Preparing my 1998 Scamp 16 for Fulltime - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-21-2013, 10:54 AM   #1
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Preparing my 1998 Scamp 16 for Fulltime

I just purchased a 1998 Scamp 16 and Iím refurbishing it so I can go Fulltime when I retire at the end of Aug. So far I fixed:

Leaking water tank. The tank itself wasnít leaking but the inlet hose wasnít clamped. I replaced the hose with some I ordered from Scamp. I couldnít stop the hose from leaking even with a hose clamp so I applied multiple lawyers of polyurethane glue around the base of the hose where it touches the fiberglass. I also threaded a sock over the hose to check for leaks going forward. So far so good. Since it was allowed to leak I had to repair the floor. I scraped out all the soft loose wood without punching through. I used multiple lawyers of Bondo expoy resin and fiberglass sheet to repair it. I cut a piece of 3/8 plywood to shape and coated it with epoxy resin and glued it down over the repaired area for added strength.

I washed the curtains. Sprayed the cushions with upholstery cleaner and rubbed them with a damp white terry cloth towel, rinsing when it got dirty. I cleaned the carpet the same way. I used the towel and general purpose orange cleaner for the wall covering.

I wire brushed the frame under the trailer, hosed it off, let it dry and painted with Rustoleum Rust Reformer
I replaced the old Smoke and Carbon alarms with a new First alert SCo5CN combination alarm
I replaced the light bulbs with LEDís and installed 3 battery Push LEDís throughout
I cut some Lexan scrap pieces at a 45 degree angle to trim the excess Butyl caulk around the exterior (doesnít mar the Gelcoat)
I removed all the Belly Band caulk (silicone), taped it off and applied Dap White Butyl Flashing/Gutter caulk. Its messy but I can see it will provide good protection. Removing the tape is going to be a pain. Iím going to have to carefully use a razor.
Iím going to ditch the microwave as I need the storage. I never use one anyway.
I bought a fold up expandable counter. I could just lay it on the opened drawer?
I ordered Caps and Washes to replace a few that are missing
Iíll bring it in a RV dealer to have the Electric brakes and tires checked out
It doesnít have a shower, factory water heater or heater and weighs in at 1550 dry.
I have a electric heater and propane one for when it gets cold.
Iím thinking about a 12 volt cooler
Iím going to install two 12 volt receptacles inside
The only thing Iím going to cook inside is water so Iím bringing a Coleman two burner stove
Iím thinking of using a short hose and 2 Ĺ gallon collapsible carrier for Grey water
The trailer is growing on me. I love that most things can be fixed at a reasonable price.
My goal is to leave the interior uncluttered and limit the amount of stuff I bring with me.
Iím sure looking back I would do some things differently but ďyou go to war with the Army you haveĒ

Thanks for reading
Bob in New Jersey
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:41 AM   #2
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..........Iím thinking about a 12 volt cooler..........Bob in New Jersey
If you get a 12 volt cooler, get the compressor type. The thermoelectric or Peltier type are extremely inefficient, as in not much cooling and a dead battery.
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sounds like you have a plan Bob.

I'm glad you spotted the leak in the freshwater tank before TOTAL floor rot. However, I've read the tank can sweat from condensation and sometimes floor rot can be caused by that. Just thought I'd let you know so you can keep an eye out.

Safe travels!
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sounds like you have a plan Bob.

I'm glad you spotted the leak in the freshwater tank before TOTAL floor rot. However, I've read the tank can sweat from condensation and sometimes floor rot can be caused by that. Just thought I'd let you know so you can keep an eye out.

Safe travels!
Thanks that could have been part of it. Unfortunately the drain doesn't completely empty the tank either. It was pretty rotted. I think the worse part is getting rid of the smell. Its definitely something I'm going to keep an eye out for.
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Old 06-22-2013, 02:37 PM   #5
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Bob,

You might want to read the thread we started called Preparing a 1991 Scamp. We've averaged 7.5 months per year for the last 13 years and you can see some things we've done to increase and improve a rig for long term trips.

wishing you well from Newfoundland.
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