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Old 07-29-2013, 07:41 PM   #1
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Tow vehicles for Scamp 5th wheel

I'm looking for advice from experienced Scamp 5th wheel owners on the selection of a tow vehicle. A 1994 Ford Ranger 4.0 V6 came with the trailer, a nice clean truck with a fresh transmission and less than 100k miles! I live in Northern Ca. and anticipate lots of mountain passages. I'm sure the Ranger is up to the task but I would like a little more power and for that reason I'm thinking about a late model 1/2 ton V8.
I'm not here to start a debate between the Chev, Ford ,Dodge folks just looking for info people would like to shair with me.
One question that pops up for me is that all the late model domestic truck beds are so tall now! Does that presents a problem for hooking up a Scamp 5th wheel? Also, long bed or short bed or does it matter with the Scamp? My Ranger is giving me about 14 MPG towing, what are folks getting now days with the newer V8 rigs?
I'm new to this forum and appologize if this topic has allready been beaten to death.
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:50 PM   #2
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to the Forum Ken.
Scamp 5ers will be around shortly.
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Old 07-29-2013, 07:52 PM   #3
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We towed our Scamp 5th wheel with a Frontier crew cab, short bed (5 feet!) Pro4x 4wd model. Towed fine...we got about 15mpg towing and about 21 mpg on the open road without the trailer.
The trailer had a 1.5 inch lift and cleared the bed sides fine. However, we had to mount the hitch a few inches behind the axle to get clearance for turning without the front of the trailer hitting the back of the truck cab.

We're now using the same truck to tow a 2008 Escape fifth wheel.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:10 PM   #4
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I tow Scamp 5ers, both standard and lifted trailers, with a 2007 Nissan Frontier 4X4 crew cab. If you are planning on using an older 1500 or F-150 I would recommend you do an axle lift by using a high lift axle or by using 3" metal axle lift spacers. The Frontier V-6 4.0 has plenty of power for east coast mountains and I get about the same mileage as Fran. The Frontier also has a metal bed.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:12 PM   #5
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I pull mine with a nissan titan. I replaced the axle along with a 3" lift (wish I went 1.5" more), and 225/75/15 tires.

I didn't like scamps hitch setup, and it wasn't long enough for the truck to clear in a turn. I built my own, and now I can hook up with the tailgate down (even once I relocate the propane tanks to between the frame). It makes life easier, and prevents the oopsy of having to unhook, drive forward, and (hopefully) stop and let the tailgate down. It's also a real fifth wheel now. The truck has a 6.5' bed.



As for mileage, I get about 11.5-12 doing 75-80 with overdrive off. I also have intake/exhaust/custom tune on the computer, so factory mileage would be better.

My scamp is an '84, not sure what changes were made through the years with height, etc. .
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:32 PM   #6
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We did the Reese hitch modification and our 2010 5ver was elevated for our Tundra.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:02 PM   #7
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Hey Ken welcome to the forum. I pull mine with a 2012 Chevrolet Colorado with the I-5 Engine.
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:11 PM   #8
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I'm looking for advice from experienced Scamp 5th wheel owners on the selection of a tow vehicle. A 1994 Ford Ranger 4.0 V6 came with the trailer, a nice clean truck with a fresh transmission and less than 100k miles! I live in Northern Ca. and anticipate lots of mountain passages. I'm sure the Ranger is up to the task but I would like a little more power and for that reason I'm thinking about a late model 1/2 ton V8.
I'm not here to start a debate between the Chev, Ford ,Dodge folks just looking for info people would like to shair with me.
One question that pops up for me is that all the late model domestic truck beds are so tall now! Does that presents a problem for hooking up a Scamp 5th wheel? Also, long bed or short bed or does it matter with the Scamp? My Ranger is giving me about 14 MPG towing, what are folks getting now days with the newer V8 rigs?
I'm new to this forum and appologize if this topic has allready been beaten to death.
Keep the Ranger, but if you don't,then sell it outright, you should get top dollar on the used market,but not on trade-in.
Also the newer Ranger 4.0L SOHC engine is a whole different animal with a lot more tow power.
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Old 07-29-2013, 11:24 PM   #9
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We pulled our Scamp 5er with a Nissan Titan. The trailer was lifted to accommodate a 1/2 ton truck and had 14 in. tires. Drove all over the mountains here with no problems whatsoever. I loved that truck and trailer combo.
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:17 AM   #10
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Also Ken I have the 5 ft bed. I have one of the roll up covers too. When I get where I'm going and unhook; i cover the bed given lots of room for storage. We have two big red containers that we slide into the Scamp before leaving. It has all my man stuff for everything I need for camping and the camper outside. Works great for us.
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Old 08-07-2013, 09:01 AM   #11
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I sold my 5er this month. I used a Tacoma
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:43 AM   #12
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I tow my 5er with a tacoma. 4cl. Works just fine. A little slow on long grades but I always make it.
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:44 PM   #13
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The newer ones have a composite bed that make it exstreamley difficult to mount
the hitch. There are no kits for attaching it. Mine is a TRD 4L and pulled it just fine.
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:57 PM   #14
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All hitches should mount to the frame, anyway. No (regular) pickup bed was ever designed to pull a trailer.
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