An Overview of the 2017 Scamp Trailer Lineup

As may be evident in the purchase of our own Escape trailer and our adoration for Oliver trailers, we have a thing for fiberglass egg-style campers. They may not be the cheapest trailers for purchase on the road, but they can be had new (depending on the brand) from about 11k up to 70k. They have a timeless look about them. When you see them going down the road, it is hard to determine the age because the outside construction hasn’t changed much in a few decades. With that in mind, they also tend to last a very long time. The “boat-hull” two-piece fiberglass construction lends to a very leak resistant and durable product. When we were passing through Minnesota, we made sure to stop by the small town of Backus to have a look at the birth-place of all Scamp trailers. We arrived on a weekend, so the factory was not open for a tour, but we were greeted with the entire lineup of available trailers to view and review at our leisure. Scamp trailers are modestly priced (around 11-26k) and equipped travel trailers (and a fifth wheel, well sort of, I’ll get to that later) that are the most common, and most well-known, fiberglass egg campers on the road.

It’s hard to miss the Scamp on a plinth rolling down State Hwy 371

What follows is a breakdown of the Scamp model lineup. We had the opportunity to shoot some “amateur hour” video of me in my Sunday best giving quick guided walkthroughs of each of the trailers. I will report on pricing and my general thoughts about the trailers. I will let the videos do most of the talking here. When we were searching for a fiberglass RV to purchase, there were not many resources and videos available to look at online before seeing one in person (which is also hard to do). We hope that this is useful to those out there interested in fiberglass campers, and more specifically, Scamp trailers. If you want the condensed version, I think they are putting out a very well-built product that is priced accordingly. Is it for us and our current situation? No. But if we were in a different situation or stage in our lives, I could see us owning one of these.

Scamp produces 3 different trailers, 2 travel trailers (the 13ft and the 16ft) and a fifth-wheel style trailer (the 19ft). Each of these models comes in two versions, a standard or a deluxe. You will see in the videos more clearly the differences between the standard and the deluxe, but the main difference is the interior finish. The standard has a basic fiberglass finish inside. The deluxe has a nicer (well, I’ll leave that up to you) wood finish, with some more attention to detail. There are multiple floorplans available which are not all covered here, so please see the Scamp website for more information and the images below. However, this should give you a good overview of the look and feel of the trailers. Please keep in mind that the pricing and information below is current as of mid 2017.

Scamp 13 Standard

You have probably seen one of these models being towed down the road at one time or another. By far, this Scamp trailer is iconic and their best seller over the years. And you know what, I get it. If you want a small trailer to amplify your weekend camping trips that you can tow with a 4-banger Toyota Camry (probably not advised by Toyota, but you could do it), I really can’t think of a better rig. You can actually get this rig with an icebox. You read that right, an icebox. Weighing in at 1200-1500lbs (100lb hitch weight), 13ft overall length, 6ft 8in overall width, 10ft interior length, and an overall height of 7.5ft, I present the Scamp 13 standard.

And for your review, the pricing and options literature.

Scamp 13 Deluxe

Moving right along with the Scamp 13 deluxe (same stats as above).

And for your review, the pricing and options literature.

Scamp 16 Standard

Now to the Scamp 16 trailer. I was not a huge fan of this trailer. It still feels small, and the extra 3 feet didn’t appreciably add any value (in my mind) to the trailer. However, I will leave that up to you, and if the floor plan works better for your situation, by all means go for it. Weighing in at 1750-2000lbs (185-220lb hitch weight), 16ft overall length, 16ft 8in overall width, 13ft interior length, and an overall height of 7ft 10in, I present the Scamp 16 standard.

And for your review, the pricing and options literature.

Scamp 16 Deluxe

Moving right along with the Scamp 16 deluxe (same stats as above).

And for your review, the pricing and options literature.

Scamp 19 Standard

And here we are at the Scamp 19, which is often referred to as the Scamp fifth wheel. It does not actually have a fifth wheel (in the true sense of the word), but rather a ball mount that you connect to an Andersen-style hitch in the bed of a truck. This is a raised ball mount, similar to what you would have connected at your bumper, just in a different location. This type of connection is somewhere between a fifth wheel, but is really more like a gooseneck connection. You do gain the advantage of the reduced overall length of the rig due to the point of attachment, but you do not gain the secure mount of a true fifth wheel connection. I am not sure why they went this route. One could argue the trailer is not heavy enough to warrant a fifth wheel connection, but I think if you are going to go through the trouble of mounting a connection in the bed of the truck, you might as well get the real deal. All that said, the 19 was my other favorite of the bunch. More specifically, the deluxe model, something that will become apparent in the video. The layout is much better in my opinion. If I were to choose one of these rigs with the intention of full timing in it, the Scamp 19 deluxe would be it. So, weighing in at 2200-2800lbs, 19ft overall length, 6ft 8in overall width, 17ft 10in interior length, and an overall height of 8ft 10in, I present the Scamp 19 standard.

And for your review, the pricing and options literature.

Scamp 19 Deluxe

Moving right along with the Scamp 19 deluxe (same stats as above).

And for your review, the pricing and options literature.

Things that we like about Scamp

The Scamp trailers are well-built fiberglass egg style campers. Although the interiors are a bit dated, they do not feel cheaply constructed. It is obvious that they have honed their skills on this design and execute it well. The price is also excellent for what you are getting. If one of these layouts works for you, be assured they are getting a quality product. We were impressed with the workmanship.

Things that we don’t like

If you have taken to time to watch all of the videos, you probably noticed that these trailers are not friendly to the moderately tall person, such as myself. I am 6ft, and I felt cramped in many of the layouts. To put pictures to words, as below.

For those 5ft 10in and above, my top recommendation would be the Scamp 19 deluxe.

As stated above, they have been building and executing this camper very well for years. On the negative side, there is not a lot of innovation with these trailers. They feel dated. There is not a lot of progressive design going into these trailers. That’s the main reason why I haven’t discussed any of the components in the trailers. The fridges are Dometic 3-ways, the stoves, hot water heaters, table designs, cushions, electrical, etc. are the same as you would find in most any RV. The carpet on the walls is a big dislike of ours. I understand that this is an inexpensive method to get some insulation in the camper and absorb moisture, but there are better ways of doing this, and I feel this particular feature is in need of an update.

Other notes of interest, the storage capacity is much better in the deluxe models over the standard models. Not a big deal if only interested in short trips, I’ll leave that up to you. Furthermore, the main beds in the fifth wheels are fairly small, and someone of my height will need to sleep diagonally to fit.

Which trailers do we like the best?

As you may have gleaned from the above, the trailers that we liked the most were the Scamp 13 standard model and the Scamp 19 deluxe model. The Scamp 13 I see as an incredible value to take your weekend camping trips to the next level, and a method to get out of sleeping in a tent if those days are behind you. The Scamp 19 is the closest model that they are producing that I would see being livable in the long term. Depending on your philosophy of use, these are the two that I see being the most useful in your trailer camping arsenal.

Final thoughts

We have admired Scamp trailers for a long time, and it was a wonderful experience to get to see all of their trailers in one place, not to mention at their birthplace. We hope this brief overview of the models is useful for you, and we welcome your comments and suggestions below.

Happy camping!

7 thoughts on “An Overview of the 2017 Scamp Trailer Lineup

  1. Very nice, comprehensive post. Now for a comprehensive reply!!!
    Kudos for getting to Backus and checking out the whole lineup!
    I have owned a Scamp standard 19 for three years now. It is a 2010 which we bought used. We got a great deal as I don’t think the original owner knew what he had. We are most confident we will be selling it at a profit in the next year or so as we will be going fulltime in 2019. You may recall that I commented on your post about Olivers a few months back.
    A couple of things. First of all, we have used our Scamp for well over 100 nights of camping since we purchased it. It has been perfect for our situation — just myself and the wife (though we have spent a few nights with one or both of our adult children with us). It has ample room for two. Pretty tight for 3 or 4 people, although with small kids it would be OK. It also allowed us to keep and use our 1994 Silverado as our tug because of how light-weight it is. Back in 1994, half-ton trucks had very little towing capacity. Most of the time, I hardly know we are pulling it behind!
    I think the Standard has a very significant advantage over the Deluxe. In the standard, we simply flip up the front couch and sleep “north to south.” This allows for a bed LARGER than a residential king size AND we don’t have to crawl over each other to get into or out of bed – a HUGE plus. We have outfitted the area where the couch is with draws large enough to hold enough clothes for a two week trip and can store many other things in that area as well. True the Deluxe has a larger bathroom, but with the smaller bath in the Standard, we can have the sleeping setup I described above, something which is not possible with the Deluxe, where you have no option but to sleep “east to west” and be cramped a little while doing that.
    As far as the construction goes, while we have had zero issues with it in three years, it is imperative to keep on top of preventative maintenance as these are not the most stoutly built campers out there, to put it mildly. You are certainly spot on about the lack of innovation. If I were looking to keep the Scamp long-term, there are many, many things I would do to update it and make it more comfortable. BTW, I don’t mind the “rat fur” (as us Scamp owners lovingly call it) on the walls. It is super easy to keep clean and condensation is only a problem on the windows.
    We recently returned from a two week trip to Land Between the Lakes (KY/TN) and it performed beautifully. We boondocked for five of those days in an absolutely remote spot surrounded by water where anything much larger would not have been able to get to. The big advantage with boondocking in it is its size — a 100 watt portable solar panel with one group 24 battery gave us all the power we needed. It’s biggest flaw – and it is a BIG one — are the small tanks. Only 20 gallons grey and nine (yes, nine!!) gallons black. It was a real challenge to make it five days with holding tanks that small. The fresh tank is only 10 gallons (though Scamp says it’s 12) but that is easily re-filled as needed.
    As far as the unconventional hitch is concerned, it has its advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side, it is fairly simple and straight forward and we find it is easy to hitch and unhitch. The other plus is, we never have to worry about anyone driving off with it — it is unhitchable if you don’t have the right setup. The downside is I don’t know what a towing company would do to tow it somewhere if the need ever arose. Also, at selling time, the hitch almost always would need to be included and because of this, it is almost guaranteed the seller would have to bring it to the buyer. Our seller delivered it to us (about 2 hours away) and left the hitch setup with us.
    All in all, we’re most happy with it. It is serving us well and has been 100% headache-free, but there is no way in the world we could even think about full-timing in it. It’s simply too small and not well-enough built. But we are looking forward to one last season with it. I’m grateful for your post on North Dakota. We live in Iowa and TRNP may just be a great destination for a two week trip next year from our home base.
    I sure wish Oliver made a larger bumper pull or fifth-wheel product. If they did, THAT would be a slam-dunk for a full timing rig for us.
    BTW. if you haven’t already, check out the Supersize Life blog. A single lady who just (late October) got on the road with a brand new Oliver. I think you guys would like it.

    1. Hi Peter,
      Thank you very much for the comprehensive comment. Your informatiom through personal experience with the 19 is a great supplement to this article. To all those with experience with the other models, we would be happy to hear about them, good or bad. All of this helpful to prospective buyers. Your point on the 19 standard and using the top bunk to extend the otherwise small bed is a great point and use of space. Also, thank you for commenting on the smaller tank sizes for those interested in boondocking. It is a pretty small power system, but if the needs of the camper is minimal, it should work just fine. We are a bit more power hungry with full time work and computers on board, and would run through that group 24 in a hot second. I’ve spoken to many satisfied scamp owners. I appreciate your impression in the long term regarding workmanship, seems like there is room for improvement.

      Thanks again, and enjoy North Dakota when you get there!

  2. I enjoyed viewing each of your Scamp videos. Thank you for posting them.
    I currently own an older 13′ Standard and enjoyed seeing the interiors of the others.

  3. Hi!

    Love the narrative and the video. Great review. When we caught the RV bug and then fell in love with egg campers, we ALMOST went with the Scamp 13′ Standard w the “big bed” (54″) and bathroom. But, our Kia Rondo would have been a bit tow challenged, so we needed a bigger tow vehicle. At that point, the Casita 17′ (or Scamp 16′) was a better option for us.

    I appreciate Scamp’s iconic “bread and butter” egg camper approach to RVing. Three sizes, 2 trim levels, and a few floor plan options, BAM! Great little rigs.

    Happy Travels,

    Dean

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