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Old 07-18-2016, 08:26 PM   #1
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Buying a new old Scamp

Hi I am new to Scamp. I have had an older Starcraft that I had zero issues with. I have found and managed to place a hold on a 1977 13' in Colorado. The seller states that it has sat for 10 years and it has no leaks. I am going to replace the tires before I pull it back, but what other things do I need to look for?
I have heard the axle will need to be replaced but how do I know for sure? Is the axle something that is a must to be replaced to pull back or it is simply for the ride of the camper? The seller says the floor is solid and there is no rust on the frame but I have requested some pictures to be sure.
I really appreciate any help in advanced and sorry if this is not the correct place to post this!
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Old 07-19-2016, 09:47 AM   #2
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Ask whether they resealed the windows and vents themselves and with what. It may not have apparent leaks, but if it has original silicone sealant you should plan on re-sealing. Ours supposedly didn't have leaks either until we drove home last week in pouring rain, and discovered that our Burro was actually a sieve. Fun stuff.
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Old 07-19-2016, 10:14 AM   #3
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Verify the floor condition by looking inside the cabinets and benches around the perimeter of the trailer. That's where leaks from windows are most likely to cause damage. The center part is usually covered with some kind of finish flooring, so you can feel for sponginess and look underneath for signs of staining. Beware of fresh laminate flooring; it may hide softness. If the floor is solid, resealing windows and vents is not such a big deal if required. Excessive caulk is a good sign of issues. Caulk is a bandaid, not a fix, and silicone caulk is a nightmare to remove.

You are correct, the axle is not an issue for towing as long as the tires aren't rubbing (check clearance inside wheel wells). But bearings are. Sitting for a long time is not good- might want to repack before heading out.

Best wishes with your "new" Scamp!
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Old 07-19-2016, 10:26 AM   #4
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Thanks for your input! The owner did say that he did put new carpet in awhile ago but confirms that the floor is solid. I'm waiting on some pictures from him of under the scamp and axle area. As far as the bearings I know I should repack but I won't have time as I'm going there to get it and heading back. It's probably not a good idea but I'll have to keep and eye on them and check to see if they heat up.
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Old 07-19-2016, 10:47 AM   #5
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I would ask the seller to have bearings repacked before you get there. Not a big deal for a serious buyer/seller situation. Even if you don't end up buying he will then be able to speak to / address any of those issues for future buyers, so it's really good for him too.
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Old 07-19-2016, 11:07 AM   #6
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It's not worth the risk to not repack the bearings, it would take 2 hours at the most. How long would it take if you have try to remove frozen bearings along side of the road somewhere? If you aren't comfortable doing it and don't want or trust the seller, find a local shop and make an appointment to have it done. The peace of mind alone is worth it.
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Old 07-19-2016, 11:11 AM   #7
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It's not worth the risk to not repack the bearings, it would take 2 hours at the most. How long would it take if you have try to remove frozen bearings along side of the road somewhere? If you aren't comfortable doing it and don't want or trust the seller, find a local shop and make an appointment to have it done. The peace of mind alone is worth it. Also very carefully inspect the frame for cracks where the frame rails bend to go down both sides.
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Old 07-19-2016, 11:13 AM   #8
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I completely agree. I just will be picking it up in the evening Saturday and doubt a shop will be open then or on a Sunday to repack. The seller doesn't have anything to haul the Scamp with or I'd ask him to do it.


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Old 07-19-2016, 12:01 PM   #9
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Check with the local Firestone store. Most as required open Sunday and do a good job on my Scamp wheel bearing
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Old 07-19-2016, 12:12 PM   #10
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Not sure where in Colorado you are picking this up, or if you could manage the times, but Parker Trailer, in Parker Colorado will do a complete inspection, repack wheels and bearings, go through the propane and electric to ensure all is working and safe for $125. It might give you great peace of mind to do that pre-emptively or call over there and see if they could squeeze you in to get it done before driving back. Congrats on your new trailer!
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Old 07-19-2016, 12:22 PM   #11
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I was able to get an appointment with Firestone. Hopefully they can have it done Sunday at a reasonable time so I can make the 12 hour drive back.
I plan on taking it to a place up here once I get it back before I camp in it and having it gone through. Thanks for everyone's help and feedback!


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Old 07-19-2016, 01:05 PM   #12
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I would check the frame on the non-door side, where it curves and would want a pic of that area. Mine cracked there but was weld-repaired at one point. I did not check before buying and was lucky, I guess. Would also pay special attention to how well the door closes at the bottom, as this can point to frame issues as well.

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Old 07-19-2016, 01:08 PM   #13
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Old 07-19-2016, 01:12 PM   #14
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I am also curious if this is supposed to have a place for a battery hook up? Did some come with them and some not? Is it worth installing one?


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