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Old 09-19-2014, 10:42 AM   #1
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Finally - Shocks on our Scamp

For over 25,000 miles I've been thinking about how to install shocks on our Scamp. At one time, Monroe made a lower mount that clamped onto the trailing arm, and although the reports on it were positive, it looked like a baling wire fix. This past year, Orbital Machine Works developed a wonderful bolt-on kit for the Casita.

I talked to Jim at Orbital and leveraged their lower mounts along with a simple, custom upper mount to finally get shocks installed on our Scamp 19. Pictorial report is on our blog.
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Old 09-19-2014, 11:44 AM   #2
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John, you and BJ need to come back to Oregon so I can personally take a look! I bet the shocks are going to work well for you guys.
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Old 09-19-2014, 11:49 AM   #3
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John, you and BJ need to come back to Oregon so I can personally take a look! I bet the shocks are going to work well for you guys.
I was just noting the dates for the Fall NOG and wishing there was a way. Hope you all have a wonderful time. Already dreaming of places to go and things to do in the Northwest next summer!
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John Spring NOG is the last full weekend in April at L.L. Stub Stewart. We're making reservations now Come on up!
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Old 09-19-2014, 12:28 PM   #5
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Thanks, now I have to go lay under my Scamp this weekend and scheme on another modification (that I probably won't do anytime soon).

John, I see you went with the "stock" Casita mount, but if you made it all from scratch is there any reason it could not all be 3-4" higher? Looks like the upper mount could be higher on the frame and the trailing arm mount come back straighter rather than with such a downward dog-leg.
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Old 09-19-2014, 01:40 PM   #6
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Donna - I'd love to come to the Spring NOG but it's too early right now for me to start planning. Hoping to extend our stay in the Northwest next year so that I can attend the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend in early September, but I have lots of arm twisting to do on the homefront before that dream could become reality.

Tim - I could have fabricated a lower mount, but there is LOTS of fabrication that went into Orbital's lower mount and I didn't have the shop equipment to come anywhere close to the quality of what I could buy off the shelf.
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Tim - I could have fabricated a lower mount, but there is LOTS of fabrication that went into Orbital's lower mount and I didn't have the shop equipment to come anywhere close to the quality of what I could buy off the shelf.
I understand, it was more of question that now that you have seen it installed and in action if you see any reason it could not be higher. I assume it is the way it is becasue of how things mount to a Casita or the bolt on nature of it. If one is fabbing anyway, well one can fab to suit!
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Very cool! Nice work.

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I have my shocks scheduled to be put on by Larry in November. When I traveled to Or and back in July. Everytime I stopped for the night I had cushions and stuff all over the place. The blinds are ruined from the jiggle/joggle and bent blades. I finally took alligator clips and snapped them puppies down so they wont move but some blades damaged and will have to fix the bend in them. Cant wait to see how the shocks work. Hopefully as good as or better than the video.
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Thanks, Frank!

Mike - I'm sure you're going to love the Orbital kit on your trailer. It was all of the positive comments from the Casita crowd that convinced me it was time to get it done.
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I got a note from Jim at Orbital this morning after he saw the installation pictures on the blog. He noted that the plates were designed for the gussets to be nearly vertical rather than nearly horizontal which made all kinds of sense when I thought about it! Took less than 30 minutes to swap them side for side so that they're installed as engineered AND that resolved the clearance issue I'd had on one of the plates.

A big thanks to Jim and the folks at Orbital for a quality product and exemplary customer service!
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Good idea. I might have to copy that.


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Smile Friction shocks

I knew a fellow who built a hot-rod that used these:

Speedway Friction Shocks - Speedway Motors, America's Oldest Speed Shop

I often wondered why eggs don't use them.

I notice on your website that you welded the Class 8 bolts to a plate. You no longer have Class 8 bolts. These bolts get their strength through heat treating. Welding removes this heat treat.

Welding High Strength Bolts « Ask the Expert Blog Archive « Ask the Expert

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This naturally brings up a question for you Scampers.
If we were to produce a weld-on kit for adding shock absorbers to Scamp 19's - would anyone buy one?

Kit would include
  1. 2 wheel plates + locknuts
  2. 2 Monroe 555003 shocks
  3. 2 Trimmed lower mount bolt + washer/nut
  4. 2 Weld on towers using trimmed shoulder bolt + washers/nut

Price would probably be just under 2 Benjamins.
Is it worth us pursuing this idea?
Where do all the Scampers hang out to ask this question - if not here?


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