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Old 04-26-2013, 08:31 PM   #15
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Also look at how far the wheels are up in the wheel wells. By that age sagging torsions axles are not uncommon and are very expensive to replace.
"Very expensive"? I've read about people getting them replaced for $600-$700. I guess that could be very expensive for some folks, but if the trailer is otherwise sound I would just factor it in when deciding if the price was right.
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:57 PM   #16
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After checking it out, if everything is okay, you need to be certain about the bathroom issue. Only you can answer that. It depends on how you use it and what your expectations are. My 13' has just the porta-potty. That doesn't bother me at all. What I do miss though is having a shower. I've rigged up a shower that I think will be okay for just me. But for more than one person, not having a shower is a big issue to me. If you'll always be using campgrounds with showers, its not an issue. If you decide you really need a bathroom, you can modify the trailer to add a bathroom. The 16' at least has enough room that you have that option if you're a handy guy. Just be sure about the bathroom issue.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:08 PM   #17
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"Very expensive"? I've read about people getting them replaced for $600-$700. I guess that could be very expensive for some folks, but if the trailer is otherwise sound I would just factor it in when deciding if the price was right.
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I kinda got the hint that the op was looking to get a good deal.

The mentions I have seen for new Scamp axles were for closer to $1000 and I believe it has to be cut off and the new one welded in, not the usual home mechanic project. But the factory will do that for you, just hand over your credit card.

All in all, if a buyer didn't know about the axle issue, another $600-700, on top of other items they find, could be a real deal breaker.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:18 PM   #18
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I could have bought a 3500# axle locally for $250. That was axle only and the brakes would have had to be removed from my old axle and bolted on the new one. This did not include installation.
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After you look at it, if you determine the axle will need to be replaced, it could be the basis for a further reduction in price.
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Old 04-26-2013, 11:15 PM   #20
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Make sure it has a clear title. Just remembered a post by Cricket a while back.

There was a 1986 Scamp being sold a few times. It had no title. Title of post was under general chat..."I wonder what is wrong with this trailer?"

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Old 04-27-2013, 01:44 AM   #21
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Hey guys checking in and proud to report I'm a new Scamp owner!

I left Charlotte, NC on Friday night, got into Biloxi, MS at 4am Sat, slept till 830am, went to check out trailer, hook up and tow away, and am on my last stop before Kansas City (destination) and its 1:30am on Sunday. Needless to say I'm dragging a bit.

First impressions, these trailers are sweet!

The trailer has been behind my Tacoma for about 900 miles now. Tows like a dream, only feel it on decent hills. My mileage has taken a dip because of the wind resistance I'm assuming, not the weight.

Ok, so about the trailer which I will post in more detail later on my computer, but only issue I ran into when checking it out and hooking it up, the electrical 4 pin plug wasn't log enough to reach my truck. I drove about 3 miles to the part store with no lights (I know, i know) and got an extender. Hooked it up, still no lights. Don't have my multimeter to check it so just went in and got a set of magnetic tow lights for the trailer bumper and off we went. I will deal with wiring when I get back.

I had quite a bit of stuff in my truck so I figured I'd put it in the trailer so my brother and I could stretch out a little. On our second stop I took a look in the trailer and stuff was EVERYWHERE! Guess I probably need to consider securing stuff!

One more thing, maybe someone can speak to this. I've noticed on bumpy roads, etc, I may get some rocking back and forth of the trailer. Not side to side but back and then forward towards the tongue. Maybe it's because it's empty, maybe I need to slow down, maybe something else? Probably why our stuff was all over the place!!

Will post more tomorrow after I clean it out a little bit.
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Old 04-27-2013, 05:24 AM   #22
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Wife options?

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No bathroom or toilet, which is why I'm kind of on the fence. A porta potty for late night tinkles is an option, especially for my wife.
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I too am looking for one. I have no rush at all, will buy most likely new. I am doing my research now. I have some issues to make my garage opening bigger so I can store it inside. In a big city there are bylaws where you can park it, but inside a garage there is no issue.

If the wife wants a toilet get a shower too or else you will be going alone. Make her happy. The shower/washroom is a big re-sale value and you can travel longer.
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:35 AM   #23
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Is the ball the same size as the hitch? Does the drop/rise draw bar make a good level tow situation?

Sometimes we have a bit of a clank. I think it is in sidewind, and could also be when we had heavy load in our van. Fred thinks ours may be in the drawbar/receiver area.

Hope some of the experienced folks give some answers. Don't be offended by my amateur ideas.

I'm also curious about the 4 pin. Did Scamp use that back in the 80's? Were batteries at that time not being charged while traveling? Experts, educate us.

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Old 04-27-2013, 12:36 PM   #24
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Congratulations!

Let the work begin...

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the electrical 4 pin plug wasn't log enough to reach my truck. I drove about 3 miles to the part store with no lights (I know, i know) and got an extender. Hooked it up, still no lights. Don't have my multimeter to check it so just went in and got a set of magnetic tow lights for the trailer bumper and off we went. I will deal with wiring when I get back.
Looks like wiring is job one, all right- I'm pretty sure that trailer should have a 7-pin round connector, and in addition to a charging line: a brake line! Take a look at the wheel hubs- is there a blue wire attached there somewhere???


Here's the Scamp wiring diagram. (A few things would be newer add-ons, but they've been using the basic 12v configuration for years.)



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Old 04-27-2013, 04:42 PM   #25
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Hey guys checking in and proud to report I'm a new Scamp owner!

I left Charlotte, NC on Friday night, got into Biloxi, MS at 4am Sat, slept till 830am, went to check out trailer, hook up and tow away, and am on my last stop before Kansas City (destination) and its 1:30am on Sunday. Needless to say I'm dragging a bit.
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I guess you must have been tired, all right... it's only Saturday! Congratulations on your find!
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Old 04-27-2013, 05:17 PM   #26
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Congratulations. Glad you were able to make the deal. Agree with others, about taking care of the electrical first off. But also, all of the safety matters such as the hitch, brakes, axle, etc. Mine didn't have a smoke or carbon monoxide detector. So I had to add them. Lots of info on this forum for ideas. Sounds like you learned quickly about the necessity to secure things in the trailer. Bungy cords and expandable tension rods and bins are your friend when packing the Scamp. Take some pictures for us when you get it home.
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Old 04-27-2013, 06:21 PM   #27
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That "Yawing" you are experiencing may be due, in part, to insufficient weight on the hitch or tire issues. If it has passenger car tires at 36 psi, it will wobble. You need "Trailer Use Only" tires to help keep it tracking straight. Take a look at the tires side wall, they should be rated at 50 PSI if "C" load range or 65 PSI if "D" load range. In any event, inflate them to the stated value for starters and see if that helps. Also, while you are down there, check the age dates. Usually anything over 6 years old should be replaced.

BTW: it sounds like you ar running without trailer brakes. In most states the weight of a Scamp 16' requires brakes, not only that, without trailer brakes it's not safe should things get squirrly.
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We love having a bathroom--especially in the middle of the night!!!!!
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