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Old 08-23-2017, 11:33 AM   #15
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Hi All,

Thanks again for all of the offers, help & advice!

While searching nationwide for potential candidates, an interesting one popped up at a very reasonable price only 15 miles away from us. We lucked out and were able to purchase it on Monday! It's in need of a really good cleaning, of course, but otherwise is in very nice shape without signs of being "hacked up".

It's a 1997 Scamp 16', layout 3. No bathroom, but it does have the potential to add a side closet/porta potty later on if we move to a bigger tow vehicle. It's a 'stripper' for sure -- no A/C, no fresh/gray/black tanks, no bathroom, nothing to add the dreaded extra weight. The seller had stated that with the battery and a propane tank, it had weighed in at just slightly under 2k pounds. I will need to verify that to be sure.

I will be bringing it home tonight with my Magnum (3800#/350# ratings on towing, but it also has a big trans cooler, towing radiator, and huge brakes.) to get us started. Please wish us luck!
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Old 08-23-2017, 12:08 PM   #16
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Congratulations! Just in time for some fall camping. My favorite time of year!

Appears to be lots of potential in this one. Simple makes a nice starting point. I like the upgraded cabinet doors and table. Have you checked the floor and frame?
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Have you checked the floor and frame?
Thanks! I did a rough inspection of the undercarriage, but will be checking it a bit more before towing tonight. Under the center furthest rear floor, there is a 12" x 6" section of fiberglass that has cracked down like a flap. Will definitely need repair in that area. The frame had the normal paint flakes and rust, but appeared solid.
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Old 08-23-2017, 01:19 PM   #18
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Hi All,

Thanks again for all of the offers, help & advice!

While searching nationwide for potential candidates, an interesting one popped up at a very reasonable price only 15 miles away from us. We lucked out and were able to purchase it on Monday!
Dave,

I have to say, this business of "looking" tends to lead to a lot of "finding" from what I have observed here. In fact, that's what happened to us too.

I know you wanted something to work with the Subaru. Additional to the tow rating, be sure to look at your capacity for tongue weight, cargo and passengers too.

What does GVWR mean?

Best of luck. It's a nice-looking trailer. I'll be interested to hear how it goes.
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... and she's home! Towed like a dream. Can't wait to start getting her ready for a new family's lifetime of adventures. =)
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Old 08-23-2017, 10:09 PM   #20
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... and she's home! Towed like a dream. Can't wait to start getting her ready for a new family's lifetime of adventures. =)
Congrats! It looks VERY nice!
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The trip home.
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Looks very clean. I'm surprised to see 4-lug wheels and round taillights on a 1997, though. Is that right? Could it be a 1987? Is the back window solid plexiglass or a slider? Is the inside of the shell lined with vinyl covered foam or fuzzy headliner (looks like foam I'm your pictures, but hard to tell for sure)?
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Looks very clean. I'm surprised to see 4-lug wheels and round taillights on a 1997, though. Is that right? Could it be a 1987? Is the back window solid plexiglass or a slider? Is the inside of the shell lined with vinyl covered foam or fuzzy headliner?
The title says 1997, but I believe it is earlier. The walls are elephant hide, round taillights, 4-bolt wheels, brown and beige plaid tweed upholstery under the slipcovers, an older looking stove and heater... and it has a non-17 digit VIN. I looked on the tongue near the receiver, but could not find the serial number without scrubbing the paint. It has to be somewhere between 1978 (intro of the 16') and 1987 (end of elephant hide). The back window is solid (though both front and rear were just replaced). The VIN on the title ends in '2118'. Maybe it was a partial VIN? By chance is 2118 the production sequence number?
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I believe they used jalousie windows through 1984, so that narrows it down to 85-86, perhaps even early 1987. Seems a more plausible misread/typo on a title, though anything is possible and we've seen stranger. Scamp's changes do not always coincide with model or calendar years either, so it can be hard to pin down.

As you've clearly done some research, I'd be curious to know if you found out exactly when they made the switch to rat fur.
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Old 08-24-2017, 11:32 AM   #25
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...absolute CONGRATULATIONS ...I was conceived on a camping trip, have camped regularly ever since and 63yrs later it is still my favorite thing to do..you and the family will be making memories for a lifetime and you won't be starting out with tarps and tents, like I did so long ago......
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I believe they used jalousie windows through 1984, so that narrows it down to 85-86, perhaps even early 1987. Seems a more plausible misread/typo on a title, though anything is possible and we've seen stranger. Scamp's changes do not always coincide with model or calendar years either, so it can be hard to pin down.

As you've clearly done some research, I'd be curious to know if you found out exactly when they made the switch to rat fur.
I found this link here that points to 1987 as the switchover:

So that puts it between 84ish to 87ish.
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