Well I will take a shot on things that I have learned with my 16ft Scamp
Deluxe after having it for just short of 10 years.
1. If I was to buy another I would not get the gas heater, it worked for first 2 years then quit lighting
or won't stay lit. Worked great until I needed it on a December camping trip.
2. If possible I would half disassemble and seal all wood before any use.
3. Should have got a fantastic fan installed when ordered too.
4. Should have added a shut off valve in water line to toilet and outlet for water heater.
5. Should added sprayer on toilet water line too.
6. Should have re set windows
with butyl tape, door handle and hinges.
7. AC has been a work horse, should have added a vent /fan for stove area, I use computer fans (12 volt)
8. I should have replaced the tables with plywood after I first got it from pressed particle board, that I did later.
Now things I got right for me, I didn't get a awning
and didn't get carpet. A (non) Deluxe would have been better for cabinets in some ways but heavier. (fiberglass) Larger refrigerator
in Deluxe too. Screen door worth while to get.
I relocated the heater control from its original location, added 12 volt outlets. LED lights
in top cabinets on sides, thanks to another member here for (fridge door switch's)
Another good mod was guard around 12 v water pump switch. Change out most lights
for LED lights
, after having replacement LED bulbs burning out after few months of use. I've added a 120 and 12v outlet outside in refrigerator
lower vent area. Something I should have done years ago upgrade the shower head nigh and day difference between original and it. 😊
If I was to install another car stereo I might install it above the refrigerator
in top cabinet and should remount speakers in them.
Now on to life expectancy for some things. A few weeks ago the water heater has developed a leak, I didn't find it until I noticed wet carpet runner I have covering floor 😣 end result water damage to cabinets and cold showers until I can replace it. 😳😲 I will have to do a partial gutting and replace a lot of wood and to run a electric heater inside to dry it out.
I've heard that some won't cook anything but water inside of their RV, I'm not of that group. I don't cook fish inside but about anything else I want I do.
Tip for new owner with SeaLand toilet buy a spare water valve and keep it with the tools needed to replace it in RV. It will fail at the time your on a long trip and forgot to turn off the water pump running all your fresh water tank out and into toilet and shower 😒 and then no RV shop (many closed for holidays too) with in a hundred miles will have it....(December) in Florida back tracking to a RV store with it, then weather drops and heater quits working. Great trip though 😁. Stayed at Florida State Park.
End point no regrets on my Scamp
, she's been used and well worn. Paid for and still in use. But time for repairs and maintenance. A few years I have about thought I was back in the great North Wet coast after having months on end of rain.