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Old 02-06-2006, 09:33 PM   #1
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Does anyone have a roof rack attached to either the Scamp 13 or 16? The concept seems to make sense but I am concerned about the structural integrety of the walls, roof, etc. Although the Scamps are tough, I don't think they can really handle the weight of a rack, more less the weight of the articles within the rack. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-06-2006, 09:42 PM   #2
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Although the Scamps are tough, I don't think they can really handle the weight of a rack, more less the weight of the articles within the rack. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I think you've got that right It's my understanding that even a roof-type air conditioner must be ordered from the Scamp factory...or at least the trailer must be built specifically for a roof A/C...otherwise the roof lacks the structural intregrity to handle the extra weight.

Put the roof rack on the tug instead
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Old 02-07-2006, 12:21 AM   #3
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The concept seems to make sense...
How tall are you? I am 5'6" and stowing something on the roof of the trailer seems like a lot of effort. Not to mention the wind resistance.
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Old 02-07-2006, 07:55 AM   #4
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I think you've got that right It's my understanding that even a roof-type air conditioner must be ordered from the Scamp factory...or at least the trailer must be built specifically for a roof A/C...otherwise the roof lacks the structural intregrity to handle the extra weight.

Put the roof rack on the tug instead
All great information. I figured the weight would be too much but wanted to run the question by the "posse" first. Thanks for your input
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Old 02-07-2006, 09:25 AM   #5
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If you were to do this, you could get away with it by supporting the roof rack from the frame of the trailer, either by using existing structural members or by adding compression posts.

The way I would approach this would be to first consider using the existing holes in the roof where the twisted supports at the ends of the kitchen cabinets connect at the rear of the trailer. In the front, at least on my 16ft, there is the closet near the door on the right side and the bathroom walls on the left that might provide sufficient existing structural support.

It would be better if the twisted supports were extended directly to the floor. The extension could be an additional structural member (board) on the inside of the cabinet. The two wood screws at the bottom of the twisted support are in "shear". You would want to replace them with through bolts and nuts with washers.

Ideally you might want to provide something better (and more esthetic) than those twisted supports. How about something made of teak? I appreciate the functional beauty of most yacht interiors. I also have a weakness for yacht interior books. I've often imagined how a yacht interior craftsman/designer might treat a Scamp interior.
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Old 02-07-2006, 01:42 PM   #6
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...I've often imagined how a yacht interior craftsman/designer might treat a Scamp interior.
For a yacht-like interior in a Boler 1300 (well, it's almost a Scamp) dig up some images of the "mogulboler" (by Kevin, a.k.a. mogulboler in some forums, and mogulandllc on eBay). This is a somewhat fuzzy photo from his eBay ad when he sold the trailer, showing a teak and metal (aluminum?) kitchen support design.

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I like it, but I assume that Loren is thinking of something more substantial to contribute to roof rack support, although this one looks quite strong to me.
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Old 02-07-2006, 04:19 PM   #7
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Don't overlook the effects of vertical sway resulting from a roof load -- The entire rig would be more stable with the load over four tires/suspensions on the four tow vehicle wheels than over only two wheels on the trailer.
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Old 02-07-2006, 06:15 PM   #8
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Further to Pete's point, the fact that the trailer roof is high - compared to the track width - makes the handling/stability problem worse. My van has a 150 lb weight limit for the factory roof rack, and I am sure that is not a structural limit - they don't want too much inverted pendulum effect. Although the van roof rack is high compared to a car, and high enough to cause Toyota concern, it is still much lower than my Boler roof.

Although I have considered Boler roof mounting, I am thinking about solar panels (which belong up there), not general cargo (which belongs low, and preferably supported by the drive axle).
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Old 02-07-2006, 07:10 PM   #9
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I saw a Boler 13ft in Fernie BC with home made roof rack with a canoe on it.Don't know any more than that.
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Old 02-07-2006, 08:46 PM   #10
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When I purchased my Love Bug it came with an aftermarket roof mounted AC and the previous owner attatched a support along the roof made of plywood. Its been like that for at least 4 years and never had any structural problems. I think if you did put a roof rack on the top you would need a ladder though. Maybe just use it for a couple of bicycles!
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Old 02-09-2006, 06:04 PM   #11
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If you were to do this, you could get away with it by supporting the roof rack from the frame of the trailer, either by using existing structural members or by adding compression posts.

The way I would approach this would be to first consider using the existing holes in the roof where the twisted supports at the ends of the kitchen cabinets connect at the rear of the trailer. In the front, at least on my 16ft, there is the closet near the door on the right side and the bathroom walls on the left that might provide sufficient existing structural support.

It would be better if the twisted supports were extended directly to the floor. The extension could be an additional structural member (board) on the inside of the cabinet. The two wood screws at the bottom of the twisted support are in "shear". You would want to replace them with through bolts and nuts with washers.

Ideally you might want to provide something better (and more esthetic) than those twisted supports. How about something made of teak? I appreciate the functional beauty of most yacht interiors. I also have a weakness for yacht interior books. I've often imagined how a yacht interior craftsman/designer might treat a Scamp interior.
I agree. Thanks for your detailed notes. I used to own a 36ft sail boat and have modified most of the interrior of my Scamp to look and function very similar.
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I'd love to see pictures of your Scamp interior rebuilt to yacht-like standards, if you ever get a chance to take some.

My first encounter with this idea was at a woodworker's show in Port Townsend, WA where one of the fellows displaying some cabinetry had a notebook portfolio with pictures of an funky home-made camper and more of an Airstream that had custom yacht type interiors.

He estimated the labor for an Airstream conversion would run around $10,000. And the material at about the same depending on what appliances you wanted. All materials were yacht quality, teak, mahogany, ash, stainless steel, brass, etc.. No camper appliances. That was about 10 years ago.
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I'd love to see pictures of your Scamp interior rebuilt to yacht-like standards, if you ever get a chance to take some.

My first encounter with this idea was at a woodworker's show in Port Townsend, WA where one of the fellows displaying some cabinetry had a notebook portfolio with pictures of an funky home-made camper and more of an Airstream that had custom yacht type interiors.

He estimated the labor for an Airstream conversion would run around $10,000. And the material at about the same depending on what appliances you wanted. All materials were yacht quality, teak, mahogany, ash, stainless steel, brass, etc.. No camper appliances. That was about 10 years ago.
Sure, I'd love to share my mods. Keep in mind I am mostly just creating more storage space by utilizing my sailing experiences. The interrior does not LOOK like a boat, just odds and ends here and there.
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Loren, was that Airstream you saw photos of a Bambi? The woman who bought my '61 Bambi five or six years ago lives in Redmond WA, and had it gutted and refitted at a shipwright's shop. She sent me photos and the restoration was beautiful. Unfortunately the photos were all lost in a crash, so I don't have them any more.

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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