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Old 07-07-2013, 02:02 PM   #1
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door on `98 scamp won't seal

After I finished washing the outside of our Scamp I noticed water on the floor. Lookin at then top of the door I can see that it's not making much of a seal with the foam gasket. It looks like the door has "flattened" out a bit.

I was wondering if a ratchetting cargo strap could be used to pop it back into shape.
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Old 07-07-2013, 02:36 PM   #2
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It looks like the door has "flattened" out a bit.
More likely the body had bulged a bit. Gives a similar appearance.
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Roy... that may be so, but the effect is the same. Original question... can I "add" some curve to the door with blowing it up?
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Roy... that may be so, but the effect is the same. Original question... can I "add" some curve to the door with blowing it up?
In one word.. No. And you can't "pop" it back in shape by using a ratchetting cargo strap unless you plan on leaving it in place... sorta like using wire and turn buckles.

It's work, but there are solutions. Here's one: Fiberglass RV - Document Center - Exterior Check out Robert Johan's excellent rightup for a Scamp door repair.
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Thanks, Donna. Looking at the PDF, a strap DOES work, so long as you are using it in conjunction with physical alternations to the door. Oh Well...

This time tomorrow, we're ON THE ROAD for North Carolina! Woot!

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Here was another solution that I dont think anyone would want more than a stop gap measure. IMO
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Here was another solution that I dont think anyone would want more than a stop gap measure. IMO
That's actually kind of an elegant solution. If the connection points at the top and bottom are mounted correctly, the door won't fracture around the connection points. If done correctly with bright-finish stainless, this could be quite nice and a lot easier than cutting apart the door.

BTW... do you have a link to a discussion of this method?
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BTW... do you have a link to a discussion of this method?
The picture is from post number 13 at the following very interesting thread:
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Thanks FK. I saved and printed the section out to PDF as indicated it was resurrected at one time and was a posted again. Some of these are ancient by today's forum standards.
Restoring Our 1972 Boler American

Improving door fit due to body sag
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Mike posted a picture of the wire and turnbuckles I mentioned in my post #4. Another solution has been to create a wood rack of sorts (shoes, magazines) that is to the shape you WANT the door to hold, then bolt it through the fiberglass, which effectively pulls the door back into shape.

I'd just get thicker gasket material (at least for a while)
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I just got a note from the builder of the turnbuckle door. It's doing just fine! He gives it a cinch every so often. Sounds like a plan!
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Here was another solution that I dont think anyone would want more than a stop gap measure. IMO
Hi! This seems like a great fix GMike A!! Any chance that we could get a close up to see how you attach it to the door? Do you screw it through the door? of rivets will do? Thanks!!! I have major headaches with this door!!!
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Thanks Horacio. I did not do the modification myself. If you see the answer above me by Fusedlight he talked to the person who did it. I am sure Gary will read this soon and he can help you contact the original person. I am curious also as I have the same issue on my door.
Nice to see the Scamp is everywhere.
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