Adding exterior access hatch - Fiberglass RV


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Old 03-14-2008, 01:20 AM   #1
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I am considering adding an exterior marine access hatch on my 2006 Scamp 16. We always keep the rear bed made and the storage under the bed is not handy.
Thinking of cutting an exterior hole and installing a marine hatch. This would allow me to store hoses, cords, levelers and any thing that gets wet or dirty without dragging it through the trailer.

Anyone tried this? Any suggestions or warnings?

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Old 03-14-2008, 05:21 AM   #2
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A number of people have done it. The secret is to find the flat spot on the shell! And, getting a hatch that isn't too big, nor too small. A dremel tool seems to work well for hacking the hole. I think the idea would be great, but one side of my trailer has the water heater/electrical converter and the other side has the freshwater tank. I wouldn't gain much by adding a hatch.

Post pictures as you go along!
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Old 03-14-2008, 07:43 AM   #3
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I haven't tried the Demel tool approach but it seems like it would work just fine. On my boat when I need to cut an opening I use one of those carbide coated jigsaw blades. Like the Dremel approach there's no splintering of the fiberglass. Just another option...
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Old 03-14-2008, 07:52 AM   #4
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After I removed my spare, I considered adding a "trunk" where the spare was. My concern was, as Donna said, finding a spot that was flat enough. A smallish door properly placed might work.

I did end up putting one on the curb side rear to access the water tank compartment. I moved the tank back a tad and installed a better control for drain. It also gave me just enough extra room to store a few things.

I ditto what Donna said about the Dremel. Cuts like a warm knife through butter.

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Old 03-14-2008, 01:18 PM   #5
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Which dremel blade are you using?
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Old 03-14-2008, 01:28 PM   #6
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Which dremel blade are you using?
Here it is.

I used it to cut out for my Propane detector. It really works great. I simply drew a line with a sharpie and had no problems following the line. No break outs, no splinters, just some dust that the vacuum picked up.
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Old 03-14-2008, 02:48 PM   #7
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This fella added one, looks pretty nice to me.... If you click the arrows there's a couple of photo's.

http://ph.groups.yahoo.com/group/scampers/...amp;m=s&o=0
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Old 03-14-2008, 03:35 PM   #9
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Which dremel blade are you using?
I actually used a cutting disk that came with in the dremel kit.
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Old 03-14-2008, 03:39 PM   #10
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This trillium 5500 owner added one and it looks like he did a great job:

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Old 03-17-2008, 12:30 AM   #11
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I added a small hatch (the largest that I could get for the limited flat space) to the rear of the curb side wheel. It is a marine round hatch and has been very handy. If I can get this right, I'll include a couple of pictures.

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Old 03-17-2008, 12:32 AM   #12
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Looks like I could only get one pic per posting. Here is a pic of the hatch open.

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Use the outer ring and mark it from the INSIDE of the trailer to make sure you have room and aren't going to cut into a frame or seat member.
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Use the outer ring and mark it from the INSIDE of the trailer to make sure you have room and aren't going to cut into a frame or seat member.
Or plumbing or electrical or gas lines ....
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