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Old 05-07-2016, 07:36 PM   #1
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Talking I braved the "Musings"

I have had my new Scamp for about three weeks now and after reading a very long thread about the poor quality of them and poor customer service etc I was too paranoid/nervous/scared to hook it up to water and ignite the propane water heater. So I unsubsribed from that thread and finally got up the nerve today to sally forth.

After emptying out the camper everywhere there was a water line and touching all of the lines to see it they appeared well connected, then arming myself with towels and a pair of pliers expecting the worst, I shuffled to turn the hose on and then sprinted back to the camper expecting the worst. Not one drop of water was out of place, bliss.

Feeling more confident I braved the water heater. The manual was helpful but diagram A didn't exactly line up with image 2 and having never had a water heater before it was kinda scary to see that rip roaring flame finally shoot out. I gave it about a half an hour and then voila, hot running water.

While I was waiting for the tank to heat up I experimented with dumping my black and grey water tanks - seems easy enough and now I feel a lot more confident. Gonna take my morning shower in my driveway tomorrow.
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Old 05-07-2016, 07:51 PM   #2
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That's the way to do it Jaye! Keep playing around with stuff until you get it figured out.


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Old 05-07-2016, 08:23 PM   #3
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Good for you Jaye and if things head south, there's lots of knowledgeable folks here to help... you know that.


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You go girl! You know you can't believe everything you read on the internet. Jump in and do it and then enjoy. If you need help - just ask.
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Old 05-07-2016, 08:59 PM   #5
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...You know you can't believe everything you read on the internet...
I would hesitate to accuse either of the people who posted on the "Musings…" thread regarding their negative experiences of lying. However it does not follow that their experiences are representative of the majority of new Scamps.

Jaye, best wishes as you master all the systems on your new Scamp, one-by-one... May your showers be hot, your bed dry, your lights bright, and your fridge cold!
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That's awesome! Yay!
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Old 05-07-2016, 09:31 PM   #7
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I would hesitate to accuse either of the people who posted on the "Musings…" thread regarding their negative experiences of lying. However it does not follow that their experiences are representative of the majority of new Scamps.
As the person who no doubt originated the thread in question, I say.. SPOT ON JON!

Although more than two have posted.. I, for one, have been 100% honest and also probably had more than my fair share of problems. And yet I still am happy with my Scamp and even more happy with the customer service I received in dealing with those problems. Yes, there were a number of things I had to work out but overall its been a good camper.


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Jaye, best wishes as you master all the systems on your new Scamp, one-by-one... May your showers be hot, your bed dry, your lights bright, and your fridge cold!
Ditto, and furthermore... if... (I mean when) you do have some things that need to be fixed, you will figure it out, maybe with help from this forum, and become a confident owner.
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I would hesitate to accuse either of the people who posted on the "Musings…" thread regarding their negative experiences of lying. However it does not follow that their experiences are representative of the majority of new Scamps.

Jaye, best wishes as you master all the systems on your new Scamp, one-by-one... May your showers be hot, your bed dry, your lights bright, and your fridge cold!
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Still can't believe everything you read on the internet.
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I never meant to or implied anyone was lying about their problems, only that so many chimed in about various issues that it made me a nervous wreck especially since I live 1700 miles away from Backus!

I have been a member here for a long time and find the information extremely valuable and the only complaint I have is that there aren't any rallies in my neck of the woods!

Now, onto that first shower
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I never meant to or implied anyone was lying about their problems, only that so many chimed in about various issues that it made me a nervous wreck especially since I live 1700 miles away from Backus!

I have been a member here for a long time and find the information extremely valuable and the only complaint I have is that there aren't any rallies in my neck of the woods!

Now, onto that first shower
I also never meant to imply that anyone was lying. I was trying to encourage folks to not be afraid because someone else has a bad experience that may have involved different circumstances than the ones they are confronted with. Again I never meant to offend anyone and if I did please accept my apologies.

I hope your shower was enjoyable.

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I also never meant to imply that anyone was lying. I was trying to encourage folks to not be afraid because someone else has a bad experience that may have involved different circumstances than the ones they are confronted with. Again I never meant to offend anyone and if I did please accept my apologies.

I hope your shower was enjoyable.

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Thanks for the clarification Larry.. Of course when one says "you cannot believe everything you hear on the Internet", that implies that false information has been promulgated so that was the conclusion that some of us made. I guess it is true that "you cannot believe everything you hear on the Internet is the typical case" and I suspect that mine was not typical. Still, I did have the issues I wrote about. But none prevented me from camping or were vary difficult to fix. So, learn from the musings (and issues) that others have had and if you are lucky you will not need that knowledge.
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Gonna take my morning shower in my driveway tomorrow.
We "camped" in the driveway a few times before hitting the road. Enjoy your Scamp wherever you are!
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You are developing a good relationship with your Scamp, Jaye, and you get the girl's equivalent of an "attaboy".

This forum does not represent the average owner of a small fiberglass RV, in my opinion. A group like this likes to work on our Scamps, make improvements, and such, and share the stories and ideas. A large majority of owners take them to a shop to fix or inspect any problems. They will not have a horror story to share, except, maybe, concerning the size of the repair bill. You are observant enough to notice small problems and nip them before they become big problems. For example, any small leaks that you catch within days will not rot the floor out. Fix them, dry it up and go on.
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You are developing a good relationship with your Scamp, Jaye, and you get the girl's equivalent of an "attaboy".

This forum does not represent the average owner of a small fiberglass RV, in my opinion. A group like this likes to work on our Scamps, make improvements, and such, and share the stories and ideas. A large majority of owners take them to a shop to fix or inspect any problems. They will not have a horror story to share, except, maybe, concerning the size of the repair bill. You are observant enough to notice small problems and nip them before they become big problems. For example, any small leaks that you catch within days will not rot the floor out. Fix them, dry it up and go on.
Agree, and I think that I even mentioned in "musings" that I suspected that I observed things in my camper that others might have not even noticed. In particular, the leaks would have been easy to miss If I were not checking it thoroughly, including reaching into the area behind the water tank as far as I could stretch my arm, and where I could not see at all. The water from small leaks does dry out and if you had a week without a heavy rain you might not see them at all.

But I do think that this attention to detail is exactly what owners of campers need to have. Leaks and the damage they cause, as well as most problems, only get worse with time and are a lot easier to deal with when caught early. Nip them in the bud and you will be a happier camper.

That is part of the reason for the "musings"... not to scare anyone off or be unfairly critical of Scamp, but to raise awareness of the details that could use some attention from the owners.

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