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Old 05-14-2021, 04:23 PM   #1
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Rusty Scamp 13 Frane

Had our 93 Scamp at Scamp in Backus MN. They said ut has some rust on frame & may need some work but it's ok to drive.

Has anyone had their frame worked on? Is it expensive & does it help?
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Old 05-15-2021, 07:38 AM   #2
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“Some rust” is rather vague. Surface rust is typical, and the “work” could mean cleaning and applying a rust converting paint. That’s an unpleasant but uncomplicated and inexpensive DIY project.

On the other hand if there is deep rust concentrated in vulnerable spots (particularly the bends where the rails transition to the tongue), it could require reinforcement by a professional welder. Worst case, you might have to remove the shell from the frame.

Since you did not get clarification at Scamp, you might take a very close look yourself, paying special attention to the weak areas noted. If you see anything of concern, take it to a welding shop for evaluation.

Scamp frames have been known to break at the tongue transition. It’s more common with 16’ers, and it tends to happen with older trailers than yours, so I certainly wouldn’t go into panic mode. But have a look and tell us what you find.
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Old 05-17-2021, 10:23 AM   #3
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Rush on frame

Go to the hardware store and purchase a can of Rust oleum heavy rust primer. Do some sanding, wipe down with paint thinner, and paint the rusty areas with the primer. While your at it paint all the steel frame and fittings. This will stop the rust. Keep an eye open for creaks as you work.,
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Old 05-17-2021, 02:34 PM   #4
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Way too vague unfortunately. I addressed the rust on the frame on my 1977 Trillium. Wire brush on a cordless drill, then wipe down, then rust converter (two coats), then metal paint. Wear a mask.

Many rust converters function as primer too.

A fair amount of work.

Now if frame integrity is compromised, you will need a talented welder.
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