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Old 11-02-2019, 07:33 AM   #1
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2017 Scamp 16 floor bounce

We just purchased a 2017 Scamp 16. Itís in like-new condition, stored inside, lightly used. When looking it over prior to purchase, we noticed a clunking noise when walking thru the area over the axle, as if that section of floor wasnít supported. The PO did say that their Lippert axle was replaced under warranty by a local trailer shop. The camper is now in a storage barn, so I canít confirm this, but I suspect the replacement axle lacked the angle bracket the supports the floor at mid point. Assuming this is the case, Iím trying to imagine how to fix this. Iím not sure I like the idea of someone welding that close to the wood floor. And I thought I read somewhere that welding could damage the rubber torsion bands.

So, first question: Am I right to be concerned about welding in that area?

Related questions: I assume that much floor movement isnít a good thing but maybe not a big deal? And if it is a big deal, how might someone add bracing in this area without using the axle as a point of contact?

I tend to wake up in the middle of the night worrying about stuff like this...it could be a long winter!
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Since you live pretty close to the Scamp factory, perhaps a call to them for a possible repair would be useful. They must have authorized the warranty work, so this would seem like a good first step.
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Thanks, I do plan to call them but not until next spring when Iíve had a chance to inspect whatís going on underneath. Iím hoping that some folks here who have done axle replacements can address my questions in the meantime.
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Old 11-02-2019, 08:57 AM   #4
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I wouldnít wait Ďtil spring. Shops tend to get really busy, and so is Scamp. Is there any way you can do some inspection now? Get under the trailer while someone walks around inside to try to isolate the cause.

Iíd have to look at mine, but the axle tube has an upward camber and I donít think the axle tube is attached to anything in the middle. Mine is an older Dexter, but the Lippert should be the same except a 2017 should be a bolted installation rather than welded.

My center drop floor is supported by flat steel bars welded to the frame around the edges. You could have a failed weld somewhere.
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Axle inspection

We store our Scamp at the Dakota County Fairgrounds, Farmington, MN. Once they put it away for the winter, thatís it, no access until your pull out date.
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Old 11-02-2019, 09:04 AM   #6
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There is a small piece of steel welded to the floor support and to the axle tube. It is not intended to support the floor, but more like acting as a stiffener to prevent a little flex. Look under your trailer and see if it is there.
Maybe the tack weld failed.


All this assumes that that little center piece is the problem, of course inspect everything.
Also the shop may have overlooked that small weld since
your axle is bolted on... so check the bolts while your-a-lookin'.


A local trailer shop would not likely think to add this piece since it is not normal on utility trailers or trailers with more clearance over the axle.

It would be perfectly safe for a competent welder to retack that stiffener or to add one. Especially with a household MIG.
Likely the stiffener is loose at one end and it is then able to "clunk" with minor movement..


Unfortunately Scamp Warranties are only 1 year and not transferable, but they often go beyond the call to make a happy Scamp owner.
Maybe the shop which installed it would do the job as a courtesy since they have already been paid.
At any rate it is in fact no big deal, and can be easily fixed.


The axle housing already acts as a frame member, it is not suspended and is directly attached to the frame at each end.


You could actually simply add a small piece of flat stock attached at each end with self drilling screws, but I recommend tack welding.
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Thanks Floyd, Iíll check it out next spring. Weíre 175 miles from Backus and 120 miles from where the axle was installed so maybe weíll find a welding shop here in St Paul.
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