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Old 01-15-2006, 12:16 PM   #57
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Very common problem Gary...for some hints on fixing the door (and yes, it is fixable) click on this topic: Warped Scamp Door

If you have any other questions/problems, it may be best to open a new topic in the "Problem Solving .... " forum. It's liable to get more than in General Chat

Thanks Donna. That was some great information. I am a handy man but a new Scamp owner. I will give this a try. Thanks also on the "Problem solving forum" suggestion.

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Old 01-15-2006, 02:33 PM   #58
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Video of the Scamp Factory Fire here!
http://wcco.com/local/local_story_013222910.html
As of this time (2:30 CST Sunday) there are three videos. One of the fire itself and two surveying the aftermath. In one of those they report that the owners are hoping to be able to continue paying the employees for "at least 6 months".

Anybody on the list who'd be able to confirm that? I personally find that amazingly decent. Really impressive in the post Enron world to see a company doing the right thing by their employees.

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Old 01-15-2006, 02:48 PM   #59
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Former employers (Or current ones about to be former) accomidating employees who become unemployed thru no fault of thier own is not such an unusual practice. Its good business and good citizenship.

My company has moved several production facilities cross country and has actually sent HR folks out into the community to find jobs for those laid off, paid for displaced workers to attend job fairs and otherwise assisted in the transition. They have no legal obligation to do so, they just do it, because it's the right thing to do.

It is good for the community, and also has some selfish motivations. It avoids some of the financial hits the former employer gets from the government, be it the state or NAFTA etc.

Also, in the case of Scamp, since they want to rebuild, putting folks on a 6 months retainer of sorts helps them rebuild without a *big* fear that they will lose thier experienced workers to other employers.

It's a good deal all around.
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Old 01-15-2006, 02:59 PM   #60
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Mike, not only is it the "right" thing to do, it's good business for the Eveland family. First, they're the second largest employer in the town. They want to rebuild, and they want to keep their experienced employees. What better way to keep the good will of the city, it's residents, and their employees? Employees are the single most expensive resource any business has. The cost of carrying them for a few months probably pales in comparison to the expenses of finding, hiring, and training a nearly entirely new labor force from somewhere else. When I lose an employee, the hard and soft costs of replacing them (before I get a single day's work from them) is roughly $17,000. Now, perhaps their costs won't be that high per employee, but it'll be a lot of money just the same. And, they have the labor available during the cleanup and rebuilding efforts.

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Old 01-15-2006, 03:59 PM   #61
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A number of those employees could probably be put back to work almost immediately if a facility can be located. Parts department for one. Scamp doesn't manufacturer all the parts for their trailers. They purchase from a third-party all the hardware, appliances, etc. AND, parts is still big business as they can usually offer something to the consumer cheaper than a consumer can purchase directly.

If the latest molds are gone, they probably start rebuilding those almost immediately too. Once again if a temporary facility can be found. Making a mold isn't nearly as messy as creating the product that comes out of the mold.

Sure glad I ordered and received the front/rear window gasket material when I did.

Loyalty goes both ways too. A loyal employee will pitch in and help get a business back up and running when the goal is to get back to work and earn a living.
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Old 01-15-2006, 05:24 PM   #62
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As I recall, the mill that makes PolarFleece burned down a few years ago, and the owner paid full salaries to all employees until the mill was back in business. They got good publicity, earned the loyalty of their good people, and are doing just fine now.
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Old 01-15-2006, 08:03 PM   #63
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I've been to a fiberglass hot rod body building business and their molds were in a totally separate building because of the need to run big exhaust fans, etc.
Donna, I'll just bet you had a "Boring" time hangin' around "Sandy"...LOL!
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I vote that their new molds be made 6" taller!
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Old 01-15-2006, 10:05 PM   #65
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Donna, I'll just bet you had a "Boring" time hangin' around "Sandy"...LOL!
You got that right Dam-as-cus: Wescotts
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Hey Hey Hey! Be careful now..

I actually used to LIVE in Boring. (Yes, I had to explain it as a legit address to everyone)
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Old 01-16-2006, 10:19 PM   #67
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This is becoming old news, but I just found out what happened. I have been lurking at this site getting various ideas since placing our order for a 16' Scamp last September. We were due to pick it up in March and have been planning our maiden voyage during Easter break.

Currently we feel devastated, but I am sure everything will work out in the end. Thankfully nobody was hurt. So hopefully time, hard work, and some insurance money will get the plant up and running soon.
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Ahhh Todd, I'm so sorry to hear a member of this forum has been directly affected by this loss. We're all feeling really bad because indirectly we're all affected.

You're probably going to be one of the best conduits of current information. Please let us know what you hear from Scamp.
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The below is copied from a posting to the Scampers Yahoo Group.

For what it's worth, I talked to someone at Scamp today and she said the factory was a 100% loss. Offices ok. They had just gotten their phone lines back up and working. She said I was her 3rd. call so they had literally just gotten phone service back. I think that was around noon so it seems they are moving right along and trying to get the mess taken care of as soon as possible. They are hoping to get back to at least working with customers concerning warrantees in about about 2-4 weeks.
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You are offline for a few days and look what happens! We were shocked and saddened by the news. The fiberglass rv community truly mourns this loss. Seeing a Scamp is what led us down the road to buying our little egg. We've recently said that when we retire, if we decide to go bigger - it will be with a 5th wheel Scamp, so glad to hear they are planning to rebuild. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Scamp family.

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