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Old 06-08-2008, 08:37 PM   #15
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tension rods a great idea easy up and down. curtains are all sun bleached so i can get a new set with stall curtain matching. i presume the door locks from inside? havent noticed that yet.
i'm so used to packing a 1 ton van with gear i need to figure out the eggs capacity and slim down. i generally over pack to cover all contigencies and scenerios cause i'm responsible for other peoples kids and when i was racing we carried engines tools and whatever might break, this is different.
thanks for input

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Old 06-09-2008, 04:46 AM   #16
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To me the 13 actually feels bigger inside than the 16 with the side bath. We have more elbow room. If I ever went to the 16 it would be with a front bath. Even then our little 13 feels bigger, we can pass in the aisle.

Thanks for letting us know about how you plan to use all that propane.

It's a trade off. Side bath means you get a front window that you lose with a front bath. Consequently the front bath model is "darker" inside. Just something to consider when you make choices.

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Old 06-09-2008, 07:22 AM   #17
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Jeff, this is a great thread. You have hit on everyone's dillemma... how to have "everything" you want with nothing you don't. Having had about a bazillion trailers over the past five years, my official "counsel" is that it just ain't gonna happen. Every trailer has trade-offs, and you are one of the few folks who have enough tow vehicle to really take "everything" with you... just not in a 13' trailer.

I'd suggest you try the Scamp stock a few times, and the decide what you really "need" vs. what you "want" in a travel trailer. THEN, you can make informed decisions about what you and your spouse "need" to do. You are almost always better off buying a unit with a bath than having to engineer one from scratch in a built trailer. There are more important issues though. If you're over 5'7" tall, and more than 150 lbs, regardless of the size of your spouse, you're going to find the bed in the Scamp 13... limiting. If you don't rest well, your outings get old... fast.

I'd also have to say that you won't need three tanks. Most folks who are out for a week have access to propane somewhere for refilling as necessary. I'd seriously doubt you'll run through two 20lb tanks of propane in a week cooking. I used to have two 30lb tanks on my Airstream Safari and they'd last two weeks using the furnace pretty much full time. I have yet to auto-switch off the first tank in my Bigfoot and it'll be going on it's third camping season.

I've had two Scamp 13s, a Scamp 16' Custom Deluxe side dinette/front bath, a Scamp 19' CD fifth wheel, a Uhaul CT13, a Trillium 4500, a Burro 17' wide body, a Love Bug 18' wide body, a Bigfoot 15B17CB, and now a Bigfoot 25B25RQ. (This doesn't include the half-dozen Airstreams I've had in the past ten years...). Why I've had all these is another story entirely, but what I've learned is that what I need to enjoy trips are a large bed (80" queen minimum) is a must, and a shower that's big enough to actually use in a trailer light enough to tow with a half-ton truck or smaller tow vehicle.

Having done significant repairs to most of these as well, I've also learned to look for simplicity of engineering in the systems (water, sewer, electrical etc.) for ease of long-term service.

Good luck!

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Old 06-09-2008, 01:40 PM   #18
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appreciate all the input. it looks like the scamp won't be getting a bathroom. scamp emailed me that because of its age the trailers walls were different . they said it could be done but would require cuting and modifications. with my fiberglass experience i could probably do this but don't feel its worth the work and down time. i expect to use it this summer and figure my wants more accurately.
the bed is ok and will probably stay set up all the time. not much difference from the van. a/c is all ready to go in. got some extruded alum today and some plate for filler. decided to put it in front window. got a honda generator to run it. the super quiet inverter type, only weighs 40lbs 2500w.
as to propane it's not so much the consumption as the ability to put two lanterns on metal distribution trees around and apart to light the area. the lantern bottles get refilled usually once a season and the stove bottle every other trip at least.
the van can carry tons, but you pay in fuel and since its showing its age i'm looking at a sienna we have on the lot to downsize in all areas. they'll be a matched set if i get it it's white. could look cool if i stripe it red to match the scamp.
grand plans often run into the brick wall of reality. i'll "run what i brung" for a while and see how it goes. fathers day weekend at assateague island nat seashore.

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