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Old 09-05-2014, 07:34 PM   #1
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New Discovery on Scamp Leak: What about this?

Was out here tonight in my driveway still trying to uncover this confounded Scamp leak and started popping off snap caps to have a look at rivet status. Came across these two wood screws under snap caps on either side of the spare tire. One of them is corroded and spins ( right side if spare) and other looks good. Does scamp use wood screws here? Looks fishy to me. Donna? Carol? Bob? Floyd? Norm? All others who have been trying to help me? Whatcha think?Click image for larger version

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ID:	75992. This doesn't seem right. If it's supposed to be rivets here, what would be the spec size from the factory? This discovery, if the problem, would line up exactly where I'm seeing my leaks.


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Old 09-05-2014, 07:40 PM   #2
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Wendy, yes Scamp (and other brands) use rivets, but other places (typically the bottom cabinetry with wood cleats) they use screws. Forgive me, where is this leak happening?
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:53 PM   #3
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No problem Donna. Leak is mostly between the areas of the two rear cubby holes that harbor fresh water tank and water heater. The area along rear trailer wall and floor that runs behind where dinette bench seats are along back wall. Every time I shove my back there with paper towel I get more spots of wAter on it. It's where the pex tubing/ cold water line runs from fresh tank to hot water heater. Rear slider window is good and pex line pressure test proved no leaks. This looks darn fishy to me. Wood screws through outside shell of fiberglass to inside? There is a wood block under rat fur inside, I suppose for dinette table to anchor to or possibly spare tire mount? This don't seem right. Remember: my trailer was in an accident and PO might have tried to do some repairs himself.


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Old 09-05-2014, 07:57 PM   #4
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If it corroded and "Spins" there is about a 95% chance that water has been getting in there and has rotted out the wood it screws into. I don't recall those screws on the 2002 SCAMP we had, but there may be year to year variations on how the inside blocks are held in place.
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My 1999 Scamp had wood screws from the outside holding up the upper cabinets in the rear of the trailer. The screws worked their way loose and leaked .I installed a slightly larger screw ,coating the threads with glue plus a new washer cup with sealants . It stopped the leak and stayed tight for the 2 years we owned the trailer
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But what I'm asking is this factory spec? My trailer is a 2012. The screws are not holding up cabinets. Possibly for that wood block that dinette table anchors into on inside of trailer? One is corroded and spinning. I know there's bolts for spare tire but this seems odd to me.


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Maybe I have not been clear. These screws are on outside of trailer, right on either side of spare tire. Not in interior.


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Maybe I have not been clear. These screws are on outside of trailer, right on either side of spare tire. Not in interior.


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There's a quick and easy answer to your question. Call 800-346-4962, ask for Kent. I'm sure he can answer your question.
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I planned on calling scamp but there's a whole bunch of knowledgeable people here. Kent won't be In tomorrow and I could get to work as it's the weekend. I work 60 plus hours a week


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I planned on calling scamp but there's a whole bunch of knowledgeable people here. Kent won't be In tomorrow and I could get to work as it's the weekend. I work 60 plus hours a week


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I've READ here on the forums where the spare tire bolts to the inside weren't sealed properly...
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Wendy,
Since none of the most knowledgeable folks have not responded to your question, I am going to go out on a limb and chime in.
I don't believe that currently produced Scamps use screws in the area you are describing. The only thing that I can think is that Scamp previously used screws from the outside to support the wood reinforcement for the spare tire mount, or for some kind of table bracket. But bear in mind that is my best guess.


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Maybe I have not been clear. These screws are on outside of trailer, right on either side of spare tire. Not in interior.


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I just went out and checked. I have two somethings about 2.5" below the belly band and just to either side of the spare tire. I didn't take off cap to see what was there.

If that goes into the wood like think it does you'll need to put something in the hole to prevent further rotting of the wood. There's stuff on the home repair market for things like that. Once you re-establish the screws you'll need something to make sure they're sealed. Be sure to put the ring and beauty cap back on with a bit of sealer inside the cap. That's what I would do.

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Well, that shows how little expertise I have. I do not recall any caps below the belly band on my 5er.



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