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Old 02-11-2019, 10:40 AM   #1
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Has anyone taken on the project of replacing the curved Scamp door with a new frame a

Os it possible to build a new fiberglass door frame and to add a flat Casita Door? We seem to remember seeing this on a post somewhere but not sure which site? Seems like it would require a lot of work.
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Old 02-11-2019, 03:08 PM   #2
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Os it possible to build a new fiberglass door frame and to add a flat Casita Door? We seem to remember seeing this on a post somewhere but not sure which site? Seems like it would require a lot of work.
Sure it can be done and would be a bit of work. Can't say I've seen anyone post of doing that but a number of folks have rebuilt the factory curved door frames and doors. I think it would be a great project but I like working with FG. The flat door has advantages....and seals well . The biggest downfall/cost, to me, is having to paint the trailer.
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Well, there's this one done by a member here years ago. Sorry I can't remember who it was. Last I heard, Melissa Irwin now owns the trailer.
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Then there's the PlayMor II which is an egg shape and came with an inset flat door right from the factory.
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The Lil Bigfoot had a flat door.
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As does the current manufacturer Armadillo
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However you would do it seems like it would be a lot of work for a small return on time, cost investment. YMMV
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:21 PM   #4
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My Casita has a flat door that PO had installed and the workmanship is outstanding.
Unfortunately for some reason I have trouble posting pictures but it is the same as the first picture in Donna D's post of the Scamp.
Built our of composite material.
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Has anyone taken on the project of replacing the curved Scamp door with a new frame a

I don’t particularly care for the way they look, especially the ones that project outward, but there’s no doubt they work better. A recessed, radiused door (like the Armadillo) is visually better integrated, but more complex to build.
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Donna,

You are an amazing source of information. Don't know how you do it.
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Os it possible to build a new fiberglass door frame and to add a flat Casita Door? We seem to remember seeing this on a post somewhere but not sure which site? Seems like it would require a lot of work.
The flat ones that are inset, like on my Oliver, look good, but have limited range of movement and won't open all the way around. This is inconvenient sometimes and is more likely to get damaged.
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Thank you all. It will give us something to think about. I completely rebuilt our Scamp door but the seal still is a bit of a problem. I just bought a 1985 16’ Scamp and will remodel it completely like I did with our 13. Fun projects
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Thank you all. It will give us something to think about. I completely rebuilt our Scamp door but the seal still is a bit of a problem. I just bought a 1985 16’ Scamp and will remodel it completely like I did with our 13. Fun projects
I hope you post some pictures of your work.
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The seal is always a problem on these curved doors.
I reshaped and reglass'd mine in 2003 and the seal was good but since then the door has given up some of it's shape and seal.
I've given thought to combining the flat and curved door into one. Using the original hinges and creating a flat surface on the inside of the door for the seal.
With careful execution the exterior wouldn't need paint.
The door would be much stronger and hold it's shape better,,, but weigh more, would the hinges hold up?
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The door would be much stronger and hold it's shape better,,, but weigh more, would the hinges hold up?
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One member here on the site rebuilt his trailer door using a metal frame so I think the hinges would hold up. I don't remember if the trailer was a boler, trillium or scamp.
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I recall that project , Alex. The one I’m thinking of kept the curved shape, but replaced the wood core with a frame of shaped, square tube metal. Don’t recall if it was aluminum or steel, probably steel. I believe they put insulation between the frame tubes and glassed over the whole thing. Nicely done.

The best way, of course, is to prevent water infiltration in the first place by sealing the wood edges around the window and latch cuts, and periodically resealing the window, latch, and hinges.

Fred, what you describe seems a little like what Happier Camper does, with a shaped inner molded door skin to increase rigidity.
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Thanks for that info Jon, I'll check it out.
I haven't been in an airplane for 35 years but I don't think their doors whistle in the wind so there must be a solution.
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Edit after looking up some images of the Happier Camper, yes they have a substantial inner structure. But, the gasket surface is still the curved shape of the body.
I was thinking of building a flat surface into the trailer for a door seal and a inner structure on the door that sealed to it.
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Over the years we've seen all manner of methods to fix an air-craft door that seems to be flattening out. IMHO, the best version is where a lightweight 'magazine' rack was affixed near the bottom. The side panels were curved to hold the shape of the door. You wouldn't want to put anything heavy in the rack, like bunches of shoes, but a couple of folded maps would be okay. Done with skill, it could look good!
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