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Old 06-17-2015, 06:19 PM   #15
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Members reported the fresh water tank not hot water heater. Pretty poor design planning on Scamps part. Just search the archives to read more. Cheers.
Ok could someone please point me to all these posts by people who actually own a Scamp thatt the condensation caused damage on the floors. I don't recall there being *lots*of them and I just did a google search on the site and couldn't find any! I see lots of posts about water damage under tanks but they look to be have been due to a long term leak in the hose or the window above the tank.... Not saying the condensation thing does not happen just having a real hard time finding all these posts & cases mentioned....
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Old 06-17-2015, 07:53 PM   #16
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Well, Carol H., to answer the two questions in your original post:

1. The splash guard is a guard behind the stove to protect the wall and wall covering from splashing grease,etc. Not worth the cost since you can do an easy DIY with any number of materials to achieve the same purpose.

2. The height is 8' 11 and 1/2". I recently ordered a 16' and the Scamp people told me the height.

Robertsd8...Scamp 16 SD on order, delivery 5 October...21 weeks from order.
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Old 06-18-2015, 01:15 AM   #17
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Well, Carol H., to answer the two questions in your original post:

1. The splash guard is a guard behind the stove to protect the wall and wall covering from splashing grease,etc. Not worth the cost since you can do an easy DIY with any number of materials to achieve the same purpose.

2. The height is 8' 11 and 1/2". I recently ordered a 16' and the Scamp people told me the height.

Robertsd8...Scamp 16 SD on order, delivery 5 October...21 weeks from order.
Thanks Donald I wasn't the party originally asking but thanks for providing the answers to the OP's original questions...

You do have me curious about the splash guard though - is this a metal lift up guard attached to the stove itself ? or is it just and extension of the fiberglass up further onto the wall behind the stove?
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Old 06-18-2015, 09:51 AM   #18
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Hello again!

My thanks to everyone who has responded to this thread. Shopping for a new toy is so much fun isn’t it?

I am looking for a camper that will have a long life without so much worry about water leaks. I am looking at a possible job transfer and retirement in a few years. Having a mobile living space available to me would really simplify some of the life changes I’m going to be going through over the next few years/decades. I may find myself living for a few months at a time in the camper I buy.

I also plan to travel and see the US and Canada, maybe Mexico. I am dreaming of camping in a combination of full service campgrounds, various parking lots and state/national parks. I expect that having both on grid and off grid options in my camper will be beneficial to my comfort.

gordon2

Deluxe option -- I’m looking at pricing out the Deluxe simply because I love the look of wood cabinets. If the price is prohibitive, I’ll learn to like fiberglass cabinets just as much.

I will add a Maxxair fan to my wish list. I’ve seen really good reviews of this fan and I think it’s something my money will be well spent on.

Furnace – I like the idea of the furnace being controlled by a thermostat. I’ve owned a camper in the past (a 1980’s vintage stick unit) with a Dometic furnace in it and I found the sound of the furnace comforting. Yeah, I may be a bit weird too.

Microwave – thanks for the note that Scamp will prepare the camper for a microwave then I can purchase one to my preference. This is probably the route I’ll go.

Group 27 Battery option – since I do expect that at times I’ll be camping without hook-ups I wanted to plan to have enough power available. I am also planning to have a portable solar unit that I can use to keep the battery topped-off when I’m out exploring. I would rather go with the larger capacity battery to start with….I can always downsize the size of the battery in a larger battery box, not so easy to retrofit a bigger battery box when you won’t have easy access to a shop.

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I have researched Casitas, and they seem to have some issues (I do understand that all campers have issues of one kind or another) with plumbing drains and tank capacity. In all the reading I’ve done, Scamp has some well-known issues, but because they are so well known fixes are well documented.

Robertsd8
Thank you for the measurement. My pole barn at its highest point is 9 1/2ft. I may have to excavate some dirt so the AC will clear a rafter or two, but I think it’ll fit.

The splash guard **grin** I’m glad I asked, I was thinking of mud flaps for the tires instead of something inside the camper as part of the stove installation.

Carol H.
Thank you for your reassurance that Scamp’s slow updating of their catalog isn’t something to worry about. Another reason I’m seriously interested in a Scamp is that they are a company that’s been in business for a very long time and they seem likely to be in business for a long time to come.
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Old 06-18-2015, 10:33 AM   #19
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Furnace – I like the idea of the furnace being controlled by a thermostat. I’ve owned a camper in the past (a 1980’s vintage stick unit) with a Dometic furnace in it and I found the sound of the furnace comforting. Yeah, I may be a bit weird too.

Group 27 Battery option –….I can always downsize the size of the battery in a larger battery box, not so easy to retrofit a bigger battery box when you won’t have easy access to a shop..
Nothing weird about that. In fact I prefer the type of heat you get with a furnace, its more comfortable, but I'm OK with "roughing it" by forgoing that comfort. "Roughing it" by getting cold is not acceptable however.

Good point on the battery... I might have to reconsider.

Don't forget there is a long lead time when you order and if you must (six months for me this summer), you can make changes in the order up to a point. I hear its different in the winter but I have no knowledge of that.
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Old 06-18-2015, 11:02 AM   #20
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I am looking for a camper that will have a long life without so much worry about water leaks.
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Well heres the world as I see it

ALL trailers will/can leak even brand new trailers! EVEN the most popular &/or the most expensive of the fiberglass trailers. For many reasons things can shake loose and/or break. If the leak is not dealt with quickly there will be damage to something! It may not be the floor itself that rots but even on the trailers that use fiberglass on their floors serious damage will happen if a slow leak is left long enough.

Case in point I spent part of my last camping week-end helping a friend with a very popular newish trailer here with a fiberglass floor on it with vinyl on top of it, fixing a slow water leak that had clearly been happening for more than just a day. Only was noticed when they happened to be standing outside the trailer and saw a couple of drop of water came out of the weep hole built into the floor of the trailer (a nice design feature that apparently works) it had been dry and hot for days so water should not be dripping off the trailer. Pulled the rear hatch open closest to that weep hole - one they do not use much as its hard to get into and has no outside door to it. It was clear a water line connection in that area had been dripping slowly for more than a day - flooring curled up and the wood that the hatch walls was made out of and wood dividers within it had been absorbing the water for some time. If it had gone unnoticed for much longer they would not only would have had to redo the floor cover but they also would defiantly have had to have their wooden rear hatch cabinet rebuilt.

In the case of the suggestion that condensation from the water tank is causing the wood floor on lots of Scamps to rot, IMO having seen and read many of the floor replacement posts over the years, there are many items in the hatch the Scamps water tank sits that have a much higher probability of leaking slowly and unnoticed causing a floor to rot. Water pumps, water lines, windows above, water filler etc. On most of the trailers were floor rot has been found they are older trailers, so unless the owner has had the trailer its entire life they would be hard pressed to prove it was indeed condensation from the water tank only that caused that rot to take place.

Not saying that having a trailer with a fiberglass floor is not a better feature, any thing to avoid floor rot is a good thing. But with all good things one should and will pay more for it.

As with all things I could be wrong though
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Old 06-18-2015, 11:10 AM   #21
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Thank you for your reassurance that Scampís slow updating of their catalog isnít something to worry about. Another reason Iím seriously interested in a Scamp is that they are a company thatís been in business for a very long time and they seem likely to be in business for a long time to come.
On the other hand, they have been known to make changes not indicated in catalog or website nor even communicated to buyers. There was a flap this year over eliminating the small front window in front bath models in favor of a power vent. The change was made between the time orders were placed and the trailers manufactured, and buyers were not made aware. To Scamp's credit, they did offer (under pressure from a disgruntled buyer) to retrofit the window in one case, and, after further consideration (and input from members here) the buyer decided to pass on the offer.

To be fair, manufacturers do it all the time. "Specifications subject to change without notice" is in the fine print in most sales brochures and purchase contracts.

In my mind the slow updating of Scamp's literature and website is somewhat of a problem, since they do make small, incremental changes fairly often. Not much gets by the sharp eyes and ears of the members of this forum thoughÖ whatever it is, I saw it here first!
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:53 PM   #22
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Scamp Splash Guard

Reply to CarolH...sorry for the name confusion, strictly my oversight. The splash guard is not a part of the stove. As I understand it from Scamp, the splash guard is a piece of white fiberglass inserted between the counter top and the window frame above the stove area. As I said earlier, many people have used many different materials to achieve the same purpose, as a DIY project at very little cost. I have seen some of them on the Scamp Owners International website, SOI Scamp Travel Trailer | Events | Forum | Resources | Scamp Owners International with pictures.
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What is a splash guard ??? Thanks.
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What is a splash guard ??? Thanks.
I thought you might be referring to mud flaps that go on the TV, or add-on shields to go on the lower front corners of the trailer to catch the rocks and mud thrown up by the TV/
But, I see other are talking about a "back-Splash panel to cover the rat fur on the wall behind or next to the stove.
I made splash guard/heat shields in our Scamp 16 Dlx, using enameled aluminum sheet from a hardware store.
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Thank you...appreciate it.
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Old 01-10-2016, 07:00 PM   #26
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I am a redneck I guess. My scamp stove "back splash guard" is the same aluminum cookie sheet I put over the stove when not in use.

When stoves not in use, baking pan/cookie sheet acts as a stove topper or cover for sitting things squarely upon. While cooking, I flip it up and rest it against the marine fabric. No greasy splatters on the fabric, and I just wash or wipe it clean.

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I think you have made a good choice with which you will be well pleased.
I have had a Scamp13D for 12years and would not trade it for a new standard today. I love my Catalina 2500 awning which is not as simple to use as the new Fiama now offered. We have the furnace as well as the heat strip, you will love the furnace when boondocking or overnighting at WalMart.
Certainly there are other competitive trailers on the market, but no better value.
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