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Old 02-13-2003, 06:54 PM   #15
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Nope not mine my neighbors.It caved in with 12'' of snow.Roof was right to floor.He cut it in half along seam(belly Band)Top half is mine now.
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Old 02-13-2003, 06:56 PM   #16
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Ah, so you now have a "spare" roof section ;)

Sorry for your neighbor's loss!
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Old 02-13-2003, 06:59 PM   #17
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Hey, Ches!

We finally found someone that had a spare something that Charles doesn't have! Good job! Hey, Charles - you got one of those in the back of your Suburban?;)
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Old 02-13-2003, 07:02 PM   #18
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No, Suz ... I don't. But I'll bet I could strap one onto the truck's luggage rack.

I was going to put a Thule 2100 up there this spring to haul around firewood, wet hoses, Pam's collection of astro-turf, etc

But half a fiberglass trailer would accomplish the same thing.
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Old 02-13-2003, 07:03 PM   #19
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Hey Guys
Put it on Michaels "to have list''
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Old 02-13-2003, 07:07 PM   #20
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All kidding aside.

That really would be an awful thing to happen. Sure makes us more aware that we do need to keep a watch on them.
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Old 02-13-2003, 07:11 PM   #21
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If you take a good look at how thick your fiberglass is , it makes you think.Less than a 1/4":conf
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Old 02-14-2003, 07:55 AM   #22
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When did they reinforce it?

My question is, what year did Scamp upgrade the roof to be stronger?

Jamie -- the problem, I think, with older eggs is that the roof doesn't have enough arch to make it strong. It's relatively flat and thin. Thin is ok if there is sufficient arch. However, the walls, being vertical, and the edges of the roof, being tightly arched, should be plenty strong. What you are proposing is to actually remove the weakest part of the roof, and replace it with a proven-strong roof. This new roof will be sitting atop the strongest areas of the existing camper. Don't mistake me for an engineer, but I think if anything, you'd have a stronger roof. My bigger concern would be the increased flex at the corners. When you cut the hole, allow sufficient radius at the corners so they don't flex and crack. And again, by glassing up a lip at the top for the Westie top to fit over, you'll be further stiffening it, both for snow load and flex. I don't want anyone to say, "Well, Paul told me it would work", but I think it should.
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Old 02-14-2003, 09:14 AM   #23
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Paul,
I have to look at The Love Bug closely this weekend. Here are some pictures that you can see the roof line.
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e4d078420a4fleftrear.jpg/> <img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3e4d07c4dbd06rearshot.jpg/>

Any one know where I can find round taillights like what is pictured? They are surface mounted.
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Old 02-14-2003, 09:31 AM   #24
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tail lights:
I seem to remember hearing they were the same as used on school busses of that era. Certainly no shortage of those things. Might be worth a peek.

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Jamie,
I love your concept, it looks great! A little structural analysis will show you that your idea can be safely and easily accomplished. For those tail light lenses, I wonder if you can get a piece of red lexan or plexiglass and heat it in an oven over a wooden form.
Good luck,
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