Lifting a 13' Scamp - the basics? - Page 2 - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 05-16-2012, 02:16 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
Name: john
Trailer: scamp 13
Michigan
Posts: 1,320
take it to scamp. they will fix you up properly. i saw someone discuss what they charge at the factory and it was so cheap that if i was in driving distance and wanted a new axel, i would never do it myself.


plus their good folks, you'll have a nice visit.
__________________

__________________
john warren is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2012, 04:04 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
Name: P
Trailer: Casita
Washington
Posts: 109
I am considering a Scamp with bathroom. The clearance of the pipes looks low. Would raising the body increase that clearance very much? Or would a new axle be the only way?

The road to my house is bad enough that my two wheel drive Chevy Colorado scrapes bottom when loaded with firewood. I believe I've hit also while towing my Little Guy with the Chevy. The Little Guy does not scrape when towed by a higher clearance pickup.

I'd be towing a Scamp with a Ford Ranger.
__________________

__________________
slowpat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2014, 10:16 AM   #17
Junior Member
 
Labrador's Avatar
 
Name: Greg
Trailer: 1974Boler
Manitoba
Posts: 19
Harvey what was the distance in your clearance once you did the upgrade? Mine is very much the same as your original although mine it is a boler. The axel clearance is imp because I do a lot of fly fishing and find my self off the beaten path more so than none.
__________________
Labrador is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2014, 03:15 PM   #18
Senior Member
 
Name: Eddie
Trailer: 2014 Escape 21
Virginia
Posts: 1,556
Greg
I went from 22 deg up on a S-13 to 0 deg. and gained just over two inches axle clearance.
Eddie
__________________
Eddie Longest is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2014, 04:34 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
Name: John Michael
Trailer: Scamp 13
Madison, Wisconsin
Posts: 567
I just finished lifting my 2014 Scamp 13'. I used the 3 inch lift kit from Perfectcasita.com that cost $99.00. Jim Britton at Perfect Casita worked quickly to design and make the special kit even though it was for Scamp, not Casita. Turns out there was only a ľ inch difference. He couldn't have been more accommodating and responsive. The process involved loosening 4 axle mounting bolts, raising the Scamp on jacks, inserting the kit's spacing blocks, and tightening 8 bolts. About 2 hours all in all, mostly checking jacks and jack stands. So now the Scamp rides 3 inches higher and I have room underneath for the stinky slinky and other mods I have in mind. Also, I have the additional clearance for dumping, road hazards, steep driveway aprons, etc. to boot. I am very pleased.

BTW the steel in Jim's kit is much thicker than the Scamp's original frame.
Attached Thumbnails
scamp lift 1.jpg   scamp lift 2.jpg  

__________________
John Michael Linck - Toymaker
Camping since 1960 - Scamp 13' Oak
Subaru Outback 4 cyl cvt
John Linck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2014, 06:06 PM   #20
Junior Member
 
Labrador's Avatar
 
Name: Greg
Trailer: 1974Boler
Manitoba
Posts: 19
John thank you for the info. I think the height in your pics of your new axels is absolutely ideal. Exactly what I'm looking for.
__________________
Labrador is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-09-2014, 09:37 PM   #21
Senior Member
 
David B.'s Avatar
 
Name: Dave & Paula Brown
Trailer: Lil Snoozy
Arizona
Posts: 1,717
Registry
When it was time to replace our axle, we used a flexiride, which has an 80 spline count axle shaft, this allows one to clock what ever angle/lift desired.
Dave & Paula
Attached Thumbnails
DSC01344.jpg   DSC01345.jpg  

DSC01343.jpg  
__________________
David B. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-2014, 10:50 AM   #22
Senior Member
 
Name: Harvey
Trailer: '84 Scamp 13' & 2001 Casita 17' Spirit Deluxe
Arkansas
Posts: 325
Quote:
Originally Posted by Labrador View Post
Harvey what was the distance in your clearance once you did the upgrade? Mine is very much the same as your original although mine it is a boler. The axel clearance is imp because I do a lot of fly fishing and find my self off the beaten path more so than none.
Sorry 'bout the delay in reply Greg. Don't see some of these 'old' posts tho I do visit every day. The axle ground clearance of my original was less than 7" (I couldn't get a 7" hydraulic bottle jack under the axle). With the new axle with 22.5 degree down angle, & using the top of original axle mounting brackets as a base on which to weld the 'side mount' brackets from Dexter, I ended up with just a little more than 11" axle ground clearance, & since the new (& old) axle clearance is the same as the 'drop floor' I have no fear of 'dragging' anything. My approach & departure angle has also increased significantly so 'bottoming out' on potholes & such don't worry me too much either. Very few tow vehicles have ground clearance of more than 11" unless you're running 'monster' tire/wheel combos. Even so-called 'Hi Lift' kits seldom give one more actual ground clearance. I'm quite satisfied with my additional axle/chassis clearance increase of more'n 4".
__________________
Harvey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-10-2014, 12:18 PM   #23
Senior Member
 
Roy in TO's Avatar
 
Name: Roy
Trailer: 1972 boler American and 1979 Trillium 4500
Ontario
Posts: 4,954
Greg,
Get Dexter's info here:
http://dexteraxle.com/i/u/6149609/f/...0-2200_Lbs.pdf
Look at page 2 of the PDF (pg. 12 on the page) and learn about the various angles and ride heights.
__________________
Roy in TO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2014, 06:38 AM   #24
Junior Member
 
Labrador's Avatar
 
Name: Greg
Trailer: 1974Boler
Manitoba
Posts: 19
Lifting a 13' Scamp - the basics?

Roy I have contacted Dexter and they have replied in great detail. I have sent in my tire size and hes going to do a pro spec program to tell us the height from the ground to the bottom of the frame for each arm angle.

Thanks again
__________________
Labrador is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2014, 07:29 AM   #25
Senior Member
 
Roy in TO's Avatar
 
Name: Roy
Trailer: 1972 boler American and 1979 Trillium 4500
Ontario
Posts: 4,954
Quote:
Originally Posted by David B. View Post
we used a flexiride, which has an 80 spline count axle shaft, this allows one to clock what ever angle/lift desired.
Given that Flexride states they are adjustable in 6 degree increments. I think there would be 60 splines. 6x60=360

Quote:
Originally Posted by Labrador View Post
Roy I have contacted Dexter and they have replied in great detail. I have sent in my tire size and hes going to do a pro spec program to tell us the height from the ground to the bottom of the frame for each arm angle.

Thanks again
You will find that when comparing 2 of the Pro Spec documents that you will readily see how all the numbers in the published specs start to fit. You can then use that knowledge with the Flexride specs.
Glad to hear it is working out for you.

It's been a few years since I did mine. In retrospect, I think it was the Pro Spec print out that gave me the idea of selecting a tire size to tweak that sweet spot of ride height I was looking for while considering the recommended down angles for best ride. Something to consider if you need tires, or will in the near future.
__________________
Roy in TO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2014, 06:13 PM   #26
Junior Member
 
rancilio's Avatar
 
Name: Matt in SoAZ
Trailer: 13' Scamp
Arizona
Posts: 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by David B. View Post
When it was time to replace our axle, we used a flexiride, which has an 80 spline count axle shaft, this allows one to clock what ever angle/lift desired.
Dave & Paula
What year Scamp did you do your flexiride mod on?

I want to lift my 2009 (or 2010, I cannot remember which), but my axle is welded, not bolted on... So much for the easy answer of the perfectcasita 3in lift.
__________________
rancilio is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2014, 12:03 AM   #27
Junior Member
 
rancilio's Avatar
 
Name: Matt in SoAZ
Trailer: 13' Scamp
Arizona
Posts: 24
Just to show that I am welded and not bolted, here it what I see on the underside. Thanks for the lifting ideas.
Attached Thumbnails
image.jpg  
__________________
rancilio is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2014, 12:19 AM   #28
Senior Member
 
David B.'s Avatar
 
Name: Dave & Paula Brown
Trailer: Lil Snoozy
Arizona
Posts: 1,717
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by rancilio View Post
What year Scamp did you do your flexiride mod on?

I want to lift my 2009 (or 2010, I cannot remember which), but my axle is welded, not bolted on... So much for the easy answer of the perfectcasita 3in lift.
Our's was a 1990 13' Scamp Deluxe. I changed it from a leading arm designed to a trailing arm design when we purchased the Flexiride system. The old axle was welded on, but a plasma cutter can easily remove it, or a very cautious use of a cutting torch and angle grinder will also work. I had asked to have the new axle bolted on, but they welded it on
Dave & Paula
__________________

__________________
David B. is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
scamp


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics Janet H Forum Admin, News & Announcements 86 09-23-2017 01:21 PM
Lifting the Scamp 13' Earl E. November Modifications, Alterations and Updates 23 10-14-2014 06:14 PM
Trailer Tire Basics Francesca Knowles Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 0 06-03-2011 02:21 PM
Adding leafspring suspension to, or lifting a Scamp ReilleyS Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 15 12-20-2009 08:51 PM
Lifting Scamp and Bolers? Legacy Posts Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 5 01-30-2003 08:10 AM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:14 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.