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Old 03-07-2011, 11:10 PM   #15
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So here I sat trolling Craigslist when ...........

Anyone want to take bets that I do not tow it Home?!?
This one is towed with a full sized dodge pickup....




The one you are looking at is certainly lighter and looks to be well engineered.
My guess is that the tongue weight would be around 450-500# without that box and even less if the box were moved to the rear bumper.
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Old 03-07-2011, 11:17 PM   #16
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I love that setup! GET IT. GET IT. And if you just can't handle the bathroom, bring it to Oregon and sell it to me.
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Old 03-08-2011, 04:37 AM   #17
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The picture Floyd provided shows a dual axle. Did scamp 5th wheels ever come with two axles?
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Old 03-08-2011, 05:47 AM   #18
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The picture Floyd provided shows a dual axle. Did scamp 5th wheels ever come with two axles?
No, Scamp has never sold a dual-axel 5th wheel. However, I met Merle Lilly when he towed his Scamp from Sarasota, FL to the Oregon Gathering.... twice! He provided us a write-up of the modification: Scamp Tandem Axle Setup
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Old 03-08-2011, 07:34 AM   #19
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No, Scamp has never sold a dual-axel 5th wheel. However, I met Merle Lilly when he towed his Scamp from Sarasota, FL to the Oregon Gathering.... twice! He provided us a write-up of the modification: Scamp Tandem Axle Setup
Very nice job. He obviously added the hitch mod after the axle. A continuing project no doubt. Thanks for sharing. Raz
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:42 AM   #20
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The tongue weight on the Scamp 5er is 450-700lbs; this guy added a little extra to that. That's a lot of weight to hang on a bumper ball hitch.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:27 AM   #21
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The picture Floyd provided shows a dual axle. Did scamp 5th wheels ever come with two axles?
No, the trailer shown was built by it's owner (Frank Glugla) These axles are mounted on their own frame rails which were then grafted onto the Scamp frame.
The conversion includes convertiblity so that with the removal of a couple of pins and the disconnect of the top ball, it can be towed in the conventional manner as a 5er.

This is quite a different approach from Merle's... which is also very well done and predated Frank's conversion.
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Old 03-08-2011, 07:33 PM   #22
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I am really curious about what the tongue weight of that might be.
I'm betting 600 lbs plus the weight of the black box contents.

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Old 03-08-2011, 09:41 PM   #23
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I am probably missing something here!

Why would someone do this conversion as opposed to buying a truck? Especially since it looks like it would take a truck to handle the hitch weight to haul it??

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Old 03-08-2011, 09:46 PM   #24
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Why would someone do this conversion as opposed to buying a truck? Especially since it looks like it would take a truck to handle the hitch weight to haul it??

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Actually, you must use a truck since the upper portion must still clear the box in order to turn. The advantage would be to have the use of the box, but only up to the rail.
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Old 03-09-2011, 05:54 AM   #25
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The entire reason as I stated up front was to have a bigger trailer and not loose the truck bed storage which I need.

It occurred to me though after looking closely at the pictures all night long that there is not enough tongue on this conversion?
I talked this over with Floyd and others and all seem to agree that despite the quality of the workmanship this particular mod seems to overlook this consideration.

I am sure the cap on my truck bed would hit the hitch with this mod.
Every other mod like this I could find as well as all standard hitches have several feet of tongue ahead of the trailer body to make turning without jack knifing likely.

This one has the ball almost in line with the leading edge of the body?

Anyway,I actually passed on this one but it is interesting.

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Old 03-09-2011, 02:36 PM   #26
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I love it!. It looks like a win/win to me.
Good luck.
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Old 03-09-2011, 11:52 PM   #27
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Oh, Ed - you KNOW you're gonna buy it ... just go for it! As you said, nice rigs like this are hard to find, and local is a real plus. I agree with Donna about the side bath - makes the whole interior seem more roomy - it would be the floorplan we would choose. Just my two pennies - LdB
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Old 03-10-2011, 07:39 AM   #28
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I agree that the side bath visually increases the size compared to a front bath. Our Casita has a front bath and the Scamp a side bath. The addition of the front window also helps.

I've seen an older Scamp with an opening front window, our Scamp window doesn't open. Has any one ever installed an opening front window?

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