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Old 05-03-2012, 02:25 PM   #15
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Nice and simple, Marg. I still have to keep the top hinge secured with the zip tie, otherwise it just lifts off in a good gust.

And ScampBum, now you have me thinking about a windsock!
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Old 05-03-2012, 03:37 PM   #16
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I got the flagpole bracket at Menard's.The angle can be adjusted.Oodles of windsocks online.I got my loon from Creative Windsocks in Bellingham,WA.
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Old 05-03-2012, 04:34 PM   #17
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Hi Lil,

We are home and I have the fiberglass tanks. They look a bit larger than the steel ones. Haven't taken our old one off to see how the new will fit, so don't know if the Scamp hold down things will work.

When we went to get 10 lbs propane put into our 20 lb tank the COOP guy was interested. Don't think I would have any trouble getting rid of them.
10 lbs of propane cost 8.19 and 20 lbs would have been 13.33 here in town.

The work you have done looks very nice. You will have to see how we did the bottom of the gravel guard thing. We got it right from Joy, uses (not cotter pin) something.
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Old 05-10-2012, 04:47 PM   #18
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Thanks for the windsock info, ScampBum!

Nancy, Great news about the tanks! Can hardly wait til Eggs at the Fairground!
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Old 05-12-2012, 10:50 PM   #19
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This week, I attacked the sticky elephant skin with LA's Totally Awesome...cheapest cleaner ever (found at the Dollar Store)! And it worked! Did a test spot with just the spray and a microfiber rag. Then, after reading a recommendation on another thread here on the forum, I employed the services of rubber gloves, a bucket of hot water and a plastic bristle floor brush. It went something like this...spray the cleaner, scrub with scrub brush, wipe down with rag, rinse rag, repeat. No more sticky, tacky elephant skin, and it looks great!
Next, I decided to tackle the fresh water tank, water line, and hand pump faucet. First, I poured water and a generous helping of vinegar into the water tank. Discovered the drain valve was in the open position. Closed it and added more water and vinegar. Figured I'd leave it in the tank overnight to do its cleaning magic.
Then, I unscrewed the faucet from the counter and disconnected the water tubing. The water tubing looked pretty gross. Following instructions from the Scamp literature, I unscrewed the faucet base from the faucet, cleaned the grunginess out, applied mineral oil to the larger seal, admired the little clear marble that acts as a backflow preventer, then reassembled the faucet. Tested it in the house to make sure it worked. Decided I HAD to replace the gross water line. Guessed at 12' at the hardware store (it took about 9'), and bought stainless steel screws to remount the faucet.
Removed the old tubing and replaced it with the new. Bit of a challenge getting it through the tight spots since I didn't want to remove the rear dinette seats. I found a little water damage in the OSB (that had been painted over when the carpet had been replaced) along the back wall below the rear window. Nothing major, but will deal with it when I replace the carpet with laminate flooring (maybe this fall...right now I just wanna go campin'!).
Got things all connected and secured and started a-pumpin' and a-pumpin' and a-pumpin' and a-pumpin'. Resorted to sucking on the faucet to get that water to come along the 8 feet of tubing. Success (with a hint of vinegar)! Picture doesn't show the full flow, but I wouldn't want to use this faucet to supply water to put out a fire.
Next, I'll try and figure out the battery/12v situation tomorrow, then wheel bearings checked on Monday and I'll be ready to camp next weekend! Yippee!
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Old 05-13-2012, 11:30 AM   #20
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Lil, be sure to bring your own water to Bemidji. You don't want the iron water in that cleaned out setup.

We don't have a tank in our trailer so don't need to do that great job you just did. Looking good.

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Old 08-27-2012, 05:56 PM   #21
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The Awning Saga

It's been a while since I posted updates, but I'm at the point where I think I can say I'm done for a while, that is if I can..resist...the urge...to replace...the yellowed seam tape. I actually picked out rugs and pillows with that golden yellow hue in them so I don't feel like it clashes with "the decor". We'll see how long I make it. Now I need to get to work on the half-done teardrop trailer languishing in the garage.
So to return to the Scamp, I decided I wanted an awning, and decided to base it on the idea on the Yahoo Scamp website posting of the $100 awning. Sounded excellent to me using Christmas wreath suction cups, so I ordered white waterproof ripstop fabric from Rockywoods Outdoor Fabrics. I relearned how to sew a French flat-felled seam since the fabric wasn't wide enough (First learned the technique in 4H back in the dark ages). Added reinforcing triangles and grommets in the corners plus reinforced grommets in front and rear center. Poles and blaze yellow rope from L.L. Bean (there has to be a cheaper source!). Even sewed in some loops and latches to hold my kitschy owl lights (...not cheap, but I hadda have 'em!). Cost of awning has already exceeded $100.
First trial run was a weekend campout with friends at Gull Lake Reservoir COE campground. Record rains. EPIC FAIL on the awning. Suction cups kept sliding down the side of the trailer, awning was an awesome rain catcher, poles toppled over in the wind. Back to the drawing board.
Saw the post on an awning here where they used shock-corded tent poles to hold the awning in tension in an arc. Off to Mills Fleet Farm to invest another $20 in make-your-own-length tent poles. This was a marked improvement. Thought I had it solved until, talking with friends on the other side of the Scamp, a gust of wind detached all the suction cups from the Scamp and we watched as it flipped it over on its top. It was awesome to see.
Back to the drawing board. I ordered 3 beefier suction cups that you can lift glass with...another $24. I used them to hold down the middle three (flat) spots and left two Christmas wreath ones on the (curved) ends. Looked like this would do it...until a gust of wind turned the upward curved awning into a bowl. Final (I hope) iteration...I bought a painter's pole with a screw-in roller attachment (another $13 at Home Depot), hooked it into the underside where the tent poles cross so that, when a gust of wind tries to invert the awning into a bowl, the pole stops it from being able to do so. Oh, and bungee cords attached to the end grommets and anchored to the front trailer tongue and rear bumper, provide the hold-down to keep the awning from going sailing like a kite.
I'll probably eliminate the two end suction cups and just bungee those corners. The wreath hangers are still useful to provide a place to hang my lights when I don't set up the awning, so those $$ are not a total loss.
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:08 PM   #22
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Then I got bored waiting for the electrician to come over and hook up the 12v battery to the 12v lights already in the trailer.
As a result, the carpet disappeared and 59 cent-a square-foot laminate flooring took its place.
I also installed an outside 12v light, a 12v charger socket, and an additional 110v outlet, all waiting for the electrician to come and wire everything. We used the front driver's side storage area as the main wiring location. I have a picture on my camera, but can't find it at the moment.
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:18 PM   #23
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Unable to stop myself, I stole the 12v faucet from the teardrop and put it in the Scamp. Sucking on a tube to get the water up to the hand pump faucet got really old, really fast. This also involved getting a12v pump as well.
While removing the floor of the closet, I found a 1984 penny, and the original instructions for the Dometic 2201 fridge. With it(the instructions, not the penny), I was able to light the propane on the fridge. Happy day! I can now boondock with my Scamp. Here it is in a non-electric site at Itasca State Park last weekend when my friend and I did the 25-mile version of the Tour de Pines. I'm a happy camper!
By the way, what's the best way to deaden the sound of the pump? I first put it on a thin foam disc, then cut up the original 80's carpet to put under and around it. Didn't seem to make much difference. Not that I'm complaining...it's AWESOME to get water like right now! Other campers might think I'm showing off tho.
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Old 08-28-2012, 07:50 AM   #24
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Hello Lil, where did you purchase the TV bracket? I've never seen one that small and love the location! We have a plug on that side, so this would be perfect for our trailer as well.
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"By the way, what's the best way to deaden the sound of the pump?'
Install some flexible hose to/from the pump. They have pump silencing kits here
SHURflo Pump Silencer Kit - Hypro-shurflo Llc 94-591-01 - Fresh Water Pumps - Camping World
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:24 AM   #26
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Great pictures and thanks for all they info on how not to do something! Your floor looks great. We bought some suction cups with the intention of not expecting them to work with our awning, looks like that was wise!

You will really love that interior 110 outlet for your electric cube heater when you camp in cold months. We use it for heat and charging our cameras and computers when we are hooked up to power.

Looking forward to seeing your changes.

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Old 08-28-2012, 09:29 AM   #27
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Lil, do your 12 v light sockets have the bayonet socket? we have led interior lights that need a home. I bought more than I needed. I should see if they are the same light as the tail light socket. Except I bought warm white for inside and I think one would want cool white for tail lights.

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Hello Lil, where did you purchase the TV bracket? I've never seen one that small and love the location! We have a plug on that side, so this would be perfect for our trailer as well.
Thanks in advance
Hi Filbert,
I bought it from monoprice.com
For only $7.25 each when QTY 50+ purchased - LCD LED Cabinet Mount Bracket (Max 17.6Lbs, 9~17inch) - Black | Ceiling / Under Cabinet Mounts for Flat Panel Displays
And don't tell anybody , but I leave the TV mounted all the time. I don't take it down for travel, just put cushions underneath and behind it and it seems to survive the bumps and miles. It's held solid with bolts and lock washers against the bottom of the cabinet.
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