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Old 03-17-2011, 01:08 PM   #1
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Scamp belly band leaking???

Hi all, I am starting to think that the belly band on our Scamp is leaking (I have replaced the windows and resealed). I have not pulled off the ensolite but I was under the impression this joint was fiberglassed over at the factory. Also below the belly band inside some of the ensolite has pulled away from the hull. Is this a common problem?
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Old 03-17-2011, 07:19 PM   #2
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It has occurred before. SCroll to the last photo of the Here a few yahoo scampers have reported it I think. Kamperbob there will know who it was.
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Old 03-17-2011, 07:24 PM   #3
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Thanks Ken, I looked again tonight and am pretty sure that is where the leak is. I have already replaced the rear floor since the original was totally rotten. Probably why water did not pool on the old floor, it just poured through... Well I guess this weekend I'll pull the belly band and try to fix from outside as I really don't want to pull the interior ensolite off.
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Old 03-17-2011, 07:34 PM   #4
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If it's the rear, check the bolts that run through the body for the spare too. I'd start there before pulling the belly band.
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:15 PM   #5
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Thanks for the tip, I think this camper leaked from pretty much every possible place . I have already removed those bolts and glassed over the holes (it seemed like a pretty poor way of mounting a tire). I am going to try a Harbor Freight tire mount bolted to the bumper. I have also removed all rivets and tabbed the cabinets in. Also, we pulled all the windows and resealed the front and the back and replaced the sides with radius cornered replacement windows. About all that is left is the band and I am pretty convinced it is leaking. The ensolite is firmly attached right above the band but right below it has pulled away from the hull. Maybe I'll take the time to polish the band while I have it off, it would look better with the planned new paint job.
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Old 03-17-2011, 09:29 PM   #6
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Actually Jon, the way the spare is mounted it's pretty secure. There's a piece of plywood fiberglassed to the inside of the back wall and the bolts run through that (carriage bolts with the heads to the interior of the trailer) at least on mine.

Be careful of hanging a spare off the bumper. The Scamp bumper isn't a heavyweight. When the trailer bounces, the bracket with a pretty heavy tire/wheel will flex on the bumper. Check it often for cracking or you may leave your spare on the highway somewhere.
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Old 03-18-2011, 01:56 PM   #7
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Hi Donna, on our 83 the threaded rod did not go through the plywood that the table connected to. They were actually below that plywood and the hull flexed a bit. There is some gelcoat crazing there. I glassed on a new piece of plywood for the table (yup the original was rotten) and added some stiffening strips from the bottom of the plywood to the floor. I do think though that our camper was a bit flexible when we bought it as the floors were all rotten. Anyway, I'll make sure to keep an eye on the mount.
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Old 03-18-2011, 02:05 PM   #8
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It's the belly band.
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Old 03-18-2011, 03:09 PM   #9
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Yeah, I am pretty convinced. It is coming off this weekend, hopefully I will be able to fix it from outside.
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Old 03-18-2011, 06:42 PM   #10
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Jon, if it's leaking, plan to fix it with fiberglass resin. I wouldn't suggest caulking. You want this to be a permanent fix, not a temporary (even if it's years) fix.
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Old 03-18-2011, 07:16 PM   #11
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I just got back in from pulling it off. I now have no doubts that this is the leak. In places there is an 1/8" gap (not all the way through though). It would have been simple when this was built to put something like 3M 5200 in there before they put it together. So, since I want to fix this from the outside (don't want to ruin the ensolite) I am thinking of filling the gap with bondo, then layering a couple of layers of light weight glass around the joint. There seemed to be some room left when the belly band was on. This might be a bit of a pain though as I do not have any thin fiberglass tape, will have to cut strips. I'll think about it more, maybe 5200 might be an answer.
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Old 03-18-2011, 07:26 PM   #12
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If you're going to use any caulk, be sure to take pictures, measurements, etc. If this should happen again, even if you're not the current owner, you'll want to know where you should start looking for the leak and share the info with anyone who may purchase the trailer from you. That would be a nice thing to do.
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Old 03-18-2011, 10:39 PM   #13
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Jon, go to autozone and get a quart size can Bondo Glass made by Bondo but it has fiberglass strand in it, it mixes like Bondo and it sands like Bondo but I think it is much better especially on an egg.
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Old 03-19-2011, 12:09 AM   #14
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Jon,

I had the same problem with my Casita after I bought it last Year...Removed the belly band around the whole trailer 2 pcs..Gap was about 1/8 " or less except the right rear corner where it was leaking 3/8" or more...Filled gaps with Lexel clear caulk and let set-up...Installed belly band in another bead of Lexel and reriveted...No more leaks...Lexel is made to use on fiberglass..Stickie stuff but works great...cleans up with lacquer thinner...

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