After nearly a year of looking, last weekend we were able to purchase a 1995 16' Scamp! SO very excited about this, but we've got our work cut out for us since it's just a shell!!
A friend and fellow Scamp
owner recommended a shop about an hour away for the things we don't feel comfortable doing (wiring, running lines for propane
, replacing the vent/hatch, checking the axle
, bearings, etc.) but we hope to do the interior work ourselves, over time.
I will have a million questions as we get into this, but one quick question for now (which is actually down the road a bit) is about cabinets.... Given the curves in a Scamp
, has anyone come up with a template for building upper cabinets?
While this is all somewhat overwhelming, the thought of being able to totally customize it is very cool. The previous owner (who hoped to restore it) built a platform for a permanent full-size bed in the back, and we'll keep that--and we also want to make a permanent small dinette in the front. He said that the "rat fur" was very dirty and in sad shape so he removed all of it, leaving just the silver layer of insulation on the sides (but not on the ceiling). At this point, that might not be a bad thing because it will make access easier for wiring.
From my understanding, it was sold essentially empty by Scamp
to a company to use as a job site "office." There are some wires in it (we need to start figuring out exactly where), but they've all been cut, including the wires that come up from the brakes
. No idea why....
We used temporary towing lights
(and a lot of duct tape) to get it home (about 100 miles)--and it pulled fine--and I think we can safely get it to the shop (about an hour away), but of course the first priority will be getting it sealed up (vent/hatch), wired up and road-safe. Even with that much done, we'd probably be willing to use it by throwing a couple of sleeping bags in the back and doing the rest as time/money permit.
So here's our new baby: