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Old 06-20-2014, 07:39 PM   #1
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I Owe You All So Much!

I'm a long time lurker (5+ years) on this forum. My wife Joanne and I wanted to get a camper after retirement. We looked for something small, economical, easy to tow and low maintenance. The search led us back and forth between teardrops, Aliners, pop-ups, stickies, and molded fiberglass. I followed several different forums, but kept gravitating back to this one. I spent so much time here doing my research; that I feel I know many of you personally.

All my homework culminated with a trip we made in January to Backus, MN with our 2 furkids, and an order placed for a Scamp with an Aug 1st pickup. I learned so much about which options, tow vehicle requirements, brands, etc. from the forum. It made our decisions much easier. It's always better to go into a decision like this with all the facts. Our salesman, Alan told my wife I read too much!

So what did we get? We ordered a 13' Standard with the front couch/bunks. We opted for the 54" bed and all the overhead cabinets available, extra outlets, TV hook-ups, brakes, gray water tank, heat and A/C, awning, front and side porch lights, and rear receiver hitch. Your opinions were all weighed carefully as the decisions were made. This trailer will be close to perfect FOR US. Thank you all for that. I am not new to camping. In fact I'm practically a "Pro" tent camper having spent 40 years as a Soldier. Thousands of nights in hundreds of different tents all over the world. Our little 13 will seem like the "Ritz" to me. Fortunately, Joanne shares my values.

As the time for pickup draws nearer, we are getting more and more anxious and excited. The hitch and brake controller is installed. Amazon wore a path to our door with camping necessities, and trips are being planned. Can't wait! Sorry, but none of your advice helps with this part.

Looking forward to meeting all you fiberglass peeps at rallies and campgrounds all over the U.S. and Canada! Thanks for all your friendly advice over the years.

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Old 06-20-2014, 07:44 PM   #2
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Hi Tom. Nice of you to finally join us and stop being a stalker... 'er lurker

Sounds like you've got some great plans and will make tons of memories real soon. Be sure to post a picture of pickup day. THAT's exciting!
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Old 06-20-2014, 09:04 PM   #3
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Welcome to the family Tom. Congrats on the purchase.
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Old 06-20-2014, 09:41 PM   #4
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Tom.
We're excited for you.
Let us in on your adventures via pics.
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Old 06-20-2014, 11:06 PM   #5
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Congratulations on your purchase! Your enthusiasm reminds me of our own when we picked up our 13' Scamp new at Backus in 2011. Many happy camping trips to you and your wife.
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Old 06-21-2014, 01:06 AM   #6
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Oh, yes, that first contact

Well do we remember our delivery day, 10 Dec 2008. I can't believe we have had Homelet for nearly six years. We have had many adventures and lots of fun traveling. It sure as heck beats the tent camping we did for so long.

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Thank you for your gratitude. We were (and are) all happy to help in any way we can.
Congratulations on your new acquisition, and Happy Trails to you two.
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Old 06-21-2014, 07:09 AM   #7
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Places to go, people to meet...

Thank you all for the warm welcome. I should've joined the Forum years ago. I wasn't sure we would end up with a fiberglass trailer, and being a long time tent camper; wasn't sure I had much to contribute. No looking back now though.

I sat down and figured out how many states I've been to, and came up with 39. A good number of those were in an "official" capacity with Uncle Sam, so not a lot of sight seeing. We're going to use the Scamp to get that number much higher.

The Pacific North West will be high on the list. Seems like so many of you fiberglass types live up there. Anxious to meet that crowd, and maybe Mick Dodge and Bigfoot while we're up there. My Mom's family had Canadian roots, so anxious to add the remaining provinces to the list as well. I once "camped" in a shelter I built in AK as part of an Arctic Survival Course (-45F) back in '81, but think it will be even more fun in a Scamp. Warmer too!

I've come to realize there is good to be found no matter where you go. We'll be looking for it. We pick the Scamp up around Aug 1st, and plan to attend the rally in Algonac, MI after Labor Day. Most of my large family lives near there, and hoping to meet some of this community there as well. Look for a sage green Subaru Forester ("Sage Coach") with a canoe on top pulling a 13' Scamp.

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Old 06-21-2014, 02:35 PM   #8
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Congratulations on the well thought out Scamp decision. Our decision was somewhat more impulsive but we're still happy with our 13' trailer after nearly 3 years and a lot of use
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Old 06-21-2014, 02:59 PM   #9
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This trailer will be close to perfect FOR US.
That is all that matters. Enjoy your new Scamp!
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Old 06-21-2014, 07:24 PM   #10
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Make MEMORIES every single time you can.

When the time comes, and if the creek don't rise, you will have a time while you're sitting on the stoop rockin' you'll relive all those wonderful memories!
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Old 06-21-2014, 08:51 PM   #11
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I am not new to camping. In fact I'm practically a "Pro" tent camper having spent 40 years as a Soldier. Thousands of nights in hundreds of different tents all over the world. Our little 13 will seem like the "Ritz" to me. Fortunately, Joanne shares my values.
First off THANK YOU, and your family,for your many years of service. Many of the guys and galls here are vets so you already know you will fit right in with this group in lots of ways.

So glad you found the "perfect for the 2 of you camper' and even more glad it is molded fiberglass. I'm sure you have lots of knowledge to share with this group,so be a part of this friendly family type group and speak right up. Tell us of your travels ask us questions oh and share your pictures,we love pictures.

Oh and just to help you understand what a GREAT group of friends we all are here.When I joined here in 2006(?) or maybe 2009 it was because I too was researching campers and wanted molded fiberglass. Sadly it was not to be DH is very claustrophobic and after staying in his brothers Casita overnight just couldn't deal with it,we had to get a stickie,this wonderful group ask me to stay and I would not take anything for the Friendship I have with this group.I have never seen or talked to any of them in person but feel and friendship of untold value with them all.
Ok Ill go now before I wear out my welcome.

Glad to have you both and hope you have many years of happy camping memories
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Old 06-22-2014, 09:23 AM   #12
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Thank you all for the gracious welcome. Like I said earlier, I feel I know many of you already due to my former status "Senior Lurker". I have to get busy now to make that a two-way street.

Lynn, first, you're welcome for thanking me for my service. Speaking only for myself, it feels awkward when people do that. I loved every minute of it. Truth be told, if I didn't have to put a roof over my families head, and feed them, I would have done it for free. We called it "Livin' the Dream". I'd still be in if they didn't have a mandatory retirement at age 60. THANK YOU and all the taxpayers for keeping me around as long as you did.

Next, I think I remember when you got your Chalet. I was familiar with Aliners and looked up the Chalets when you mentioned them. Someone asked why Chalet and not Aliner? If I'm correct; you said Chalet was nearby and you wanted to support a local company? Anyway, I've seen the Chalet in person since then and it seems well made, and a nice choice. I didn't remember the part where your DH was claustrophobic. Donna is right when she points out that you have to get what works for you.

Finally, one quick Army story if you'll permit me, concerning claustrophobia. We were spending the night in a group shelter in very cold conditions (below zero F). Back then, the Army had two types of down filled mummy style sleeping bags. For warmer climates we used a Mountain bag. In colder climates we had a slightly larger Arctic bag, meant to be used as an outer bag for the Mountain bag. When you were zipped up for the night part of your face would be all that was exposed.

One of our Soldiers spent the night tossing and turning and woke up to find the face holes in his bag were no longer aligned. He couldn't find the zippers or the holes. He panicked, and woke us all up yelling and screaming. Flashlights from all over the shelter were soon trained on all the commotion to find him sitting in a huge pile of feathers, and his survival knife clenched in his fist. We all (even him) laughed ourselves back to sleep. Our leaders always made sure no one wore his knife to bed after that!

I'm glad, but not surprised that your choice of trailer doesn't affect the way people accept you Lynn. Fiberglass is the common denominator for this forum, but it seems the love of the outdoors, travel, and a sense of adventure are the real glue that binds. That, and the willingness to help out rookies like myself as well as each other.

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Congratulations on your new scamp. I would suggest you spend one night near Backus in case of any questions that might come up. We have stayed at Rutgers Pine Mountain camping resort about 2miles from the scamp factory. Very nice campground, well kept up. You might email to see if a reservation is needed.
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Old 06-22-2014, 08:31 PM   #14
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Thanks Diane. We did plan on finding a campground near Backus. You just saved me half the search. I'll find it and as soon as we get a firm date, make a reservation. We'll probably camp a couple nights on the way back to Chicagoland just because we can.

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