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Old 05-14-2013, 02:49 PM   #1
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Scamp 16' Hitch Ball Height

I am wondering what others recommend for the hitch ball height.

Scamp said to have the top of the ball at 21" but that seems pretty high compared to my utility trailers (8', 12', and 16') all of which are level with the top of the ball several inches lower than that. Plus, my tacoma 4x4 with no load in it and a slight lift from air shocks is about 19.5" to the top of the receiver hitch box which would mean I'd actually need to use a riser ball mount to reach 21" and that just doesn't seem right.

Are the hitches on Scamps higher than other trailers or is 21" maybe a little higher than optimal?
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:09 PM   #2
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On my silverado, I have a 3/4 in rise, my ball height is 20", which makes Scamp level to slightly nose down. I also have 14 in tires on Scamp which raises it a bit. I would see where Scamp sits level and adjust loaded truck stinger accordingly.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:12 PM   #3
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Thanks for that info. I am picking up the Scamp in July and am trying to get the right draw bar before that. Your info coincides with what Scamp recommended so I guess I will get the smallest drop bar I can which I believe is 2" drop or 1" rise. I wouldn't think the 14" tires would make more than an inch difference in overall height would they?
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:44 PM   #4
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maybe 1 in or 1/2 in dont remember what diameter my 13s where 24? 14in maybe 26? Also to me on my trailer 21 seems to high, of course my axle is probably worn or sagged also
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:35 PM   #5
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I just picked up my Scamp 16 two weeks ago. I used an adjustable height bar from Walmart, and set it up for the 21" top of ball height. It was just right when we hooked the new trailer up. Just a slight nose down angle.

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Old 05-14-2013, 06:59 PM   #6
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thanks for all the help, i'll set mine up for 21" to top of ball just as Scamp suggested. that must mean the trailers have a higher frame than my utility trailers and that will be a big plus when i take it off road. wayne at scamp did say they have very good clearance, which is important to me.

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Old 05-14-2013, 07:44 PM   #7
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My 21 year old Scamp with is axle of the same age sits at 20" to the top of the ball when level, so 21" on a new one sounds likely to me. Don't forget though that if what every you hook it up to squats at all in the rear from the tongue weight you will need to adjust your draw bar needs to deal with that.
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Scamp said to have the top of the ball at 21" ...
my tacoma 4x4 with no load in it and a slight lift from air shocks is about 19.5" to the top of the receiver hitch box which would mean I'd actually need to use a riser ball mount to reach 21" and that just doesn't seem right.
Remember that the ball is about 3" tall itself, so a zero rise ball mount in a 19.5" high receiver would put the top of the ball above the 21" Scamp height (although the receiver will drop lower due to the tongue weight as Carol mentioned).
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:20 AM   #9
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I have not seen any zero rise ball mounts as I look through what's available other than in the adjustable version, which I don't really want. Have younseen them?

I put air shocks on my Taco so I should be able to keep the height of the hitch pretty consistent with its current, unloaded height.
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:52 PM   #10
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Dave, I have never seen them either, I made my own long time ago, 2 in stock then welded all three balls to it. You would pull it out and rotate it to get the right size ball Used it when my trailers where 1 7/8 and every body else in family had 2in .I have since pretty much retired that one since i have converted my boat trailer to 2 in
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:18 PM   #11
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you were ahead of your time, i see those multi-ball set ups a lot now but i never remember seeing them until the last few years.

i can weld a little but definitely lousy at it and i'd never trust anything i welded to tow my Scamp! i'm thinking of springing for one of those nice aluminum 2" drop (1" risers) more cause they're so pretty than anything else! can pick one up for $40 which is silly of course, but, hey, it looks coooool.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:24 PM   #12
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now that i think about it, i suppose i could just buy some 2" stock and then drill holes for the pin and the ball. the thought of drilling a 1" hole through 2" of steel isn't appealing though and i bet the 1" bit would cost more than the ball mount i am thinking of buying....nevermind....
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Triple Ball and zero rise:

Triple Ball Trailer Hitch

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Old 05-16-2013, 07:16 AM   #14
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Triple Ball and zero rise:

Triple Ball Trailer Hitch

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Good concept but in typical Harbor Freight form they made it so cheap that the balls rust ans the fit is bad (according to the reviews). I just broke a 5" bench vise from HF on a chore that my old small vise would have laughed at. And, of course HF does not offer a replacement piece so it's 60# door stop, boat anchor, paper weight now. No more Harbor Freight for me!
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