Scamp 19' fifth wheel towing -- Scamp hitch vs. converted 5th wheel - Fiberglass RV


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Old 08-04-2017, 10:41 AM   #1
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Scamp 19' fifth wheel towing -- Scamp hitch vs. converted 5th wheel

New to the Scamp game and wanted to check in on opinions of the new style Scamp hitch vs. trying to convert a 5th wheel hitch to a gooseneck. Like everything on forums like this these questions have probably been answered long ago, so if anyone has thread links that might help.

The Scamp hitch has the advantage of being purpose driven for the Scamp trailer but can't really be used for much anything else. My preference is something with wider adaptability that could also be used for, say, an Escape trailer later on rather than having to swap out a hitch in a few years if we go in that direction.

What I was thinking was in the realm of a typical Reese-type 5th wheel hitch and one of these kingpin to gooseneck adaptors:



What are the pros and cons of that sort of device versus the Scamp hitch? This solution also has the advantage of being more readily available locally versus something I'd have to have Scamp ship to me in North Carolina.
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Old 08-05-2017, 09:44 AM   #2
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Every once in a while I think of getting a 5th wheel, either Scamp or Escape, and I was impressed with this Andersen hitch. I don't know if they would resize the 2 5/16th ball for the Scamp, but it looks like this could be used if you went from a Scamp to Escape or vice versa.
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Old 08-05-2017, 09:55 AM   #3
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Other than just watching a You Tube video I know nothing about the Scamp hitch. That being said I'm very surprised that it attaches to the truck bed and not the frame. I'm using an Anderson Ultimate hitch to tow my 5.0 TA and really like it. It uses a ball mount witch has an adjustable height. Not having actual dimensions couldn't say for sure but looks to me like it could work with Scamp set up. It is a much more robust set up that attaches to the frame not bed of truck. If it was me I'd get in contact with the people at Anderson and see if they can help. I think it's a great hitch.
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Old 08-05-2017, 09:59 AM   #4
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Radar1 beat me to it, but that is the hitch that I was talking about.
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Old 08-05-2017, 10:12 AM   #5
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Using an adapter like that might lead to too much play at the hitch. You want keep a snug hookup.
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Old 08-06-2017, 09:12 AM   #6
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I think I might have been able to answer my own question. In looking into the Scamp hitch a bit more, I was able to identify each of the pieces they sell individually on their website with Reese equivalents:

The crossmember: https://www.scamptrailers.com/parts-...er-detail.html

Reese part/etrailer: https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...e/RP58147.html

The legs: https://www.scamptrailers.com/parts-...ir-detail.html

Reese part/etrailer: https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...e/RP30727.html

The rails: https://www.scamptrailers.com/parts-...ts-detail.html

Reese part/etrailer: https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...e/RP58058.html

The only part I found to be proprietary is the mounting bar for the 2" ball that goes over and mounts to the crossmember. It's not actually pictured on Scamp's website, oddly enough, but it's the top plate on the picture here:

https://www.scamptrailers.com/parts-...ch-detail.html

So long story short, most of the pieces for this Scamp mount are industry standard except for that 2" ball mount. I called Scamp directly and ordered just this part from them and got the rest from etrailer -- the 2" ball mount is $80 + shipping.

So if we end up switching to the Escape longer term, it'd just be a matter of replacing the 2" ball on the crossmember with a kingpin-based fifth wheel mount and the rest can probably stay the same.
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