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Old 11-30-2014, 01:38 PM   #57
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Floyd, about the harder access to replace Toyota components: the local Toyota dealer explained that Toyota designs things this way because they know they're so reliable, it's highly unlikely the components will ever need replacement (the way mine did... yeah, right). I don't know how they keep a straight face.
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Old 11-30-2014, 05:37 PM   #58
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One more question please if you will. My scamp is in storage on jacks so I can't check on anything. I seem to remember that the distance from the center of your hitch receiver to the ground should be 16 or 18 inches? Which one or any of that is correct? I have a 13. Wanna make sure before I buy transit connect. Thank you!


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You can adjust the height of the ball/hitch by purchasing a receiver with a certain 'rise' or 'drop' to give you the height you need to achieve a level tow. You want your trailer level, so you need to measure your trailer when it is off the jacks. No need to overthink now and try to figure it out, you can do it when you get your transit hitch installed. They can set you up with the correct height the hitch.

Sounds like you are on your way to having a combo that will meet your needs!
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One more question please if you will. My scamp is in storage on jacks so I can't check on anything. I seem to remember that the distance from the center of your hitch receiver to the ground should be 16 or 18 inches? Which one or any of that is correct? I have a 13. Wanna make sure before I buy transit connect. Thank you!


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Scamp recommends 18" from the ground to the top of the ball on the tow vehicle for your trailer.
This need not be exact, but a drawbar which puts it at or slightly below level at the tongue is what you need.
The height of the hitch receiver is fixed by the vehicle and the hitch design.
The drawbar is then bought to attain the right ball height.
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Good explaination, Floyd, I said 'hitch' when I should have said 'draw bar'.
I have 3 different draw bars in my garage, because of the different heights of each of my tow vehicles.
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The class II hitch is easily OK. And you don't even need the 6 cylinder Escape to pull the Scamp, although it's nice. A 4 cyl SUV or mid sized car will work well too.
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Old 01-01-2015, 06:54 PM   #62
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Just thought I'd report that the new 14 ford transit connect is about 8 inches shorter than it's predecessors so a no go for my brother. Was trying to find a multi purpose vehicle that would tow and allow for wheelchair access and be good on gas. No go.

Now looking for a toyota sienna with auto access seat without going bankrupt. Wish me luck!


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Keep an eye on craigslist; some accessible vehicles get posted there.
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You might try www.searchtempest.com. It will search every craigslist and E-bay listing within a specified search radius of a specific city or zip code. 😊

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Just thought I'd report that the new 14 ford transit connect is about 8 inches shorter than it's predecessors so a no go for my brother. Was trying to find a multi purpose vehicle that would tow and allow for wheelchair access and be good on gas. No go.

Now looking for a toyota sienna with auto access seat without going bankrupt. Wish me luck!


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Are you aware that they make a long wheelbase with a 92" floor?
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Thank you Ray for the search tempest link! Been in it since you wrote and it is awesome! Cheers for that!

Floyd, I had been looking at LWB connects. That works out fine. The problem is the head height of the van now. Used to be 51" at the rear swing out doors, now it's 44". Don't think my brother's head will clear that as I roll him up. The 13's and older would have been great for w/c access, but they don't tow.

I'm in a bit of a pickle now. Don't want to buy a big 8 cylinder monster of a van. Just gotta keep strategizing. Love the toyota sienna with auto access seat, but finding one used is like looking for a paramecium without a microscope. .


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Update. Found a 2007 chevy express 1500 van with 4.3 vortech, which is same motor as my s10. Has tow package brake controller and ricon lift. I like the lift as it's a fold out which makes the folded in height much shorter when in the van.

Is a cargo but PO put in a turning driver seat, power fold out bed/bench seat in rear, DVD player and mid top for height. Has rear side windows installed too and only 39000 miles! Want 16000 for it, kbb says 13,800 without the add-ons I've mentioned (except tow pkg and hydraulic lift). My mechanic is checking it out tomorrow. At 39,000 miles, this vortech is barely broken in yet!


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Awesome! Hope the mechanic gives it a clean bill of health for you! Nov through January are always good months for car shopping.
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Ford Escape and Scamp 13: Is Class II hitch ok?

Sounds like a good deal! I didn't know they put the 4.3 in full-size vans. It won't be a speed demon, but it should be reliable. With Carol, I hope it checks out.
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Thank you so much! Yeah they put the 4.3 in the cargo. Optional 8 cylinder, too. I love this motor and I trust it. I agree; it won't get anywhere fast, but it'll pull a house down. Torquee!


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