Hi folks. I bought my 1976 Scamp
2 years ago 450 miles away, sight-unseen off pictures. Sounds crazy, but at the time it was hard to find a Scamp
, and I was tired of missing out on them to locals who walked up to the driveway with a pocketful of cash and hauled them away while I was trying to ask questions to the sellers over email. So I paypal'd the guy $100 to hold it for me, offered that over the asking price, and rolled the dice. More important to me at the time than condition was that it was in Tulsa, and I have a 1st cousin there whom I owed a visit.
Well, fast forward a couple years, and while I love my Scamp
to death, I'm now well-acquainted with all its flaws. Most of these have been minor handy-man type things, no problem. But this winter I've decided to face up to the biggest challenge of this camper. A couple frame cracks, a soggy floor, and a shoddy patch by the PO.
I'll attach a few pics. Basically what I need help with is figuring out how this is all "supposed" to look. I'd like to remove the front bunk and the floor over the frame cracks. This should get me a good enough view of the problem area so that I can haul this to a welder to get an opinion about fixing versus building a whole new trailer. Also if I decide to repair in order to just get a couple more years, having the floor up should allow my welder to perform the repair.
In the first 2 pics you can see that the PO went crazy with the screws into a 2x6 on the other side. You can see in the pics taken from below that he also sistered a piece of plywood to the frame. The egg's shell (below the hinges) appears to be screwed into this mess, and also the shell itself is married by a fiberglass patch to the bunk. This makes removing the bunk impossible without cutting this fiberglass link.
My question is... how is the egg's shell "supposed" to attach down there? Also, I've removed the sheet metal screws from the bunk where they screw down into the plywood braces that are attached to the egg. Once this is done is there anything else holding the bunk to the camper? Seems like the vertical walls want to come with the bunk.
Thanks in advance from Des Moines, IA.