Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

We have selected a range of questions that have represented areas of consistent interest to our Scamp customers over the years. We hope that these brief exchanges will provide you with insight as you continue your journey.

Q. Can a bathroom be added to a Scamp without a present bathroom?

A. In America anything is possible. But, some things are not easy or necessarily wise to do. When originally building the trailer all trailers requiring bathrooms are laid out for bathrooms before anything else is installed. Water lines are run, wiring is run, and fabric is installed to allow for correct installation of the shower and toilet. This can be difficult to accomplish after the fact. Also, when we started putting in front bathrooms we changed the frame up front to allow for the black water drain from the toilet. Without this frame change the front of the trailer cannot use the present toilet or the fiberglass shower floor. So, at Scamp we have no instructions on how to add a bathroom and shower after the fact, nor do we do so. There have been several enterprising fellows who have gone to the trouble to do so themselves, so it is possible.

Q. Can roof air conditioners be added to older Scamp trailers?

A. All 5th wheel Scamps can use roof air conditioners. Older 5th wheels may require the oak reinforcement supports (can be purchased from the Scamp parts department). On most 16 foot Scamps from the year 2000 the roof has been supported for the roof air. On 16 foot Scamps prior to this year most didn’t have the roof air support. To check for support find the 120 volt wire tucked behind the fabric strip. This wire will be on the same side of the trailer as the 120 panel with the circuit breakers. Any trailers with the wire and support in the roof can have the roof air added. Thirteen foot Scamp trailers don’t have the roof air support unless there is already a roof air installed or if the original buyer requested that the trailer be built that way. Also most trailers with a power vent in the roof air spot won’t have supported roofs. Most 16 and 13 foot trailers prior to 2000 used a side air conditioner in the lower part of the closet by the door. This air conditioner is no longer available.

Q. How do I identify the year of my trailer by serial number?

A. Trailers built between 1971-1982 used a non-standard number. The serial number started with E and was followed by four or five numbers. Some of the earliest trailers may only have had three numbers. The number following the E was the year of manufacture. E7 would have been built in 1977.

Starting in 1982 Scamp used the appropriate 17 digit serial number. Years from 1982-1989 the 11th digit is the designated year number as follows. So the 11th digit of the serial number will match up to the year code as noted below.

1982        C
1983        D
1984        E
1985        F
1986        G
1987        H
1988        I (Scamp did use “I” which is a not valid number)
1989        J & K  (Switch to K in mid year)

In 1990 the check digit changed to the 10th digit. So the 10th digit of the serial number will match up to the year code as noted below.

2013 serial numbers

1990        L
1991        M
1992        N
1993        P
1994        R
1995        S
1996        T
1997        V
1998        W
1999        X
2000        Y
2001        1
2002        2
2003        3
2004        4
2005        5
2006        6
2007        7
2008        8
2009        9
2010        A
2011        B
2012        C
2013        D

Q. How do I winterize my Scamp trailer?

A. Winterization instructions can be found at the bottom of the Maintenance page. Click here to link to this page.

Q. How is the battery hooked up?

A. The black wire goes to the positive side of the battery and the white wire goes to the negative side. Any trailer with a fused line should attach the fused line to the positive side of the battery.

Q. What are the bearing sizes on the Scamp trailer axle?

A. Older Scamp’s (Scamp trailers made in the 70’s and early 80’s) with a 1″ spindle use a L44643 bearing for both outer and inner bearing on each wheel. Scamp trailers switched to a larger 1 1/16 spindle to accommodate larger load capacity. These use a L44649 bearing, both outer and inner bearing on each side. Scamp trailers with axles carrying 2500 pounds or more use a L44649 outer bearing on each side and a L68149 inner bearing on each side.

Q. What bulbs are used on the inside lights, outside marker and tail lights?

A. The inside dome (square) lights use a 1141 bulb. The swivel lights also use the 1141 bulb. Outside marker lights (red or amber) use a 1895 bulb. Tail lights use a 1156 single filament top bulb and a 1157 double filament lower bulb. The 120 volt fluorescent light uses a F15T8 bulb.

Q. What does the converter do?

A. The converter converts 120 volt power (standard shore power) to 12 volt power. This allows the converter to run all the 12 volt lights and appliances while simultaneously charging the battery on the trailer.

Q. What does a Scamp Trailer cost?

A. Nearly all Scamp Trailers are custom made to their owners specifications. The options and features will affect the cost. Please call us directly for specific information on options, features and cost.

Q. What options are available on Scamp trailers?

A. There is a long list of options that can be added to your Scamp trailer. Not all options are available on all trailer sizes. Other options or features are only available on the Deluxe Wood Interior models. You can access more information on Options and Features by clicking on one of the following.

13 Foot Scamp Trailers
16 Foot Scamp Trailers
19 Foot Scamp Trailers

Q. What size generator should I purchase?

A. Scamp recommends a 3000 watt for anything with an air conditioner. A 2000 watt will probably work for trailers without air conditioners. The best way to purchase a generator is to determine your maximum usage and purchase accordingly. We recommend the Honda EU series generators!

Q. What size tire should I purchase to replace my existing tires?

A. Thirteen foot Scamp trailers use a 13″ tire with a “C” load rating. Sixteen foot trailers also use a 13″ tire with a “D” load rating. 5th wheel Scamps use either a 13″ tire, 14″ tire, or a 15″ tire all would have a “D” load rating.

Q. What size are the water tanks on the Scamp trailer?

A. The fresh water tank is 12 gallons. Older Scamp’s will have water tanks that are 9.8 gallons. The grey water tank is 21 gallons, with older trailers having 15 gallon grey water tanks. The black water tank (under the toilet) is 9 gallons. Water heaters also will hold 6 gallons.

Q. When do I need to winterize my Scamp?

A. Generally it’s recommended to winterize the water system on your trailer whenever the weather becomes such that it could freeze. This is going to vary depending on the period of time that the temperature would be below freezing, and the type of storage facilities the trailer is stored in. Other than winterizing the Scamp so it cannot freeze many people use their trailers in temperatures up to minus 20 degrees. When not intending to use the trailer for several months it should be stored and winterized (if in danger of freezing) as specified in the owners manual.

Q. Where is the Scamp trailer factory located?

A. The factory is located on the west side of state highway 371 forty miles north of Brainerd, MN. If a straight line was drawn between Duluth, MN and Fargo, ND, Scamp is about right at the center point of the line 3 hours North of Minneapolis, MN!

Q. Where is the serial number?

A. The serial number is located on the tongue of the trailer on the door side of the trailer. It is stamped into the top of the 3″ x 1 ½” tubing. Most serial numbers will have 17 digits starting with “1S7”. Some older serial numbers will have 5 digits and start with an “E”. There were a few trailers made in the 70’s where the serial number was stamped on the top of the tongue opposite the door.

Q. Why Choose Scamp?

A. Scamp Trailers are built to order, lightweight and aerodynamic in design. Reasons you should consider choosing a Scamp Trailer include:

> Economy
> Maneuverability
> Convenience
> Strength
> Dependability
> Purpose
> Adaptability
> Quality