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Old 03-22-2011, 11:13 PM   #1
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Tow Vehicle for Scamp 5th Wheel

I am looking for a 5-6 passenger truck that will work as a tow vehicle for a Scamp 5th wheel and get as good of mileage as possible both when towing and not. So far the Ford 150 seems to be at the top of my list. Any comments on the 150 or other suggestions?
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Old 03-23-2011, 06:34 AM   #2
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The new F-150s are really nice trucks. The problem with all the newer full size pick-ups are bed rail height. I don't know why but it looks like each time a new full size P/U body style comes out they raise the bed rail height a couple of inches. My neighbor bought a new F-150 4x4 and the bed rails looks to be 6" higher than my 93 F-250 4X4. Even with a 3" raised trailer I would be careful with the newer full sized pick ups.
I use a 2007 Nissan Frontier crew cab 4X4 to tow my 5th wheel and have been really happy with power and ride. At 50K the only maint. issue is a stuck front brake caliper which I have on order now. I have recently found out Nissan has service programs for V-6 timing chain issues and they have extended the transmission warranties due to internal radiator leaks. Also there is an extended warranty issued on the fuel guage gas tank sending unit.
No matter what you buy do your research on maintenance issues and don't buy a first year production model.
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Old 03-23-2011, 08:36 AM   #3
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Thanks for your comments. I have been concerned about the bed height as well. I will not buy anything until the hitch shop looks at the trailer and the truck I am considering.
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:46 AM   #4
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I love Toyota's.
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:28 PM   #5
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Sadly, I guess I am going to have to look at something smaller than F150, e.g. such as a Tacoma. I called Scamp and they do not recommend a tow vehicle with a box height taller than 50 inches (from the ground to the top of the sides of the bed). That is the height of the smaller trucks, such as the Toyota Tacoma, Chevy Colorado or Ford Ranger. The F150 is high enough that I would have to jack up the trailer. I am not sure I want to do that.
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Old 03-23-2011, 02:39 PM   #6
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The four door Tacoma is pretty big inside if you can work with the bed size, I still don't understand why we can't four doors and a full size bed.
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Old 03-23-2011, 03:36 PM   #7
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I just talked to Jim at Scamp today. I have a full size 2007 Chevy Silverado 1500. He said that it would be no problem raising the 5th wheel to tow with our truck.
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We tow with a Tundra.
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:01 PM   #9
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Okay, so we are getting different stories from Scamp. Can any of you tell me what is involved in jacking up the trailer?
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Old 03-24-2011, 01:01 AM   #10
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I've been looking at the extended-cab Chevy Colorado (no need for a back seat, I think). It has reasonable-height side rails and their 4-door with the 3.7L 5-cylinder 242hp engine allows an easy 4200-5000lbs towing capacity, looks sharp, and get 17/23 MPG.
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Old 03-24-2011, 01:03 AM   #11
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Oh, and the Silverado has lower side rails. The F-150's sides are so high they turn the bed into a stylistic feature instead of a working pickup. If you put a truck box in the back you'd need a ladder to get to it. (stupid, stupid, stupid)
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I love my F-150, but it's a 2000. Also, stay away from the 4x4s, that adds a bunch of height. Raising the height on a trailer can be done several different ways. Cut off the axle, add spacers... then BOLT the axle back on. Or, do as I... change the axle to a 45 degree down. For me the added benefit was 15" tires. Mike, your Scamp is nearly 20 years old. Is it time for a new axle anyway?
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If you put a truck box in the back you'd need a ladder to get to it. (stupid, stupid, stupid)
DH and I are both short, so we have to carry a step ladder to get things out of our Silverado's bed, or step onto the bumper and climb into the bed. It really IS a PITA.

On the bright side, it is so high that people can't see what's in there so we have never have any of our gear stolen out of it.

Pardon the slight departure from the topic!
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:33 PM   #14
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So what wears out on these axles? Couldn't someone just check it for me? How much does a new axle cost?

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I love my F-150, but it's a 2000. Also, stay away from the 4x4s, that adds a bunch of height. Raising the height on a trailer can be done several different ways. Cut off the axle, add spacers... then BOLT the axle back on. Or, do as I... change the axle to a 45 degree down. For me the added benefit was 15" tires. Mike, your Scamp is nearly 20 years old. Is it time for a new axle anyway?
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