Fallen in love with Scamps recently and I'm considering renovating one as a tiny home, something to live in full time. My first pick is the 19', as that bit of extra space would be rather nice. I'd be putting in more water storage, solar, larger batteries, extra insulation, and various other features to make it useable full time -- all of which add weight. It might well be pushing the 3.5k the stock axle is rated for, so I was thinking about upgrading that to a 5k so I've got a little wiggle room. Called Scamp today and while the guy on the phone seemed a little noncomittal, potentially for liability reasons if I had to guess, he seemed to indicate that an axle upgrade and a total weight around or slightly above the original intended max was unlikely to be an issue.
That said, I'm now considering options for axle swaps.... The new ones I see listed online come with torsion axles, is that the case with the older ones as well? I think if I was going to be swapping out I would consider going for a standard leaf spring setup, as those are significantly cheaper, I can maintain the suspension better myself, and I hear they also perform better in cold weather (useful for a 4 season camper).
If any part of what I've described here sounds insane, or any other part of the project not listed here sounds insane, please let me know, because I realize it would be an enormous amount of work and I'm attempting to think through all of the complications in as much detail right now as I can. I can also detail more of my plans for a full time build if anyone is curious as to my thought process.
Thanks for any and all thoughts offered on the matter