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Old 06-22-2016, 04:43 PM   #1
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Just came back from a 1300 mile trip, noticed the front of the 16' Scamp was leaning down. Crawled underneath and the drivers side frame rail is broken off, left side bent. I'll need to to take it to a frame shop for welding and reinforcing. Anybody gone through this before?
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Old 06-22-2016, 04:57 PM   #2
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While I have never had the problem, I'm sorry to say others have. Just where the frame exits from under the body is one failure point. While it doesn't help you, I believe Scamp has addressed the issue on current models. Others have had this problem repaired by a competent welder. Pictures would be helpful to other owners. Raz
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Old 06-22-2016, 05:41 PM   #3
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Norm and Ginny (honda03842) had their S-16 frame brake in a campground last year and they did a thread on it. Norm is currently on the Newfoundland trip but I'm sure he will chime in.
I had replaced quite a few front floors and that gives you unlimited access. I had come up with an unproven work around. My plan is directly above the crack take a 6" hole saw and drill out the floor above the frame. This should give you enough access to weld a plate to the frame.
Drill out the floor without a pilot bit, you do this by drilling a hole in another piece of plywood. You then screw the scrap piece of wood (with hole) to the floor. You can then take the hole saw w/o pilot bit and drill a hole over the crack. Take it slow near the frame. Save your cut out plug.
After repairing the frame put 4-6 Kreg screw holes in your cut out plug. Put your plug back in place and screw it to your frame. Then install Kreg screws to attach plug to the floor. Tape/seal the plug under the trailer then fill the gap and screw holes with thickened resin. You may be able to do this through the access holes with out removing the front bench.
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Old 06-22-2016, 05:52 PM   #4
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How hard is it to remove the frame for repairs?
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Old 06-22-2016, 06:13 PM   #5
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Next to but not impossible in a Scamp. Lots of Screws with rusted and filled heads. Also shell instability at door opening and almost complete disassembly of the trailer.
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Old 06-22-2016, 06:30 PM   #6
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Was just wondering...that allows easier access and I wonder about the rest of the frame.
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Old 06-22-2016, 06:56 PM   #7
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Yep, mine broke there also. Not completely in two, the top was still just barely holding. I jacked it up level and welded 3"x1 1/2"X1/4" angle iron on each side and nested together on the bottom. I blew holes in the sides of the angle iron and plug-welded the sides to frame. I did not have to mess with the floor that way. Actually managed to not set the Scamp on fire. This is unusual as I usually set something ablaze when I weld. A couple of times it has been my belly, or at least the part of my T-Shirt over my belly. But I digress. At any rate the frame is now 1/2" thicker steel both ways. Yes, it is overkill, bigtime. But as I told somebody in Vo-Tec welding class many decades ago: "I did not set out to build the weak link". Someday, when I do my front dinette mod, I will redo the whole front "A" frame with thicker tubing so my daughter will inherit an upgraded "Scamp 2.0". That is if I don't wear it slap out myself traveling in retirement.
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Old 06-22-2016, 09:28 PM   #8
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Just came back from a 1300 mile trip, noticed the front of the 16' Scamp was leaning down. Crawled underneath and the drivers side frame rail is broken off, left side bent. I'll need to to take it to a frame shop for welding and reinforcing. Anybody gone through this before?
What year is your Scamp?
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Old 06-22-2016, 11:01 PM   #9
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Thanks for the replies, I'm going to contact some welding and or frame shops in Rapid City to see about getting it fixed, The Scamp is a 1987.
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Yep, mine broke there also. Not completely in two, the top was still just barely holding. I jacked it up level and welded 3"x1 1/2"X1/4" angle iron on each side and nested together on the bottom. I blew holes in the sides of the angle iron and plug-welded the sides to frame. I did not have to mess with the floor that way. Actually managed to not set the Scamp on fire. This is unusual as I usually set something ablaze when I weld. A couple of times it has been my belly, or at least the part of my T-Shirt over my belly. But I digress. At any rate the frame is now 1/2" thicker steel both ways. Yes, it is overkill, bigtime. But as I told somebody in Vo-Tec welding class many decades ago: "I did not set out to build the weak link". Someday, when I do my front dinette mod, I will redo the whole front "A" frame with thicker tubing so my daughter will inherit an upgraded "Scamp 2.0". That is if I don't wear it slap out myself traveling in retirement.
You may know that some time later about the time Scamp upgraded the axle rating, they also upgraded the frame tubing, both of which have proven to strike the right balance of durability and towability.
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You may know that some time later about the time Scamp upgraded the axle rating, they also upgraded the frame tubing, both of which have proven to strike the right balance of durability and towability.
Careful Floyd. You're getting awful close to admitting there might have been a problem.
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Careful Floyd. You're getting awful close to admitting there might have been a problem.
Constant improvement dictates the recognition of problems when they exist. I have spent 12 years now pointing out and solving problems with Scamps both on and off this venue.
In fact I have endeavored to do the same for all makes of fiberglass trailers with some level of success, without resorting to condemning the entire make in any case.

What gripes me is the demonstrable unfair treatment Scamp receives on this forum.There is a lynch mob mentality every time someone has a minor problem such as the door gasket or a single broken rivet.
(Tongue in cheek, I must ask if it is only the result of higher expectations.)


Admittedly, I see Scamp as offering the best value in its class and I certainly can make the case for that position, but I see my purpose here as one of helping fiberglass RV owners of all makes to better enjoy the ownership and utility of finest genre of travel trailers ever devised.(Fiberglass RVs)

Just one example...
Did you hear even a single demand for the demolition of the Escape factory when they recalled more than five years of production due to cracked frames, more than a decade after Scamp had addressed the issue?
Answer?... It passed as a simple announcement without vitriol.

Of course it is acceptable for owners to express their frustrations with any product, but excessive condemnation must be challenged when it starts to obscure the effort to move on to solutions for real problems when they arise.
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What gripes me is the demonstrable unfair treatment Scamp receives on this forum.There is a lynch mob mentality every time someone has a minor problem such as the door gasket or a single broken rivet.
I think there are more complaints because there are more members who are Scamp owners.
That said, you can come to Scamp's defense, but it is the response of the manufacturer that really matters.
We saw what happened to ParkLiner, and now they try again, under new owners.
Escape owners, Tammy and Reace, have continuously gone above and beyond the norm to resolve problems.
I wish them all well.
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Glenn, your comment may have some merit for unit numbers. But I think that the vast number of replies posted on any site tend to be negative of a product. If you're ticked you voice it, if you're pleased you move on to other things and rarely comment. I read a lot of reviews, add a few grains of salt, both ways and make my choice, 99% of the time it's fine. Monday/Friday build............who knows .
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