Our Scamp is a 2010 Deluxe version with the Birch interior and most of the available options.
Power DrawSince we do enjoy boondocking and don't enjoy listening to generators, we pay close attention to the power draw of various equipment in the trailer. It's amazing how many people are aware of the issue, but don't have the data to help make logical decisions. In some cases, the draw varies slightly - I'm showing the max draw observed after the equipment is stable.
04.4 watts Dometic RM2620 Refrigerator - same draw on "Auto" or "Gas" whenever gas is flowing
01.9 watts LED replacement lamp 144 Lumen from LED Wholesalers on Amazon
19.4 watts Stock 1141 incandescent lamp - I've replaced all of them with LEDs
15.5 / 23.3 / 33.8 watts Fantastic Fan at the three speeds. Direction doesn't matter.
43.6 watts Heater when heating - 36 watts for the fan only (during cool down)
39.4 watts Standard water pressure pump
06.0 watts TrippLite "LapPower" 100 watt inverter with no AC load.
110 watts Atwood Landing Gear motor
04.0 watts Caframo "Bora" Fan on highest speed
05.0 watts Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone on 12v. Verizon charger
02.5 watts Millenicom 4620 MiFi Hotspot on 12v. Verizon charger, connected
02.0 watts Wilson Sleek 4V Amplifier
60~ watts HP Laptop charging using 110v adapter and TrippLite 100 watt inverter
45~ watts HP Laptop charging using 12v adapter
06.9 watts Kitchen Range Hood fans
06.1 watts Overhead Cabinet Rope Lights, ea.
Refrigerator, Fantastic Fan, Heater, and Water Pressure Pump are as delivered from Scamp. All measurements made with Doc Watson meter.
ModificationsWe've made a number of modifications, primarily to improve endurance when boondocking.
|Canoe Rack Upright|
|Completed Rack w Canoe|
While the rack might be able to handle a heavy canoe, it's much easier to load a light weight Kevlar canoe. The rack worked well for us but it was a hassle to load the canoe. We've now taken the rack off the trailer and carry the canoe on the pickup.
|PD Charge Wizard|
One of the first, and simplest modifications was the installation of the Progressive Dynamics Charge Wizard. This unit plugs into the factory original Progressive Dynamics 9130 Converter. It manages the battery charging voltage to maintain the battery without overcharging. As a result, we can keep the trailer plugged in to power while its in storage. I mounted the wizard on the face of the dinette bench next to the fuse panel.
Electric Landing Gear Motor
|Atwood Motor & Gearbox|
|The Magic Switch|
A Drawer for the Stinky Slinky
|Drawer holds two lengths of hose|
Heavy Duty Tires
|Maxxis UE-168 205R14 Commercial|
Light Weight LP Tank
|25 Lb Lite Cylinder & 2x GC2 Batteries|
|Plywood & Epoxy Rock Guard|
With the Lite Cylinder and upgraded batteries as well as dreams of at least one Alaska trip, I built a rock guard from 1/4" Baltic birch plywood using the "stitch-n-glue" technique common to some hand built kayaks. Not only does it protect the front of the trailer but it also hides the tank and batteries.
The outside surface and the inside joints are reinforced with 6 oz. fiberglas cloth and all of the wood is coated with two coats of epoxy resin before it was painted. The concept comes from a fellow in Minnesota who installed one fabricated from aluminum diamond plate on his trailer.
|Ladder Storage in Vinyl Post|
One of the disadvantages of the boat rack on the trailer is that it requires a ladder. I messed around with a lot of options, but didn't find anything that really worked for me until I found Camping World's collapsible step ladder. It's a 5' double-sided step ladder that folds small enough to fit in a vinyl fence post.
I used the same cap retention concept that was used on the "stinky slinky" drawer, and mounted this tube where the loft framework intersects the landing gear mounts. This time I used some 1/2" square steel tube to fabricate the brackets to hold the tube in place.
12 Volt Outlets
|Blue Sea 12v Outlet|
The first one I installed was from Blue Sea via Amazon. A very nice, clean installation complete with a cover for when it's not in use. The only down side was that they were fairly pricey considering the minimal cost of manufacturing, but they do have that "marine" association driving the price.
When I installed the second outlet, I expressly ordered one from Blue Sea and another similar "marine grade" outlet. The "marine grade" is very similar to Blue Sea but not quite as nice. On the other hand, it's half the price!
|Marinco 30A Shore Service|
The stock shore power umbilical is functional, but the cord creates issues for use of the storage under the street-side dinette bench. In addition, the cover for the cord stowage port leaves a gap that allows for ants or other bugs to wander in for a visit, even when they're not invited.
The Marinco 30 amp connector set solved both problems. Now the connect point to the trailer is weather and bug proof, and the umbilical is detached from trailer. In our case, it's now stored in Rubbermaid Action Packer along with the hose, Lego style leveling blocks, etc.
I did this one in preparation for putting a water tank under this bench, a twin to the one on the other side, but that project is on hold for now. Meanwhile, we have a nice storage area for stuff that we don't have to access often.
|Doc Watson meter|
Needless to say, those two approaches vary widely in cost. Somewhere in the middle is the Doc Watson meter. It will measure either charge to, or draw from the battery, but not both. In our installation, I've installed it to measure draw. It will show draw at the moment as well as total draw since it was last reset. In addition, it provides voltage at the moment as well as peak voltage since it was last reset.
This give me enough info to keep an eye on the remaining capacity of the batteries. If we're traveling, it's not a big deal, but boondocking for a week does require keeping aware of power consumption.
|Lock N Lock container for sender|
It was only after an individual on the Scampers Yahoo Group site noted that the Oregon Scientific thermometers could handle additional remote sensors that the light bulb went on. We now have one in the refrigerator so we can keep an eye on that as well.
|Modified Seat Back Cushion|
It's actually much easier to make up the bed than it was digging behind the clothes in the closet to get the extension. Thanks, KB for your great idea!
Besides the gauges, it also tracks fuel use since the last fill-up, estimated miles remaining to the bottom of the tank, etc. It's the one mod that I wouldn't be without.
Flat Floor in the Bath
|Can't tell it's there|
Scissor Style Stabilizers
|Snap Pins for Clean Hands|
External Hatch Installation
|11 x 15 Access Hatch|
Water Transfer Pump
|Reorganized Water System|
Details are on in the August 29, 2012 blog post.
Toilet Supply Valve
|Toilet Supply Valve|
Details are on in the September 4, 2012 blog post.
Sealing Floor Holes
|Filling holes in the floor|
Caframo Bora Fan
|Improved Loft Circulation|
|Shelf for electronics|
|Window Awning Project|
Cellular Antenna Installation
|Folding Cellular Antenna|
|Ground & 12 Volt Buss Bars|
Hitch Height Indicator
Ikea Bygel Baskets
Swivel Bullet Lights
Adding a Trunk
Water Tank Improvements
LED Tail Lights
External Vent for Stove
Improved Door Latch
Two Inch Lift
Monroe Shock Absorbers
Posterized Refrigerator Door
Overhead Cabinet Interior Lights
Door Sill Seal Replacement
Solar Selection & Installation
More mods when when we decide we really need them!