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Old 08-10-2013, 09:42 PM   #15
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Amazing...you are practically building it all over again! Quite an ambitious project but if anyone can do it, you can! Cool floor pattern! Goodluck with the remainder of the project!
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Old 08-10-2013, 09:50 PM   #16
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Do you think you'll get it done in time be in Death Valley again this winter? Looking good so far.
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Old 08-11-2013, 01:46 AM   #17
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Beefy clamps

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Wow, KB, that is some major surgery. Looks like it is going to turn out real nice. You must have had some pretty beefy clamps to get the new and old steel line up!
Thanks, Pat. Spot on. The cargo hatch holes were my friend. Sorry no pix. I'll attempt words. So bear with me. I fretted a whole day before striking on a solution that worked. Working by myself in someone's driveway with limited tools definitely makes for McGyver moments.

I placed an extra 8' piece of the steel beam through the hatch access holes. So crosswise. Then I set my bottle jack on the new splinted frame rail part that stuck up. As I pumped the jack the beam grabbed the shell lifting its weight off the bumper area. Weight on the jack drove down the upper part. Once aligned I welded them together. Then repeated other side.

I hope that made sense.
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Old 08-11-2013, 01:50 AM   #18
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Amazing...you are practically building it all over again! Quite an ambitious project but if anyone can do it, you can! Cool floor pattern! Goodluck with the remainder of the project!
Fran & Dave
Thanks so much. I'm really glad you found a good home for your old Scamp. I hope you're enjoying that Escape 5.0 this season. I can't wait to visit you all again for a personal tour!
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Old 08-11-2013, 01:52 AM   #19
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Do you think you'll get it done in time be in Death Valley again this winter? Looking good so far.
Thanks! Furnace Creek redux is the current plan. It was great to meet you both last winter in DeVa and put faces to names. Be well!
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Got it. Very creative!
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Old 08-11-2013, 11:10 AM   #21
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That's all pretty major surgery. Did you consider using pressure-treated plywood so it wouldn't ever dry-rot out again?
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Brilliant work, great pictures!
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:45 PM   #23
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I am agog!
After all of this, a trip to Backus to aid Kent in a redesign is in order?
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Old 08-11-2013, 02:52 PM   #24
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Thanks so much. I'm really glad you found a good home for your old Scamp. I hope you're enjoying that Escape 5.0 this season. I can't wait to visit you all again for a personal tour!
We are indeed enjoying the Escape. Tows like a dream and feels really spacious. Just finished wiring up the rear view camera that we used to have in the Scamp. The counter space is about equivalent but separated from the cooking area which takes some adjustment. And the double pedestal table doesn't leave much room for legs and feet underneath but other than those two things, it is all good! Dave is loving the extra height...he can even stand up under the a/c and not bump his head!

Let us know when you are headed this way and we'll prepare the culdesac for you!! :-)
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That's all pretty major surgery. Did you consider using pressure-treated plywood so it wouldn't ever dry-rot out again?
Yes I did consider treated plywood. In my experience however treated woods (usually lumber but same idea I figure) usually come damp to wet. They have to dry out before anything else can soak in like paint for example. The edge of the floor needs to be fiberglassed to the shell. I was skeptical how well resin would bond to new treated plywood. That's another reason I choose real plywood over OSB. I figured clean thirty surfaces might better attach to thick fiberglass resin. OSB with thin chips and higher glue content (besides being needlessly heavier for camper floor use) affords shallower surface penetration of fiberglass resin. I may be wrong but that was my thinking for material choice on this project.
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Brilliant work, great pictures!
Thanks! Sometimes it's not easy to get good pix in confined places. A macro lens might help. Sometimes I get lucky. I'll take it.
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I am agog!
After all of this, a trip to Backus to aid Kent in a redesign is in order?
Thanks! I have offered design feedback to Backus in the past based on documented problems and member solutions. Such ideas didn't usually go over aw well as I hoped. I blame my diplomacy skills and gave up at some point.
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Old 08-12-2013, 04:17 PM   #28
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Do you feel the ply is about the same weight as the OSB?

And no, I dont think ANYONE will have any luck changing Scamp....unless it's a liability issue. That's unfortunate.

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