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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