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Old 07-04-2012, 06:57 PM   #253
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Pvc

It's not attached. In the morning I'll take pictures of the nose of the table to show you how it works and post them on the site. Very simple.
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Old 07-04-2012, 08:30 PM   #254
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Table Support

Kevin,

Had some time, waiting for the fireworks here in Port Orford, OR for the week of the 4th.

The folding top piece of the table drops onto the slides after they're extended.

The two slides are tied together at the front by a rather simple nose piece. The length/position of the bottom piece of the nose can be adjusted for a good fit to the fully open table.

I use one long pipe when the tables up and two short pipes in the sleeping position.

The tops of these pipes are each captured by a pair of stainless screws. The heads of these screws are positioned so they are about the inside diameter of the plastic pipe apart.... i.e. both heads fit inside the top of the pipe. This keeps the top of the pipe from slipping.

Note I don't screw the screws all the way into the pine bottom. As wel there are 3 sets of screws. One for the long pipe when in the Table up position and 2 pairs of screws with the table down.

The bottom of the pipes are kept from slipping by their rubber feet.

The pipe is 3/4 inch schedule 40 pvc, available at all "box" stores.

After posting I noticed the two center screws are hard to see. Double click the picture for a better view.
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:28 PM   #255
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If Scamp makes the Premium I'll buy one.
Sorry Norm. I just figured you meant a Deluxe.
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Old 07-04-2012, 10:41 PM   #256
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John,

Don't be sorry. I love our present Scamp, probably more than I'd like a new one. However I believe with a small relative investment Scamp could make a Premium version that would meet most 2 person Scampers very happy, designed to meet all the needs I read and hear about. Maybe it could simultaneously meet the small family requirements.

Most of my improvements have made ours very liveable. I just think there's another step that could be taken.

If I find an inexpensive shell I may spend some time on it if Scamp is not interested.
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:14 PM   #257
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Thanks Norm,

Simple but great idea. I hope you enjoy the fireworks!

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Old 07-05-2012, 12:52 AM   #258
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Kevin,

Port Orford is a town of a 1000 or so. The fireworks lasted for almost an hour. Just amazing. Shot off over the ocean. People sitting in a natural amphitheter (sp) abobe the beach where they were shot off by the volunteer fire department. ANother small town wonder.... Just love it.

Glad you liked the table.
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Old 07-08-2012, 11:57 AM   #259
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BB Magnets

I received a 100 or so BB sized magnets as a gift recently. They have turned out to be useful to solve one of those nagging small problems.

Due to the curvature of the walls, the curtains hang out away from the wall towards one head when lying in bed. Ginny's tried velco but it seems to have a finite life simply because it does not like to stick to cloth.

Her latest solution is to take my little magnets and put them into the hem of the curtain. This allows her to stick the curtains to the window's steel screws every 3 inches or so.

Beyond use on the curtains, the magnets are really strong but unfortunately they have not helped me in my attempt to understand how magnets work.
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I received a 100 or so BB sized magnets as a gift recently. They have turned out to be useful to solve one of those nagging small problems.

Due to the curvature of the walls, the curtains hang out away from the wall towards one head when lying in bed. Ginny's tried velco but it seems to have a finite life simply because it does not like to stick to cloth.

Her latest solution is to take my little magnets and put them into the hem of the curtain. This allows her to stick the curtains to the window's steel screws every 3 inches or so.

Beyond use on the curtains, the magnets are really strong but unfortunately they have not helped me in my attempt to understand how magnets work.
Another great idea that I intend to steal... erm, borrow.

Sorry Ginny!
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:52 PM   #261
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Tire Pressure Monitoring System

We went for an oil change in the Seattle area before heading south to the Oregon rally. I told the manager not to change my tire pressures because our 2004 Honda CRV is set up for towing.

On the morning we left for Oregon I turned on our Tire Pressure monitoring system, an after market unit. We use this to monitor the Honda's rear tires and the trailer tires. We had driven a few hundred yards and the Tire Pressure Monitoring system's low pressure alarm went off.

The tire pressure had been set to the standard 30 pounds all around. Fortunately we carry a small compressor and were able to resolve what could have been a problem.

For the record we keep our Honda's rear tires at 39 pounds and our front tires around 35 pounds. As well we keep the trailer's tires at 50 lbs.
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Old 07-12-2012, 02:40 PM   #262
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Tire pressure

When we picked up our Scamp last week I had the tires replaced at Fleet Farm in Minnesota. I asked them what the recommended pressure was and they said 50 lbs, which is what is marked on the tire. After they balanced them I asked if the had loaded them to 50 lbs and they said yes. I checked the pressure 15 minutes later and all three tires were at 25 lbs.

One time I had an oil change where I got an inspection sheet showing all tires at 34 lbs (hand written in by the technician), only to check them and find out they were 27, 28, 30 and 32. I guess you always have to check yourself.

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Having a good tire gauge is essential equipment, towing or not. The amount of fuel that gets wasted due to impoper inflation is amazing. Not to mention tire wear and reduced safety.

Well at least they tightened the lug nuts, had a tire shop neglect that step one time, watched my hub cap and lug nuts pass me as I slowed down because something felt funny.

BTW - Hiya Norm and Ginny have not seen you posting of late, sort of wondered what you were up to. Should have guessed camper mods and travel.
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Old 07-13-2012, 09:54 AM   #264
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We are traveling, month 8, and presently at the Oregon Rally. The rally is great and we're having an absolutely marvelous time. Some times I need to pinch myself to realize how fortunate I am to be in year 11 of our travels and to be able to spend every day with Ginny.

An older friend once told me that as people age, they tend to focus on the things they like best. For some this might be fishing or quilting or ..., and to leave aside those things that do not provide pleasure. For sometime posting was not providing pleasure so I've pretty much given it up except for the Preparing ..... thread.

As my dad said, Life is a series of choices...

Most of the time I will be posting on 'Preparing a 1991 Scamp' to complete our Scamp Experience. I have created a list of 20-30 additional modifications I plan to begin when we return home in October and will document them as I do them.

As well I have suggested an addition to the Scamp model line, a Scamp Premium, focusing on the needs of 'couple travelers'. I believe their are still significant opportunities within the standard Scamp shell.

Occasionally I respond via PM when I read of a need.

Enjoying our time on the road hopefully without end. Safe travels to you and all others.
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Some of the most enjoyable times I have had on vacations is getting to hang out with my wife while driving. Without the distractions of being at home or "doing" stuff.

I think with the boomers moving into retirement there probably is a growing couples market. Side dinette was a move in that direction. I just hope that they keep the scamp simple and functional. I don't see myself wanting to own an rv with electric fireplace heater and three expando units. Don't want to fuss with all that, or maintain and repair.

Imagine a lot of folks don't want to spend $30k out of retirement funds on an RV, and drive a large TV, they just want to be able to travel and enjoy for as many years as they can enjoy doing it.

Maybe you should offer to be a paid consultant? Then give them a good price on testing prototypes for a couple of months at a time, they pay the fuel of course

+ one on the be safe, remember keep the TV shiny side up, dirty side down.
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Old 07-18-2012, 08:48 PM   #266
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Scamp Upgrade

Roger,

As I age in basically the same sized Scamp 16 package, I'd like a walk around wider bed, 2 small easy chairs and a Loveseat, a bigger bathroom with a wet shower, a dinette for 2 expandable to 4, a window upgrade and better storage.

I want it to weigh less than 2500 pounds loaded and to be towable by a Honda CRV or similar vehicle.

I think it's doable and someone will at some point.

I'm not looking for anything from Scamp other than a product that meets my needs better than the existing products.

It may be hard to believe by there's room for a leap in trailer layouts.
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