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Old 09-19-2012, 09:05 PM   #15
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Steve, what does the new style hitch look like? I've noticed several references to it but haven't found pics yet.

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Old 09-20-2012, 12:43 AM   #16
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I have goose neck adaptors on both of my 5th wheels because thats what my truck came with. My truck box hides the ball in the bed of the truck so I installed a convex mirror on the hitch of the trailers now I can line up the hitch with the ball by my self on the first try, works great. Ken
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:50 AM   #17
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Try this link from Scamp's facebook page. There are pictures of their new 5th wheel hitch down around the late June early July time frame. Basically it is a Reese 5th wheel hitch and rails with a plate across the top and a ball mounted on it. It is so nice to be able to pull out 4 pins and remove it from the bed when not in use.
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:01 AM   #18
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I'm hitching mine up for the weekend, I'll take some pictures.
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:12 AM   #19
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I just went out and took these pictures.
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Old 09-20-2012, 12:07 PM   #20
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Steve - Thanks for the link; Mine isn't too much trouble to remove if I leave the flat stock in the bed (four bolts) but that's even better.

Kenny - Appreciate the pictures. Clean and sturdy looking installation you have there. Also, like the color of your Sport.

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Old 09-20-2012, 05:17 PM   #21
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My favorite mod was installing the Atwood electric motor on the landing gear. I used the drill method for a while, but the "push the switch" method is even nicer! Because I'm driving what Toyota calls a "double cab" I can't see the ball from the driver's seat but use a magnetic wand (Magnetic Hitchin' Rods - Qworks Corp HR01C - Hitches & Hitch Bars - Camping World) on the ball which lines up with the center line of the hitch in the mirror. My hitch needs to be 42" high to clear the top of the ball - a measuring tape is part of my minimum equipment checklist!
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:51 PM   #22
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I like the look of the hitch Steve Hamel linked. When it is available I may want to adapt mine to it. I would like to be able to remove the mount when needed, particularly if I want to sell the truck!
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:23 PM   #23
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Actually I purchased a used Reese hitch, then went and bought 5/8 stock cut to fit across the entire top of the hitch. I then had the holes drilled in the steel and enlarged the ones on the top of the Reese (you can see them in the pic not being used) and bolted it down with #8 strength bolts. I have about $250 into mine. The new ones (now available)from Scamp are about $500. So far I have about 3k miles on it and it is wonderful. My Colorado is a 4 door crewcab but I can still see the ball just fine. I do want to install a motor on the landing gear and would love to hear more about the process and products used.
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:40 PM   #24
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When I see the title, "How much work is it..." I start to think, hmm we need to know the truck speed and wind resistance to calculate the amount of work...

Kenny, I wish I had something in that shade of blue. Your Tacoma looks Terrific!
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I do want to install a motor on the landing gear and would love to hear more about the process and products used.
Steve - its a stock kit from Atwood. PN 73391 includes the motor and switch. The motor is a direct bolt-on that takes longer to find the wrench than to do the installation!
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