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Old 08-12-2014, 05:50 PM   #659
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Is there room on the tongue to leave propane out if box and still have room for box?

I saw what I think you have at tractor supply, 21 pounds empty. $99.

Do you think it would be a problem for tongue weight? I only want to put in light stuff for camping. I'm torn now between doing the rear bumper mod as planned and this one. I have a scamp 13.

The u bolts would be easier for me as no drilling into tongue required, just the plywood base. I could just put the battery inside in its box right?

Anyway, so much to learn here and so many options!


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That sounds about right, just be sure and take your measurements with you. I'd rather have a heavy tongue than a heavy rear for towing, if the tongue is too light you will have sway. The U bolts are secure since the nuts are inside the locked box, no drilling, yes put the battery inside.
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Old 08-16-2014, 03:44 PM   #661
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Under Trailer Storage

A number of people have asked me about the underneath the floor storage of our Scamp. We have 5 boxes stored under the trailer. Two of the boxes are four gallon boxes. These two boxes are mounted on drawer slides.

The first picture shows a box mounted to the bottom looking from beside the trailer. The second pictures shows the boxes attached to the floor., The third pictures shows a box down and the fourth picture is a shot of the drawer slide.

There are two drawer slides per box the rear of the drawer slide is connected to an L Bracket by a single bolt and but. The bolt goes thru one side of the L bracket, The other side of the L bracket is screwed to the floor with wood screws.

The front edge of the box is released and the slides drop down and forward providing access to the top cover of the box.

Wendy,

Just as these boxes pivot from one end you could do the same with a door hinge on one end of a PVC Pipe.

If anyone wants to build one of these I can provide more detailed pictures.
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Old 01-07-2015, 12:08 PM   #662
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Norm, I didn't see anything about your rear outside storage box. Was it on another post?
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Old 04-11-2015, 07:02 PM   #663
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I would love to put drawers under the seats in my '75 boler, but am afraid it would compromise the structural integrity of the fibreglass holding up the couch or bench seats. How did you re-inforce it?
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Old 06-23-2015, 12:20 AM   #664
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A number of people have asked me about the underneath the floor storage of our Scamp. We have 5 boxes stored under the trailer. Two of the boxes are four gallon boxes. These two boxes are mounted on drawer slides.
Are these under the dinette area floor? I am considering building a storage compartment underneath the dinette floor between the frame that will be accessable by a vertical drop down door from inside at the step up to the dinette. If the bottom of the compartment is constructed out of plywood and mounted flush to the bottom of the frame it would still be above the bottom of the body line so I see no road clearance problems. And add some LED strip lighting on the inside for visibility...that is about 3" of storage height with a lot of room between the frame possibly for larger bulky items like blankets, tarps, pillows, etc.
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Old 06-23-2015, 05:28 AM   #665
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Are these under the dinette area floor? I am considering building a storage compartment underneath the dinette floor between the frame that will be accessable by a vertical drop down door from inside at the step up to the dinette. If the bottom of the compartment is constructed out of plywood and mounted flush to the bottom of the frame it would still be above the bottom of the body line so I see no road clearance problems. And add some LED strip lighting on the inside for visibility...that is about 3" of storage height with a lot of room between the frame possibly for larger bulky items like blankets, tarps, pillows, etc.
As follow up, sorry to be late,

Frank pictures of the storage containers are shown some where but happy to provide additional pictures.

Anita, I did not reinforce the dinette or front couch when I added drawers. So far no ill effects though reinforcement on the inside would be easy.

Johnny,

I have two big plastic bins in that area attached to the bottom of the floor. In my case they extend below the frame a few inches and in years of travel there's never been a problem hitting the road.

Your idea would work and I believe there are a couple of people who've done it.
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Old 06-23-2015, 04:48 PM   #666
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Rooftop Solar Panel Removal

I've had two 40 watt flexible solar panels attached to the roof of our Scamp 16 for a number of years with VBH tape. Recently they both failed. I chased it back to the panels themselves. I decided to remove the panels and trouble shot the problem.

To do this I removed one of the 40 watt panels. I used the primary cutting blade of my Leatherman by slipping it between the roof and solar panel, repeatedly doing this until I loosened one side, doing the same to all four sides. I then was able to lift the panel with no damage to the back of the panel or roof of the Scamp. There was plenty of VHB (Very High Bondstrength) tape residue on both surfaces. I was able to rub off the residue using my thumb with little trouble.

I will say the tape held very well and did not dry out.

I am very impressed how well the tape I used worked. It was rather ordinary and inexpensive Scotch brand exterior tape.

I did resolve the problem. There is an encapsulated blocking diode on the panel. It appears the diode failed. I should be able to replace it easily. A project for tomorrow.
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Good detective work there, Norm.
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Old 06-25-2015, 07:47 AM   #668
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Bad news

I've removed both solar panels from the roof of our Scamp and both panels are dead. I have no idea what damaged them but they both seemed to fail at the same time. There is no apparent visual damage to the two 40 watt panels.

I may replace them with another 100 watt flexible panel next month.
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Old 06-25-2015, 11:20 AM   #669
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New Solar Panel

I decided to replace our two 40 watt solar panels with a 100 watt panel. The new panel is a flexible panel and once again I'll use Scotch double-sided exterior tape.
Panel dimensions are about 41"x 22".

The new panel was $188 about 40% of the earlier 80 watts I had previously.

The new cells are more efficient and unlike the old cells there are no silver connection stripes across the face of the deep blue cells, all electrical connections are on the reverse side of the cell. No face connections mean more collecting area in the same space.

Though the previous solar panels were really stuck to the roof, it is apparent I could have done a better job in pressing the edges of the solar panel to the roof in the tape areas.
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Old 06-30-2015, 10:36 AM   #670
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Solar Panel Installation

I'm going to do a roof top solar panel installation on our Scamp 16 to replace the two 40 watt Solar panels that failed.

The new 100 watt, flexible panel just arrived and I tested it on the picnic table without removing it's clear plastic film. It produced 20.7 volts open circuit and 5.45 amps with a meter 'short circuit'.

Over the next couple days I'll post pictures of the panel, materials to mount it and the process used.
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Old 06-30-2015, 11:23 AM   #671
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Solar Panel

Solar Panel.
Our Solar panel was ordered on EBay AFP-Power. It cost $188 with free shipping arriving by FedEx in about 4 days. It arrives well packaged. It comes with two leads that use waterproof MC4 connectors. The leads are about 2 feet long and extra connectors will be required to make connection to the panels. They are available from Amazon. 5 pairs of connectors cost $8 from Amazon.

The panels weighs about two pounds and is less than a inch thick. It is 41 inches long and 22 inches wide.

I choose a flexible panel because I want to tape it to the roof.

Notice that the panel has no lines in the connecting areas like most solar cells, providing an increase in light collecting ability for the same area.

Scotch Exterior Tape.
I used this tape before and it proved capable of easily holding my panels to the roof of the Scamp over 3-4 years. I bought a 450 x 1 roll for about $15 on Amazon. I plan to put a strip on all four edges, requiring about 120 inches.

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Old 06-30-2015, 11:53 AM   #672
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It is noon, a cloudless, clear day and I removed the protective film. The max current is 5.75 amps. If it’s clear tomorrow I’ll take a current measurement every hour to see how the current varies as the Sun changes its position.

I'll be taping my panel down but the panel does come with 6 grommet reinforced holes to allow different mounting methods.
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