When you are choosing a camping spot there are a few things to keep in mind. First, the area should be fairly level. It is difficult to set up your Scamp properly in an area that is not level. The area should have enough room to allow entrance to the various outer access panels. The ground should also be solid enough to support the trailer properly.
Your next step is to level the trailer. Start this process by lowering the front jack, or in the case of the Scamp 5th wheel, lower both front jacks to the ground, insert the pins, and jack up the trailer until the hitch is clear of the ball. If the ground is soft you may need to place a 2x6 under the jack foot to distribute the weight. It is a good idea to keep several 2x6s about 10 – 12 inches long to assist in leveling your Scamp in less-than-desirable spots. Remember to disconnect the wiring harness and chains from the tow vehicle.
Move the tow vehicle forward out of the way, and then raise or lower the jack until your Scamp sits level. Next, use the rear bumper jacks to stabilize the camper. To do this, pull the body of the jack towards the center of the trailer and
rotate down until it locks into position. Next insert the jack handle in the hole just above the release lever, and push down to jack the camper up one notch on each side.
Finally use the rear jacks to level the trailer in the side to side axis. Your Scamp is now properly leveled.
Once your Scamp is level, you may want to connect your power and water, and turn on your LP gas. For more information on these topics and more, check out the sections on Interior Operation and Maintenance and Exterior Operation and Maintenance.
Please note that you do not need to lower the stabilizer jacks to go inside your Scamp if it will remain connected to your tow vehicle, such as stopping at a rest stop to get something from the fridge or take a nap.
Some additional things to consider when looking for a camp site:
- Look for areas where water does not pool when it rains.
- Consider trees for shade.
- Decide how far you wish to walk to the rest rooms.
- If you plan to use water and power make sure you are close enough to the source.
- If children are along, note accessible the play areas and if they are clearly visible from the camping spot.
- If pets need to be tied up or staked out, find an area with shade that interferes with no other campsites.
- Beware of poison ivy or other such plants.
- Make sure that campfire spots are a safe distance from your Scamp
There are almost no perfect camping spots. Usually a site is what you make it.
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