Appliances and Electric

Oven:

Your Scamp has a stovetop for cooking which runs on LP gas, and may have an oven as well. Remember, LP has virtually no odor when it is burning. Anytime you smell the sulfur-like smell of LP gas you should quickly identify the source. If you cannot determine exactly what is causing the odor, exit the trailer and turn off your LP tank immediately.
LP gas is explosive, and misusing it can be very dangerous. If you can smell the gass, do not light matches or cigarette lighters in the presence of LP gas, and do not use electrical appliances, including light switches or fans.Maintenance

Your stovetop is operated as follows - strike a match and hold it near the burner, with your hand to the side, NOT above. Then turn on the corresponding burner with the control knob. The flame may be hard to see, but you can usually hear the burner light, and you can feel the heat from the burner. If the burner does not light within a few seconds, turn the gas off, wait several minutes for the gas to dissipate, and try again.

If your Scamp is equipped with an oven, you must light the pilot before it can be used.

To light the oven pilot:

1)  Verify that the LP tank valve is open.

2)  Push in the oven control knob and rotate counterclockwise to PILOT ON.

3) Light the oven pilot located at back of oven to the left of the oven burner. The oven is now ready for use.

The stove top burners will be to be manually lit just like the normal two or three burner stove top.

If you experience difficulties getting the pilot to light, verify that you have a sufficient LP supply by lighting one of the stove top burners.

When you are cooking you may want to use the Power Range Hood if your Scamp is so equipped. This operates on 12 volts only. The switch has three positions: light, fan, and finally, light and fan.

Refrigerators:

If you have the 1.9 cubic foot refrigerator, you have 3 options for operation. The controls to operate the refrigerator on inside the vent cover, on the outside of your camper. Your first option for operating your 1.9 cubic foot refrigerator is 120 volt electricity, which you select by pushing the green switch on. This is your best option, and should be used any time you are in an area where you can connect your Scamp to a 120 volt power source.

Next, while you drive down the road you can run it on 12 volt, which you select by pushing the red switch on. This option should not be used for any extended time while the vehicle is not running, as the battery will run down rapidly without the alternator on the automobile keeping it charged. Care should be taken that you do not turn both power switches on at the same time.

When the refrigerator is running on electric power the temperature is controlled by a thermostat. The thermostat knob on the right should be set to position 4-5 in normal working conditions, and higher if you are opening the door frequently.

Finally, you can operate your refrigerator on LP gas. First, verify that both power switches are in the "off" position. Then push down and turn the gas thermostat control to the High setting. Depress the knob, and hold it down while pushing the red piezo igniter button several times quickly. A click should be heard each time it is pushed. Keep the knob depressed for a further 10 to 15 seconds. Release the knob and check for a flame by looking through the opening in the metal burner cover. If the burner has not lit, repeat the lighting procedure. Adjust the temperature knob to the desired cooling level. Low means the temperature will be warmer, and high indicates a lower temperature in the refrigerator. If the ambient temperature is above 80°F and/or the door of the refrigerator is opened frequently the knob should be left in the "HIGH" position.

To terminate gas operation, turn the knob to the "OFF" position. Always remember to turn of the LP while you are driving down the road. In many states it is illegal to use the gas option for the refrigerator while traveling, and Scamp does not recommend it.

If you have the 4.6 cubic foot refrigerator, you can operate it on either 120 volt power or gas. This refrigerator holds the cold air longer, so it does not need to have 12 volt power while you drive down the road. The controls for this refrigerator are at the bottom of the door. Open to door to adjust them. To select electric, turn the control knob until you can see "ELEC" in the small window.

For LP operation, turn the control knob in the opposite direction until you see "GAS". Next, turn the thermostat knob one-quarter of a turn from the "OFF" position. Push the pilot button in until it bottoms out-and hold. While holding the button, push the igniter button several times to light the burner. This can be observed through the flame view port on the refrigerator.

After the flame lights, continue to hold the pilot button for an additional fifteen seconds. Release the button and check the flame view port to make sure the burner does not go out. If the burner goes out, repeat the lighting procedure.

To shut off the refrigerator, turn the control knob to the "OFF" position.

The temperature of the refrigerator can be adjusted by turning the thermostat knob. In the "MAX" setting the refrigerator will provide continuous maximum cooling. In the "OFF" setting the refrigerator will not cool, but the gas pilot will remain lit. The thermostat can be adjusted between "MAX" and "OFF" to obtain the desired temperature.

While you are driving down the road you should have both controls set to off. Remember, this refrigerator is designed to retain a cool temperature for many hours without running, so long as the door is shut. If you open the door frequently your food may end up getting warm.

Under no circumstances should you use LP gas to power this or any of your appliances while you are driving.

Remember, LP has virtually no odor when it is burning. Anytime you smell the sulfur-like smell of LP gas you should quickly identify the source. If you cannot determine exactly what is causing the odor, exit the trailer and turn off your LP tank immediately. LP gas is explosive, and misusing it can be very dangerous. Do not light matches or cigarette lighters in the presence of LP gas, and do not use electrical appliances, including light switches or fans, if you can smell the gas.

If your Scamp is not outfitted with a refrigerator you will have an ice box. To use the ice box, place the ice on the top shelf. As the ice melts it will drain out the bottom of the trailer, through the evacuation tube. Always close the ice box door when traveling to insure your food items stay cool and remain in the ice box.

Heating and Cooling

Operating furnace:

This furnace does not have a pilot light: do not attempt to light it. Operate the furnace as follows:

1) Make sure that the LP valve is turned on at the tank.

2) Move the thermostat from "off" to the right to start the furnace. Older models may have the off/on switch on the bottom of the thermostat.

3) Set the thermostat to desired setting. The furnace should react by first having the fan come on, then the furnace should light. A small click will be heard when the furnace is lighting.

When first starting the furnace sometimes this cycle needs to be repeated several times to get ignition.

If the furnace does not initially light make sure the lines are well bled. Air trapped in the lines will stop the furnace from lighting properly. A good way to remove air from lines is to light a burner on the stove top and leave it on several minutes. After furnace ignition, look in the lower left hand corner of the furnace: the flame should be visible. Shortly after ignition the furnace should begin to blow heated air.

Remember, LP has virtually no odor when it is burning. Anytime you smell the sulfur-like smell of LP gas you should quickly identify the source. If you cannot determine exactly what is causing the odor, exit the trailer and turn off your LP tank immediately. LP gas is explosive, and misusing it can be very dangerous. Do not light matches or cigarette lighters in the presence of LP gas, and do not use electrical appliances, including light switches or fans, if you can smell the gas.

Operating rooftop A/C:

The rooftop air conditioner operates only on 120 volt. There are two knobs on the air conditioner. The left knob controls power and fan speed. The right knob controls the temperature. A higher setting will result in a cooler temperature. Operating power vent The three speed roof fan operates only on 12 volt power. Turn the black handle clockwise to open, and counter clockwise to close. There are two controls for the operation of the fan. The first switch is the in/out switch. In the "in" setting the fan will blow air into the Scamp. In the "out" setting the fan will blow air up and out of the Scamp. The other knob is the speed control, with 4 settings: off, 1, 2, and 3. The roof fan will not start unless the vent lid is open at least a couple inches. To use, set fan speed and direction of air flow.

There is also a roof vent and escape hatch. The vent opens by turning the handle clockwise, and closes by turning the handle counter-clockwise. Pulling red latch backward releases the screen and allows for escape through roof. The escape screen does not close easily, so it is not recommended to open except when necessary. If possible, escape should always be attempted through the door.

Electrical Systems and Other Misc:

The electrical system is actually two systems in one box - a 120 volt system and a 12 volt system. The 120 volt system works exactly like the 120 volt system in a home, and contains four 15 amp breakers. These must be turned on for the various systems to operate.

In order to use any of the 120 volt appliances or receptacles, the 30 amp power cord must also be plugged in to a 120 volt power source. Most campgrounds have both 30 and 15 amp power supply sources. When possible always use the 30 amp supply. If there is only a 15 amp source use the adapter supplied with the trailer to connect the cord to 120 volt power.

The box also contains a converter to convert 120 volt power to 12 volt power. There are three to seven fuses on the left side of the box, depending on your option package. 12 volt powered items can include a TV, radio, refrigerator, furnace, lights, and water pumps. The 12 volt power recharges the battery as well. This allows you to use the 12 volt system without fear of running down the battery.

Battery pack: 12 volt power is essential for several of the optional appliances, and many of the lights. Once the battery pack is installed it is fully automatic and has no on/off switches. The battery used is an RV deep cell battery with wing nut attachments for easy removal when needed.

A schematic diagram of the electrical system is on the last page of the owner's manual. Notice that 120 volt circuits are dotted lines and 12 volt lines are shown solid. Any trailer without all the appliances will have some of the associated wiring deleted from that trailer.

Operating TV Antenna:

The TV antenna is operated by simply screwing on the cable from the TV to the antenna cable connection. There are no adjustments needed, and no controls on this system.

If you have a Scamp with the Delta antenna, turn the handle counter-clockwise to extend the antenna elements. The dial stem swivels 180 degrees to adjust antenna. The signal power booster is usually mounted in the end of the upper three door cabinet by the rear dinette area. The booster includes a 12 volt plug-in for 12 volt TV and TV antenna hookup. 12 volt power is required for proper operation. The switch in upper right hand corner turns the booster on, and a green light will verify that it is working. To retract the elements turn the handle. Never travel with the antenna elements extended.

Beds and Bunks

Setting up front bunk/sofa: To set up the front bunks, begin by locating the 2 support rods. You'll want them close as you set up the bunks. Move the bottom cushion out of the way, and tilt the back cushion up. Allow the bottom cushion to lay down flat, and while holding the upper bunk with one hand, place the filler cushion in the back of the lower bunk. Hook the loop on one of the support rods on the screw under the bunk, and place the bottom of the support rod in the bracket. The do the same on the other side. The bunks are ready to use.

When lowering the bunk, remember to remove the filler cushion from the bottom, or the sofa will not lower properly.

Setting up rear bed/dinette: For setting up the rear table, begin by putting both of the center cushions up as back cushions. Lift the table, and pull the leg down until it snaps into place. Lift the rear of the table, and place both tabs into the slots on the wall. Care should be given when getting in and out of the table booths. If you push sideways on the table you can break the slot/tab assembly. When traveling, both the bunks and the table should be in the lowered position.

Water, Shower, Toilet

Faucet:

The sink faucet will be either a hand pump or, if the trailer has a 12 volt demand pump, it will be a pressurized system. The hand pump operates by pumping the handle up and down. For pressurized systems, the black switch on the side of the sink cabinet must be on. The sink faucet, toilet, and shower will be supplied from this pump. This switch should be in the off position while the trailer is traveling or in storage.

Operation of water heater:

To operate the gas powered hot water heater, first make sure that the hot water heater is filled with water. To fill simply hook up to city water and turn on the hot water at the faucet. When water begins to come out of the faucet the water heater is full. Or if city water is not available, the fresh water tank can be filled, then turn on the demand pump. Again, turn on the hot water side of the faucet, leaving open until water comes out. This will also fill the heater with water.

To light:
1) Turn the blue lighting control dial to "PILOT" position and hold it in this position while lighting the pilot burner. It is spring loaded, so you will be rotating it counter-clockwise against the spring. Light the pilot burner with a match or lighter.
2) Allow the pilot to burn for 30 seconds before releasing the blue dial. If the pilot does not remain lit, repeat the operation, allowing a longer period of time before releasing the knob.
3) If the pilot DOES remain lit, turn the control knob to the "ON" position. Begin with the temperature lever set at the mark between the warm and hot position, and adjust as needed to your desired temperature. Make sure you close and secure the access door.

Remember, LP has virtually no odor when it is burning. Anytime you smell the sulfur-like smell of LP gas you should quickly identify the source. If you cannot determine exactly what is causing the odor, exit the trailer and turn off your LP tank immediately. LP gas is explosive, and misusing it can be very dangerous. Do not light matches or cigarette lighters in the presence of LP gas, and do not use electrical appliances, including light switches or fans, if you can smell the gas.

Some Scamp models can be special ordered with an electric water heater, which operates on 120 volt power. If your Scamp is equipped with an electric water heater, fill it with water in the same manner used for a gas water heater, and then turn the breaker for the water heater on. Never leave this breaker on if the electric water heater is not full of water, as damage will result.

Operation of shower and marine toilet:

Demand pumps are installed in any trailer with a shower or toilet. All demand pumps work off the 12 volt electrical system, and are filtered. To operate the pump, the black switch on the side of the sink cabinet must be on. The sink faucet, toilet, and shower are supplied from this pump.

A 12 volt grey water pump has been installed to remove grey water from the shower area. There is a black switch that controls the pump to the right of the toilet in a side bath model, and to the left of the shower controls in the front bath model. This pump should only be operated while showering, not left on continually.

The shower operates by turning the water on at the shower valve, the left control is for hot water, and the right control is for cold water. The volume control is on the shower handle itself.

The toilet is a marine-style toilet, and does not have a large volume of water in it like a traditional toilet. To add water to the toilet, lift the flush lever until the desired water level is achieved. You will not need to use much water unless you are flushing solids. To flush, push the lever all the way down for 5-6 seconds. Release the flush lever and allow it to snap back in order to properly seal the flush ball. A small amount of water will remain in the bowl. RV tissue should be used to prevent clogging. Do not let toilet freeze without winterizing.

Changing light bulbs:

To change the 12 volt lamps, remove the cover the cover by gently squeezing and pulling the cover off. Push on the bulb and rotate to remove. Replace with the same model bulb. Push the bulb in the socket, and rotate to seat the pins on the base. Replace the cover and snap it in place. The inside dome lights will use an 11 41 bulb. The double filament tail light bulb is an 11 57, and the marker lights use a number 18 95 bulb.

LP Systems:

Annually, and anytime any repairs or changes are made to the gas system where gas fittings are loosened, the system should be thoroughly checked for leaks.

Leaks or Electrical Problems:

There are several items that could cause a leak - fittings, water lines, appliances and pumps, toilets and showers, and windows. For information on leaks or electrical problems, please see the section "Troubleshooting and Repair" in the Owner's Manual.

 

 

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