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Old 05-25-2013, 08:51 PM   #1
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New owner of an old Scamp in Minnesota

Hello the Fire,

I am the proud new owner of a 1987 Scamp 16' and am just starting to attempt to figure things out. My first project was go get the brakes operating, and I spent a full day figuring out what turned out to be a 10 minute fix, but did get it done. Now that I have brakes and the bearings are repacked, I have spent a day inside and have lots of questions.

It has water heater, shower and stool, but I have figured out there are some differences in specs between it and the newer models. The fresh water tank holds less than 10 gallons and I am guessing the grey water holds about the same. Have not checked the black water yet. I am guessing that the small tanks were either just what they started making and/or were all that the 2000# axle could handle. I am planning on having the axle replaced with a 3500#, so am wondering about replacing tanks with larger ones. Anyone have any experience with this?

It has an electric only 1500 watt water heater. I have a 1000 watt Honda generator so thought I would just replace the heating element with a 750 watt from Home Depot, but when I took off the cover plate I discovered what I considered an unusual setup. Instead of the submerged heating element as in a conventional electric water heater, there is a metal "tube" which extends into the water heater tank that is open to the outside and the element resides, dry, inside the tube. It is made by General Processing and is a model 1-6-c. A Google search did not develop anything. Anyone have any experience here?

It has a Shurflo Model 200-210-39 demand pump. The pump produces a good water flow and will shut off, but only after running "too" long. I know the newer pumps can be adjusted for cut out pressure but I cannot find any such adjustment on this pump, but then I was standing on my head, balancing with my left elbow and looking with a mirror. Thought I would again look for any experience, before I pull the pump out.

It has what I assume is the original 3-way refrig and I have determined that it works on 110v and gas. Still need to test the 12 Volt.

Well, I see I have probably overdone a "newbie" intro already, so will quit.
Thanks to anyone with any help.


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Old 05-26-2013, 06:35 AM   #2
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Hi Bill, welcome to FiberglassRV. We're glad you're here

If you've been reading for a while, you know we love pictures. Do you have any to share?


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Old 05-26-2013, 06:43 AM   #3
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Welcome. A couple of things that will help you.

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When you ask a question, it is best to put it in a thread all its own. A lump of questions together don't all get considered properly and you may be disappointed in the answers.
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:34 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies.

I will probably post some pictures when I get some things done. Right now you could dump your garbage can over, take a picture, and basically have the same view as the inside of my Scamp right now.

Tom, thanks for the advice. I have posted a couple of the questions separately. I also tried the search using your recommendations. It does work better. The only problem is that I was pleasantly surprised to find a heading with exactly my issue, only to find that it was my own post!!!!!
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