So exactly where do Scamp frames crack/break? - Fiberglass RV

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Old 06-25-2014, 11:55 AM   #1
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So exactly where do Scamp frames crack/break?

I have read a couple of comments here about Scamp frames cracking or breaking. I was watching my Scamp bounce and flex the other day with just my 90 pound daughter moving around inside (bet it really moves with me in there) and have laid underneath looking at the front part of the frame contemplating reinforcement. Does anybody have any first, second, or even third hand genuine intel on exactly where the problem area(s) is/are?

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Old 06-25-2014, 12:04 PM   #2
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I had a 5r that the wheel assembly cracked and broke. Scamp sent me a new (Correct) Dexter flex and paid for some of the labor.

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Old 06-25-2014, 12:15 PM   #3
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Tim, the issues are normally with well used older Scamps and the most common spots reported here over the years are at the over laps welds where the tongue section starts to go under the house of the trailer and connects into a second channel. The other point were at least one party has reported a problem was at the point under the trailer where the frame takes a bit of a bend - in that case the frame cracked - it wasn't a weld that let go. Again the issues have mostly be reported on 20 year or older trailers that have also traveled *a lot* of miles. Always a good idea to regularly take a look at the joints that are welded and under the trailer to check the frame for cracks.

I do notice a great deal of movement on my trailer when someone moves inside if the jacks are not set well/firmly or its not sitting level. If the trailer is level and jacks are down and cranked and the tongue wheel is in a holder I don't notice much in the way of movement.
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