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Old 11-11-2013, 04:34 PM   #1
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5th wheel hitch options?

Just purchased new Nissan Frontier to pull my 5th wheel Scamp and want to replace hitch I was using on the old Ford Ranger. Like the looks of the new hitch setup that Scamp is selling but turned off by price. Over $600.00 when I factor in shipping! Wondering what others have used other than the Scamp and how much it has set you back. I've considered taking the truck to a local hitch shop and asking them for an estimate to build one. Has anyone on this forum done this and if so how is it working out? Thanks Ken Dowd
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:40 AM   #2
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When i purchased my Scamp 5er just a year ago, I installed the old style Scamp hitch, as it came with the trailer. I wasn't sure that is what I wanted, but it was the cheapest at the time. I have come to find out that I like it as there is room to slide a table under the hitch as well as a roll of carpet that I carry. I then put most of the small stuff, that we take, in plastic totes with locking clips. Those go in the front of the bed and get lashed in with bungy cords. I also feel comfortable carrying my camp stove and grill behind the hitch, bungyed in place. We seem to have plenty of room for all the stuff we want carry. Having the space under the hitch is useful and the only way we would be able to carry our table.
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:10 PM   #3
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What is the pin (or hitch) weight of a Scamp 19? The reason I ask is because the cargo capacity of my Frontier is about 1100 pounds. The pin weight of my Escape 5.0 is about 600 pounds which doesn't leave much leftover for passengers and gear carried in the truck's bed.
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What is the pin (or hitch) weight of a Scamp 19?
According to Trailer Weights in the Real World, the 5 Scamp 19' "5th wheel" trailers weighed ranged from 560 to 700 pounds hitch weight, relatively comparable to your Escape..
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Old 11-13-2013, 02:29 PM   #5
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According to Trailer Weights in the Real World, the 5 Scamp 19' "5th wheel" trailers weighed ranged from 560 to 700 pounds hitch weight, relatively comparable to your Escape..
Thanks. So that leaves about 4500 pounds of passengers and cargo before the cargo capacity gets maxed out on the Frontiers.

By the way, I checked the cargo capacities of several variations of F150s and they're not much more than the ~1100 pound capacity of the Frontier.

My point is be careful thinking we can carry a bunch of stuff in the bed of the truck just because there's space for it. Carrying almost anything in the truck might cause the cargo capacity to be exceeded.
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Old 12-20-2013, 05:41 PM   #6
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I tow my 19 Scamp with a 4 cyl Tacoma. We built a hitch to use with the composite bed of Tacoma, We used the bows of a Reese 5th wheel hitch and pin them to standard Reese rails. We used bolts to frame of truck, We welded plate steel together and mounted a standard ball in the center.
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Old 12-20-2013, 05:52 PM   #7
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this is hopefully a bit more helpful
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Old 12-27-2013, 12:12 AM   #8
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Taylor,

The 2014 Tacoma comes with either the standard 5 foot (60 inch) bed or a 6 foot (73.5 inch) "long bed". Can you get the weight of a 5th wheel camper sufficiently over the rear axle in a standard 5 foot bed without having the front corners of the camper bust out the rear window of the truck, or do you need to go with the 6 foot bed to be safe?

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Old 12-28-2013, 07:20 PM   #9
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my truck is 73.5 and it works great , I am centered over the rear wheels. The distance from the trailer hitch to front of trailer is about 12". Go to Toyota and see what the distance is from rear axle to back of cab is.
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Old 02-28-2014, 06:04 PM   #10
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What is the deck height requirement for the Scamp 5er?
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Not sure what you mean by deck height requirements. If you order new from Scamp, they will raise the camper if truck bed is too high. Generally, there are a few inches of up/down adjustment in the hitch. However, I believe they deliver 5ers with a Ford Ranger. But if you have a pickup truck, it may take some alteration, but adjustments can be made.
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Old 03-01-2014, 12:15 PM   #12
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The height of the floor of a pickup truck. I have a 2007 Dodge Ram 1500 and you almost need a stepladder to get into the bed. I wonder what would happen if buying a used Scamp 19?
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John,
My F150 needs a Saturn 5 to reach the floor of the bed. I bought new from Scamp. They put a spacer between the frame and the axle to get the proper height. You might want to contact Jared J on this forum (do a search for Jared J, then send him a Private Message). He has done extensive modification to his 5er and is most helpful. He can probably tell you what needs to be done if the 5er you buy used is "height challenged." Most of the new pickups are getting increasingly higher in the bed.
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Old 03-01-2014, 09:07 PM   #14
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How long was the wait for delivery of your 5er?


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