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Old 04-12-2014, 05:26 PM   #15
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We also did a project 13 which we called "Shelly"(started with an empty shell) replacing everything with wood and conventional countertops with no significant weight increase compared to a comparably equipped Scamp standard....
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Old 04-12-2014, 07:14 PM   #16
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Looking at the Scamp factory spec sheets, as I suggested, indicates that a 13' scamp will gain approximately of 100 lbs total weight and a 20% increase in hitch weight with the wood interior option.

The OP was asking about adding a complete wood interior, including full wood walls and ceiling. Without what expertise the Scamp factory has amassed in building as lightly as possible, I would hazard a guess that a home built wood interior could easily add upwards of 250+ lbs to an interior.
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Old 04-12-2014, 07:55 PM   #17
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Thanks for the help
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I don't know if you can still buy it or not , but they used to sell graining ink which was used over paint to make an authentic looking wood grain effect.
I did kitchen cabinets with it 30 years ago and they looked really good.
Thanks so much for all your help Floyd - really helps - appreciate it a lot..
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Wow - nice! Thanks for your help - I'm learning a lot here!
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. Without what expertise the Scamp factory has amassed in building as lightly as possible... a home built wood interior could easily add upwards of 250+ lbs to an interior.
Bob, I'm not convinced that Scamp's primary objective is to build their trailers as light as possible - but rather to build them reasonably light while keeping materials cost as low as possible. After all, they are in business to make money. Witness the amount of particle board they use - which is cheaper, heavier, and less durable than the real deal.

I think a home builder - or renovator - could easily produce a lighter trailer than Scamp, even when maximizing the use of wood, through thoughtful design and careful selection of materials. (see Floyd's post). I don't have before and after weights for my Scamp renovation, but I can testify that the presswood bathroom and cabinet doors I pulled out weighed a bunch. The poplar boards and 1/4" birch ply I used to rebuild the interior was light in comparison.
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RE: Scamp vs. Light weight

I was trying to be nice... I didn't want to say flimsy or cheesy.....LOL


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Bob, I'm not convinced that Scamp's primary objective is to build their trailers as light as possible - but rather to build them reasonably light while keeping materials cost as low as possible. After all, they are in business to make money. Witness the amount of particle board they use - which is cheaper, heavier, and less durable than the real deal.

I think a home builder - or renovator - could easily produce a lighter trailer than Scamp, even when maximizing the use of wood, through thoughtful design and careful selection of materials. (see Floyd's post). I don't have before and after weights for my Scamp renovation, but I can testify that the presswood bathroom and cabinet doors I pulled out weighed a bunch. The poplar boards and 1/4" birch ply I used to rebuild the interior was light in comparison.
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It would be interesting to know the weight of a boler whose interior has been finished in wood. Then compare that to some of the trailers in the "Trailer Weights in the Real World" thread. The "Pine cone" many have seen belongs to one of our members here.
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Thanks Roy! Thats the one I was thinking about.
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You might check this out.

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Looking at the Scamp factory spec sheets, as I suggested, indicates that a 13' scamp will gain approximately of 100 lbs total weight and a 20% increase in hitch weight with the wood interior option.

The OP was asking about adding a complete wood interior, including full wood walls and ceiling. Without what expertise the Scamp factory has amassed in building as lightly as possible, I would hazard a guess that a home built wood interior could easily add upwards of 250+ lbs to an interior.
Scamp uses lots of inch solid oak and heavy veneer covered particle boards. Half inch oak and veneer core plywoods would save considerable weight.
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There are trailers that would be less difficult to add a wood interior to. Trailers that have more or less square features. Like the Trillium Jubilee:
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Or Amerigo, Leocraft, Dolphin,...
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Wood details - doors, cabinetry, a panel here and there - go a long way toward softening the look of the interior.

My $0.02: Another consideration with paneling the interior walls is the added weight. If fuel economy when towing is a concern, then the lighter the better.
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We also did a project 13 which we called "Shelly"(started with an empty shell) replacing everything with wood and conventional countertops with no significant weight increase compared to a comparably equipped Scamp standard....
Wow - that is seriously nice - very clean looking..
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