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Old 11-27-2013, 01:03 PM   #15
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That we will keep the scamper which is why I'm annoyed that the chrome is so Cheap

What chrome? There is no chrome on a Scamp, the silver stuff is aluminum.
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Old 11-27-2013, 01:17 PM   #16
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Pretty much anything one buys is a trade off. If nothing else "perfect" trades off a bunch of your money.

The corrosion on aluminum does protect it from oxidizing away. Which is what iron does as rust. One can as Donna pointed out get polish/wax that will coat the metal if it suits you. I use one that leaves a silicon film for the belly band but windows and hinges are pretty much naked.

37 years later the aluminum is still fine, probably looks the same as it did a year after it was new.

Glad you found something that suits you and your desires, good to remember that FG campers are what 99.9 percent of the people here find meets their desires, a lot of those members choose a scamp. Little point in telling them they picked a lousy product just because it's not the product that suits you.

Whole lot of people love dogs of a breed that I would never get. Do you think they care why I don't want that breed?
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Old 11-30-2013, 11:09 AM   #17
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A note to all participants in this thread

Please allow me ask to rephrase the question and try to ignore the fact I have two trailers in my driveway for the time being and I asked about corroding hardware, not the cabin door hinges. As stated the door hold open latch and the window gravel guard assembly have ugly things happening to the metal. What other scamp owners have had the same problem with relatively new units?

Have older units experienced the same issue which may indicate a change in materials used for the job?

I apologize for "bad mouthing " the lil Scamper, I am not trying to insult anyone, like it or not I am a Scamp owner too.

I'll leave those comments for another post. Look for it, it should be fun.
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Old 11-30-2013, 12:21 PM   #18
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As requested, some pictures

As requested, some pictures. The door handle is fine but the door hook and receiver are not as are the gravel shield retaining gizmoes.
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Old 11-30-2013, 02:01 PM   #19
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Have you given any thought to cleaning & polishing the metal and applying several coats of clear coat to stop the oxidation
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Old 11-30-2013, 02:50 PM   #20
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I purchased an aftermarket gravel guard for my Scamp and the hardware too. The hardware is mild steel... it's gonna rust! So, before I mounted the hardware, I sprayed it with (GASP) silicone shoe wax. It's been on the trailer now in the Pacific NorthWET for about 7 years. It's time to replace the snap hooks, this time I think I'll buy small aluminum carabiners. They don't have to be weight-bearings, so 'elcheapo ones should work just fine. And if they last seven years, I'll be happy.
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Old 11-30-2013, 04:21 PM   #21
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I guess its a issue that has been around awhile, thank you for your suggestions
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Old 11-30-2013, 05:55 PM   #22
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Nice that you won't have this problem with the R-Pod since it doesn't come with any door holder at all!

FYI, though- There is a safety-related recall out on some R-Pod door locks.
here's a link to the recall notice.

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Old 11-30-2013, 06:39 PM   #23
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Now that I see the photos, I understand the OP's beef with the Scamp's hardware in question. The Scamp may be a fine trailer and a great value, but clearly all trailer manufacturers occasionally take shortcuts that may or may not be palatable to consumers. Some of these shortcuts provoke frequent discussions in various RV-oriented forums and this instance is no different.

Obviously the door handle is chrome plated but the other hardware looks like zinc plated mild steel rather than aluminum, and yes, it looks like crap. The door holder catch appears to actually be rusting inside, suggesting a poor quality plating job.

I'd be a bit peeved too if I had a near new trailer of any kind that had hardware degrading this quickly. I think the OP's first post asks a legitimate question which was, "Has any one else seen this happen to their RV?" If this happened to my "new" trailer (regardless of brand) I'd be asking the same question to see if it was a common problem or if I had a unique situation. Obtaining satisfaction from the manufacturer might take a different tack depending on which situation applies.
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Nice that you won't have this problem with the R-Pod since it doesn't come with any door holder at all!
R-Pods do have a door holder, lower outside corner of the door.
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Old 11-30-2013, 09:07 PM   #26
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So guys and gals do you folks have this problem or not. Go look at your ride and then comment.

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Yes ;Same discoloration- Same location- Holds door in place
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