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Old 05-30-2012, 02:40 AM   #1
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New Scamp owner in Iowa

Hi folks!!

I have never owned a camper. A few years ago I had the opportunity to pick up an older Scamp trailer for $600. I moved pretty slow and missed out on that deal. But it always bugged me that I missed out.

2 months ago, when my mother-in-law's boyfriend mentioned that his father had a Scamp Trailer for sale, I told him to keep me updated.

2 failed newspaper listing later, I decided to try my luck.

I am now the owner of a 1977 13' Scamp Trailer.

I'll be sure to check out this site for suggestion on cleaning the outside and inside walls.

Just a few questions...

AM I the only one that thinks that seam tape on the inside is UGLY??

Can anyone guess on the model of that Norcold fridge?? (I glance inside, but I dont remember seeing a model listed.. but I may have missed it)

And....... $1400 wasn't too bad, right?

Thanks a bunch There are more pics in my album.

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Old 05-30-2012, 05:38 AM   #2
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Welcome from a former Iowan. Where in IA?

Yes, you got a good deal. It looks like a nice camper despite the tape. Explore this site, and you can find ideas for how to make changes.

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Old 05-30-2012, 06:25 AM   #3
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Hi Joe, to FiberglassRV, we're glad you're here. There's a number of people who've painted the ensolite and the seam tape. I'm betting someone pops in with some tips. Thanks for posting the pictures.

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Old 05-30-2012, 08:48 AM   #4
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Welcome, you got a great deal, they would go for a lot more round here if the inside is as good as the outside.
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:33 AM   #5
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Your Cleaning will be worth it

Great to see another new Scamp owner.
You will be amazed at what a difference a good cleaning and polishing will make, cost is low, payoff is high. And best of all you can use it while you make progress.

Our Scamp is about the same age and was in about the same condition as your pictures show last fall when we got it. We also had massive amounts of silicon caulk which is just nasty and evil on fiberglass.

The seam tape comes off pretty easy, blow dryer for a little heat can help, and new tape can be purchased from Scamp online store.
http://shop.scamptrailers.com/

The ensolite (elephant hide) walls can be cleaned with LA Awsome and a scrub brush. I also got good use from a set of auto detail brushes from a big box store. Stiff but small enough to get in nooks and crannies. We had mildew, looks like you had someone that smoked in the trailer. Bar Keepers friend was also used inside ours.

Some folks caulk the seams after removing the seam tape. Some even paint the ensolite. Now that ours is cleaned I'm just going with the seam tape.

Bar Keepers friend was suggested for aluminum and fiberglass cleaning and it worked great with a rag on fiberglass (removed all that black) and detail scrub brush or plastic pot scrubber pad on alum. The green scrubbers can leave scratches on the fiberglass so a little care is in order to not scrub hard on the FG with them. I think there are softer scubber pads that might be a good choice, maybe white?

The decals can be purchased from the scamp store if desired. As can the curtain rod brackets and much of the other hardware.

Polish for the aluminum such as Nevr-Dull is readily available from auto parts store, I liked to follow that with Semi Chrome polish which leaves a protective film on the alum. Note aluminum polish creates black residue, masking tape to protect white fiberglass will save you having to clean the black off the white trailer.

TSP available at big box and hardware stores to wash, rinse well and follow with the Red Max #3 available at Lowes. See this thread for more info. http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...ell-43004.html

All I can say is that Red Max applied to a really clean camper makes the trailer look like new. We owe a debt to the brave camper who first gave that a try on their FG egg.

Fiberglass polish such as StarBrite works really well on the inside fiberglass. Cleans and leaves a protective polish behind.

Parts like the curtain rod brackets, and plastic plumbing and electrical covers, even the decals for them are available at the scamp store.

You can cruise through this thread where I sort of tracked my progress through the refurbishing process. Others have posted answers to my questions there that I found most helpful.

Refurbishing my 77 Scamp
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:38 AM   #6
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Holy Cow! After looking at your album I'd say you stole that beautiful Scamp, LOL. Now enjoy her and make lots of memories!
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:02 AM   #7
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Holy Cow! After looking at your album I'd say you stole that beautiful Scamp, LOL. Now enjoy her and make lots of memories!
The inside in the album pictures is really nice, the floor is sweet and it all looks like it is in good shape. You got a really good deal.

Could you upload a picture that shows the detail of your front tungue? Mine has no spot for a battery and it looks like yours has a battery mounted in a different way that might work better than moving propane tank forward to put battery behind it as I was planning to do.
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:26 AM   #8
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You got a great deal the inside of the trailer looks great!
Re the seams- nope your not the only one who thought they were ugly :-) even Scamp did and replaced it in later models with what we call "rat fur" which you can buy by the roll from Scamp..... not sure if you can just 3m spray glue it or not right over the old walls or not - perhaps someone has.

I used 3M marine products for fiberglass such as their Restore and Wax with a power buffer to clean up the exterior of mine which wasnt in great shiny condition when I got it either.

Enjoy the trailer.
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:19 PM   #9
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Yeah, nice buy! Looks like a great camper. And Iowa needed more egg owners
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Old 05-30-2012, 02:16 PM   #10
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Bought my 1st 13' Scamp in Ames Iowa.
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Old 05-30-2012, 02:40 PM   #11
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Wow! Thanks for all the great tips! I will get a pic of the battery/propane placement when I get the chance.
A couple of other notes..
The camper has sat for a little over a year... so the battery is toast. I wasn't able to test the fridge. I was told it works. Apparently "Peanut" (the previous owner) never used the furnace... so who knows... Neither is a concern for me, because I found a nice Norcold portable freezer/fridge at a thrift store for $25.
I also have an Olympian wave 3 heater (new condition) if I need that.
Also in my pile o junk are 2 40 watt Kyocera solar panels I picked up somewhere, as well as a smaller 20 watt panel and a Sansui charge controller.

My original plan was to convert my "work van" into a camper.... Having 2 kids kinda put an end to that. But it will be nice to have some of the parts I've collected put to good use.
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Old 05-30-2012, 04:03 PM   #12
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Congratulations and welcome. We will heading out of the oil patch and back to Iowa with our Scamp 5ver. My husband was able to get a job close to our home in Decorah.
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Old 05-30-2012, 09:31 PM   #13
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Oh yeah I did forget to mention we are in the quad cities.
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Old 05-30-2012, 10:23 PM   #14
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We used to live in Wilton and shopped in Davenport when I was going to grad school in IA. I am from Anamosa while hubby is from Decorah. Miss, miss, miss IA.

Nice deal and should make for lots of memories.

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