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Old 04-12-2013, 07:43 PM   #29
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Thank you Mary & Bob last rving was in 90's pop-up(simple) then a new Lance camper with all bells and whistles so much so you just pushed a button. The Scamp I bought is a '89 and I was so tickled did not realize how different it was from the other's, also now being solo makes such a difference. Regardless I am determined. Yes, I have put more money in it than expected.Learning more everyday and know when it is finished that it will be well- maintained but most of all safe and I will have valuable info to refer too! So I am green but it beats sitting at home grumbling for I know how to, when not,who to ask. The cost is minor when you consider the price of a new one! Best thing I will be safely on my new journey! Thanks for the wonderful input, everyone!
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:58 PM   #30
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Steve, there are youtube videos for "how to" surgeries. lol.

But seriously, if this was just a "fun and games" trailer I'd take out in "vacation mode" a few times a year, I'd try some of these DIY mods for sure, all in the spirit of fun and games (and so what if I screw up). But this is going to be my home on wheels for any number of years, and I need to get the important stuff right, and from the get-go, so I can settle in comfortably and love my new life.

I look at the wonderful mods by Jon V. to his Escape 17 and Jim/Harley to his 19' Escape, mods by John Schroeder to his 19' Scamp, and of course grand daddy Norm's brilliant mods to his 16' Scamp. The Casita moders are a world unto themselves as well.

What I've come to realize is that so many of these mod-folks have TONS of experience in specialized areas like electrical, welding, woodwork, etc. I think the best (and only) way to show our respect for their skills is to admit to ourselves that many of us do not possess these skills whatsoever. I can, hopefully, learn some of their baby skills, but I definitely know when to cry "uncle" when I'm clueless.

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Old 04-12-2013, 08:05 PM   #31
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So truly there with you..always admire those that can do the awesome jobs! Learning, creating ideas from what they share. Like you call for help when it's out of my experience. We all have something wonderful to share with each other! Hang in there Sharon help is coming for you I am sure!!
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:06 PM   #32
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Indeed my friend. We're survivors after all. And we will learn as we go along, and hopefully remember what it's like to know so little "hands on" stuff.

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Old 04-12-2013, 08:20 PM   #33
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I've only looked at one you tube how to video, and it was about how to install decals on a vehicle. I have to admit that although I have done it quite a few times I could not consider myself an expert in that field. My concern is that just because someone does a you tube video on how to do something, are they an expert and is their information correct. What I'm afraid of is that someone may do a modification or repair wrong resulting in an unsafe condition. Over the years I've seen people that know what they're doing, and others that think they know. I've seen on forums where I can tell that the one asking a question just doesn't understand the answers, and that creates the situation where something can go terribly wrong. There are times when we just have to pay the price to a shop that we hope will do it right, and hope they really know what they're doing.
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Old 04-13-2013, 05:27 AM   #34
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One important point about knowing how to do something, is then knowing if the work you're paying for is done properly and at a reasonable price. People get taken everyday by repair people who really don't know what they're doing when trying to repair all molded trailers. Just think of those that had a leaking window and the repair was to slather silicone around the outside of the window frame. And it's even worse when the owner paid to have it done. Knowledge is power!
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Old 04-13-2013, 06:10 AM   #35
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And on the subject of paying people that supposedly know what they're doing. Remember just recently one member here lost a wheel after paying to have either tires or wheel bearings done. Did we ever hear how he made out, last I knew he was sitting along the road somewhere. Can't remember his name, but he was towing with an old Bronco.
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I lost my pickup tire at 75 after a rotate and balance, while pulling the car trailer. I was not happy.
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Old 04-13-2013, 11:11 AM   #37
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Donna, I agree with that 100%. I'm hoping when I take my Scamp to Larry Gamble's place for some important (to me) mods, he'll let me watch all he does. Short of the experience of DIY, watching a pro in action and asking questions is the next best thing.

Onward and upward, as they say. I need to make memories.

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Old 04-13-2013, 11:17 AM   #38
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One important point about knowing how to do something, is then knowing if the work you're paying for is done properly and at a reasonable price. People get taken everyday by repair people who really don't know what they're doing when trying to repair all molded trailers. Just think of those that had a leaking window and the repair was to slather silicone around the outside of the window frame. And it's even worse when the owner paid to have it done. Knowledge is power!
I dont want to know what one of my neighbours recently paid to have an RV place do a great deal of work on their Trillium. The cost of all the silicone they used was probably more than I would have paid for all the work they did
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That reminds me Carol -- after watching the video on heat seal connectors (which seems a great way to make waterproof connections), I looked under the benches, cabinets, and so on at all the wiring in my Scamp. Is it just me, or are some areas a tangled mess with excess all over the place? I mean, I'm kind of a neat freak (maybe anal is a better description if you could see how I got all my cable cords here at home wrapped), and if I knew what I was doing I'd certainly go in and clean some of that mess up!!! I wouldn't want to fool with the excess quite yet, not knowing if some of it might come in handy for future electrical needs. But sheesh, talk about a bad hair day, using wires in place of hair.

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I'm hoping when I take my Scamp to Larry Gamble's place for some important (to me) mods, he'll let me watch all he does. Short of the experience of DIY, watching a pro in action and asking questions is the next best thing.



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LOL. Larry is cool though and would cut me some slack (I think) if he's the type to charge extra for having a vested observer looking over his shoulder.
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That reminds me Carol -- after watching the video on heat seal connectors (which seems a great way to make waterproof connections), I looked under the benches, cabinets, and so on at all the wiring in my Scamp. Is it just me, or are some areas a tangled mess with excess all over the place? I mean, I'm kind of a neat freak (maybe anal is a better description if you could see how I got all my cable cords here at home wrapped), and if I knew what I was doing I'd certainly go in and clean some of that mess up!!! I wouldn't want to fool with the excess quite yet, not knowing if some of it might come in handy for future electrical needs. But sheesh, talk about a bad hair day, using wires in place of hair.

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It's not just you. It made me twitch when I saw the wiring. I've been cutting out all of the scotch-locks, and replacing them with proper crimps and marine adhesive heatshrink. I have a few more to go.
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