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Old 02-27-2006, 12:42 PM   #1
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Hi to all.
First time here. I would love to buy a Scamp 19' fifth wheel trailer but don't want to buy a big truck. I'd like a Toyota Tacoma or an S-10. Does any body know of a 5th wheel for small trucks?
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Old 02-27-2006, 12:51 PM   #2
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welcome to the forum..either would work with a scamp a dakota will work as well check out the section fot trailers for sale there are several listed good luck
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Old 02-27-2006, 01:14 PM   #3
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Hi to all.
First time here. I would love to buy a Scamp 19' fifth wheel trailer but don't want to buy a big truck. I'd like a Toyota Tacoma or an S-10. Does any body know of a 5th wheel for small trucks?
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Dan, Thanks.
I know that it would work but I have not been able to find the hitch for the truck. Any body got an idea?
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I may have answered my own question. I called Scamp and talked to a fella named Jim. He told me thatIcan't use the Tacoma or Ridgeline (I guess because of the composit bed) but as Dan said, it'll work in a Dakota. Jim said that he'd even put the hitch in for me. Pretty good customer service, eh?
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Old 02-27-2006, 01:50 PM   #5
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Jim, if you're settled on the Scamp and it's just the hitch that you are looking for, you should be aware that the Scamp 19' does not use a pin-and-plate style "fifth wheel" as is normally used on larger RV trailers. It uses a ball (on the truck) and socket (on the trailer), which is a common setup for "gooseneck" agricultural (e.g. horse carriers) and equipment trailers.

While some ball mounts for pickup beds use the same mounting frame as a fifth-wheel, there are other designs which are designed just to mount the ball - sometimes in a way which is retractable or at least quickly removable.

Another detail to consider is that the Scamp 19' uses a 2" ball, not the commonly used 2-5/16" size (or the even higher-capacity 3" ball). That presumably eliminates most choices, even if they could fit into the desired truck.

In recent discussions, at least one member has mentioned their source of a suitable hitch. Scamp themselves sell a hitch, found under "WELDING SHOP (PREFABRICATED ITEMS)" in the parts list available from their Parts and Service web page.
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Old 02-27-2006, 02:04 PM   #6
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... He told me thatIcan't use the Tacoma or Ridgeline (I guess because of the composit bed) but as Dan said, it'll work in a Dakota...
You might want to read the recent discussions of what works with what, including...
[b]bigfoot 5th wheel, weight?
[b]5er towing question, Can I do it?
[b]What do you tow your 5th wheel with?
[b]Will Nissan Frontier Short Bed tow 5th wheel Scamp??

Check out the S-10 4-door in that last topic: it's hard to believe that would work but not a Tacoma...
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Old 02-28-2006, 01:30 PM   #7
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I believe and I may be mistaken.. but if you do use the Tacoma SR5 you do have to reinforce the bed of the truck.. which would run about $400 more. Anyways that what I was informed by one of the sales people at Scamp last yr when I was looking for a truck.. I have a 06 Tacoma x-cab 2.7L 4 cylinder I am going to be pulling a 16ft. towing capasity if 3500lbs.. which the 16 will be fine... I dont plan on driving the rockys or the alps so I should be fine.....

If I was getting a 5er I would certainly go with a V6...
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Old 02-28-2006, 04:27 PM   #8
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Jim, I pull my 19' 5er with a Nissan Frontier crew cab.
The hitch was in a mazda truck and the guy gave it to me. I installed it myself, but had to get some welded plates because it was a little to short. I simply drilled holes right over the back axle, in the bed. Then I got some pieces of stainless steel from a welding shop that matched up underneath and put big stainless washers on the side. I've pulled it about 5 or 6 times (all on very flat land) and no problems what so ever. I hardly know it's there. I've checked the bolts recently and no problem at all.
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