Hi All - Been several months since I posted here. Finally got around to ordering a new axle
for my '84 13' Scamp
. Replaced the original 'torflex' type with a new Dexter Torflex, 2200# (de-rated to 2000) 22.5* down start angle, with 7" electric brakes
& 5 on 4.5 hubs. The old axle
which had begun life as a 22.5* down angle leading arm with no brakes
, had devolved to approx 10* up angle & the only 'flex' left was in the tire sidewalls
. A month or so ago my grandson & I removed the old axle
(cut off & left the upper part of the mounting angle bracket in place as it is much heavier metal than the Scamp
chassis) & installed the new axle & new wheels/tires. I intentionally ordered the new axle without considering the extra 1/4" of the old mounting bracket as I wanted the trailer to 'ride' approx 'level' with the bottom of my P/U. Wonder of wonders, it is nearly perfect. I'll probably hafta make some kind of step or stool for my wife to enter the doorway but that's OK, it looks & tows much better IMO.
Now I'm ready to begin the interior 're-hab/restoration'. I intend to eventually make the rear dinette into a permanent bed (with under storage in plastic bins) & re-do the front bunk beds/couch into a 2-person dinette with porta potti storage under 1 seat. I've already ordered (from Scamp) a new door latch, 'pop-rivet' set for trim & curtain rod brackets, & door hinge renewal parts, as well as new LED tail/brake/signal lights
(from e-trailer) that closely match the original 7" round lights
, & LED side marker lights
The interior 'elephant skin' wall/ceiling covering is pretty 'grimy' with some mildew spots scattered here & there, hence my ???. I remember some posters mentioned using a 'sonic scrubber' or similar tool to clean their walls so I plan to purchase/order one pretty soon now. Question - which is the better product, the sonic scrubber 'scrubbing bubbles' model or the 'pro' model, or is there another product used by members here that might do a better job? Also, if you're using the sonic scrubber do you order the additional brush kit for more versatility, scrubbing capacity, etc? I see also that some (many?) here use the Awsome cleaner for cleaning the outside; is it also good for the interior or would something like 'Simple Green' work better? The interior is in pretty good condition except for being dirty so I'm undecided at present whether to 'caulk' the seams or order new seam tape from Scamp
. Gonna fabricate new cabinet doors & probably install new flooring in the 'walk-around' portion of the cabin. Probably have several months work ahead but am looking forward to getting started. Any help, advice welcome & appreciated.
Here's the Scamp when I brought it home in Jan 2011
With new axle/wheels installed