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Old 05-23-2021, 11:03 AM   #1
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Anything to watch out for in 1990 13' Scamp?

Hello! I'm looking at a 1990 13' Scamp with no bathroom on Tuesday. Are there any defects or issues known for this year of manufacture? The owner took out the sink, so there is no plumbing inside. As long as she has had it, there have been no water intrusion or leaks. The fridge is original in working condition, but I may put in a new one.

I'm mostly concerned with mold and mildew as I have been made ill from mold exposure. There is a stain in the "rat fur," but it is at the bottom, not the top, and the owner says it was already there when she bought it in 2012. The roof has a ventilation port and a Maxx fan; A/C was installed in the side by the owner.


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Old 05-24-2021, 07:54 AM   #2
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Check the floor very carefully. Feel for any sponginess in the center walking area, and look and probe inside all the perimeter cabinets and benches, especially around the water tank in the rear corner. Look underneath as well, but most rot starts from the top.
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Old 05-24-2021, 08:10 AM   #3
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Thirty years old

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Hello! I'm looking at a 1990 13' Scamp with no bathroom on Tuesday. Are there any defects or issues known for this year of manufacture? The owner took out the sink, so there is no plumbing inside. As long as she has had it, there have been no water intrusion or leaks. The fridge is original in working condition, but I may put in a new one.

At thirty years old the axle may be sagging, I like to see most or all of the wheel (not tire) in the opening. An old axle is not unsafe but it will give the RV a bouncy ride. Also check the frame for heavy rust and cracks. The frame will have some rust but heavy pitting and crust is not good. Also check the tire date codes and replace before any long trips if they are old. I change every fire years on quality tires.
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Old 05-24-2021, 09:29 AM   #4
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Wheel bearings:
Have the wheel bearings inspected and repacked or just replaced before towing more than a few miles. If the wheel bearings have been serviced within the past 10,000 miles, or within the past year or two they should be OK. Also strongly recommend touching the wheel hubs every 100 miles or so or every stop. The hubs may be warm, but shouldn't be hot. If they are hot, get them (EDIT: the wheel bearings) serviced immediately.

Leaks:
Yes you can expect leaks around window, roof vents, door and the numerous other fittings on the exterior. There are many threads in this forum on how to fix the leaks.
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Old 05-25-2021, 11:24 AM   #5
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Thanks for all the tips! I keep trying to post pictures, but it doesn't work, or the mods don't let me?

Where the stain is in the rat fur, I do see some rusting of an exposed piece of metal, so there must have been a spill or something. It is on the bunk bed side, back corner, opposite side of door

There is a little rust around interior bolts, is this expected because of condensation?

The floor seems solid. The wood underside does not seem to be encased in resin, there is just some kind of paint flaking off?

There is some fiberglass on the underside that is broken/rotted, with a few old wasp nests nearby. The compromised area is a vertical section behind the back wheel (on the door side), about a playing card size
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Old 05-25-2021, 08:20 PM   #6
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How is the door fit and seal? Does it hand straight in the opening? Any big gaps at the top or bottom?
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Thanks for all the tips! I keep trying to post pictures, but it doesn't work, or the mods don't let me?
Heather there’s a problem with your image host. I’m not sure what it is, but if you’ll upload your pics to our site, they will post - eventually - after going through the moderation queue (wch just means the site team will look at and approve, for now, until you’ve had a little more experience with posting).

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Old 05-26-2021, 07:04 AM   #8
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... A/C was installed in the side by the owner.
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This might concern me. Is it structurally sound? Is it ventilated properly? Is there a good condensate drain?

The cargo door in the lower starboard side is a user mod. My preference would be to have the door open "UP" so that if it becomes unlatched the door still hangs down, mostly closed. With the hinge on the bottom if the latch fails or its not shut all the way, the door will open and rip off on the road. The latch on the door could point to prior issues with the door not closing right.

Thats quite common and can be a pain to deal with.

If you dont mind.. I will post the photos here for you to encourage further feedback. Oh.. I see you said looking at it on Tuesday and its Wednesday now. Thats the problem.. you need to act fast for a good Scamp deal. That means you need to be aware of things to look for in advance of finding one to look at. If you have days or week to think about it and ask about it, there might be a reason it has not been sold.
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Old 05-27-2021, 07:24 PM   #9
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Thank you very much for all of the feedback!

I understand about the photos, I'll look for another way to post them. I tried to go back to my old photobucket account only to see that there is no photobucket at the moment!!
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Old 05-28-2021, 06:51 AM   #10
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Actually I don’t see any big top or bottom gaps in the door, which is a good sign. Other door issues are easier to deal with.

The discoloration of the headliner doesn’t seem too bad, either. If it’s near a window, check the floor inside the bench. If it’s solid, I wouldn’t consider it serious, and it’ll likely clean up well.

The vent near the door- air conditioner? That’s another possible source of leaks and rot. If you can gain access, check the floor under it carefully. If not at least check from below. Push on it to see if there’s any flex.

But Bill is right- these trailers don’t sit around long waiting for buyers to make up their minds unless there are serious issues, overpriced, or well off the beaten path. What’s the status?
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Old 05-28-2021, 08:28 AM   #11
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I think that the trailer is indeed in good shape and will be a great choice for someone. I've decided not to buy it for reasons other than its condition.

I feel much more prepared for the next one I look at, thank you again to everyone who chimed in!
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