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Old 05-09-2012, 12:51 AM   #1
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New Scamp 13 owner in OH

The Scamp gods have finally seen fit to bless me with a Scamper of my own.
My wife & I have been looking casually for an egg for a few years. A friend happened to have one rotting in his backyard and agreed to let me fix it up and use it. If we like it, we'll pay him and keep it. If we don't like it, we give it back, and the cleanup and repairs are "rental fees".

It is a 1983 with stove, 3way fridge, furnace, elec brakes... that's about it. It has 2 new tires, but the torflex axle is all flexed out. A new Dexter 2200# axle beam is on order for it, should arrive in 2 weeks. Until then, we get to clean and clean some more.

I'll be trying the Barkeeps friend and floor wax combo on the incredibly grungy exterior.

Does anybody have suggestions for getting the sticky funk off the elephant hide interior walls?

It was towed the 10 miles home by my old Land Cruiser wagon. The Cruiser didn't even know the little egg was back there. We hope to use our 2001 golf TDI as a TV in the future. Has anybody on these forums used a small turbo gas or turbo diesel to tow an egg, without melting the turbo engine? The rest of the VW should be fine for towing, as it has stiffer shocks, springs, minor lift, brake upgrades, etc. Just concerned about detrimental effects of running under boost constantly.

Our first trip is to a LeMons race at Summit Point, WV next month. It's gonna be tight, getting the running gear & lights all up to snuff, and getting it thoroughly clean by then.

I've already learned a ton from this forum, so thanks to all for sharing your knowledge & enthusiasm.

Here's the obligatory pics, just after I got it home & on jacks to inspect (dead) axle and frame.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:21 AM   #2
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awsome. that will be the last he see's of it i bet.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:35 AM   #3
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The Scamp gods have finally seen fit to bless me with a Scamper of my own.


Has anybody on these forums used a small turbo gas or turbo diesel to tow an egg, without melting the turbo engine? The rest of the VW should be fine for towing, as it has stiffer shocks, springs, minor lift, brake upgrades, etc. Just concerned about detrimental effects of running under boost constantly.
Congratulations!

Diesel engines love boost. The best part is that turbo diesels run cooler EGTs than non turbo. They are under less strain. You shouldn't have any issues as long as the Scamp's weight is kept within your vehicle's tow ratings.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:51 AM   #4
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Try this... A strong solution (3-4 times the instructions)of liquid carwash soap and a sheet of purple Scotchbrite (automotive store). Use the Scotchbrite like you would a scrub sponge, the soap solution will prevent scratching the surface.
It works great on a trailer like yours.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:22 AM   #5
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I had the exact same trailer 1983 13' Scamp. Just sold it in March.
Great trailer. Have fun making it your own.
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:03 AM   #6
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Shine that thing up and bring it to the fiberglass get together at Caesar's Creek in September for folks to see.

Have fun with your project. Terry R.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:55 PM   #7
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Hello Jim, welcome to FiberglassRV. You scored! I hope you have a ton of fun making it your own, then use it lots and make a boatload of memories along the way. Thanks for the pics too
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:16 PM   #8
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The Scamp gods have finally seen fit to bless me with a Scamper of my own.

Does anybody have suggestions for getting the sticky funk off the elephant hide interior walls?
Hi Jim,
I have the same problem with sticky elephant hide in my '84. I think I read somewhere on the forum that some folks had good results with a cleaner called LA's Awesome found at the Dollar Store. So far I have only made it as far as getting to the Dollar Store to purchase said yellow liquid in a clear spray bottle with red lettering.
Will go home and give it a try tonight and get back to you with the results.

And congrats on finally finding your egg!
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:11 PM   #9
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Well, I got home and gave the LA's Totally Awesome a go (yeah, I forgot a word in the product name). Just sprayed directly and rubbed with a microfiber cloth. And it seemed to work removing the sticky, tacky residue. I found I had to spray the whole area...no spray here and wipe across there. Some areas took two applications, but I'm satisfied that it didn't take a lot of muscle and sweat.
I noticed that it didn't totally remove all the grunge, like I still noticed a difference between the wall in the lower bunk and the wall in the upper bunk. A scrub brush might help here.
BTW, it has a strong scent, but I got used to it.
Hope this helps.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:22 PM   #10
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Here's hoping you have a most successful "rescue" mission.

I used Awsome with a large scrub brush, bucket of rinse water and some towels. Spray area brush, wipe with "rinse" rag then on to next section. Needed the brush to get into the nooks and crannies of the hide. Had to rinse rag and brush in bucket often. Worked about 2 ft x 2 ft at a time.

I had also pulled the yellowed tape off so I could scrub to seams in the elaphant hide, I had ordered some from scamp store to replace it. Others have ordered from an online source that while more expensive is thought to have a better adhesive.

You have my cushions!
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:34 PM   #11
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Thanks for the info!
I'll be looking for LA's Totally Awesome stuff at the dollar store.

The guy who I got this scamp from owns several and he said that GoJo waterless mechanic's handcleaner worked well for de-sludging the interior, but it was a lot of working it into the surface, then working hard to remove it. A spray liquid seems easier to deal with than the pudding hand cleaner.
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On my first trailer, a Trillium- the esolite was black with mold. I got a back scrubber, soft brisels and a nice long handle to get a better range when scrubbing- then I used Simple Green. It came right off and disinfected everything, the trailer smelled and looked brand new. You might want to consider just a spray and wipe down with this product as a final step to get that "new car" smell. The mold never returned.
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Well, I got home and gave the LA's Totally Awesome a go (yeah, I forgot a word in the product name). Just sprayed directly and rubbed with a microfiber cloth. And it seemed to work removing the sticky, tacky residue. I found I had to spray the whole area...no spray here and wipe across there. Some areas took two applications, but I'm satisfied that it didn't take a lot of muscle and sweat.
I noticed that it didn't totally remove all the grunge, like I still noticed a difference between the wall in the lower bunk and the wall in the upper bunk. A scrub brush might help here.
BTW, it has a strong scent, but I got used to it.
Hope this helps.
BTW...strong scent...I told my neighbor I was gonna start raising llamas.He said "what about the awful smell?"...I said "I got used to you, so will the llamas".
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Old 05-11-2012, 09:50 PM   #14
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"Owns Several?"

You said the previous owner "owns several", was he in the rental business or something? Just curios. GREAT Find! I'm sure he wont be getting it back. Congrats and have fun!

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Thanks for the info!
I'll be looking for LA's Totally Awesome stuff at the dollar store.

The guy who I got this scamp from owns several and he said that GoJo waterless mechanic's handcleaner worked well for de-sludging the interior, but it was a lot of working it into the surface, then working hard to remove it. A spray liquid seems easier to deal with than the pudding hand cleaner.
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