Recommendations for a newbie? <$25k, <2000 lb, reliable brand? - Fiberglass RV
Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 04-24-2021, 04:12 PM   #1
Member
 
Name: Benjamin
Trailer: In the market
NJ
Posts: 80
Recommendations for a newbie? <$25k, <2000 lb, reliable brand?

Hey all,

After some much appreciated help in the intro forum, I've decided these are the specifications I want:

- <$25k
- <2000 lbs (so I can tow it with my current vehicle)
- As large as possible within the price and weight point, from a reliable brand
- Well-insulated would also be a plus

Any recommendations on brands or specific models?

Thanks very much
James in NJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2021, 04:28 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
jgilliam1955's Avatar
 
Name: Jack
Trailer: Casita Liberty
Virginia
Posts: 215
Quote:
Originally Posted by James in NJ View Post
Hey all,

After some much appreciated help in the intro forum, I've decided these are the specifications I want:

- <$25k
- <2000 lbs (so I can tow it with my current vehicle)
- As large as possible within the price and weight point, from a reliable brand
- Well-insulated would also be a plus

Any recommendations on brands or specific models?

Thanks very much
You will have slim pickens. Less than 2000 pounds.
Ths may help.
https://www.thewaywardhome.com/ultra...r-2000-pounds/
__________________
Been with my sweetheart since 1969
Burned by Snoozy, Now a Casita owner
We enjoy Whole Plant Base food
If I won the award for laziness, I would send somebody to pick it up for me.
jgilliam1955 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2021, 04:43 PM   #3
Member
 
Name: Benjamin
Trailer: In the market
NJ
Posts: 80
Quote:
Originally Posted by jgilliam1955 View Post
You will have slim pickens. Less than 2000 pounds.
Ths may help.
https://www.thewaywardhome.com/ultra...r-2000-pounds/
Thank you
James in NJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2021, 05:02 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
AC0GV's Avatar
 
Name: Kenneth
Trailer: Scamp
Wisconsin
Posts: 1,150
Registry
The Scamp picture...

Quote:
Originally Posted by jgilliam1955 View Post
You will have slim pickens. Less than 2000 pounds.
Ths may help.
https://www.thewaywardhome.com/ultra...r-2000-pounds/
.....is the old style. Many changes (for the good) have been made this year.
Still the same basic shape, but new door and many other additions.
https://www.scamptrailers.com/

You will need to stay with a basic 13' to get the weight down. I just looked at the page and the information is for a 2023 Scamp.
AC0GV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2021, 05:38 PM   #5
Member
 
Name: Benjamin
Trailer: In the market
NJ
Posts: 80
Quote:
Originally Posted by AC0GV View Post
.....is the old style. Many changes (for the good) have been made this year.
Still the same basic shape, but new door and many other additions.
https://www.scamptrailers.com/

You will need to stay with a basic 13' to get the weight down. I just looked at the page and the information is for a 2023 Scamp.
Thank you, the Scamp 16' says it is 1750 - 2000 lbs - would you recommend against it though because then I can't load extra stuff inside of it?

Edit: Any recommendations on where to get a used Scamp? Is Craigslist the place to go?
James in NJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2021, 06:46 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
paulw's Avatar
 
Trailer: Escape
Posts: 397
Registry
My advice for anyone new to RVing is buy a clean used unit and learn the ropes with it. It will allow you to decide what's important to you in your next rig and you'll probably be able to recoup what you paid when you move on to the next one.
My advice for buying a clean used fiberglass rv is have cash and be ready to move fast. The website Fiberglass RVs 4 Sale and this forum are good places to look. You may have luck on your local Craigs list, but watch out for scammers.

Good luck!

p.s. Our 1995 Scamp 16 weighed 2400 pounds ready to go camping - it's original paper work listed 1350# as the dry weight.
__________________
Paul, Norma & Tashi
2014 Escape 21 / 2014 Chev Silverado
paulw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2021, 06:48 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
AC0GV's Avatar
 
Name: Kenneth
Trailer: Scamp
Wisconsin
Posts: 1,150
Registry
Many for sale listings

Quote:
Originally Posted by James in NJ View Post
Edit: Any recommendations on where to get a used Scamp? Is Craigslist the place to go?
There are many places listing them along with many Scams. Be careful. Do not buy with out inspection. And be ready to jump, if you wait till the weekend they will be gone. It's gotten crazy in the past year. A 20 year-old well maintained Scamp will sell for more than it did new. Be sure the seller has the registration or you can never own it in your name.

https://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f97/
AC0GV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2021, 06:54 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
AC0GV's Avatar
 
Name: Kenneth
Trailer: Scamp
Wisconsin
Posts: 1,150
Registry
My 16' Deluxe weight

Quote:
Originally Posted by paulw View Post
p.s. Our 1995 Scamp 16 weighed 2400 pounds ready to go camping - it's original paper work listed 1350# as the dry weight.
Yellow part is the correct information, insert is the Scamp shipping weight claim.
Attached Thumbnails
SCALE 2017 paste.jpg  
AC0GV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2021, 06:59 PM   #9
Member
 
Name: Benjamin
Trailer: In the market
NJ
Posts: 80
Quote:
Originally Posted by paulw View Post
My advice for anyone new to RVing is buy a clean used unit and learn the ropes with it. It will allow you to decide what's important to you in your next rig and you'll probably be able to recoup what you paid when you move on to the next one.
My advice for buying a clean used fiberglass rv is have cash and be ready to move fast. The website Fiberglass RVs 4 Sale and this forum are good places to look. You may have luck on your local Craigs list, but watch out for scammers.

Good luck!

p.s. Our 1995 Scamp 16 weighed 2400 pounds ready to go camping - it's original paper work listed 1350# as the dry weight.
Thanks for that advice! Had no idea they get listed here. I found a Craigslist listing I like but definitely worried it's a scam. Also great to know about the 16'!
James in NJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2021, 07:00 PM   #10
Member
 
Name: Benjamin
Trailer: In the market
NJ
Posts: 80
Quote:
Originally Posted by AC0GV View Post
There are many places listing them along with many Scams. Be careful. Do not buy with out inspection. And be ready to jump, if you wait till the weekend they will be gone. It's gotten crazy in the past year. A 20 year-old well maintained Scamp will sell for more than it did new. Be sure the seller has the registration or you can never own it in your name.

https://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f97/
Oh wow had no idea about them requiring registration, thanks for letting me know. By inspection, do you mean me personally inspecting it myself? Or is there a professional way to do it?
James in NJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2021, 07:48 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Name: bill
Trailer: 2013 Escape 19; 1977 Trillium 1300
The Mountains of North Carolina
Posts: 3,814
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by James in NJ View Post
Oh wow had no idea about them requiring registration, thanks for letting me know. By inspection, do you mean me personally inspecting it myself? Or is there a professional way to do it?
You own it, you need to research and prepare to inspect yourself (assuming you buy used). Never, ever, just go on what the seller tells you. Its caveat emptor out there on used campers.

And weights in brochures are always less than real world weight. Your particular requirements are a Scamp 13. The good news is a brand new one will be under your budget (its OK to not spend the max).

Get one on order, and keep an eye out for a good used one. If you find a good used one in the interim, cancel your order.

Start researching NOW and you will quickly become an expert!

At your weight point, none of the choices will be large. They all will be very small. And if you want a bathroom, even smaller as the bathroom will take up a lot of space in a small camper. A Scamp 13 has a 10 foot body section. Its a little over 6 feet wide and 10 feet long. Mark out an area in your living room. In that area you will need a door, aisle way, closet, kitchen, bed and small bunk. Some people's closet at home is that size!!

People wanting large need a large tow vehicle to pull it. They go hand in hand. The good news if you are an experienced tent camper, these small campers can appear LARGE! Its all attitude and perspective. Plenty of senior citizens camp in these small trailers (I would be one of them).

Other people need a 40 foot motor coach, with multiple tip outs, to camp. There is no right or wrong.

And like many old people, I can remember "back in the day" growing up, family of five, we camped in a. 14 foot Shasta trailer. No bathroom, no refrigerator, no A/C, a sling bunk cot over the rear gaucho couch. Loved it!
thrifty bill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2021, 08:00 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
AC0GV's Avatar
 
Name: Kenneth
Trailer: Scamp
Wisconsin
Posts: 1,150
Registry
Check your state laws

Quote:
Originally Posted by James in NJ View Post
Oh wow had no idea about them requiring registration, thanks for letting me know. By inspection, do you mean me personally inspecting it myself? Or is there a professional way to do it?
Be sure they understand what you are asking. In my state a Scamp is not a trailer, it is an RV.

These small RVs are a high theft rate item, partly because people are willing to buy with out paper work.
AC0GV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2021, 09:23 PM   #13
Member
 
Name: Benjamin
Trailer: In the market
NJ
Posts: 80
Quote:
Originally Posted by thrifty bill View Post
You own it, you need to research and prepare to inspect yourself (assuming you buy used). Never, ever, just go on what the seller tells you. Its caveat emptor out there on used campers.

And weights in brochures are always less than real world weight. Your particular requirements are a Scamp 13. The good news is a brand new one will be under your budget (its OK to not spend the max).

Get one on order, and keep an eye out for a good used one. If you find a good used one in the interim, cancel your order.

Start researching NOW and you will quickly become an expert!

At your weight point, none of the choices will be large. They all will be very small. And if you want a bathroom, even smaller as the bathroom will take up a lot of space in a small camper. A Scamp 13 has a 10 foot body section. Its a little over 6 feet wide and 10 feet long. Mark out an area in your living room. In that area you will need a door, aisle way, closet, kitchen, bed and small bunk. Some people's closet at home is that size!!

People wanting large need a large tow vehicle to pull it. They go hand in hand. The good news if you are an experienced tent camper, these small campers can appear LARGE! Its all attitude and perspective. Plenty of senior citizens camp in these small trailers (I would be one of them).

Other people need a 40 foot motor coach, with multiple tip outs, to camp. There is no right or wrong.

And like many old people, I can remember "back in the day" growing up, family of five, we camped in a. 14 foot Shasta trailer. No bathroom, no refrigerator, no A/C, a sling bunk cot over the rear gaucho couch. Loved it!
Thanks very much for all this info!!
James in NJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2021, 09:24 PM   #14
Member
 
Name: Benjamin
Trailer: In the market
NJ
Posts: 80
Quote:
Originally Posted by AC0GV View Post
Be sure they understand what you are asking. In my state a Scamp is not a trailer, it is an RV.

These small RVs are a high theft rate item, partly because people are willing to buy with out paper work.
Ah wow okay, thank you. Will make sure of that before buying
James in NJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2021, 11:42 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
Civilguy's Avatar
 
Name: Mike
Trailer: Escape 21 & Jeep GC 5.7 (Previous 2012 Casita FD17 & 2010 Audi Q5)
Puget Sound, WA
Posts: 1,672
Registry
This is NOT an aerodynamic shape.

Sheesh.
Attached Thumbnails
Grand-Ascape_Transparent_BG.jpg  
__________________
~ “It’s absurd to divide people into good and bad.
People are either charming or tedious.” Oscar Wilde ~

Civilguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-24-2021, 11:56 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
Glenn Baglo's Avatar
 
Name: Glenn ( second 'n' is silent )
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B 2020 Toyota Highlander XLE
British Columbia
Posts: 7,725
Quote:
Originally Posted by AC0GV View Post
Be sure they understand what you are asking. In my state a Scamp is not a trailer, it is an RV.

Where I live, a camper sits on the back of a pickup truck. A trailer is towed. But, both are RVs.
__________________
What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
Glenn Baglo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2021, 10:40 AM   #17
Senior Member
 
Name: Michael
Trailer: Trail Cruiser
Alberta
Posts: 747
Considering your budget, maybe you can purchase a heavier tug and a larger trailer, with the features you want, for that amount. I "got by" towing my trailer with my daily driver for years because I couldn't afford anything else. I bought my trailer new, with all the features I wanted and another tug (not new) with plenty of capacity for less than you have to spend. You may have other options worth considering?
Mike_L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2021, 10:53 AM   #18
Member
 
Name: Benjamin
Trailer: In the market
NJ
Posts: 80
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike_L View Post
Considering your budget, maybe you can purchase a heavier tug and a larger trailer, with the features you want, for that amount. I "got by" towing my trailer with my daily driver for years because I couldn't afford anything else. I bought my trailer new, with all the features I wanted and another tug (not new) with plenty of capacity for less than you have to spend. You may have other options worth considering?
Ah I see - that way I can get something heavier, which won't be as expensive as a very light fiberglass RV??
James in NJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2021, 12:05 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
Name: Michael
Trailer: Trail Cruiser
Alberta
Posts: 747
Benjamin, I'm suggesting you may want to consider all your options. My daily driver is a 4 cyl. Ford Ranger which can't tow my trailer but gets great mileage. My tug is a 3/4 diesel with massive towing ability but twice the fuel consumption of the Ranger. I could use a half ton for both but I would have to give up some of the towing capacity and some of the fuel economy. I did this for years and the bottom line is that using two vehicles costs me less than trying to do both with one vehicle. It also gives you more options for selecting a trailer.
Mike_L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2021, 01:37 PM   #20
Member
 
Name: Benjamin
Trailer: In the market
NJ
Posts: 80
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike_L View Post
Benjamin, I'm suggesting you may want to consider all your options. My daily driver is a 4 cyl. Ford Ranger which can't tow my trailer but gets great mileage. My tug is a 3/4 diesel with massive towing ability but twice the fuel consumption of the Ranger. I could use a half ton for both but I would have to give up some of the towing capacity and some of the fuel economy. I did this for years and the bottom line is that using two vehicles costs me less than trying to do both with one vehicle. It also gives you more options for selecting a trailer.
Okay that totally makes sense, thank you
James in NJ is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
eco


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
For Sale: 2015 F150 4x4 $25k bsedwebt Classified Archives 2 08-25-2018 06:01 AM
What is the most reliable and quick route across the US hrewer Camping, Campout Reports 44 06-19-2018 12:15 PM
OR | SOLD: 2017 Escape 19 ($25K) Rod Scher Classified Archives 6 04-24-2018 10:39 PM
thermoelectric coolers--Are they reliable? rabbit Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 15 09-07-2011 03:27 PM
Room AC that is small and reliable? Bobbie Mayer Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 4 06-17-2007 04:20 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:43 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.