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#1 Janiewood

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 03:40 PM

I just purchased and took delivery of my new 16' Scamp Travel Trailer. I have fallen in love with it. It was manufactured in Backus, MN and I took delivery in Great Falls, MT after driving there from San Jose where I was visiting my son. I have a 2012 Jeep Liberty as the towing vehicle and just completed my adventure towing the Scamp from Great Falls, MT to San Jose. It pulls like a dream. I have now spent 4 nights in it and it is just awesome. I travel by myself and I can handle the set up with no problem. It has everything I need. I traveled from Great Falls to Spokane, then to Tillamook OR then down US 101 along the coast of Oregon and CA highway 1. Beautiful. I'm interested in sharing info and RV sites with other travelers.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 04:33 PM

Welcome to the Escapee's forums. We hare happy that you have chosen to join us.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 05:17 PM

Have you found the Fiberglass RV website? They have discussion forums, including one just for Scamp trailers.

There's also the LightWeightCamperForum that has one forum for Fiberglass trailers such as Scamp. http://lightweightcamperforum.com/

And then there's the Scamp Owners International which includes a Yahoo Group (link found under "Scamp Chat").

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:28 PM

Welcome to Escapees. I think you will find us a helpful group.

Casita is a sister RV to Scamp. My favorite Casita blogger is: http://rvsueandcrew.com

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:48 AM

I have a page on my site that has links to others traveling in fiberglass trailers, as well as some manufacturers - JV's Fiberglass Trailer Links. I travel in an Escape 17B, another brand of fiberglass trailer. Welcome aboard!
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:48 PM

I just purchased and took delivery of my new 16' Scamp Travel Trailer. I have fallen in love with it. It was manufactured in Backus, MN and I took delivery in Great Falls, MT after driving there from San Jose where I was visiting my son. I have a 2012 Jeep Liberty as the towing vehicle and just completed my adventure towing the Scamp from Great Falls, MT to San Jose. It pulls like a dream. I have now spent 4 nights in it and it is just awesome. I travel by myself and I can handle the set up with no problem. It has everything I need. I traveled from Great Falls to Spokane, then to Tillamook OR then down US 101 along the coast of Oregon and CA highway 1. Beautiful. I'm interested in sharing info and RV sites with other travelers.


Congratulations on the purchase of the Scamp. We too purchased a new Scamp and picked it up from the factory in Backus, Mn. As you discovered, they tow nicely. We tow ours with a Ford Escape Hybrid and get 21-24 mpg towing the Scamp. We purchased it this past May and have been out in it many times. Interestingly, our motorhome sits in the garage and the Scamp has been our RV of choice. I tell folks all the time that the Scamp has everything the Eagle has except for a washer/dryer and ice maker.

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 11:41 AM

Thanks for writing. I just love my Scamp. However my gas mileage is only around 14 with my Jeep Liberty...this seems to be the biggest expense!

Congratulations on the purchase of the Scamp. We too purchased a new Scamp and picked it up from the factory in Backus, Mn. As you discovered, they tow nicely. We tow ours with a Ford Escape Hybrid and get 21-24 mpg towing the Scamp. We purchased it this past May and have been out in it many times. Interestingly, our motorhome sits in the garage and the Scamp has been our RV of choice. I tell folks all the time that the Scamp has everything the Eagle has except for a washer/dryer and ice maker.

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#8 Janiewood

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 01:04 PM

Thanks so much. I'll check them out!

Have you found the Fiberglass RV website? They have discussion forums, including one just for Scamp trailers.

There's also the LightWeightCamperForum that has one forum for Fiberglass trailers such as Scamp. http://lightweightcamperforum.com/

And then there's the Scamp Owners International which includes a Yahoo Group (link found under "Scamp Chat").




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Posted 15 November 2012 - 02:40 PM

Hello Janie!

Welcome to the wonderful world of fiberglass RV ownership. I'm in a Casita, kind of a sibling to the Scamp. There are a lot of things I love about my little trailer, but easy towing, big windows, and no seams to maintain are definitely near the top. Enjoy!

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 07:09 AM

However my gas mileage is only around 14 with my Jeep Liberty...this seems to be the biggest expense!


Welcome to the Escapee forums! Always good to have new folks join us here. :D

I think that you are finding the fuel issue to be the same for most all of us, no matter what type of RV you own. The cost of fuel has always been significant, but with the prices of today it has become the greatest single expense of any RV travel. But the positive side of that is that one can control that cost by slowing the rate of travel and with longer stays where we stop. An interesting comparison is that we did a cost analysis on two trips from Texas to the Seattle area and back on consecutive years with June of 2012 flying and June of 2011 going by RV. The trip flying actually cost us only about half of what it would have been to go via RV, but was far less than half as much fun. I guess that enjoying travel just comes with a price today! ;) It only saves money to travel by RV if you travel very slowly and spend a lot of time where you stop and also stay in inexpensive places. RV sites are also a rapidly rising part of the cost to travel when compared to 10 years or so ago.

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#11 Janiewood

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 11:22 AM

Thanks for the reply. Yes, I agree with you. I love the freedom to go at my own pace or change my mind and head in a different direction. My first experience with my new camper was getting it from Great Falls to San Jose and I was on the road each day driving to the next site. I plan on taking leisurely trips in the future! Thanks so much.

Welcome to the Escapee forums! Always good to have new folks join us here. :D

I think that you are finding the fuel issue to be the same for most all of us, no matter what type of RV you own. The cost of fuel has always been significant, but with the prices of today it has become the greatest single expense of any RV travel. But the positive side of that is that one can control that cost by slowing the rate of travel and with longer stays where we stop. An interesting comparison is that we did a cost analysis on two trips from Texas to the Seattle area and back on consecutive years with June of 2012 flying and June of 2011 going by RV. The trip flying actually cost us only about half of what it would have been to go via RV, but was far less than half as much fun. I guess that enjoying travel just comes with a price today! ;) It only saves money to travel by RV if you travel very slowly and spend a lot of time where you stop and also stay in inexpensive places. RV sites are also a rapidly rising part of the cost to travel when compared to 10 years or so ago.


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Posted 16 November 2012 - 10:45 PM

I owned a 14' Burro years ago. Some of my happiest memories were pulling that thing anywhere I wanted to go. Got into places I couldn't turn around and I'd just unhook, push it around, drive my truck through the bushes to get to the otherside and hook-up again. When my 4cyl Nissan truck gave out, I pulled it with an old Ford Thunderbird. We finally wanted something bigger so started the downward slope to bigger and bigger.

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#13 Janiewood

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:26 AM

Hi Earl,
I so enjoyed reading your post! There is something to be said for small and lightweight! It's perfect for me. Something I can handle by myself. Safe travels!

I owned a 14' Burro years ago. Some of my happiest memories were pulling that thing anywhere I wanted to go. Got into places I couldn't turn around and I'd just unhook, push it around, drive my truck through the bushes to get to the otherside and hook-up again. When my 4cyl Nissan truck gave out, I pulled it with an old Ford Thunderbird. We finally wanted something bigger so started the downward slope to bigger and bigger.


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Posted 16 May 2013 - 11:53 PM

On May 12, 2013, my brother's one-year old 13' Scamp exploded spontaneusly while parked on my front yard.  The 6am blast shook the neighborhood and luckily no one was killed or injured.  The debris scattered everywhere and the door flew a 100'. Next week the insurance company's investigator will seek to determine the cause of the explosion. We are in contact with the Scamp president regarding this. Something horrible went awry. Will provide updates as we learn more.  I can send photos to those who are interested.  Be safe Scamp owners!   



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Posted 17 May 2013 - 08:01 AM

That sounds like a propane leak explosion....I doubt if there is anything specific to Scamp that would account for something like this. It will be interesting to see what the investigators come up with.

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 08:40 AM

Yes, that's what we are thinking too.  For some unknown reason the Scamp could have filled with propane in the middle of the night and a flame source set it off.  We are aware that Scamp had a recall on some of its propane powered Dometic refrigerators a few years ago - apparently a metal fatigue issue resulted in a risk for fire.  We  found the refrigerator in the wreckage but it wasn't one of the models in the recall.

 

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 08:58 AM

Congratulations. welcome, and happy trails.


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Posted 17 May 2013 - 09:25 AM

Janie, welcome to the board.

 

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 09:49 AM

The Scamp has been around for at least 40 years. Our local Lions club had a early 70's model in our storage shed that we sold for a tidy sun a few years ago. They are great for the single traveler and we have seen many in  campgrounds in our  travels. Saw some new ones at the Tampa RV show this year and they have come a long way. You are going t o enjoy your travels.


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Posted 17 May 2013 - 05:54 PM

Thanks for writing. I just love my Scamp. However my gas mileage is only around 14 with my Jeep Liberty...this seems to be the biggest expense!

That sounds like good MPG. We get 12-14 towing 3000# Marco with a 2013 Ford Escape Ecoboost 2.0.

 

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