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Old 07-01-2015, 12:35 PM   #1
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My "new" 1983 Scamp

I've been reading these posts for years in anticipation of finding my own hunk o' fiberglass. Well, I found it at the end of May in a 1983 Scamp and brought 'im home. Haven't named 'im, yet. (I keep referring to it as 'im because it looks like a boy camper to me).

Some of you may have met 'im before I ever saw 'im. He was already all dressed up and came to Virginia by way of Minnesota (according to the woman who sold 'im to me). If you know anything about my lil guy's previous life, I'd love to hear about 'im. He's a real cutie and tows nicely. So far, I've only camped in 'im once--in a friend's field on my way home from Maryland to back to Virginia.

I'm a civil officiant since 1995. (I write and perform wedding ceremonies and complete the legal paperwork. I also officiate funerals.) So far, I haven't done any weddings while camping but, am certainly open to the idea.

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Old 07-01-2015, 01:24 PM   #2
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Thumbs up nice

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Old 07-01-2015, 11:02 PM   #3
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Wow! That is a cute little guy! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

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RoseMarie, welcome to the FGRV forum family, and congrats on your good looking find.
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Old 07-02-2015, 08:56 AM   #5
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He's a real cutie, but are you going to change 'im to 'er? He definitely looks like a boy's camper with all that car racing theme. Not that girls don't like race cars too. Congratulations on your new trailer - have fun!
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Old 07-02-2015, 10:13 AM   #6
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I just bought an '82 Scamp 13' camper. That is, I was told that it was an '82, but I can't read VIN number. Mine has rounded windows that slide. Wonder what year they changed from the rectangular windows to the rounded one. I'm just trying to learn about mine. Your little buddy is fine!
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Old 07-02-2015, 12:07 PM   #7
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Whoever had him before me, put a lot of work into his paint and decoration. The glass on the door has the racing flags, the little window above the sink has the flags, too. Was thinking of changing the black checks to burgundy to match my '03 CV Sport (tow vehicle) but, those are a lot of checks!

I was especially glad to discover how to lock the bloomin' door from the inside by reading posts on this site. My first night camping, my door was unlocked all night. I had my two little dogs with me, but they scream like little girls and hide behind me when they get scared. LOL I had found the perfect nail and was going to make a decorative top on it and brought it in the house and can't find it. So, I bought a little box of 4D finishing nails and they fit, but 6D might fit a little tighter. In any event, the information saved me from messing up my door trying to install a locking mechanism.

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Old 07-02-2015, 12:11 PM   #8
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I just bought an '82 Scamp 13' camper. That is, I was told that it was an '82, but I can't read VIN number. Mine has rounded windows that slide. Wonder what year they changed from the rectangular windows to the rounded one. I'm just trying to learn about mine. Your little buddy is fine!
From reading on this site, it seems that 1983 started with the crank windows, but I don't know that for a fact.

Were you told how to lock the Scamp from the inside? The folks I bought mine from didn't know and the wife didn't care because her husband was a young, buff military man (a kid about 29, really) so she figured she was safe. LOL She probably was, too.
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I must not have read that post. How do you lock it from the inside?
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Old 07-02-2015, 04:48 PM   #10
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How to lock a Scamp camper from the inside

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I must not have read that post. How do you lock it from the inside?

From inside, look at the door handle. Underneath the door handle, on the plate on which the door handle is assembled, is a hole. You simply slide a nail all the way into the hole! It keeps the handle from being able to be moved up or down. I found that a size 4D finishing nail works but, am going to try the next larger size (6D) and see if it's a little more snug.

You can only lock it like this while inside the camper. You still must use the key to lock it when you're not in it.

I just love how simple and inexpensive it is to replace the interior "key". LOL
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Old 07-02-2015, 04:54 PM   #11
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what if you don't have a key? Can they be made? Thinking of taking mine to a Locksmith tomorrow to see if he has key blanks.
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what if you don't have a key? Can they be made? Thinking of taking mine to a Locksmith tomorrow to see if he has key blanks.
Just like any other key, I'm sure one could be made. I was lucky and received two with my Scamp.

For my little 1981 Scotty that came with no keys, I went through a bucket of keys I had and actually found one that worked in the door. If you have any small keys lying around, try them and see if you find one that works in your door. My Scamp key isn't as big as a house key. It's more the size of a medium size Master lock key.
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From inside, look at the door handle. Underneath the door handle, on the plate on which the door handle is assembled, is a hole. You simply slide a nail all the way into the hole! It keeps the handle from being able to be moved up or down. I found that a size 4D finishing nail works but, am going to try the next larger size (6D) and see if it's a little more snug.

You can only lock it like this while inside the camper. You still must use the key to lock it when you're not in it.

I just love how simple and inexpensive it is to replace the interior "key". LOL
Very nice looking Scamp!

When I bought my gutted Scamp 13, I discovered a large cotter key (type used to lock wheel nuts) dangling from a small chain attached to the interior lock.

https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&...h&q=cotter+pin

It took awhile before I figured the end of the cotter key went into that small hole! Works fine, but a little loose.

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Old 07-02-2015, 08:04 PM   #14
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Thanks. I'm very happy with the Scamp and don't plan to change 'is looks any except to add hub caps if I can find a pair that will fit over the center. (Center seems to stick out quite a bit so the pair of half moons I have won't work.)

Cotter pin!! Great idea. It already has a hole in it to hang it. Next time I'm out near a hardware store, I'm getting a couple cotter pins!! It still tickles me that the inside lock is so darn simple. Who'da thunk it?!
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