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Old 04-22-2003, 01:36 PM   #15
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Scamp 5W tandem

Larry- I saw a pic from a ScampCamp in which a fellow with the 5er did tandems....very cool and a great safety factor too. I would think this would be a simple operation on a scamp without enclosed wheel wells- just cut sidewall to accomodate tandems. If i could do it as easily I would have the only tandem Casita in existence........a 16 footer even.

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Old 04-22-2003, 01:56 PM   #16
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Tandems etc.

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Larry- I saw a pic from a ScampCamp in which a fellow with the 5er did tandems....very cool and a great safety factor too. I would think this would be a simple operation on a scamp without enclosed wheel wells- just cut sidewall to accomodate tandems. If i could do it as easily I would have the only tandem Casita in existence........a 16 footer even.
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Yup...I'm the guy that took the picture. I also crawled under his trailer and took a pict of the shocks that he had installed. You can view them on my photos site in my sig. That guy was Merle Lilly, a real inovative guy. He built and installed additional cupboards in the bedroom of his 5W Deluxe, he also belongs to the EAA and built his own airplane. He is also the person that I bought the shock kit from at the Florida Scamp Camp in January. He had purchased three shock kits and only used two. He said that he cut the existing axel off and moved it 9" to the back in order to accomidate the second axel. Installing the shocks turned out to be more than I wanted to tackle so I had Accurate Alignment do that as well.
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Old 04-22-2003, 06:19 PM   #17
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Shock and Alaska

Larry,

I would be very interested in seeing pictures of the spacer and shock installation on your scamp, if you have the time. I'm curious as to what the advantage of shocks would be on a torsion axle.

I am also going to Alaska this year, planning to leave on the weekend before memorial day. I will keep an eye out for a lifted scamp 5th wheel from Wisconsin...



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Yup...I'm the guy that took the picture. I also crawled under his trailer and took a pict of the shocks that he had installed. You can view them on my photos site in my sig. That guy was Merle Lilly, a real inovative guy. He built and installed additional cupboards in the bedroom of his 5W Deluxe, he also belongs to the EAA and built his own airplane. He is also the person that I bought the shock kit from at the Florida Scamp Camp in January. He had purchased three shock kits and only used two. He said that he cut the existing axel off and moved it 9" to the back in order to accomidate the second axel. Installing the shocks turned out to be more than I wanted to tackle so I had Accurate Alignment do that as well.
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Old 04-23-2003, 06:04 AM   #18
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For my 2 cents worth on this. As far as the tandems . I built a tandem torsion trailer to haul cars on . Using the scamp dimensions as a pattern. And This trailer doesn’t ride nearly as well on the pavement that you find with the up and down at the seams As the front tire comes up the seam it tends to raise the hitch and as it goes over the top and the rear comes up it tends to push down on the hitch, resulting in a jerking motion that tends to make you think you will lose your head. Now the single axel just goes straight up and down and of coarse does some real bouncing back there. I believe that shocks will cut down that considerably. I have had the p-195-75-RH 14 tires on now for over 20,000 miles and they show no wear. These are regular car tires and are much softer than the tires that all recommend for trailers. and give a much softer ride.
I have a simple design to add the shocks that will not require any welding that I will be doing next week.
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Larry,
I would be very interested in seeing pictures of the spacer and shock installation on your scamp, if you have the time. *I'm curious as to what the advantage of shocks would be on a torsion axle.
OK, I'll take some picts today and post them.

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I am also going to Alaska this year, planning to leave on the weekend before memorial day. *I will keep an eye out for a lifted scamp 5th wheel from Wisconsin...
...and I'll keep a lookout for a Casita with Michigan plates. We are planning on leaving that same weekend. We have red lettering on the back of our Scamp that says "Appleton, Wisconsin" and "SOI 386".
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Larry,
I would be very interested in seeing pictures of the spacer and shock installation on your scamp, if you have the time. *I'm curious as to what the advantage of shocks would be on a torsion axle.
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3ea6b916a488aShock Modification.jpg/>
bd, Here is a pict of the shock mod. The gold colored bracket came with the kit. Only time will tell if there is a real advantage, but I'm thinking better safe than sorry. The kit is specific for torsion axles and as I said, I got the kit from Merle Lilly in Fla.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3ea6b981df450Spacer.JPG.jpg/>
<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3ea6b9b71acc2Spacer Close-up.jpg/>
...and here are a couple of views of the spacer that they welded on.
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Old 04-23-2003, 11:48 AM   #21
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Wow

Nice pictures... Thanks for the info.

I'll keep an eye out for you on the road to Alaska...
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