I think I will need to do some mods to my new Scamp's door. The factory latching mechanism is a bit flaky and I was given specific instructions at the factory on proper door closing. Who knew I didn't know how to close a door? Seems slamming the door is a bad idea as the latch impacts the strike plate so hard it can crack the fiberglass the strike plate is mounted to. I eventually want to replace the whole mechanism, but in the interim I added a bit of support to the strike plate in case I storm out and slam the door; not likely, but you never know. It was a 10 minute mod and seems good insurance. It involved cutting a small aluminum triangle and bolting it to the strike plate. (see picture) The may only work on the deluxe models as the wood "door frame" is ¾ inch solid Oak and can take the transferred pressure. In hindsight I don't know why I chose aluminum. Oak would have worked as well and perhaps more elegantly.
Also, the factory weatherstripping around the door is not going to work. Its water porous and already is getting scraped off by the door closing. Scamp
mailed me a hollow rubber replacement seal for free so that problem should soon disappear.
I don't want to sound like I am disappointed the Scamp
. Its very well made and I am very pleased. I just like to tinker and make it my own. These little projects are fun.