Wanting to paint my scamp yellow so it resembles the lemon that it is - Fiberglass RV


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Old 08-12-2013, 11:57 PM   #1
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Wanting to paint my scamp yellow so it resembles the lemon that it is

New owner of a 2013 13' and have had issue after issue. Has anyone else had problems or am I alone here?
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:59 AM   #2
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What sort of issues and what has been the factory response?
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Old 08-13-2013, 04:20 AM   #3
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...In principle, most RVs would have same basic set up and simple to work with, unless a RV which is modified by amarteur who doesn't want to follow codes. There are plenty of help from knowledged and experienced members in this forum. Just join the discussion and learning from new aspect....
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Hi Blake, to FiberglassRV, we're glad you're here

There are lots of kind and helpful people here on the forums. If you're having problems, post in the Problem Solving forum and we'll come running.
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Old 08-13-2013, 04:52 PM   #5
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Welcome Blake.

It is kind of hard to relate if we have no idea what your problems are?
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Old 08-13-2013, 05:41 PM   #6
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I'm not sure if I just had high expectations in buying a brand new camper. For one the interior materials are extremely cheap. My table swelled twice the thickness because of a little moisture. The cabinet doors are basically compressed card board. Every time I take it out something else falls off of fails. Window cranks, fridge latch, stabilizer jack, the list goes on and on. Not a lot of help from the factory. About the only thing I like is the weight, awning and ac. Guess I wasn't looking for answers just wanted to see if its a common thing. Just venting out of frustration...
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Among the currently available range of moulded fiberglass travel trailers, I believe that Scamp takes the position of longest-established and least expensive. There are material choices which go with that... but some of what you describe is normal for RVs of any size or type.

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Every time I take it out something else falls off [or] fails.
This is not what I see other Scamp owners reporting, but that's only my impression from following this forum. "Lemon", meaning a bad example of a product which is usually fine, might fit.

If the Scamp factory is not responding, I note that they are well known for not handling e-mail very well, but they are known for being helpful when contacted by phone. Even by phone, service depends on who you get, so trying again seems like a good idea. Again, this is just my impression from following this forum.
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:20 PM   #8
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If just venting your description works, if you contact Scamp the specifics of what failed (and how) or fell off would be good to have laid out. What Brian says about calling them is true, most of the staff will be most helpful and want to resolve the issues you have if contacted by phone. Be prepared when you reach that person. However they seem to be very challenged by the whole email thing.

Posting the specifics here might lead to solutions being offered by forum members.

On Fridge latch breaking, having small spring loaded bars inside the fridge to hold the grocery items in place might help, these are sold at camper supply places for this purpose. Keeps the stuff in the fridge from slamming into the door and thus might keep a latch from breaking if that was what caused yours to break.

Lots of solutions could be offered if you post the specifics of what is going wrong.
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Old 08-13-2013, 10:48 PM   #9
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Roger...what's your experience on the sewer hose tube in the front. My 13 ft is being built soon and they say they will only mount it on the front above the battery. Donna D has been a good source of info and she stated to not have them drill holes in the trailer and mount it else ware. My question is where? They said it would not fit under the tongue, nor the back bumper...I did get the bike hitch. Also, they said it will hold a 20ft hose but I believe I only get a 10ft one. Is this long enough? Will I need any kind of coupler when I actually use it? Thanks...H
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Old 08-14-2013, 12:59 AM   #10
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For one the interior materials are extremely cheap. My table swelled twice the thickness because of a little moisture. The cabinet doors are basically compressed card board. Every time I take it out something else falls off of fails. Window cranks, fridge latch, stabilizer jack, the list goes on and on. Not a lot of help from the factory. About the only thing I like is the weight, awning and ac. Guess I wasn't looking for answers just wanted to see if its a common thing. Just venting out of frustration...
Wow! We have a 2005 16' Side Dinette & front bath/shower. Got it new in 2005.

Not had those problems. But no crank out windows on ours, different fridge but never problem with the latch (that would be from the manufacturer of the fridge), if the rear stabilizer fell off, I believe they are bolted on. Possible someone didn't tighten it on well enough. Some of the axels were welded on upside down at one time. Things can be done wrong.

We had a DC wire crimped where it entered the Scamp from the battery. I was able to find it & mend it. Started blowing fuses. Campground host suggested to check where it entered the body of the Scamp.

Dinette table in back has always been a bed, never noticed it swelling. The side dinette table has never swollen any with moisture.

Never had any complaint about the cabinet doors. Ours are some kind of composite wood, but not cardboard. Much like many of the other makes of stick built RVs. But have had them to open on rough roads. Often because I have too much stuff in the cabinets. We bungee them together through the pulls to keep them closed. Would have liked them to be fiberglass. We painted the inside of the shower door just to keep it more free from water effects when showering.

We chose the green material because it seemed thicker than the other materials in 2005. Still holding up, but just the side dinette seats get used.

We'd ordered ours sight unseen (never been in a Scamp). But did go by the factory before it was made.

But my son picked it up for us & brought it down to Loveland, CO where we meet them.

If wanting wood cabinet doors (& cabinets) one would have to order the Deluxe with wood interiors.

Ours hasn't been perfect, but no great disappointment. I would have liked a wider rear bed & at least 14" tires & wheels...15" would be even better.

Haven't broken any rivets, but have had a couple leak when rains hard. Rear Side Window by bed leaked once as well.

Have had trouble with leaking with the TV antennae a few times.

But other RVs (TT & MH) have had problems as well in the past.

Hope you get the defects worked out. And be able to Enjoy your Rig.

Give them a call, have a list of what has gone wrong with details of what has happened. Photos would be good. Keep calm.

If still too frustrating, I'm sure you will be able to sell it for what you have paid, maybe a little extra. Lot of people want one.

Good Luck with solving the frustration.

Post Edit: I have seen others get or make new doors for the cabinets.

Hman: haven't had any problems with the sew holder on front & still using the original hose. But have a better one since 2006. Can't remember if I bought the connections or if they came with them. It is the 10' one. But never have used it in a campground with sewer hookup.

With Scamp's the grey water drain is in back & the black water drain is in front. I added a sewer cap on the grey water drain with a garden hose fitting so a hose can be use to drain it without having to use the large according sewer hose.

Could the holder be placed on top of the tongue? Or on top of the bumper? Seem it would on the 16'. ???
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I'm not sure if I just had high expectations in buying a brand new camper. For one the interior materials are extremely cheap. My table swelled twice the thickness because of a little moisture. The cabinet doors are basically compressed card board. Every time I take it out something else falls off of fails. Window cranks, fridge latch, stabilizer jack, the list goes on and on. Not a lot of help from the factory. About the only thing I like is the weight, awning and ac. Guess I wasn't looking for answers just wanted to see if its a common thing. Just venting out of frustration...
I don't agree with some of the other posts. On a NEW unit there shouldn't be those kinds of quality & assembly problems and, somehow, as often as they are reported, complaints about Scamp response and q.c issues seem to continue.

That said, because the basic Scamp is at the bottom of the price range for FGRV's there will be some "Cost Reduced" parts used. Unfortunately a lot of buyers of new Scamps do so sight -unseen and wind up disappointed when the Beer price didn't yield Champaign quality.

But issues like loose stabilizer jacks & window cranks etc. shouldn't be a problem and I see that as a very valid complaint. I am a little puzzled about the table comment, can you tell us more about what happened.
And BTW: A "Little Moisture" is never a good thing inside a trailer....

Again, please give us more details and make a phone call to Scamp.....
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I am with Bob here.
There is no excuse for the QC problems in a brand new trailer,is there?

My favorite example of this was Dennis's trailer that had the water system not even installed so upon connection for the 1st time his new trailer flooded on him!
They did make it right in the end and that one was a glaring example for sure but why is the lack of QC so evident in big and small ways?

Things will always happen and at any point in the ownership of the rigs but it is no mystery and should hardly be met with resistance from a manufacturer when it is often on them and a little more effort might have prevented the problem.

Blake I also agree that Scamp is a little challenged with Electronic communications which is sad as I like having a record of the conversations sometimes but it is what it is and a phone call should be more effective with them from my experience.

I have often had Kent answer the phone himself and though he does not always jump on my idea of a solution the buck will usually stop with him.

I also like the idea of a Yellow Scamp!

Good Luck
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:25 AM   #13
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I'll give them another call. Thanks for all of your feedback
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:56 AM   #14
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I know where your at. I wanted to paint the word lemon on the bumper of my Trillium but Maggie nixed the idea . It took a while but I got things right and learned a lot as well. If it's something Scamp made, they'll fix it or cover the repair at a local shop.. The trailer Ed mentioned had other issues and Scamp ending up replacing it. I saw the replacement. I looked good to me.

It's important to remember that many of the components are not made by the trailer manufacturer and that much of the RV stuff they use is of poor quality to begin with. I recently replaced the broken chrome plated plastic faucet that came with my trailer with an all metal one I found on Amazon. Much better than the original and cheaper too.

Finally, solving these little bumps in the road is what this forum is about. Keep us updated. Raz
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