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Old 05-22-2011, 12:07 PM   #29
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Post Definition: Rat Fur

I got this from cleaning the rat fur.

Rat Fur is the nick-name we've applied to the marine carpet-like material that Scamp has been using since the late '80s as a wall covering (it is glued to a layer of Reflectix, which is glued to the fiberglass -- Reflectix is a layer of plastic bubbles sandwiched between two layers of reflecting foil).

Prior to Rat Fur, Scamp used a thick layer of Ensolite foam glued to the fiberglass; that is nick-named Elephant Hyde.
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Post A respected teacher, no longer with us.

I always filter my advanced searches for Newbie topics with the "Search by User Name" function, to type in a specific person's name to limit the search to that person's posts or topics.

Pete Dumbleton was a patient explainer of all things FGRV to new members.
While he recently lost his long battle with Tongue Cancer, his spirit lives on in our archives.

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Old 05-22-2011, 07:16 PM   #31
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"My problem is that I am so overwhelmed with the whole thing."
You are not alone. I feel that way about every other day with my Scamp project.

I just keep telling myself that a journey of a thousand begins with one step.
(Confucius? I don't know for sure)

There is so much I want to do to mine that I get distracted. I am working on choosing one project and seeing it to completion and before I know it, it'll be finished..._________

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Old 05-22-2011, 09:12 PM   #32
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Dan, I find that when I first turn the propane on it helps if I light the stove before anything else. It does take a minute or two to fill the lines. Some times it takes more than one attempt to get it to light - but once you get it light the first time you should have no problems after that.

My heater also acts the same way.
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Old 05-22-2011, 09:13 PM   #33
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Glad to know that my heater and stove both work the way they're supposed to!
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:05 AM   #34
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"bag awning" is another term I have come across that I don't completely understand.
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Old 05-31-2011, 02:03 PM   #35
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Hi: LurkerDan... Quite simply it's an awning that stays attached to your trailers awning rail...enclosed in a bag. It kinda hangs in there poles and all, and you open the bag, pull it out, and tie the polls to the ground with ropes and stakes. Interwest Sports sells a lot of them.
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Old 05-31-2011, 04:55 PM   #36
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Thanks, Alf. I did not know what that meant either. We use a First Up, so we don't worry about an awning, but I always wondered what kind of awning was.

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Our pop up had one. Tripping over the rope was a problem on the one we had.
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:51 AM   #38
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Thanks Alf!
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Old 08-02-2011, 11:10 AM   #39
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Change for a nickel, Danno?

Forgive the thread hijack.
Another Colorado Newbie Egg Jong dummie here.
Learning a lot form this thread and others.

(One tip I can pass on I don't think has been mentioned; you can easily find propane leaks by spraying soapy water on all the connections and looking for bubbles.)

Think you're overwhelmed? Wait till you see ours! At least you have the heater. we have basically an empty egg.
Glassed in cabinets and most of the stove are there, no walls, ceiling, no pads or curtains. Starting from scratch, woo hoo!

Hoping to have it in a roughly camping-ready condition for the annual sand dune trip this year! Hoping maybe we can both tow our "projects" down there!
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Houston we may have an infestation; 3 maggots, run for the hills! Welcome Bondo. Will you guys be up and running for this- Stage 2 | USA Pro Cycling Challenge
Be nice to see a collection of glass-on-the-pass TDF stylie.
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Ok, here is a "for dummies" question (#2 below is the real question, the rest is background).

I want to be able to stake out a tarp as an awning (I don't have the pre-installed railing). I figure if I had a few tie down points on the camper, I could stake out a pretty good rain cover and sun shade next to the camper. The camper has a few little "eye hole" things screwed/bolted in to the camper, but not in the right places (you can see two of them along the left side of this large picture, it's what the bungee cord is hooked to). So I am thinking of putting in 3 of them somewhere along the door side roof line. Questions are:

1) Is this a bad idea?

2) If not, how do you bolt stuff to the fiberglass body so that it is reasonably sturdy and waterproof? Doesn't have to be the "best" way, just a way that a dummy with little skills can do it and have it work.

As always, any advice (on this or other camper stuff) appreciated.
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Simple Awning

We're planning to add a simple, lightweight awning to our trailer. In the last few days I've added some pictures of a trial run of it on Preparing a Scamp 16, in the Modification thread.

The pictures show it attached where our clothes line mounts. It's simply a couple of pieces of plastic pipe that slide into a c clamp and are tied back, in the trial run, to the Vent. In the trial the top is covered with an old striped sheet.

In the final unit that mounts on the side the plan is to use super suction cups to hold the pipes and to tie the top of the pipes to two suction cups or the far side edge of the trailer.

For awning material I was planning to use waterproof Nylon, no sew material used in making storage kayak bags. Depending on thickness it weighs 6-12 oz/ square yard.

The poles are 10' long and could easily mount under the trailer.

another idea for you,

Material Source:
http://www.seattlefabrics.com/nylons...sealableoxford


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