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Old 05-13-2014, 09:52 PM   #1
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I have been searching all over Texas and half of Georgia for a scamp or Casita for my budget of 5k. It appears that I'm not going to find one with that budget. At least not one in good enough shape that I'm gonna part with 5k. The ones I looked at, I wouldn't give 3k for and the sellers wouldn't budge on price. However, I found one in horrible shape. It has nothing left inside and the floor is rotten. It is nothing more than a shell. I don't know what year it is, but I assume it's from the 70's. I can get it super cheap or I wouldn't even consider it. I would like to drag it home and work on it on my days off. Part of my brain says it's not worth the trouble, but part of me would like to give it a shot. I have zero experience in doing this sort of repair, so I guess that's what drawing me to it. I have many hobbies from woodwork to painting, so I'm always looking for something different to try.

The rivets are going to need replacing. Problem is, how's a fellow to know what they went to? I would like to do my own thing as far as cabinets, bed, seats and table go. I guess I could always repair what holes I don't need and put new holes where I want, but I don't know if that is a smart move.

Has anyone here attempted anything like this?
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Old 05-13-2014, 10:16 PM   #2
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What you are proposing will be a challenge without some past experience with FGRV's, but may be just what you want to attempt.

Usually rivets are missing when cabinets have been removed. If they are also missing, while they are available from Scamp, (if it's a Scamp that is) that's a major loss.

If Super-Cheap is a lot less than $1000, and you don't place to high a value on your time & labor, you may come out OK. But keep in mind that a lot of gutted trailers are just someone else's project that they discovered they couldn't finish either.

Take a good look at the mechanicals and the appliances, they can all be very expensive to replace and some, like the refrigerator or a sagging axle, are nearly impossible to repair.

I could write a list for parts that will give about 40 Ben Franklins a new home when restoring a gutted SCAMP, and your labor will still be free....

My suggestion, keep looking, look further afield and, if necessary, try to raise your budget a bit. Buying the best you can is almost always less expensive than rebuilding a gutted shell.
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Old 05-14-2014, 09:27 PM   #3
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Thanks Bob
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Old 05-15-2014, 12:52 PM   #4
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Part of me says run, far and fast from this project. But, the other part says if super cheap really is super cheap (my super cheap is far less than the $1,000 noted above) you might as well drag it home and "stabilize" the rig while you continue to research repairs and buying something else. If nothing else comes along continue your project to at least a useful state and enjoy it for what it is. So, I would pay a little for this rig (with clear title, of course) park it out back and at least repair the floor and running gear. From there I would see what kind of support the roof needs and design some cabinets/supports that fits my needs/anticipated usage. Throw some pads on the floor and go camping in your new "hard side tent". If you do decide to get rid of it a lot more people would be interested in a more solid, if still a shell, trailer and you should have no trouble getting out of it reasonably. Whatever happens though, your labor is forfeit to the deal and is the cost of doing business (labor of love).
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Ya BUT... If the op ties up some of his limited capital in a "Maybe" trailer, that makes it that much more difficult to take up on a bargain should one come along.....

And the way it seems to work... as soon as you buy one that's just OK, your dream rig comes by and you can't do anything about it.
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And the way it seems to work... as soon as you buy one that's just OK, your dream rig comes by and you can't do anything about it.
Yes but, also the way it usually works is if you DO NOT buy the other rig your dream rig NEVER comes along.
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Old 05-15-2014, 02:40 PM   #7
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But when it comes by, and you can't buy it, Joe down the street does buy it and you have to look at it for the next 3 years while he does nothing to it and it sits unloved in his driveway and becomes worse than the project you just bought.

IMHO: Always buy the best you can afford up front, it will cost less by the time it is done.

Been there, Done that.
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Old 05-15-2014, 10:34 PM   #8
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You both make excellent points. I can get it for about 500.00

I know of another one that's gutted and they want 1500, but I'm not about to spend that kind of money on a gutted trailer. I don't mind hard work, but I really don't want to attempt something that will be an impossible feat.

Several thoughts have crossed my mind.

1.Can I get it back in useable shape? In a reasonable amount of time?
2. What if the axle is sagging? Bob mentioned this would be a tough fix.
3. What about the missing cabinets? If those cabinets provide structural support, how would I know where to put them?
4. The plus side of it being gutted, I can arrange the space to suit my needs.

Lots to consider.
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Again, based on the WAG that it's an early Scamp, (answers about other makes will vary considerably)

1. We would need a lot of details about condition and pics, as well as some knowledge about your skill sets to even make a WAG on that one. Rest assured that, from your description, that I wouldn't make any reservations for this summer.

2. Sagging axles are "replaced" and most of the real work is writing the check. I think that about $1000 is a valid average number for parts and labor. There are a lot of threads on this topic in the archives.

3. As Scamps were pretty much the same for many years, all you would have to do is look at another similar rig to see how the cabinets are installed. As mentioned, in most cases new cabinets are available from Scamp (for a price) The lower cabinets one could build, but the upper ones need to be original types (Fiberglass), and the original securing holes will still be there to indicate locations.

4. A gutted Scamp is a blank canvas, but it's a canvas about the size of a large postage stamp, somewhat limiting much variety. If you look at the dozens of different 13' "Eggs" built over the past 40 years you will find very little variation in floor plans. The biggie being what's in front, a couch, mini-dinette or a loo.

Best of Luck.....
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Old 05-16-2014, 11:45 AM   #10
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Well, I figured I was the only nutcase that wanted it, but someone bought it. Ah well, hope whoever bought it turns it into something useable again
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No worries, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Was not meant to be, don't cry over spilt milk. Better days are ahead. Always look forward, not back. I’m out of clichés, but you get the idea. I missed out on the first FGRV I had a shot at, the second did not get past me.
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Old 05-17-2014, 07:58 PM   #12
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Hey guys, keep me in your thoughts and prayers. We found one in our budget!!!! I'll give details if I get it. I gotta travel a really far to pick it up, but I couldn't find one locally! I pray it works out!
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Old 05-18-2014, 11:57 AM   #13
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Well, that drive was a bust! Headed back to Texas. Aw well, it's a pretty drive.
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Old 05-18-2014, 12:04 PM   #14
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Well, at least tell us what happened, and you learned, and what you will do differently next time before hitting the road to look at a wild goose again.
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