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Old 03-30-2015, 05:30 PM   #1
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Scamp Spare Tire Holder?

I removed the spare tire from the rear of my 1978 Scamp 13 today.

The spare tire was held with only two long bolts that protruded from the rear fiberglass shell! Here is a photo showing the bolts...plus the rust and dirt!

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I didn't want to remove the "hide" on the inside of the rear dinette area to look, however, there feels like there is a large piece of wood in the area of the dinetter hardware.

Does anyone else have such bolts to hold their spare tire? I would think that such a arrangement would place a lot of unwanted forces on the rear fiberglass shell.

Any comments, or suggestions?

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Old 03-30-2015, 05:34 PM   #2
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It is supported from the inside with a piece of wood. Don't see a problem with structure unless you have kids or adults climbing on it.
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Old 03-30-2015, 05:45 PM   #3
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It is supported from the inside with a piece of wood. Don't see a problem with structure unless you have kids or adults climbing on it.
Uhh, mine isn't supported with any wood - the heads of the bolts that hold on the spare are inbetween the wood support for the table hardware and the shell... meaning it's just the shell holding that spare up.

That said, the fiberglass does seem to be holding the spare up just fine - I'll be changing the mounts for mine in the not too distant future because I'll be changing wheels and bolt patterns - I may end up having my husband fabricate something that is welded to the rear bumper just to take that strain off the shell since I'll be replacing my wheels with slightly bigger ones.. but if I need more weight on the tongue since I have removed the battery then it may go up front
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I think it would be supported better if the tire was bolted somewhat tight against the outside fiberglass thus preventing allot of movement. Then that presents another problem of chafing of the fiberglass and discoloration.
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Old 03-30-2015, 05:54 PM   #5
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That's the same as my 1986 Scamp. It shows no stress cracks from all these years.
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Old 03-30-2015, 06:18 PM   #6
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My '86 is the same way with no apparent distress to the fiberglass.
That being said I need to change mine to accommodate the new 14" tire and 5 lug wheels.
I tink I will saw off the existing bolts after installing a large flat washer with gasket and sealer and then install new carriage bolts and large washers through the ply and rhino hide on the inside with large gasketed washers and elastic stop nuts on the outside.
I think I will have to use three long bolts for the five lug wheels and put them in higher to clear the bumper.
One change begets many more down stream.
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:19 PM   #7
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Same as our '79 16' Scamp.
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Actually I just went out to look at mine again and it looks like the bolts go through just under where the wood support for the table hardware is.
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Well! When I'm wrong...I'm really wrong!

I would have swore that those bolts on my Scamp was the work of some Shade-Tree Guy!

It's nice to know that what is on my Scamp is standard, and nothing to worry about. I just went out and looked for stress marks and couldn't find any around the two bolts.

After 37 years of use, without any cracks, I'd say I don't need to reinforce anything!

While looking just now, I discovered that there were two stabllizing jacks jammed up under the rear bumper! Now, I've got figure out how to get them to lower!

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Pull them toward the center of the trailer, then they should swing down. If they don't want to move a squirt of WD-40 might convince them.
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Pull them toward the center of the trailer, then they should swing down. If they don't want to move a squirt of WD-40 might convince them.
Thanks Jon,

I'll give that a try. They look like they haven't been moved for awhile, so WD-40 will most likely be needed.

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I've got an 88 16' Scamp. Same spare tire mount. A couple of through bolts to the inside. Stable (unlike folks mounting to a bumper where the spare moves a LOT when hitting bumps).

I trashed those dang stab jacks on the bumper. They worked, but my hands were always filthy when deploying (road rash) when using. Hated them, found a better solution. If they work for you, they work for us.
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Thanks Jon,

I'll give that a try. They look like they haven't been moved for awhile, so WD-40 will most likely be needed.

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That being said I need to change mine to accommodate the new 14" tire and 5 lug wheels. I think I will have to use three long bolts for the five lug wheels and put them in higher to clear the bumper. One change begets many more down stream.
I made a triangular plate that bolts to the original two bolts, uses one of the originals all the way through the spare and two new bolts for the 5 lug pattern. This way I only cut off one of the originals and (just past the nut holding the adaptor plate) and did not have to do anything to the shell. It works slick and the new 5 lug 13" spare is no heavier than the old 4 lug spare. I think this mount will also work if I ever change to 14" tires, although I suppose one could keep a 13" spare even if running 14" on the trailer.
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