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Old 08-19-2018, 09:30 AM   #1
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Iím new here with a few questions

First off thank you for letting me join this group.
Iím going to look at a 1973 Tote and Tarry today. It has a few minor issues, such as a cracked front window and a light cover.
However all minor details. I was wondering if there is a place I can buy repair parts from, or will SCAMP parts retro fit.
Iím two yrs out from retirement, and I really like this trailer. Any help will be appreciated.
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Old 08-19-2018, 09:43 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum, Steven!

Some Scamp parts might fit, and there are other sources for parts. Some are common RV parts that haven't changed in 50 years. Others, like lights, can be replaced with improved, modern (LED) equivalents. Not sure about the front window on a Tote and Tarry, but many Scamp-type trailers simply use a piece of ordinary plexiglass installed with an automotive gasket.

When you go to look at the trailer, you might want to print out and take this Buyers Checklist with you.

Major issues to check include the condition of the frame, axle, subfloor, and door. If you decide to buy and tow it home, you need to be concerned about tires (dates, not tread), bearings, and running lights.

Best wishes!
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Old 08-19-2018, 10:09 AM   #3
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Please post some pictures of the trailer when you get to look at it. These are pretty rare trailers.
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Old 08-19-2018, 01:38 PM   #4
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You will become a scavenger of all things trailer. May you have great good luck finding all that you need and want once you've chosen your egg.

It can be one of the most fun times, repairing/assembling/redoing/fixing up/making it your own. While many of us are never quite done, many of us end up with something we're pleased to camp in even with an ongoing to-do list.


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Old 08-19-2018, 01:46 PM   #5
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There are a few RV and trailer salvage yards in the Northwest. Check on this list:



RV Salvage Sources


Affordable RV in Portland Oregon has a pretty good organized selection of parts they pull off; it's more like a warehouse than a junk yard. I've bought a few items there:


Affordable RVing
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Old 08-19-2018, 02:40 PM   #6
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Thank you all

For your response. Those are a lot of things to check, which Iíll doo first thing, then talk price. Itís a little beat up, but for 1973 itís in better shape then most.
Iíll more then likely have to add modern parts, but itís wear and tear stuff.
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Old 08-19-2018, 03:04 PM   #7
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WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH A 1973 EGG


Peanut, the 1973 Amerigo with just a little elbow grease!

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Old 08-19-2018, 07:13 PM   #8
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So I looked at the trailer.

Itís old, nothing a little elbow grease canít handle. The chassie has surface rust. Sub flooring not that great in some spots.

Who is experienced in replacing sub flooring on this trailer? Does the body lift up? Or do I have to split the shell and remove it in pieces? I want to replace the entire sub floor. Might as well do it right.

I want to sand blast the chassis and have it painted.

I have not paid anything yet, but I was able to have him drop $1000 off. It needs new tires, Iím not risking towing it behind a vehicle till the bearings are greased and tires replaced.

Iíll have it bought on a flat bed by a towing company. I just need info on how to separate the body from Chassie.

Any help or advice will be appreciated.
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Old 08-19-2018, 08:02 PM   #9
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Steven C, to work on the frame (sandblast, etc), generally detach/disconnect (usually bolted) the FG body and raise it up off the frame. There are many threads on this process in this forum. Of course each brand is different regarding how the body is attached to the frame.

Also, many on this forum have replaced the subfloor. So lots of threads discussing that process. Again each brand is different. Often plywood subfloor is fiberglassed to the bottom edge of the FG body. In other cases, the bottom of the body is fiberglass, and a plywood floor is laid above that.
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Old 08-19-2018, 09:25 PM   #10
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Thank you John

I looked at straight plywood today. From top and bottom, so no fiber glass

Iíll look for sub flooring in the forums. Canít really find anything on a tote ní tarry on the net. Must not have been popular. I know the Vin number on this one is 124.
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Also try searching Tote N' Tarry on this forum. Press the search link at the top, then once in that window, use the Search Site / Google at the bottom.
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Old 08-20-2018, 01:14 AM   #12
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There are a few RV and trailer salvage yards in the Northwest. Check on this list:



RV Salvage Sources


Affordable RV in Portland Oregon has a pretty good organized selection of parts they pull off; it's more like a warehouse than a junk yard. I've bought a few items there:


Affordable RVing
The RV salvage sources list has not been updated in a long time. Some of the places in it have been out of business for quite a few years. Example on one in WA state is the Boeing Surplus Stores.

Be very careful about using that list, some of them lead to hacked websites that got taken over when the original owners of it abandoned using the site. I would recommend not using the links in that document but instead type the name and location of the business into a search engine. That way if there is a website it is more likely to be a current and valid one. If you are going to keep passing that list around please add the warning that it contains some links that lead to bad websites you don't want to go to.
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Old 08-20-2018, 07:50 AM   #13
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You're correct- Tote 'N Tarry is a very rare model. But since it is one of the many Boler clones, you can get lots of good repair information by searching for Boler and Scamp threads. There may be some small differences, but the basic procedures will be similar.

The shell is likely fiberglassed to the floor around its perimeter and the floor screwed to the frame (lots of screws). The lower center part of the floor is separate and not attached to the shell.
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Old 08-20-2018, 08:54 AM   #14
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Steve, See
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