Originally Posted by sharon_b
I just got a '77 scamp
& need help & parts. where can I get older marker lights
? (website only has new). what is the metal bar inside above the door for? how do I redo the gelcoat? did this have rear bumper jacks? what do you suggest for a fridge
? the water tank straps were rusted out but do I really need them? did this model have a waste water tank? if so, where? did it have a battery
? where does that go? how do I add a city water hookup? the florescent light looks bad, where can I get another? the 2 small round interior light covers have holes burned in them, is that from incorrect bulbs? can I get new covers?
can you tell I'm real excited about this??
Get fresh cup of coffee and relax....
First, you have a very early Scamp
and it has, no doubt, been through a lot of owners and changes in 35+ years.
Next, most were very basic and some of the things you are looking for may have never existed in your RV.
And last, restoration to original isn't a consideration 99% of the time.
Here's some answers:
1. As mentioned, marker lights are fairly generic. Use this opportunity to replace & reseal all of them as the hole under them is a potential leak point. Sources abound, but installing LED markers is a great idea at this time.
2. I don't think that metal bar is original. Can you post a pic?
3. As mentioned, a good cleaning with Barkeepers friend and about 4-5 coats of ZEP wet-look floor wax is one good idea but, if you have to replace any decals, do that before waxing. Many owners even go so far as to painting
as, after 40 years, the gel coat is usually long gone. Painting
is it's on topic, come back and ask if that's something of interest.
4. I don't know if the early Scamps had rear stabilizers built in like the later one of not. But, if not the aluminum stabilizer stands work just fine. But you do need something back there.
5 Adding a 2 or 3 way fridge is a major project if none was originally installed. You might want to ask about alternatives hereabouts.
6. YES, the water tank has to be tied down, no questions about that.
7. If your Scamp ever had a Gray tank it would be under the chassis, just behind the axle
. But most didn't have one. The sink drain should be connected to the port going through the wall and a hose and pail are used to collect sink drain water when it can't run to the ground.
8. If equipped, the battery would have usually been on the tongue.
9. Scamps usually has a separate faucet for city water. These parts (faucet, hose and input fitting) are available from most RV supply sources.
10. As for the Fluorescent fixture, look at most hardware stores, it's a standard 120 VAC fixture. Actually I'd just toss it and replace it with a new 12 volt LED light.
11. There are lots of those covers around, but take the opportunity to replace the entire fixture with an LED light. You will get more light and, when you add a battery, it will last a lot longer when you are running off of battery.
It sounds like you have lots of opportunity to create a really nice Scamp for yourself in the coming months/years. Here's a few other items you should check.
: No matter how good they look, check the date codes. Tires
over 6 years old should be replaced, including the spare tire.
2. Wheel Bearings: Unless you have some documentation in hand that these were inspected and repacked within the past year, this needs to be dome before any trips.
. Look at newer Scamps and compare how much more ground clearance they might have. At 35+ years most Scamps will have experienced moderate to severe axle
sag and that may need some attention.
Good Luck, have fun and ask lots of questions.