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Old 04-12-2007, 08:51 PM   #1
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Just got the Scamp painted last weekend, first time the weather moderated enough to do so.

Also welded on the rear hitch to pull the 12 foot boat. The whole boat and trailer with motor and battery and anchor only weigh about 500 pounds with about fifty pounds of tongue weight.

So I hitched up yesterday and went to Swan Lake (no, not the ballet) up on the Swan River, it was still winter there, had eight inches of snow the day before. The ice just came off last week and it was pretty rough and windy. Fishing was slow, but shucks, cannot have everything.

The whole setup pulls like a dream, no sway, no fuss, 60 to 65 no problem with plenty of more OOOMPH for the hills.

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Old 04-12-2007, 09:39 PM   #2
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I like the camo!
do you take her hunting? offroad?
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Old 04-12-2007, 11:09 PM   #3
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Old 04-12-2007, 11:23 PM   #4
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I like the camo!
do you take her hunting? offroad?
Yep! the little Scamperoonie goes just about where ever the truck goes, hunting and fishing to out of the way off road places...ever pulled her over Mosquito Pass in Colorado at 14,385 feet--eightmiles of four wheel low range low gear rear diff locked creepy crawl----Wife just loves the paint job--

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Old 04-13-2007, 06:26 AM   #5
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Does the Tacoma get the treatment next? It looks kind of shabby next to that gorgeous Scamp!

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Old 04-13-2007, 07:15 AM   #6
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Old 04-13-2007, 09:03 AM   #7
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OK, What does the hitch assembly look like on the back of the boler? And is it camo on the inside too?
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Old 04-13-2007, 10:08 AM   #8
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OK, What does the hitch assembly look like on the back of the boler? And is it camo on the inside too?
David,

Attached are pics of the hitch, a 3x4 x 1/4 Angle Iron, full penetration welded with a hitch setup for a step bumper fully welded. The new angle iron is welded to the frame and the existing rear angle iron Scamp bumper. The light harness I tied in with the rear trailer lights. Twenty five years ago I was a certified welder and still maintain most of my skill but only on an infrequent basis. Make my own boat, general construction hauling and drift boat trailers.

No the interior is redone--but not in camo. I can only get away with so much. I posted some pics in earlier postings--

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Old 04-13-2007, 01:46 PM   #9
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Interesting! Please keep in mind that this double-pony-trailer rig is illegal in many jurisdictions, including north of the border in Alberta and British Columbia. In Alberta, the first trailer must have its hitch over the truck (like a typical gooseneck or fifth-wheel), and in B.C. a non-commercial rig can't have double trailers at all.
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Old 04-13-2007, 03:59 PM   #10
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yeah, I am in Ontario, dont think I can get away with it either.

I saw a posting indicating that the fiberglass shell wont take a lot of beating from the off-roads. Glad you know you go hunting with it.
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Old 04-14-2007, 11:26 AM   #11
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yeah, I am in Ontario, dont think I can get away with it either.

I saw a posting indicating that the fiberglass shell wont take a lot of beating from the off-roads. Glad you know you go hunting with it.
It has spent the last fifteen years that we have owned it off the paved road on pretty gnarly roads, deep snow, high winds, rocky, bumpy, just go slow when really rough. I would expect per year this trailer see several hundred miles of dirt and gravel roads, as well as some only dotted lines on the map as unmaintained two tracks all over the west, especially in our home state of Montana.

When I redid the interior this past winter, I put in only four new metal floor to frame screws to replace the thousands of miles of vibration this little rig has taken. In my estimation, without the fiberglass egg--I would have ruined at least one standard panel type trailer. The new screws replaced were not broken, only rusted and unable to be retightened. These trailers are a lot tougher than some may think. A larger trailer like a 16 might not hold up as well, with the added height and weight I would assume. But for us, I see this little rig tagging behind us for many years to come.

In Montana double trailers are legal as long as not overlength of 72 feet.

Now, where did I park that thing?
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Old 04-14-2007, 01:46 PM   #12
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Heya Garo
What kind of axle do you have under it, and what size tires? The picture shows the wheel- wells pretty full of tire.
Is the suspension torsion, or leaf-spring? Can see the axle in the side shot of the trailer.

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Old 04-15-2007, 08:17 PM   #13
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Heya Garo
What kind of axle do you have under it, and what size tires? The picture shows the wheel- wells pretty full of tire.
Is the suspension torsion, or leaf-spring? Can see the axle in the side shot of the trailer.

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Actually Joe, it is a leading arm up axle, with the axle tube below the wheel center. The trailer is a 1985 and is original. The original owners has Scamp put the axle mounts on channel iron for height, and the tires ar 185 / 80R / 13's. There is actually a lot of room inside the actual wheel wells, more than appears.

I will be putting a new axle on this summer as one side of the old rubber torsion is tweaked from all the miles. I will likely redo the underside of the frame to put on a trailing arm axle or even go with a standard axle and leaf springs.

But it rides well and only bounces once due to the torsion type.

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Old 04-16-2007, 08:35 AM   #14
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Thanx Garo,
What are your thoughts on a leaf-spring axle? Would you go with shocks, to help the damping, which is apparently less with leafs, than with torsion suspension?
I am looking at a new axle soon for my Trillium, and trying to decide which axle to go with. I'm running 14" tires.

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