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Old 02-05-2020, 05:30 PM   #41
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Hi Everbody my name is Colin, I work for Armadillo Trailers, If anyone has any questions about the Armadillo or the Backpack I would be happy to reply.
Thanks for the contact! I have a few questions. Can you put a grey tank in for the dishwater, and still have the underneath storage? When I was up to visit you in Oct, Jason stated you were going to the compressor style NorCold. What is the cubic ft of the refer and how much energy does it use and how much battery/solar do you think it would require to operate if one does not want to use a generator? Additionally, your water tanks are about nine gallons, and the hot water heater is about six, is there any way to do one of those newer hot water on demand units? Seems for such a small coach, heating up six gallons seems like a waste of energy and space. What is the turn around time for a backpack now? And being from Oregon, I do not have to pay the 12% taxes(GST, PST) do I? And I admit, having to fork down 75% up front is a bit unnerving! I look forward to your responses! Thanks.
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Old 02-05-2020, 05:33 PM   #42
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Hi Everbody my name is Colin, I work for Armadillo Trailers, If anyone has any questions about the Armadillo or the Backpack I would be happy to reply.
Beautiful trailer and it shows pride of workmanship. It seems that watching a video that someone from Armadillo mentioned a unit with a bath in the near future, do you know anything about that? So many feel the need for a bath, but many others are just as happy without one.
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Old 02-05-2020, 05:37 PM   #43
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Hey Colin, I'm glad to see you on here. If I ever decide to stop full-timing in my trailer during the summer, the new Backpack is exactly the kind of trailer I'd be looking for. The company seems to have done some really nice work on that one. For the time being, I "need" more space and amenities.
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Old 02-05-2020, 05:39 PM   #44
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And I admit, having to fork down 75% up front is a bit unnerving!
I agree, especially after the Lil' Snoozy fiasco...
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Old 02-05-2020, 08:00 PM   #45
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Colin -

The new Backpack looks to be very nearly my ideal camper - at around 14 feet long I think its nearly perfect. I've owned a couple of 13' campers (Boler, U-Haul) and from the few pictures I've seen of the interior yours looks fantastic. I like the squared off profile of the Backpack and the bigger windows. One problem I had with the two 13' trailers was the curved profile of the back end of the bed which made it too short for my 6' length. The more squared off mattress (like the Happier Camper) is very much appreciated. I don't like the modular style of the Happier Camper - very much prefer your design concept with the customization features. I've also owned a bigger trailer and have realized that one just a little bigger than a 13' camper is a great size.

I've never understood why camper manufacturers don't incorporate a sliding shelf that would support a chest type fridge/freezer like the ARB, Engel and Snowmaster models (45 qt size).

I like the idea of a cassette toilet with an outside access door (like the Lil' Snoozy had).

When will your website be updated with more information about the Backpack?
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Old 03-18-2020, 12:18 PM   #46
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I too was seriously considering an Armadillo before I purchased my NTM 2013 Scamp, which I love. The $30,000 price tag on the Armadillo was a bit daunting, and the lack of a grey water tank didn't fit my camping lifestyle. I'm moving up from a Pop Up and tired of hooking plastic gray water bag to outside of camper. I really liked the idea of the cassette toilet in the Armadillo, so I wouldn't have to use dump station or waste water filling black tank for short trips, but figure in the scamp, I can stow away my Thetford curve toilet that I used in the PUP and continue to use my shower tent outside for the quick weekend getaway. That said, enjoy your super cook and well built Armadillo. I am very jealous.
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Old 03-18-2020, 01:25 PM   #47
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I too was seriously considering an Armadillo before I purchased my NTM 2013 Scamp, which I love. The $30,000 price tag on the Armadillo was a bit daunting, and the lack of a grey water tank didn't fit my camping lifestyle. I'm moving up from a Pop Up and tired of hooking plastic gray water bag to outside of camper. I really liked the idea of the cassette toilet in the Armadillo, so I wouldn't have to use dump station or waste water filling black tank for short trips, but figure in the scamp, I can stow away my Thetford curve toilet that I used in the PUP and continue to use my shower tent outside for the quick weekend getaway. That said, enjoy your super cook and well built Armadillo. I am very jealous.
Actually thinking of going the same route as you. One, with today’s market and the fact that one has to put 75% down has me reconsidering a tried and true company. I’ll do the same as you, stash a portable toilet and have a grey tank. Just a couple of questions, does yours have a water heater? And what layout did you get? Thanks in advance for your answers.

Edit: And I have not met yet, a person who does not love their 13 ft Scamp!

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Old 03-19-2020, 11:22 AM   #48
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My 13 16 #4 Scamp has a water heater and side wet bath w/front sofa. I stash the Thetford curve cassette toilet under front bed.
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Old 03-19-2020, 03:01 PM   #49
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75% down?? Does Lil Snoozy ring a bell with anyone?
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Old 03-20-2020, 10:23 AM   #50
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Forcing that much money down makes some of us wary of the "financial status" of the company. Not saying they're not a good company/trailers (looks REALLY nice) but they are over-priced with no bathroom in my opinion.

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Old 03-20-2020, 01:54 PM   #51
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Forcing that much money down makes some of us wary of the "financial status" of the company. Not saying they're not a good company/trailers (looks REALLY nice) but they are over-priced with no bathroom in my opinion.
Yeah, they are obviously paying their operating costs with the deposits. This can work if things go well, but if anything goes wrong (like, say, a pandemic) the whole house of cards can come down ala Lil Snoozy.
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Old 03-20-2020, 02:37 PM   #52
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75% down is definitely a caution sign. No reason for that unless they are financially shaky. Doesn't mean they aren't nice trailers....
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