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Old 09-23-2019, 09:24 PM   #1
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Question 78 scamp tire replacement

Hi All! I'm new to camper world. Just purchased a mostly renovated 78 13' SCAMP. I bought new tires (with wheels) but can't get the old tire out from under the wheel well. Any suggestions as to what we're doing wrong?131596[/ATTACH]
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Old 09-23-2019, 09:32 PM   #2
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tire clearance

If you are jacking on the frame and the axle travel is not allowing the tire to clear, it may be time to replace the axle.
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Old 09-23-2019, 09:41 PM   #3
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SCAMP TIRE CLEARNCE

Kenneth,

Thanks for the reply. What is "jacking on the frame". I assume the "axle travel" is what the wheel slides onto. Is it safe to pull for a short distance (maybe 30 miles) before replacement?
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If you jack on the frame the wheel should drop down in the opening when you jack it up. If not, the axle is old, and the arm is seized and should be replaced. Towing should be safe, but it may shake things around a bit in the RV.
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Old 09-24-2019, 04:34 AM   #5
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Ut oh... could be a worn out axle that is no longer moving up and down as it should. Torsion axle has a lifespan of maybe 20 years, or 25 if very lucky and well treated. So with a 1978 camper, even if the axle was replaced once, it might be due again. And if it was never replaced then there is little doubt its shot.

You might want to put the lug nuts back on and tow it to a good utility trailer shop for evaluation.

Some but not all of this info pertains to you. good to read it:
Torsion Axle - everything you want to know - Boler.ca
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Ut oh... could be a worn out axle that is no longer moving up and down as it should. Torsion axle has a lifespan of maybe 20 years, or 25 if very lucky and well treated. So with a 1978 camper, even if the axle was replaced once, it might be due again. And if it was never replaced then there is little doubt its shot.

You might want to put the lug nuts back on and tow it to a good utility trailer shop for evaluation.

Some but not all of this info pertains to you. good to read it:
Torsion Axle - everything you want to know - Boler.ca
Thank you. This is helpful.
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Old 09-24-2019, 05:33 AM   #7
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If you jack on the frame the wheel should drop down in the opening when you jack it up. If not, the axle is old, and the arm is seized and should be replaced. Towing should be safe, but it may shake things around a bit in the RV.
Thank you. Looks like I’ll be taking her into the shop.
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If you jack on the frame the wheel should drop down in the opening when you jack it up. If not, the axle is old, and the arm is seized and should be replaced. Towing should be safe, but it may shake things around a bit in the RV.
Any idea what I should expect to pay for an axle replacement?
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Old 09-24-2019, 07:48 AM   #9
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Any idea what I should expect to pay for an axle replacement?
A lot less if you take it to Scamp Headquarters in Backus, MN. But more if its welded on instead of bolted.. look underneath and find out.

If you search this forum alone you will find lots of info including costs. But I suggest calling Scamp and asking for their price, and use that as a low baseline when shopping locally. Also utilize Scamp for advice on which one to buy and what specs it needs, and to advise your local shop.
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Old 09-24-2019, 08:17 AM   #10
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I'd suggest you not rest your legs UNDER the camper when taking a wheel off! Campers DO fall off jacks!

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78 scamp tire replacement

My Scamp 13 has plenty of ďaxle travelĒ and itís only ten years old. The wheel is very difficult to get into the wheel well, especially on the curbside. Itís just a tight fit due to the contouring of the shell.

Scamp recently changed to a higher clearance axle- zero degrees versus the old 22.5 degrees up angle. Curious if that helps.

Agree- no body parts under the trailer unless itís properly supported on jack stands. I store mine raised on jack stands when not in use, per Scampís recommendation.
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My Scamp 13 has plenty of ďaxle travelĒ and itís only ten years old. ..
Yes, OP should try to find out how old the axle is. Maybe the prior owner can help, and if you live a really really good life and have lots of luck.. the label might even be on it (but thats not likely if its old).
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Just curious if you jacked it up by placing the jack under the axle, or under the frame. Scamps should never have the jack placed under the axle, it can damage the axle. If the jack is under the frame, as it should be, the axle should drop down a bit as you jack it up, giving more room to pull the tire.
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Please see this post.

Sounds like Scamp was a good resource for dealing with a worn out axle. A worn out axle might or might not be an issue for you but if it is then good to know that Scamp was a help for that owner.
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Old 10-02-2019, 01:43 PM   #15
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Axle replacement issues

A couple of other things to consider:

1. While the shop is looking at your axle for replacement, have them check your frame thoroughly. The older ones are prone to cracking towards the front. You want to get these safety issues checked and repaired, BEFORE you start customizing the interior.

2. Double check your insurance coverage. I found out the hard way, that even though I had coverage on my 13í 74 ECO, my insurance company did not offer roadside assistance of any kind. I had to buy a separate roadside assistance policy from another company. My insurer said that it was refusing coverage because of its age. Know your coverage, before you need to use it.

3. If you need to have any electrical work done, discuss where you are going to place the components before you let the shop start. Also consider what options you may decide to add down the road. I didnít, and wound up with the roadside bed compartment full of a maintenance free battery, and the new convertor. There went my main option for useable storage. It also limited my options to adding a portable solar panel in the future. A smaller locking storage box installed up front is a nice option for holding your hoses, chocks, outdoor carpet and other things you use outside.
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