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Old 12-24-2015, 10:11 AM   #57
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Bill & Laura,

Given that you are sharing and excited about getting a portable toilet with a group that is equally excited for you, I think it is fine to admit that you asked Santa for it.

Brown Santa and toilet, interesting combination!!!

Merry Xmas,

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Old 12-24-2015, 08:35 PM   #58
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Ha ha ha! Merry Christmas to you and yours too Dean!
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Old 12-25-2015, 11:55 AM   #59
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Hmmmm, are were those "Truss Rods" and reinforcement plates on the front of the frame added by a previous owner? I don't think that I have seen anything like that before. Some of the Scamp 16's had a history about frame cracks and breaks in that area, and what is there may be a repair.

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A little late to the party on this, but Scamps do come with some reinforcement in this area. Normally it is not as visible as what is pictured - usually sticks out from the shell a few inches. It is stock for the tongue beams to sit inside a U shaped frame from under the trailer from the factory. Hard to say for sure looking at the pictures but it does appear that a PO did added some additional support plates in that area....I say that only due to how far out they appear on the tongue frame, but then again perhaps not.

BTW the trailer coupler for sure has been changed out and not original to the Scamp.
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Old 12-27-2015, 03:21 PM   #60
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A little late to the party on this, but Scamps do come with some reinforcement in this area. Normally it is not as visible as what is pictured - usually sticks out from the shell a few inches. It is stock for the tongue beams to sit inside a U shaped frame from under the trailer from the factory. Hard to say for sure looking at the pictures but it does appear that a PO did added some additional support plates in that area....I say that only due to how far out they appear on the tongue frame, but then again perhaps not.

BTW the trailer coupler for sure has been changed out and not original to the Scamp.
Carol, that's what I thought and the inspection at Bluegrass Truck & Trailer seem to concur with that opinion. They gave it a clean bill of "health" and we're moving on down the line with our renovation.
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Old 12-27-2015, 03:29 PM   #61
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Small steps

Today, I finished pulling the old carpet from the inside including the baseboards. I scraped everything clean down to the metal and then painted POR15 to seal the baseboards. The can of POR recommends two coats so we'll try to hit that again in the near future but I don't know when we'll get fair weather like today: December 27th and it's was 72 at 2:00 pm when I started. We bought a quart and I didn't know how far that stuff would go so I poured out 1/3 of the can and used it to coat all three baseboards, the rear bumper and most of the front hitch. It's really cloudy outside and I don't know if the rain will hold off long enough for the POR on the hitch and bumper to set but I was going to throw it all out anyway since the can specifically instructed not to "paint from the can."

The finished product looks pretty good compared to what I started on but it's a stinky mess to clean up. Glad I bought the cheap brushes and just threw it away.

I believe there's enough left in the quart can to hit most of the frame under the Skank with at least one coat in a attempt to seal off a lot of that metal from additional corrosion. POR15 has a great reputation with car enthusiasts for protecting the frame on rebuilt antique and vintage cars. I figure it can't hurt the Skank.
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I ordered these, they are popular for Boler/Scamp hinge repairs - also a you-tube video
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Old 12-31-2015, 08:11 AM   #64
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I pulled the bathroom window out yesterday and cleaned the face of the Skank as well as the backside of the window of the foam rubber sealant and acrylic caulk that the PO had applied in an attempt to stop the window from leaking.

Actually, it took me about three minutes to get the window out and over an hour to clean the window frame. What a mess! I used a single side razor blade to clean the outside of the trailer skin and a putty knife on the window frame and then wiped it down with alcohol to completely remove any remnants of the caulk.

Reinstalling the window was a little tricky but the butyl tape was pretty sticky and held the window in place while I went back inside to catch the window with the frame/screws to complete the installation.

I think I used too much butyl tape because I was having trouble getting the frame to pull down against the skin of the trailer. Oh well, live and learn. If I have to re-do the job I won't be too unhappy since this was a small window and I consider this a victory as a learning experience.

Oh yah, it was way too cold at 55 to allow the butyl tape to remain pliable as well as sticky. That means it'll be a while before I can finish resealing all the other windows.
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Old 12-31-2015, 08:26 AM   #65
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I have to remember to not rotate the camera when taking pictures because they won't post to correct position unless I adjust them in my computer. I've been too lazy to make those adjustments so they posted rotated 90. Sorry 'bout that.
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Old 01-03-2016, 06:04 PM   #66
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My oh my, where to begin

I've been on vacation for the last week and Laura and I have joined forces for the last four days to really make some changes to the Skank! We are ready for a road test!

Starting with removing the spare tire mount on the rear outside and added the bumper mount for the spare. When I pulled the second mount bolt from the back wall it pulled through the wall completely and freaked me out! I immediately imagined that tire pulling loose from the one remaining mount bolt and bouncing down the road at 55 mph. Not going to be a problem for us because our new tire mount is really cool and very reliable.

The rope cover is off for now and those rusty bolts are history!
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Old 01-03-2016, 06:15 PM   #67
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Fresh water fill is off and new shore power line attached

We've decided to incorporate an external fresh water tank the uses a cooler attached to the braided water line when boondocking so we've removed the interior fresh water tank and gained the storage.

I've also managed to pick up a new shore power connection that enables us to remove the power cable extension cord from under the dinette seat so we gain all that area for storage. I plan to move the Shurflow pump to under the sink area.

We've removed the old flooring and replaced the almost new carpet with inexpensive vinyl that is more pet friendly and easier to sweep out when camping without a vacuum. We settled for something from Lowe's Home Improvement that was $.89/sqft. This would have been a lot cheaper if they would have sold us a smaller section but the roll was 12' wide so we ended up with a large pieces of scrap. Here is a picture of the dinette complete with the flooring and the Reflectix glued to the exterior walls to add some thermal barrier to the naked areas under the dinette seating. We massaged the vinyl to get it to lay better as we installed the bench seating because we opted for a "loose lay" installation in case we decide we want to rip it up for something else when we re-plumb all the water lines later.
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Laura & Bill,

The flooring looks great!!!

Take care,

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vinyl in the front section of the living area

This installation was a team job because my arms simply weren't long enough to reach across the tiny trailer to stretch the vinyl and hold things in place. Laura was right there to help get the final product smooth and trimmed out. We added metal threshold strips the the ends to hold things in place and decided to remove the cabinet door from the front couch area to allow the dogs to have a secret hiding place when the traffic gets too heavy in the galley aisle way.
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This reno have been a process that includes making holes in the fiberglass skin that will need to be patched. However, we've been enjoying an average temperature of about 40 that prevents us from patching anything. We've opted to simply put a piece of tape over a hole to prevent water from getting in and we've found that almost every auto parts retailer in town has fiberglass repair supplies as well as Bondo sufficient in the volume for our needs.

We still need to rework the A/C area because the floor in the closet is a mess so I've simply screwed a panel over the hole for now since A/C is the least of our worries for the immediate future.

The Skank is coming along...
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