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Old 04-30-2021, 12:48 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Lee Senn View Post
Just a thought , since you only stand up in the middle of the trailer how about cutting a strip out of the roof just as wide as the middle portion and then have a shop fabricate a raised portion ( kinda like they do with vans ? Seems a lot less intense than other alternatives ) . Lee and Norma
Play Pac- I think that's the one- was built with a domed plexiglass skylight. That would be fairly inexpensive but not as durable. I suppose you might use one as a mold to make something out of fiberglass. I can picture the conspiracy theories left in the wake of a Scamp with a large white dome on the roof.

The van raised roofs are quickly becoming a thing of the past, and they use molds specific to the various makes and models of low-roof-only vans (with Chevy Express being the only one left standing). The molds are kept around for retrofits. Pop-tops will still be in demand, but they also use molds engineered for particular applications. Unless one happened to be the right size, they aren't going to fabricate a one-off.
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Old 04-30-2021, 09:49 PM   #22
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Hi Archie, interesting proposition really. First off, working with fiberglass isn't really that hard and I always say,. It's not really yours until your first cut. However, I'm not sure if the benefit of raising the roof. Hear me out, I'm 6'4" and own a 13' Boler. My roof is about 5'11". I honestly thought it would be an issue but it's not. If I'm prepping at the counter my head is bent. If I'm getting dressed, my head is bent. Even if there was room to dance, my wife is 5'1" so my head would be bent too.
I'm not how long you have had your scamp or how much you have used it but if you haven't been out in it much, give it a season of camping before you decide. If on the other hand, you have lived in it long enough to know that it's not going to work for you then I really look forward to following your thread. Lots of people not to do stuff but I do it anyway!
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Old 04-30-2021, 10:54 PM   #23
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Archie, instead of cutting the trailer and learning on it.
I would suggest you get some fiberglass supplies and
start with a small project or two.
Ive done quite a bit of glassing over the years,,, its not for everyone!
Raising the body at the center is a big job,,,, lots a labour.
I'd rather do it myself, done right or not. Isn't that what a hobby is all about?
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Old 05-01-2021, 03:59 PM   #24
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Back in my college days I worked in a shop that did these kinds of modifications. While it can certainly be done, it isn't easy and is a massive amount of work even if you are familiar with these projects.
We worked mainly with (new) vans. We would split them lengthwise to make them wider. add a section to make them longer or replace the roof with a pop up to make them higher.
While fiberglass is good to work with your mod will need to be strong. You will also have to finish it on the exterior. Are you sure this project will be worth the time and effort needed to complete it?
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Old 05-02-2021, 08:06 PM   #25
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Buy something you can go camping in and spend your time camping. It would be cost prohibitive to pay someone to do this and to do it yourself will take a good sized workshop, lots of tools, skills working on fiberglass and time, time, time.

Just buy something you can use and enjoy it.

'03 Ram 2500 CTD and 2008 Bigfoot 25B21RB.. Previous, Being repaired and will be sold, is a 2008 Thor/Dutchman Freedom Spirit 180. SOLD - 2007 Winnebago View 23H Motorhome.
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Old 05-04-2021, 11:17 AM   #26
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Cost Effective Work

It all comes down to cost effectiveness. I have worked with wood & composites in the boat building & repair trade for 40+ years. What you are attempting is like reinventing the wheel , lol.
If it is just to prove to yourself "I can do this" the easiest way would be to split at the belly band & extend from there, as would be a straight vertical extension. Very doable but if you have 250 + hours plus materials.
I would enjoy doing something like this an interesting project so long as someone was paying me by the hour !
Enjoying time creating is so rewarding , enjoy you project.
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Old 05-05-2021, 01:09 AM   #27
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More height

I rebuilt a 14 Surfside years ago and put a RV skylight on the roof to cure a sag issue, man did that ever make a difference and the trailer seemed so much bigger inside. I also added a Bomar boat hatch on the other end of the trailer, cheap easy fix and it looked good...
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Old 05-17-2021, 08:24 PM   #28
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As many have said and beat this subject. I'm over 6ft tall and have been "full-time" in my 16 ft Scamp Deluxe my head touches the roof but noted by many about looking down most of time, I just don't stand with feet together much and normally facing one side or other. Now the shower /bathroom is a pain at times. But it has a drop down in shower pan. The "short" bed is more of a issue.
A full disclosure: I've spent years backpacking, camping, then deployed and or living out of military vehicles ECT ECT so comfort is what you make of it.😉🤪 Them days are behind me now... The Military side. Now I normally just take off with my Tent Cot or hammock and Jeep for trips.. I think of my Scamp as home 🙄
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