Adding Height - Fiberglass RV

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Old 07-07-2016, 09:24 AM   #1
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Adding Height

Just sitting here wondering if anyone has attempted/succeeded at adding height to their older Scamp or Casita. It seems, for the many very talented folks on this and other forums, that it would be quite doable, at least to my naive eye.

1) Remove the interior cabinets
2) Remove the belly band
3) Cut the belly seam
4) Lift the top half of the trailer
5) Fashion a fiberglass/wood spacer to fit the proper contours
6) Replace the top half of the trailer
7) Seal the new spacer with fiberglass
8) Replace the belly band (add a second one on new seam)
9) Paint the center band a contrasting color to mask the new fiberglass
10) Re-build the necessary interior cabinets to match the new dimensions.

Just seems like this would be something someone could undertake while doing their major re-builds.

Any one know if it's been accomplished or tried? Have never run across any discussion of something like this. Not saying it's anything I would do, I don't have the talents. Strictly curiosity here.

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Old 07-07-2016, 09:38 AM   #2
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We bought a 73 scamp that has the floor dropped several inches. It added head room but seems like it would be much easier than what you are suggesting. Of course, it is the 13ft and there isn't much floor, lol!

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Old 07-07-2016, 09:46 AM   #3
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Interesting idea. Would also need to fabricate a new door or plug the gap above the door when the upper shell is raised.

A new curved door that actually sealed would be a real b*tch for create.........
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Old 07-07-2016, 09:50 AM   #4
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You could also go with a pop-top over the floor area like the Compacts and Campsters. That would be way easier as long as it didn't impact roof mounted A/C.

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Old 07-07-2016, 10:05 AM   #5
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There's a picture somewhere here on FiberglassRV, where the owner cut the trolley top and lifted that ala Havasu. Really you only need the center of the trailer to be taller because that's where you stand/walk. That would be a lot easier than separating at the belly band and lifting half the trailer up and then rebuilding the door.

I'll see if I can find the picture. If I do, I'll post back in this thread.
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Old 07-07-2016, 10:54 AM   #6
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Hadn't considered the door problem. Would be a pain - probably the deal breaker.
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Old 07-07-2016, 11:20 AM   #7
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If you could find a donor trailer to salvage parts from, I could see some possibilities.
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Old 07-07-2016, 01:18 PM   #8
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It would be cheaper to buy a trailer that fits your needs and sell that one to someone shorter.

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Old 07-07-2016, 05:49 PM   #9
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So funny to find this post just now as we were just talking about the multiple levels of flooring in our Scamp. I have daydreamed about how to do this! But no good ideas really.

And it's not as simple as buying a trailer that fits you because there really aren't any fiberglass ones that are being produced that I consider affordable to solve the problem. EggCamper not in production right now and hard to find a used one, Lil Snoozy no real difference and worse to me due to full time bed space not to mention starts at $21k. Parkliner maybe but for us we would LOSE length aka living space so that's a no go. That leaves Escape, Oliver and BigFoot which I don't find affordable either.

If someone would make a U.S. made fiberglass camper that fit tall people they could really make some money and some happy campers. Just my $.02.
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Old 07-07-2016, 06:36 PM   #10
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Really like the dual belly band idea
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Old 07-07-2016, 07:45 PM   #11
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I am 6'2" without shoes and 1-2" taller with shoes and have no problem with a 17' Casita interior height with or without shoes on. I have been in shorter trailers and did feel the size to be a small issue but soon came to realize that I automatically adjusted my posture to fit and only a small bit of the time am I actually standing while in the trailer.
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Old 07-20-2016, 08:39 AM   #12
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I was just thinking about this the other day and found this thread by searching. I am 6'0" and don't need this at all, but was more curious.

I had the idea of cutting the top as cleanly as possible and using the cut out piece as a pop top. This new pop top would need some fiberglass built up to act as a raised lid, similar to the compact and campster lids Denese mentions above. Then the trailer would need some fiberglass built up to make a lip, again similar to a compact or campster. I would think this lip would need to be fairly thick, as you're losing structure by cutting a hole...

Then you could do a canvas tent, a rubber seal, make a set of scissor lifts (rigid conduit?), and you'd probably have something that was pretty functional. Had an old '74 VW camper with a pop top that tilted on a hinge. Something like that could work also, same concept but an easier lift system.

Donna, did you ever find the pics you referenced?

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Old 07-20-2016, 11:48 AM   #13
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Glue a small fiberglass boat up there. Upside down.

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