So...we bought a 95' 13 ft Scamp today!! - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-24-2012, 09:36 PM   #1
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So...we bought a 95' 13 ft Scamp today!!

It is great condition, but would like to remove the "fuzzy" insulation on the walls. Any suggestions?
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:24 PM   #2
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It is great condition, but would like to remove the "fuzzy" insulation on the walls. Any suggestions?
You should keep the rat fur and clean it. The rat fur wicks moisture out of the trailer.
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Old 06-24-2012, 10:48 PM   #3
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Thanks! I'm just so not a huge fan of it!
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:21 PM   #4
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The inner covering acts as insulation and helps prevent condensation. Plus as mentioned in prev. post acts as an absorbent/wick to deal with the condensation that does take place.
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:25 PM   #5
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The "rat fur" does several things. It deadens sounds, so the inside of the trailer is much quieter than outside. It provides insulation.
Under the "rat fur" is a layer of Mylar bubble. It's foil, Mylar,foil that is glued to the fiberglass shell. If you try to remove the "rat fur" you'll end up removing some of the Mylar insulation, creating one heck of big mess. Also everyplace you remove the Mylar lots of light will come through the thin fiberglass shell.

I would suggest you keep it for a while. Then if you really really feel the need to get rid of it, sell the Scamp and get something that has solid walls, Trillium, Burro, UHaul, and others.
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:44 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the helpful information. I think since everything else needs updated, that rat fur is just standing out more than normal. Once I remove the carpet and update the cabinets and hardware, I hope to not even notice it.
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:21 AM   #7
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I'm not a big fan of the rat fur either but I agree that as others have said you will be sorry you removed it as it does serve a number of very positive purposes. Dont think I would be nearly as comfortable camping in mine if it was not on the walls. Its actually a marine grade covering still used a lot inside boats as well. You will notice that older Scamps dont have it (they had a different product) so it was something that Scamp added after recognizing the short comings of what they used previously.
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Old 06-25-2012, 10:45 AM   #8
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Whitney,

The worse thing about the marine fabric used in the Scamp is that people call it 'rat fur'. The fabric along with the insulation work very well.

Our wall covering is now 21 years old and still looks great.

We have had three trailers. The first had a thin layer of 'wood' with 'mylar'. Definetely looked worn and dated after 20 years. We followed it with a Casita 16. The walls were covered with grey carpet, no insulation backing. Though we liked the look of the Casita's walls I believe the Scamp is better insulated and warmer.

The Scamp fabric really stands up well. Seems to not absorb water, probably because it's plastic based. I like it, my only reservation is that it has a few seams.

There are many things one can do to improve the usefulness of fiberglass trailers, in my mind replacing the wall covering is way down the list.

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Old 06-25-2012, 01:38 PM   #9
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Thank you for all of your feedback! I too think that of all the things I could do, that should be further down the list. It's in really good shape, but want to class it up a bit and bring it to 2012. Pictures to come!
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I think that the "Ratfur"/reflextix is the best lining offered on any fiberglass trailer.
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Thank you for all of your feedback! I too think that of all the things I could do, that should be further down the list. It's in really good shape, but want to class it up a bit and bring it to 2012. Pictures to come!

2012 Scamp trailers have "rat fur".
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Old 07-29-2012, 09:57 PM   #12
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our 1996 scamp's rat fur has an area where it seems to be separating from the shell. i would love to hear any ideas on how to fix.
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our 1996 scamp's rat fur has an area where it seems to be separating from the shell. i would love to hear any ideas on how to fix.
You don't say whether the reflextix is separating or just the fabric. but either way 3M makes a spray glue to handle it. You can make a needle point puncture in the middle of the sag and with the use of a straw nozzle, inject the spray glue.Move the nozzle around to spread the glue,then push it back in place. If it sags again right away, then wait 10-15 seconds then press it back into place.
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You will notice that older Scamps dont have it (they had a different product) so it was something that Scamp added after recognizing the short comings of what they used previously.
Are you sure that was the situation Carol? Or was it that the Ensolite used in earlier Scamps and many other trailers was no longer being produced.

I agree with the rest, if you don't like the "rat fur", sell the trailer and buy and earlier model or something else. Taking it out is a big job. Replacing it is expensive and labour intensive. Something similar to what was used in earlier generations is now available at Trillium RV.
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