Scamp 19' fifth wheel hitch modification - Fiberglass RV

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Old 05-15-2006, 04:57 AM   #1
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Trailer: Y2K6 Born Free 32RQ on the Kodiak chassis, 1995 Coachmen 19' B-van and 1996 Precision 21' Sailboat
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When I had the Scamp, I towed it with a standard-issue Scamp-built hitch. In the S10, the hitch was 40" wide, wheelwell to wheelwell. The cross-bar was 5/16" channel iron, three inches across the top and two inches deep.

When I sold the Scamp, the new owners wanted to pull it with their 1994 Toyota T100 which had a measurement of 49 5/16th inches at the wheelwells. It was obvious that we'd need a new cross-member to support the ball.

I went to our local steel supplier and they don't stock the channel steel; however they had 3" x 1/4" steel tube which worked just fine and is probably more stout than the original channel. It is also a little heavier. We drilled a 1" hole in the top for the 5,000 lb weight limit ball, and cut a large enough hole in the bottom of the tube with a plasma cutter to allow for a socket inside to tighten the ball.

All in all, the tube steel makes for a very nice and finished looking installation. The new owner will have to clean it up and paint it once he gets home. It was raining, and we just didn't have time.

S10 and Scamp

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T100 and Scamp

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