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Old 07-25-2013, 10:39 PM   #43
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We bought ours used so we did not have all these choices but we pretty much agree with Chris except for the dual propane tanks and microwave and possibly the awning. I really don't see any purpose in dual tanks except to add weight to the tongue. Ours came with a microwave but we took it out, anything it can do the stove top can.

If you're not around the campsite an awning can be a liability in wind and heavy rain. Over the years we frequently see them mangled.

We also don't like the roof AC, partially because it hurts the 'lines', and on more than one level, and our closet AC does the job for the few times a year we use it. Of course we're not hot weather campers.

As to the wood interior, it looks nice. I've seen Floyd's and liked it. For me it was not a long term appearance issue but rather the extra weight. We have a comparitively light tow vehicle and attempt to minimize tongue weight.

Chris, wishing you safe travels and much road joy.
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Old 07-26-2013, 04:30 AM   #44
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I too have a wrangler, an '07. You'll need to run wire to support the addition of a brake controller and power to the camper. Etrailer.com has an instruction video that lays it out pretty well. Our wrangler is a 4 door and we have a 16 ft trailer. The trailer brakes are really nice with our setup. Quite frankly brakes on a 4 door wrangler aren't great in the first place, so anything you can do to give them some help is worthwhile.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:26 AM   #45
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Norm...thank you. Simple yet functional. Like it.
Floyd/Chris....good comments. We did get the 13 ft deluxe. We liked the wood appearance, can handle the weight fine and don't plan on doing anything to get them wet nor dirty. Neat freaks...ha! Most all our cooking will be outside except in bad weather. We got the single ball with a battery. Multifunctional. Almost everyone said they never used their second ball ( other forums). Got the bike receiver.... We are big bike riders so ill be aware of potential sway...thanks for the heads up. Got the awning, wind issues, noted...ill pay attention to the weather on my tv...ha. One person was camping in Ocean City MD and said they heard about evacuation orders for an upcoming storm on the tv. We are big football fans and much of our camping will be to travel to away games thus a necessity. Our salesmen advised against the heat strip. Said they often break and are expensive to fix. Advised on getting a cheap ceramic heater so we went that route. I hope I don't regret taking his advice. We live on the Fla/ Al line so warmth is not as impt as AC. Got the electric brakes...just seemed like a smart move to error on the side of safety plus 99% of the advice told us to get them. Pretty much in line with everything else. Basically, we thought if we are ordering new we might as well get several of the options as many were not that expensive on the front end but more to add later on. Thank you guys for great advice it is very much appreciated. It's funny, one persons pro is another's con. Some things are always agreed upon (brakes). The feedback, in totality, has been a great education.
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Also...Paul. Thanks for the feedback on the video. Ill check it out. With a 3 1/2 month build out timeframe I have enough time to get this done but I want to do it before I get my Scamper! Being dumb on this point I am going to ask Scamp to send me some instructions for when I go to a place to get it installed. I have both a Uhaul and a Camping World close by. I assume both can do the job.
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Old 07-26-2013, 10:06 AM   #47
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All the remarks in the above "rundown" are great, sensible and based on sound opinion, with the exception of the first which assumes facts not in evidence.
I like the heatstrip in the A/C, an option which works well and is commonly overlooked.
Only fact I have for you is second hand. Wayne at Scamp told me about the trailers they brought to a local fair. After a week of fair attendees walking in and out of the various models the standard edition cleaned up nicely. The deluxe models were covered in dirty fingerprints some which simply didn't wipe off. If you have kids...you'll eventually end up in the same situation. If it will be adult owned, I'm sure you will do a better job keeping your hands clean and free of sticky things. Call up Scamp and talk to Wayne before getting the deluxe edition. That's my only recommendation.
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:21 AM   #48
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We talked to Allen at Scamp, different story. No difference than kitchen cabinets relative to cleaning. We will put a coating on them first and it's a kid free zone. They can buy their own campers...ha! The Fiberglass, to us, looks a little stark.
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:39 AM   #49
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Even in a standard Scamp, there's the rat fur to worry about. Not the best surface on which to swat Mosquitos! But it is camping not the Waldorf so each perfect egg will experience a few design shortfalls, many of which can be made to seem amusing in retrospect.

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I/m always amazed how well the Scamps stand up to time.

Our Scamp is 22 years old and the rat fur is original and still locks great, There are a few places where it's gotten dirty, a little rug cleaner brightens it in minutes.

We have replaced all the doors on our cabinets with wood and coated them with urethane. They clean with just a light wipe.

As to the fiberglass surfaces I like the bright white with the wooden doors. It really is an easy surface to maintain.

The weak link is the cushions that simply wear out.

One of the nice aspects of traveling in a trailer is that cleaning'our road home takes minutes.

A little cleaning tip, when on the road we carry a chamois, in the morning after a heavy dew I just go out and wipe down the trailer, rinsing the chamois every now and then.
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Old 07-26-2013, 12:19 PM   #51
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You might look for someone other than Camping World to do your wiring.

In my experience, they are always higher than anyone else and, at least hereabouts, their TV work isn't all that swooft.

Don't know about your vehicle, but in the GM products with the towing kit option, all of the wires are already in place. My local RV dealer wired in the brake controller and the charging line on a Yukon Denali for .5 hrs labor. I just did both ends on my Blazer in about an hour and I didn't have a clue and had to find the tucked in wires myself. Wire color codes will usually be in the owners manual.
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Only fact I have for you is second hand. Wayne at Scamp told me about the trailers they brought to a local fair. After a week of fair attendees walking in and out of the various models the standard edition cleaned up nicely. The deluxe models were covered in dirty fingerprints some which simply didn't wipe off. If you have kids...you'll eventually end up in the same situation. If it will be adult owned, I'm sure you will do a better job keeping your hands clean and free of sticky things. Call up Scamp and talk to Wayne before getting the deluxe edition. That's my only recommendation.
First hand, I've owned my 13deluxe for 9 years, and have owned a couple dozen other fiberglass trailers as well, in varied condition. I simply don't see any objective truth in that "Standard vs. Deluxe" comment.
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Even in a standard Scamp, there's the rat fur to worry about. Not the best surface on which to swat Mosquitos! But it is camping not the Waldorf so each perfect egg will experience a few design shortfalls, many of which can be made to seem amusing in retrospect.

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I've never seen a wall surface in a travel trailer which requires less care to remain like new.The stuff is amazing and pleasant both visually and tactilely.
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First hand, I've owned my 13deluxe for 9 years, and have owned a couple dozen other fiberglass trailers as well, in varied condition. I simply don't see any objective truth in that "Standard vs. Deluxe" comment.
Ok Floyd, I'll stand corrected. I guess the only reasoning then would be weight, cost, and personal preference. I don't think weight is that big a deal unless you are really trying to stay lean.
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Ok Floyd, I'll stand corrected. I guess the only reasoning then would be weight, cost, and personal preference. I don't think weight is that big a deal unless you are really trying to stay lean.
There is apparently nothing which can be done to dispel the weight myth, it seems to have reached urban myth status...
So....at least we know that there is a significant price difference at purchase,made negligible at resale.
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I think the 'myth' began on the Scamp web site.

They show the wooden interior as heavier though I must admit on the 13 only 100 lbs heavier.

On the Scamp 16 the difference is closer to 400 lbs. To me that would be substantial, particularly if it transfers to the tongue.
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