Hello fellow Scampers. I'm Tom and my wife's name is Joanne and we are the proud owners of a 2018 Scamp 16 foot, layout # 4. Our tow vehicle is a 2015 Honda Odyssey that we purchased new and had set up with Honda's tow package.
After some deliberation, we decided to drive to Backus from Maryland to pick up the Scamp. An $1800.00 shipping charge was the biggest factor in our decision. With that said, we decided to make the trip a 3 week vacation. The folks at the factory were very nice (yes we took the factory tour) and soon got us hooked up and on our way. The first few nights we spent at Ruttgers Pine Mountain Camping Resort, just to make sure everything worked. Had a small issue with the door sticking but the folks at the factory got it straightened out and soon we were on our way to Mt Rushmore in South Dakota. We stayed at Palmer Gulch KOA, which is the closest campground to Mt Rushmore. All I can say is that this KOA was very expensive, the staff was nasty and the bathrooms were filthy. Other than that, Mt Rushmore was awesome, especially the flag ceremony after it got dark.
Of course, since we were so close we checked out Sturgis as well as the Crazy Horse Monument. From there, it was off to The Devil's Tower in Northeast Wyoming. Beautiful ride and definitely worth the trip. Then it was off to St Louis to visit the Gateway to the West and from there the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Kentucky. Then a short stop in Tennessee to visit with family and show off the Scamp. They loved it. From there we did an overnighter in Wythville VA and then finally home.
All in all it was a great trip. Three weeks and 5000 miles. The camper towed great and we had no issues. In fact there were times I had to keep checking the mirror to make sure it was still back there.
So when it was all said and done, we ended up naming our little Scamp "Twister2". The reason; we encountered our first tornado as we crossed over from North Dakota into South Dakota. It was just a funnel cloud that never touched down, but still got close enough to give us concern. The second tornado was encountered in St Louis. We were actually camping in Granite City Il, enjoying a nice evening after a day at the Arch, when suddenly an announcement came over a loudspeaker advising to take immediate cover. Everyone in the campground huddled into the two bathrooms to wait it out. Luckily we only experienced some high winds and heavy rains, No damage to the campground or any of the campers. But yes, it was close enough that we heard the freight train.
Glad to have found SOI. Looking forward to making many great memories with my wife and Twister2.
Tom & Joanne