What do you bring Scamping

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What do you bring Scamping

We have owned our 40-year old Scamp 39 years, and towed it more than 50,000 miles.  Across the years and miles, we have accumulated considerable experience SCAMPing (as we call it).

Our 13’ Scamp is the basic unit: the exterior has nothing attached; the interior has no optional amenities.  We have chosen to “keep it simple,” but we supplement our SCAMPing experiences with portable devices.  

For cooking (additional to the two-burner propane stovetop), we regularly bring along our Half Pint 500w microwave (else wise used in the cottage), and sometimes an electric burner, griddle, toaster/oven, and/or the Cobb cooker.  These devices can be used either inside or outside the Scamp.

For cooling food (additional to the icebox), we use a 12v thermocooler.  This unit--which we have owned for more than 20 years--is plugged into the car when traveling, and regularly used going back and forth to our cottage and else wise when traveling.  On-site, using a 12v-110v converter, the thermocooler is plugged into an electric outlet (either inside or outside the trailer, typically outside).  Recently we purchased a vintage (red Coca Cola) 1.7 cu ft 110v refrigerator for use during extended stays. 

For heating, we use a portable unit: either an electric heater (with 600w, 900w, 1500w and fan settings) or our canister propane Mr. Buddy heater (else wise used in the boat).  We recently removed the built-in propane furnace, which had been seldom used and felt unsafe.

For AC (if and when needed), we have a small 5000 BTU unit, which is hung in the right (old style) jalousie side window.  This simply entails removing the lower pane (held in place by four small screws), setting the AC unit--from the outside of the Scamp--on the bottom of the window frame, and cranking down the upper pane to hold it in place.  The surrounding window space is closed off by a fitted panel of aluminum foil.

We always carry an exterior carpet, table and chairs (plus, on most trips, a picnic table that folds into a suitcase, with accompanying umbrella.)  For an “awning,” a small tarp is tied to the Scamp--to strategically placed U-bolts on the roof, front and rear--and stretched to tent poles. 

We have a deep-cell battery, battery charger and solar charger available, as needed.

For entertainment, we bring along, as desired, the Grundig shortwave radio or a TV/DVD combo, kites, lawn and/or board games.

All of these items are portable, not built-in or fixed to the trailer.  They complement our simple Scamp, and provide (as we wish) “all the luxuries of home.”  Most are carried in the tow vehicle, as is our bedding.  

If your trailer is better equipped, you can dismiss some of these “tips”; we only share them as possible ways to enhance your own camping experiences.

Greg A
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Things we bring

Great tips Wayne, this is a terrific post especially for people just starting out. I know when we were new to trailering we brought way too much!!!  surprise  Full-timers always tell us they spend the first 6 months getting rid of stuff out of their trailers.

I'm sure everyone has similiar items and different items they bring Scamping.  As Wayne points out, depending on how your trailer is configured will change what you bring and don't bring.

Our current trailer is equipped with refrigerator, cooktop, full-bath, no awning, AC, furnace, water heater.

Here are some of the items we bring:

Every trip: (all of these operate whether you're in a camground with utilities or boondocking)

  • Weber Q  BBQ
  • Coleman portable 2 burner cooktop
  • Propane lantern
  • Folding chairs
  • Folding end tables
  • RV Mat
  • Tool Kit and Hardware Kit
  • Extra Propane Tank in a grocery milk carton base
  • Propane tree for tank with 4 connectors
  • Propane fire pit with lava rocks

If utilities are provided:

  • Icemaker - We love this.  Plug it in on the outside outlet when we first setup and in 30 minutes we have ice for the rest of the stay!  Great for restocking coolers or iceboxes as well.

If boondocking without utilities:

  • Briefcase solar panels and charge controller

Our Trailers:
2015 19 Escape

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Ice Maker

Hi Greg,

Do you mind sharing what kind/model of ice maker you have?  Thinking that may be a very smart thing to have.  It seems that we spend a fortune on ice replenishing our cooler.  We have a Yeti that we use dry ice in for our food, but a not-so-great Coleman that we use for drinks.  For short trips we could do without the Coleman and just use our fridge, but for longer (a week or more) trips I'm thinking the ice maker might be nice to have.

Thanks in advance!


Joy A.
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I carry just about everything

I carry just about everything including the kitchen sink............Oh yeah, my Scamp already has one of those.

Any way it might be easier if I listed what I don't have with me, not much.

Joy A. & Olive

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enjoyed you latest post on what to bring scamping

I purchased a 13' 1988 Scamp last fall. I loved reading that you've used and maintained you little Scamp for 40 years. I feel like-wise about the amenities and am super comfortable and very happy using it. I've spent the last year cleaning and redoing my little camper. Removed tile and replaced with linoleum ,repaired and reglued lining, refurbished cabinets and doors, made curtains, etc. I had bearings and electrical looked at and deemed sound and so I was ready!!!  I took her out for the 1st time this November and had a delightful time just getting the hang of how she functioned on the road and at the camping site. I'm very happy to say that the "greeters" were extremely helpful. When plugging into the outlet, I was told that the converter would automatically switch over to 120v and that I needn't worry about anything. Frig, fan, lights all worked great, however, by night 2, my lights were dim and I assumed  that for some reason, I was draining my battery and that I wasn't pulling from the electrical outlet. I did replace the plug end when I first got the camper as it was damaged. Now, I'm wondering, "why didn't the converter kick in?" is there such a thing as a specialized plug (converter plug) that I should have used? I have a little breaker box and was told that there is a fuse box by the battery. I'm not sure what to do at this point. It's a simple unit, but I'm not schooled in electrical things.  Any help, or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, shesascampbutiloveher crying

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What we bring camping: updated

We have added a "real" awning to our SCAMP.  It is custom, purchased online from Marty's Vintage Awning.  It is not attached to the trailer, only the "awning rail."  We are able to slide it quite easily in and out of the rail. 

We carry an aerial for our portable TV, and have used it several times in campgrounds without cable.

We have put together a collection of hand tools in a small toolbox dedicated to the SCAMP: Grab it and go!  It is Craftsman black and red, coordinated with the red decals and accent color on our SCAMP. 

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We bring the following:

We bring the following:

Small portable gas grill

Chairs for under the awning

Outdoor rug

XM Portable Radio

Movies for the blue ray player

Fun Food

Hiking Stuff (shoes, poles, packs)

Ham Radio and Antenna

LED Lantern

Scamp is stocked with the rest like tool kit, rivet puller, rivets, caps, sunscreen, table cloth, small tables. 

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