Good morning everyone, I'd like to extend my greetings and thanks to all who post on these forums. I've gone from zero knowledge about Scamps to feeling fairly confident that I can get it into nice enough shape that my partner will actually want to go camping! The camper was previously owned by my Grandparents and it's a 1985 13' Scamp
with the bunk beds. It's been sitting at their ranch for the past 15 years (with leaks!) but it really isn't that bad of shape. I've been having fun tinkering with it, despite the frustrating setbacks, and love working on it when the baby goes to bed!
We had to drive the scamp
about 600 miles to get her home but the trip went smoothly and I've finally had some time to work on her, and have a few issues that I am stuck on. The first is a rather simple problem but I cannot get the ensolite clean, and it's really not even that dirty! I've tried bleach, soap and water, that LA cleaner stuff that people recommend, ammonia, scrubbing bubbles, and tilex. I've tried sponges, rags, brushes. I can hopefully post some pictures later but the ensolite in the dinette area is dirty/discolored in areas, brown in some sections and yellowed in other. My plan all along has been to paint
it so my main question is how clean does it need to be before I throw paint
on it. I've painted every room in our house at least once so I have painting
experience but I've never painted a surface like ensolite. Is it okay to just scrub it down, rinse it, and prime/paint it, even if there's still discoloration/stains?
2nd question involves the door hinges. I purchased the replacement brass ball/spring/nut/bolt from Scamp
because the original were in terrible shape, but now I think I should've bought the whole hinge assembly. The problem with mine is that the bottom hinge plate connected to the Scamp has a very slight gap in it, which I think is causing the door to close incorrectly, which leads to a gap at the bottom. I noticed that the top acorn nut/screw on the bottom hinge is loose, but I can neither tighten nor remove it. I read a suggestion that a torch could help loosen the nut, but I don't currently have access to one and was hoping for an alternative solution.
I know I have more questions but this post is starting to run on and I don't want to wear out my welcome right away!