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Old 02-09-2015, 03:26 PM   #15
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Welcome to the owner's club! Now the fun begins.

Might want to check out the axle. If the rubber inside is worn out, the axle will ride like a buckboard, which would exacerbate bouncing caused by a bad tire or a bad road.
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Old 02-09-2015, 04:18 PM   #16
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Are you saying the inside tread of the tire, or is there rubber inside the axle?
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Old 02-09-2015, 04:51 PM   #17
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Sounds like the new book of exodus (from Colorado), complete with trials along the trails. Glad you made it back ok. Gotta wonder about those "new" tires, huh?

The axle itself contains rubber (that you can't see, in the axle tube). It stiffens and sags with age. As for sag, I've read comments to the effect that you should be able to get your fist vertically in between top of tire and the wheel well above it, and if not, the axle is probably shot. But even if not sagging that much, the rubber could be hard as a rock and making the torsion arm (going to the wheel) not move enough to really do its job when going over bumps.
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Old 02-09-2015, 04:55 PM   #18
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What an exciting journey. You won't forget that in a hurry. Loved the part about the lights and warning ticket. Glad you and the Scamp are home safe.
Post pics when you have recovered
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:05 PM   #19
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Mike is correct. I meant the rubber inside the axle. In addition to the "fist test," you can jack up the trailer (on the frame near the axle, not on the axle itself). As it rises, watch for the torsion arm to drop down. If there is little or no movement, the rubber has hardened and the axle is shot. Here's a short video clip showing how rubber torsion axles work:
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Old 02-09-2015, 05:17 PM   #20
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Wow! What a story,mwhat a journey! I am sure your Scamp will turn out nice. List your story and pics on the Scamp Forum.
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Old 02-09-2015, 06:13 PM   #21
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I followed a link or two... when my son steps into the camper there is some movement of the axle...maybe an inch to inch and a half. Jacking it up to where the tire rotates to full weight on it... maybe a half inch or so???
Anyone know an axle shop near 49417?
I put in a quote request for a place in Zeeland that came up on BBB website.
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Old 02-09-2015, 06:48 PM   #22
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You Boats and your brother are some adventurers. I thought I was crazy, my wife pretty much said so, but two years ago I bought our Scamp sight unseen, and drove 1000 miles in winter to pick it up. Vermont to Delaware, one day down, buy it, spend the night in a motel, second day back home. It is 30 years younger, and I was able to learn it's whole history before I bought it, and the pictures on facebook were genuine. You drove twice as far and your Scamp was well aged, a little bit past its prime.

Good luck, it sound like you will be enjoying every minute with it, even while working on it!
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Old 02-09-2015, 07:03 PM   #23
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Yes, my brother was quite a trouper! He took the front lower bunk while I shared the double with Cubbie!
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Old 02-14-2015, 09:38 AM   #24
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I Just posted some pics. Now the work begins! I've already pulled the battery and the cushions. I'll be yanking out the wiring next. I ordered several new parts for the tongue including a 7 pin hookup. I'll be adding a porch light by the door and one in the front. The only thing 110VAC in the unit is the under cabinet light. I'll be taking that out. I'll be installing a converter and run all the lights off 12VDC LED's. There are no AC outlets so I'll put a few of those in for convenience too.
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Old 02-14-2015, 09:47 AM   #25
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Was this a salvage job? Sounds like a major remake of the trailer!
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Old 02-14-2015, 10:21 AM   #26
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To answer your question...I don't know. The unit was in better-than-good condition when I picked it up. Unfortunately whoever cobbled the wiring together was not particular about attention to detail. I still can't figure out the battery... It being taller than the cabinet it was in. I suspect it was put in recently but not well. The issue with the loose cabinets, missing rivets and broken door were my fault. I chose to tow it to get the tires replaced rather than put it on a flatbed, but time played a factor with that decision.
But from here on in, I think of it as a labor of love! I have the skills and patience to do what is needed (except welding) and I have sons and brothers who like this sort of thing...
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Old 02-14-2015, 10:35 AM   #27
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Pictures are akways helpful.
Outside looks really good and inside not bad either.
Yes, really common to have 'interesting' wiring jobs on the oldies,
Is the floor rotted, I see some water damage?
Sounds like you have the enthusiasm and knowledge to whip it into shape, have fun and you will have an amzing trailer by the end,
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Old 02-14-2015, 07:25 PM   #28
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Well Boats19, best of luck in your restoration. I am not skillful and it's nice that you are. Wiring too is not my fancy. I like making small mods in our beloved Scamp 16. It's in like new condition and my bride just finished all the curtains and covering all the many cushins. All came out truly beautiful! Spring and summer will be fun to show it off. May 27 we are off to Lonesboro MN for a high Scamp gathering!
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