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Old 06-10-2013, 07:36 PM   #29
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Fuses and holders are good, all 12v lights work, just don't have any current getting to the battery from the converter. If it ever stops raining, I'll trace it out with a meter and see where the problem is. Not really upset, the converter will be replaced by a better charger and supply. The fridge was the big worry I had, and it works great so one less item on my "major" list. Also once it's dry I gotta make up a material list for the window awnings, plus fiddle around with my screen room to see how I can set it up or alter it to work with the camper. Will give me something to do next Friday when I pretty much have all day to set up and fool around with stuff, probably no one else will show up until the afternoon, and Field Day doesn't start until Saturday afternoon.
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:42 PM   #30
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Also, got a list together of all the bits and bobs I need to install a Raspberry Pi. Also installing a wifi extender/access point. Enables me to share my phone hotspot more than a few feet, or pick up a weak signal and rebroadcast it. Also using it for networking our logging at Field Day, so I gotta get that one done.
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:59 PM   #31
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More problems...

In between the rain over the last week or so, I've been trying the rest of the systems, plus got a leak test to beat all. Found out the front window is leaking quite a bit around the welt. Also the stove window is leaking even though it is totally sealed and bolted in the closed position. Got one leak on the front window fixed, just have to work the solution until it stops. Also found that one of the rivets for the sewer hose tube is just butted up against the outside, the hole in the fiberglass is totally open, missed the hole by 1/2" at the factory.

Also, need to disassemble and clean the LP burner on the fridge, that won't light at all. Not a big issue.

Another annoyance but not world-ending is finding out that my converter is dead. Going to move up the replacement ahead of some "nice to have" items.

Friend was stripping another camper, gave me the small microwave that was in it. Not sure if I'll ever put it in the Scamp, might just warm my drinks in the shop.

One week until the first trip away from home (sort of), getting things packed and ready to go in as soon as I get the leaks stopped. Going Saturday to get supplies like butyl tape and awning rail. Also going to get more rivets and order some washers and caps. As soon as I have the butyl, I'll be working through replacing all of the exterior rivets. Moving the project forward.
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:18 PM   #32
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Thank you so much for your reply. I love this site and am getting ideas right and left.
I think I will try to find the 3M 90 and use it to reattach the quilted material.
We will do what we can with it.
There are some places where it is discolored but we have cleaned it and hopefully it will be fine for the time being.

We cannot for the life of us get the smell out of the camper. I have cleaned, cleaned and sprayed odor remover in there over and over and still it smells.
I cannot believe how someone would blatantly mistreat such a wonderful little camper.

we keep working on it though. I will be posting photos soon.
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Old 06-14-2013, 08:10 PM   #33
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Lesa, I don't know what the smell is... pet urine on the floor? But some folks have had success by spreading BBQ charcoal briquets in cabinets or saturating cotton balls with vinegar, putting those in a cup and putting several cups around the trailer. Both solutions seem to work in a couple of days of "warm" weather. If the smell is in the carpet, foam, upholstery or curtains.. they either need to be really cleaned or replaced.

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Old 06-14-2013, 10:17 PM   #34
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Lesa, I feel for you on the smell! I have removed a couple deceased rodents and I've used everything short of Plutonium to get the smell out. My best friend stopped the other day to check out the trailer, after we'd been inside a few minutes I asked him if he smelled anything, maybe like a dead mouse. He said he didn't, I'm associating the smell of the cleaners I used with the smell so much that I still smell it when it's not there.

After the 3" of rain we had, and the front window leaking, I went all out today to dry things out. I tried my dehumidifier, which seems to work for 30 minutes then quits, then I put an electric heater and two fans in the camper, and cracked the roof vent a little. Had it up to 105 and the humidity down to 30% in a few hours. Just checked in there when I got home (going to sleep out there tonight), and no smell other than a faint cleaner smell. So keep it warm and dry, it will fade eventually. I asked before if anyone had used zeolite to absorb odors in a camper, no reports yet.

The good thing about vinegar is that once it dries, there is no smell left. I use it instead of fabric softener in the washer, it really makes clothes not smell at all, and no vinegar smell when they come out of the dryer. If you think it might be pet odors/urine, get either Petzyme or Nature's Miracle, they take a looong time to work, but they do work eventually. Petzyme is the only thing I've found that really gets rid of cat urine smell, which I can't stand. Hopefully have some more progress pictures tomorrow or Sunday.
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:20 PM   #35
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I think I figured out why my front window is leaking, when I reglued the rat fur, it came up short, but was tucked into the window gasket before. I think that the rat fur pulled the gasket tight enough to the fiberglass to (mostly) seal it up, and since it's not in there anymore, the gasket has enough movement to leak. The water is running in at the top, along the gasket, then dripping out of the side where the body tapers out. Not sure the best way to reseal it. Really not looking forward to pulling the window, but if that's what needs to be done, guess I'll have to.
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:32 AM   #36
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Been a while since I updated things, maybe I can keep everything straight without repeating myself.

I had another thread where I was rebuilding the stove window, which turned out pretty well.

Here it is before:



With the window out and all the goop cleaned off:



And, after:



Still need to clean the LP burner on the fridge, it lights but doesn't heat enough to cool the fridge. Also need to work on the tow lights/cable, need new wheels/tires, battery, and some paint on the tongue and frame. Replacing the sink drain and trap, and trying to figure out a better fresh water fill that won't leak, either into the camper or into the tank.

Took the egg for its first outing away from home, only had to drive 2 blocks and up the access road to the old fairgrounds behind my house, we operate for amateur radio Field Day up there, and make a good time of it. Here is the Scamp right after I pulled in. Looks like the hitch is high, but it's actually sitting on a little ridge.



Pictures of it all set up are on the other camera, might get some up later. Everything went well, I set my 9x13 screen tent up against the camper, it worked OK, but not great. If it had rained, the screen tent would have been pretty useless, need to get to work on both the side awning and window awnings before our trip to Maine. We had generators running pretty much 24/7 all weekend, so I ran the fridge on AC power. I added a DC power cable to the rear upper cabinet, ran a wireless router for our computer logging, plus the coax plug fits a set of speakers that I have, so we'll have music inside when we want. Very happy with how it all works, had lots of people checking out the egg and lots of compliments, especially after I showed them the "before" pictures!

It's in the 90's this week, so trying to do some work inside the house, but will probably get the wheels I want this weekend and get some tires mounted up. Going to replace/repack the bearings while the wheels are off, and coat the frame in Chassis Saver, with a coat of paint over it on the exposed tongue and rear bumper.
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:21 PM   #37
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Your Scamp looks great!
Here's a dumb question- what is BKF, and where do you buy it?
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Your Scamp looks great!
Here's a dumb question- what is BKF, and where do you buy it?
I'll answer since this post is about four months old. BKF = Bar Keepers Friend. Folks use it to thoroughly clean the gelcoat before ZEP. I use it in the SS sink of my trailer too. I buy BKF at my local grocery store, next to the other sink cleaners like Comet. <$5 here in Portland, Oregon. Some people have found it (State side) at the big box stores or Bed, Bath & Beyond...
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