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Old 01-09-2015, 12:44 PM   #1
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What Pickup Do You Recommend for a Scamp 19'er?

Fellow Scampers:

This question will likely start a lively conversation...

What pickup might you recommend to pull a Scamp 19'er deluxe? I'm guessing it weights in the range of 3,500 lbs. Since I don't otherwise need a pickup, I've been looking at a Toyota Tacoma, 4-door, short bed. (More room inside. Less in the bed.) But I've been told the bed would need to be reinforced to support the hitch, and the truck's mileage, even with the V6, would take a huge "hit" due to the truck's poor torque. I basically know nothing about pickups.

Thank you, in advance, for your thoughts.

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Old 01-09-2015, 02:05 PM   #2
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Old 01-09-2015, 02:19 PM   #3
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Greg there is a thread called Trailer Weights in the Real World that shows the weights of fiberglass trailers loaded up for camping. There are a number of Scamp 19's on that list with the front end weighing in from a low of 480lbs to a high of 700lbs - on average though it appears 600lbs seems to most common.

While truck shopping last year I discovered there is a real big spread amongst trucks when it comes to the actual PAY LOAD number. The payload number will vary from truck to truck depending on if its a long box, short box, 4 door or 2 door - boosted suspension - they are all different - so its not just engine size and make and model that change the number. Best to read all the numbers very carefully.

With some of the mid sized trucks once you drop 600lbs into the bed you may find that some only have enough pay load left over for the weight of the driver leaving no room weight wise for passengers & gear or in some cases not even the family dog.

For me the payload number played a big part in deciding which truck I went with. I did actually want a 4 door for practical reasons but at the end of the day I ended up with a 2 door short box in order to get the one with the largest payload that particular truck make/model offered.
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Scamp has for years moved ,towed & delivered their 19 ft 5th wheel trailers with a Ford Ranger .
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Scamp has for years moved ,towed & delivered their 19 ft 5th wheel trailers with a Ford Ranger .
Escape did as well when they first started making the 5th wheel. Not anymore though. Unfortunately Ford stopped making the Ranger in 2011? and not put one back on the market in NA since - but they have elsewhere and the payload on the one running around in the rest of the world is impressive. Not known if they will offer us that same little truck and engine (diesel) - much speculation they will not and what we get at the end of the day will have as what normally happens a different engine and low pay load towing specs.
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There is a Scamp 5th wheel that just came in the campground we are at pulled by a Dodge 1500 with the 5.7 engine. Same truck we bought to pull a Casita 17
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Escape did as well when they first started making the 5th wheel. Not anymore though. Unfortunately Ford stopped making the Ranger in 2011? and not put one back on the market in NA since - but they have elsewhere and the payload on the one running around in the rest of the world is impressive. Not known if they will offer us that same little truck and engine (diesel) - much speculation they will not and what we get at the end of the day will have as what normally happens a different engine and low pay load towing specs.
The Ranger pickup was built in the Highland Park area of St Paul Mn about 8 blocks from the house I grew up in . The closing of the plant had a large economic effect on the area and many of my friends lost their jobs . Many people wish Ford was still making the Ranger in NA including me.
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What pickup might you recommend to pull a Scamp 19'er deluxe? I'm guessing it weights in the range of 3,500 lbs. Since I don't otherwise need a pickup, I've been looking at a Toyota Tacoma, 4-door, short bed.

Thank you, in advance, for your thoughts.... Greg
Greg, I'm confused??? If you don't otherwise need a pick up why buy one just to tow your small, lightweight trailer. There are many fuel efficient cars, Suv's etc that will work well/better, to tow your Scamp. What vehicle are you currently driving?

If you really are looking for suggestions on what pick up to buy my first choice would be a good used Honda Ridgeline. Reliability, ride, towing ability, you can't go wrong.
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I sure miss my Lil' Red Ranger.
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I sure miss my Lil' Red Ranger.
Still got mine! guess I always will since they don't make new ones.
14 years old and ready for Florida.
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Some guys just don't cotton to those newfangled contraptions.
Stick with the old reliable 1922 Dodge...
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Greg, I'm confused??? If you don't otherwise need a pick up why buy one just to tow your small, lightweight trailer. There are many fuel efficient cars, Suv's etc that will work well/better, to tow your Scamp. What vehicle are you currently driving?

If you really are looking for suggestions on what pick up to buy my first choice would be a good used Honda Ridgeline. Reliability, ride, towing ability, you can't go wrong.
How does one purpose to tow a Scamp 19 ft 5th wheel with a car ?
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How does one purpose to tow a Scamp 19 ft 5th wheel with a car ?
We've all seen this but it seemed to answer the question...
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