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Old 04-14-2014, 08:45 PM   #1
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Remove Bathroom from Scamp 16'?

We are considering removing the bathroom from our 1985 Scamp 16' (layout 4). The previous owner removed the toilet, but the shower components are still there. We are contemplating removing it altogether in order to have some more space and to install a small dinette table in front of the bench seat.

Has anyone removed their bathroom? How did it go? Are we killing the potential resale value by making this modification?
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:59 PM   #2
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Has anyone removed their bathroom? How did it go? Are we killing the potential resale value by making this modification?
Well you are going to get mixed answers on this but personally I would say Yes to the potential resale value impact simple because a great many people who switch to a 16' trailer do so for the bathroom facilities..... but as the trailer is of the age it is and due to the PO already haven taken out the toilet the lost value impact may not be much of a loss.... may just mean you have few potential buyers when the time comes to sell it than you might have if it had a bathroom. If your plan is to keep the trailer for a long time then it probable doesnt really matter on way or another.
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Old 04-14-2014, 09:03 PM   #3
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Structural?

I'm wondering if it's a structural component. I'd check with Scamp. It may be as simple as installing a second twisty metal brace on the front end of the kitchen counter. What you are proposing is similar to Layout 3, so it seems reasonable.

As to resale value, I'm thinking it would likely diminish it somewhat. A lot of people do seem to want a bathroom in a small trailer. Don't get it myself, but there it is!
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Old 04-15-2014, 07:24 PM   #4
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Shucks, a bathroom with a shower but no toilet sounds peachy to me. I could put in a porta potty, but take it out when showering.

The question will be whether the partition wall needs to be left in place, or replaced with something else, for structural purposes. Not sure if it's an issue, but Scamp folks would be the ones to know.
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:42 AM   #5
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Well I heard back from scamp, the walls are not structural and they even gave me instructions on removing the shower/bathroom setup....now the fun part.... the OSB floor was rotted from front couch to the bed in the rear - under the shower, under the heater, under the refrigerator... so hopefully by days end friday we have a brand new floor.
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:46 AM   #6
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here was an interesting idea I had after demolition..... there is a tiny circle vent through the side wall (lower left in the corner of the shower pan in the 'after' photo). I have the cold water piping already there from the shower... has anyone ever converted that hole into a hose bib where you would have a hose spigot mounted on the outside of the scamp????
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:57 AM   #7
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here was an interesting idea I had after demolition..... there is a tiny circle vent through the side wall (lower left in the corner of the shower pan in the 'after' photo). I have the cold water piping already there from the shower... has anyone ever converted that hole into a hose bib where you would have a hose spigot mounted on the outside of the scamp????
That was the toilet vent in the before-time. An outside hose bib is an interesting idea, but then insn't the park's water hook on that side usually anyway? I would think more about moving the City Water hookup to that side to be more convienan in most camp sites (along with the 30A plug while you are all torn into the trailer and stuff).
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:58 AM   #8
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Forgot to mention, the bathroom was a big selling point to me in getting my Scamp 16. I have a 10 year old daughter and "breaking camp" to walk her to the bath house in the middle of the night was getting really old for this old camper.
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Old 04-16-2014, 01:30 PM   #9
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ya... its one of those things... we liked this one even more since removing the toilet was going to happen anyway and the PO already did it. IF we ever sell it I guess it will be to people lookin to have more room and not hauling their crap around....literally
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With you!

I'm totally with you on the crap business! Plumbing and holding tank cleaning and maintenance don't appeal to me.

I travel with two girls (8 and 11) and have yet to make a midnight run - it's my own "old man" bladder that is most likely to require an early morning foray!

As to resale value, I suspect your work repairing the floor will more than make up for the missing bathroom.

I noticed that there is a large cutout in the forward end of the kitchen cabinet - curious what you plan to do with that. Show us more pictures as your work progresses!
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Old 04-17-2014, 07:07 AM   #11
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Decided last night this would be a lot easier is 'stuff' was out of the way. removed the heater and removed the front bed bulkhead to get at the floor easier. All in all we have a slightly longer than 8' long x 14" wide space of rotten wood... you could tell the shower/toilet leaked like crazy and it all ran down the floor boards till it rotted through.

I'm hoping to be able to fit the floor in 3 pieces, jack it up onto some cribbing, and re-fiberglass the bottom tomorrow.
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I noticed that there is a large cutout in the forward end of the kitchen cabinet - curious what you plan to do with that. Show us more pictures as your work progresses!

the center support between the small cabinet that's above the heater and tall cabinet to the left of the heater was broken..... well broke when my elbow flew into it dealing with the rivets...... but ill claim it was already broken

Ill probably just fiber glass repair it
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The new plywood is now installed in place. I'm going to fiberglass it in place first thing tomorrow. Here are some pics:

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Just saw this - looks you are not the only one that likes space more than a teensy-weensy bathroom!

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