Originally Posted by CarrieR
...prev owner said "they were ugly and served no purpose."
To my eye, the newer white ones are less visually intrusive than the older black ones. And if you follow Dave's lead, few would say his set-up is either ugly or non-functional.
Virtually every interior component in a Scamp serves a structural function. The closet supports the roof and maintains the curvature of the shell for proper door fit. The upper cabinet and support post in the galley supports the roof on that side. Front and rear benches stabilize and strengthen the shell attachment to the floor and frame.
The end result is quite strong (evidenced by the longevity of molded fiberglass trailers), and it's a clever, weight-saving design concept that structural members serve a dual function as cabinetry. But it means you can't make changes heedlessly.
Removing one structural piece usually doesn't result in instant and complete failure, which is why your trailer has survived a number of winters without the support. But it places more stress on the remaining components, which can weaken over time. And in the end, why gamble when the fix is so easy?
You may find that your shell has sagged a bit on the kitchen side due to the lack of support over time. If you order the factory supports from Scamp and the bolt holes aren't lining up, you may have to apply gentle pressure on the roof to restore the original shape.
You might be interested to know that even a complete roof collapse is not necessarily the end of the road for a fiberglass trailer. There was a thread a while back in which a member reconstructed an egg like the one in Carol's photo. You can put Humpty Dumpty together again!