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Old 09-25-2017, 06:51 PM   #1
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Scamp door way out of whack




I recently bought a 13' Scamp. Love it, but the door doesn't line up with the opening. Big gaps. I am wondering if anyone else has tackled this sort of problem?
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Old 09-25-2017, 08:35 PM   #2
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Yup!


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No really, if your hinge pins are worn, drill them out straight to 5/16ths and replace them with a stainless steel bolt.
If the hinge bolt holes are loose, worn or misplaced you can reposition them.
Tighten them if loose. Make an escutcheon for cosmetic purposes if needed.
Look under the trailer to see if there is any extensive rust bad enough to displace the body and change the door opening, do this first as unlikely as it is.
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Old 09-25-2017, 11:06 PM   #3
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Thanks, I'll check those things first.
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Old 09-26-2017, 09:10 AM   #4
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Post a close up picture of your lower hinge. Something doesn't look right.

Also check to see if the sub structure in the step area has failed and /or the side of the trailer body has pulled from the flooring in the area that the door hinges are mounted.
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Old 09-26-2017, 10:44 AM   #5
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Post a close up picture of your lower hinge. Something doesn't look right.
There is a gap in the fiberglass below the lower hinge where it attaches to the trailer. It almost looks like that portion of the hinge has moved upward from where it should be.
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Old 09-26-2017, 10:49 AM   #6
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it does seem that the hinges are in the wrong position, but also looks like they were reattached in their original holes (by previous owner who insalled new hinges).
I've been thinking about taking the door off, holding it in place to see if it has any warping and notice where the hinges look like they should be.
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Old 09-26-2017, 12:21 PM   #7
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I'd be under this trailer and looking at the frame for cracks....
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Old 10-04-2017, 04:33 PM   #8
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To all who have been following this post, the problem is close to being solved! I hauled my Scamp over to my metal fabrication friend with intention of getting him to manufacture a new arm for the lower hinge. Along comes my plastic fabrication friend who suggests inserting a half inch gasket between the door and hinge and moving it a half inch toward the edge of the door. After doing that and also inserting a gasket under the upper hinge, it is flush all the way around except a small gap at the bottom!!

I'll address the bottom gap by digging into the door after I get back from camping on Orcas Island An old towel will serve in the mean time.

I did check ALL the places that you all so kindly suggested. It is clear that the door threshold is a little wider than it should be however the frame is solid with no cracks, so I will be happy with these results and not pursue perfection. My Scamp will not be a showpiece. It's beauty is in the places we can go. After raising the axle (and installing a new one) I parked it at a trailhead in Payette Nat Forest.

Sorry no pictures...new phone and I don't know how to get them here.
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Old 10-05-2017, 09:26 AM   #9
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I am glad you have addressed the problem and have an outcome to your satisfaction. Enjoy your Scamp as much as we do.
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Old 10-05-2017, 09:42 AM   #10
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decals

I wonder why Scamp doesn't run their decal across the door?

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Old 10-05-2017, 10:26 AM   #11
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I wonder why Scamp doesn't run their decal across the door?

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Because they can't get the door to line up perfectly even in the factory The stripes would make that situation very obvious to new owners.

It is actually a very difficult (read impossible) task to get doors to be perfectly aligned especially on a structure that flexes and has curves involved. Gravity will quickly have its way with the door and even it it left the factory aligned the stripes would not stay lined up for more than a very short time. Solution....no stripes on the door.

The door to my Trailswest Campster has two small block of UHMW (very slippery) plastic screwed to the bottom edge of the door. The leading edge of the plastic pieces is wedge shaped. That way as you close the door, which has inevitably sagged over time on its hinges, it is then lifted and supported by those plastic blocks so that it fits properly into the frame. Those extra little support blocks do help keep gravity from having its way with the door. When I went to do some work on my door I discovered those blocks. One of them is missing but fortunately I have quite a lot of black UHMW plastic on hand as well as the tools to fabricate it to the correct shape.
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Old 10-05-2017, 10:26 AM   #12
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I wonder why Scamp doesn't run their decal across the door?
Mine did go across the door from the factory (and still aligned after 8 years), but when I replaced the decals this spring I chose to leave off the stripes, retaining only the "Scamp" name.

Because Scamp builds every trailer to the buyer's specs, they will do whatever the buyer wants regarding decals, including leaving them off altogether. Beyond that, many owners remove or add decals after purchase, so pretty much anything is possible.

In this case, there has clearly been some mucking about with the door by a previous owner. It's anyone's guess why the stripe is missing. Perhaps it never had one. A previous owner might have removed it to hide the misalignment in sale photos, or it could be a replacement door. If it ever had a stripe, you would probably be able to see a ghost in the gelcoat if you look closely.
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Old 10-05-2017, 05:20 PM   #13
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It was the opinion of another friend who has some fiberglass Rv experience, that the door was a replacement.
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Old 10-05-2017, 06:23 PM   #14
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well my Scamp has been repainted I really like the decals running across the door now you throw a curveball at me do I strip or not?
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