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Old 07-20-2014, 11:40 AM   #1
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Help identifying a hitch on my scamp

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We have a hitch on our scamp. Anyone seen one like this? Is it for a certain bike rack? Any help appreciated. Thanks.


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Old 07-20-2014, 12:02 PM   #2
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Because of the two holes for breakaway chain attachment, that looks like a receiver for a flat bar mounting class 1 hitch.
You don't mention what model Scamp you have, but if it's a 19', the bad news is that it looks like someone was tandem towing a boat or other light trailer behind your Scamp.
I don't think that tandum towing is legal with any of the others, but that might not have stopped someone who had a boat to pull to the fishin' hole.
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Old 07-20-2014, 12:22 PM   #3
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Really dunno what you'd call it but it looks a lot like a receptacle on an old farm tractor that we had when I was a kid (1940's/50's). Best I remember it was bolted to the hydraulic lift drawbar & accepted a flat steel bar that was fastened in the receptacle with a large (1" maybe[?]) pin. We had several of the flat bars, each with a different 'business' end (pintle, ball, or just another hole to accept a clevis) for use with different pieces of farm equipment... May be completely off base here but that's the only thing it looks like to me.

Looks like the oval holes on either side may be for safety chain attachment??
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Old 07-20-2014, 12:29 PM   #4
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My best guess is that it was a custom made for holding some sort of gear holder (which may also have been custom) on the rear of the trailer.
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Old 07-20-2014, 12:35 PM   #5
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It is known as a flat bar receiver, used a number of years ago.
The thread in this link:
What Kind of Hitch is this? - Pinkbike Forum
calls it "a shadow mount class one hitch from reese".

There is one shown on ebay
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hidden-Hitch...-/251307442138
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Old 07-20-2014, 05:30 PM   #6
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Well this is what it's for. Found this in one of the closets. Is this safe? Even for a small boat?


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Old 07-20-2014, 06:01 PM   #7
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We have a hitch on our scamp. Anyone seen one like this? Is it for a certain bike rack? Any help appreciated. Thanks.


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That is a Class I Hitch receiver.
I have the draw bar for one in my hitch cabinet.
You should be able to pick one up at any RV place.
If not ... Contact me for the part.

Sorry, I failed to read your last post...looks like you figured it out!

I would not suggest towing anything behind your Scamp, eventhough it has been done.
There are several bike racks which would mount to that drawbar however.
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Old 07-22-2014, 01:53 AM   #8
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Tandem towing is legal at least in Ca if you have a class 1 , or is it A, drivers license.
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Old 07-22-2014, 04:34 AM   #9
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You are correct Frank but the first trailer has to be a 5th wheel, not a bumper pull. Don't ask how I know and I had a class A.
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In some states/provinces in NA regardless as to whether you have a 5th wheel or a Class A drivers license a tandem tow is simple not legal. In others where tandem is legal there may also be a restriction on the total length of the tandem set up.
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:14 AM   #11
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Is your scamp a 5th wheel?

In Alberta, it is perfectly legal to tow another trailer behind a 5th wheel. I have seen monster 5th wheels towing monster utility trailers. Rigs that dwarfed what was probably a very large pickup.
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Mine is not a fifth wheel. It's a 13. I thought of trying to find a bike rack to fit the flat bar style hitch.


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That would be the best use of it. But be aware that it is recommended that a bumper mounted hitch, on a trailer is connect to another cross member, other then the bumper. A bike rack puts a lot of torque on the hitch.
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Old 07-22-2014, 11:03 AM   #14
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+1 on what Dave said about torque.

Would add that weight placed that far back will take weight off of the tongue, you may need to adjust your loading inside the trailer to maintain stability. Easier to get sway with weight hanging off the back bumper.

People put rear racks on FGRV's with success, just have to adjust and compensate for it.
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