1983 Scamp towing hook up.. - Fiberglass RV

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Old 07-28-2006, 08:07 AM   #1
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i am looking at a 1983 Scamp....wanted to know what I need to hook up the unit to tow it home...If I win the auction..

i a have not seen this connection...I have a 4 prong unit that I installed on my Honda Element..

Wanted to know what I need or if this is correct on a 1983 scamp....

also while I am typing ....what size ball do I need to purchase for my U-haul hitch...


ps...I have asked the owner but not gotten a responce...

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Old 07-28-2006, 08:10 AM   #2
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1 7/8" ball, unless the coupler has been replaced with a 2"

four-prong, unless there are brakes.

BUT, if you win the auction..double-check everything with the seller. He/she is the only one that can give you a definitive answer.


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Old 07-30-2006, 03:37 PM   #3
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Unless it has brakes or battery charging wiring, it will be a standard Flat-4 -- If it's not, then you can go to Wal-Mart and buy an adapter from Flat-4 to the 6- or 7-wire connector until you can get your tow vehicle wired to match. In fact, what I would do is go to Wal-Mart ahead of time and get every conceivable adapter (presuming the seller gives you no further info), take them with me and return the ones I didn't open or need.
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Old 07-31-2006, 07:33 AM   #4
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I agree with Pete; pick up the connectors and a 12V circuit tester before you leave home since you can always return them if they are not needed. How big is the Scamp? The equipment requirements for the 16' are quite a bit different than the 13'. As Donna indicated, the standard ball for the 13' is 1 7/8 and the 16' is 2". The 13' can use a class A hitch while the 16' requires a B or preferrably a C. Hitch height is 18" to the top of the ball for the 13' and 22" for the 16'

The 16' will require a brake controller (the 13' may not). To fuzzy up things a bit more, Scamp changed the design of the 7-pin connector around 1998 and the original is almost impossible to find. This would require rewiring the trailer connector for a 7-pin Bargman.

I went through the same sort of stuff when we purchased our 99 Scamp 16' in the DC metro area last year... I also made sure I picked it up during the week in case I was still short of parts (or the tires were so bad I couldn't tow it home).

Get as much info as possible before pick-up. Best of luck with the purchase.
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