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Old 07-25-2013, 08:50 AM   #1
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Looking but concerned abt ventilation

I am looking for a newer scamp or trillium to replace my pop up camper. Some of the trailers, esp Scamp, seem to have few windows and small window openings.

We love the fresh air and ventilation that we get in our camper but are ready for easier set up and hard sides in bear country. We camp where that is no electrical or water hook up.

What is your experience with ventilating your trailers? Will we need to tolerate stuffy/hot nights in our trailer during hot temperatures (80 + F)?

I appreciate you thoughts.

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Old 07-25-2013, 08:59 AM   #2
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We got a Compact II , but any of the pop-top units will have better ventilation. The only problem is you can't buy a new one. When we camp out at the coast where it's cold and windy we usually have to put the top down at night to stay warm, but in steadier spots it sure helps to get the heat out so we can sleep.

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Old 07-25-2013, 09:00 AM   #3
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Fantastic Fan

Find and buy a trailer with a Fantastic Fan ,open the windows , turn on the fan and you will get plenty of ventilation .We too live in Wisconsin and seldom use the A/C , the fan is sufficient plus you can use the fan when off grid . A solar charger would help keeping the battery charged
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:03 AM   #4
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Well, just finally getting a Scamp recently and using it in very hot humid weather without electricity, not much different or even better than many other types of campers. Besides the outside windows the large emergency escape hatch and the second hatch with the Fantastic Fan, which most Scamps have are in the best spots to dissipate the hottest air inside. Not sure how much draw the fan on the battery is because I run a CPAP machine all night and want the juice to run that for sure. When running that fan it is fantastic as the name says. And, we also left the main door open as we have the folding screen door which most Scamps have as well. Good airflow that way.

You won't regret getting a Scamp or Casita if you are lucky enough to find one used. Good luck with that which really should be your biggest worry as you won't cook any more than any other camper on hot days.
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:50 AM   #5
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Kelljk, If it's not standard, the most important option you need to look for is a screen door. With the door and all my windows open in my Casita and the roof vent up (I don't have a Fantastic Fan), I can get the trailer pretty well vented.
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Old 07-25-2013, 10:21 AM   #6
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As you may have noticed, Trillium trailers have lots of opening windows, but a screen door would be nice. I have seen Owner mods to add one. If you get an older 13' be careful. Most of them have a 9" vent. Not big enough for a powered vent fan. The hole can be made bigger, but it is easier if you have a 14" vent to begin with. The 4500's all have a 14" vent.
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Old 07-25-2013, 10:28 AM   #7
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Trillium- jalousie windows on all sides that can be left open when it rains. That's why we bought it. We add a fan in the window at the foot of the bed. Raz
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Old 07-25-2013, 02:07 PM   #8
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Nothing compares to the great open screens of a tent trailer. But, as you point out, the compromise is easier set up and hard sides. In our Casita, we have the Fantastic fan over the bed. It's not like sleeping in a tent trailer, but it's good!!

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Old 07-25-2013, 02:23 PM   #9
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I have spent many a hot uncomfortable night in a tent having sides that were all mesh. (No see um). Often you get high humidity, heat, and no breeze.
There is a lot to be said for having a Fantastic fan directly over your bed in a fiberglass trailer. You have variable speed and current draw, and have reversible flow. Just having moving air is a plus. As I remember the current draw is near one amp on low. If also operating a CPAP that would add about another 2 amps. You would be good for one night, but would have to charge the battery with solar or a generator during the day for successive nights.
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I am looking for a newer scamp or trillium to replace my pop up camper. Some of the trailers, esp Scamp, seem to have few windows and small window openings.

We love the fresh air and ventilation that we get in our camper but are ready for easier set up and hard sides in bear country. We camp where that is no electrical or water hook up.

What is your experience with ventilating your trailers? Will we need to tolerate stuffy/hot nights in our trailer during hot temperatures (80 + F)?

I appreciate you thoughts.

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From south central Wisconsin!
2006 13' Scamp -- Our bed is in the rear with 3 windows. Above the bed is an over sized roof vent. Lots of ventilation. If that's not enough and it's a bit warm we leave the door open, we have a screen door. To supplement all that we can a constant breeze 12 volt fan, that we've used 2 or 3 times in 7.5 years.
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I've got about as much ventilation as a person would get.

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Old 07-25-2013, 05:00 PM   #12
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I know what you are talking about. We started with a pop-up, went to motorhome, to pop-up and long story short, have had 4 pop-ups and are now wanting something solid. We are looking at the fiberglass but at the same time, I have been looking at the stickies with the tip-outs as some are lightweight and they may not last as long as the fiberglass but we aren't looking for a 30 year trailer at this point in our life either. It would be great if one of the manufacturers of FGRV could do a tip-out, like the tent ends. The desert at night in a pop-up is awesome! I miss it so.
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It would be great if one of the manufacturers of FGRV could do a tip-out, like the tent ends. The desert at night in a pop-up is awesome! I miss it so.
Cathy, they DID. The Northern Lite, here's an ad from the for sale archives: SOLD: 2000 Northern Lite 16
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