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Old 11-14-2016, 12:45 PM   #15
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We have seen a lot more Casita's than Scamps when traveling and we have traveled a lot in the midwest and to Alaska twice. We have a 17 ft Casita and love it. The bed is full size. Some of the differences could be the Casita's all have bathrooms even most of the 13 ft do. Some Scamps do not have bathrooms at all. Fridges are different. Check out the holding tank capacities. Used to be quite different. The cushions are better quality in a Casita. Check out the A/C units. The Casita's have a heat strip in them. A real plus if plugged into shore power. Safer than the furnaces. Most Casita's we've seen look better after several years than the Scamps. Maybe some of this will help you. We've towed our Casita with a 4.3ltr in a Trailblazer. No problems even towing it over the mountains in Colorado where we live.
We live in the upper midwest ( Minnesota -Wisconsin ) and for over 6 years we have owned a FG trailer. 99 % of the FG trailers we see in our area are Scamp's. We have seen maybe two or three Casitas
and one or none of the other brands.
We've owned a 16 ft Scamp and a 17 ft Casita
Both have their good and not so good points and neither is vastly superior to the other.
Both our trailers had heat strips in the A/C.
Yes there are FG trailers which are larger or which offer more options / amenities than Scamp or Casita but that luxury comes at a considerable cost.
The gel coat on any fiberglass trailer will oxidize if exposed to the elements and not maintained. Just like autos , whether they are expensive or inexpensive they all benefit from a coat of wax.
The Scamp Deluxe is one nice looking trailer in my opinion
but I am biased coming from Minnesota.
We found the Scamp easier to tow than the Casita and our Scamp did not require a WDH.
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Old 11-15-2016, 03:59 PM   #16
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I'm also new to all of this and have been looking at used Scamps and Casistas. My biggest issue is weight since my RAV4 can only tow 1500 lbs. I can go pretty bare bones except I have to have air cond. I know i can't go over 13 ft but would be interested in any other really light trailers. Facebook forums say its doable, I'm not sure. what do you guys think?
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Old 11-15-2016, 05:05 PM   #17
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This is actually lighter than a 13' Scamp and it's not that far from you (in the grand scheme of things): http://www.fiberglass-rv-4sale.com/f...0-rochester-ny
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Old 11-15-2016, 05:38 PM   #18
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What a nice problem to have, deciding between a Scamp or a Casita. My guess, a bad decision can't be made.

I just did this process last year. I considered and researched all small TT's. I narrowed my search to fiberglass ones after I let go of my Airstream Bambi lust.

I went with a Casita 17SD over the Scamp for only one set of reasons, we camp most of the time without hookups and the Casita had more capacity in the area of fresh water and waste.

I did really want the beautiful Scamp wood interior but once I added up the cost with the things I needed it cost more than the Casita.

As I said, there is really no wrong answer.

Good luck and enjoy the process.

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Scamp or Casita

I saw that one- I need an air conditioner
I've almost given up on trying to find something I can tow.
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I saw that one- I need an air conditioner
I've almost given up on trying to find something I can tow.
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You may find, like many others have, that you'll need a different tug .
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Old 11-15-2016, 06:06 PM   #21
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I saw that one- I need an air conditioner
I've almost given up on trying to find something I can tow.
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New vehicle not in the cards now.
The only thing I have found so far is a Runaway camper. Small box with air
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Old 11-15-2016, 08:34 PM   #22
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Lightweight campers....

I had my Compact Jr weighed when I bought it a few years ago and it was just over 1,100 pounds.

Since all Compact's are over 40 years old I imagine they never had AC as an option. But where there's a will there's a way, to add it that is.
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Old 11-15-2016, 08:44 PM   #23
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I'll keep looking for something. I mostly want to do dog events in tri state area on weekends but will stick to motels for the time being
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I'm also new to all of this and have been looking at used Scamps and Casistas. My biggest issue is weight since my RAV4 can only tow 1500 lbs. I can go pretty bare bones except I have to have air cond. I know i can't go over 13 ft but would be interested in any other really light trailers. Facebook forums say its doable, I'm not sure. what do you guys think?
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Phyllis,

1,500 lbs tow limit is severely limiting.

Ponderosa Little Joe by Weiscraft is a near-miss at 1,480 lbs and 12'6". However, anything you add (such as your gear) would take it over the weight limit.

There are a number of teardrop trailers that have AC as an option. Some could meet the 1,500 lb limit if the loading is carefully monitored. However, there are also total weight limits (gross vehicle weight rating, GVWR) that may place a further limitation on your ability to carry passengers, pooches and gear in the vehicle.
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Lightweight Alternatives

I agree with Donna's suggestion. A Compact Jr. is one of the lightest molded fiberglass options and the lower profile would make it an easier tow. There are a number of ways to add AC.

If you don't want to deal with a vintage trailer, a super light alternative is a Livin Lite tent trailer. I did look into these before landing our Scamp. My impression is that the all-aluminum frame and box are very nice, but they skimped on the tent material. They do offer AC as an option.
https://www.livinlite.com/products/tent-campers.html

Meerkat is a lightweight, hard-side, low-profile option. I can't tell whether AC is an option or not.
Meerkat Teardrop Camper - Small Camping Trailer Dealer in California | Little Guy Trailers

Neither of these is molded fiberglass and you could buy several Compact Jrs for the price of either.
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Phyllis,

1,500 lbs tow limit is severely limiting.

Ponderosa Little Joe by Weiscraft is a near-miss at 1,480 lbs and 12'6". However, anything you add (such as your gear) would take it over the weight limit.

There are a number of teardrop trailers that have AC as an option. Some could meet the 1,500 lb limit if the loading is carefully monitored. However, there are also total weight limits (gross vehicle weight rating, GVWR) that may place a further limitation on your ability to carry passengers, pooches and gear in the vehicle.
I know - I've seen a lot of teardrop hand made kits that are pretty light but not to sure about that kinda thing. I know I can pull a Runaway camper but it's tiny any you just slide in to sleep but comes with air. It might be ok for just weekend trips to field where go but that's about it.
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I had my Compact Jr weighed when I bought it a few years ago and it was just over 1,100 pounds.

Since all Compact's are over 40 years old I imagine they never had AC as an option. But where there's a will there's a way, to add it that is.
Its a Hunter , but close....
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Its a Hunter , but close....
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