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14 January 2015

RV Living | Some Initial Thoughts On Our Scamper


We've been living in our tiny 13' Scamp travel trailer full-time for almost a month now, so it seemed timely to take a step back and reflect on how it has all been going. All in all, it's worked out pretty darn well. We've become quite fond of our little Scamper. And here's why...

1. She doesn't have any zippers.

When the weather is nasty, there is no worse sound in the world then that of a zipper. Whether it is the zipping sound that a tent flap makes or the zipping up of a sleeping bag. The sound of zippers reminds of us how we lived before we got Scamper - in a tent. Tents are great when the weather's nice. But when the rain is chucking down, the wind is howling and it is bitterly cold outside, would you rather be in a tent or inside a warm camper? 

2. She has a fridge.

What a luxury it is to have a fridge! When we lived onboard our 26' sailboat in New Zealand, we didn't have a fridge. We managed just fine. While it would have been nice to have cold drinks on occasion, we found that living without a fridge wasn't too much of a hassle (check out my posts here and here if you want to know more.) While we were tent camping, we made do with a cooler, which was a step up from our sailboat. So when we got Scamper, we fell in love with her tiny fridge. Pure heaven.

3. She has a bed big enough for two.

Falling asleep in a bed sure beats a sleeping bag on the ground. Hands down. No contest. Bed trumps sleeping bag. I think you get my point. On our boat, we didn't have a spot big enough for the two of us, so Scott had to sleep on a settee in our saloon, while I slept in the v-berth with the dirty laundry and cans of food. Definitely not ideal. Scamper's bed is fantastic. Of course, the bed also is our living/dining space do we have to set-up the bed every night, but it is a big improvement.

4. She has a toilet.

No more trekking to the toilet block in the middle of the night with your flashlight. Enough said.

5.  She has a kitchen.

Sure, the kitchen is tiny, but it has two burners and a sink. There is nothing worse then trying to cook outside when the wind keeps blowing your butane stove out. Not to mention washing your dishes in a plastic tub full of icy cold water in the dark. 

6. She has heat.

You can probably guess from all of my whining about the weather, that heat is pretty important to us. When we ordered Scamper, getting a furnace installed was high up on the priority list.

7. She's saving us money. Kind of.

Because we're middle-aged wimps, when the weather got too bad, we stayed in some dodgy motels instead. Even the dodgiest of motels are more expensive then staying in a campground, so our traveling around the States on a budget took a bit of a toll. Now, we always have a comfortable place to stay no matter what the weather. So, in one sense, Scamper is saving us money. Of course, she also cost us money, but I figure after several years of living in her full-time, we'll break even. Here's hoping.

Unless you're one of our readers who lives in an RV or on a boat, the things we love about Scamper are probably things you take for granted in your own home. But that's the great thing about selling everything and leading a somewhat alternative lifestyle - you really start to appreciate things like heat, fridges and beds!

If you live in an RV or on a boat, what's been your experience? If you live in sticks and bricks on land, could you imagine living without heat, a fridge or a bed?

If you want you want a tour and details of our Scamp inside and out, check out our post here. If you want to know more about Scamp travel trailers, you can check out the company's website here

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20 comments:

  1. Our thoughts exactly! We love having the propane heater and fridge to allow us to boondock when 110 volts aren't available. We love our Scamp, although it's a bit bigger than yours (ours is a 16). Happy Scamping!

    John and Marilyn from GA

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    1. The 16' would be ideal. Then you could leave the bed made up all the time and eat at the dinette. Unfortunately we were limited by how much weight we could tow so we went with the 13' model.

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  2. Just read your "About Us" WOW !! What adventurous lives !!!
    We found your post on FB thru Scamp, (as we've just bought one ourselves, a 2011 same layout).
    Eager to read of your adventures, since we have to wait til Spring (was -4* this morning)

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    1. I'm not so sure that we're adventurous. Think we've just been very fortunate to have had opportunities to live and travel overseas. -4 sounds horrible! One of the reasons we headed down south right after we picked ours up in Minnesota! Hope you can get out there scamping in warmer weather soon :-)

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  3. I currently live full time in a huge RV. I have lived aboard, in a teepee, in a tent, in a tiny TT and a sticks and bricks. The RV is the best of all. Better than the fancy house with the huge mortgage. My 37' Winnebago is the best. I know it is huge and costs some money to move down the road. I still have lots of freedom. I never what to live in a house again. We I got the Winnebago I was really excited about have a big frig and a washer. I know how much you can appreciate things like comfortable sleeping spots, indoor toilets in your lodging and a refrigerator.

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    1. Wow you've done it all! How did you end up living in a teepee - that sounds interesting!

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  4. good for you guys! only 13 feet..that is pretty small but whatever works for you!
    We are moving into a 28 foot trailer and are wondering how we are going to fit..two adults, a golden retriever and a cat into the small box on wheels!

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    1. How exciting and so much more fun with critters! Wish we could have a dog and a cat, but 13' is just a bit too small for that! Let us know how you get on with the move, especially how the animals adapt to RV living.

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  5. As you so rightly pointed out, everything is relative to what you're used to. Once one of our friends told us with great excitement that he was going on vacation! He was going to live aboard a dive boat in the tropics for a week! And go scuba or snorkeling every day! And watch the sunset from the water! Of course, living on a boat full time, that was our "ordinary" life. I told him my idea of vacation was to stay in a resort, on land. With infinite hot running water. And a car. (Which is to say, I was going to live HIS ordinary life) ;)

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    1. A great example of what's "normal" for one person isn't "normal" for someone else! And how much we appreciate things we don't always have in our daily life :-)

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  6. We have a 13' Scamp also...tow it with a 1949 Hudson. Have spent 6 wks in it but usually it's for a few days or a week at a time. Look forward to enjoying your travels.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Carol! I love that you can tow a Scamp with almost anything!

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  7. We live in Central FL and have never been to Hagans cove...guess we need to do more Scamping in FL. If you hear of any Scamp Camps or get togethers..post so we can show up.

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    1. It's always that way isn't it, you never really travel and explore where you live and there is always so much great stuff close to home. Hope you get to Hagen's Cove one day :-) There is a Scamp Camp near Sebring coming up next week. We won't be able to make it and I don't think there are any spots at the campground. But if you're in Central Florida, maybe you could pop by for a day? Check out the Scamp Owners group for details - http://www.scampcamper.com/forums/general-discussion.

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    2. OK...thanks...we'll see if we can do that. Like that last place you posted too....

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  8. We spent time in our 13' Scamp and on a 25' houseboat. We do have a fridge in both and we carry a 2000 watt Yamaha generator to charge batteries and run the coffee maker and heater (if needed) in both. No TV or radio. Our Scamp came with an AC on the roof and the generator will run it...but...I don't like being cooped up inside unless it is unbearably hot and humid....so far we have not had to use it.

    Love following you around in your travels...

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    1. How neat that you split your time between a Scamp and a houseboat! We were thinking about whether to get a generator or not to use with our Scamp and sailboat (once we get our next one). Interesting that your generator will run your A/C - thought it might have been a bit much for it. There have been some days where we've been so glad to have the A/C, although completely agree being cooped up inside isn't great.

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