Removing Roof Vent in 13' 1975 Scamp - Fiberglass RV


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Old 09-18-2017, 07:17 AM   #1
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Removing Roof Vent in 13' 1975 Scamp

The roof vent on my 1975 13' Scamp leaks and I'd like to try to remove, clean, and re-install it. Am I crazy? Any tips, suggestions, guidance???
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Old 09-18-2017, 02:53 PM   #2
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Personally ,I would spring for a new vent !
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Old 09-18-2017, 06:47 PM   #3
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Go for it. What do you have to loose. Just remember you cant put body weight on top of the trailer. When working on my scamp I backed my truck up to the side of the Scamp and built a tempory deck on top of the bed and used it as a work platform. Other than that you drill out the rivets pull it apart clean the surfaces and use buytle tape when you reassemble. Then go over it with some dicor sealant.
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Old 09-19-2017, 07:51 AM   #4
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Thanks SteveBaz...I think I will "go for it". I try to keep my Scamp as original as possible, so want to keep the metal roof vent. When you say "drill our the rivets" do you really use a drill to drill them out? I'll need to check out you tube for instructions! Thanks again!
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Old 09-19-2017, 01:17 PM   #5
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On my 88 16' I just stood on a short ladder inside the camper which allowed me to work easily on removal. Because there wasn't a new replacement unit available I was very careful removing it so as not to damage it. It came out without trouble. I cleaned all the RTV silicone off, used Butyl tape to rebed with new rivets and she's not leaking anymore. It's the kind of job that is best done in one shot. I removed mine in the early morning, and cleaned it all up and painted the top (vinyl paint) and put it back on in the evening.

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Old 09-19-2017, 01:53 PM   #6
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Thanks SteveBaz...I think I will "go for it". I try to keep my Scamp as original as possible, so want to keep the metal roof vent. When you say "drill our the rivets" do you really use a drill to drill them out? I'll need to check out you tube for instructions! Thanks again!
Yes you have to drill off the tops of the rivet head then pull out the rivet from below. You don't drill all the way through.

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Old 10-06-2017, 06:30 PM   #7
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you guys make this stuff sound so easy! for us newbies with intent and no experience, its not. What the heck is that sealant somebody mentioned?
There was so much silicone caulk around my vent when I scrapped it off the only thing I recognized were bits of butyl tape.
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:04 AM   #8
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I agree, JudyG! I "youtube" every suggestion that's given so I have a visual idea of what I need to do. I have very little experience with any of this rehab stuff, but I'm bound and determined to give it a try! I want to keep as much original stuff on my 75 Scamp as possible, so I'm going to have to dive in and start the process of removing the rivets and scraping all the gunk from around the vent. Hopefully I won't screw it up!
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:33 AM   #9
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I agree, JudyG! I "youtube" every suggestion that's given so I have a visual idea of what I need to do. I have very little experience with any of this rehab stuff, but I'm bound and determined to give it a try! I want to keep as much original stuff on my 75 Scamp as possible, so I'm going to have to dive in and start the process of removing the rivets and scraping all the gunk from around the vent. Hopefully I won't screw it up!
You're in NY, same as us, come on over and I'll show you what to do
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Old 10-09-2017, 07:29 AM   #10
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that youtube video did help, thanks. So how do I select rivet size, is it like choosing a bolt? That I know about.
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Old 10-09-2017, 09:41 AM   #11
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I'm not sure of the rivet size...haven't started to tackle the job yet!
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Old 10-09-2017, 07:59 PM   #12
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Drill just the head off the rivet. Then from below the flange inside the trailer pull out the stem of the rivet. Then take that to the old style hardware store and ask the salesman to get some rivets that fit. Dont forget to buy enough, so count what you need and add an extra 10 rivets or so to pratice with.

Easy or hard is relative to what you have been exposed to and how you approach challenges in life. With respect to the female gender if you can run a sewing machine you are fully capable of doing this repair.

After you set your first rivet your off and running. If your rivet doesnt come out as expected drill off the head and pull out the rivet from below and do it again. The only difficulity in this job is its location and the force it takes to pop the rivets.

Want to pratice make it easy, take a piece of heavy plastic like a tupperware container. Take a paint mixing stick. Put it on the bottom of the tupper ware. Take a drill bit the same size as the shank of the rivet and drill through the stick and the tupperware bottom. Now take a rivit and stick it through the hole in the tupperware and the hole in the paint stick. Put the rivet gun on the rivet and set the rivet. If it doesnt pop on the first squeeze of the handle open up the handle all the way and slide the tool down on the rivet pin all the way down and squeeze the handles again. Keep doing this until the rivet pops. A salesman at a real hardware store could show you how to do this. Box stores like home depot probably wont help you much, go to an ace or a local family type hardware store. The only difference with this and the vent on your trailer is the location and remembering to put butlye tape betewwn the trailer shell and the vent before you do the riveting.
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Old 10-10-2017, 09:48 AM   #13
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From the youtube video I thought the part left would be out of shape, however I didn't throw away all the bits so will take one to the hardware store. The store looks new however they give really good old-fashioned advice.
Also, I didn't know if I could use a regular bit to drill metal even if it is aluminum so I used a prybar as a chisel and knocked the heads off; it worked quite well.
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Old 10-11-2017, 01:13 PM   #14
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more rivet questions

I found a bag of rivets & plastic washer cups with caps. The knock out stub from the old hatch fits through the holes in the new hatch however the found rivets don't; does that mean they are different diameters or did something change when I removed those hatch rivets?
Also, the found rivets don't fit through the washer cup, except for the rounded head, sort of. Is that the way they are supposed to fit? There are some roof rivets that need new washers so it would be nice to know.
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