I have a 1987 Scamp
16-er that I absolutely adore, but the bathroom has always been an, ahem, shitty situation. We bought it 2 years ago and the PO said "the bathroom window leaks
a little despite having it fixed" and "we haven't cleaned the bathroom recently". It was clear that what he meant was the toilet was leaky and the window was irreversibly installed incorrectly. Nevertheless, it is my scampy scamp
now- after several trips and with more upcoming, I've dug into the bathroom. If you have any tips or suggestions, please share!
There was a small, opaque, crank-out window in the bathroom with caulk around the edges. No weep holes, and the inner frame has been screwed in multiple times on both the outside and the inside of the window. The inner frame was installed such that there was a 1/4-1/2inch gap in the center on the bottom (wrap around).
I've removed the window to find an old and crushed foam gasket behind a thin bead of silicone. I don't have quite enough butyl tape on hand to reseal the window, but have some on order. I sure hope it fixes the leak! However, I suspect the way the holes were drilled so haphazardly that I will be trying to seal those as well with butyl tape.
Disassembling a toilet 6 months older than I am was quite the experience.
Wonderful little device, but rusted and dried out in many places. I'm glad to be giving the Scamp
some overdue TLC. The porcelain Sealand 911 is in good condition, as is the toielt drain valve. I've got a new rubber seal set for the porcelain to valve connection. The rest of the toilet (ball valve, black tank) needed attention so I delved into total dissassembly. There were 4 screwed down clips, 2 on each available edge, holding the black tank to the floor.
Toilet Drain Valve:
The toilet drain valve was stuck on the black water tank, as the bolts rotated when I would try to turn the nuts holding the toilet drain valve to the black water tank. The toilet was leaking at this joint, so it HAD to come apart. I left this momentarily assembled and attacked the problem from the other side.
The black tank sewer valve:
The waste valve operated just fine underneath the Scamp, but above it- a thick, waxy substance was extruding from around the pipe and has been damp from time to time. The actual hole in the scamp floor is probably more like 4-5in in diameter. The bolts around the waste valve were extremely rusty, so they were cut off with an angle grinder so I could unscrew the exit pipe from the black tank. (The frame of the scamp directly next to the waste valve inhibits the pipe from turning more than 1/2 turn) Now the black tank and bottom half of the toilet are free from the base of the Scamp completely, and I was able to haul them out to a bigger area. Since I had to destroy the waste valve to get the toilet apart, I'm going to have to replace it. I'm not totally sure how I will narrow the very large opening around the waste exit pipe that screws into the base of the black tank.
Back to the Toilet Drain Valve:
With the black tank out of the scamp, I was able to stick a (gloved) hand into the black tank through the valve to hold the head of the bold with an adjustable wrench and use a socket to remove the nut. It would have been helpful to have another set of hands to hold the ball valve from smooshing my wrish at this point, but it was doable on my own. Separating the rest of the toilet from the tank revealed a VERY dry what I can only assume was a wax ring. Time for that to be replaced as well.
The black tank:
The black tank appears to be 2 part, with a bottom piece slightly raised from the bottom of the edges. (Note: the tank appears upside down in some of my pictues) It looks like the threaded conneciton between the black tank and the waste valve pipe had been leaking, but that the tank itself is still intact.
I was so nervous this project would reveal the necessity of a new toilet. So glad to repair the one we have!
The bathroom floor:
The floor of the bathroom (shower basin) is mounted on a slope AWAY from the drain.
Even if I jack the Scamp so that the trailer is tilted towards the drain, the floor is still sloped away. I'm trying to decide if I want to pull it out and try to level it. Considering I've stripped the bathroom down to the floor, it's a logical next step at this moment (and hopefully never again). Any tips on the shower floor? Has anyone encountered or fixed this?