My 1991 Scamp renovation - Page 2 - Fiberglass RV


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Old 01-09-2012, 10:02 PM   #15
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Drinking water inlet

What was the previous owner thinking. Instead of buying a new $4 dollar plastic attachment he decided to cover it in silicon and fiberglass. One eye sore removed! I tried to screw the new one on with stainless steel bolts, but said screw it and ended up just gluing it on with 3M 4200. Should last for a few years. Once the Colorado sun fries the plastic again, I'll just pull it off and screw a new one on.

For those of you who are interested the 3M 4200 though a fantastic sealant did not stick to the plastic all that well, but it seems solid enough and should be relatively easy to remove. Just to drive home a point I learn over and over again, NEVER EVER USE SILICONE on a camper, its sucks.
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Old 01-10-2012, 05:04 AM   #16
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What was the previous owner thinking.

Just to drive home a point I learn over and over again, NEVER EVER USE SILICONE on a camper, its sucks.
I too am surprised at the strange "work" some people do, on trailers, cars and stick built homes!

Very succinct comment about silicone
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Old 01-10-2012, 05:29 AM   #17
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Wow, creative and diligent work. Thank you for taking the time to share your findings and accomplishments.
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Old 01-10-2012, 07:50 AM   #18
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Kevin,

I had to replace all the plastic pieces on our '91 Scamp. To reduce the effect of sunlight, I spray painted them all white, power cord entrance, water fill, street water, cable input port, and outside light cover.

As you did I used stainless screws instead of rivets.
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Old 01-10-2012, 04:40 PM   #19
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Very nice, beautiful!
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Old 01-10-2012, 05:23 PM   #20
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Scamp remodel

I am very impressed with your remodel, especially the front dinette. I'm considering doing this on a perris pacer. Do you have any add'l photos, dimensions, or even suggestions on what you would have differently or change etc

i'm looking for any ideas............again great job
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Old 01-10-2012, 08:47 PM   #21
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more info on the front dinette

Thing I learned was that I should have tabbed in new supports. I had not done any fiberglass work when I started so I was not sure how easy it would be to ab in supports. Therefore I simply used the supports that were there. However I wanted to cheat the chairs up 3 inches or so that I could see out the window and maximize storage space. I should have simply glued some supports to the walls and then glassed over them, but instead I built the entire thing and attached everything to the existing supports. If you look in the pictures you will see a LOT of extra support cross pieces due to this decision.

My dimensions won't work since every camper is different. The gap between the two chairs is 19" on one end closest to the window and 20.25" on inside edge. Why? Because Scamp hates me and tries to make my life difficult.... I built everything according to the frame that was there, so that's what I have to live with.

The thing I am still learning is how to attach the table. Currently I am using two door hinges with home made removable pins for the top and then just some supports for the support member. This is OK until you come along and bump the table upwards. I tried putting a taper on the support member and a cap on the table side support piece, but it still does not work too will. I may switch to using two more hinges with pins, which will be much safer, but less easy to set up.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:17 PM   #22
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30 A plug

I hated the stupid plug that Scamp installs because it allows dirt and water to enter the camper and basically makes that entire storage space under the bed useless. My choice was either to epoxy it over and possibly lower the resale value, or buy something shiny to put into the space. So I bought a stainless steel 30 A plug and wired it in. Of course the hole was a little too large, so I ended up fiberglassing over the hole anyways, just so I could cut it back out.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:24 PM   #23
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Who needs a ceiling??

So the biggest problem with my Scamp was that I could not stand up straight in it..... problem solved. I bought 26"x26" emergency exit from Heng Industries. It took me a day to install. The biggest problems I ran into was that one of the wood reinforcing struts would not come out because the PO (previous owner) had manked it up with a bunch of resin. The result was that I ended up cutting some of the carpet with jigsaw in a place I did not want to. I also had the problem that originally I thought I was going to bring the carpet right up to the edge of the aluminum vent body, however it turned out looking better if I wrapped the carpet all the way around and up the hole. The result was a few extra carpet seems, but it still looks great.

I'd just like to point out that the vent took 44 stainless steel 3/4" bolts to hold on. Aren't they pretty! Somehow I don't think it is going anywhere! My biggest concern is that cutting out half the roof would it would weaken it, but if anything it actually stiffened it.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:26 PM   #24
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More fun with the grinder

I could not find the towel rack that I wanted to buy, so I bought an over the cabinet door one from Bed Bath and Beyond and modified it slightly.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:34 PM   #25
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Belly band repair

So I know most Scamp owners have not had problems with the belly band leaking, unfortunately I am an exception. Early on I was dismayed to find a leak from a small hole in the side of the camper. The problem is that there is a void between the belly band and the fiberglass that attaches the two halves of the camper. Therefore the leak on the outside could have been anywhere and the water just flowed until it reached this small hole into the camper proper.

I therefore drilled out all the rivets, removed the band, scrubbed off all the silicon, cleaned and polished up the aluminum, then sealed the gap between the two camper halves, inserted miles of butyl putty, and bolted everything together with stainless steel bolts. It looks great, I sure hope I didn't create any new leaks with all the bolt holes...
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:38 PM   #26
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Outside at last!!

I finally took my camper out of the garage. One small step for mankind, one gigantic leap for the Scamper Camper! Required deflating the tires almost completely and then rolling it out carefully by hand. I'll need to figure out a covering technique to protect it from the elements.

Note, the solar panel on the back is not screwed on properly yet, which is why it is so slanted. Also notice how dirty that door is!! I have started the cleaning process, but its going to take a while.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:47 PM   #27
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I'm always thrilled when I see members make modifications (that look great!) that truly work for them. If cutting a hole in the roof, so you can stand up straight is what you needed to do... then good for you, for making your trailer "work."
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Old 01-15-2012, 09:05 PM   #28
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I love your woodwork! The under-bed drawer is especially clever, as is the front dinette table.
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