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Old 06-14-2017, 03:58 PM   #1
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More storage space

As a Scamp 13 owner I always want more storage space so I installed a hatch in the bottom of the cabinet next to the bed. We wanted to get rid of our dirty clothes bag and even with the tire well taking up a lot of the space we still have enough room to store 2 weeks of dirty laundry.

I also made a shelf over the sofa. Like a lot of scamp owners, with the bunk bed option, the top bunk turned into a storage shelf, and the bottom bunk became Sandi's bed (Sandi is our dog) and we couldn’t use it as a sofa. Now we have plenty of head room and we can use it as a sofa. If anyone is interested in making the hatch modification there are two horizontal structural members to avoid. On the bottom of the cabinet at 5 ˝ inches and on top at 24 ˝ inches, both measured from the floor.
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Old 06-14-2017, 06:49 PM   #2
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Nice mods for more storage. I did a floor mod for more storage in our 13' Scamp that you might be interested in. I'll try to post pictures of them, but if I am unable, click on our avatar and go to my albums of Scamp mods.
Nice work.
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Old 06-14-2017, 06:52 PM   #3
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Old 06-14-2017, 07:47 PM   #4
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David, nice mods, the wire shelf over the rear window will be my next project. How is the wheeling in Arizona? We just got back from 2 weeks in Utah with our Scamp and JKU Rubicon. Thanks for the info.
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Old 06-14-2017, 11:31 PM   #5
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We, too, use the wheel well area for laundry. A simple solution is to drop a large net laundry bag down the well. We built custom shelves above the well and the bottom shelf lifts ups to access the wheel well. This photo shows the custom shelves. Of course, we have to remove the items from the bottom shelf in order to access the wheel well, but that's easy 'cause I keep the items in net bags.
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Gilda, we did the exact thing in our 13' Scamp.
Terry, the wheeling here is great, but this time of year it is HOT , they are predicting 120 degrees by Tuesday next week. We did Easter Jeep Safari again this year, and a couple weeks later we were fortunate enough to join in the Southern Utah Tour. Colorado's "All 4 Fun" in Leadville will be next.
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Nice job on the shelf and I also used shelf bracket in my closet and made a pantry. Suggestion: on the threaded rod... one could use 1/4 rod then buy some chrome Toilet supply tube, Flare the ends if you want them real fancy, and cover the threads on the rods.
I did this to on threaded rods I used to hang canoe seats down from gunwals...makes a much more finished look.
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Gilda, nice cabinet - We have the big bed option and our cabinet is only 10 3/4 inches wide so I opted for the door. We put our dirty clothes in grocery sacks and stuff it full - works great for us. Terry
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David, Nice rig, it is hot here in Illinois too but we are leaving for Lake Superior on Sunday, and hopefully nicer weather. Terry
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Gerry, I was going to use heat shrink tubing, I have used it before and it works really well to cover the threads. I wanted to get it installed before our trip, and I only had red heat shrink and my wife didn't approve of red. Something to put on the list. Terry
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You could also use split wire loom to cover the threads. I have seen it in black, blue, yellow, and chrome.
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P.S. My folks came from the "pictured rocks" Munising Mi. area. I love Lake Superior.
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We keep our boat in the Cinder Pond marina in Marquette and go to Munising a lot. Grand Island is one of our favorite spots on the Lake. I kind of like the aluminum all-thread but will probably install heat shrink next winter, the wife, Tina, wants white. The Scamp is in storage until the fall and our next trip to Utah. We basically bought it to go to Utah and wanted something small enough to get over Monarch Pass and to replace our tent. The last time we camped in a tent, Natural Bridges National Park, Utah, it snowed 3 inches, the air mattress went flat and Tina said get a Scamp or I am staying home. Love the Scamp.
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Where did you get the hatch? I like the looks of it. Do they come in different sizes?
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Where did you get the hatch? I like the looks of it. Do they come in different sizes?
Bryan; Yes they make several different sizes, my hatch is 9 x 18 inches overall and the cut-out is 7 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches. DPI Marine - DPF918PW (PW=Polar White). On my 2015 Scamp there are two horizontal supports, one 5 1/2 inches above the floor and a second at 24 1/2 inches above the floor. $52 Amazon. I have the big bed option and 9x18 is the biggest hatch I could fit in the cabinet. Terry
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