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Old 12-16-2008, 12:36 PM   #15
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I think people have had axles done for around $300 - $800 I think some of the variation depends on whether you know a welder or have a "down to earth" horse- trailer type place do it vs. an RV Center type place.

I bet in Ohio there would be lots of "practical" type places, so you might be able to keep the cost down. Of course it's a personal choice as to how much you can or want to invest in a trailer.

There are some tests for axles, but I'm not up on the details. You might try using the "search" function here using something like: axle test.

And it could be tires.

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Old 12-18-2008, 01:23 AM   #16
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Robert,
I just had a thought. Look to see if there is any evidence of a name plate above or below the front and rear windows. That might give some clue as to what it might or might not be. The Love Bug had a single plate (about 5" in diameter) between the entry door and the window held in place with 3 rivets.
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Old 12-22-2008, 06:36 PM   #17
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Under 2 ft. of snow and ice now. Soon as it thaws enough, I'm going to rent a storage place to work on it. No tags - whoever had it changed stuff around?? Had the type of table like a Scamp; on metal attached to wall... took that out. I saw the video of Boler window replacement; hope to do that. Mine already has rock shield made of fiberglass, same as trailer. To replace window, I would have to drill out old rivets all around aluminum frame, discard frame and use the rubber seal as in video?? Try to get some pics as i dig it out.
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Old 12-26-2008, 02:15 AM   #18
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Robert,

I just found a photo of a Scamp I took a few years ago but forgot I had. It has an interesting combination of windows and made me think of this thread.

I'd always thought the Scamps were neat, so when this was parked next to the neighbor's driveway during a big summer event, I snapped a photo of it. At the time, I wasn't aware of the various details of different models.

As you can see, this one has "Scamp" decals, but the side windows are the type that I associate with the Love Bug. Also the front window opens, but it's another "tilt out," and not a slider.

The trailer really didn't look like the sort that had been "fixed up," or modded, but I've never noticed a Scamp with these windows. Anyone else?

I wonder if someone added the rain gutters over the windows because there were leaks?


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Is this what yours looks like, Robert?

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Old 12-29-2008, 10:54 AM   #19
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That's it, those are the windows. Small vent in roof - mine was put in badly. Large oval window on door opens also. Question now is: could I use a Boler type window like that guy Kevin did on you-tube video? If size was right, I mean?
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Old 12-29-2008, 04:26 PM   #20
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So maybe you do have a Scamp after all. I mean, it's possible the people who owned the trailer I photographed bought logos from Scamp and put them on a Love Bug, but it seems fairly unlikely, and doesn't explain the front window. Maybe Scamp offered those windows as an option at some point. It's unique, anyway

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That's it, those are the windows. Small vent in roof - mine was put in badly. Large oval window on door opens also. Question now is: could I use a Boler type window like that guy Kevin did on you-tube video? If size was right, I mean?
I would imagine the basic trailer body is the same shape, but I would want to be sure about how the details were handled around the opening, since the trailer was originally fitted with that three panel window (seems like a neat window if it's salvageable, but maybe it isn't). It might be more obvious once you get the existing window out and can see the edges and measure the exact cutout size.

On the other hand, I think you could use the rubber/plexi style of window in just about any opening that was rounded at the corners; just that the exact length of rubber strip and exact cut of plexi Scamp sells might not be the same (but you can get that molding in whatever length you want).

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Old 12-29-2008, 09:15 PM   #21
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Do they make something that removes silicone type caulking? The window is encased in it, so it won't open. He sealed the whole thing in silicone? Still leaks. I think the problem is the lock seal has shrunk up, pulling away from corners and such.
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Old 12-29-2008, 11:53 PM   #22
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Do they make something that removes silicone type caulking? The window is encased in it, so it won't open. He sealed the whole thing in silicone? Still leaks. I think the problem is the lock seal has shrunk up, pulling away from corners and such.
Well you are now dealing with what I call the "Agent of the Devil," silicone. It doesn't work that well when you want it to, yet when you try to remove it, it's..... horrible (note I refrained from swearing).

Even when you DO get it off, a semi-permanent oil contamination remains, that will foil efforts to paint. Yes, my rant is on. *roll

The best you can probably do is to physically scrape off what you can, trying not to scrape the skin of the trailer. People use sharp plastic scrapers, shaped dowels - whatever they can get to work. After that, there are some chemicals that are supposed to remove the oil residue, although I don't think any of them are magic bullets. It's kind of a sucky project, so you just have to muddle through. Then use something more appropriate for any future sealing.

On the other hand, since silicone often doesn't bond well to fiberglass, especially poorly prepped, it might peel right off that and just stick to the window frame, if you're lucky.

One good thing is that if you already have a lock seal, your window opening must have the appropriate shape to take a new one (no odd lip or anything).

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Well, when I said lock seal, I was talking about the thin rubber seal that goes around outside and inside of these windows. Its gray, slim; and like a seal goes around the window? Between the plexi and aluminum frame. Flat on one side, like a wedge on the other. It has shrunk, so pulling away from corners and not meeting any more.
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:28 AM   #24
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Okay, that's different from what I call "lock seal." The inoperable plexi windows that come in the front and rear of the Bolers and many Scamps have a thick black rubber gasket around the outside that has a little trough in it. The way it works is that you install this gasket and the window, and then you put a "lock strip," which is a smaller rubber strip, into the aforementioned trough. This spreads the larger gasket and "locks" it in place. This gasket goes directly from the fiberglass to the plexi of the window.

I can't see your window, but if it were me I would see about saving it rather than going to the fixed window. Many of those grey strips were bought from common suppliers and are still available today. www.vintagetrailersupply.com is one source, and there are others mentioned in various threads here. But vintage's photos should give you an idea.

It sounds like you should first of all remove your window and clean up the trailer opening. You'll have to do that no matter what. Then you can take a look at your window (when it's out), and see if it might be worth rebuilding and saving. If you do save it and re-use it, I would put a rock gaurd (lifting panel of fiberglass) over the front to protect it and provide some relief from gross rain while you're going 60 mph.

For the best input from us, you're going to have to break down and figure out how to get photos posted here. I did respond to you some time back when you asked about how to do this in a photo thread -- if you could take a look at that thread and get back to us we might be able to point you in the right direction for that.

Right now we're all kind of shooting in the dark, with no visuals and only a short description. Picture = 1,000 words

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Old 12-30-2008, 05:44 PM   #25
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If you'd like to give up the front opening window, I'd LOVE to have it! My Scamp has the standard non-opening solid plexiglass front window and having the ability to open a front window for ventilation would be huge. If you think I'm kidding, send me a PM and we can discuss price and shipping.
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Well, when I said lock seal, I was talking about the thin rubber seal that goes around outside and inside of these windows. Its gray, slim; and like a seal goes around the window? Between the plexi and aluminum frame. Flat on one side, like a wedge on the other. [b]It has shrunk, so pulling away from corners and not meeting any more.
The gaskets in my Fiber Stream's window assemblies did the same thing. I did a quick, cheap fix.
All I had to do was squirt some bathtub caulk into the gap, and shape it with my finger, making sure it stuck to both edges of the gap in the rubber gasket and the glass. Much easier than totally dismantling the window glass, gasket, and aluminum frame.

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Look at the corners of the window on the left. (Click on the thumbnail photo to make it big enough to see the detail)
The gasket is black and the caulk is white.

I did pull the whole window assembly out of the wall and replaced the butyl "tape" between the aluminum frame and the fiberglass wall. After I did those 2 fixes, no more leaks!
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