Here goes (hard to read, but there it is!):
Does the measurement of a 13' trailer include the hitch length? (one seller said yes, that her 16' included the 3' hitch length) If this is true then the 13' would actually be about 10 feet of living space!!!
Ans: Travel trailers always include the entire frame, both the front AND the bumper in the total length -- Scamp follows that convention.
How have the standard equipment and options changed in the last 10 years?
Scamp can likely answer specific model year questions of a specific nature if you have a used one you are checking on.
One primary difference is that Scamp (and others) have gracdually increase the weight
capacity of the axles (in the 13', for instance, early '80s models had 1,200#, current models have 2,200#). We surmise this is because the trailers are actually heavier than previously advertised and customers are putting in more as-built and after-market options. (Torsion axles are "rubbered" at the factory in 100# increments and can't be changed).
Current Scamp 13's have a "trailing" wheel arrangement; older Scamps have a "leading" arrangement which the axle
manfs no longer recommend.
Older 13' had 1 7/8" coupler; all Scamps now have 2".
If you order roof-top a/c, that egg is modified during construction to take the extra load -- I don't know if that's the case with the older models.
The current Scamp 13' has more head-room because there were no new 13's available to make molds after the original molds were destroyed in the factory fire, so the new 13' was made from an employee's new 16' cut short lengthwise.
Also, over the years, converter arrangements have differed, so any given setup may have the converter standing alone, with 12VDC distribution fuse panel outside and merely plugged into a 120VDC outlet fed by a breaker box -- Variations may put the fuse panel as well as the breaker box inside the converter (I think this is now the current standard way to do it, but could be wrong).
Is the electrical system pre-wired and THEN the customers choice of options added at the factory?
Ans: Likely, no -- I can't vouch for post-fire, but pre-fire, Scamp did not wire for stuf that wasn't ordered with the exception of having all the battery
leads in place if a converter was ordered (I know that because my 91S13's original owner ordered mine that way and the battery
leads and fuse were taped inside the wiring harness).
Additionally, if one doesn't order factory a/c, there's no wiring in place (except maybe space to mount a 120VAC breaker for the a/c) -- There have been at least two a/c mounting options (roof and closet), so which would be wired? Ans: Neither.
There is no wiring in place for a power roof vent, 12VDC outlet, or outside light
if not ordered; nor is there a 120VAC outside outlet if not ordered.
There is no wiring in place for an RV LP furnace
or a refrigerator
if not ordered.
Has anyone ever added a heater with thermostat and an air conditioner and just hooked into the existing wiring?
Ans: No, presuming you are asking about an RV LP furnace, the wiring is not in place for the furnace; there should be one or two 120VAC outlets standard, which can be used for an electric heater. There is no LP plumbing in place for something like an Olympian catalytic LP heater.
Is the Scamp pre-plumbed at the factory and then the customers options hooked up?....can you ad a holding tank or change out an existing one without pulling the floor out?
Ans: On older models (my 91S13, for example), it may not be possible to add any standard Scamp tanks, but there is room for some tankage under the rear half if you are either a handy person or have a lot of credit with a local RV shop. Folks have even added a shower inside with a pan dropped thru the floor. Gray and black tanks are underneath and can be accessed/repaired/replaced from outside, altho the plumbing might present problems. The only times I have heard of removing floors on Scamps, Bolers, etc., is when the orig floor became badly water damaged (which is something to check carefully on a used model; damaging water in the vast majority of cases comes from ABOVE (leaking appliances or leaking windows
, etc.). The white water tank is usually inside, under the curb-side rear bunk, which must be removed to replace the tank if needed).
Has anyone added a gray water option to run it out on the ground rather than fill the tank?
Ans: Actually, that's the way it comes if there's no gray tank; the sink drain goes to the outside, which most parks and CGs are starting to frown on as social mores change -- I have a short section of garden hose on mine, which leads into a plastic jug which goes on the ground and is carried in front next to my battery
and LP when traveling. Some folks, even with gray tanks, use a "Blue Boy" to catch gray water so they don't have to take their egg to the dump point so often.
Has anyone ever installed additional cabinet drawers and doors???
Ans: You can make your own or order new front/back ones from Scamp (the problem there is shipping).
Has anyone ever added on overhead side cabinets on a 13'? ( I found a picture of a 13' delux with both upper and lower wood cabinets and its awesome!!!) Is it possible to "glue" wood veneer to the fiberglass cabinet facing? (how else could they install "wood " cabinets since the fiberglass cabinets are molded and part of the structure).
Ans: The Deluxe versions of the Scamp are indeed wood(choice of birch or oak), not fiberglass (on Scamp, Boler
, etc.) the FG cabinets are fastened to the outer FG skin with rivets and the wooden Scamp Deluxe cabinets are fastened with wood screws (Burro, UHaul
and maybe some of the other manfs like Bigfoot
, etc., use an interior shell with the cabinetry molded in -- Pros and Cons to this, because the fastened cabinets, benches, etc., are far more flexible if you want to change stuf around -- Some folks freak at the thought of putting more holes in the outer shell, but one of the beauties of FG is that you can rivet most anything inside or out and then cover the holes if you don't like it [hard to match gelcoat coloring, but nothing's perfect]).
I'm sure you could do all kinds of stickon stuf, but stickons are very hard to do on curved surfaces and still look good...