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Old 09-18-2007, 08:35 AM   #15
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I gave it some modest thought, but never got beyond the 'thinkin' stage. What killed it for me was thinking about the hitch weight. The Scamp 19 is listed as having a hitch weight of 400lbs. Now - despite what it written on the back of my hitch - the manual of my tow vehicle (a Dodge Ram Van 1500) lists a MAX hitch weight of 350lbs.

To REALLY do this right - you'd also have to move the axle forward to better balance the trailer and bring the hitch weight more in line with the usual "10-15% of the weight of the trailer" figure. Doing THAT would make the relocation of the hitch seem trivial. I suppose you COULD get around that by loading a LOT of weight in the back to counterbalance the trailer - but that seems like a loosing game to me.

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Old 09-18-2007, 03:04 PM   #16
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... says it pulls fine He now has his topper on the truck and a 19 foot pull behind trailer with room for stuff under the bedroom.
Exactly. This is not an alternate way to tow a "fifth wheel" trailer, it's a strangely constructed conventional trailer. If the space under the bedroom is filled with heavy stuff, it's one with an unreasonable tongue weight. Seems almost pointless to me... but it's not my trailer to wreck.
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Old 09-18-2007, 03:10 PM   #17
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I shudder to think what kind of lawsuit a person could get involved in if there was an accident (even if not the Scamp ower's fault) and some smart lawyer got in touch with Scamp and heard what they had to say about this "Modification." It would NOT be worth losing everything owned, or hope to own just to drive around with a canopy on the bed of a truck

There's an old saying "Just because you can, doesn't mean you should."
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Old 09-18-2007, 03:46 PM   #18
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90 Miles per hour???
That's just nuts. There is no reason to go that fast without a trailer, with a trailer...... I just hope someone catches a video of the outcome.

I'm sorry but there are limits to everything. 90 mph with a trailer is just inviting death.
And with a Rube Goldfarb hitch? Just nuts.

I hope this guy stays far away from me.
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Pete, ditto! Pete
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