While I am only half way through my six month wait for my Scamp
to be built.. I have given the options a lot of thought so I will give you my humble opinions, keeping in mind that its based on MY needs and relies more on research than experience (although I am not new to pop-up campers at least).
1. For me, the delux wood looks nice but offers no other benefit that I know of. It does weigh more.
Three speed roof fan- YES although some people even upgrade it and/or add the MaxxAir cover: Airxcel | Maxxair |
Roof air conditioner - YES, I hate the weight
and expense.. but its the lessor of three or more evils if need AC (and I DO!)
4.6 cubic foot refrigerator (upgrade) - YES, it does not run on 12 volts but few people use the RV fridge
on 12 volts. And this upsize unit is supposed to keep cold longer when shut off.
(16,000 BTU)-NO, furnace takes a good amount of electric power for the fan so it will run down your battery if boondocking
. If you're not boondocking
and have shore power, then a $20-24 ceramic heater is plenty. If boondocking
, a Olympic Wave (maybe the 3 model) should be enough heat and it uses NO electric, only propane
, and is efficient. Some prefer the forced air heat of the furnace but you pay for that comfort. Item
10 ft awning-NO for me but YMMV.. I think they are a lot of trouble. They have to come down for any strong wind, etc.. but the shade can be very helpful in keeping cool. I had one on my pop-up and never used it. I'm going to try a very light weight
screened room for people, and/or a solar
tarp over the rig when its a hot sunny day. We'll see how it works. Robot Check
TV antenna-NO. I don't really know anything about the one that Scamp sells but I think there are likely better aftermarket ones around such as Winegard: RV Antenna - VHF UHF Winegard Sensar Antennas
Dual gas tanks-MAYBE- I got the single because I think I will need to limit tongue weight
, and I don't plan to use that much propane
. But if your style of trailer use calls for it, then sure.
2” receiver for bike racks_YES for me but NO for you; ) MANY reports state that using the rear receiver for bikes or gear lightens the tongue weight too much. The only reason I am keeping it on my order is that I plan to use it as an antenna mount ONLY when parked. Scamp told me the weight limit was 300 lbs but there is no way you can add that much, so far rear of the axle
, without really messing up the tongue weight.
Exterior Ground fault outlet-YES.. handy
Stove cover-MAYBE- I thought I could build one.
Mircowave oven- NO.. Scamp will prep it for you if you ask (include the outlet and i think a bracket).. then you go to Wally World and buy one cheaper.
Wheel on jack-NO. Never used it on my pop-up, although I do have a trailer dolly I used a few times to move the trailer. If you later decide you need the wheel you can get it form Scamp or other places.
Gas & electric water heater (upgrade)-??- I stayed with just gas.. I would be interested to hear from those who own the electric and gas version.
Group 27 battery pack (upgrade)-NO. I plan to save the money and use the grp 24 for a while, then get a bigger gel cell type if I can afford the extra tongue weight. (Again I want to keep it light
on the tongue at first because of the tug I have, YMMV)
Vinyl floor- YES- I have a dog, carpet will never stay clean.
Heat strip for roof air-NO.. it adds very little heat and the AC fan is loud. If you decide you want it, its a fairly simple DIY (I added it to the AC in my pop-up and then never used it).
12 volt plug-NO for me because I plan to add it myself along with USB outles.
Front porch light-YES
What I would plan on adding is a cover, since I will have to park outside:
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Charge Wizard to improve battery life:
Charge Wizard Installation
Perhaps a battery monitor if I go off grid enough:
Trimetric 2030RV Battery System Monitor
A surge protector (esp with an AC unit!):
Progressive Industries EMS-HW30C Hardwired RVSurge Protector 30 Amp
and of course some custom lettering on the back:
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