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Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners Yesterday, 01:50 PM
Replies: 14
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Posted By Jon in AZ
“If a man never contradicts himself, the reason...

“If a man never contradicts himself, the reason must be that he virtually never says anything at all.”
― Erwin Schrödinger
Forum: NEW Fiberglass RV Classifieds | Buy, Sell, Trade Yesterday, 01:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 110
Posted By Jon in AZ
Our Scamp has an icebox, but I've found it pretty...

Our Scamp has an icebox, but I've found it pretty useless for cold storage. It's too small, and ice melts too fast. We use it for dry storage and bought a cooler for cold storage.

If you've used...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners Yesterday, 12:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 264
Posted By Jon in AZ
Besides the heat gun, a plastic razor blade is...

Besides the heat gun, a plastic razor blade is very helpful to coax decals loose.

It is likely that the color you're seeing is not paint but tint in the outer gelcoat layer. Common cleaners like...
Forum: NEW Fiberglass RV Classifieds | Buy, Sell, Trade Yesterday, 07:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 168
Posted By Jon in AZ
Just an FYI… In Scamp-speak “deluxe” means a...

Just an FYI… In Scamp-speak “deluxe” means a custom all-wood interior. Yours has fiberglass cabinets, so it’s a standard. Side bath and front bunks is layout 4, so you have a Scamp 16 standard layout...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-23-2022, 08:10 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,328
Posted By Jon in AZ
Sounds like your Tahoe is puttin' on airs. Does...

Sounds like your Tahoe is puttin' on airs. Does it prefer Italian or a classic American steakhouse? Verdi or Beethoven? :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s7V8xpiUrs

But seriously, I guess...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-21-2022, 11:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 543
Posted By Jon in AZ
I vote to re-weld. It will not hurt the axle,...

I vote to re-weld. It will not hurt the axle, and it will reduce flex in the center drop floor, which is not supported by the main frame rails. Flex weakens the floor over time.

It’s a quick...
Forum: Hi, I am.... 05-21-2022, 08:17 AM
Replies: 4
Hi!
Views: 164
Posted By Jon in AZ
Welcome! Similar story here. I was looking...

Welcome!

Similar story here. I was looking for a small tent trailer back in 2012. We missed out on several due to distance when I stumbled across a four year old 13’ Scamp for sale locally....
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-20-2022, 06:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 357
Posted By Jon in AZ
Tires are easy: Goodyear Endurance ST225/75R15...

Tires are easy: Goodyear Endurance ST225/75R15 load range E

For the rims, are you wanting steel or aluminum? You need the diameter (15") as well as the width and bolt pattern (not sure). Steel...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 05-19-2022, 11:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 951
Posted By Jon in AZ
Going to guess bathroom window, based on second...

Going to guess bathroom window, based on second photo in post #3. That would explain why it’s not clear like other windows.
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-19-2022, 06:13 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,328
Posted By Jon in AZ
Okay, so 125%. I've usually heard the rule of...

Okay, so 125%. I've usually heard the rule of thumb expressed the other way: tow no more than 80% of rated towing capacity. Depends on whether you're starting with the trailer or the tug.

It's...
Forum: Hi, I am.... 05-18-2022, 05:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 305
Posted By Jon in AZ
Welcome! Snoozy is all-electric as built...

Welcome!

Snoozy is all-electric as built from the factory. If you want to do much off-grid camping, some modifications might be required. Others have been that road. The toilet is a cassette,...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-17-2022, 05:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 375
Posted By Jon in AZ
Like you and Terry, I’m a fan of the original...

Like you and Terry, I’m a fan of the original swing-down stabs, but in the OP’s situation, in which the originals may be badly rusted or even damaged, it might be better to go with BALs.

Bent...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 05-15-2022, 06:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 437
Posted By Jon in AZ
The Independence beds are around 30” wide....

The Independence beds are around 30” wide. Liberty “twins” are more like 22-23”, too narrow for comfortable sleep for most people.

One solution involves building extensions onto the Liberty...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 05-14-2022, 10:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 506
Posted By Jon in AZ
DC actually works quite well in our Class B...

DC actually works quite well in our Class B motorhome. Short wiring run, heavy gauge wire, and a HD alternator probably have something to do with that. Cool down on AC at home, drive on DC to...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-14-2022, 08:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 199
Posted By Jon in AZ
It’s a great design with a full bathtub...

It’s a great design with a full bathtub fiberglass floor. Cabinets are bonded to the shell, so no rivets. Nice sized bed for a small trailer, and lots of windows and ventilation all around. Front...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-14-2022, 01:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,570
Posted By Jon in AZ
Absolutely not!!! Both rims and tires are a...

Absolutely not!!!

Both rims and tires are a common size easily obtained from any tire shop. If you decide to upgrade the rims to aluminum, just make sure you specify zero offset.

Tire and rim...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-14-2022, 07:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 144
Posted By Jon in AZ
Scamp uses a pair of offset chest hinges. One...

Scamp uses a pair of offset chest hinges. One side is shown in this photo. Scamp based their design on the Boler, but I don't know if they are similar enough for this to work for you. Seems like the...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 05-13-2022, 03:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,865
Posted By Jon in AZ
According to his user profile, last activity was...

According to his user profile, last activity was as recently as 4/25/22.
Forum: General Chat 05-13-2022, 02:42 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,201
Posted By Jon in AZ
If it's the one off I-10 at Monterey Ave., I know...

If it's the one off I-10 at Monterey Ave., I know that Costco, and it's definitely one of the busiest I've encountered anywhere. We often stop there headed to and from SoCal. Even so, it's never...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-13-2022, 12:57 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,328
Posted By Jon in AZ
Alan, I'll have to say your new tug looks sharp,...

Alan, I'll have to say your new tug looks sharp, well-proportioned, and the short rear overhang is a desirable attribute in a tow vehicle.

However, there's a lot to be said for a traditional...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-12-2022, 06:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 965
Posted By Jon in AZ
I’ve seen a few people rig up small awnings over...

I’ve seen a few people rig up small awnings over the windows using C-channel attached with VHB tape. That allows you to keep the windows open for ventilation. It also works in rain.

Here's one...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-12-2022, 06:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 329
Posted By Jon in AZ
There are two Ridgelines in the “Tow Vehicles and...

There are two Ridgelines in the “Tow Vehicles and Trailers” database. One pulls a Casita 17 and the other a Bigfoot 17. I’ve no doubt there are others not listed in the database. Hopefully they’ll be...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-11-2022, 02:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 445
Posted By Jon in AZ
It appears to be doable, weight-wise. Remember...

It appears to be doable, weight-wise. Remember that options and set-up equipment (blocks, hoses...) come out of your payload, so you might want to get an actual, scaled empty weight to determine how...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-11-2022, 12:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 445
Posted By Jon in AZ
That's not an all-molded fiberglass model- and...

That's not an all-molded fiberglass model- and I'm guessing you know that- but the questions would be the same if it were.

You said 1000 less than 5000, which is 4000#. Is that factory dry weight...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-11-2022, 08:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 965
Posted By Jon in AZ
Seems too little to make an appreciable...

Seems too little to make an appreciable difference in interior comfort and too prone to wind damage. Even getting the shade to land on the trailer will take a lot of fussing (and adjusting as the day...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-11-2022, 06:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 428
Posted By Jon in AZ
Welcome to the forum, and congratulations on your...

Welcome to the forum, and congratulations on your Bigfoot purchase!

Seems like a pretty good price. Only way to judge is to research comps here and at www.fiberglass-rv-4sale.com. Check current...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-10-2022, 09:22 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,328
Posted By Jon in AZ
Things I look for: Full factory tow wiring. ...

Things I look for:
Full factory tow wiring.
Conventional automatic with manual mode.
Tow rating and payload with some margin.
All-day comfortable seats.
Large factory mirrors and good outward...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-10-2022, 08:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,001
Posted By Jon in AZ
Gotcha. Intended it as an injection of humor in...

Gotcha. Intended it as an injection of humor in this silly “eggshell” debate, but clearly I missed the mark. Carry on.
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-10-2022, 06:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,001
Posted By Jon in AZ
How about this for "eggshell" paint? I've always...

How about this for "eggshell" paint? I've always liked robin's egg blue as an exterior color for small molded trailers. :D
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Forum: Hi, I am.... 05-09-2022, 07:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 324
Posted By Jon in AZ
Does it have factory tow wiring, including brake...

Does it have factory tow wiring, including brake and charge lines?
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-09-2022, 07:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,001
Posted By Jon in AZ
The fiberglass can be painted, but it's a lot of...

The fiberglass can be painted, but it's a lot of work and will have to be re-done every so often. Unless they're beat up, I'd be inclined to work ivory (or whatever the resident color experts want to...
Forum: Hi, I am.... 05-09-2022, 06:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 409
Posted By Jon in AZ
Welcome, and congratulations granulation’s on...

Welcome, and congratulations granulation’s on your Campster!
Forum: Hi, I am.... 05-09-2022, 06:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 324
Posted By Jon in AZ
Welcome! :Your vehicle should be good for most...

Welcome! :Your vehicle should be good for most molded trailers up to around 17’, with the possible exception of the newer, 4-season Bigfoots.

I think you’re the first Santa Cruz owner to post....
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-09-2022, 05:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,001
Posted By Jon in AZ
I'm curious whether the OP's cabinets match the...

I'm curious whether the OP's cabinets match the exterior. Fiberglass doesn't seem to yellow with age like some other plastics. For example, the white plastic u-channel trim on the cabinet edges in...
Forum: Hi, I am.... 05-09-2022, 04:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 957
Posted By Jon in AZ
No idea. Just happened to see it; liked it and...

No idea. Just happened to see it; liked it and saved it for reference.

Out here in AZ, I stay away from red, black, and all dark colors. For an application like this that you don’t look at every...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-09-2022, 01:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 437
Posted By Jon in AZ
Many people have described caulking and then...

Many people have described caulking and then texturing it to approximate the surrounding vinyl using a damp, crumpled cloth. Surprised that didn't come up in your reading. In my opinion it'd be...
Forum: Hi, I am.... 05-09-2022, 01:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 957
Posted By Jon in AZ
Sounds great! Two-tone doors… make it harder for...

Sounds great! Two-tone doors… make it harder for the bears to find their way in… :loltu

I personally lean toward something like this. From my "ideas" file...
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Forum: Hi, I am.... 05-09-2022, 09:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 957
Posted By Jon in AZ
I’d want white on top for reduced heat gain in...

I’d want white on top for reduced heat gain in summer. Have fun with the bottom!
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-08-2022, 07:34 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,285
Posted By Jon in AZ
I hadn't thought about air bags or spring...

I hadn't thought about air bags or spring helpers. They won't change the weight load on the rear axle, but I'm wondering whether they will correct the negative camber that typically results from a...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-08-2022, 06:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,285
Posted By Jon in AZ
It can work as long as you don’t go overboard and...

It can work as long as you don’t go overboard and create a rear weight bias, as shown in Martin’s video. But it’s a crude way to solve the problem, since it sometimes means various heavy items stowed...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-08-2022, 06:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 931
Posted By Jon in AZ
Sounds like you’re using the globe/link icon,...

Sounds like you’re using the globe/link icon, which is used to creat a clickable link to an external website, hence the URL.

For pictures you want the paper clip icon on the top row. If you don’t...
Forum: Hi, I am.... 05-06-2022, 11:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 696
Posted By Jon in AZ
One of the first things I would do with a...

One of the first things I would do with a new-to-me trailer is wait for the first rainy day, park it outside, and spend some time inside looking for signs of leaks. Because of the lining on the...
Forum: Hi, I am.... 05-05-2022, 09:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 696
Posted By Jon in AZ
Welcome, Cindy, and congratulations on joining...

Welcome, Cindy, and congratulations on joining the Scamp family!

This is a great place for information about maintenance and repairs on your new travel pod.

How about a picture?
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-05-2022, 10:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 593
Posted By Jon in AZ
Not sure what you mean by "dry heat." Modern RV...

Not sure what you mean by "dry heat." Modern RV furnaces, whether ducted or direct discharge (like the small Suburban in my Scamp), are forced air units with a sealed combustion chamber. Combustion...
Forum: NEW Fiberglass RV Classifieds | Buy, Sell, Trade 05-05-2022, 08:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 533
Posted By Jon in AZ
At that price, you don’t need to apologize, and...

At that price, you don’t need to apologize, and you’re certainly not the first person to realize you’re in over your head. There is someone out there with the time, money, and skills to bring it back...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-05-2022, 06:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 596
Posted By Jon in AZ
The Ultimate Jack mentioned by Raspy can take a...

The Ultimate Jack mentioned by Raspy can take a foot or a wheel. It’s a top wind, and I don’t know if there would be interference issues with your LP tank....
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 05-04-2022, 12:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,152
Posted By Jon in AZ
Aren't two 6V batteries around 130#? Hate...

Aren't two 6V batteries around 130#?

Hate to say it, but I honestly see little chance of keeping this set-up even close to 165# tongue weight, never mind the crowding on the tongue. The...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-04-2022, 11:26 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,285
Posted By Jon in AZ
Yes, it’s definitely marginal, while the...

Yes, it’s definitely marginal, while the Ridgeline was more than enough. On the other hand, everyday gas mileage in those older Ridgelines was not that great, which could be painful at today’s...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 05-04-2022, 11:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 250
Posted By Jon in AZ
Yes! There was a significant fire at the Scamp...

Yes! There was a significant fire at the Scamp factory in January 2006. When new molds were created for the 13’er, they increased the height to match the already-taller 16’er, from about 5’10” to...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 05-04-2022, 08:25 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,285
Posted By Jon in AZ
Tongue weight ratings at 10% of trailer weight...

Tongue weight ratings at 10% of trailer weight are a result of the J2807 tow testing standards. Subaru got on board with the standards starting 2020. Like any standard, it is somewhat arbitrary. No...
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