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Old 02-17-2006, 11:01 AM   #15
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No Roger, it wasn't a Bambi. It was at least 25 ft, maybe over 30. I could tell by the pictures before/after showing the original layout

What happened was I had the Kubota all geared up to prepare our field in the spring for market gardening and the rain shut me down. So I decided to flake out for a day. Me and my truck ended up in Port Townsend and a woodworker's show was in progress there. Since I only drink home brew latte I decided to squander a buck or so to get in.

It was pretty interesting what those folks could do with wood; grandfather clocks, chairs, furniture, cabinets, bowls, lighting, hand tool displays, etc. Beautiful stuff, well thought out and often quite practical.

One fellow had a couple of samples of high level furniture grade kitchen cabinets. In his portfolio binder was the pictures of funky camper on a truck with an exquisiste yacht-style interior and others of the Airstream. My original impression was that this had more to do with style and opulence than something practical for my style of camping/touring/traveling. The "coolness quotient" would definitely rate at least a 9, maybe a 10.

At the time I was highly intrigued not really interested enough to get the fellow's card or enouph info to follow up later. But the encounter is still in the back of my mind.
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Old 02-17-2006, 11:25 AM   #16
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Regarding the roof rack, Thomas Haney (a member here) used a conduit roof rack to raise his sagging roof on his highly customized Scamp cottage. Unfortunately the photos seem to be lost post-site-hack. Perhaps if any of you know Thomas, you might persuade him to re-post them. I don't think I'd be willing to put a rack on mine for all of the reasons listed above, but Thomas showed that it can be done.

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It can be done, but Thomas put the roof rack on to LIFT (or unsquish..as the case may be) the fiberglass shell, not because he was adding any weight to the TOP. That would have been counterproductive.
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Old 02-18-2006, 12:15 AM   #17
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I see this question come up from time to time and I always wonder:
-what would you put on a roof rack atop a Scamp?
-What would you stand on to load and unload it?
-Why wouldn't you put bikes, clothes or whatever inside the egg instead?

These trailers are designed for good aerodynamics, which partially makes up for their large frontal and side area. Disturb that smooth air flow over the top and you'll probably see a difference in sidewind stability, fuel economy and center of gravity.

Here's where I put my roof rack- atop the car. I top it with a full-width rocket box, an old Yakima Space Case. It makes a nice wedge-shaped air dam that fills most of the height difference between my Forester's roof and the trailer's. It serves as the family clothes closet. It gives a faint big-rig look, like an air dam on a semi.
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Old 02-18-2006, 09:34 AM   #18
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I found a picture on my PC of Thomas' Skimp (named for doing everything as cheap as possible) Funny what you can find if you just look
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Old 02-19-2006, 05:17 PM   #19
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I used to own a 36ft sail boat and have modified most of the interrior of my Scamp to look and function very similar.
I meant to ask earlier... where in the Scamp did you manage to squeeze in the V-birth and anchor locker?



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