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Old 03-08-2008, 05:42 PM   #15
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Two thoughts on fiberglass 5th wheels. We've greatly modified our 19' Scamp 5er side-bath trailer (bought when it was one year old of so for $11k) and have made lots of modifications up front, replacing the "gaucho" sofa with a chest-of-drawers, hang space, a pet bed/kennel area, laundry hamper space, cabinets, put in a bigger bed, and other handy things.

Looking at our list of modifications, most of the stuff we installed was storage space. Even if you're used to living small, living out of a trailer will challenge you for finding places to put stuff. Our way of dealing with the issue was to buy a trailer with a good basic floor plan, then change it to better meet our needs. That's pretty hard to do when you're living in the trailer while you're remodeling it.

The Bigfoot 5th wheels (I think they're 20') impress me as being better laid out for full-time living. Not only do they come with a fair bit of storage space, they also have a very comfortable and somewhat larger dinette space. I can't envision doing homework assignments while sharing the dinette space in our Scamp 5er with someone else.

Our Scamp 5er is much lighter than the Bigfoot, and can easily be towed by our 3 liter Ford Ranger; the Bigfoot requires more muscle, perhaps a 4 liter Ford Ranger would suffice.

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My parents, when still living, went from a 13ft Scamp to a single axle Bigfoot and used it extensively for several years. Unfortunately they didn't upgrade their small Nissan pickup with a 4cyl engine at first. Later, when they did they bought a full size GMC with a 5-speed manual transmission and a V6. It was also marginal, mostly because the gearing was way too tall.

They ended up going back to a Scamp, this time a 16ft that they towed with a Toyota Cressida. As far as I know that was a good combination.

After they were too old to travel any more I asked my dad what his favorite camper was, since he had run the gamut from pickup campers, several motor homes, many trailers, fifth-wheelers large and small, an Airstream, you name it.

His out and out favorite was the 13 ft Scamp. Mom said it was a toss-up between the 13 and 16 ft Scamp.

Of course, they did incremental full-timing as my wife and I do now, i.e., full time living for 2-4 weeks at a time in the Scamp.
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Old 03-09-2008, 08:51 AM   #16
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I lived in a 1970 23' Airstream Safari Special for almost a year in 1987/88 in San Diego. It needed work, but I bought it for a whopping $2k. For me, living alone with a small dog, the size was barely adequate, but it worked. My lifestyle was that there was a place for everything, and if I wanted to walk around, everything had to be in its place. I didn't buy anything that I didn't have a place already worked out for it.

In the winter, even in Kentucky, you'll use about 15 gallons of propane a week heating the trailer on gas. The Scamp 16' is adequately insulated, but the windows are single pane and a huge heat leak. I had a Burro 17' and Scamp 16' trailers and they have almost no storage in them at all, about enough for clothes for an extended weekend for two. Galley storage for extended living is poor. The refrigerators are small (the Scamp custom deluxe did have a larger one than the Burro, but it was still small). The holding tanks are small and need to either be hooked up full time to sewer or dumped about every four days (if you're frugal with water). The couches/dinettes aren't particularly comfortable for sitting any time longer than it takes to eat. Security is poor in fiberglass trailers. The "locks" are for keeping the door shut, not for security.

Your idea is sound, but I'm not sure that I would recommend a 16' fiberglass trailer as the best option. Having said that, there are lots of folks who have and are living in their small fiberglass trailers and loving them. I intend to "long-time" in our new Bigfoot 25', and it was the smallest trailer I could find that combined living space, and amenities I think are necessary (given my experience) with towability. It has the added feature of being molded fiberglass, and being one of the lighter quality constructed trailers in it's size. In your price range, I think you have lots of options. Look at a whole bunch of different used trailers, and within a short time you'll discover what floorplan, size, and amenities you can live with. Then you can look for "the" trailer that meets your needs, whatever that may be.

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Old 03-15-2008, 06:14 PM   #17
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Two big considerations:
1. Storage space. Even when we are camping for just 3-4 days, every bit of storage space in the Scamp is filled, as well as the truck, which has a camper shell. And since we camp primarily in warm weather, our clothes take up very little space.
2. Try to find something that is insulated, not only because of heat & cold, but also because of sound. Our Scamp has single-wall construction lined with "elephant skin." When it rains hard, the noise is deafening! Ear plugs don't help much. Even my husband, who can sleep through anything else, can't sleep through that. Since you are planning to live in it full-time, I would recommend that you look for double wall construction or anything else that would reduce the noise.
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Old 03-16-2008, 02:36 AM   #18
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"Now that you mention it, it does sound like th' patter of rain on a tin roof."


I always think of this WWII cartoon when I snuggle up in my warm, dry Scamp bunk.
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Old 03-16-2008, 10:45 AM   #19
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I call it "Like sleeping in a popcorn popper".

And I have an insulated double shell! It changes it from a "ping" with much resonance to a "Pung" with a short decay....
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Old 03-16-2008, 12:35 PM   #20
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LOVE the cartoon! That's hilarious!
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...We've greatly modified our 19' Scamp 5er side-bath trailer ... and have made lots of modifications up front, replacing the "gaucho" sofa with a chest-of-drawers, hang space, a pet bed/kennel area, laundry hamper space, cabinets, put in a bigger bed, and other handy things.

Looking at our list of modifications, most of the stuff we installed was storage space. Even if you're used to living small, living out of a trailer will challenge you for finding places to put stuff. Our way of dealing with the issue was to buy a trailer with a good basic floor plan, then change it to better meet our needs. ..
Have you put up any pictures and/or descirptions of your Mods? I am purchasing an old side bath Scamp 5er and will be converting it for extended travel on well off the beaten path travels. Having lived in campers several times I know the storage space issues.

Thankx in advance for any info you have.
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Old 03-16-2008, 05:14 PM   #22
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Have you put up any pictures and/or descirptions of your Mods? I am purchasing an old side bath Scamp 5er and will be converting it for extended travel on well off the beaten path travels. Having lived in campers several times I know the storage space issues.

Thankx in advance for any info you have.
George, Peter has done extensive changes to his Scamp. Rather than reposting pics, etc. I'd suggest you check out his profile (click on his name), then under the profile options (right side of screen) click on "Find member posts." Maybe one of these days, Peter will have a website, or something...
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Old 03-18-2008, 01:11 PM   #23
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Nathan,
I just seen a 5th wheel scamp on ebay. Item# 280209661436
Current bid is at : $3,500 with NO RESERVE! 7 Bids so far with just over 5 days to go. Looks pretty nice. But I don't know anything amount the 5th Wheel version of Fiberglass Travel Trailers.
Good Luck!
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Old 03-24-2008, 10:16 AM   #24
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We full-timed in a 24 foot standard travel trailer in one spot for two years - one man, one woman, one teenager and a 75 lb. dog. It works best if you have something like video games, books you read or crafts that can keep you busy when you must be shut up inside because of weather. We belong to the Good Sam Club and had insurance through them which we still have. They have regular RV/auto policies but also full-timer insurance - your choice and prices for full-timer are higher but include the type of liability coverage you have when you have a home insured. We also once stayed in a pop-up camper for 5 1/2 months in AZ and knew another family that had been in a pop-up for 2 years - not poor, trashy people but transitioning people - love campers and the freedom that you could get up in the morning and move if you wanted to. If your vehicle is a little larger you can store some items in something like those big zipper clear bags that quilts come in when you buy them - clear is nice because you can look around the bag without dumping it or endlessly groping through it. When we are in the house we always end up occupying just a few square feet in the living room most of the time so I don't see the difference for us - lots cheaper in the TT though. We are almost mid-50's now and do we just always get along - no, we are three Leos so if three lions can survive in a small spot.....Cathy
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