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Old 05-22-2016, 01:14 PM   #1
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I have been looking at the Scamp trailers; I like the fact that it has a high insulation rating. But two things bother me, the door lock, which I already found information about on this site and the fact that it doesn't have a tailer tongue box. I would like one to put the propane tank and battery in. Can this be added on? And would Camping World be able to put these things on for me.
Also, is it already able to connect a solar panel to? Thanks.
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Old 05-22-2016, 11:50 PM   #2
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I see I got a lot of looks at my question but no answers--so I googled trailer tongue box for scamp and it brought me back to fiberglassrv and I got my answers.
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Old 05-23-2016, 12:39 AM   #3
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What answers did you find?
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Old 05-23-2016, 02:25 AM   #4
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Google it yourself and see what you come up with.
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Old 05-23-2016, 03:12 AM   #5
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I know all about the Scamps lock problems. Just wondering what you found out about tongue boxes for trailers that never had one made by the builder. I don't want or need one, but you were the one that posted your question and answer. Just kind of figured that you'd inform us of what you found out like others do after a web search. "Look for yourself" is a bit of a slap for folks here that try to help members out.....just sayin'.
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Old 05-23-2016, 06:02 AM   #6
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Sorry Dave, you're right, I should have been kinder to you. But it was in the middle of the night and I just didn't feel like going into it when I saw your response. Don't sleep well--plus the fact I'm really tired of looking at travel trailers and all the difficulties and problems I read about each make. Also, being a female and not understanding how to do mechanical things is frustrating. I was disappointed that I got a lot of looks but no response to my question.

I've discovered that you would have to buy a plastic light-weight box for the front of the Scamp. I really meant that if you do google it you will find the same information I found. I can tell you it was a question from 12/28/2007, by mcnick. He had/has a 1983 Scamp and was wondering the same thing I was about a container for the front of his scamp. You would have to look up his name because I don't know how to transfer it to this page. He finally did get some answers and references to his question. Again I'm sorry for not being nicer. Janis
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I have been looking at the Scamp trailers; I like the fact that it has a high insulation rating. But two things bother me, the door lock, which I already found information about on this site and the fact that it doesn't have a tailer tongue box. I would like one to put the propane tank and battery in. Can this be added on? And would Camping World be able to put these things on for me.
Also, is it already able to connect a solar panel to? Thanks.
Any such box must be well ventilated to have the propane tank(s) and battery inside.
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Old 05-23-2016, 11:09 AM   #9
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Universal Over-tank Utility Platform

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I don't know Jim since I don't own a scamp or any other camper yet--but I've been to your site a few times and like what I saw. I read A LOT about campers and camping but haven't gotten the chance to buy yet--and I keep changing my mind on what kind of camper I want. Thanks for sending the information. Janis
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Old 05-23-2016, 11:21 AM   #10
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Any such box must be well ventilated to have the propane tank(s) and battery inside.

Hi Wayne, I did just find out that a box does have to be ventilated and now I'm not to keen on having a battery in there with the propane tank (when I ever get a camper). Read earlier this morning that a spark from a battery can cause a fire/explosion because of the propane tank. This is why a read a lot on campers. I want to use a more expensive battery--Lifeline AGM battery. Don't know if that would cause any sparks but I think I would have to lock it up so it doesn't get stolen because it is expensive. I want a battery I don't have to take care of and will last a long time. I watch the Willful Wanderer on youtube because he has a lot of information on things like batteries, solar power, locks etc. He's very down to earth and easy to understand. Just wish I could do things myself like he does. Janis
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Old 05-23-2016, 12:10 PM   #11
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This is why a read a lot on campers. I want to use a more expensive battery--Lifeline AGM battery. Don't know if that would cause any sparks but I think I would have to lock it up so it doesn't get stolen because it is expensive. I want a battery I don't have to take care of and will last a long time.
No matter which battery you purchase you WILL need to take care of it The biggest issue with all types/makes/brands is making sure you monitor it and NEVER run it down. Its the same with the expensive AGM's as it is with my current 6volts or the old group 27 Deep Cell on my Scamp. Had previously used basic deep cell batteries for years and maintaining it is not really a big thing. They always did the job well (lots of camping without power) for at least 5 years. Only thing I did was a make sure I did not leave it plugged in and unused for days on end and a couple of times a year I would pop the battery top open and check water level and add distilled water - which BTW if you never run it down or boil it you probable will not be adding water. The battery is probable the lowest yearly maintenance item on the trailer.

There are a number of disadvantages to an AGM batteries and the care they need, which can be seen by some as a negative depending on your situation. One big one is it must be stored in a charged position all winter .... and kept that way. They are also more sensitive to over charging.

If I was new to trailers I would consider spending my money on a battery monitoring system, 3 stage charge system and a solar system before spending it on a more expensive battery. Better to learn how a battery works and how to keep it working well on a less expensive battery than a real expensive one.

Re the propane cover. As others have suggested they have never come standard or as an option on a Scamp for a couple of reasons. The big one being that the tongue area of the Scamp is small, hard enough to fit propane tanks, Battery and tongue jack on it and have them all clear enough from each other without interfering with something. The other is weight, Scamp is trying to sell a light weight trailer and adding anything to the tongue adds weight.

Personally not sure why one would actually want/need one on a Scamp. A nice vinyl propane tank cover does the trick of tidying up the look. I have done lots of trips of several weeks & have only ever used one tank (lasts for weeks even running the fridge on propane).

Not to mention that many of the tank covers are a bit of a pain! Many need to be removed or partly removed to turn the propane on and off or to see the gage - it seems to depend on how close to the trailer the tanks are mounted. Even on my new to me SOB trailer that is/was the case - my first mod to the trailer was to install hatch access ports to the cover to allow me to turn propane on and off without having to remove the cover .... even though the tank cover was factory installed and designed for the trailer.
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Thanks Carol, I'll consider your advice. Good-bye All.
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Old 05-23-2016, 02:35 PM   #13
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I have seen propane tank covers that have a hatch on them. Going to get one eventually.
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Old 05-23-2016, 04:41 PM   #14
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Here you go: Custom "nose cone" & storage for Scamp It is "custom" made and may not help you but works great for me. Sorry I did not see your post yesterday, hope you find what you need. One word of advice, if the search is that frustrating you may want to step back and re-evaluate.
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