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Storage Hatch

I have installed several of these hatches. I will see if I can post pictures. Wow it works. I can post instructions if needed.

Eddie

 

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Nice Hatch Job

Perfect fit, Eddie. Where did you get the hatch?

Can't quite make out, are you running the power cable through the hatch somehow, and is that the city water to the right?

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Hatch power cord relocation

On this trailer the power cable opening was in the center of where the hatch went. This was a 16 SD I installed a twist lock connector just forward of the hatch. The cable came into the shell under the rear SD seat.

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Cargo hatch parts list.

The hatch is a Tempress 1317, PN 44639 get it from Amazon.

1" hole saw for corner radius. HF has cheap kit.

8 1/4"x 3/4" SS Pan head screws

4 1/4"x1" SS Pan head screws

12 1/4" x1" fender washers SS

12 1/4 SS Nylock nuts

1 roll Good Butyl Tape

8-10 small extra strong magnets plan on loosing a couple

pencil

3' straight edge

18" 1/8" x1" aluminum stock, 

Edge sealer of your choice

1/4 drill bit

big round cutter for multi-tool

1.5" plastic putty knife.

Vaccum, scissors, multi-tool,hacksaw. drill, flashlight or drop light

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Cargo hatch notes

Tempress Hatch 13" tall 17" long. to outside of frame. The hatch has an O ring seal and can be installed with door up or down. There are two latches no locks. You can order a lock from Tempress but shipping is high. The door can be removed from the frame during the install. The hatch calls for #14 screws but hard to find in stainless, Just drill out the mounting holes to 1/4" and use 1/4" stainless mounting hardware. The template and mounting instructions call for 1/2" bit drill for the corner radius but it takes a 1" hole saw to make the corners for the opening.

The magnets are used to define your mounting area.

The 1" x 1/8" x 18" stock is used to shim out the bottom of the hatch due to the curve of the shell.

Some trailers have the power plug where the hatch will be installed others have the city water inlet. They will have to be relocated which ever configuration.

This is a fairly tight fit so measure three times and cut once.

This is a fairly easy install and 90% of the work is done from the outside.

Do this mod at your own risk. I'm just going over what I did.

Note FWIW: Pictures are from two hatch installs one std. and one DX S-16.

 

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Cargo Hatch Prep. 1

Under the drivers side dinette seat pull electrical wires, gas and water lines away from wall and protect during the install. Most are near or attached to the floor. Pull power cable into the trailer through the mouse hole or figure out where to relocate city water inlet if needed.

In the upper part of the picture you will see the seat tabbing covered in rat fur. It should be 13" from the bottom of the tabbing to the floor. With a razor blade cut a small hole in the rat fur in front and to the rear of your desired mounting area. Now take four magnets and put a dab of butyl tape on them. Stick two magnets to the shell right under the tabbing in the rat fur holes and place two magnets against the shell right at the floor level. You should now be done inside.

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Cargo Hatch Prep 2

On the outside attach magnets to your four inside magnets. Take masking tape and run it on the upper side of the of the upper magnets and lower side of the lower magnets. Measure between the front upper and lower magnets and same for the rear. Divide the measurement by 2 to find and mark the center between the front and rear magnets upper and lower magnets. Run the upper edge of a piece of masking tape between these two center points. Now measure your center mark in ref. to the belly band and Scamp lettering and adjust as needed.

Now find the vert. center of your template and line up with your center ref. line Check your front to rear template position by using your cable hole as a ref. for in and outside clearances. Once satisfied with location and mounting screw locations mark the outline and four corner hole centers on the trailer.

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Cargo Hatch Inst. 1

Drill the four corner holes. Cut between the corner holes with a circular multi tool blade. The blade should cut the fiberglass shell and refletix. The inside rat fur will have to be cut with scissors.

 

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Cargo Hatch Inst. 2

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Pop the door off the hatch frame. Drill all the mounting holes to 1/4" if using 1/4" hardware. Take your 1/8"x1" shim strip and clamp to the bottom edge of the frame. Drill the four mounting holes and mark and cut the radius end corners. The metal shim will be used to shim out the bottom edge of the frame. On the inside if the trailer pull back the rat fur and refletix back about 1".

Dry fit and and drill your frame mounting holes. Remove the frame and install butyl tape (2 times around due to width.) Now on the bottom install  the 1" screws and metal shim strip to the frame. Once aligned remove the screws and add another layer of butyl tape over the shim strip and reinsert screws. Now double up some butyl tape and taper the butyl tape to build up the tape on the ends to allow for the lower shim.

Place the frame in the opening and install the screws. 4 bottom screws 1"  all others 3/4". Install fender washers and nylock nuts. After tight take plastic putty knife and cut away excess butyl tape. Reinstall door to frame. After a day or so retrim butyl tape clean up and seal edges if you wish.

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Nice Write Up

This one has now been added to the Modifications Table of Contents!  yes

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Wow! I wish I were that handy

Wow! I wish I were that handy! Sure came out great! What a novel idea! The factory needs to see this and incorporate such. Scamp is way behind, still stuck in the 70's on so much of what they produce.

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