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Old 03-31-2015, 10:59 AM   #1
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Another question...what is it for?

Under the street side dinette seat, of my 1978 Scamp 13", is an object made from two strips aluminum (I think) into somewhat like a cross.

In the open center is a piece of foam/foam rubber.

Due to the crud covering everything it's hard to see clearly.

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Can anyone tell me what purpose this object serves?

Thanks again for all the kind help!

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Old 03-31-2015, 11:23 AM   #2
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It looks like it might have held a water pump in place at one time. After 35 years who knows what was there....
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I'm not sure about the older Scamps, but newer ones have the water tank and pump (if so equipped) in the curbside seat. The streetside seat houses the electrical stuff. Could that have secured the shore power cord?
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It looks like it might have held a water pump in place at one time. After 35 years who knows what was there....
Hey! You folks are supposed to know everything there is to know about fiberglass travel trailers!!

A water pump might explain what the foam rubber was doing there, wouldn't it?

Thanks for your reply,

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Old 03-31-2015, 03:14 PM   #5
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I'm not sure about the older Scamps, but newer ones have the water tank and pump (if so equipped) in the curbside seat. The streetside seat houses the electrical stuff. Could that have secured the shore power cord?
Thanks Jon, My 1978 Scamp 13" did have a water tank in the curbside seat compartment at one time. The water inlet opening and hose is still in place. There are so many loose wires going everywhere that there is no way I can tell if 12-volts, for a pump, is or was ever going to the water tank area.

My first thought when I saw the object was that it had something to do with the electrical power cord because the cord was laying next to the object. However, I couldn't think HOW it did!

Maybe there is still some Scamp owner who has a like item in their trailer?

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I really don't think it matters at this point. I'd take it out as you clean/repair the floor in that area. You could hang onto the piece just in case you decide you need it later.
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We removed a "Like Item" from our 2002 Std Scamp. The standard water pump was a small round pump without a pressure head that just ran when the switch was on. It was about 2.5" in diameter and fit into a similar looking bracket. That one looks like a home built replacement.
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I really don't think it matters at this point. I'd take it out as you clean/repair the floor in that area. You could hang onto the piece just in case you decide you need it later.
Yeah, I do need to do that! An hour ago when I was attempting to sweep out some of the "dirt", it, and all the loose wires, was in the way!

The wires have to stay until I can trace what they powered at one time. Wireing is something I enjoy messing with...except when it is in very tight spaces!

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We removed a "Like Item" from our 2002 Std Scamp. The standard water pump was a small round pump without a pressure head that just ran when the switch was on. It was about 2.5" in diameter and fit into a similar looking bracket. That one looks like a home built replacement.
Bob, that most likely is what the item is for!

While sweeping the area awhile ago, I discovered a red wire in the dirt, next to the item. And there is a toggle switch next to the sink.

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Bill,

I stripped out all the wiring and will start fresh. There had been so many modifications, splices, electrical tape. Every time we hit a bump something would suddenly go on or off. 39 years of messing with wires. There was just about every possible colored wire!


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Basically-- it's just a patch.
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Congratulations... you found a genuine doohicky!
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I'm not sure about the older Scamps, but newer ones have the water tank and pump (if so equipped) in the curbside seat. The streetside seat houses the electrical stuff. Could that have secured the shore power cord?
The water pump on my 1988, is in the cabinet under the kitchen sink, passenger side. Go figure.
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