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Old 05-08-2016, 05:16 PM   #141
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Grey Water valve replaced

We stopped by Keller's RV Supply in Somerset and picked up the replacement grey water shut off value/shutter and I installed that this morning; easy peasy. Also installed the replacement Bearing Buddies that we picked up from Paul's Discount in Somerset and that was a quick job as well. Scratch those off the to-do list!
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Old 05-08-2016, 05:23 PM   #142
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Leaky Roof Vent

With Laura on the inside and me on the step ladder, we drilled out the pop rivets that where supposed to be holding the roof vent in place. I say supposed to be because this is a design nightmare. That light weight tin shroud of the roof vent will never seal with pop rivets holding it down. The goop that someone had put all over the vent just caused more leaks because the tin would simply deform around the volume of sealant.

I'm gonna' re-engineering this bad boy! I'm heading over to Lowe's for some aluminum stock that I can cut and drill to match the hole pattern on the existing shroud. Then, I'll put a piece on the inside of the cabin and a second piece on the outside of the shroud and bolt the vent in place with butyl tape to seal the hold as well as the vent using stainless bolts and ny-lock nuts. This will allow the bolt/nut combination to pull the vent cover down using the bar stock as a solid frame upon which to bolt and seal the vent. We'll have to finish with something nice inside to trim out the frame and hide the nuts, but it'll stop leaking inside.
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Old 05-08-2016, 06:50 PM   #143
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That leaking and rivet-goop problem was why I glassed a frame to the top. It raised the lip so that even if water did lay in beside the frame, it simply couldn't leak. There are no thru-holes. The vent screws into the top of the frame, and the trim to the bottom, but the screws don't go all the way through
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Old 05-09-2016, 06:22 AM   #144
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That leaking and rivet-goop problem was why I glassed a frame to the top. It raised the lip so that even if water did lay in beside the frame, it simply couldn't leak. There are no thru-holes. The vent screws into the top of the frame, and the trim to the bottom, but the screws don't go all the way through
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DB: That sounds like another good solution to a poorly designed installation. I appreciate your comments. Thanks for stopping by.
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Old 05-15-2016, 10:49 AM   #145
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Roof Vent Re-set/Re-sealed

We spent over seven hours resealing the roof vent/escape hatch on our Scamp. It was slow work but we're really proud of the results. This was one of the toughest jobs we've undertaken and it was definitely a two person job.

We started removing the old hatch by removing all the screws inside and out and scraping the old caulk and sealant. There was some kind of stuff up there that was really firm, almost hard, and took a long time to scrap it off, careful not the scar the fiberglass too much.

Then we cleaned with the residue with alcohol to ensure a good seal. We picked up some aluminum bar stock, 1" X 1/8", from Lowes and used the vent flange as a template to mark the holes to drill to match up the existing mounting holes through the roof fiberglass. The goal was to use the holes that were already there and not make any new holes. (First, do no harm.)

We used stainless steel bolts with nylock nuts to bolts through the bar stock on top of the vent flange and the butyl seal, through the fiberglass into the inside, through a second piece of bar stock inside the camper.

The installation went slow and careful but all the holes lined up and all the nuts just barely reached the bolt pushed through from outside the camper. We snugged the nuts down slowly, alternating around the flange to pulled the vent cover down in the most uniform pattern possible for 24 different bolts.

I am very pleased with the results. We haven't checked it for leaks, but we can see the excess butyl squeezed from both the outside and the inside of the flange so I am extremely optimistic for a good seal. There is still an area on the outside the camper where we may want to squirt some acrylic caulk to fill in a trough of open space where water may pool, but I don't think it'll leak, in any case. This was a lot like resealing a window, only on the roof.
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Old 05-16-2016, 09:54 AM   #146
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new table base

Just ordered our new table base, recommended by Ian, from Factory RV Surplus and we'll be installing this baby as soon as it arrives. $99 includes shipping to Kentucky from the RV capital of the world, Elkhart, IN.
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Old 05-17-2016, 06:33 AM   #147
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roof vent sealed

We've had almost four hours of rain last night that continues through most of today. The roof vent is dry!

However, we have four windows that are leaking. Arrrrgggg! (They'll be a lot easier to re-seal.)
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Old 05-18-2016, 08:01 PM   #148
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Smack that bad boy in place

We installed the new table base tonight and it was pretty easy. Thanks for the great recommendation Ian!
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Old 05-18-2016, 08:14 PM   #149
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Special Dog Fencing Adaptor kit

We've been struggling with a way to control our dogs while allowing them to freedom to run in/out of the camper while at the camp site. I've engineered this fencing adaptor to attach our our X-pen and go under the door to prevent any unwanted visitors from entering our "porch" area or escapees from out pack.

Using 1 1/2" schedule 40 PVC I glued various pieces together to form up a freestanding fence panel to which we will zip tie a custom cut piece of snow fencing that will follow the contour of the Scamp to protect the babies. We will attach our yard fencing to the two tallest uprights and hopefully have a controlled area that the dogs will be safe when at the campsite.

This is a picture of the third version of this device and I can already see another improvement to reduce cost, size and simplify construction. We'll employ this device for the first time and I'll let you know how it works and if the dogs like it, or not.
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Old 05-24-2016, 08:05 AM   #150
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four different window leaks

We're gonna need more butyl tape. Oh, yah, it'd prolly help if I put the windows in right side up too...jus' sayin'...
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Old 05-24-2016, 08:10 AM   #151
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Bathroom reno?

Well, we have spent a little time in "Ziggy" and we have decided that the bathroom closet/coffin is a terrible design. Well, maybe if your a normal sized human bean, but I'm 6'3" and trying to do anything in that tiny box, including simply stand still, is a challenge. We've been discussing options from modifications to complete removal trying to solve the space issue. This is gonna' get interesting.
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Old 05-29-2016, 07:09 PM   #152
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Workin' overtime for substandard wage

We worked all day today to repair many issues with Ziggy. We completed the window spacer for resealing the bathroom window but we didn't get it installed. Instead, I cut the rotted floor out of the closet that is the results of poor drainage from the A/C and have a new piece of plywood sealed with fiberglass and ready to be install tomorrow.

Laura worked out the dimensions of the new table top and put the first coat of sealant on the 9 ply furniture grade plywood top that will replace the ailing table that is probably from 1991 as the original. We've also cut a bed extension that will provide us with the additional space to come close to a queen sized bed in a 16' Scamp. We'll get pictures of that once it's installed.

We've completely removed the LP tank and the stove/oven combination and will be making that space into storage. While we were in that area we pulled the mini-fridge and cleaned under the cabinet and repainted the elephant skin under there. We'll have to cut out that floor at another reno session but not right now.

The plan for tomorrow is to reinstall the fridge, the A/C and the new shelving in the stove area. We'll see how much we can get done. I really like working with my best girl on our camper. Feelin' like we need to hit the road again soon!
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While we were in that area we pulled the mini-fridge and cleaned under the cabinet and repainted the elephant skin under there.

Elephant Skin? confused. You indicate its a 1991 Scamp correct?

Scamp stopped using Elephant skin in their trailers some time before the mid 80's !!!
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Old 05-30-2016, 08:28 PM   #154
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It is what it is...

Carol: I can't explain it but I can tell you that the number stamped into the frame indicated that this is a 1991 and we don't have no rat fur.

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Elephant Skin? confused. You indicate its a 1991 Scamp correct?

Scamp stopped using Elephant skin in their trailers some time before the mid 80's !!!
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