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Old 07-19-2016, 03:32 PM   #15
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I think I would call Firestone and arrange for new tires to be installed while they are doing the bearings. They could order them now and have them there waiting for you. Small trailer tires are not in stock everywhere you go.
Dead giveaway is the racing stripe white wall on the spare tire. You could always buy a set and take them down with you. A 12 hour drive on old rotten flat spotted tires is a challenge I wouldn't want to take. Make sure you take a jack that can get really low with you.

Have a safe trip. I remember how excited that I was when I went to pick-up my used Scamp.
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Old 07-19-2016, 03:42 PM   #16
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I have already arranged with the seller to have him take off the old tires and put on some new ones. Taking the old tires off doesn't involve him moving the trailer with a car or I'd have him take it to Firestone before I get there to repack bearings.


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Old 07-19-2016, 05:09 PM   #17
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Pull off the hub caps and check the grease on the outer bearing. If it isn't cackled hard or has grease in it things should be good.
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Old 07-19-2016, 10:00 PM   #18
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Could I possibly put grease in there for peace of mind?


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Old 07-19-2016, 10:37 PM   #19
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If the hubs have bearing buddies you can add some bit it isn't a cure all. Be careful no to ad too much you can blow out the seals. You can tell if it has them easily. There will be a grease zerk in the center of the hub, maybe under a cap. There is a check list you can down load elsewhere on this web site. Print it out and take it with you.
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Old 07-19-2016, 10:42 PM   #20
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I'm sure there is a spot for a battery. You won't need it just to take it home unless you plan on sleeping in it on the trip. Then maybe. I've seen some work without it when plugged in to shore power.
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Old 07-19-2016, 10:49 PM   #21
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Does anyone know where this check list is on the site? I'm having trouble locating it
The seller said there isn't a spot for the battery. I would mainly be using it with shore power so I wouldn't need the battery power


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Old 07-19-2016, 10:57 PM   #22
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Does anyone know where this check list is on the site? I'm having trouble locating it...Sent from my iPhone using Fiberglass RV
It's in the Document Center here, but it isn't available from the app. Use the browser on your phone or computer to access it through the website.
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Old 07-19-2016, 11:13 PM   #23
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Also on the home page on the left in the column of options below the one for the forum. I would check under the seat benches for a spot for a battery.
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Old 07-20-2016, 12:13 AM   #24
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Thank you guys! I'll check under the seat. Did all scamps come with a battery hook up? Do you think the patch up front could've been where it was and for some reason someone patched it?


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Old 07-20-2016, 09:31 PM   #25
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The earlier Scamps were all over the place on how their power systems were wired. On top of that back in 1977 the ac converter systems left allot to be desired. My personal 1986 13 foot Scamp had the 12 volt dc seperate from the 120 ac. Ac didnt convert to dc and didnt charge the battery. I rewired my trailer to a much more modern system.
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Old 07-20-2016, 11:19 PM   #26
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Ok I'll check around it and see. How hard was it to covert it so it'll charge the battery?



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Old 07-21-2016, 10:51 AM   #27
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It just depends on what you are able to do electrical wise or are willing to pay for. Easy as buying a smart battery charger and plugging in the battery charger when you need it or wiring in a charger all the way to replacing the main 120 circuit and wiring in a new load center with built in converter and smart battery charger.

Do a search on this site and the internet for the PD4045 a more modern charging/load center for small to midsize RV. I went this way with my trailer because I wanted to add more circuits both 120 volt AC and 12 volt DC. I went over kill and separated all of my runs so there was almost no daisy chaining of loads. I also added solar capability so big changes in the electrical system on my trailer.

Once you get your trailer and take it camping you will know more of what you want. Camping alone in the boondocks is far different than people that don't venture any further than a KOA with full hook-ups.

There is a lot to be said to keeping it simple.

With almost 40 years between when your trailer was built to the electrical demands of the younger generations of today's youth and what you deem comfortable to meet your needs the power grid can be significantly different.

Camping with a family group we had cell phones, tablets, camera battery's and my own personal dvd player sucking battery juice from our trailer all the time in a campground with no power. 2 small solar panels keeping it all up by day. No generator or car running to charge the battery or provide 120 volt AC. Times have changed since 1977 when your trailer was built.
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Old 07-21-2016, 12:42 PM   #28
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Rather than change out things I would put a small charger in the power center compartment. Plug it into the 110 circuit and connect it to any of the 12vdc lines near it which will charge the battery, just make sure that the 12vdc line is battery hot all of the time.
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