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Old 06-05-2015, 09:49 AM   #1
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Hi, I'm Brian

I live in Portland, OR and put down a refundable deposite on a 13" Scamp. I'm debating all the pros and cons of spending 12 thousand dollars on it. Should I? I read the thread on theft and it bothered me a bit.
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Old 06-05-2015, 09:51 AM   #2
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Where is theft not a problem?
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Old 06-05-2015, 09:58 AM   #3
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True, but is it more of a problem in campgrounds?
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Old 06-05-2015, 10:19 AM   #4
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As a long time camper we have never had anything stolen while camping....on the other hand have had our home broke into
The best info I can offer is just use common sense .... Lock your trailer and tow vehicle when away from site
and don't leave any valuables lying around in plain view
Get out camp & enjoy life and take the fear mongers comments with a grain of salt


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Old 06-05-2015, 10:21 AM   #5
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While camping with a trailer, I'd say you're no more vulnerable than with any other form of travel, and in many places, less so. Common sense, reasonable precautions, and heeding local warnings (for example, generators are a high-theft item at the CA beach spots we frequent, and signs are posted conspicuously)- you'll be at least as safe as at home. I'm actually more concerned about what could happen at home while I'm gone than what might happen while camping.

My greatest concern is theft of the whole trailer, which is probably more likely at home or in storage. Insurance often does not recognize the higher-than-typical resale value of fiberglass eggs. I have gradually added some additional layers of deterrent when stored.

You have to keep things in perspective. The most dangerous thing you do is to get in your car and drive. Do you worry about that? Does it stop you from driving? So, get out and camp, if that's what you really want to do.
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Old 06-05-2015, 10:43 AM   #6
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It's spending the money on it that I'm debating the most to myself. I doubt anyone on here has ever regretted the purchase.
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Old 06-05-2015, 10:54 AM   #7
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...Lock your trailer and tow vehicle when away from site and don't leave any valuables lying around in plain sight...

When I'm leaving camp for an extended time I leave one curtain open that gives a clear view of the inside- so they can see all the valuable stuff we don't have!
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Old 06-05-2015, 11:28 AM   #8
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It's spending the money on it that I'm debating the most to myself. I doubt anyone on here has ever regretted the purchase.

If spending $12K on a new or near-new one is giving you pause, an alternative you might consider is an older used one as a starting point. If you buy carefully and it doesn't work out, you don't stand to lose much. And it it does work out, you can also sell it and buy the new one with greater confidence.

Whatever you decide, the current strong market for small fiberglass eggs is in your favor.
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Old 06-05-2015, 01:09 PM   #9
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A little off topic, but how do you prevent floor rot? I live in the pacific NW and it rains a lot. Do you apply wood sealer underneath every year?
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Not off topic… these are apprehensions we all have when getting started.

Almost all floor rot comes from above, not below. Scamp coats the bottom of the floor, so moisture from below is unlikely to be a problem.

Prevention means keeping windows and vents sealed and dealing promptly with plumbing leaks. Check windows and vents every so often during heavy rains. Inspect inside the benches and cabinets near windows when you do spring and fall cleaning. To put it in perspective, my Scamp is 7 years old, and so far, no leaks anywhere. I do have one rivet that is allowing a slight seepage (due to my own failure to replace the plastic cover when needed), so I'll have to deal with that. No issues with windows, and I test them at least once a year with the pressure wand at a commercial car wash.

Mildew, more than rot, might be a problem in the NW when the trailer is stored for periods of time. There have been some discussions in past threads, but, honestly, I didn't pay too much attention since it's not a problem in my dry climate. I know there are solutions.
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I'm 20 miles from Portland. Dri-Z keeps the humidity down in winter/fall if you don't have power. I stick a dehumidifier inside (with a hose that runs down into the sink drain so I don't have to empty the tank.)
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Old 06-05-2015, 02:31 PM   #12
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Thanks for the information. I am leaning towards jumping in and buying it.
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Old 06-05-2015, 03:47 PM   #13
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In that case, I wish you the best in your new venture, Brian. Is this a brand-new one or a late-model used one?

We bought ours used, and it seemed like a lot of money at the time, but the experiences we've had in it and the time together we've spent together as a family have been priceless.
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Welcome Brian. We've been camping for over 50 years all over the United States and so far nothing has been stolen. I may have been very lucky because I'm a very trusting person and most of my camping stuff has been drug around so much a thief would probably want to leave me something out of pity. Seriously don't let it bother you just take normal precautions and you will be ok.
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