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Old 04-20-2015, 09:27 PM   #1
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Where is the charge converter on my 1979 scamp 13'

I Need to know where is located the charge converter on my scamp 13'.
Any one know?
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Old 04-20-2015, 09:33 PM   #2
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You might not have one. That said at least in the newer Scamp 13' trailer it's located under the street side dinette bench.
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Old 04-20-2015, 09:40 PM   #3
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Ok. Thanks.
So why when I plug my camper to 120volt it charge the battery and the 12 volt work?
Sorry I just bought this camper......


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Old 04-21-2015, 05:49 AM   #4
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All you need is a battery for the 12v lights to work. If the previous owner didn't have a charger/converter permanently installed in the trailer they might have temporarily hooked up a regular charger when needed.
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Old 04-21-2015, 06:21 AM   #5
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Where is the charge converter on my 1979 scamp 13'

Ok. Can I install a power converter in this scamp?
Where a can get the original wiring diagram for this camper?

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Old 04-21-2015, 07:25 AM   #6
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I suggest that you find someone familiar with RV's to spend a bit of time with you going over what you do and don't have. Even spending $100 to have a local RV dealer mechanic go over everything won't be a bad investment. If you post where you are located there may be a list member near you that can also help out.


Now about your questions:


You Scamp is over 35 years old and hard telling what a list of previous owners may have changed/removed/updated. In many cases earlier FGRV's didn't have any kind of converter/charger and depended on the TV's (Tow Vehicle) charging line or an external battery charger to charge the battery. Plugging in, often only gave you an outlet or two and one or two 120VAC lights.


The Power chassis/Converter of choice is the Progressive Dynamics PD-4045. It will provide an AC distribution section, a 45 amp DC converter with 12 fused circuits and a 3 stage battery charger. They are available for less than $175 on-line. I have installed 7 of them, including two in 13' Scamps, without problems. I believe that they are now what is being installed in new Scamps as well.


As far as the original wiring diagram, that may be of little value because, due to the age of the trailer, many changes may have been made. I suggest, basically, starting over in that department. In a 1979 Scamp there isn't all that much to wire, usually 3 light fixtures, sometimes a refrigerator and furnace, and little else. The trail/running lights are completely separate from the coach wiring.
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Old 04-21-2015, 07:25 AM   #7
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Go to the home page and click on document center. You will find what you need there.
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Old 04-21-2015, 07:53 AM   #8
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Bob said what I couldnít quite figure out how to say diplomatically. Adding a converter/charger is messing with 120vAC, (assuming itís a North American trailer) and this is a safety issue. Not impossible for an amateur to do if theyíre starting with a reasonable experience level but from your questions I donít think this is an area you have much experience with.
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Old 04-21-2015, 07:57 AM   #9
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Here is a link to the Scamp wiring diagram, but keep in mind that it may not match any specific Scamp that has be modified by previous owners, that it shows all possible options installed, many of which you may not have, and that color codes may not match every build. It's, basically, generic diagram for almost any smaller FGRV.
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/d...gram_Scamp.pdf
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Old 04-21-2015, 10:36 AM   #10
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Where is the charge converter on my 1979 scamp 13'

Thank you but I can't find the document center on the home page.



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Old 04-21-2015, 11:21 AM   #11
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I found the documents center.
Thanks.
I have another question, I am planing to install a solar panel together with a charge control and a inverter into this scamp
Do I really need the power control?

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Old 04-21-2015, 03:28 PM   #12
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If your never going to plug into 110V, you won't need it.
But, if your going to plug into 110V it will quicken the charge on your battery.
If you have a furnace, fan, 12 V outlets and lighting it would help.
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