Fred (Stepdad), Sherry (Spouse) and I visited the Scamp
factory in Backus, MN this past Saturday. We got a factory tour and looked at just about every floorplan available. The sales staff is great and the experience was fun. It is good thing that you can't buy a Scamp
with a credit card!
I took a lot of pictures, I can post if anyone is interested. Although, the pictures don't really show anything that isn't already available online, in the brochure or the DVD.
The factory is very clean, organized and minimalist.Lots of hand crafting, I really got the impression of attention to detail. I had questions about the particle board floor, but after seeing the process, it seems very durable. The entire surface is coated in epoxy and the seams are fiberglass taped, sealed and painted. The gelcoat looks great and the thickness of the fiberglass seemed really uniform. The marine fabric (they prefer this term over 'ratfur'
) looks better than I imagined and is supposed to be very water, mold, mildew and odor resistant.
After our searching online, we had determined that the 16' Floorplan #4 was the model for us so this is the first model we looked at. This model has a bathroom, sleeps 4, has lots of storage and lots of counter space. The base 16' has an estimated weight
of 1750 lbs, I was kind of surprised to learn that the Plan #4 with the option package has an estimated weight
of 2400 lbs. We also looked at a 16' Deluxe. Wow! The all wood interior is really sharp. As a general guideline, we were told that the Deluxe adds about 400 lbs and $3000. If weight
and money were no concern, the Deluxe would be very desirable.
Our tow vehicle is a Suzuki XL-7 and according to the owners manual is rated to tow 3000 lbs, greater than 1000 lbs requires trailer brakes
. We currently have a Class I hitch on it with 4 pin electrical
. The 16' Scamp
would require a new hitch, brake controller and 7 wire harness/plug. I would worry about the wear and tear on our vehicle with a trailer that close to the maximum towing capacity.
They had both 13' floorplan display models available and with the above information, our interest in the 13' was sparked. The 13' with bathroom wasn't considered, we need to sleep 3, 2 adults and our daughter. I think that if we had continued to pursue the 16' we would have realized that we really only needed the 13'. We don't boondock, we haven't tent camped without flush toilets and showers in many years. The night time convenience of an onboard bathroom seems nice but hardly necessary.
The 13' is cozy but has enough room to manuever. I am 6'1" with shoes and I don't have to crouch, if I stand on tippy toes my head will touch the ceiling. We laid on the double bed and that seemed to have as much room as our "queen" inflatable mattress. Again, if I stretched out I could touch head and toes. They did not quote a weight for the top bunk bed but said that adults could sleep on it. Sherry climbed up on it and said it felt solid, no room to roll around but perfect for a child. The top bunk would probably be our daughter's storage area anyway. Getting in and out of the dinette requires a little contortion but is comfortable.
We would have loved to have driven the standard 13' off the lot. If all goes well, we will order a 13' around February or March with all the options we want and spend a great deal of time camping next summer. We will be able to use our existing hitch, will have add a brake controller and 7 pin plug/harness before then. Below is a list of options we are considering.
Scamp 13 Standard
Option Package includes;
Front or Rear Cabinets (we chose front)
1.9 cu ft Refrigerator
Small Window Over Stove Top
26 gallon gray water tank
3 Speed Fan (Fantastic Fan)
2" Receiver for bike rack
Options we are still considering;
Exterior Ground Fault Outlet
Dual Exterior Tanks
I always keep a full spare tank for our grill so if the tank on the camper is low I could switch before we leave. The campgrounds that we frequent all have tank exchanges as well.
We had a great time and are really looking forward to next summer!