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Old 04-13-2012, 03:53 AM   #1
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Scamps Rear Overhead Cabinet in a 1974 Boler

Just wondering if anyone has done this modification.

I would like to add the rear Overhead Cabinet to my 1974 Boler.

This cabinet was available in the late 70's Bolers but not in the early to mid 70's models.

Over the past few years I've been watching for a parts Boler to come up with this cabinet, but no such luck.

Scamp Trailers sells the Rear Overhead Cabinet. I was wondering if anyone has bought this cabinet and installed it in their Boler. I have emailed scamp, but I'm not sure if they'd no forsure.

Both trailers are almost identical but Scamp has changed a few things over the years, so I'd hate to by it and not have it fit.

13ft Rear Overhead Cabinet

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Old 04-13-2012, 04:05 AM   #2
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Paul Neumeister in canada sells reproduction Boler front/rear upper cabinets painted or bare. not sure where you are located. but that's a good place to start. I have a feeling the scamp ones won't work because they've changed their molds.

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Old 04-13-2012, 04:24 AM   #3
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Thanks!

I'll contact him.

I've also thout about making my own.

Thanks again!
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Old 04-13-2012, 01:31 PM   #4
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I'm not sure about the Boler/Scamp cabinets. I'm pretty sure that the Scamp folks built some of the Boler 'shells' before Boler went out of business, & then continued the same trailers under the Scamp name in the late 70's/early 80's. I have the rear overhead cabinet in my 84 Scamp & was considering adding a front overhead cabinet when I do the 2-person dinette mod. I talked to Paul Neumeister last year about that & he told me then that the Boler cabinets wouldn't fit my Scamp?? I'd thought the shells were probably identical but maybe not... Since I plan to fabricate new wood cabinet doors & front dinette/cabinets, I may be able to figure out how to add an overhead wood cabinet to the front also
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Old 04-13-2012, 04:10 PM   #5
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I was going to buy an overhead from Scamp but shipping was the killer. They have to overpack because people send them back for small scratches.

As a result I built my own out of 1/4 inch plywood. You can see it at 'Preparing a 1991 Scamp 16 under the Modifications section. It was not too difficult. If you decide to do it I can give some helpful suggestions.
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:43 PM   #6
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I was also going to suggest making one, if you could find one to make a mold of. that's all the guy that paul gets them from has done. ppl also make wooden ones too.
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:46 PM   #7
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Harvey, why don't you just make a mold of the rear one you have? that is what I'd like to do in the future, My 81 has a rear upper cabinet but not the front. So was thinking about making a mold and making one myself. Pual is close enough to me it wouldn't be an issue to buy one. but they aren't cheap.
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I'd say our wooden overhead cabinet cost $20-30 dollars plus my time.
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:45 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the info.

I've thought of making mine own as well.

I heard back from Scamp today, and just as I thought they weren't sure if it would fit as they don't recall selling one to anyone to install in a Boler.

I'm pretty handy and have all the tools and saws to build my own and I like the fact that you did it for $23-$30!!
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Old 04-13-2012, 09:32 PM   #10
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It is nice to see some fiberglass parts listed with pictures on the Scamp web site. I don't think they were there last time I looked which was about a month ago.

I called them a year ago to buy front and rear overhead cabinets for my 1977 Scamp. Shipping was going to be $300 from MN to WA. Ouch! That literally doubles the price.

Since I was going St. Cloud, MN for a Great Northern Railway Historical Society convention in July I made a side trip to Backus to pick up the cabinets on the way. Backus in about 100 miles due north of St. Cloud.

The savings on shipping paid for half of the gas I burned on that trip. Plus it was a real treat to see the Scamp factory. An almost sleepless night camping nearby the night before due to very aggressive and numerous mosquitoes was the only downside.

I had to give them about a week's notice because they are made to order.

I asked them if they would fit a 1977 Scamp and the parts guy thought they would. I know the new Scamps are 2-inches taller because of new molds that were made after the 2006 fire that destroyed the factory.

I have held them up to where they will be attached and I see some gaps around the curved ends. I have the 1976-1978 front and rear windows that swing out in the middle. I think they are taller than the standard plexiglass windows. I need to remove my curtain rod hangers to get the bottom of the cabinet level. I think the cabinet will mount just above these tall windows. I am going to hang mini-blinds from the cabinets anyway so won't need the curtain rod hangers.

I didn't realize there might be a difference between the front and rear ones. I will find out.

I hope to be mounting those cabinets soon and will post a message with photos about that. I need to get the frame back under the body first. The new axle and grey water tank installation are almost done.

The attached pictures show how I brought them home in my 1983 Ranger. I slept on one side and with them on the other. During the day I separated them to keep from scratching them while traveling.

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Old 04-14-2012, 02:26 AM   #11
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Here's a web site that shows how one guy made overhead cabinets for his 1979 Boler:

1979 Boler Renovation

You can click on the pictures to make them larger.

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It is nice to see some fiberglass parts listed with pictures on the Scamp web site. I don't think they were there last time I looked which was about a month ago.

I called them a year ago to buy front and rear overhead cabinets for my 1977 Scamp. Shipping was going to be $300 from MN to WA. Ouch! That literally doubles the price.


I asked them if they would fit a 1977 Scamp and the parts guy thought they would. I know the new Scamps are 2-inches taller because of new molds that were made after the 2006 fire that destroyed the factory.

I have held them up to where they will be attached and I see some gaps around the curved ends. I have the 1976-1978 front and rear windows that swing out in the middle. I think they are taller than the standard plexiglass windows. I need to remove my curtain rod hangers to get the bottom of the cabinet level. I think the cabinet will mount just above these tall windows. I am going to hang mini-blinds from the cabinets anyway so won't need the curtain rod hangers.

I didn't realize there might be a difference between the front and rear ones. I will find out.

I hope to be mounting those cabinets soon and will post a message with photos about that. I need to get the frame back under the body first. The new axle and grey water tank installation are almost done.



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Hi Jeff,
I was wondering if you could fill us in on how your installation went. I am planning a trip to South Dakota and thought it would be way cheaper to swing by the Scamp factory in MN to get the front and rear cabinets. I talked to the factory/parts dept today, and I think the cabinets will be too cost prohibitive to send to Canada. I am also checking on having them sent to the UPS Store in Minot, ND, but from the shipping price you were quoted, I'd rather spend that money on gas and see the Scamp in the sky!

I have a 1973 boler. You indicated that there were gaps when you held the cabinets in place. Is this because of your larger windows? I won't be taking my trailer with me, so I can't dry-fit them to check for sizing.

Has anyone put the Scamp front and rear cabinets in an older boler?

I will have to order them this week or next week so that they will be ready for me to pick up. Any advice it appreciated!

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Hi Lisa

I haven't installed the overhead cabinets yet. I've been working on other items on my trailer plus I've been out camping with it 9 times since I wrote about my cabinets in April.

I probably won't install them until October when I'm done camping for the year. I really want to install them but I'm working on getting a 12 volt water pump mounted to supply water to the instant water heater right now. I then would like to make some kind of shelf unit for the closet before I leave for a week long tour of Washington state starting in a week and a half. Then there is the new plastic laminate counter top, new upper cabinet support, wiring the inverter/charger, inside shower system, stereo speaker mounts........

I recently found some new, very nice LED dome lights at West Marine that will be mounted underneath the overhead cabinets and I would really like to have those working soon but can't do it with out the cabinets installed.

I'm sorry that I can't offer any advice on how my installation went but I will when I finally get it done.

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Old 08-23-2012, 12:04 AM   #14
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As far as the gaps I saw, it might because I couldn't drop the curved edge edge down to the top of the windows with the curtain rod hangers still in place. It seemed like the bottom of the cabinet was not level when it was above the curtain rod hangers.

I will try to bring them out to the trailer tomorrow, see how they fit and maybe take some pictures.

I've been thinking of the cabinets lately and I would like play with them again.

I'll let you know how it goes,

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