.
Made in North Caroilna? too far to go for a Western Canadian.
Sorry, I thought the OP was looking for used.... I think I know of at least one Parkliner still on the market (Deryk?).
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Old 07-06-2015, 05:51 PM   #28
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Not sure if modification is something you would consider but people have used added an extension to use the bed that runs across the back of a Scamp as a lengthwise bed. Sort of an add on table that sits in front of the kitchen/closet that allows one to have a longer bed.

Front bunks will work for kids, at least until they are old enough to demand a tent outside the camper (they get independence you get privacy win/win)

Might use the site search see if I can find any of those. Being 6'1" means I just barely fit the bed length on our pre-fire scamp, so I read those threads with interest but failed to bookmark them. Barely fits means I fit so it was not a priority. But only because the pillow creates a small angle that keeps me from being a straight line across bed.
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