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Old 07-24-2019, 07:54 AM   #1
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Fifthwheel attachement on Nissan Frontier

Hi everyone,

I am desperately looking to get a set of rails installed in my Nissan Frontier 2009 truck bed to tow my new to me Scamp 19 Fifthwheel.

I went to every single local welding shop and nobody wants to install it. Therefore, I'll install it by myself with a friend and a Universal rails kit (Reese 30035 kit).

Has anybody here have already installed a set of rails in a 2005-2016 Nissan Frontier ? If yes, I would like to see a few pictures of the installation.

Will it be good with universal brackets or I'll need to buid custom ones ?

Many thanks
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Old 07-24-2019, 10:06 AM   #2
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You might want to PM "Alf S", he had a 2010 Nissan Frontier that he pulled an Escape 5th wheel with and had a post somewhere showing how the hitch was installed.
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Old 07-24-2019, 04:24 PM   #3
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Just don't cut any corners when selecting the hardware (i.e. nuts and bolts).
Use class 8 hardware to secure it in place
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Old 07-24-2019, 06:19 PM   #4
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Hi everyone,

I am desperately looking to get a set of rails installed in my Nissan Frontier 2009 truck bed to tow my new to me Scamp 19 Fifthwheel.

I went to every single local welding shop and nobody wants to install it. Therefore, I'll install it by myself with a friend and a Universal rails kit (Reese 30035 kit).

Has anybody here have already installed a set of rails in a 2005-2016 Nissan Frontier ? If yes, I would like to see a few pictures of the installation.

Will it be good with universal brackets or I'll need to buid custom ones ?

Many thanks
Maybe the welding / hitch shops are trying to tell you something .
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Old 07-29-2019, 06:35 AM   #5
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I had the same problem several years ago with a Tacoma and was told the composite bed used by Toyota precluded installation of a bed mounted hitch.

I'm not familiar with Nissan but Toyota uses six bolts through the bed (three on each side) and into substantial brackets welded to the Tacoma's frame. I mounted each hitch tower to a piece of 3/8" x 6" x 60" flat stock steel plate, drilled holes in the plates to line up with the bed bolts, removed the bed bolts and then reinstalled them through the plates and bed into the frame mounts. (Much easier to do than to explain).

No additional holes were drilled into the bed and nothing extra was welded or bolted to the frame. I transferred the hitch system from an 05 Tacoma to the 12 and its still working well. Good luck.
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Old 07-29-2019, 12:38 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone ! I finally installed it with a friend and it looks good so far.
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Old 08-02-2019, 05:33 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone ! I finally installed it with a friend and it looks good so far.
The wording "Looks Good" is not the same as done correctly and can handle the loads you want it to handle. I hope all the bracket to the frame are in the correct spot for load caring and designed for both the 5th wheel assemble and the Nissan Frontier. When I see "No Application Available", that sends up a Red Flag right quick for me.

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The wording "Looks Good" is not the same as done correctly and can handle the loads you want it to handle. I hope all the bracket to the frame are in the correct spot for load caring and designed for both the 5th wheel assemble and the Nissan Frontier. When I see "No Application Available", that sends up a Red Flag right quick for me.

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I think the unique hitch setup on Scamp’s 19’er combined with the generally accepted position that mid size trucks are incapable of safely towing a traditional fifth wheel, “No Application Available” is more likely an indicator the perceived demand is insufficient to justify the cost of producing of an over the counter solution rather than a safety concern.

There isn’t a ‘Vehicle specific’ 19’er hitch listed for late model Tacoma’s either but the solution I came up with for my 05 (and subsequently transferred to my 12) has worked well and safely for nearly fifteen years and over 100K towing miles.

I too hope Marc’s installation is reliable and safe. Implying it may not be simply because it’s not ‘Off the shelf’ is unwarranted in my opinion.
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Scamp’s drivers have logged millions of miles delivering new S19’s using mid-sized, “not recommended for fifth wheel towing” Rangers equipped with both the old- and new-style hitches and not a single failure. Owners have logged millions more in similar mid-sized trucks.

The Scamp 19 is a unique animal, designed especially for mid-sized pickups. It is not really a true fifth wheel at all, and it’s certainly not the kind the manufacturers were warning against.

Years of experience show that it works and is safe. If someone is still not comfortable with that body of evidence, there are plenty of full-size pick-ups to choose from. Better performance (and in some cases better fuel economy, too) than a mid-sized truck.

Frontal area is one factor that does need to be considered along with weight when deciding if a particular mid-sized truck is up to the job.
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