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DavidWW 06-16-2012 05:01 PM

Scamp Factory
 
My wife and I are thinking of taking a trip to the Scamp factory in Backus. Worth a 900 mile round trip? Doesn't look like much in Backus. Where do others stay and eat? David

Mike Magee 06-16-2012 05:44 PM

If you are seriously contemplating a purchase of a Scamp, especially a new one, then it may be worth the trip.

You might be able to make a vacation out of it. Find some other places out that way to see or things to do. Mall of America, the North Shore waterfalls and scenery, something like that.

fusedlight 06-16-2012 05:55 PM

There are plenty of things to do near backups. When Dorothy and I were up there in early spring we drove a little ways up to the headwaters of Mississippi up at lake itasca.

fusedlight 06-16-2012 05:56 PM

Darn spelling corrector on this iPhone. Not near "backups"!

Laura June 06-16-2012 08:35 PM

Are you looking for a motel or a campground?

LukeP 06-16-2012 09:43 PM

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Originally Posted by DavidWW (Post 315234)
My wife and I are thinking of taking a trip to the Scamp factory in Backus. Worth a 900 mile round trip? Doesn't look like much in Backus. Where do others stay and eat? David

Part of the answer would be regarding your purpose of visiting the factory? If you need something that can't be shipped - then it's worth it simply b/c you have no other option! If you're going to simply spend a day checking it out - then get the opinions of folks who have done the same.

I was in Minneapolis last month so drove the extra 3 hours so I could pick up a screen door. Now that I've been, I don't think I would have made that same drive just to "check it out" - while they're very friendly, it's not setup like huge factories that cater to ongoing tours/guests (think: ben & jerrys, john deere, brewerys, etc). It's more like a nice machine shop.

Unless I didn't completely missed something because I didn't get a 'tour' - hence, ask those who have :)

Carol H 06-16-2012 11:44 PM

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Originally Posted by fusedlight (Post 315253)
Darn spelling corrector on this iPhone. Not near "backups"!

LOL dont you love it! you have to admit it gets pretty creative some times ;)

Jeff Richardson 06-18-2012 02:31 PM

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Because I was going to St. Cloud, MN from Seattle, WA on vacation in July of last year and I wanted to buy front and rear overhead cabinets for my 1977 Scamp I stopped by the factory in Backus on the way to pick them up. This saved me the $300 in crating and shipping charges for these two items. They have to carefully crate them to keep them from getting scratched and it is an oversized item.

I would not have driven the 3200+ mile round trip just to see the factory and pick up my cabinets but I'm glad I was able to combine it with other activities in MN. Well, except for one activity...

The night before I went to the factory I camped about 20 miles away at a resort at Crow Wing Lake 12 or something like that. I was going to sleep in the back of my Ranger pickup like I had for many years. Unfortunately the legendary Minnesota mosquitoes made their appearance after dark and I could not get rid of them. I drove up and down the highway trying to blow them out of the back of the truck but they reappeared once I climbed in the back. I even tried to sleep in the front seat but they were in there too!!! It was like I was living in a real-life horror movie. :eek:

I eventually set up a dome tent I brought just in case I couldn't sleep in the back of the truck with the cabinets in there. I kept the screen door zipped closed untill I could dive in and quickly zip it closed again. I was finally free from the winged warriors at 2:00AM!!! I could hear them buzzing outside the tent but there were none inside. :mad:

After I paid for the cabinets I asked Trent if I could take a look inside the factory. He gave me a quick tour. He said if I wanted a more in-depth tour one of the salesmen could do that. I was happy seeing what I saw with Trent. I enjoyed seeing the complete process from start to finish.

I did not feel comfortable asking him if I could take pictures so I didn't. There were workers everywhere and they might not want to be photographed. There are some pictures of the inside of the Scamp factory on their Facebook web site. Here's a link:

Scamp Trailers/Eveland's Inc. - Small Business - Backus, MN | Facebook

In the past I've been able to look at those pictures without signing up with Facebook or loggin in. I couldn't do it today.

I did take a lot of pictures of the Scamps outside at the sales office. It was such a treat to see so many of them. I took detail pictures of the things that I had never seen before and will use for ideas on my Scamp.

There were always people stopping to look at the Scamps. The salesman told me that they leave these trailers on display for about a month and then sell them at a discount as if they were used.

There were other trailers along the fences. The group of 16-footers look so alike that I am wondering if it was a fleet order.

It was raining when I got there but after a few hours the skies were clear, everything dried out and it was getting hot.

I ate lunch at a restaurant across the highway. It was very busy and the food was good.

I've attached several photos around the outside of the factory plus one of how I brought my cabinets home and still had room to sleep. I wanted to travel light so I left my trailer at home.

Jeff

steve dunham 06-18-2012 03:00 PM

Backus Minnesota
 
There is not much to see in Backus proper . There is a nice restaurant and grocery store on the Hwy east of town. I was told at the Scamp factory this April that if I was looking at buying a new trailer that a salesman would give me a tour of the factory but they have no scheduled tours due to insurance reasons. There are things to do and see in Brainerd Minnesota which is south of Backus on Hwy 371. Backus itself has a bar, a church, and an auto repair shop but not much else except Scamp . There is a lot of lakes and campgrounds in the area and Brainerd Lakes is a big tourist area.

DavidWW 06-19-2012 05:00 AM

Thanks to all for your thoughtful replies. We will go next week to check out their trailersand see the sights in the area. After owning a 17' Casita SD, a 21' Big Foot, and a 19' Escape we have come to the conclusion that for us we can't find the perfect lightweight camping and sitting trailer. We decided to focus on a camping trailer exclusively which for us means something under 3500lbs GVWR. Will probably look at the Parkliner and Lil Snoozy as well. Although we are leery of their casette style toilets. Hope someone comments on them at some point. Again thanks to all. We love this site. David

rgrugg 06-19-2012 05:51 AM

Couldn't hurt to take a look at Egg Camper along with the others.

Ed Harris 06-19-2012 06:31 AM

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Originally Posted by DavidWW (Post 315761)
Thanks to all for your thoughtful replies. We will go next week to check out their trailersand see the sights in the area. After owning a 17' Casita SD, a 21' Big Foot, and a 19' Escape we have come to the conclusion that for us we can't find the perfect lightweight camping and sitting trailer. We decided to focus on a camping trailer exclusively which for us means something under 3500lbs GVWR. Will probably look at the Parkliner and Lil Snoozy as well. Although we are leery of their casette style toilets. Hope someone comments on them at some point. Again thanks to all. We love this site. David

What do you mean by perfect camping and sitting trailer?

DavidWW 06-19-2012 03:36 PM

Scamp Factory
 
A trailer that is small enough to hook up and tow easily and one that is spacious enough if you stay in one place for a month PR more.

Ed Harris 06-19-2012 04:14 PM

Ahh!

They do seem sort of mutually exclusive I suppose?
Did the biggest one you have owned have enough room for sitting but was too big to pick up and go?


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