Rick, You may (?) need to add a riser to the Scamp you are looking
to buy, it depends on the truck rail clearance. Here's my story.
We got our 5er in Feb 2004. Since our truck was only two
years old, and we didn't want to buy another one, we ordered the Scamp
5er to fit the truck. We have a (stock) GMC 2500HD with a rear
tailgate height of 55" from the ground. We had them add a 3" riser
to the Scamp axle
frame; got 14" tires
(I think they are standard
now?); and with the 14" tires
they added another 1" riser to the
frame for tires
to have wheel-well clearance. Maybe in 2007 they
just add a 4" riser instead of a 3" and a 1"?
I went to a metal shop and bought two plates (about 100 lbs each) and
secured them to the rear inside of my truck bed. This lowered the
tailgate height down to 54".
The ball-hitch they install in the truckbed had three settings. They
had ours on the highest setting. When we hooked up the 5er we had 5"
clearance between our tailgate (rear) and the bottom of the 5er
bed-overhang. Our 5er rode a bit higher in the front with this setup.
Scamp installs a 4" round PVC tube (about 3' long) under the 5er
bed-overhang, where they/you can store the sewer hose that comes with
the 5er. I took this off (very easy, just four screws), as it was
the lowest point on the 5er bed overhang and the first thing that
would come in contact with my truck rails. With the tube removed (I
store my sewer hose in the truckbed now) I now had about 8"
clearance... and I was able to lower my ball-hitch setting to the
middle setting, which brought my clearance back to 5" but also
resulted in the 5er riding more level.
I haven't had any problems with the 5" clearance, but am careful with
steep driveways, etc. I've come down to maybe 1" clearance at times,
but no contact and I take it slow.
I had looked into puting on 15" tires just in case (Scamp would not
install these, and they may viod the warranty?), but some other
owners have put them on and they look and fit fine. I had made an
appointment in Baxter (south of Backus, MN) at the Goodyear Tire, so
if the Scamp needed more height for clearance I was planning to drive
there right after picking mine up. But the 14" tires worked fine for
Also needed the step added to get in and out of the Scamp.
Good luck, Steve & Terri