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Old 11-25-2013, 12:47 PM   #1
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Exterior hardware corroding ??

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I have a new SCamp 13 picked up this fall, the exterior door hinges, stay open latch and the gravel door latches are corroding, I know they use low end materials but having that happen sitting for what two months is a tad agrivating. HAs any one else seen this happen to their RV.
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Old 11-25-2013, 01:03 PM   #2
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Hi,

I have a new SCamp 13 picked up this fall, the exterior door hinges, stay open latch and the gravel door latches are corroding, I know they use low end materials but having that happen sitting for what two months is a tad agrivating. HAs any one else seen this happen to their RV.
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Old 11-25-2013, 02:25 PM   #3
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Did you wax your trailer and its small bits and pieces since you recieved it? If not I suggest you do as soon as possible before things get worse.
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Old 11-25-2013, 02:39 PM   #4
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I guess that might help....we have since purchased another trailer, the rpod, the scamp came to 11349 before taxes and the 2014 rpod was sold for 12,500,

SCamp,
1940 technology, little or no thought to layout, cheep parts questionable craftmenship. It does have a cuteness factor and I get 2 miles a gallon better milage.

Rpod
I couldn't resist, bathroom with shower, furnace, hot water heater electric pumps electric brakes, queen size full time bed, thermostated air conditioner, larger refrigerator with freezer, fantastic fan, great storage, 14 inch custom wheels, did I mention blue tooth radio,cd,dvd, colr tv with hd antenae, microwave, gray black and fresh water tanks with level indicators.
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Old 11-25-2013, 03:51 PM   #5
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I guess that might help....we have since purchased another trailer, the rpod, the scamp came to 11349 before taxes and the 2014 rpod was sold for 12,500,

SCamp,
1940 technology, little or no thought to layout, cheep parts questionable craftmenship. It does have a cuteness factor and I get 2 miles a gallon better milage.

Rpod
I couldn't resist, bathroom with shower, furnace, hot water heater electric pumps electric brakes, queen size full time bed, thermostated air conditioner, larger refrigerator with freezer, fantastic fan, great storage, 14 inch custom wheels, did I mention blue tooth radio,cd,dvd, colr tv with hd antenae, microwave, gray black and fresh water tanks with level indicators.

From looking at R-Pods and reading what people have said about them I wish good luck. When it falls apart a Scamp will be waiting for you.
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Old 11-25-2013, 05:00 PM   #6
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aluminum or cast aluminum which I think the door hinges are made of will react with the air to form a coating that actually keeps it from further degeneration. It will get grayish looking patina unless anodized. When we all polish our belly bands and get that black on the rag that is that coating, Then months later we do it again. Now the nuts/bolts are not stainless so unless you replace them with such, they will rust
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Did you ever have the scamp water tank condensation that goes years back in the archives? Does your tank sit right on the wood floor for the water to soak in or does the tank sit on some material being a new one, thanks.
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Old 11-25-2013, 10:01 PM   #8
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Todd, you are on the wrong forum to bad mouth any all molded towable. I mean really.... My Scamp is a 1988 and I couldn't be happier. And yes, I know it's short comings...
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aluminum or cast aluminum which I think the door hinges are made of will react with the air to form a coating that actually keeps it from further degeneration. It will get grayish looking patina unless anodized. When we all polish our belly bands and get that black on the rag that is that coating, Then months later we do it again. Now the nuts/bolts are not stainless so unless you replace them with such, they will rust
One can always take parts to a plating shop to have them anodized; a few small parts can always fit in with a larger batch next time a run of a particular color (including clear anodizing) is scheduled for very little $. Much cheaper than if you're in a hurry and need your few parts back ASAP.

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11k+ for the phone booth on wheels; 12.5 for the fully loaded thin can--hmmm. If I had all that change in a pile on the dresser, I'd be having thoughts of Escape.

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Old 11-26-2013, 07:55 PM   #11
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i know

Hey, just looking for some advice. I drove 2900 miles and paid 11400 and can point out flaws whenever i want. I respect you folks but scamp is low end there is no arguement. I wish th e escape was in my driveway but its not. Have a good day.
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Aluminum naturally corrodes. Believe it or not, that's one of its good features. It's not stainless steel and when polished will try to revert back to the corrosion state. You can polish it and skin it to prevent the corrosion... it's a heavy wax. Hot Rodders often use Flitz or Perfect Polish products. What you're describing isn't a Scamp problem. Even high-end Airstreams suffer corrusion unless polished and sealed.

I won't argue your statement about Scamp being low end. It is when compared to the prices, etc. of other all molded towables. Scamp is building a travel trailer about as inexpensively as possible, which opens the ability to purchase to many. But I can promise you, you will find more of these low-end trailers on the road when they're considered "old," than you will of nearly any sticky of the same age.

Let me tell you about the horrible roof leak my brother's $40,000 5th wheel suffered when it was less than a year old... not caused from damage either....
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We looked at and did a lot of research on R Pods . Like most stick built trailers the major problems with the R Pod did not show up immediately but 4 to 5 years down the road they magically appeared (Read the Forest River owners website) The 1999 Scamp we eventually bought was somewhat spartan when compared to the R Pod but it worked for us, had relatively low maintenance and NO leaks . To each their own but I see no reason to tear down someone or something to convince someone that you have the superior product. I believe my Casita is better for us than an R Pod and if I am alive 20 years from now, God willing I believe my Casita will still be functional.
I wish you great success with your R Pod and hope you find some lucky owner for your Scamp
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Old 11-27-2013, 12:39 PM   #14
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That we will keep the scamper which is why I'm annoyed that the chrome is so
Cheap. Hey i like volkswagons. It was my first car

So anyway happy holidays everyone.
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