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Old 05-21-2016, 10:17 AM   #15
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A. Think of its strange beige as a pie shell! It's the background, not the focal point (others have suggested this and you've agreed, so nothing new there).

B. You can Velcro or pin lace yardage or thin fabric yardage over the fur in panels to add new light colors, textures, a change in background without adding much weight or changing anything permanently. I believe others have found Velcro will stick to rat fur using only one side of the Velcro...the rat fur acts as the other side. You can stitch Velcro to your fabric panels and just stick it up. Just don't pull it off too often or you'll fuzz out the fur.

Those who get to see what you come up with are privileged! Hope you have lots of fun "doing" the inside, and using the whole thing!
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Old 05-21-2016, 12:43 PM   #16
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I was thinking of covering my rat fur with marine vinyl headliner. That would require the gluing the headliner directly over the rat f ur. Has anyone tried that?
I would suggest its probable a very bad idea.

Keep in mind that the rat fur is glued over top of foil insulation that is glued to the walls. Over time - often after many many years the glue holding the insulation can fail in sections causing it and the rat fur to sag requiring it to be reglued in spots. Even hanging anything light off the rat fur is considered by many to be a bad idea due to fears of causing the rat fur and insulation on the walls to pull away.

Its a good bet that the weight of the vinyl over all the rat fur would/could result in a big saggy mess in time.
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Old 05-21-2016, 12:50 PM   #17
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send pix when you finish-I'm looking for ideas
You can use Google to pull up interior photos of iots of old scamps and bolers for ideas.

Take a look at what was my Scamps (sold it last week) Trailer Register. When looking at the photos note what your eye is drawn to - the walls or the curtains, bedding & accessories?
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Love the one you're with.....

To me it's like marrying someone and hoping they change dramatically.
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Old 05-21-2016, 02:19 PM   #19
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To me it's like marrying someone and hoping they change dramatically.
...and then being very disappointed when they do.

The RatFur is not always greener...
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Totally agree not to start putting anything heavy on the rat fur. After reading about it being glued to insulation to inner shell, maybe even very light fabric would be a less than stellar idea.
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Old 05-21-2016, 06:48 PM   #22
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Don't overlook the idea of painting your cabinets. It can change the overall look of the interior. Another issue you might encounter when trying to change the color of the rat fur is adding a new odor to your camper.
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I agree, as others have suggested velcro fabric panels.

The next option would be to make wrap around curtains using the I-beam rod
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I 2nd the marine headliner (which is also water and mildew resistant) and that is what we put in our Boler and we couldn't be happier with it. It is much more attractive to me than rat fur or even ensolite...but to each his/her own. The headliner was relatively easy to put up, but if you choose do to it I would remove the rat fur first and either put reflectix or polystyrene (styrofoam) insulation behind the headliner (we choose to use the styrofoam).
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I 2nd the marine headliner (which is also water and mildew resistant) ...... It is much more attractive to me than rat fur or even ensolite...
Rat fur IS marine grade headliner. Did you get a different nap or something else? Pictures?
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Thanks all! We pulled all the wood grain doors off this past weekend and will paint them white - which I think will help with making the overall interior less dank looking. Per your suggestions, I think we'll just leave the rat fur for now as it's in really good shape - and I'll get creative with decoration. I think (as many of you say), I'll choose a jazzier fabric color that will draw the eye away from the rat fur.
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Most of the time I spent in my Scamp was spent in bed with my eyes closed. The wall covering had little or no effect on my use / enjoyment of my trailer. As long as the A/C works when it's hot , the furnace works when it's cold , the cooktop works at meal time and the roof doesn't leak when it rains, I am a happy camper but then again I am male and have absolutely no sense of style.
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Rat fur IS marine grade headliner. Did you get a different nap or something else? Pictures?
Clarification: There are 2 types of marine headliners, the carpet or "rat fur" type and the vinyl type (there are some others as well like padded, etc but these seem to be the main two). The headliner we purchased is a marine grade smooth vinyl with a texture outside and cloth backer with no fur at all. It is used in marine applications and is washable and was advertised as UV resistant and resistant to mold and mildew and specifically for use in marine environments for upholstery, head/hull liners, etc.. I see it used more commonly in boats, particularly higher end boats such as sail boats and cabin cruisers. There is an automotive variety that is similar but is much lighter in weight and the ones I looked at did not have the same claims as the marine kind. The marine vinyl was much more $$$ per square yard that the automotive ones also.

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