Installing larger tanks in Scamp? - Fiberglass RV

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Old 05-26-2013, 08:34 AM   #1
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Installing larger tanks in Scamp?

I have acquired a 1987 16 Scamp. 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?

Thanks for any input,


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Old 05-26-2013, 08:24 PM   #2
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The new Scamps grey water tanks are now 26 Gal. Scamp newer fresh water tanks only hold 12 Gal. but they start after a certain year. The black water tank is what it is.
There is a thread by Jared J. about his S-19 he really increased his fresh and grey water tank sizes by buying elsewhere. I will try to find a link for you.
Try thread #172, he starts the tanks around here and more posts later.
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:03 PM   #3
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My '79 Scamp only had a 10G fresh water tank- and some non working plumbing to go with it, no grey tank and no toilet.

I replaced it with a 20G fresh water tank in the same location, I bought a "barker" tank. I added the new style 26G guy tank, bought from Scamp. As well as the Sealand tank/toilet combo Scamp sells.
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Old 05-28-2013, 06:44 AM   #4
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Yep, I have twin 20 gallon fresh water tanks, and a 36-38 gallon (depends on what info you read) gray water tank now. I was wonder how it would tow, but it pulls great with full or half-full tanks.

I did some work to it to fit things. I welded supports under both fresh water tanks, to help support them and the camper shell. I don't know if it's necessary, but it made me feel better.

I had to cut out the cross member under the table and weld a new one in a few inches back to fit the gray water tank. After 5 days of camping with 3 of us, there was still 2/3 of the tanks left (although no showers or bathroom use, the camp had them).
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:16 AM   #5
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My 92 has a 12 gallon Fresh water tank and and a 26 gal Grey water. As been mentioned the black water tank is above the floor inside the trailer and forms part of the toilet.
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:58 PM   #6
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Instead of fabricating or buying bigger storage tanks, how about making or buying a tote to get rid of the waste as needed? I'm not into storing waste water. YMMV

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