Scamp 13 towed by 4Runner. Where to add a bike? - Fiberglass RV


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-29-2019, 09:49 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Name: zack
Trailer: scamp 13
California
Posts: 18
Scamp 13 towed by 4Runner. Where to add a bike?

I just bought a 2015 Scamp 13 which I plan to tow with a 2004 4Runner. I need to bring along a 42 lb mountain bike and was wondering: what is the best way to carry that?



I noticed that Perfect Casita makes a receiver that attaches to the back of the Scamp 13. Is that an okay option? Maybe just for short distances like 100 miles or so?



On the other hand, a dual receiver with and upper receiver for a bike rack and a lower one to tow the Scamp is a possibility, but I have seen some people mention that there may not be enough space, that the jack near the front of the Scamp trailer might be in the way, and that the bike could get squished particularly when going around corners.


Anyway, what do people thing? What is the best option? The bike weighs about 42 lbs.
__________________

zack sc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2019, 08:08 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Name: Gordon
Trailer: 2015 Scamp (16 Std Layout 4) with '15 Toyota Sienna LE Tug
North Carolina
Posts: 3,339
Perhaps
__________________

gordon2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2019, 09:07 AM   #3
Junior Member
 
Name: Tom
Trailer: scamp 13
California
Posts: 1
Maybe this will work for U
2 35+lb strand cruisers[ATTACH]Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_8993.JPG
Views:	24
Size:	144.5 KB
ID:	130689[/ATTACH]
The bikes never move in and out in less than a min
Regards
Attached Thumbnails
IMG_8991.JPG  
nofieldfive is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2019, 09:53 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Name: Peg
Trailer: 2016 -13' Scamp
Massachusetts
Posts: 174
Quote:
Originally Posted by zack sc View Post
I just bought a 2015 Scamp 13 which I plan to tow with a 2004 4Runner. I need to bring along a 42 lb mountain bike and was wondering: what is the best way to carry that?



I noticed that Perfect Casita makes a receiver that attaches to the back of the Scamp 13. Is that an okay option? Maybe just for short distances like 100 miles or so?



On the other hand, a dual receiver with and upper receiver for a bike rack and a lower one to tow the Scamp is a possibility, but I have seen some people mention that there may not be enough space, that the jack near the front of the Scamp trailer might be in the way, and that the bike could get squished particularly when going around corners.


Anyway, what do people thing? What is the best option? The bike weighs about 42 lbs.

Wondering if anyone installs a front hitch with a bike rack? I have a 54 lb. e-bike that is too heavy for a rear hitch. Would love to hear pros and cons. This might be a solution, although a bit more money.
herons is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2019, 10:58 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
ZachO's Avatar
 
Name: Zach
Trailer: 91 Bigfoot 17
Montana
Posts: 1,861
Registry
Must be one of those long-travel, downhill mountain bikes you see people pushing up hills rather than riding?

Jon (in AZ) posted something similar to Tom in another thread, and it's what I'm doing. I just prop my bike inside the camper.
ZachO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2019, 12:07 PM   #6
Junior Member
 
Name: Thomas
Trailer: Scamp
Michigan
Posts: 3
I have a 13 Scamp which I tow with as 2018 4 Runner. After trying several bike carrier combos we have settled on a Swagman Carrier. This mounts on an extended tow bar just behind the ball. We carry 2 Trek comfort bikes this way with ease. Do not put bikes on the back of a 13" Scamp. Most carrier Companies won't warrantee this because of the amount of bouncy motion.
TLane SOI 1119
TLane is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2019, 02:55 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Name: zack
Trailer: scamp 13
California
Posts: 18
TLane. Can you provide more details? Swagman makes a lot of stuff. How do you keep the bikes away from the jack on the Scamp? How do you create enough room between the 4Runner and the Scamp? What sort of receiver set-up do you have that enables you to have the bike rack and tow your Scamp 13 at the same time?

I am asking because a some people have had trouble with either the jack or the lack of space and bike getting damaged when the rig turns...
zack sc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2019, 02:56 PM   #8
Junior Member
 
Name: zack
Trailer: scamp 13
California
Posts: 18
Keeping it inside is not really an option for me. Nor is the roof, as it weighs too much. It has electric assist.
zack sc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2019, 02:57 PM   #9
Junior Member
 
Name: zack
Trailer: scamp 13
California
Posts: 18
good questions. Hope to hear from the community on this.
zack sc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2019, 02:58 PM   #10
Junior Member
 
Name: zack
Trailer: scamp 13
California
Posts: 18
I don't think so.
zack sc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2019, 07:16 AM   #11
Senior Member
 
Jon in AZ's Avatar
 
Name: Jon
Trailer: 2008 Scamp 13 S1
Arizona
Posts: 7,954
Registry
Scamp 13 towed by 4Runner. Where to add a bike?

Extended ball mounts magnify the effect of hitch weight on the rear suspension due to the lever effect. They can also contribute to sway by exaggerating side-to-side motions at the ball. Some have additional connections that add looseness and noise. Many restrict tongue weight to 50% of the manufacturer rating. Read the fine print and proceed with caution.

For towing stability an extended trailer tongue is the best solution. With a lightweight frame like Scamp, though, extending the tongue to carry extra weight might also require some additional reinforcement of the rest of frame, which gets complicated.

Next best is a tongue rack that mounts over the battery and tank(s). A custom mount that allows the bike to fit close to the upper front shell should leave enough clearance for turns

No simple answers. What you really need is a Happier Camper HC1, the world’s only production 13’ all-molded toy-hauler.
Jon in AZ is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2019, 05:24 PM   #12
Junior Member
 
Name: zack
Trailer: scamp 13
California
Posts: 18
Front mount receiver?

Quote:
Originally Posted by zack sc View Post
I don't think so.
Quote:
Originally Posted by herons View Post
Wondering if anyone installs a front hitch with a bike rack? I have a 54 lb. e-bike that is too heavy for a rear hitch. Would love to hear pros and cons. This might be a solution, although a bit more money.

Thanks for the suggestion. I think I might go with that. Install a receiver hitch on the front of the 4 runner instead of trying to put a bike behind the scamp or between the TV and Scamp.


I still would love to hear back from the person who successfully is putting two bikes just behind their 4Runner while towing a Scamp.
zack sc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2019, 05:26 PM   #13
Junior Member
 
Name: zack
Trailer: scamp 13
California
Posts: 18
Bikes

Quote:
Originally Posted by TLane View Post
I have a 13 Scamp which I tow with as 2018 4 Runner. After trying several bike carrier combos we have settled on a Swagman Carrier. This mounts on an extended tow bar just behind the ball. We carry 2 Trek comfort bikes this way with ease. Do not put bikes on the back of a 13" Scamp. Most carrier Companies won't warrantee this because of the amount of bouncy motion.
TLane SOI 1119
I am impressed! A lot of people have trouble with this approach.

Can you show pictures or provide some details.
zack sc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2019, 02:12 PM   #14
Junior Member
 
Name: Penny
Trailer: Scamp
Montana
Posts: 14
When I bought my expensive Kuat bike rack, the retailer told me that if I put the rack on the back of a trailer, the warranty for the rack would be void. That’s because the trailer does not have suspension to protect the rack or the bike. So I take the front wheel off my bike, but the tire in the RAV4 and the bike in my 13foot Scamp. You have to turn the handle bar a bit to get the bike in the Scamp. It works well.
Penny
__________________

Penny in Montana is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
scamp


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Turn 5th wheel scamp into towed trailer offroad Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 47 04-15-2017 10:28 AM
Why have I not seen a Scamp towed by a Plymouth Scamp? AKSCAMP Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 44 03-09-2013 04:25 PM
Towed a Wide Trailer, Happy Scamp isn't Adrian W General Chat 3 10-09-2012 09:11 PM
Scamp towed by CRV? Vickie H Towing, Hitching, Axles and Running Gear 5 05-07-2009 10:52 PM
Border Bike Rally (& Car Show), Bike & Car Weekend event (ON S John J. M Rallies, Get-togethers, Molded Meets (Archive) 1 06-07-2008 06:28 AM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:38 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions Inc.