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Old 12-09-2015, 08:03 AM   #43
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Gordon2 - The original post clearly states that the quote was for a 16-foot Scamp axle, but thanks for the correction. Also, it is not my place to name Scamps employees on a public forum. I wouldn't want someone doing that to me. In my opinion, if a promise isn't written down, it didn't happen. Besides, they haven't made me any promises and I don't think that is likely to happen. Requiring a cashier's check means that I have absolutely no leverage regarding my newly purchased, defective, unit. I am now required to grovel and play phone/email tag indefinitely to resolve my problem. As for my demeanor, it does indeed take two to tango. Due to the fact that I'm upset about having a $15,000 dollar defective camper delivered to my door, and then am told to deal with the defect on my own...that clearly makes me a difficult customer. My communications with Scamp from the get-go have been polite and patient. However, they aren't answering many questions. When they do, the answers are not to my benefit. That's why I'm asking here.

CPW, you mentioned a brake problem and that reminds me...I can't get the brakes to lock up on this camper. My Tekonsha (spelling?) brake controller is calibrated by locking up the brakes at low speeds, then backing the power off. This process worked on the 16 foot Scamp we sold to purchase the new 13 but does not work on the 13. I figured this must be a "feature" and haven't given it much thought because I'm nervous about pulling the trailer as it is. Hmmmm. When I'm under there I'll check the ground wires. Thanks for the tip.

Thank you everyone for the input!
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Old 12-09-2015, 08:10 AM   #44
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floyd- the Lippert dealer-finder you posted told me that there is an authorized dealer in Missoula...45 miles away! It's a big outfit too. Kindof ashamed that I didn't think of that.

I owe you a beer sir! Thank you.

I will call them and see if I can take it up there next week for a diagnosis.

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Old 12-09-2015, 09:33 AM   #45
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... Also, it is not my place to name Scamps employees on a public forum. I wouldn't want someone doing that to me.
But if you are dealing with some underlings there, that could be part of your problem. Go to the head of the company, KENT EVELAND. There is no reason not to mention him by name regardless of your personal preference.

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Requiring a cashier's check means that I have absolutely no leverage regarding my newly purchased, defective, unit.
Paying by cashiers check has NO effect on the legality of your warranty. The warranty is cover by appropriate laws regardless of how payment is made so your leverage is intact, including the option to bring legal action to enforce the warranty. The issue is that many parts of the camper are not manufactured by Scamp and instead have separate warranties.

If Scamp properly installs a fridge but it fails while under warranty, your recourse is with the maker of the fridge and not Scamp.

So you need to establish what the problem is before you can decide who is responsible. It could be the axle manufacturer, it could be Scamp, and it could very well be the delivery people who did something, maybe even without realizing it.*

You insistence that Scamp is responsible is premature until you know what the issue is. It would be nice if Scamp provided more assistance, and it would also be good for their reputation which seems to be suffering as of late, but I am not jumping to the conclusion that the trailer left their shop with a defect.
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* If damage was done in transit then you need to look delivery method and delivery contract as previously mentioned to figure out if Scamp of the contracted driver is responsible.
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Old 12-09-2015, 09:43 AM   #46
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.I can't get the brakes to lock up on this camper. My Tekonsha (spelling?) brake controller is calibrated by locking up the brakes at low speeds, then backing the power off. This process worked on the 16 foot Scamp we sold to purchase the new 13 but does not work on the 13. I figured this must be a "feature" and haven't given it much thought because I'm nervous about pulling the trailer as it is. Hmmmm. When I'm under there I'll check the ground wires. Thanks for the tip.

Thank you everyone for the input!
The Scamp13 is supplied with 7" brakes and not 10" brakes like on the Scamp16. Only 7" brakes are provided by the axle company for the axle capacity on the 13.
It is normal for 7" brakes not to achieve lockup in this application, they do however work as designed. The reason primarily is that the 7" brakes are closer to their rated capacity on the 13 and the 10" brakes are somewhat overkill on the 16.

Dexter says this...
BRAKES - Why can't I lock and slide my electric brakes?
On an unloaded trailer, you may be able to lock up your brakes if your electric brake controller is supplying full amperage to the brakes. When loaded to capacity, you may not be able to lock your brakes as electric brakes are designed to slow the trailer at a controlled rate, and not designed to lock up the wheels on a fully loaded trailer. Our brakes are designed to meet all applicable safety standards. All of our brakes will perform better after numerous burnish stops to seat the brake linings to the drums.


Hope this helps.
My Scamp13 has 7" brakes which have worked well and as designed for many years, but even after break in and adjustment can only reach "impending" lock up. Stopping is no problem, even in an emergency stop.
Properly adjusted, even a 16 should not actually lock up when using the foot brake, even in an emergency stop.
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Old 12-09-2015, 09:49 AM   #47
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CPW, you mentioned a brake problem and that reminds me...I can't get the brakes to lock up on this camper. My Tekonsha (spelling?) brake controller is calibrated by locking up the brakes at low speeds, then backing the power off. This process worked on the 16 foot Scamp we sold to purchase the new 13 but does not work on the 13. I figured this must be a "feature" and haven't given it much thought because I'm nervous about pulling the trailer as it is. Hmmmm. When I'm under there I'll check the ground wires. Thanks for the tip...
I could not lock up the brakes on my 16 either and I hear that is not uncommon.
But do have the shop check that also. Nothing beat trained and experienced people to make sure you are safe.
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Old 12-09-2015, 10:19 AM   #48
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you may want to read this
http://www.primetimerv.com/download/...andService.pdf
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Old 12-09-2015, 10:24 AM   #49
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When we picked up our 16 Deluxe in October we were told that if a problem required repair, we should contact Scamp and then if needed take it to a local shop Scamp would then pay for (reimburse us) covered repairs. Fortunately we had no problems on the 1800 mile trip home or since. The need to fill out paperwork for all mfg warranties was pointed out at that time. I hope you keep us posted on the outcome just in case we ever have a problem.
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Old 12-09-2015, 10:46 AM   #50
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So I'm NOT crazy, but don't ask the wife

SCAMP SAID:
Changing tire on trailer. Please never use the rear bumper jacks when changing a tire. Initial bearing check (200 miles) and lubing bearings.

http://www.scamptrailers.com/helpful-videos.html
written under Tires & Bearings
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Old 12-09-2015, 10:49 AM   #51
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There is no magic hokus pokus to trailer wheel bearings. They are just like most cars and trucks. Any automotive brake shop can adjust the bearing pre- load for you.
Mechanics have various methods to achieve proper pre-load and the result will vary a little. If a wheel bearing is squeaking, I would say it was loaded too tightly, which gets tighter when hot. I would not just loosen the bearing, as it probably suffered some heat damage. Bearings are cheap. The mechanic can do a visual inspection of the bearing and race to determine if replacement is necessary. Blue metal with streaking would be a bad sign. Shiny chrome like surface, good.
Any trailer owner should monitor the heat in newly installed hubs just by feeling them after some freeway miles. Your delivery man probably didn't do that if you are experiencing squeak and heat.
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Old 12-09-2015, 12:13 PM   #52
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SCAMP SAID:
Changing tire on trailer. Please never use the rear bumper jacks when changing a tire. Initial bearing check (200 miles) and lubing bearings.

http://www.scamptrailers.com/helpful-videos.html
written under Tires & Bearings
What the video actually says: "Check the axle after the first 200 miles. Check the lug nuts, making sure they are not loose, and check the bearings for excessive heat." It's at about 1:05 in the video. That's it. Doesn't sound to me like a full bearing service or anything like that. Just a touch with the back of your hand to verify that they are running at normal temperatures.

Now if that wasn't done by the delivery driver, and if the hub was improperly assembled or there was a manufacturing defect in any of the internal parts causing excessive heat build-up, and if the driver kept going at freeway speeds for another 1100 miles, a lot of damage could be done. And it's hard to say where the blame would fall: Scamp or Lippert. But this is more speculation in advance of the facts.

I do empathize with the OP's situation. You don't expect to deal with repairs before you've even gotten to use a brand new trailer. I am looking forward to hearing the outcome.
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Old 12-09-2015, 12:17 PM   #53
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New axle for 2015 Scamp 13

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SCAMP SAID:
Changing tire on trailer. Please never use the rear bumper jacks when changing a tire. Initial bearing check (200 miles) and lubing bearings.

http://www.scamptrailers.com/helpful-videos.html
written under Tires & Bearings

I very seriously doubt you would be able to use the rear bumper jacks Scamp installs on all of their trailers to change a tire, and I believe most Scamp owners here would concur. I know Floyd added BAL jacks to his Scamp 13 and he told me he can change a tire with them, but they are a whole lot different than Scamp's, which are really stabilizers, not jacks.

As far as getting trailer brakes to lock up, in some cases you may have to be on a "loose surface," e.g., a gravel road to get them to lock up to the point that they will skid. That has been my experience anyway.


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Old 12-09-2015, 01:51 PM   #54
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EugeneFlorida, thanks for the link. i will start by reading it cover to cover.

And Floyd, thanks again. I can feel that the brakes or working when I use them and hadn't really expected there to be an issue.

M_C, if I had gotten at the very least...that statement out of Scamp all this could have been avoided. I know that they can't fix it from there, but some support aside from a telephone number and technical manual would have been what I consider to be "good customer service".

I'm tempted to read the manual, jack it up and see what's what. In the long run I would be better off understanding the axle and it's parts. Don't have the jacks though. I will contact Lippert and see if I can schedule a looksee at their dealer in Missoula. If they can fix it I'll just pay to have it done and drop the matter.

No matter what happens, I will post back in the hopes of saving the next new Scamp owner some grief.

Thanks for the input yall. I'm learning quite a bit.
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Old 12-09-2015, 02:56 PM   #55
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SCAMP SAID:
Changing tire on trailer. Please never use the rear bumper jacks when changing a tire. Initial bearing check (200 miles) and lubing bearings.

http://www.scamptrailers.com/helpful-videos.html
written under Tires & Bearings
Which means check bearings after first 200 miles. There is nothing about bearings lubing after 200 miles. Just after regular scheduled intervals 10-12K miles.
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Old 12-09-2015, 03:12 PM   #56
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If it is the bearings squealing because they were adjusted too tight or not greased properly then you should have a new set installed. they are cheap and abused bearings would be a worry for me.
It should not be a big deal to replace bearings and should not take long or cost much either.
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