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Old 06-12-2006, 02:16 PM   #1
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Hi we picked up a used scamp 5th wheel this weekend and I could use a little info on the trailer. The unit was very clean and looked well cared for, AC and Reefer both worked on 110v, no odor's of any kind on the inside. I didtn't see any evidence of water leaks.

Anything special to keep an eye out for.



It came with 1988 Ford Ranger, 2.9L , which I think is a little small. We have a 4.0L Ranger, so I was planing on switching the hitch over to the newer truck.

We're really a bus-nut pair, but I think this unit will work very well for camping in some of the smaller campgrounds.


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Old 06-12-2006, 05:31 PM   #2
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Happy to hear from you, and congratulations on your Scamp 5er. I think that they are so neat. I have wanted one, since I first saw one. !!
Yes, I am with you, the 4 lit. Ranger will do a better job, if properly equipped. Did the smaller Ranger come with HD suspension, brake control, tranny cooler, and bigger radiator, too. ?
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Old 06-12-2006, 05:57 PM   #3
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The love of my life lived in York, Pa., but that was 40 years ago... anyway, glad to have you as a new member.

Penny didn't mention pictures. We love pictures, please post some when you can.

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Old 06-12-2006, 08:18 PM   #4
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Hi there, and congratulations on finding the FGRV just right for you !! Wishing you many safe, happy miles and wonderful memories. Hope to see ya down the road in the future. And yep, we love 'pitchers'
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Old 06-12-2006, 09:01 PM   #5
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Welcome to FiberglassRV and congratulations on achieving Fiberglass Nirvana! I'm a 5th wheel envy-est (is that even a word?). At any rate, we're glad you're here. And yes, we love pictures.

To answer your question, check all the safety stuff; wheel bearings, brakes, gooseneck hitch, know, the stuff that gets you down the road safely. Then get out and enjoy it, the rest of the stuff you'll find out about as you go along making memories.

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Old 06-13-2006, 10:51 AM   #6
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We'll be picking it up tonite, I have the wife shoot some photo's.

What the current superdoper wax/cleaner to get the oxidation off?

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Old 06-17-2006, 03:12 AM   #7
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There are lots of ways to get the oxidation off. If it's badly oxidized and powdery, washing it using a fine scotchbrite pad applied lightly with lots of soapy water will remove the loose oxidation, followed by a couple of coats of GelGloss (available at most camping stores and boat stores as well as online) will make 'er shine like new! A new coat in the Spring and Fall will keep 'er that way. If it's just slightly oxidized, a good washing followed by a couple of coats of GelGloss ought to do the trick.

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Old 06-17-2006, 08:54 PM   #8
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Well the last post just went off into the ether. Most of the oxidation came off with a good soap washing the wife give it yesterday.

I got three new tires for it today, mounted and balanced, also checked the brakes and after removing all the cobwebs, things didn't look to bad. I took the brakes apart and cleaned everthing up, springs and stuff, put some white grease on the backing plate and repacked the bearing.

I check with the factory on Friday, and they will sell the compelete, brake set for $96 plus shipping, doesn't sound to bad a price, if anyone's has any better site, let me know.
The above includes everything from the backing plate out.

Changed the goose neck hitch from the 88 ford range, 3.0L 4x4, stick, to our range 02, 4.0l 4x4 auto, I hope this pull's it better. The original 88 Ranger was a little gutless on the way home, of course the PO didn't have any problem, pulling mountain's or anything, LOL. Got to love old guys.

Then next thing is putting a brake controller on the truck, I have two options,
1) take the one out of the 88 and retro into my truck or
2) get a new one,
any thoughts.

thanks for the input and here's some pic's
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Old 06-17-2006, 10:18 PM   #9
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Wow! Looks great!
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Old 06-17-2006, 11:05 PM   #10
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Wow! Looks great!

and enormous! how many can you sleep in that thing?
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Old 06-18-2006, 05:43 AM   #11
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Nice looking set up! Just wondering, why both a bus and a 5er?
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Old 06-18-2006, 05:54 AM   #12
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and enormous! how many can you sleep in that thing?

There's room for six, but they better be friendly. We're thinking two bigun's
and three grand kids. But only for a weekend, a non raining weekend.


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