Scamp Axle Replacement - Page 2 - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-19-2016, 06:55 PM   #15
Junior Member
 
Name: silvio
Trailer: in the market
California
Posts: 3
Does anyone know of a travel trailer repair business in Southern California that knows how to replace the axel on a 1977 13ft. Scamp. I checked Craigslist....too many flakes...would like to find someone who has already done this replacement.
__________________

__________________
silvio suarez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-20-2016, 09:07 AM   #16
Junior Member
 
Name: Michael
Trailer: 1977 Scamp 13
Florida
Posts: 26
Quote:
Originally Posted by Eileen Banashek View Post
Let me know if it works for you.
Axel installed, worked like a charm. It's rated for 3500 lbs. A little overkill, but the only drop axel I could find that fit without ordering custom. All the other parts came from northern tool. That was for leaf springs and hangers, 5-lug hubs, 5-lug wheels.

EDIT: I can never figure out why vertical photos show sideways

EDIT2: The extra beefy axel doesn't add to the stiffness because of the 2,200 lb springs.Pulls like a dream.
Attached Thumbnails
IMG_1540.JPG   IMG_1541.JPG  

IMG_1545.jpg  
__________________

__________________
michaelcly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2016, 04:22 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
Name: Steve Robison
Trailer: Scamp
New Jersey
Posts: 187
Quote:
Originally Posted by LyleB View Post
I replaced the axle on my '99 Scamp 13 earlier this year. I bought the axle from Scamp so that I was sure to get the correct one, plus, they had it in stock and shipped it out within 2 days, I had it within 4 or 5 days. The wait to buy it direct from the axle manufacturer was about 6 weeks.

I had a local metal fabricating company install the axle. I gave them Scamp's customer service number to call if they had any questions. They did, indeed, call Scamp and received all the measurements and suggestions from the Scamp folks to install the axle as a bolt on, instead of welded on. Will make any future servicing much easier. They said the folks at Scamp were extremely helpful. Not certain they would be so helpful if you bypass them for purchasing the axle - just a thought.

Plus, now is the time to add brakes, if you want them and don't have them. Some states require them on ALL travel trailers that use their highways.

Here is the label from the new axle, as you can see, it is a 2200 lb axle.


Would you be willing to share how much everything cost? Does the replacement axle lift the trailer up at all? Just curious because id still want to be able to pull the trailer into the garage.

I'm located in Ohio and I will be changing the axle next season but I don't know where to go. We have a welding shop around but they don't really deal with travel trailers so I'm afraid they might jack the trailer up wrong, bend the frame, burn the paint job welding or who knows what.

Michigan isn't that far away and if your shop knew what they were doing I wouldn't hesitate to drive out there.
__________________
Bluetang99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2016, 04:45 PM   #18
Senior Member
 
Trailer: 2002 19 ft Scamp 19 ft 5th Wheel
Posts: 2,922
Send a message via Yahoo to Darwin Maring
Find a welding shop that has been in business for the past 30 years then go and talk with the owner. If your axle is welded on have them take it off, weld in a spacer to raise the camper a few imches then have them weld on the brackets that will allow the new axle to be bolted on.
__________________
Darwin Maring is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2016, 05:09 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
Name: Lyle
Trailer: Scamp 13
None
Posts: 431
This is just from memory, but I believe the axle, with shipping from Scamp was just over $450. This included the electric brakes. They would have installed it for about $100 if I remember correctly.

The local metal fabricator (works on all kinds of trailers, including travel trailers) quoted me "no more than $350" to cut off the old axle, install the new one, wire the trailer for the brakes and install the 7 pin plug. After speaking with the Scamp installers (who they said were VERY accommodating to them), they fabricated a mount so that the new axle could be bolted on instead of welded on - will make future servicing easier. The final charge for the work they did was $325, I believe. This included the extra materials to make the mount. They also topped off my propane tank for no additional charge. I went this route, despite the higher cost, since I thought it would save me a long drive to the factory and the costs that that would entail.

Since I wasn't sure if they had worked on fiberglass trailers, I cautioned them about the fire potential, including the fact that the wood floor was impregnated with fiberglass resin, so could easily be ignited while they were playing with their torches underneath. Did it as politely as I could, assuring them that I wasn't trying to tell them their business. They didn't take offence. Jokers that they were, when I went to pick up the trailer, the owner came out and very seriously commented that they only had a small fire, but they got it out pretty quickly. Luckily, he couldn't keep from laughing once he saw my face.

I do not notice that the trailer is any higher, perhaps an inch or so, but that may well just be due to the new rubber in the torsion axle. I didn't, however, measure it.

I think if I were to do it again, I would just take it back to Bakkus and have Scamp install it. It would have been cheaper, plus I ended up taking the trailer back to them anyway. I took a trip to North Dakota last month and stopped in at the factory for a Fantastic Vent install and a new door seal. They were very accommodating and quick. It's a nice area and there is a campground just outside of town that was a nice place to stay the night before having the work done. Plus I got a factory tour and got to examine all the various Scamps waiting to be picked up. No pressure to look quick, they were all unlocked and we were told sure go on inside - they will all be cleaned thoroughly before they are picked up. Was actually a fun morning.

If you're not up for the trip to the factory, I would assume any shop that worked on most any type of trailer could do the job. There's not really anything special about these axles, other than the fire precautions that need to be taken. Any reputable shop should be able to handle the job.
Good luck with your project.
__________________
LyleB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2016, 06:13 PM   #20
Senior Member
 
floyd's Avatar
 
Name: Floyd
Trailer: 2004 13 ft Scamp Custom Deluxe
IllAnnoy
Posts: 5,369
Registry
Quote:
Originally Posted by silvio suarez View Post
Does anyone know of a travel trailer repair business in Southern California that knows how to replace the axel on a 1977 13ft. Scamp. I checked Craigslist....too many flakes...would like to find someone who has already done this replacement.
Your trailer came with a 1200# leading arm axle with 4 on 4-1/2" wheels and no brakes.
You can still order a leading arm axle but a new Scamp13 comes with a 2200# trailing arm axle.
If you decide to upgrade, it might be easier to order a 2200# leading arm axle. It will come with 5 on 4-1/2" wheels unless you specify 4 lug.
Now is the time to consider brakes.
For stock height.... Not positive, but I believe your original axle would be 22 degrees up, but if you want extra height consider a zero.

Whether you order from Scamp or not, they can help you in determining part #s and make fit recommendations. (800)346-4962
__________________
floyd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2016, 06:50 PM   #21
Senior Member
 
Name: Steve Robison
Trailer: Scamp
New Jersey
Posts: 187
Quote:
Originally Posted by LyleB View Post
This is just from memory, but I believe the axle, with shipping from Scamp was just over $450. This included the electric brakes. They would have installed it for about $100 if I remember correctly.

The local metal fabricator (works on all kinds of trailers, including travel trailers) quoted me "no more than $350" to cut off the old axle, install the new one, wire the trailer for the brakes and install the 7 pin plug. After speaking with the Scamp installers (who they said were VERY accommodating to them), they fabricated a mount so that the new axle could be bolted on instead of welded on - will make future servicing easier. The final charge for the work they did was $325, I believe. This included the extra materials to make the mount. They also topped off my propane tank for no additional charge. I went this route, despite the higher cost, since I thought it would save me a long drive to the factory and the costs that that would entail.

Since I wasn't sure if they had worked on fiberglass trailers, I cautioned them about the fire potential, including the fact that the wood floor was impregnated with fiberglass resin, so could easily be ignited while they were playing with their torches underneath. Did it as politely as I could, assuring them that I wasn't trying to tell them their business. They didn't take offence. Jokers that they were, when I went to pick up the trailer, the owner came out and very seriously commented that they only had a small fire, but they got it out pretty quickly. Luckily, he couldn't keep from laughing once he saw my face.

I do not notice that the trailer is any higher, perhaps an inch or so, but that may well just be due to the new rubber in the torsion axle. I didn't, however, measure it.

I think if I were to do it again, I would just take it back to Bakkus and have Scamp install it. It would have been cheaper, plus I ended up taking the trailer back to them anyway. I took a trip to North Dakota last month and stopped in at the factory for a Fantastic Vent install and a new door seal. They were very accommodating and quick. It's a nice area and there is a campground just outside of town that was a nice place to stay the night before having the work done. Plus I got a factory tour and got to examine all the various Scamps waiting to be picked up. No pressure to look quick, they were all unlocked and we were told sure go on inside - they will all be cleaned thoroughly before they are picked up. Was actually a fun morning.

If you're not up for the trip to the factory, I would assume any shop that worked on most any type of trailer could do the job. There's not really anything special about these axles, other than the fire precautions that need to be taken. Any reputable shop should be able to handle the job.
Good luck with your project.
Thanks for the reply. I would love to go to Scamp and have them do it right but it's just a bit too far for me. The fire thing you mentioned is another thing that also worries me.

I did come across a vintage travel trailer restoration place in Columbus, I might give them a call since they might have a little experience with scamp's.
__________________
Bluetang99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-30-2016, 07:12 PM   #22
Senior Member
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Name: Donna D
Trailer: Escape 5.0 TA, 2014
Oregon
Posts: 24,185
Quote:
Originally Posted by Karen Havink View Post
Lyle B by any chance do you live in FL. Or better question has anyone replaced their axle in Titusville, FL area and can recommend someone?
Don't know how far this is from you, but you might check out Red Neck Trailer: Redneck Trailer Supplies - Locations Details
__________________

__________________
Donna D.
Ten Forward - 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Double Yolk - 1988 16' Scamp Deluxe
Donna D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
axle, 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
1984 Scamp 13 Axle Replacement JD Eben Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 9 08-05-2015 01:18 PM
Best (easiest?) way to lift a Scamp 5er - New axle vs Axle-Less Trailer Suspension dreschool Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 7 06-26-2015 04:28 PM
Leaf Spring/Axle replacement for a Scamp 13 DanMurphy Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 8 02-16-2008 01:56 PM
Axle replacement in S. Ontario Roy in TO Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 4 05-27-2006 06:33 AM
$2000-2500 Axle Replacement? Chris Seddon Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 16 03-28-2006 01:26 PM

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

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:55 AM.


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