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Old 10-14-2013, 07:04 PM   #1
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That sagging door...

I have identified the problems with the drooping door on my '76 Scamp. The whole corner of the fiberglass body was breaking loose from the floor, and sagging...
I took out part of the floor, and took the camper to a place nearby that builds custom cars and hot rods. They fabricate a lot of custom parts for show cars, etc. The crew there got a kick out of the Scamp- and then they started to take a real interest.
I was there today, and they have built an extension of the frame cross member, with a very sturdy vertical brace that fits to the curve of the fiberglass, and rises up to the lower hinge. The hinge bolts will actually go through this 1/4 inch steel. That corner of the camper is solid as a rock now.

Well, you know how one thing leads to another- I liked their attitude, their workmanship, and their prices. I have now arranged to have them take the whole body off and sandblast and rustproof the chassis. They are also working up an estimate for doing fiberglass work and a paint job. Pictures to follow soon.

Sometimes, when you are up to your neck in alligators, it's hard to remember that you only set out to drain the swamp...
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:16 PM   #2
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LOL here is the thing Tom, if you have a fun llittle trailer in need of work do not take it anywhere near what I call "Car Guys" I camp with some and it always leads to a discussion on fixing something just a little bit better or making the trailer just a tab more flashy! LOL they next thing you know you will be painting it to match your car or buying yourself an equally as cool tug to pull it with! :-)
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:26 PM   #3
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Rebuilds, resto-mods or just fixin' is like a snake of dominoes! You touch one and the rest start falling. The end is that large pot of gold.... called CASH.
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Old 10-14-2013, 07:43 PM   #4
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Well, the trailer now has the floor out- sort of like a bottomless ;pit...
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:07 PM   #5
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Well, the trailer now has the floor out- sort of like a bottomless ;pit...

LOL you have no idea how bottomless it can be if you keep talking to/taking it to the "Car Guys"
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:23 PM   #8
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Car guys love to "fix things" just for fun.

Better be careful next thing you know you will end up on that show Pimp my camper ( ok maybe that is Pimp my ride) crazy show where the car guys to crazy stuff to someones car)

I think it is great that you have been able to find some place that does good work:is interested in doing the work for you at a fair price and it sounds like they will have a good time doing it too. Sounds like a Win,Win to me!

So now what year and make of old car are you starting to look for to match your camper when the car guys finish with it? Roomer has it that a lot of "car Guys & Girls" got started that same way.....or maybe they got the car first then the camper.

Have fun....Happy Camping
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:35 PM   #9
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Nice frame repair!

I think some of these folks are just jealous...looks like you're having fun with your project.
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We'll be having fun with you watching the progress.
With pictures of course.
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Old 10-15-2013, 01:18 PM   #11
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I think some of these folks are just jealous....
Yup just having a little fun with him. We all could be as fortunate to find some "Car guys" who want to work on our small trailers and not charge an arm and leg to do it. Sadly thats not been the case for most of us.
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Looks like your car guys figured out the problem the first time. Not many do, self included.

I'd suggest tacking a piece onto the upright at the level of the bench. That will tie the door frame to the bench for a bit more strength. Or run a piece at an angle back down to the top of the frame.

Make sure they lift the weight off the body before installing the floor at the front. Glass the plywood to the tabs, then lower onto the frame.
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:57 PM   #13
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Looking at the picture I would say the afore mentioned plans fit in the category of "while I have it apart I might as well...." I once ended up with a Ford pickup truck motor spread across three work benches that way.
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Hey, ThomKat, I have the same issue, but on both sides where the door is joined to the Scamp. The rust was so bad that I hacksawed the side you have shown in your photo off.
Purchased a piece of sheet metal (don't ask me the thickness) however it is ample to carry a load of weight. Put in a vise grip and bent it to accommodate the cross member and wood to fiberglass to. As for the other side the same thing has to be done. I will attach them with wood to metal screws, pre drilling first of course.
But great pictures and smart to add some metal to the fiberglass for added strength. My Scamp came with a metal hinge within the frame, did yours?
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