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Old 08-19-2013, 05:25 PM   #1
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scamp motorhome?

Anyone seen one of these before? Owner says it is super rare.....

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Old 08-19-2013, 05:50 PM   #2
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Yes, they are as rare as hens teeth. Scamp only made them for a couple of years. Do to the "gas shortage" in the mid '70s, they simply could not depend on GM or Ford to supply them with enough chassis to continue the line. Gm/Ford were selling so many S10's and Couriers, that availabily to Scamp was questionable. So they had discontinued the motorhome.
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:52 PM   #3
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I think that one was listed here for sale back in June.
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...0-a-59233.html

I'm not sure why, but they only made a few. Good stuff, Raz
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:04 PM   #5
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Well now...if it has been for sale before and no one bought it.....hmmmmmm. might get a good deal?
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I could see that pulling my Snoozy........LOL
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From the ad thread which others have linked:
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This is really cool. Given how little the Ranger changed over its lifespan, you could probably move the Scamp part onto a last run Ranger.
There were actually lots of detail changes, such as a succession of engines, cab tweaks, and eventually a new front frame structure and suspension (probably due to the Explorer which shared the chassis back then)... but there hasn't been anything significant for a decade. And Tom's probably right - the rear end might be so similar that a newer Ranger would just bolt up under it.

My guess is that there is so little specific to the Ranger that another mini pickup could be swapped under the Scamp if required. As others have mentioned, various cab/chassis suppliers were used for this type of motorhome.

I wonder if the Scamp motorhome suffered from the same problems as other mini-Class C designs, which overloaded their truck chassis? I see that this one has a short wheelbase; it would be better with a longer wheelbase. First generation Rangers came longer, but perhaps not by the time these were made and perhaps Ford wasn't selling long wheelbase standard cab chassis-cabs (a Super Cab long box chassis with a standard cab and without the box). It also had dual rear wheels - my guess is that like the Toyotas this is a modification by the motorhome builder which was not unauthorized by Ford.
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If I could find one in really good shape (the fiberglass body and interior) and a reasonable price on the WEST coast... it would be under my carport. I don't care about the motor and drivetrain....

BUT, all the small mohos of this era were sadly underpowered. Trying to save money, because of the gas prices and shortages (at the time). Fuel is more expensive now, but there is no shortage...

From everything we've been able to find out, there were less than 15 Scamp mohos made, total.
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I recall both Dodge and Ford trucks being mentioned. I don't think GM or Toyota were talked about. I'd love to know more. Raz
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From the ad thread which others have linked:

There were actually lots of detail changes, such as a succession of engines, cab tweaks, and eventually a new front frame structure and suspension (probably due to the Explorer which shared the chassis back then)... but there hasn't been anything significant for a decade. And Tom's probably right - the rear end might be so similar that a newer Ranger would just bolt up under it.

My guess is that there is so little specific to the Ranger that another mini pickup could be swapped under the Scamp if required. As others have mentioned, various cab/chassis suppliers were used for this type of motorhome.

I wonder if the Scamp motorhome suffered from the same problems as other mini-Class C designs, which overloaded their truck chassis? I see that this one has a short wheelbase; it would be better with a longer wheelbase. First generation Rangers came longer, but perhaps not by the time these were made and perhaps Ford wasn't selling long wheelbase standard cab chassis-cabs (a Super Cab long box chassis with a standard cab and without the box). It also had dual rear wheels - my guess is that like the Toyotas this is a modification by the motorhome builder which was not unauthorized by Ford.
you are right about the axle, i would simply switch to a 9" Ford with a wide single truck tire. Scamp made around 10-12 motor homes, only a couple of Dodges. It was just a passing fancy.
I believe they also made a few utility cargo trailers using the bottom half of a 13 with a fiberglass lid.I had picture of one but I can't find it.
One of the Dodges showed up for sale in MN about two years ago and again in MI about a year ago. There were pictures on Craigslist.
Here is a photo of the Ranger based Scamp motor home which I drove, which was for sale a few years ago in WI....
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Don't even think about towing anything. I believe it's already at or over mfg's GVW. When Gardner-Pacific built 10 similar sized molded fiberglass motorhomes (Sunrader) on S-10 chassis all 10 were recalled due to chassis overload and, as there was no fix for the problem, they were ordered taken off the road.
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You'd have better luck finding a chinook, or a rialta. Both excellent rvs with fiberglass hulls
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While the Rialta look good and is the right size, I would do a lot of reading on the Rialta owners web sites before even thinking about buying one.

IN the past they have had, and may still have, driveline parts support problems. It may say VW on the front, but I understand that VW dealers don't carry parts for that chassis.
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While the Rialta look good and is the right size, I would do a lot of reading on the Rialta owners web sites before even thinking about buying one.

IN the past they have had, and may still have, driveline parts support problems. It may say VW on the front, but I understand that VW dealers don't carry parts for that chassis.
Lots of issues. I think there was a law suit. As I recall VW refused warranty. Raz
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