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 cost effective. When initially built, trailers requiring bathrooms are laid out accordingly 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 easily use the present toilet or the fiberglass shower floor. So, at Scamp we do not add a bathroom or shower after the fact nor do we have any recommendations on how to it.

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

A. When a roof air conditioner is installed, it is necessary to reinforce the roof to handle the added weight and stress. To accomplish this, a thick fiber mat is rolled into the roof before the shell cures.

When air conditioning was not ordered with a trailer, the support was optional and the buyer would choose whether or not to have it. This is indicated in the buyer’s paperwork as an item line “Roof Air-Prep Only”. Another way to check for this is to look for a 120 volt NM-B type wire tucked behind the ceiling fabric strip. This wire will be on the same side of the trailer as the breaker panel.

As of 2010 all 16ft and 19ft trailers come with the roof support by default.

As of 2018 all 13ft trailers also have the roof support by default.

Q. Can the air conditioner roof support be retrofitted to an older model?

A. Yes, we can install the roof support in any Scamp.

Q. Where is the VIN number?

A. The serial or VIN number is located on the tongue of the trailer on the door side. It is stamped into the top of the 3″ x 1 ½” tubing. 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. How do I identify the year of my trailer by VIN number?

A. Trailers built between 1971-1982 used a non-standard number. The serial number started with E and was followed by three to five numbers. The number following the E was the year of manufacture.

1971 E1
1972 E2
1973 E3
1974 E4
1975 E5
1976 E6
1977 E7
1978 E8
1979 E9
1980 E10 (A)
1981 E11 (B)

Starting in 1982 Scamp went to the 17 digit VIN number. The number begins with “1S7” and the 11th digit is the date code.

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 date code was moved to the 10th digit.

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
2014 E

2015 F
2016 G
2017 H

2018 J (SKIPS I)
2019 K
2020 L
2021 M

Q. When do I need to winterize my Scamp?

A. Generally it is 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 owner’s manual.

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 post and the white wire goes to the negative post.
(the black, positive wire may terminate in a yellow inline fuse holder)

Q. What does the converter do?

A. The converter converts 120-volt AC power (standard shore power) to 12-volt DC power. This provides power to any 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 minimum 3500w for trailers with an air conditioner. A 2000w is typically appropriate for trailers which do not have air conditioners. The best way to purchase a generator is to determine your maximum usage and purchase accordingly.

Q. Will my truck pull a Scamp 19ft?

A. While the 19ft was originally designed for the Ford Ranger and Dodge Dakota, it has since been updated to accommodate almost all pickup trucks.
To comfortably pull the 19ft, your truck bed rail height from the ground should be 58″ or less. Also the 19ft 5th wheel hitch will not always fit in trucks with a specialty box or a box with built in storage compartments. The hitch can be installed in steel or composite beds.

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

A. The fresh water tank is 12 gallons. The grey water tank is 21 gallons. The black water tank (under the toilet) is 9 gallons. Most water heaters will hold 6 gallons.

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, at 507 State Hwy 371 NW Backus, MN 56435. 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. 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