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Old 06-25-2014, 04:19 PM   #1
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HELP!!! New Owner with hole in my roof.

Hi all, I just bought a project! a 1983 13' Scamp --- she WILL be great.
My first project seems to logically be to tackle the hole in my roof. Someone had installed and then removed a very large rv airconditioner...the hole is 14 1/4" x 21 1/2".

Does my trailer need to be re-squared?
Who would I get to do the kind of fiberglass repair to close in the hole?
I believe I want to eventually install a vent/fan.
and of course I'm on a budget
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Old 06-25-2014, 04:25 PM   #2
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Put an airconditioner in the hole.
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Old 06-25-2014, 04:30 PM   #3
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Sounds like the scamp escape hatch.
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Old 06-25-2014, 04:32 PM   #4
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Yes - but unfortunately it won't fit the escape hatch cover?
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Old 06-25-2014, 05:03 PM   #5
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This is the hatch you need

https://www.scamptrailers.com/parts-...te-detail.html
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:17 PM   #6
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David Tilston is correct, that size is the standard escape hatch Scamp installs on the roof. Pull out whatever is there and install the correct hatch and you'll be golden.
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:34 PM   #7
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One more thing. Scamp roofs are reinforced at the factory for factory install air conditioner. There is no reinforcement for trailer that don't have a factory installed A/C with a few exceptions. A 1983 Scamp doesn't have enough roof strength to support an A/C.

As suggested go Scamptrailers.com and get the escape hatch.

This looks like the one.


The best thing to do is call Scamp at 800-346-4962.
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Old 06-26-2014, 12:16 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone. I have decided to call Scamp for a bit of advice before I go any further. I can tell the roof is weak and i would like to do a.great job with my restoration.I'm kind of surprised at how simply made my camper is. I am feeling more confident every step of the way. I will need to replace my floor too and I am nearly finished taking things out already.
I so can manage this project with minimal help.
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Old 06-27-2014, 05:58 PM   #9
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Okay so I ordered a new escpe hatch. I thought the Escape hatch would not fit. I learned that there are two sizes.

I'm such a newbie!
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Old 07-04-2014, 07:43 AM   #10
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You are doing great, SimplyLesa. Coming here for information is a wonderful first step, and another nice thing is that Scamp stocks so many parts, you'll find what you need most likely. Good luck with the project - you sound strong and confident!

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Old 07-04-2014, 08:32 AM   #11
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Thanks - CampyTime. I'm not feeling so strong some of the time. A neighbor was going to help although after asking for a pre work advance to pay rent ... I bet I don't need to finish the sentence....darn.

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Old 07-04-2014, 09:46 AM   #12
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Money and help from others is always a concern with me too. Once I'm shown how, I can usually handle most things mechanical. But then again strength is sometimes an issue as I'm 5 feet 2 inches and 110.

I bet others have posted pics of an escape hatch redo or install here. If you click on search and then type your need in the bottom google search bar such as escape hatch install pics you'll probably find something.

If not what the heck call scamps service department and ask Micah what he suggests for any gaskets or sealants.

Best wishes, I know it can make you feel inept at times but hang in there. I don't find RV service departments all that helpful. Most have never heard of a FG Scamp, plus they charge around 85 to 100 an hour around here.

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Old 07-04-2014, 11:26 AM   #13
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Wendy. I think that I am simply having an difficult morning. I bought my escape hatch and first batch of rivets as well as butyl tape from the Scamp factory. So I have the right stuff. I think that the more I do the more confidence I feel. I CAN do this it may take longer with only me working on it - but what is the rush anyhow?

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No rush. Going slow and thinking about it makes sense. I used an old PVC tube to practice riveting first. Then I felt better about doing it.

The butyl: a little goes a long way. I would imagine you lay it along the underside of the hatch before you rivet it in. Expect some to spooge out when you're done which you can just clean up with a little mechanics pick or other small tool. Just don't dig or scrape on it.

When using the rivet gun it helped me to not cinch the rivet all the way to the head of the gun. Just leave a little space and don't squeeze down on the handle a full stroke at a time. If you do it in little increments the nail on the rivet won't snap as quick and you'll get a better flusher fit of the rivet to the trailer roof.

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