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Old 04-02-2013, 07:05 PM   #1
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Refurbishing a 1975 13' Scamp

Hello. Iím excited to say that Iíve joined the ranks of a Scamp camper. With the help of my parents, my husband and I are going to refurbish a 1975 13í Scamp. There is a ton of work to be done. Iíve been doing research on this site, and have been very impressed with the community here and how eager people are to help. Iíll try to record my progress here.

So far weíve stripped everything out of the inside, including the ensolite. I've attached some pictures of our progress, including a cool picture from our night time work session.

Next up:
Replace the axle.
Find replacement windows to fit the sides and the door.
Decide what to do with the interiorÖreplace the ensolite, have it upholstered, or just paint it
Learn how to work with fiberglass so we can patch the side and put new braces inside for cabinets.

Any advice you may have is welcome!
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:21 PM   #2
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Welcome! It should be a fun process, at times frustrating, but overall awesome!

We are working on a 1978 Boler, still seems like pretty early in the game.

Check out Scamp's website for parts...lots of good stuff there, but plan on fiberglass modifications.

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Old 04-02-2013, 07:42 PM   #3
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Hi and welcome Michelle. You've got a big project ahead of you. I've been working on my '77 Scamp and it's been a lot easier having the support of this group. I love the evening picture from outside the trailer with the light shining through the thin fiberglass. Good luck on your project and keep us posted on the results.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:57 PM   #4
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Welcome aboard. I'm like a bunch of others in restoration mode. Take lots of pictures and then some more. I upload mine to the free photobucket site and I think there are others too. The great thing about this forum IMO is all the free advise and then once you find a good thread, scroll to the bottom and you will hit suggested links for more items. Its awesome.
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:04 PM   #5
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Welcome to the site and good luck with your resto.

If / when you do replace the windows, please save the old jalousie's and make them available for someone else who may need / want them. The jalousie windows are very desirable.
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Hello and welcome! I too am new here, but I agree with you, everyone is so helpful here, so much info and support! I am in the process of restoring a '77 scampers have been posting the progress as I go along. I can't wait to have it done and be able to use it to join in on the groups gatherings, seems like it will be so much fun!
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:52 PM   #7
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Darn auto correct on the iPad, lol. Supposed to say '77 scamp in my reply!
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Old 04-03-2013, 04:55 AM   #8
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Hi Michelle, to FiberglassRV! Cooool pics, thanks for sharing

So, what's wrong with the jalousie windows? We can help you rebuild them. Which I would do as they fit the fiberglass cutouts and are neato!
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:09 PM   #9
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Thanks for the welcome. Donna - we are going to take your advice and try to salvage the windows. I haven't had a chance to search yet for hints on how to clean them up. If you have any good advice, please let me know. We've also decided that we need to replace the floorboards which we believe will require taking the shell off the frame. I need to research the best way to do that. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks!
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Thanks for the welcome. Donna - we are going to take your advice and try to salvage the windows. I haven't had a chance to search yet for hints on how to clean them up. If you have any good advice, please let me know. We've also decided that we need to replace the floorboards which we believe will require taking the shell off the frame. I need to research the best way to do that. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. Thanks!
Michelle, have a look at our 1978 Boler reno, I have a good writeup with pics of taking it off the frame. Should be similar for you...just make sure the weight is distributed on the supports. Use boards or 4x4 posts as to not crush any of the fiberglass.

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/// we are going to take your advice and try to salvage the windows. I haven't had a chance to search yet for hints on how to clean them up. If you have any good advice, please let me know.
COOL! Good decision. Check out this great thread by DannyH, he gives all kinds of advice and part numbers for your style windows: List of seals to restore old style scamp jaloused windows
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:07 AM   #12
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Weíve made a lot of progress since my last post. I finally feel like we can start planning our first camping adventure. (My husband is going a bit crazy waiting for all of the work to be done so we can actually use it, as you can see in the picture!)


She (Iíve decided itís a girl Ė no name yet) took up residence in my fatherís garage when we removed the frame from the shell. She lived there from March until July when she finally had her big ďcoming outĒ party.

Hereís what we did during that timeÖ (Iím going to put this into multiple posts so it doesnít get too big and yes, Iíll include pictures.)
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We had the frame repaired, reinforced, sandblasted and painted. Fortunately, we had decided to take remove the frame because we found some bad holes in it that we may not have found otherwise. We also replaced the axle. (Hereís a picture of us removing the floor and shell., and a picture of the doorway reinforcement that we did before taking it off the frame.)
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:14 AM   #14
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Once inside the garage, we removed the windows and all rivets made through the shell, and began the fiberglass patching. Here's a picture of the bare shell being supported with jacks.
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