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Old 08-29-2007, 10:00 PM   #15
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I would do it again in a heart beat. I purchased my '81 Scamp on Ebay and had it shipped to me in KS from CT, without seeing it. It was a shell on wheels pretty much. It took me 2 months, working night and weekends on it, and it turned out great!

The main thing about re-building your RV is planning. I sat down and drew everything out, and wrote on paper how I was going to do it. It helps a ton! My turned out Perfect in my mind, with a few stupid mistakes here and there, but not to noticeable.

The great thing about the whole thing, is that when your done, you have so much pride in the dumb closet on wheels that you feel like your a part of it, as you can say " I built that with my own two hands".

I spent about $3500 total on mine, with $1200 for shell, $500 Shipping, and then the rest is the cost of the rebuilt materials. I didn't go with the cheapest thing either, so you could problebly cut some corners here and there to get costs down if you wanted to.

I still have one last thing to do.... get the exterior painted. When your done with the interior, you have pretty much butchered the shell with screw holes and so on. It worked out good for me, as I am planning to paint it to match my car.... I will try to attach a picture to this post!

Good Luck!
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Old 09-01-2007, 06:23 PM   #16
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I don't consider it a make over. I think of that as a onetime deal. Wareas with the trailer it's an ongoing committment. We picked up the trailer in 94 and have been doing things ever since. One year...curtians one year...cupboards. the next... a screen door. After that ...New tires. This year ....Paint the shell. Next ...The axle .etc. etc The point being is that if you use them and enjoy them then it becomes a love/hate afair so much so that when you're not camping. You're fixing, washing, polishing, looking at f........
Mabee if it wasn't parcked in the driveway and I didn't see it all the time Things would be different
Or mabee not.
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Old 09-01-2007, 08:19 PM   #17
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I have read some of the posts that describe the work that people have done when they have gutted a trailer and did a total makeover. Would you do it again? Periodically there are shells for sale and I wonder if I should jump into ownership from the floor up. Would you do it again?
What would avoid? any suggestion of what not to attempt? Is it cost effective? Should I wait till I find one that doesn't need much attention?
If you enjoy fixing things up its a great way to spend those cool winter months. We bought ours last winter and saved a lot of cash fixing it up. Had a lot of fun making it our own. We bought it for $1100 and spent about $500 fixing her up. Its worth about $3500 now with our improvements.

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Old 09-02-2007, 10:01 AM   #18
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Yes indeed - we will be doing it again. It's been a few years since we completed Dewey. The only thing that has prevented us from starting our two other projects is precious time.

I don't think that we would have attempted any frame off/ground-up restoration if we couldn't do most of the work ourselves. Another motto that we tried to stick with was "if it's broken, try and repair before buying or making something new". Some things we just couldn't and didn't want to compromise on, i.e. purchasing a new door hinge. It also helped greatly to have access to the tools necessary to do the job. What we didn't have, we borrowed.

For the initial purchase price of $1,000 and about $2,500 for the rest, we have a trailer that we know is going to live on for another 30 years. The only thing that I couldn't even begin to calculate would be how many hours of labor it took to complete the project.

So now that our garage is built and we have a few less trailers to worry about, will this be the year Compact Junior is started?

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Old 09-02-2007, 10:07 AM   #19
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Yes indeed - we will be doing it again. It's been a few years since we completed Dewey. The only thing that has prevented us from starting our two other projects is precious time.
How about some shots of the Bigfoot 5th wheel on your website? Is it on the restoration list?
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Old 09-02-2007, 10:27 AM   #20
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How about some shots of the Bigfoot 5th wheel on your website? Is it on the restoration list?

Hi Cam - I'm ashamed that the website is so out of date. I will be updating our site later this month as I do want to include new pages for the Bigfoot and Boler and add closure to the stories of the Green Grape, Stubby and the 4500 (still keeping the pages on the site). I went back and read what I had written and want to add more specifics to the story of Dewey - like where we purchased some items and elaborate on some of the details. The Bigfoot has undergone some minor cosmetics and I have tons of pics to add. It is in great original condition, so some of the "I want" items are going to be further down the road - like an air conditioner and laminate flooring. What a great unit - really pleased that we got it. We are heading out tomorrow for one last trip, so I plan to take a ton more pics.

I did have a chance to work on the Boler a bit this past spring and did complete the altering/sewing of the add-a-room, gutted the whole trailer and took the fridge apart and painted and repaired.

Sorry to be off-topic.

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Old 09-03-2007, 01:17 AM   #21
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I will be updating our site later this month as I do want to include new pages for the Bigfoot and Boler and add closure to the stories of the Green Grape, Stubby and the 4500 (still keeping the pages on the site). . . .
Brenda, please do post an announcement here when you have updated your website. I've read all the stories -- they're terrific and I know I will enjoy reading the updates as well. "Dewey" is my personal favorite of the amazing transformation can be done with a small trailer.

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Old 01-14-2017, 09:54 PM   #22
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There is no doubt that a complete ground up restore is a huge undertaking. If yI had limited skills, limited tools, and no location to take on one of these huge projects I might feel its a great idea to reach out to members that have successfully completed theirs and find out whats to expect. If one is "chomping at the bit" make sure to be fully prepared for what is to come.

For me, its all about the enjoyment of doing a restore on my own. Knowing I've overcome all the obstacles to create a product that meets my dreams and that moment I set up my little burrito near my favorite mountain river spot and see the comfy cove I've created to enjoy my favorite drink by. Kicking up my feet after a flawless pull and set up is also priceless.

What ever it is, a restore project or brand new camper, get out there an use your product and live free. My 2 cent.
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Old 01-15-2017, 05:10 AM   #23
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We got our 79 Boler in the year 98 and everything was original inside and exept for an added AC on roof, which was too heavy for the roof and was sagging bad, so we ditched first thing, everything was in working order.
My wife was crazy about KEEPING IT AS ORIGINAL AS WE COULD.
Over the years things break or stop workng so I've HAD to replace things.
Only real remodel I did was to build shelves in closet.
Things like home made rock guard supports, or new furnace, new fridge, new converter/charger/ Solar adaptability, new roof vent/fan and new wiring through out along with new LED 6 inch high top lights in the back or battery tray for the front toung.
I do not concider these things as remodeling but just up-keep
Would I do a compleat overhaul.?.
Seeing some of the picts on FGRV I get envious but still love our "Ladybug" and would never trade it in.
The challange or a complete restore doesn't hold be back as I know I could do all aspects of the job but it is the expense of the project.
The cost of new appliances are quite steep and at my age and not being a full-timer it's alot of $$$ just to sit in the yard 3/4 of the year.
That is the biggest thing $$$ sitting.
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Old 01-15-2017, 01:48 PM   #24
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We are well into interior rebuild, general body work done and will paint entire outside with a fresh coat of gelcoat lastly. For us it is worth the effort new hot water tank and furnace, good used stove of same size looks a lot better, and the furnace uses a lot less power then the old one did before it gave up.
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Old 01-15-2017, 11:31 PM   #25
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We are cutting our teeth on a '71 Boler and it is been fun. Planning on using for a few years then selling to get a 17' something...wish there were better sources for parts as not thrilled with scamp trailers. I think it is strange to call and place an order and not get info on order # total price eta etc... would and will do again! Great family project and memory maker.

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Old 01-16-2017, 07:31 AM   #26
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...wish there were better sources for parts as not thrilled with scamp trailers.
Kyle, other than the door hinges, I cannot think of ONE thing that you need to purchase from Scamp. Everything else you can purchase elsewhere. Shoot since you're in Texas, you might be able to get what you need from Casita! If you need something specific, start a thread and ask. You'll get a lot of responses that may save you a bunch of money.
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Old 01-16-2017, 08:01 AM   #27
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Great thanks for the tip

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Old 01-16-2017, 08:03 AM   #28
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I just look them up Italy Texas just an FYI for everybody if you plan on visiting Casita police officers in Italy Texas do not I repeat do not give warnings for speeding

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