Bunks in a 13' Scamp - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 02-23-2014, 09:34 AM   #1
Member
 
Name: Lee
Trailer: 2011 13' Scamp, tug 2010 Subaru Forester
Minnesota
Posts: 82
Bunks in a 13' Scamp

Have any of the adults out there used the bunks in your 13' Scamp? How much weight can upper bunk hold? Thanks and we are really, really anxious for Spring.
__________________

__________________
russelld is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2014, 09:41 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Name: Donna D
Trailer: Escape 5.0 TA, 2014
Oregon
Posts: 24,433
The upper bunk will hold until it falls, then pray you're not the person on the bottom. There are those that have successfully used the upper bunk that exceeds Scamps recommendation. When it comes to safety, I would do everything I could to make sure no one gets hurt no matter how many people respond it's safe to more than the recommended weight limit. It would only take one time to really ruin a camping trip.

YMMV
__________________

__________________
Donna D.
Ten Forward - 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Double Yolk - 1988 16' Scamp Deluxe
Donna D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2014, 09:43 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Carol H's Avatar
 
Name: Carol
Trailer: 22' Airstream Formerly 16' Scamp
British Columbia
Posts: 11,731
Registry
I have... or umm not wanting to give my weight away I should say some adults have ;-) slept on the upper bunk on my 16' which is the same set up as the 13'..... all have been 135lbs or less. I do have an extra support post on mine - which I put in the middle portion of the bunk.

BTW Donna is correct its not something I would do every day, if I didn't have to.
Carol H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2014, 09:46 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Name: Donna D
Trailer: Escape 5.0 TA, 2014
Oregon
Posts: 24,433
I think the weak point for the bunk isn't the poles, it's the portion fiberglassed to the front of the trailer. You're putting a lot of trust in the person who did the fiberglass work. If you can put supports there to the bottom cabinet (like the poles)... think removable.. it would certain add to the stability and weight limit.
__________________
Donna D.
Ten Forward - 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Double Yolk - 1988 16' Scamp Deluxe
Donna D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2014, 10:05 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Carol H's Avatar
 
Name: Carol
Trailer: 22' Airstream Formerly 16' Scamp
British Columbia
Posts: 11,731
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by Donna D. View Post
I think the weak point for the bunk isn't the poles, it's the portion fiberglassed to the front of the trailer. You're putting a lot of trust in the person who did the fiberglass work. If you can put supports there to the bottom cabinet (like the poles)... think removable.. it would certain add to the stability and weight limit.
Your right Donna, not something you want to do if you don't need to. Actually have only done it a few times when I have an unexpected in the middle of the night full trailer - i.e. people sleeping in tent spooked out by bears or flooded out of their tent due to rain. I did when I first got the trailer remove the upper bunk and change out the hinges and screws that attach it at the trailer to something a little bigger in hopes of improving its stability a little... its works with under 135lbs a few times but I don't think I would do it on a regular bases if I could avoid it.
Carol H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2014, 10:49 PM   #6
Member
 
Name: Lee
Trailer: 2011 13' Scamp, tug 2010 Subaru Forester
Minnesota
Posts: 82
Bunks

Thank you for your replies. Your advice is well taken and I will not put my wife in danger of the upper bunk crashing down on her.
__________________
russelld is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2014, 03:21 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Name: Rick
Trailer: Scamp
New Jersey
Posts: 9
Rotted wooden scamp bunk support

Quote:
Originally Posted by Donna D. View Post
I think the weak point for the bunk isn't the poles, it's the portion fiberglassed to the front of the trailer. You're putting a lot of trust in the person who did the fiberglass work. If you can put supports there to the bottom cabinet (like the poles)... think removable.. it would certain add to the stability and weight limit.
Here is a pic I took of the fiberglassed wood support your talking about. I took the pic on Sunday 2/23/2014. The rubber around the front window was extremely dry and cracked allowing rain to get in and rot the fiberglassed wooden bunk support into wood chips.
Attached Images
 
__________________
Rickl238 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2014, 05:31 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Francesca Knowles's Avatar
 
Name: Francesca Knowles
Trailer: '78 Trillium 4500
Jefferson County, Washington State, U.S.A.
Posts: 4,543
Registry
I'm surprised Scamp doesn't list a weight limit for that bunk!

Just took a look at the video showing the bunk/instructions and was surprised to see that they didn't use a piano hinge there as other mfr's have done. Video Link. They mention no limits in the video, either, which leads me to believe it's probably sufficient to support an adult weighing below 175 pounds or so. There are some folks who do use it for grownups, too.... here's one example.

Still, I agree with Carol that the hinges might be a weak point- easy to remedy by simply adding a few more hinges. This of course assuming that your 2011 has sound wood at that point, unlike the (older?) Scamp posted about by Rick just now.
__________________
.................................
Propane Facts vs. Fiction:. Click here
Tow Limit Calculator: Click here
Francesca Knowles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2014, 06:09 PM   #9
Moderator
 
Name: RogerDat
Trailer: 77 Scamp 13
Michigan
Posts: 3,080
I'm trying to recall where I read it but I seem to recall the upper bunk had a weight limit of 80 lbs. But I'm betting it was on this forum someplace.

I just re-glassed a new front attachment shelf for my top bunk, and I would not tend to trust it for anything over 100 lbs. Could get away with more weight (as some have) but over time I would expect the extra weight to gradually break the fiberglass and bond attaching that wood shelf on the front wall leading to sudden failure.
__________________
RogerDat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2014, 06:58 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Carol H's Avatar
 
Name: Carol
Trailer: 22' Airstream Formerly 16' Scamp
British Columbia
Posts: 11,731
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by RogerDat View Post
I'm trying to recall where I read it but I seem to recall the upper bunk had a weight limit of 80 lbs. But I'm betting it was on this forum someplace

.
The manual that came with my Scamp does not say anything about a weight limit on the bunk, neither did the one I downloaded a newer version off Scamps site when I purchased the trailer. Haven't looked at the most recent one on their site though. Pretty sure I first heard about the load limit on the bunk here, which is why I added an extra support and checked for water damage under the window and changed out the hinges and screws. Having said that I still wouldn't like putting to much weight on it on a regular bases.
Carol H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2014, 07:05 PM   #11
Moderator
 
Name: RogerDat
Trailer: 77 Scamp 13
Michigan
Posts: 3,080
The way mine was mounted the hinge just holds it in place, when swung up into position the bunk part lays on top of the shelf. Over laps by an inch or two for the full length but puts no weight on the hinge directly.

If however the hinges/screws were to let it slide out by an inch or two it would drop. So good call on making sure that hinges are secure.
__________________
RogerDat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2014, 07:12 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Name: Donna D
Trailer: Escape 5.0 TA, 2014
Oregon
Posts: 24,433
The hinges on the gaucho for my Scamp are an offset type and are totally solid affixed. No way a piano hinge would work due to the curvature of the front. I found the hinges were fine, its the attachment point which is just fiberglassed to the body that I have an issue with. The hinge is used to allow the "back" to flip up and rest on that piece that's fiberglassed to the body.
Attached Thumbnails
offset.gif  
__________________
Donna D.
Ten Forward - 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Double Yolk - 1988 16' Scamp Deluxe
Donna D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2014, 08:50 PM   #13
Moderator
 
Name: RogerDat
Trailer: 77 Scamp 13
Michigan
Posts: 3,080
So Donna do your hinges screw to the undersides of both the bunk and the shelf? Screws going up into the bottom of the wood.
__________________
RogerDat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-25-2014, 06:13 AM   #14
Senior Member
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Name: Donna D
Trailer: Escape 5.0 TA, 2014
Oregon
Posts: 24,433
Quote:
Originally Posted by RogerDat View Post
So Donna do your hinges screw to the undersides of both the bunk and the shelf? Screws going up into the bottom of the wood.
Yes. However because the bunk rests on the fiberglass "shelf" there's no stress whatsoever on the hinges when in bunk bed mode.
__________________

__________________
Donna D.
Ten Forward - 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Double Yolk - 1988 16' Scamp Deluxe
Donna D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
scamp


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Looking for Scamp or Casita with two sets of bunks..open to other models Kyle2002 Wanted: Molded Fiberglass Travel Trailers 1 07-24-2012 12:38 PM
Adding bunks to a 13' Scamp HenryNorman Modifications, Alterations and Updates 10 04-25-2012 08:45 PM
OH | 2011 Scamp 16' w/ side Dinette, bunks, 5-sleeper-OH Bert Classified Archives 1 04-22-2012 11:07 AM
2006 Scamp Side Dinette w/front bunks - $8,750 BillE Classified Archives 2 09-27-2009 09:05 PM
2000 Scamp 16' toilet, bunks, a/c, hot h20,dual propane KirkG Classified Archives 2 07-05-2008 07:27 AM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:51 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.