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Old 03-22-2015, 11:03 PM   #1
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Switching out ice box for fridge?

I have a line on a used 13' Scamp I'm going to drive 7 hours to go look at. It's in my price range and seems good from pics I've seen. The only thing I'm not so excited about is he says it has a new icebox, not a refrigerator. I was really hoping for a propane/electric refrigerator. I'm not sure if it's possible to change this? It shows a picture of a plug outside presumably to power stuff inside with electricity but if there is nothing else electric I'm not sure what it would go to. Thanks for any noob advice.


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Old 03-23-2015, 12:22 AM   #2
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It can be done, but depending on how handy you are,it might not be particularly easy - especially if you aren't comfortable handling the electrical, plumbing, and venting side of things and have to pay someone else to install it.

My scamp originally had an icebox (only assuming because there was no wiring or propane line present for a fridge), which was removed by a prior owner and replaced with a dorm sized fridge, and the cabinet was cut slightly to make that fit (the opening was widened by about an inch and a half)... which conveniently left me with a hole the correct size to install a 12V solar-friendly Engel fridge (when the compressor is running it only uses 2.7 amps, and it only averages about 18 amps for the day), which is what I currently have in my scamp.. but it only runs on 12V so it may not be what you are looking for. I didn't really want to cut extra ventilation holes in my scamp and I wanted to be able to run my fridge completely on solar power, which is why I opted for the specific fridge I have.
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Old 03-23-2015, 12:36 AM   #3
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Fridge

Wow solar sounds great. No, I'm not handy enough to handle gas lines or electricity so I would find someone. I actually just found another Scamp listed that I may go for instead that already has a refrigerator but this is useful information. Thanks!
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Old 03-23-2015, 05:48 AM   #4
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We wanted a 13' scamp that slept 4 people also. We bought one without a fridge and with bunk beds in front. I then bought a Norcold 120V/12V fridge to replace the ice box. You have to hook up the electric, but there is no propane or cutting vents in the outside of the trailer.

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Old 03-23-2015, 10:02 AM   #5
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A 12 VDC compressor fridge, and enough solar and battery seems to me to be the perfect fridge solution. Not cheep though. Fridge, $800, 100 W of solar, $300, Battery, $100.
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Old 03-23-2015, 11:11 AM   #6
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Now I'm torn between that 13' which is a 2007 and a 1992 16' with fridge, new A/C and a bathroom. I've never hauled anything before so kind if wanted to keep it smaller but AC would be really nice since we are in AZ and even in high country it is hot at night. I love the idea of solar though.
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Old 03-23-2015, 11:21 AM   #7
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Hi,as far as swapping out the ice box it is a major job, I did it some years ago. There is probably only one available which is on Amazon and it is the same Dometic that I installed. It doesn't have a thermostat on the propane side only a "high Med low" control that seems to never be in the right position. I would suggest you keep looking for a rig with one already in it, Good Luck, Don
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Old 03-23-2015, 11:24 AM   #8
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Keep in mind that all "Solar" will do is charge your battery(s), what you do with the battery is up to you and, if you need the A/C, you won't be depending on solar or batteries to power that, it will require a 120VAC hook-up or a generator of appropriate size.


However, that bathroom will add substantial weight to the tongue, you will lose the front bunk bed and, as I have often commented, they get real small inside, especially with kids.
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Old 03-23-2015, 11:44 AM   #9
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buy the 16 you will be happier
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Old 03-23-2015, 11:50 AM   #10
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It has the small side bath so still has front bunk. He says it's 2000 lbs which seems really heavy to me. The ice box 13 is now off CL and he never responded so I guess he sold it. I'm just wondering now if a 23yo scamp will need a lot of maintenance. Seller says excellent condition.
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Ooops, I was thinking that both were 13'ers...


BUT 2000lbs might be the empty and dry weight for a 16', but it will never be the ready-to-camp weight. Take a look at our listing of weights here:
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and you will see that 2500+ lbs is an appropriate weight for a 16', especially with an a/c on top.


While sellers almost always say that their rigs are in "Excellent Condition", there is no reason why a 23 y.o. FGRV can't be in that condition, but there are a lot of reasons why it might not be. Only an on-site inspection can bring out the answer to that question. And, as a tip, always have the frame inspected right where it comes out from under the body into the hitch "A" frame area. There has been frame cracking reported in that area,


I looked back and you didn't mention what you will be towing with. Let us in on that info as well.
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Just bought a 2015 Nissan Pathfinder 4wd with tow package rated to 5000 lbs.
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Your good, Get the 16 scamp, or any other FG brand in that weight class of your TV. Length in the 13-17-ft are not much difference in handling, if you are thinking the smallest would be less of hassle to handle. Good luck, Carl
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Now I'm torn between that 13' which is a 2007 and a 1992 16' with fridge, new A/C and a bathroom. I've never hauled anything before so kind if wanted to keep it smaller but AC would be really nice since we are in AZ and even in high country it is hot at night. I love the idea of solar though.
Go with a/c
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