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Old 05-27-2013, 02:37 PM   #1
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plastic rivet caps on Scamp

The plastic caps are falling off my 2004 Scamp, normal I guess for it's age.
I have read about them in the forums and understand they are a two piece
unit. I am not about to drill out all the rivets just to put on new caps so I'm
wondering if they can just be glued on with a dab of white sealant.
Second question is, are they available any place else but the Scamp factory?
Thanks in advance for any info.
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Old 05-27-2013, 02:56 PM   #2
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The caps can degenerate with age/sun damage. You only need to replace the snaps not the holder and rivet unless the plastic holder has been broken.

You can buy new caps from Home Depot & other hardware stores but be warned some of them are slightly different in size depending on the manufacture and may not snap down as tight on the plastic ring holder unless they are the same brand. Scamp sells a package that includes every size used on the trailer making it easy to replace them all in one shoot & they will fit tight to the snap ring. If you have the right caps you should not need to use anything but the snap ring to hold them in place - but you do need to push down on them hard to get them to actually snap on close to the trailers body.
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:08 PM   #3
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So, I guess this means that if I can pull a cap UP a touch and kinda twirl it around, it needs to be replaced?

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So, I guess this means that if I can pull a cap UP a touch and kinda twirl it around, it needs to be replaced?

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Not really. Snap caps are for decoration only and they should all be easy to pull up & off. I can get all of my caps off by just putting a finger nail under the edge and pulling up. If your able to spin the cap around a bit it may be that the cap hasn't been pushed down hard enough onto the plastic ring to snap it firmly and tightly onto the ring. If you are able to spin the cap and the plastic holder that might be a good indicator that the rivet isnt as tight as it should be. In that situation you may want to drill out the rivet and replace it to tighten the plastic cap holder back up before you have a leak.
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Thanks to all for your info about the 'caps'. From an old forum I found a company
"Pro-Dec.com" and ordered 20 small and 30 large caps at 10 cents each. I will let you know if they work.
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Thanks to all for your info about the 'caps'. From an old forum I found a company
"Pro-Dec.com" and ordered 20 small and 30 large caps at 10 cents each. I will let you know if they work.
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Pro-Dec: Manufacturer of Screw Covers, Screw Caps & Snap-CapsŪ
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Just ordered 50qty of 8/8 and 50qty of 12/12 from prodec website. Was $16.49 shipped.

Will update on which size I use more of etc. when I go to replace some rivets on my Scamp 13 1997
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I recall a post a long time back about drilling out and replacing a rivet with a brass or stainless steal bold. I think the poster gave sizes etc. We just have one bad rivet on a curtain rod bracket in our 16 ft Scamp and seems like the simplest solution for now.
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Hi Steve, did you figure out what size snap cap to order for the 16 ft. on pro-dec.com? I need to replace pretty much all of mine.

Also, the piece underneath... is that what is referred to as the "plastic washer" on the scamp site?

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I recall a post a long time back about drilling out and replacing a rivet with a brass or stainless steal bold. I think the poster gave sizes etc. We just have one bad rivet on a curtain rod bracket in our 16 ft Scamp and seems like the simplest solution for now.
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The plastic caps are falling off my 2004 Scamp, normal I guess for it's age.
I have read about them in the forums and understand they are a two piece
unit. I am not about to drill out all the rivets just to put on new caps so I'm
wondering if they can just be glued on with a dab of white sealant.
Second question is, are they available any place else but the Scamp factory?
Thanks in advance for any info.
Stu
When you pop the caps off you will then be able to see whether the retainers are still in good shape. When I changed mine on my 2004 about 7 years ago, the retainers were all in perfect shape so it cost only 15 dollars and twenty minutes to change them all.
Any cover that is now intact, even if it is gray and grainy , or even cracked, should accept a new cap.
My trailer is now stored indoors , climate controlled, so we have pretty much doubled the cap life.
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Hi Steve, did you figure out what size snap cap to order for the 16 ft. on pro-dec.com? I need to replace pretty much all of mine.

Also, the piece underneath... is that what is referred to as the "plastic washer" on the scamp site?

Thanks!
We already had a supply of snap caps and washers from the previous owners but were just trying to figure out what size screw works to replace the rivet once it's drilled out. We just tried a couple sizes and figured it out. Then just used a plain old nut on the inside --- doesn't show behind the curtain anyway.
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Thanks for this tip!
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Thanks for this link!
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If you have a West Marine store near you, their snap caps alledgedly have UV inhibitors/stabilizers in them which should make them last longer.

HANDIMAN Assorted Screw Snap Caps | West Marine

I haven't price checked them since I'm more interested in a lasting repair than an on-the-cheap temporary fix.

Snap caps for #10 screws seem to match the size on my Casita.
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