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Old 06-07-2021, 10:22 AM   #1
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Picking up new Scamp 13: where to camp?

My sister-in-law is picking up a new Scamp 13 in Backus, MN in a week or so, and she realized that she doesn't really know where to camp. Is it going to be hard to find places to stay in a Scamp in MN and on the road back to California? Would it be a good idea to make reservations?

Basically her route will be from Backus, MN back to Oakland California, maybe taking a week or two to do that. Looking for scenic wonderful places. She is new to the Scamp thing, and has never had a travel trailer before. (She has done a lot of tent camping.) Any advice is truly welcome and appreciated. Thank you very much!
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Old 06-07-2021, 10:49 AM   #2
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She shouldn't have any problems, and you usually do not need reservations unless it's a extremely popular campground or on a weekend. State park campgrounds and federal park campgrounds are usually much cheaper. State parks usually fill up on weekends too!


Have her to tell Scamp that she is clueless about campground hookups and they need to show her what to do! Not tell her, but show her!!!


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Old 06-07-2021, 02:02 PM   #3
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My sister-in-law is picking up a new Scamp 13 in Backus, MN in a week or so, and she realized that she doesn't really know where to camp. Is it going to be hard to find places to stay in a Scamp in MN and on the road back to California? Would it be a good idea to make reservations?
It is getting harder to camp without reservations, but many have same day reservations and cancelations.
The first night should be in the Backus area so a return to Scamp is not to far out of the way if you have problems. My first two nights were at the head of the Mississippi river at Itasca State Park night one, and the second night boondocking at Six Mile Lake, Bena, MN.
You have a lot of choices depending on interests. The Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming all have a great history.
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Old 06-08-2021, 03:36 PM   #4
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My sister-in-law is picking up a new Scamp 13 in Backus, MN in a week or so, and she realized that she doesn't really know where to camp. Is it going to be hard to find places to stay in a Scamp in MN and on the road back to California? Would it be a good idea to make reservations?

Basically her route will be from Backus, MN back to Oakland California, maybe taking a week or two to do that. Looking for scenic wonderful places. She is new to the Scamp thing, and has never had a travel trailer before. (She has done a lot of tent camping.) Any advice is truly welcome and appreciated. Thank you very much!
I picked my 13' Scamp two years ago at the Backus facility. It was in late May. I found making reservations in advance was more trouble than it was worth. One problem was, I didn't like some of the parks I had committed myself to, and there were always plenty of open sites. I realize it wasn't quite summer. I was really ticked off when I made reservations at Fort Abraham Lincoln State park in North Dakota. The camping fee was $40 for a water and power site. That did not include the entrance fee of seven bucks. There were no park personnel. The reservation number was to a third party contractor and the person there had no idea how to get hold of someone who could help. I could not find an open restroom, A.K.A. "comfort station". There were lots of them, all locked. I couldn't find a dump station either. I'm sure there was one, but it was well hidden. No more than four or five sites were occupied. If I take another cross country trip, I'll take my chances on getting a space vs. bad or no restrooms and no dump stations. And NEVER will I go to a state park in North Dakota.
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Old 06-08-2021, 04:02 PM   #5
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The North Dakota experience described would leave a bad impression on anyone.
First thing I would do is get the Allstays app for the phone or Lap top.
Second I’d buy a good Rand McNally paper road atlas.
Third: Every time I came Past a rest area or welcome center on the Highway or in a town I’d stop in and get paper maps, local camping info etc
Being a resident of a state with a strong county parks system i would access the master site to be able to peruse options on a county by county basis.
In my case that’s mycountyparks.com. I would not worry about reservations, rather I would start stopping at possibilities after I had put in a respectable driving distance day that I was satisfied with. There’s only been a few times in a few areas that I haven’t been able To Satisfactorily stop for the day because they were full and in most cases an overflow area was available. To me it’s all part of the adventure. We do not stay at Walmarts but many do.
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Old 06-08-2021, 04:06 PM   #6
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There are more apps, than you might thing, available to help you find camping sites. You definitely need to plan ahead. There is also a ton of how to articles, do a little research you will be rewarded.

I personally like Allstays
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Old 06-08-2021, 06:50 PM   #7
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We stayed at a nearby casino. We wanted to be able to return to Scamp if we had a question or problem. No charge for the campsite. There was a shower & toilet facility near the campsites. Electric hook-up. We had a very good celebratory dinner and breakfast the next morning. (we don't gamble) The folks at Scamp suggested it. About 20 miles from Scamp, as I recall.
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The North Dakota experience described would leave a bad impression on anyone.
First thing I would do is get the Allstays app for the phone or Lap top.
Second Iíd buy a good Rand McNally paper road atlas.
Third: Every time I came Past a rest area or welcome center on the Highway or in a town Iíd stop in and get paper maps, local camping info etc
Being a resident of a state with a strong county parks system i would access the master site to be able to peruse options on a county by county basis.
In my case thatís mycountyparks.com. I would not worry about reservations, rather I would start stopping at possibilities after I had put in a respectable driving distance day that I was satisfied with. Thereís only been a few times in a few areas that I havenít been able To Satisfactorily stop for the day because they were full and in most cases an overflow area was available. To me itís all part of the adventure. We do not stay at Walmarts but many do.
Iowa Dave

Also the National Geographic paper atlas has all the National Forest Cgs
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Old 06-12-2021, 10:28 AM   #9
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Ruttger's is a very short distance from Eveland's, where she will be picking up her Scamp. It's very nice and she can check out her Scamp in case she needs to have something looked at or she needs more hands-on instructions.
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ru...!4d-94.5276319
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My sister-in-law is picking up a new Scamp 13 in Backus, MN in a week or so, and she realized that she doesn't really know where to camp. Is it going to be hard to find places to stay in a Scamp in MN and on the road back to California? Would it be a good idea to make reservations?
Don't forget to get a picture in front of the "SCAMP on a STICK".
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Old 06-12-2021, 02:13 PM   #11
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Bill - sorry to read about your ND camping experience - unfortunate and embarrassing since I'm from ND. My husband and I have only camped in state on 2 occasions (never in Mandan) and had good luck at those parks.
Anyway, I hope Fort Lincoln SP got plenty of complaints from numerous people for their inhospitality and inefficiency.
PS - we are right across the border from MN and always seem to head that direction when camping. After all, there are 10,000 lakes to check out!
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Old 06-12-2021, 05:58 PM   #12
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Ruttger's is a very short distance from Eveland's, where she will be picking up her Scamp. It's very nice and she can check out her Scamp in case she needs to have something looked at or she needs more hands-on instructions.
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ru...!4d-94.5276319
We stayed there for a couple of nights after picking ours up. We had bought everything we needed for an initial outfitting, and spent our time there figuring out the hookups, the systems and where we were going to stow everything!
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Old 06-13-2021, 11:20 AM   #13
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There is Forbes Park, a city campground in Pine River 9.8 miles south of the factory on Highway 371. The address for the park is 304 Fifth Street, Pine River, Minnesota. It has 7 sites, (4) non-electric are $5.00 per night and (3) electric are $20.00 per night. There is no dump station or showers but does have bathrooms. Campsites cannot be reserved in advance. That has not been a problem as both times we were there we were alone. The park did offer free firewood to campers. Dairy Queen is close that's another big plus.
You can also head up to Itasca State Park, the headwaters of the Mississippi River, a truly beautiful Park. When we go there we prefer to stay at La Salle Lake State Rec Area about 10 miles north of the park. La Salle is just so much quieter and peaceful. It has really nice restrooms and all sites have electricity, water and sewer. Sites are $41.00 per night and you need a Minnesota State Park Pass $7.00 daily or $35.00 annual.
There is also Harvest Hosts membership $89.00 annual fee and no charge to boondock at a host's farm, yard, golf course, Vineyard, or Brewery. You just need to buy some of their products that they sell. You must make reservations at least 24 hours in advance. Checkout their website at Harvesthosts.com
Good Luck and Happy Scamping!
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Old 06-13-2021, 07:30 PM   #14
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Bill - sorry to read about your ND camping experience - unfortunate and embarrassing since I'm from ND. My husband and I have only camped in state on 2 occasions (never in Mandan) and had good luck at those parks.
Anyway, I hope Fort Lincoln SP got plenty of complaints from numerous people for their inhospitality and inefficiency.
PS - we are right across the border from MN and always seem to head that direction when camping. After all, there are 10,000 lakes to check out!
Thanks Linda. I guess I'm an old grump, but if I had stayed in a WalMart parking lot for free, I would at least have had a restroom. Forty-seven bucks didn't break my budget. I think what bothered me was no one was around, there was no phone number to call. I did send an email complaint but never received a reply. I'm sure 99% of North Dakotans are nicer than 99% of the rest of the country.
A friend who was in the Air Force Base at Minot would probably say 99% of North Dakotans are paler than 99% of the country. He married a girl there and always has fun cracking ND weather jokes at her expense.
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