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Old 04-16-2010, 09:14 PM   #1
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Okay, we just got our used Scamp 16' and will be renovating (complete.) We don't want a sink, toilet or gas burner included. We still like the outdoor cooking and so forth, so I was wondering if anyone here has done a restoration without those items. We like clean and spacious (as much as you can get in a 16' trailer.)

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Old 04-16-2010, 09:46 PM   #2
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Okay, we just got our used Scamp 16' and will be renovating (complete.) We don't want a sink, toilet or gas burner included. We still like the outdoor cooking and so forth, so I was wondering if anyone here has done a restoration without those items. We like clean and spacious (as much as you can get in a 16' trailer.)

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If you do plan on removing those appliances and possibly the counters ,make it so that it will be easy to reinstall later at time of sale if you choose to sell , and will be worth more . These trailers are highly sought after especially with all original equipment .
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Old 04-16-2010, 10:03 PM   #3
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If you do plan on removing those appliances and possibly the counters ,make it so that it will be easy to reinstall later at time of sale if you choose to sell , and will be worth more . These trailers are highly sought after especially with all original equipment .

Thanks Perry, the previous owners took out all appliances except the fridge, but they cut the gas and it wasn't working at all so we will remove it and replace it with an electric one. We aren't even thinking about resell as this is our first and probably last one.
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Old 04-16-2010, 10:36 PM   #4
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Oh, it also had electric brakes that the previous owners disconnected. Is this something that can be easily fixed? Do I need to fix them?

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Old 04-17-2010, 10:43 AM   #5
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Unless your towing with a tank, I would invest the time to repair the electric brakes. (just me)


Taking out the toilet? Really? Do you plan on boondocking at all? Even being in a campground with facilities does not assure you a bathroom. Or should I say a pleasant bathroom experience.

Personally I understand what Perry is saying about re-sale, but I am not one to adhere to keeping things "original" and since you are pretty sure re-sale won't be the case I say do what makes you comfortable. But make sure the things you rip out are not the things you will want for your campging pleasure in the future.
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Old 04-17-2010, 11:48 AM   #6
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"We don't want a sink, toilet or gas burner included."

Why not just buy a tent and forgo the trailer? Without any of those "conveniences" you are deleting, there seems little need to justify hauling around just a gutted-out carcass of a trailer. Just my take on it.
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Old 04-17-2010, 12:17 PM   #7
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My wife and I tent camped for many years (decades actually), and finally decided we needed a self-contained trailer for one main reason - we had reached a point where we didn't want to have to use public "facilities," especially in the middle of the night. We could do without the inside stove, sink, and shower, but when we have to get up at 0200 to use the restroom, it's awfully nice to be able to do it without getting dressed, finding a flashlight, and going for a hike.
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Old 04-17-2010, 12:56 PM   #8
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Oh, it also had electric brakes that the previous owners disconnected. [b]Is this something that can be easily fixed?
I think so.
Each brake will have TWO wires hanging out the back of the drums.
  • One is 12 volt power, and needs to be connected to the BLUE wire coming from the 7-pin plug, which is the output from the brake controller in the tow vehicle.
  • The other is "Ground" or "Return" and is usually connected (white wire in my picture) to the frame of the trailer at a point close to that brake drum.
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Old 04-17-2010, 01:02 PM   #9
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My opinion
Keep the bathroom.
Use a camp stove in or outside depending on weather.
Use water jug in or outside with a plastic wash tub for dishes.
Use a portable cooler for one for food and one for drinks.
I have never used the stove,sink or frig in my 13' scamp. I cook outside all the time and if its raining I use a tarp.
Just my opinion.
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Old 04-17-2010, 02:39 PM   #10
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Okay, we just got our used Scamp 16' and will be renovating (complete.) We don't want a sink, toilet or gas burner included. We still like the outdoor cooking and so forth, so I was wondering if anyone here has done a restoration without those items. We like clean and spacious (as much as you can get in a 16' trailer.)

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Well, different strokes for different folks. I'm not being snotty here, but maybe you'd be happier with a cargo trailer... you could put windows in, insulate as wanted and plan the layout EXACTLY as you desire. In the Scamp there are inside supports you need to leave in place to keep the roof from concaving. If you sell the Scamp, you'd get more than enough money to convert a cargo trailer. Imagine a HUGE bed and maybe recliners!

Thinking out loud here.
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Old 04-17-2010, 02:48 PM   #11
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Thanks for the replies, All.

Here is more of the plan. Your feedback is always appreciated.

We've tent-camped all these years and as much as we do still love it, we also wanted the luxury of a trailer as a safer shelter from the harsh outside environment and nut jobs now that we're traveling with our little girl. The space previously used for the toilet (front of the trailer as one enters) was a bulky DIY project by the original owner we weren't kin on we plan on using to build a daybed for our daughter. The front window has also been covered with more fur which made the place stuffier (that darn fur!!!).

The kitchenette situation isn't an urge or a need for two reasons, Greg: one, the original owner removed it to build bunk beds and didn't save it so we don't have it to restore nor is it in our budget at present to rebuild. Two, I can't really see myself cooking bacon inside a 16' trailer. A small sink and two small burners with fully functionning plumbing and electricity would be nice but this may be a later project as we reassess our camping needs. For now, a canopy and our current camping equipment should suffice as it always has.

Ray, your description of night trips to the bathroom had me laughing. Aaaah the memories!

Frederick, thanks so much for that explanation!!! if you don't mind, I'll bug you if (when) we hit a wall. We figured we'd need them since the trailer will be fairly light and we don't want it swinging if we have to hit the brakes hard. Thanks again.
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Old 04-17-2010, 02:50 PM   #12
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I think the camper could work well for you. It's also more "acceptable" if you plan to stay at campgrounds (compared to school busses, cargo trailers, and the like).

Yes, you should leave in the support of the closets/cabinets (or make other supports/ring frames/etc. to take their place), but you can still personalize.

It sounds like you got the trailer inexpensively, and like it's not pristine, so you won't be "ruining" anything cosmetically.

I vote to live your life, with your trailer, as you want to vs. being a slave to re-sale value (assuming that is what you want to do). Just do keep it structurally sound.

After car/van camping (i.e. in the vehicle) for years, I feel there is still a difference in a "hard tent" over a fabric tent. You can bring your bed, keep everything stowed and ready to go, stop over in a Wal-Mart, relax in a rest area, have electricity.... things that don't work as well in a tent-tent.

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Old 04-17-2010, 03:18 PM   #13
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Precisely, Raya!

I understand where everyone is coming from but we don't have a problem digging to use the bathroom (our 5 y.o. just "Eeeeew-ed" me) or building a fire to cook dinner. We really do want to keep some of the "rough" camping alive and teach our daughter. It's just nice to have a safer place to sleep in and we couldn't be happier with our find after all these years. I should add we plan on using the Scamp as a guest house when not on the road. As you've pointed Raya, resale value is not a concern of ours at all.

We did on plan on rebuilding or refinishing the support structural cabinets as per several suggestions on here, which we will have to work around the new fridge once we find it.

Thanks for the suggestions, All!
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Old 04-17-2010, 03:48 PM   #14
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I think once you get out and camp a few times you will decide what you will need or want to add. I know it is just nice not being in a tent when a nice rain storm comes along or sleeping on the cold hard ground. Steph
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