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Old 04-27-2015, 04:10 PM   #1
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Hi, we're Tom & Sharon in Kirkland, WA

We're planning to buy a small 5th wheel -- Scamp or Escape -- used or new. Any other options?

We'll also be buying a truck, once we find/order the trailer.

We'll be perusing the forums for information, guidance, etc. Thanks for being here.
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Old 04-27-2015, 06:52 PM   #2
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Good luck withe the search and welcome to the forum Tom and Sharon
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Old 04-27-2015, 07:02 PM   #3
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Good luck!

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We're planning to buy a small 5th wheel -- Scamp or Escape -- used or new. Any other options?

We'll also be buying a truck, once we find/order the trailer.

We'll be perusing the forums for information, guidance, etc. Thanks for being here.
We recently purchased a 2002 Scamp 19. It was in good shape, but not excellent and I'm working my way through a few repairs. It's a great way to get to know the camper, and feels good to accomplish repairs with help from this forum.

I would only add a word of caution on your tow vehicle consideration. Maybe it's just because I live in Colorado and have mountains to pull over, but the Ford Ranger 6-cylinder 3.0L truck just wasn't enough for this 5th wheel, IMHO. So, I had the Scamp raised 4" and modified the hitch to pull with my 1999 Dodge Ram pickup. This works much better!

So, just be sure you consider your tow vehicle into the equation. If you order a new Scamp from the factory, they'll raise it up for you so you can tow it with a full-sized pickup. If you buy a used Scamp 5'er, you'll likely find it won't tow with a full-sized pickup unless it's modified.

Have fun!!
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Old 04-27-2015, 08:19 PM   #4
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We're planning to buy a small 5th wheel -- Scamp or Escape -- used or new. Any other options?

We'll also be buying a truck, once we find/order the trailer.

We'll be perusing the forums for information, guidance, etc. Thanks for being here.

You are in a good place to go up to Chilliwack and see the Escapes if you have not been yet. There is also a good chance a used one would come up in your area in not long but for your area, if paying now, the dollar as you may know is highly in our favor. It is, however, dropping lately and could continue, so you might want to look at that ASAP as that can be worth thousands to you.
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Old 04-28-2015, 10:50 AM   #5
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The only other FG 5th wheel I know of is the Bigfoot. They don't make them any more. I heard the molds burned up but I don't know if that's true.
I see them for sale occasionally and I've seen one at Casita rallies. Very nice.

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Old 04-28-2015, 11:14 AM   #6
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Scamp and Escape both make a 5th wheel fibreglass trailer. The Bigfoot 5th wheel is sure nice though. I have seen them languish on kijiji for months at a reasonable price.
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Old 04-28-2015, 11:21 AM   #7
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Your sig indicates you have 5 Trilliums? If so, wow.
BTW have you seen the new Trillium? Overpriced and underwhelming.

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Old 04-28-2015, 11:30 AM   #8
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Ummm.... Actually...... six Trilliums, (two 1978's). I have a problem, but as problems go a fairly innocuous one. The official excuse is that I have five kids, and each one gets a trailer. This plan was hatched when my, now 20 years old, son declared that he intended to play video game in my basement for the rest of his life. After that I purchased my second Trillium. I called it Launch Pad.

I have not seen any of the new Trilliums, but there are a few things that they have changed that I would not have. The Kitchen in the 15' version is bigger at the expense of the front dinette width. Which makes the bed, that it converts to, too narrow for an adult sized person. Plus the seats are not nearly as comfortable. That being said, it is kinda hard to find a front dinette classic 4500.
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Old 04-29-2015, 03:34 AM   #9
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Welcome to FGRV fellow Washingtonians!

I would point out that the Scamp has a non-standard hitch, I believe.

Even though it is a 5er, it has a hitch for a ball not a pin.

Maybe some owners could point out the aspects to consider...
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