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Old 06-08-2013, 02:46 PM   #1
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A couple of newb questions about tongue related things. First, what is this ball thingee on the side of the tongue?

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Second, it appears that the passenger side frame member of the tongue is slightly twisted out at the bottom. I do not see any damage or twisting or cracking anywhere else. It seems to me it would take a fair amount of force to do this. So I can't imagine the tongue weight on the side mounted jack could have done it. Anyone know what might cause this? Is there a remedy? Here's a pic that kind of shows it, the angle of the jack really shows the twist:

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Third question, I have searched and found threads about decking the tongue. And I've seen tongue toolboxes online. But would there be any problem with building a tongue box to hold the battery and the propane tank? I would assume it would need to be well ventilated. Would it need to have seperate compartments? Is this common practice? A search of e-trailer didn't turn up any "tongue boxes".

And last question, there is a hard copper propane line to the regulator that goes on the tank. (presently it is kinked and will need to be cut and extended) Would it be acceptable to put a bulkhead fitting in the trailer shell and use a flexible line to the regulator?
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Old 06-08-2013, 03:14 PM   #2
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Those ball things are for sway control. See here for picture Pro Series Friction Sway Control Kit - Economy - by Draw-Tite, Reese and Hidden Hitch Pro Series Weight Distribution 83660
as far as the propane change that is fine and yes you can put both inside a tongue tool box. It appears someone might have pushed the trailer sideways to bend the attachment point. There is probably a hole somewhere for the tongue to go thru the frame. You will probably need a new one any way.
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Old 06-08-2013, 03:14 PM   #3
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The "thingy" ball is for attaching a sway control. I've never had one, never needed one.
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here is etrailer's tongue boxes
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Old 06-08-2013, 03:25 PM   #5
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Would it be acceptable to put a bulkhead fitting in the trailer shell and use a flexible line to the regulator?
I think either the U-Haul or Burro has done this, but I wouldn't! Why punch necessary holes in the shell? The regulator typically attaches at the propane tank (at least on my Scamp) and fittings go from there. Besides, I think having that stuff hanging off the front of a trailer on the shell is fugly. YMMV
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Old 06-08-2013, 04:04 PM   #6
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:facepalm

How I missed the tongue boxes I can't explain. I was probably on the wrong browser tab and searched the wrong site. I've got about a hundred tabs open. It seems all I do with my spare time since we got the scamp is research research research. (including many many hours reading these forums into the wee hours) My eyeballs hurt! On the plus side my new axle arrived and I found a friend to weld it on. And today I ordered three wheels and tires. Old wheel hubs were 4 bolt, new is 5.

Thanks for the info on the anti-sway bar. From what I've heard so far it doesn't sound like I'll need one, but I'll leave the ball there anyway. At least for now.

CPAHarley2008 I guess getting pushed sideways is the only explanation that makes any sense. At this point I'm planning to cut that jack off and put a bolt-on on the other side. I don't see any existing holes? Not sure what you meant.

Donna D. I agree with you. I had that thought at the kitchen table where I was remembering the propane line going through the shell with the electrical harness. But it doesn't obviously. Now I'm thinking of mounting a bulkhead connector in the side or back of a tongue box and using a flex line from there to the tank inside the box. I've never liked hard lines going to things that are going to be connected and disconnected. I've seen too many kinked, cracked, or broken copper lines. Not on trailers as this is my first, but in similar applications. And now that you've got me thinking on it, why not re-route the electrical harness and patch up that hole too?!
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I think either the U-Haul or Burro has done this, but I wouldn't! Why punch necessary holes in the shell? The regulator typically attaches at the propane tank (at least on my Scamp) and fittings go from there. Besides, I think having that stuff hanging off the front of a trailer on the shell is fugly. YMMV
On the UHaul the regulator is mounted to the shell and the copper line extends underneath and enters the interior through holes in the floor.
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I think either the U-Haul or Burro has done this, but I wouldn't! Why punch necessary holes in the shell? The regulator typically attaches at the propane tank (at least on my Scamp) and fittings go from there. Besides, I think having that stuff hanging off the front of a trailer on the shell is fugly. YMMV
That's what he's asking. Your scamp has a bulkhead fitting with a hose going to the regulator, unless its different than any I've seen.

I put a dual automatic system in, so I have hoses from the tanks to a single regulator, to a hose going to the bulkhead fitting.
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Is that a 2 stage regulator laying on the tongue with the sway bar ball?

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CPAHarley2008 I guess getting pushed sideways is the only explanation that makes any sense. At this point I'm planning to cut that jack off and put a bolt-on on the other side. I don't see any existing holes? Not sure what you meant.
Not Jim, but I suspect he may have been thinking this is a Scamp 13' but I think we may be looking at is a Scamp 16' is that correct?
If so there is no hole in the middle of the tongue on a 16' that Jim may be thinking of - there is though a 13' for installing a middle mount type tongue jack. 16' Scamps normally come with a swing up side mount tongue jacks. Looking at the photos it hard to say but the sway ball may actually be using the 4 holes that can be used for mounting a swing up side mount tongue jack - or least mine is mounted on that side in about that position. So if you are not planning on using the anti sway bar you may be able to use those holes to mount a new jack.

I have a wheel on my front jack on mine so its hard for me to imagine how hard of a push sideways the trailer would have to be in order to bend the frame with a stationary front jack. But I agree with Jim thats about the only way I could see that happening.
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: I've never liked hard lines going to things that are going to be connected and disconnected. I've seen too many kinked, cracked, or broken copper lines. !
Well looking at the photo the one on the trailer really is kinked up! Mine is flex from the regulator to the tank but the main coming out of the trailer is a hard line but from the point it comes out of the trailer it curves up and over slightly over to behind the tank to the regulator which is secured to an upright tank holder so its not subject to accidental hits or movement when removing the tank.
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EVERYTHING I'm seeing in Greg's picture looks exactly like my 1988 Scamp, sans battery and propane.
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When I hear about folks adding this kind of thing to their tug,
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it gives me the willies because the jack is not designed to slide. And I think the bending he's seeing is what happened using this kind of mechanism.
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Currently I wouldn't know a two stage regulator from a UFO, so here's a pic

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And yes, this is a 16'. I see what you are referring to now.
The sway bar ball looks like someone really gave it the business. The plate is warped and the bolts are bent. I'm starting to think maybe this was I'm some sort off accident. Now that I look closely, with the hitch at eye level from the tow vehicle perspective, it's twisted just a couple of degrees clockwise. I can't really piece it together but it all seems to point something hitting the passenger side of the tongue. But I see no sign of a point of impact.
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Carol, that sounds like exactly the arrangement it should be. That's what I'll need to do.
Donna, you may have solved the mystery, it sure seems like a careless hitch-up with something like that could have done this. Fortunately nothing looks so out of whack as to worry me. I believe I have nearly the exact scamp that you have but mine is an '83. (Confirmed today when I found the vin. Just above the vin is a stamp that says 6•83, which I'm guessing is the manufacturing date.
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