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Old 08-23-2014, 11:49 PM   #15
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Giving up has occurred to me. Yet I keep at it. Lots of info on my blog at http://SimplyLesa.blogspot.com
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Old 08-24-2014, 01:04 AM   #16
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Don' give up!!!! sounds like you have had a real go around with it. Having taken out and redone my escape hatch which had years of caulking put on it I only can relate to some of what you have been through.

Pro Flex is a good product but it is something I personally would only normally use in this application for trimming around the hatch once I had it all reinstalled. I would use the epoxy putty - either the type mentioned earlier or another brand for holes - simple to use for filling small holes - especially if they can't be seen under the edges of the hatch. You can also use it to fill a hole and then redrill to make it smaller. I covered the complete underside of the hatch trim/edge which sits on the roof of the trailer with butyl tape (not just the extreme outside edge) and then riveted the hatch in place and used snap caps on the rivets. The butyl tape will seep out around the edges - just trim it off with a sharp knife after. You may not even need to use the Pro Flex around the edges after - but lots of people do just to give it a little extra anti leak insurance.

Attached are a couple of photos of the Fantastic Fan after install. I didn't use Pro Flex on the outside edge, only butyl tape and its been in place for about 5 years now and no leaks. I did for the heck of it add Pro Flex around the trim of the escape hatch though when I re did it (same way as Fantastic Fan) after I trimmed away the extra butyl that seeped out - guess only time will tell which stays leak free the longest.


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Old 10-05-2014, 01:28 PM   #17
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Hi again.
So I have my baby (the Scamp) on the road. She's not finished but what a trooper she is. After my auto mechanic wired up my new running lights - thanks Chuck for speedy service - checked and did some frame strengthening and approved the tires and bearings we hit the road. We are near Mountainair NM today. I have taken her on an 1100 mile journey. (Whew)

We certainly have had some adventures - when the auto mechanic first plugged her new 7 point electric plug into the van - the van quickly filled with smoke! Not only did I have to install a new master cylinder and shocks now we needed to rewire the van. I felt that I couldn't win for losing! My kindhearted auto mechanic struck a deal for my friend Al to make a delivery to a nearby town and did the wiring job in exchange.

We took off without a complete floor, a door that would not stay closed and a leaky roof. Al helped to close up the hole in the floor and bough a replacement lockset now i have keys which we installed but won't work right until we get the door fixed but it helps.After a very cold and leaky hail storm - I finally tackled the roof. The silicone pealed off in sheets. I could see some butyl tape. My roof is ugly - I'm rather disappointed. Taking into account time location and budget we decided to use the ProFlex that I had already bought. Though it sets off my asthma and I have to ask Al for help. We managed to get a good seal around the escape hatch and over all of the PO screw holes. It has dried for two days and we will apply another coat today. I'm not showing pictures because I think that it is ugly.

My auto mechanic, before we left, rigged up a watertight temporary fix to my ghetto window (sorry its no longer red neck because there is no duct tape now). I have more time to research, save money and get my windows done right.

I would really like to make a front end dinette using the Scamp factory table hardware. I think it would give me more options which I like.
Paint will have to happen someday - but I have scrubbed the inside with Simple Green and at least it is clean. The outside had been washed early on with Dawn dish washing liquid - which let me know that the red color runs from the old Scamp stickers.

My kitchenette is functional - tho I only had the water pump running one time for a few seconds. I will be using my hiking stoves until I can afford an Origo 2000 to install.

The old cushions had to be trashed because of mold and my health issues (darn couldn't wash and save them)

At least she feels like home! It's nice to be living in and with the Scamp. I'm learning what is important and beginning to have a sense of routine that has been missing in my life for quite some time.

I painted the table white and hand stitched a couple placemats and pillow covers out of thrift store fabric.....and not only did my travel buddy Al come to give some support but I also was gifted with my new to me travel buddy Ozzie!
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Old 10-07-2014, 08:19 PM   #19
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What a sweetie travel pal! Sounds like you've had a rough time of it but yes, there's no place like a Scamp!


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Old 10-07-2014, 08:33 PM   #20
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Old 10-07-2014, 08:50 PM   #21
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Your doggie is precious and have I told you lately that I admire your passion and conviction to make your little scamper feel so hugged and loved?

Well I do! Congrats and enjoy your journey SimplyLesa!


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Old 10-07-2014, 09:18 PM   #22
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Campy, MsDonna, Tonya and all...thank you so much for your comments at times that is what keeps me going when I think about just selling out in sadness and despiration.
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Old 10-08-2014, 06:22 AM   #23
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Boy do I ever understand your feelings. It can get dark at times and then it seems you can turn the corner as someone will give you a fresh idea or a little help and it rejuvenated your spirit or opens your mind.

If it weren't for help here I would have been more lost locating and repairing my leak. Even still, it was hard work but ideas came swiftly here and thus helped me to press on.

I did get help from a friend in the end and thank heavens leak is corrected!

Cheers to this site and the friendships we make here, all in the name if our beloved FG molded trailers!


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Old 10-08-2014, 12:54 PM   #24
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Amazing story so far. I would love to be able to take a journey like you, keep things simple, and enjoy Mother Earth...

Perhaps one day - in the mean time, my imagination abounds at the possibility...

BTW, thank you for all of the info you are posting about repairs and fixes. I've got just a few things to work on with my new little buddy...

Travel safe,

Greg and Robin


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Old 10-08-2014, 06:15 PM   #25
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It rained this morning - and can you believe that I only had ONE drip....progress at last. ... (please remember that this is a 1983 with multiple screw holes from POs)
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Progress!! Thumb smile cheers beer happy happy dance!

That sounds like campy poetry!


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