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Forum: Classified Archives 08-11-2016, 07:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,880
Posted By John McMillin
Sold!

Sold!
Forum: Classified Archives 07-11-2016, 05:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,880
Posted By John McMillin
Price Drop- $6,000

Here's a better deal on this durable, well-maintained trailer. Still available in suburban Denver. Let's talk!
Forum: Classified Archives 06-13-2016, 06:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,880
Posted By John McMillin
Yes. Now the lower closet boxed space is the...

Yes. Now the lower closet boxed space is the perfect size and place to store folding camp chairs. and hiking poles.
Forum: Classified Archives 06-13-2016, 04:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,880
Posted By John McMillin
PRICE DROP- to $6200

No responses in three weeks. What does that mean? Is nobody here buying trailers anymore? If the issue is price, I'll offer this discount.
Forum: Classified Archives 05-15-2016, 09:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,880
Posted By John McMillin
Well, you could install a bathroom. As the photos...

Well, you could install a bathroom. As the photos show, it's all been removed but the "water fill" nozzle on the rear corner. This trailer is wide open and spacious, but it's not equipped with a...
Forum: Classified Archives 05-15-2016, 03:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,880
Posted By John McMillin
Here's the interior. Its dated, but decent. The...

Here's the interior. Its dated, but decent. The next thing I would do is cut a nice carpet remnant to fit and simply lay it into the main floor area.

If you PM me your phone number, I can give...
Forum: Classified Archives 05-14-2016, 10:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,880
Posted By John McMillin
Sure, tomorrow. It also serves as our walk-in...

Sure, tomorrow. It also serves as our walk-in gear closet, so it will take some cleaning out. Thanks for your interest. If we lived in Steamboat, we'd probably be keeping it!
Forum: Classified Archives 05-14-2016, 03:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,880
Posted By John McMillin
It was an '04 xs, non-turbo. My experiences were...

It was an '04 xs, non-turbo. My experiences were chronicled here, so you can fund the details by searching. Our trailer went a long way behind that car. It always felt safe, but I wouldn't recommend...
Forum: Classified Archives 05-14-2016, 10:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,880
Posted By John McMillin
Added in an edit after I was reminded.

Added in an edit after I was reminded.
Forum: Classified Archives 05-13-2016, 10:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,880
Posted By John McMillin
SOLD: 1985 Scamp, raised and ruggedized

Our Scamp has been a good trailer, but we're not using it much anymore. Maybe it's time to let it go. So here's what we've got- a 1985 Scamp 16 in excellent running condition. The original bathroom...
Forum: General Chat 10-01-2015, 11:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,707
Posted By John McMillin
I just measured, and my Scamp's bed is 46 inches...

I just measured, and my Scamp's bed is 46 inches wide at maximum. Length isn't our problem, unfortunately, but width is.
Forum: General Chat 10-01-2015, 11:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,707
Posted By John McMillin
Good advice, keep it coming. I'm sure I'm not the...

Good advice, keep it coming. I'm sure I'm not the only egg owner looking for more sleeping space.
Forum: Classified Archives 10-01-2015, 12:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,795
Posted By John McMillin
Details, features, maintenance history,...

Details, features, maintenance history, descriptions of condition and photos would all be helpful for attracting interested buyers, you know?
Forum: General Chat 10-01-2015, 12:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,707
Posted By John McMillin
Who has the biggest bed?

Probably the first thing I would change about my 1965 Scamp 16 is the undersized bed. Just 50 inches wide, if memory serves me well. That width, subtracting our own, leaves my wife and I just enough...
Forum: General Chat 10-01-2015, 12:23 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,897
Posted By John McMillin
That's a great question. You could rephrase it,...

That's a great question. You could rephrase it, "What did/do you want in your second /next trailer."

My wife and I just became empty nesters. Our college girl might camp again with us, but not...
Forum: Camping, Campout Reports 08-29-2015, 10:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,255
Posted By John McMillin
Scenes from Roslyn and Red Mountain-

Scenes from Roslyn and Red Mountain-
Forum: Camping, Campout Reports 08-29-2015, 09:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,255
Posted By John McMillin
I was up there last week, staying at Red Mountain...

I was up there last week, staying at Red Mountain CG above Cicely, Alaska, er, Roslyn, Washington. Obviously not the best of times there, with the lake half empty and visibility restricted, but it...
Forum: Classified Archives 08-29-2015, 02:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,039
Posted By John McMillin
That looks really nice! I'd love to have a look...

That looks really nice! I'd love to have a look at it in person. Those big side windows look great. I'd love a trailer this size, but my wife probably wouldn't give up our Scamp 16, even though we've...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 07-12-2015, 05:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,517
Posted By John McMillin
You folks sound plenty knowledgable, but I really...

You folks sound plenty knowledgable, but I really do doubt the problem has anything to to with the brakes themselves. They've worked fine both before and after the bearings job. This time, the in-car...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 07-12-2015, 12:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,517
Posted By John McMillin
To Bob-- I'm pretty sure the brakes are working...

To Bob-- I'm pretty sure the brakes are working fine. The drums were removed and the mechanism was examined as part of the recent bearing job. The control module was showing the proper ".c"...
Forum: Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 07-11-2015, 05:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,517
Posted By John McMillin
Of balky brakes and the trip that wasn't-- an exisitential crisis

Almost ten years after buying my 1985 Scamp 16, I think I've reached the low point with it. My attitude towards it resembles Desi Arnez, about ten minutes from the end of "The Long, Long Trailer,"...
Forum: Money Matters 07-10-2015, 12:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,306
Posted By John McMillin
Musings on maintenance costs

Here I am, fresh after spending almost $900 to get my 1985 Scamp 16 road-worthy again, after a three-year period with only one overnight trip. Several maintenance items all came due at once:
--...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 07-09-2015, 10:40 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,837
Posted By John McMillin
The best bang for the buck available here in...

The best bang for the buck available here in Denver seems to be a DEKA Deep Cycle Marine battery, 750 CCA, for $105 (or $130 at another RV store). Sears' comparable $100 battery has 33% less...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 07-09-2015, 12:01 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,837
Posted By John McMillin
I see no batteries listed at Costco's website. Do...

I see no batteries listed at Costco's website. Do they still have them in stores?
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 07-08-2015, 11:06 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,837
Posted By John McMillin
That all sounds like wise advice. Too bad there's...

That all sounds like wise advice. Too bad there's not more agreement! I do think I better keep it in the hundred-buck range, since I'm not a frequent camper and I just had to spend $600 on tires and...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 07-08-2015, 12:07 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,837
Posted By John McMillin
Your battery recommendations?

This is a simple question, perhaps unworthy of you electrickal wizards, but here goes -- I need to buy a new 12v battery for my old Scamp. Does anyone have a favorite battery choice or source? Why?...
Forum: Care and Feeding of Molded Fiberglass Trailers 06-26-2015, 10:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,808
Posted By John McMillin
WHEEL BEARINGS! They're some of very few moving...

WHEEL BEARINGS! They're some of very few moving parts in a TT, but certainly the most important. This week I took my '85 Scamp 16 in for new tires, and as an afterthought, I asked them to check and...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 06-08-2015, 04:39 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 73,174
Posted By John McMillin
For my money-- about $50, in fact -- I found a...

For my money-- about $50, in fact -- I found a very neat and effective temporary solution, as simple as you can get.

My Scamp 16 has an empty cabinet where the fridge once sat, so I bought the...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 06-08-2015, 04:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,380
Posted By John McMillin
Are you keeping track of the weight you're adding...

Are you keeping track of the weight you're adding to this trailer? With a rear-mounted air conditioner and a bathroom water supply? My '85 Scamp 16 hits the scales at 2000-2100 lbs without these...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 06-08-2015, 04:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,784
Posted By John McMillin
What to do with that hole in the roof?

My '85 Scamp 16 came with the standard rectangular, screened crank-up vent hatch in the ceiling. The plastic lid is falling apart now, due to decades of sun exposure, and I'm pondering what to do...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 05-02-2015, 09:02 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,868
Posted By John McMillin
Call it aesthetics, that makes more sense to the...

Call it aesthetics, that makes more sense to the safety issue. Last night while I was studying up on reflooring options, somebody had made a good case for the tough, cheap, resilient rubber mat...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 05-02-2015, 10:27 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,868
Posted By John McMillin
Bill, you may know that there's solid science...

Bill, you may know that there's solid science saying that normal exposure to germs will strengthen the immune system, especially among growing children. But there's no evidence that the same is true...
Forum: Modifications, Alterations and Updates 05-01-2015, 10:31 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,868
Posted By John McMillin
Thanks, Batdude, for reminding us of the hazards...

Thanks, Batdude, for reminding us of the hazards of synthetic flooring materials. I'd take that seriously in a trailer, a small space where I may sleep and eat with most windows closed. I know that...
Forum: Classified Archives 04-24-2015, 11:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,209
Posted By John McMillin
Looks great! I'm in Denver and I'd love to see...

Looks great! I'm in Denver and I'd love to see it. I've never encountered an Amerigo before. Please drop me a line.
Forum: General Chat 02-15-2014, 10:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,205
Posted By John McMillin
That episode was especially funny for me because...

That episode was especially funny for me because that white VW is our tow car! (More or less, the USA gas version.)
Forum: Classified Archives 10-20-2013, 01:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,339
Posted By John McMillin
Sorry, I forgot about the ad. It's been sold, for...

Sorry, I forgot about the ad. It's been sold, for a year.
Forum: General Chat 07-19-2013, 06:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,526
Posted By John McMillin
Ah, that clean Euro-look. Something like this?

Ah, that clean Euro-look. Something like this?
Forum: Rallies, Get-togethers, Molded Meets (Archive) 07-19-2013, 06:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,778
Posted By John McMillin
Here's a friendly little trick you could play on...

Here's a friendly little trick you could play on the CG host up at Camp Hale. "Ken's the name," he told me when I camped there two weekends ago. I'm from New England, and I love apples." It might be...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-11-2013, 10:09 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 10,831
Posted By John McMillin
It's certainly worth checking out the TB costs of...

It's certainly worth checking out the TB costs of any car you intend to keep to high mileage. The cumulative cost must be as much as the added cost of premium over midgrade, but most consumers only...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-11-2013, 08:50 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 10,831
Posted By John McMillin
Speaking of hitch strength issues, mcbrew, I'd...

Speaking of hitch strength issues, mcbrew, I'd like to pose a question. How many of us here have ever had a hitch failure? How did it happen, and why? With what equipment- hitch, car and trailer?
...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-11-2013, 08:42 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 10,831
Posted By John McMillin
One difference with Euro trailers -- they have a...

One difference with Euro trailers -- they have a significantly longer tongue. I don't know the conversion factors or specs, but that's supposed to add stability at lower tongue weights.
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-11-2013, 08:08 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 10,831
Posted By John McMillin
But enough about me...

Go here to check out what's been towed behind VW TDIs. This topic is up to 104 pages now, and still mostly on topic:

Show what you tow! - Page 1 - TDIClub Forums...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-11-2013, 07:54 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 10,831
Posted By John McMillin
You get the most power at the the most boost....

You get the most power at the the most boost. Higher octane raises the threshold of predetonation (knock), so you get more power that way. Modern engines are way to clever to let you hear them...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-11-2013, 06:51 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 10,831
Posted By John McMillin
My mechanic advised me to avoid the TDI this...

My mechanic advised me to avoid the TDI this time, and get the 2.0T gas engine instead. It has a timing chain with no specified service interval, and a is generally well-sorted otherwise. It's a...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-11-2013, 06:41 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 10,831
Posted By John McMillin
My mechanic, a VW & TDI specialist with racing...

My mechanic, a VW & TDI specialist with racing experience, advised replacing plugs at 40K. They're not costly, so it's no big deal. But some VW owners had lots of trouble with coilpacks on the 1.8T...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-11-2013, 06:35 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 10,831
Posted By John McMillin
Well, most small engines need TB jobs at that...

Well, most small engines need TB jobs at that interval, some sooner. On my Subaru, the belt job was 50% more expensive. Fuel filters aren't a major cost. And I wouldn't fret about fuel pumps on a...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-11-2013, 06:14 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 10,831
Posted By John McMillin
TDI maintenance 101

There are a few special considerations with the current TDIs. First, they require timing belt and water pump changes at 100k miles (a figure that I seem to hit with startling frequency). Expect to...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-11-2013, 08:59 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,512
Posted By John McMillin
And rather than speculating about weight...

And rather than speculating about weight distributing hitches, CW, just do this simple test. Go to your Tiguan and open the tailgate. Sit down on the tailgate, or have someone of about 150 lbs do it....
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-11-2013, 08:55 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,512
Posted By John McMillin
"Throw it out. Get something bigger. Hitch, ball...

"Throw it out. Get something bigger. Hitch, ball mount, and ball shank size need to match each other. Get at least a class II. Overkill is the name of the game when towing. "

I respectfully...
Forum: Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 07-10-2013, 10:44 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 10,831
Posted By John McMillin
The better VW tow vehicle is the Tiguan, I'm...

The better VW tow vehicle is the Tiguan, I'm finding (see my post on that, here). But it doesn't come with a TDI. If you tow frequently, into rough places, try a Tig. It's a mid-20s MPG sort of...
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