Setting up rear bed/dinette

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Connie Estep
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Setting up rear bed/dinette

This is not a maintenance question but I can't find any other topic that applies. I have problems setting up the rear table on my 2000 13' Scamp. On Scamp.com/ask-scamp they have a section "setting up rear bed/dinette" that states "Lift the table and pull the leg down until it snaps into place." The leg will not pull down. There is a "U" shaped bracket and 2 very rough spring loaded pins where the leg joins the table. These pins feel like they were supposed to have some sort of plastic knob over them. They can be pushed in but it is uncomfortable for the thumb to push on them. The U bracket will swivel. I've tried various combinations of moving the bracket and pushing the pins and nothing helps. When I first bought the trailer I was able to put the table up once but never again. 

This Scamp is almost brand new. It was purchased and stored without use for 18 years (buyer got Alzheimers and couldn't use it). Then it was borrowed from the family for 2 weeks of camping in Idaho (summer of 2018). I purchased it this summer. I had the same problem with the 16' Scamp deluxe/side dinette that I owned previously but I mostly left the rear bed down all the time. When I sold it the buyers were able to get it up and down. It isn't a matter of strength but I think some trick that I'm missing. Any help would be appreciated!

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On my new Scamp, the U-shaped

On my new Scamp, the U-shaped lever pulls the pins. If I recall properly, on my 1999 Scamp, the U-shaped lever really didn't do anything. In order to release the lock-up mechanism, you need to pull the two pins sideways either up or down (I don't remember now). You pull them in line with the leg, you do not push them in. Basically, you slide the pins sideways. You are right, it isn't comfortable, but never really caused me any problem.

Hope you can understand what I am describing. :-)

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Rear dinette leg

Mine (2017) was hard to get down, so much so that I damaged it the second time out.

I removed the little latch and spring to let it drop, and then added a magnet to the bottom of the table to hold it.

That was two years ago and it is still working.

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I think it was this one drilled for screws
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Setting up rear bed/dinette

I always had problems with the leg issue on both our 1st 13’ Scamp and with our second one, until I oiled the mechanism.......WOW it worked so easily after that.  I hope it will work for you also.

Dave & Paula

 

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setting up rear bed/dinette

You guys are the best!! I started with the lube (white lithium grease in tube) in the slots where the spring is visible. Thanks for the idea, DaveB! I also positioned myself where I could see the mechanism and what was happening. I pushed both pins sideways (at the same time), in line with the table leg, and that released it. Thanks for the idea, LyleB!

After I set it up I found that pushing the U-bracket down pushed the pins down the slots and released the leg to fold up. I played with it a couple times watching what happened and recorded the steps so I wouldn't have to rely on my memory in the spring!

The magnet idea looks interesting but wanted to see if I could make the spring mechanism work first. Thanks again for your very helpful responses. This is my first post -- it's good to have access to a group of people that really know these trailers.

RE lube: The last time I hitched up I used a can of white lithium grease spray on the front swivel jack and the bumper jacks. They made a huge difference. I was afraid I wouldn't have the upper body strength to operate these by spring. Now there's no worry!

Connie

 

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