New scamps, trimline awning, and Really Ugly Cushions... - Fiberglass RV


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Old 01-29-2008, 10:21 AM   #1
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So, I've put in an order for a 13' scamp. And the more research I do, the more questions I have. I'm obviously going to need to head up to the factory to actually look at things before mine gets made. Or just track down a newish used one (after they made them taller, since the husband is too tall for his own good...)

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It seems like people really don't like the factory awning, for which they are charging $430. (Actually, it's 10% off, but anyway)... In doing some research, it looks like the Trimline awning, _with_ the screen room attachment, wouldn't cost much more at all.

So. I am not sufficiently handy to drill holes in a BRAND NEW trailer. :-) Would scamp install that one for me, if I brought it? If not, where should I have it done so that they didn't screw it up?



Second conundrum:

They sent me samples of cushion material. There are only two samples - they said they're running low. They are both PLAID - a nasty brown 70s plaid, and a blue and red 80s plaid. I hate plaid. I made it through both the 70s and the 80s and don't want to be reminded of either. :-) Suggestions? Think they would make me cushions out of fabric I bought?

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Old 01-29-2008, 12:20 PM   #2
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Why not call Scamp and ask?
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Old 01-29-2008, 12:45 PM   #3
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Re: the cushions, I don't know whether Scamp would agree to use fabric you purchased but if they won't, I would ask them to sell you the uncovered cushions & have them covered yourself with fabric that you like. I wouldn't want to settle for something I hated.

When we bought our Scamp it still had the original (ugly ) cushions. The foam was still good, though, so we had new covers made from a nice soft denim. I love the way they look and they feel great.

Good luck!

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Old 01-29-2008, 02:09 PM   #4
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Why not call Scamp and ask?

I will. :-) I just want to hear whether folks have done something like this before. Ammunition, of sorts, for the discussion. If they get cranky at that sort of thing, then I'd like to be forewarned.
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Old 01-29-2008, 02:26 PM   #5
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So I just called them up.
Nope, that's all the cushion fabric they have.
Nope, they don't think they're ugly.
Nope, they don't want to sell me uncovered ones.
Nope, they won't work with fabric I bring.
Nope, they don't know if it's the same awnings they had a few years ago (i.e. the ones everyone hates).
Nope, they don't know if their awnings are the ones that dometic's screen rooms work with.

Nope.



No how.



I talked with salesman Jim. Is there someone out there who's more helpful? I feel like I'm talking to a brick wall.
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Old 01-29-2008, 03:11 PM   #6
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So I just called them up.
Nope, that's all the cushion fabric they have.
Nope, they don't think they're ugly.
Nope, they don't want to sell me uncovered ones.
Nope, they won't work with fabric I bring.
Nope, they don't know if it's the same awnings they had a few years ago (i.e. the ones everyone hates).
Nope, they don't know if their awnings are the ones that dometic's screen rooms work with.

Nope.



No how.



I talked with salesman Jim. Is there someone out there who's more helpful? I feel like I'm talking to a brick wall.

Try Wayne, Sales guy or Kent, owner
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:02 PM   #7
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I'm sorry to hear that. Sounds like customer satisfaction is NOT the motto at the Scamp factory! I hope you will call back & talk to Wayne or Kent. Good luck! Let us know how it goes.
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:10 PM   #8
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The fact they've said 'No" doesn't seem too unreasonable to me. If they tried to accommodate everyone's wishes, they'd never get anything done. I thought you could buy foam and/or the upholstery separate.... so, I'd think they'd sell the cushions alone. But, if you're buying the trailer new, it's not like they're going to discount the price just because you don't take the upholstery. That would be like General Motors discounting a truck because you don't take the tires. Take the cushions apart and either sell the upholstery, there seems to be lots looking for the retro look, or use the upholstery for a pattern.
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Old 01-30-2008, 05:54 PM   #9
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I am purchasing a new 16' Scamp trailer .. sales consultant .. Alan Sheley. Found him to be very helpful and understanding of my wants and wishes. (And those of the Canadian and provincial govts.. duh!)

You / they might be having problems with cushions..remember those dumb tags we remove! The awning track from what i was told is similiar to all the rest of the trailers..in that you just slide it in their track. We did buy their awning.

hope this helps .. bill



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Old 01-31-2008, 02:06 AM   #10
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You know the factory is working at capacity currently and any deviation can slow the whole assembly down. They probably have a date certain for making the cushions and if your fabric were to be delayed in arrival that would but a monkey wrench in the works. Also the weight of the fabric could be a problem in sewing. I know my sewing machine gives me fits when I change from one weight or type fabric to another.

I humbly disagree with the factory not caring about customer satisfaction. Scamp does a pretty good job of working with the customer and adding or deleting appliances/options. Other fiberglass manufacturers are not as accomodating and do package deals much like car dealers. You have to realize that there is just so much that they can really do. It would be difficult to run a business that accommodated every single customers individual requests that deviate from their normal routine. And if you did, you'd probably still have customers that complain about the manufacturer.
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Old 01-31-2008, 07:17 AM   #11
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I dunno...selling a set of uncovered cushions doesn't seem like too much of a stretch to me. My experience at the factory was not great, mind you, I was not a customer. On reflection, it is possible that they volume purchase the upholstery, and uncovered is not an option.
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Old 01-31-2008, 08:25 AM   #12
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Laura..

why dont you forget the awning and put one on that you will like. Joy A put one on hers and I have put a new carefree freedom 3 on my 5er.. It can be done. I had a RV place do mine... ( using the same brackets as what was on there) I think Joy did hers herself.

dont order what ya dont want.

I dont see why they wouldnt send you one with no material on the cushions. I believe when you replace they do have that options available. Or like Donna said you can always sell the covers or re upolster them the way you want.

I have to agree with donna.... scamp isnt there to "personalize" your order, except for appliances, furances etc. thats up to youl.



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I would take the cushions covered and use the covers as patterns for those current-century ones you want.

The awning on my 2004 was okay, in a "manual" sort of way. The problem is the roof is curved, requiring custom brackets. Find Joy A.'s discussion on her crank-out awning and see if that is something you want to do. I wouldn't want to on a new trailer, but its doable with some brackets and rivets and lots o' silicone!
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Find Joy A.'s discussion on her crank-out awning and see if that is something you want to do. I wouldn't want to on a new trailer, but its doable with some brackets and rivets and lots o' silicone!
NO, NO, NO SILICONE!
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