So here you go - let's take a tour so that you can meet our little Scamper. We'll start off with a description of the layout and options we chose. If you're not the market for a Scamp or Scamp fanatic, then you may find it boring. In that case, feel free to scroll down to see the pictures.
Our Layout & Options
Originally, we looked for a used Scamp, but it proved impossible to find one, especially with all of the options that we wanted. Scamp seems to have a cult like following and it really is a seller's market. A Scamp will come on the market one day and be sold by the next. So, in the end, we decided to buy new. That enabled us to get the options that we wanted. But because we wanted a Scamp in a hurry, we ended up getting one that had been partially built, which meant that we got some options we wouldn't necessarily have chosen, but were glad we got in the end.
There are three sizes of Scamp travel trailers - 13', 16' and 19'. We're limited by how much we can tow with our Nissan Pathfinder, so we went with the 13'. When they say 13', that's measured from the end of the tongue to the rear bumper. That means that the length inside is actually less than 13' - more like 10'. The width inside is around 6'5", which gives you a whopping 65 square feet of living space.
With the standard 13' Scamp, you have two layout options. One with bunk beds and one with a shower/toilet combo and cupboards at the front. Come back on Wednesday to read our post about being desperate for a toilet in New Orleans, then you'll know that having a toilet is a pretty important thing for middle aged folks like us! Both options have a kitchen area to the left hand side and a cupboards to the right hand side near the door. The back of the Scamp is where the dinette is located. It cunningly converts into a bed at night. Or stays up as a bed all day and night if you're feeling lazy.
There are two sizes of beds available - the standard one (46") and a wider one (54"). The Scamp we ordered had already been configured for the wider bed, so that's what we got. And I'm so glad that we did! We both can fit comfortably on the bed. I can't even begin to imagine how cramped it would be in the smaller one.
There is a more expensive deluxe wood version of the 13' Scamp available, but we're not really deluxe people, so we went with standard. You can see pictures of all of the layout options on the Scamp website here.
Scamp's pricing structure is to give a base price for a pretty basic travel trailer. Anything else you might want is extra - and those extras do add up. But because we were buying new, we figured we might as well get the options now that we wanted rather than regretting it later. Some of the big things we added were:
- Air Conditioning (we haven't used it yet, but I know we'll be glad we have it when the weather finally warms up)
- Propane Furnace (which we use all the time because the weather has been disappointing, to say the least)
- Fridge (it comes with an icebox as standard, but after living on a boat without a fridge, getting one was pretty important to me)
- Awning (we've only used this a couple of times - makes things seem so much homier when it is up)
- Front Porch Light (a porch light comes standard on the side, but we also wanted one at the front so you can see the propane tanks, hitch etc in the dark)
- TV Antenna & Cable Hook-Up (we don't have a TV, but maybe one day we will - anyone out there using a 12 volt one?)
- Reading Lights (you get a light over the kitchen space and and side of the upper kitchen cabinets, but they don't really illuminate the dinette are that well, so I'm glad we got two extra lights underneath our side cabinets)
- Extra Propane Tank (nothing worse than running out of propane when you're camping in the boonies, having a spare tank brings peace of mind)
- Extra 120v Outlets (we have one underneath one of the dinette seats and one outside; turns out we don't really use them, so maybe we could have done without)
- Grey Water Tank (I'm not really sure why this isn't standard, seems like a no brainer that everyone would want and need one of these)
- Bike Receiver Hitch (we don't have bikes just now, but they're on our wish list)
- Water Heater (we haven't used this either, guess we're just too used to making do with cold water from our sailboat days)
- Back Splash (we weren't planning on ordering this, but had to take it as it had already been built in; glad we got it as I can't imagine cleaning cooking spills off of the "rat fur")
- Vinyl Floor (carpet comes standard, which to my mind is a nightmare to keep clean)
- Fantastic Fan (great for ventilating the Scamper, because condensation can be a problem)
Here's what she looks like on the outside. Scamp travel trailers have a hard shell made out of fiberglass. They make the shell in two molds - one for the top part and one for the bottom - and then attach the two together in the middle. You can see the metal belly band in the photo below where the two pieces are joined. You can also see our A/C unit and TV antenna on top, as well as our awning.
Here's what Scamper's two propane tanks look like. The tube over the propane tanks is where our sewer hose is stored (you know the icky thing you connect to empty your grey and black water tanks). A 10' hose comes standard. Turns out 10' sometimes isn't long enough. So we bought a 20' hose which won't fit inside the tube. We'll need to figure out another solution. You can also see the gravel shield which protects the front window from damage while being towed. Underneath the gravel shield is the optional front porch light.
We have six windows on our Scamper - two on each side by the dinette, a larger one at the rear, two smaller ones over the stove and in the bathroom, and one in the door. We also get light in through the hatch for the fan on the roof.
In this picture, you can see the panels for the various systems. The bottom larger white one is how you access the fridge controls so that you can choose whether you want to power it with propane, run it off of the battery or through shore power (i.e., being plugged in). The small metal panel to the right of the upper which panel is for the furnace ventilation. Below that are the cable hook-up and where you connect a hose so that you can tap into city water. To the far right is the panel where you access the hot water heater. Scamper's umbilical cord (aka her electric plug) is to the right of the hot water heater panel. It is a 25' long cord - I wish it was longer. But that's probably a story for another day. The connections for the black and grey water tanks are underneath Scamper - black on the left and grey on the right. On the back of Scamper is where you fill the fresh water tank.
Okay, enough of what Scamper looks like on the outside, let's have a look at what she looks like inside. When you walk in the door, the first thing you see is the kitchen area. Pretty basic - a two burner propane stove and a sink. The sink came with a cutting board cover which is useful in providing some extra counter space. However, it doesn't fit all that securely, so you have to be careful using it, otherwise it can slip and things will spill everywhere. I know from personal experience about this one! In terms of the stove, I wish it was one of those self igniting ones. I hate having to use a lighter to get it lit. It can also be a bit fiddly in terms of turning down the heat low without extinguishing the flame. There isn't that much usable space - you can fit a few things behind the stove by the window and around the sink, but that's about it. (I have no idea where those polar bears on the sink came from - they seem to pop up everywhere.)
You can also see the silverware drawer below the stove and these strange brown racing stripes that I think are supposed to be decorative. If we had known about the stripes, we would have asked them not to put them on. To the left of the sink on the side, you can just make out the thermostat for the furnace, the 120 volt outlet and the water pump switch.
Underneath the stove and sink are our furnace and fridge, plus a tiny little cupboard which has a 120 volt outlet in it which the fridge is plugged into. Not much room for much else. Most folks would think our fridge is tiny (1.9 cubic feet), but it's plenty big enough for us. Sometimes, we use our ice cooler for extra cold storage - like for that all important beer.
Above the stove and sink are two cabinets which we use to store our dishes and pots and pans. When you live in a tiny house on wheels, you only have room for a few things so we just have one pot, one frying pan and enough dishes and glasses for two people. If you get a dinner invitation from us, can you bring you own plates?
To the rear of Scamper is our dinette/bed area. Here's what it looks like with the table set up. The table folds down at night and lays on a groove on each side of the dinette seats. Because we have the wider bed, we have an extra board which slots into the grooves next to the table. During the day, there really isn't any good place to store this extra board. We've been putting it the grooves under the table and using it to store our bedding on. The only problem is that you lose some space underneath the table for your legs. For the Scamps with the standard bed, I think they have a longer table which is the sole support for the bed. So, they don't have an extra board to worry about during the day, but then they're more cramped at night.
The dinette seats have two cushions each - one on the bottom and one on the back. The back cushions get placed on the table and extra board at night to make up the "mattress" for your bed.
In terms of storage space, we have two side cabinets above the dinette. We also wanted a rear cabinet, but because we got A/C, there wasn't room for it. You're only supposed to store lighter items in the upper cabinets as they don't have the support that some of the other cabinets have. You can see the optional reading lights that we got attached to the bottom this cabinet. They swivel all around so you can direct the light where you want it.
We also have cabinets next to the outside door. We use one of the cabinets as a pantry and one to store miscellaneous stuff like cleaning supplies. There's a fire extinguisher mounted on the side of cabinets and a CO2 detector below them. Again with the racing stripes. What were they thinking?
Here's what the door looks like from the inside. It has a pin so that you can lock yourself in at night. You can also see the curtains that come standard. Pretty bland. If I had a sewing machine, it might be something I would change.
Have you noticed that furry stuff covering the walls? It is known as "rat fur" - I kid you not. I believe it is supposed to have some magical insulating properties, but to be honest, sometimes I feel like I'm living inside of some sort of furry animal. Here's a close-up of what it looks like. I can't even begin to imagine how you keep it clean.
And here is the door to the all important toilet and shower room. You'll notice more cupboards next to it. We store our clothes in these ones.
And finally, what you'll all been waiting for, pictures of the bathroom. We have your basic marine type of toilet sitting on a 9 gallon black water tank. (FYI - our grey water tank is 26 gallons and our fresh water tank is 12 gallons.) The shower is opposite of the toilet. While there isn't a huge amount of room in the bathroom, it is bigger than you might think. And when you're not using it as a bathroom, you can always use it for extra storage.
And that's the tour of Scamper, our tiny house on wheels. As someone said, "it's so tiny, you have to go outside to change your mind." Sure, she's small, but she's all ours and she takes good care of us.
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