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Old 09-04-2019, 11:36 AM   #1
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Scamp vs. Escape

For those who chose an Escape 5.0 vs the Scamp Deluxe 5th wheel, what were your reasons?
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Old 09-04-2019, 11:49 AM   #2
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I own a 16' Scamp, I know ALL it's bad build quality issues. It's a good starter trailer for the price. The 19' 5er is the same quality and the wrong layout for me. Scamp used 28 thru-the-body rivets just to hang the dang curtain rods in my trailer! The dump valves are weird. Not connected between and must move the hose just to dump black to gray. Scamp has very few personal options available. LEDs aren't even an option. They install (as an option) an A/C unit that requires a 3000 watt generator to run it. I can't pickup and carry a generator of that size and if I wanted a Honda generator of that size, it typically costs $2300+.


I could go on and on. IF budget is a major concern, the Scamp would be okay. Any trailer will get you were you want to go.
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Old 09-04-2019, 11:51 AM   #3
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Scamp hasn’t updated since 1950! No storage, small fridge. poor design, tiny windows, weird bed and hard to get into the bed. Parents owned one and had to tighten the bolts at least once a year. Funky hitch that is unique to scamp. Escape is a tad wider and it is just enough that it just seems roomier inside with no wasted space. My 5.0 pulls so well that at times I forget it’s back there but for my constant mirror check. It has 15” tires and double axles so it rides better than scamp.
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Old 09-04-2019, 11:54 AM   #4
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For those who chose an Escape 5.0 vs the Scamp Deluxe 5th wheel, what were your reasons?
Hi: ChuckPK... Looks to build quality... and every thing in between. Plus the 5.0TA is a real 5th wheel. Sat beside a Scamp 19 at a rally once and started to count rivet caps. Lost count at 47 on the one side alone. Alf
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Old 09-04-2019, 12:16 PM   #5
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For those who chose an Escape 5.0 vs the Scamp Deluxe 5th wheel, what were your reasons?

I owned a 13' Scamp and have a 21' Escape. The Scamp was a no frills basic economy trailer. It worked great for us but we wanted more room, better layout, nicer interior, less rivets, more insulation, bigger fridge, and lots of options/flexibility Scamp the company just didn't do, etc.... We decided what we really wanted and were willing to pay for and then chose the trailer that matched those requirements the best.
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Old 09-04-2019, 12:20 PM   #6
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double axle is a must for me
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Old 09-04-2019, 05:27 PM   #7
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The 5.0TA is substantially wider than the Scamp 19'; that size difference, construction and quality differences, and tandem axles probably make the difference for most buyers. Of course, the smaller size and single axle (and price) lead many people to the Scamp.

Ironically, many recent 5.0TA owners have installed the Andersen Ultimate hitch system, which is functionally about the same thing as Scamp's "weird" hitch, but in a different ball size.
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Old 09-04-2019, 06:31 PM   #8
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I have the Anderson....the ball doesn’t change but there is a plate that is added. Not an issue to remove...
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Old 09-04-2019, 09:10 PM   #9
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LEDs aren't even an option.
Even the new trailers? Scamp finally added some LED products to their parts page awhile back so I figured they were finally moving to LED’s.
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Old 09-04-2019, 09:17 PM   #10
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4 years ago I looked at a Scamp Fifth Wheel at a Campground. The said it was 10 years old, the fibreglass was in poor condition, many spider crack and chips. It made the 40 year old Trillium look good. It almost seemed like the Scamp fibreglass was thinner. That’s my observation.
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