New Scamp 5th Wheel owner needs help - Fiberglass RV

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Old 04-10-2007, 04:36 AM   #1
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Trailer: 2005 19 ft Scamp 19 ft 5th Wheel Deluxe / 2006 Tundra V8
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Just bought a 2005 Scamp Deluxe 19' 5th Wheel; upgraded from 17' Casita Spirit. Any advice regarding towing, setup, sway, backing would be much appreciated. Loved the Casita, but now its time for something bigger. Will be towing with a 2004 Ford Explorer Sport-Trac with RWD and V6; it's setup to tow with brake controller and hitch mount in bed. I've never towed anything other than the Casita. Will I need a sway control or any other equipment? Thanks in advance for all advice or suggestions.

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Old 04-10-2007, 06:35 AM   #2
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Congratutions on your big step up. First thing I would do is call Justin at Scamp to find out if there is anything special about the Sport-Trac and 5th wheel combo. Otherwise the 5th wheel is a lot easier to tow than a regular trailer. No sway control needed. The 4L v6 engine handles the 5th wheel up to 60-65 mph with ease. Enjoy you new toy. Mike B

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Old 04-10-2007, 12:55 PM   #3
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No "sway control" is needed; in fact, none of the devices known as weight-distribution systems or sway controls (which are two different functions) apply to a true fifth-wheel hitch, and I have never heard of them being applied with the ball hitch used with the Scamp 19', either.
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Old 04-10-2007, 01:23 PM   #4
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I find that towing the 5th wheel is very pleasant. You will find that backing up is very different. Not easier or harder, just different than a conventional trailer. If you have towed different trailers with different tow vehicles, you are aware that they all are different and take a while to get used to.

I hope you enjoy your 5er as much as we have.
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Old 04-10-2007, 05:07 PM   #5
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My recommendation: Make sure you have really good side mirrors. I have a Dodge Dakota pulling a 1994 Scamp 5th wheel,and found I needed to get extended mirrors to see behind it. You can't open both window coverings and see through the trailer with a fiver.
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Old 04-10-2007, 07:10 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone for your responses. Happy campin-scampin, whatever
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Old 04-10-2007, 07:15 PM   #7
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well after pulling a trailer or two. i love towing the 5th wheel Scamp.. so much easier. i really didnt find backing up was that much of a problem either.. maybe alittle bit easier for me... it might take me 10 min to back into my driveway.. but i get it done!! LOL I have extended mirrors i use also...
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Old 08-25-2012, 01:44 PM   #8
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Scamp 5.0 vs. Escape 5.0

Heard some stories about all the rivets in the Scamp trailer and how there may be problems with their "popping out"....and also some stories re: leakage through them. Are there issues like this happening with the Scamp? And what do you feel are the major differences between the Scamp and the Escape? What would make you choose one of the other aside from cost?

Seems that the Escape has very little maintenance issues. Any info would help...we welcome your info and opinions! Thanks
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Old 08-25-2012, 02:19 PM   #9
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HI Robert and Laura. I think the decision you'll make will be more based on budget and layout. There are thousands of dollars in differences between the two brands (with reason). It will be about what's important to you. Rivets on any trailer are a maintenance issue and not hard to deal with, it just needs to be done and attended. I own a Scamp and love it and it currently suits my needs. However, there IS an Escape 5.0 in my future!!

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