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Old 07-29-2016, 12:09 AM   #1
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Hi....I'm new. Lynn M

I am hoping to "full-time" next year, in a Little Guy 5 wide, with my cat and Subaru Outback. I retired early (RN), due to medical issues, without pension yet, so I have limited resources (SSDI). I thought a Little Guy would be more practical than a tent, but of course I'm concerned on making it do-able for my cat. I know I would have to plan carefully for winter vs summer seasons, more for my cat than me. I've read the Fantastik fan works well, since I can't afford the upgraded air-conditions model. I'm sure there is much to learn from all of you.
Thanks in advance for your ad advice.....Lynn
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Old 07-29-2016, 12:34 AM   #2
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Hi Lynn,

Here's a Little Guy forum that can give you a lot of great information.

http://www.golittleguy.com/forum#/discussions

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Old 07-29-2016, 05:35 AM   #3
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Do you currently own the Little Guy? If not, look into a small fiberglass trailer like a Scamp 13. It will work much better for full timing, for you and the cat.
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Old 07-29-2016, 07:05 AM   #4
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I agree with Bob. Don't know what your budget is, but with some looking you should be able to find a used 13' egg trailer (Scamp or similar) in good, clean, camp-ready condition for $6-8K. Indoor cooking, dining, and lounging on a rainy day sound very attractive to me, and your cat will thank you for the extra space! A simple, basic one should weigh 1500-1750 pounds loaded, which I believe is within the tow rating for most Outbacks.

If you click on the registry link under my user profile at the left of this post, you can see some pictures of my Scamp 13 to get an idea of what we're talking about.

I agree that a Fantastic Fan will do instead of an air conditioner as long as you are free to roam, following temperate weather.
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Old 07-29-2016, 10:55 AM   #5
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Note that we own a teardrop, however it is vintage and only 4' wide. Only thing we can do is lay down in it. Very little storage space. Then bought a 13' Uhaul fiberglass camper. Now we can stand up, sit up, electric, and much more storage space. Spent two winters in it snow birding along with using a 12 X 12 screen house. Then along came a 17' Casita at a price we couldn't pass up. Even more space, bigger bed, side dinette and a bathroom. So there's advice from owners of three different campers. I would rule out the teardrop for long term camping, the 13' Uhaul is doable.
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Old 07-29-2016, 03:55 PM   #6
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Have to agree with all--our current amerigo 16' is MUCH bigger inside than our previous GetAway Van...and MUCH more enjoyable for all activities! We camp with both our little pug girls. They love the many little niches and hidey holes, including the porta-potty niche with the long beach towel as privacy curtain.

And--our Fan-Tastic Vent fan does a good job of keeping that air moving over us--and moving air is cooler air. And the company's customer service is A-One.
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Old 07-29-2016, 04:11 PM   #7
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Living in Nevada you may want to look at a Turbo Cool water cooler, they use 12 volt and are solar powered. You also may find a used one from a dog catcher truck or tractor. No need to plug in to regular power.
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Old 07-29-2016, 05:22 PM   #8
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Little Guy vs Scamp 13

I looked into Scamp 13 a couple of years ago, but the bath model withOUT wood interior was running $14,000 from dealer. I got nervous about towing (never have done it) and then scared off by all the bad stories about used scamp Scams and finding out you have no clear title. So I put everything on hold.
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Old 07-29-2016, 05:27 PM   #9
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I looked into Scamp 13 a couple of years ago, but the bath model withOUT wood interior was running $14,000 from dealer. I got nervous about towing (never have done it) and then scared off by all the bad stories about used scamp Scams and finding out you have no clear title. So I put everything on hold.
If you're concerned about towing, you could rent a fair-sized covered trailer from U-Haul (if you have a hitch) and practice with it for day...
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Old 07-29-2016, 06:55 PM   #10
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Lynn, you will have to do what you think best, but if I physically inspected the trailer, the title, and the seller's ID (and they all match up in terms of name, address, and VIN) before I handed over my money, I would not be worried about a scam. Buying sight unseen from a distance- that's much riskier. But even that is possible, and there are some helpful old threads in the Money Matters section of the forum to learn how to protect yourself.

But again, you have to do what's comfortable for you.
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Old 07-29-2016, 08:02 PM   #11
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Welcome aboard Lynn M. Lots of nice folks here to help you! Agree the Scamp would be a great bet - you wont regret it!!
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Old 07-29-2016, 08:10 PM   #12
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... I got nervous about towing (never have done it) and then scared off by all the bad stories about used scamp Scams and finding out you have no clear title. So I put everything on hold.
The reason there are scams with Scamp trailers is because Scamps are are high demand item in low supply, so the scammers use them as bait.

Now ask yourself, why would something be in high demand, with limited supply?

Scamps are not perfect. In fact if you search for threads I have started you will see very clearly that I know they are not perfect. But its a good camper.

Most Scamp scams are attempts to get someone to front some money in one way or another where the trailer being offered for sale does not even exist. If you do a personal inspection of the trailer and paperwork, you can avoid that.

BTW, have you full timed in a camper before? Many people find it is not what they expected.
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Old 07-29-2016, 08:34 PM   #13
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Back to the cat- there are some outdoor tunnel/tent setups I've seen that might work for your cat in areas without predatory wildlife. Like this: Kittywalk Pet Enclosure Systems and Strollers at Petfavors.com (No idea if cats like these.) What I do with my dogs is put up X-pens but cats would go right over those. The other option would be harness and leash for the cat.
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Old 07-31-2016, 01:07 PM   #14
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Don't be frightened by stories. Accidents can happen, but they are rare... and they can happen to anybody, not just trailer towing people.

As for title issues, you don't hand the money over until you see the state-issued title in their hands and look to see that it doesn't say on it anything about a lienholder. With that document you should be good to go.

Have a look at these ads:
'96 Scamp 13 $6500 1996 13' Scamp Travel Trailer | Broomfield, CO | Fiberglass RV's For Sale
'83 Scamp 13 $5500 Carson City 1983 Scamp 13 Trailer | Carson City, NV | Fiberglass RV's For Sale
'99 Scamp 13 $4500 St. George 1999 13' Scamp Trailer | Fiberglass RV's For Sale
'99 Casita 13 $6900 Sonoma CA 1999 13' Casita Patriot Standard |Sonoma, CA | Fiberglass RV's For Sale
'71 Compact Jr $4200 Yucca Valley CA 1971 Hunter Compact Junior Fiberglass Camper | Yucca Valley, CA | Fiberglass RV's For Sale

If you get to see a Little Guy teardrop and you decide it's the right thing for you, that's fine. Just be sure to spend some time in and around it, going through motions of doing some of the things you'd imagine yourself doing (reaching for clothes, cooking, dressing, etc.) to make sure you'll be comfortable.
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