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Old 04-26-2019, 01:29 PM   #15
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I agree over priced
Might want to check w/scamp I did a few years ago when I was looking
And they told me they occasionally have a unit for sale that someone had backed out of
It might save you the build time
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Old 04-30-2019, 10:53 AM   #16
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Thanks for all your help. I'm looking into getting a new one ordered. In addition to being overpriced and loaded with features I won't use, it was a couple hundred pounds over what the owner was suggesting it would weigh.

The wait is hard- I have little kids so road trips are difficult. I like to drive at night and let them play during the day while I recuperate. A little trailer would be ideal but I'll make a new plan until I get the new one.

Thanks again. It looks like I dodged a bullet...
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Old 04-30-2019, 12:31 PM   #17
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Good move!

The one option I would give serious consideration to is a refrigerator. A standard Scamp comes with just an ice box.

I'd use the time lag to add to your budget. Get the kids involved. Have a couple of garage sales. Sell some stuff on Ebay. We had two garage sales last year, each just one day long. Raised over $2,000 getting rid of stuff we no longer used/needed.
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Old 04-30-2019, 01:31 PM   #18
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Thanks for all your help. I'm looking into getting a new one ordered. In addition to being overpriced and loaded with features I won't use, it was a couple hundred pounds over what the owner was suggesting it would weigh.

The wait is hard- I have little kids so road trips are difficult. I like to drive at night and let them play during the day while I recuperate. A little trailer would be ideal but I'll make a new plan until I get the new one.

Thanks again. It looks like I dodged a bullet...
Just as an FYI, don't rule out an Escape if you can tow it (2500-3000lbs). Fairly undebatable it's a better built trailer than the Scamp, and a very favorable Exchange rate rite now. Last week I was all set to put in a deposit on a Scamp 16'. Broke the numbers down and the Escape was actually cheaper. I posted the following on the "Escape" Forum.

"I have been watching the Canadian Exchange Rate the last couple of days, teetering from .73 -.74. Also noticed Escape is offering a $1k discount for certain build dates. I thought it would be interesting to build out (well equiped/not fully loaded/current rates/discount applied/exactly optioned as possible), both a Scamp 16' and Escape 17B. Both with Manual Awning and AC. Due to standard features, the Escape still appears slightly better equipped. We live only an hour from Backus, and really thought Scamp was direction we were heading due to cost and convenience. But it appears Escape is the better bargain, better built and optioned, and extra 1' in length. Can this math possibly be rite? Am I missing something?

2019 Scamp 16’ (w/Option Package)
Base Price - $18,195
Options: (w/10% Disc.)
AC- $720
Fan- $160
Pwr Hood- $75
Furnace- $380
Awning (Man.) $980
Upp. Cabinets $260
Step- $45
Sink (Bath)- $145
Plugs- $80
Tanks $110
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TOTAL= $21,150


2019 Escape 17B

Base Price - $19,381
Options: ($USD)
AC- $894
Plug- $36
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TOTAL= $20,311"
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Old 04-30-2019, 02:47 PM   #19
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The OP is weight-limited to 1500# and has a working budget around $10K. Even a very basic Scamp 13 will push the boundaries on both counts. Might want to re-read her earlier posts, or we’re going to get some serious thread drift. We’ll have her in a nice new Bigfoot next!
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Old 04-30-2019, 02:52 PM   #20
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+10 she wants a really light trailer with a limited budget. Basic Scamp 13. Nothing comparable price wise.

Yes to below, Jon knows Scamps, and I don't.
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Old 04-30-2019, 03:11 PM   #21
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Good move!

The one option I would give serious consideration to is a refrigerator. A standard Scamp comes with just an ice box.
I’d say just get the option package. The fridge is included, and for little more than the stand-alone fridge you get a long list of nice stuff, including a screen door and a battery. It’s a good value if you can swing it.

I’d also delete the escape hatch vent and have a fantastic fan installed in the center.
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Old 04-30-2019, 04:09 PM   #22
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You could look at Little Joe as well, dry weight is 1100 pounds. You will be over your budget for a new one, though. I think they are around $15K.

They are located in Colorado, so you could visit the factory easily (I'm guessing it is a pretty small operation compared to Scamp/Casita etc., you don't see many around).

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Old 04-30-2019, 04:30 PM   #23
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$9500 for a mid 1980's Scamp is high as if not already replaced the axle is overdue and the frame may well have cracks in the bends, not to mention the high possibility of a bad floor.
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Advice for buying a Scamp

The original post did mention a new axle and a lot of other renovation work. My fear for an inexperienced buyer is if the renovation didn’t deal with the “bones”- floor and frame- it perhaps didn’t go far enough.

A complete renovation of a 40-year-old trailer is easily worth $10K. But a partial renovation can be worse than none, and it takes a careful inspection to spot the difference.

The OP would do well to keep searching for a late model used Scamp while she waits for the new one. The deposit is 100% refundable until they start building it, so nothing to lose except interest on $500 for 6 months (which won’t even buy a decent cup of coffee these days).
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Old 05-01-2019, 10:03 AM   #25
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For a little bit more, you can get a new one.
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Old 05-01-2019, 10:04 AM   #26
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For a little bit more, you can get a new one. $9500 for a 40 year old trailer seems very high to me.
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Old 05-01-2019, 12:42 PM   #27
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Might want to re-read her earlier posts, or we’re going to get some serious thread drift. We’ll have her in a nice new Bigfoot next!
Or this:

https://bowlusroadchief.com/endless-highways/

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Old 05-01-2019, 12:55 PM   #28
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Lol, my transmission would be shot before I got out of my driveway but that looks very nice. I could sit in my yard in it and pretend to be on vacation.
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